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by Jeff H
Sun Jul 22, 2018 5:44 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Ignorance of Ignorance
Replies: 20
Views: 400

Re: Ignorance of Ignorance

It is astounding how thoroughly Christianity has infiltrated Western culture. It is interesting to see how the more I practice in a Buddhist context, the things I used to accept as pure common sense seem so --- off. And so much of Christianity seems to trace back to Plato--- which is somewhat inter...
by Jeff H
Sun Jul 22, 2018 3:24 am
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Dzogchen Community of Chogyal Namkhai Norbu
Replies: 5728
Views: 506671

Re: Dzogchen Community of Chogyal Namkhai Norbu

However, for the Anniversary of Garab Dorje last March, Rinpoche was not able to lead us, but there was a webcast with someone else leading it. They stated at the beginning that it would be the same practice but without the DI. Edit at 10:45 EDT: The web site just came online, so apparently there wi...
by Jeff H
Fri Jul 20, 2018 6:55 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Ignorance of Ignorance
Replies: 20
Views: 400

Re: Ignorance of Ignorance

To argue the case, is to be depicted as bringing a religious or spiritual type of perspective to the problem, which can only be a socially-constructed view, according to it. There can't be anything real in it, by definition, because whatever is real, has to be understandable in scientific terms, me...
by Jeff H
Fri Jul 20, 2018 2:45 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Bodhicitta is fleeting...
Replies: 29
Views: 518

Re: Bodhicitta is fleeting...

“Why bother to save you if you’re such a jerk!” All beings are jerks. To expect otherwise is delusion that, obviously, all beings suffer from. Also, the idea that one can save another is one more delusion. The bodhisattva path is therefore to save all beings while it is clear that there is nobody t...
by Jeff H
Fri Jul 20, 2018 2:36 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Big messages to deplorables ???
Replies: 139
Views: 3335

Re: Big messages to deplorables ???

Interestingly (to me anyway), there is an opinion piece Sean Wilentz wrote for Newsweek in October 2016: We Are Witnessing the Degradation of Democracy . It's a visceral response to the debate where Trump stalked Clinton across the stage. Not a great essay, but interesting from a prominent historian...
by Jeff H
Thu Jul 19, 2018 10:53 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Big messages to deplorables ???
Replies: 139
Views: 3335

Re: Big messages to deplorables ???

Yes. That was my point about the "ruling class" ... it is not "all voting citizens" because -- with the complicity of the majority of potential and actual voters -- our votes have come to mean little or nothing. 1. Nit picking here - In a democracy, all voting citizens are the ruling class , for be...
by Jeff H
Thu Jul 19, 2018 7:48 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Big messages to deplorables ???
Replies: 139
Views: 3335

Re: Big messages to deplorables ???

Kind of relevant to the turn of the discussion the past couple days... You may have heard of this young woman, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, who beat a big time Machine Democrat, Joe Crowley, in the Democratic primary for a district that spans parts of the Bronx and Queens. Arguably, this can be analyz...
by Jeff H
Thu Jul 19, 2018 7:40 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Big messages to deplorables ???
Replies: 139
Views: 3335

Re: Big messages to deplorables ???

I'm not a student of history, but I have read that it was the actions of the non-ruling class that actually forced the issues of democratic ideals after the American revolution. Having been told we fought for such ideals, but not seeing them enacted by the ruling, class drove common people to make ...
by Jeff H
Tue Jul 17, 2018 4:27 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Big messages to deplorables ???
Replies: 139
Views: 3335

Re: Big messages to deplorables ???

Yes, the Dems are flawed. But the flawed-ness of Trump and the Reps is of a whole different order of magnitude. If a morally/ethically responsible person were to have to choose between Trump/Reps and Dems ... which is the only realistic choice out there right now, Bernies have no chance to ascend t...
by Jeff H
Mon Jul 16, 2018 4:33 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: What's the point of abusive gurus?
Replies: 93
Views: 3577

Re: What's the point of abusive gurus?

