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by Jeff H
Mon Aug 20, 2018 2:59 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Two Truths Sauvignon Blanc
Replies: 18
Views: 306

Re: Two Truths Sauvignon Blanc

"1984" anyone?

Speaking of Two Truths Blanc, this just in from the Ministry of Truth. A new Doublethink axiom has been released: "Truth isn't truth". You will display these words prominently and never forget them. Your tele-screens will monitor your actions.

Have a nice day. :smile:

:focus:
by Jeff H
Sun Aug 19, 2018 3:02 pm
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: Praetorian Guard starting to move?
Replies: 41
Views: 582

Re: Praetorian Guard starting to move?

Too bad these guys fall so neatly into the deep state conspiracy theory. What's too bad, is that so many people are willing to believe in the 'deep state conspiracy' meme. Yes, that was my reference. Trump weaponizes beliefs like that in his demagoguery. But there’s also this: Personally, I wouldn'...
by Jeff H
Sat Aug 18, 2018 5:17 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Two Truths Sauvignon Blanc
Replies: 18
Views: 306

Re: Two Truths Sauvignon Blanc

Malcolm wrote:
Sat Aug 18, 2018 4:38 pm
The real question is -- do you drink it all at once, or gradually.
LOL! I'm a sipper.
by Jeff H
Sat Aug 18, 2018 4:21 pm
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: Praetorian Guard starting to move?
Replies: 41
Views: 582

Re: Praetorian Guard starting to move?

There was also this https://www.google.com/amp/s/www.nytimes.com/2018/08/09/us/politics/nato-summit-trump.amp.html This is what happens when the other branches of government are asleep at the wheel. Two things strike me about this article. First, that John Bolton was so instrumental in forcing the ...
by Jeff H
Sat Aug 18, 2018 4:02 pm
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: Praetorian Guard starting to move?
Replies: 41
Views: 582

Re: Praetorian Guard starting to move?

Hey Jeff, I don't know if this is a good thing. A breakdown in loyalty and following orders would be a terrible precedent. That said, if the president is worse, then choices will need to be made. Let's hope we get past this crisis without having to resort to that. I didn't mean the prospect of a co...
by Jeff H
Sat Aug 18, 2018 2:34 pm
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: Praetorian Guard starting to move?
Replies: 41
Views: 582

Re: Praetorian Guard starting to move?

It's a heartening article, but that Buddha-esque picture of Trump is a little disconcerting. :jawdrop:
by Jeff H
Sat Aug 18, 2018 2:21 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Two Truths Sauvignon Blanc
Replies: 18
Views: 306

Re: Two Truths Sauvignon Blanc

Kollaras wines:
:group: "Companionship is everything and the truth flows easily" :rolleye:

Or, as Shantideva put it, "We who are like children shrink from pain but love its causes."
by Jeff H
Fri Aug 17, 2018 10:23 pm
Forum: Meditation
Topic: Meditation timer app?
Replies: 7
Views: 118

Re: Meditation timer app?

I use Insight Timer and like it very much. It's got way more extras than I care about at all, but it's not like you're paying for anything you don't use, it's free. I'm sure some people find the frills useful. I only use the timer. It has a very good selection of chimes. You control the volume and t...
by Jeff H
Fri Aug 17, 2018 5:54 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Dharma government?
Replies: 85
Views: 1163

Re: Dharma government?

So my point is, secular standards are well and good, and probably the only way we are going to have peace in the short term because many of us simply are not intellectually and emotionally equipped to discuss through disagreements, or even have a consensus on what it means to search for Truth. We a...
by Jeff H
Fri Aug 17, 2018 2:40 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: How to become enlightened via Tibetan Buddhism?
Replies: 49
Views: 1082

Re: How to become enlightened via Tibetan Buddhism?

As a side note, Im grateful for all the recommended literature but I do not intend on just studying dharma for months while I could be implementing and practicing dharma as I search and vet out teachers. I found this outline that basically includes everything I was looking for. It outlines the foun...
by Jeff H
Thu Aug 16, 2018 5:29 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: How to become enlightened via Tibetan Buddhism?
Replies: 49
Views: 1082

Re: How to become enlightened via Tibetan Buddhism?

Thank you for all the responses, Im surprised it took me until now to look up lamrims. As far as a lamrim that best transitions into dzogchen practice - which lamrim(s) should I study? Are they all for the most part the same when discussing the three scopes, and just different with views of emptine...
by Jeff H
Thu Aug 16, 2018 5:13 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Dharma government?
Replies: 85
Views: 1163

Re: Dharma government?

I didn't find the book ( Beyond Religion ) vague at all. The first two thirds of the book essentially exposes the way ego and attachment distort what should be commonly discernible ethical guidelines, utterly without regard to any particular religion or lack of religion. Toward the end of the book ...
by Jeff H
Thu Aug 16, 2018 3:52 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Dharma government?
Replies: 85
Views: 1163

Re: Dharma government?

In the absence of a creed, philosophy, ideology, religion, etc. as a paradigm through which to organize the world and provide a map for life, some iteration will emerge and become the defacto creed, philosophy, ideology, religion, etc. This is true for the individual as it is for society. Better to...
by Jeff H
Thu Aug 16, 2018 3:42 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: How to become enlightened via Tibetan Buddhism?
Replies: 49
Views: 1082

Re: How to become enlightened via Tibetan Buddhism?

I was hoping that someone could spell out what needs to be cultivated, practiced, aspired, meditated on, etc in a sequential like order. Or at least point me to some direction or literature that spells it out exactly as such. There isn't a big FPMT (Foundation for the Preservation of the Mahayana T...
by Jeff H
Wed Aug 15, 2018 3:05 am
Forum: Language
Topic: HAM and A-shad
Replies: 7
Views: 192

Re: HAM and A-shad

conebeckham wrote:
Tue Aug 14, 2018 10:52 pm
mmmmmm....

Depending on tradition, these can differ, but most commonly "Ham" is upside down,
Whew!! This may be getting too deep for me. :o
by Jeff H
Wed Aug 15, 2018 1:42 am
Forum: Language
Topic: HAM and A-shad
Replies: 7
Views: 192

Re: HAM and A-shad

Grigoris wrote:
Tue Aug 14, 2018 11:14 pm
Ham as opposed to Hām.

Exactly how old was that post of mine? :)

2011!
Yeah. It was near the top when I did a general google search on "Tibetan letter HAM". :tongue:
by Jeff H
Tue Aug 14, 2018 10:05 pm
Forum: Language
Topic: HAM and A-shad
Replies: 7
Views: 192

Re: HAM