After reading some of the posts, I will like to do a copy and paste job. :smile: The Heart of the Path by Lama Zopa Rinpoche 6. Who to Regard as Guru .... Before we decide to devote ourselves to someone, we need to be very careful. We should examine, or check, well at the very beginning before we d...
by Jeff H
Sat Jun 30, 2018 12:23 am
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: "No person should be too poor to live"
Replies: 5
Views: 402

Re: "No person should be too poor to live"

Alexandria Cortez on Colbert She says she beat the polls’ predictions by 51% (expected to lose by 36% but won by 15%) because they made incorrect assumptions about who would come out to vote. Message to the Democratic Party establishment? Unfortunately she's wrong about her turnout assertions. Her ...
by Jeff H
Fri Jun 29, 2018 2:50 pm
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: "No person should be too poor to live"
Replies: 5
Views: 402

"No person should be too poor to live"

Alexandria Cortez on Colbert

She says she beat the polls’ predictions by 51% (expected to lose by 36% but won by 15%) because they made incorrect assumptions about who would come out to vote. Message to the Democratic Party establishment?
by Jeff H
Sun Jun 24, 2018 4:52 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Big messages to deplorables ???
Replies: 139
Views: 3335

Re: Big messages to deplorables ???

But one way to start might be to stop the hysterical attacks on Trump. Attacks on Trump are justified. The man is a fascist and he is systematically destroying the US. As the old Christian aphorism says, “That’s preaching to the choir.” It may buoy believers’ self-righteousness, but it won’t change...
by Jeff H
Sun Jun 24, 2018 4:26 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Big messages to deplorables ???
Replies: 139
Views: 3335

Re: Big messages to deplorables ???

I'm saying they're too stupid to have done it intentionally. ...I get so stressed about it. So I'm going to refrain from any further comments on this matter on DharmaWheel and only post about what got me here, namely, dharma. There are different kinds of intelligence. The fact is Trump is imposing ...
by Jeff H
Tue Jun 19, 2018 2:14 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Mipham: Gelug = Svatantrika Madhyamaka
Replies: 153
Views: 4761

Re: Mipham: Gelug = Svatantrika Madhyamaka

I think it depends greatly on one's karma and dispositions - in both cases, whether a Dzogchenpa 'sees it' when it is pointed, or not; whether a Gelugpa develops the capacity for genuine reasoning - and deploys that gift to its utter limits - or remains in the dogmatic snare of mere wrote learning....
by Jeff H
Tue Jun 12, 2018 3:54 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Mipham: Gelug = Svatantrika Madhyamaka
Replies: 153
Views: 4761

Re: Mipham: Gelug = Svatantrika Madhyamaka

tobes wrote:
Tue Jun 12, 2018 4:10 am
I've signed in for the first time in 3 or 4 years for this post, so, you know, I might respond on this thread, but then I sign out again.....
...
In short: so much ado about method.

:anjali:
Thanks so much for adding this balanced perspective. :meditate:
by Jeff H
Thu Jun 07, 2018 9:08 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Mipham: Gelug = Svatantrika Madhyamaka
Replies: 153
Views: 4761

Re: Mipham: Gelug = Svatantrika Madhyamaka

I think my references have directly addressed the original topic of this thread from a Gelug perspective. I think the problem with these debates is that each tradition’s teachings constitute a wholistic context, and if one does not make the effort to grasp that larger context, piecemeal debates can ...
by Jeff H
Thu Jun 07, 2018 4:06 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Mipham: Gelug = Svatantrika Madhyamaka
Replies: 153
Views: 4761

Re: Mipham: Gelug = Svatantrika Madhyamaka

I would take this one step further to point out that, personally, I don’t think it matters in the least whether the historical Bhavaviveka actually held to truly existent nature, even unconsciously. In the context of Gelug training, the four tenet systems are used as a teaching method to illustrate ...
by Jeff H
Thu Jun 07, 2018 3:47 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Mipham: Gelug = Svatantrika Madhyamaka
Replies: 153
Views: 4761

Re: Mipham: Gelug = Svatantrika Madhyamaka

Following on Bristollad's comment, in the matter of Svatantrika, I think Guy Newland presents a very understandable summary of what Tsongkhapa actually meant by his distinction between Svatantrika and Prasangika. Malcolm is quite right in his challenge for someone to produce a quote from Bhavaviveka...
by Jeff H
Thu Jun 07, 2018 4:02 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Mipham: Gelug = Svatantrika Madhyamaka
Replies: 153
Views: 4761

Re: Mipham: Gelug = Svatantrika Madhyamaka

I should clarify: This encapsulates my understanding of how inherent existence is applied as a method in Tsongkhapa's lam rim. I want to know if people here believe this is wrong and/or misleading. I'm not asking about alternative ways to arrive at direct perception of emptiness, even if they might ...

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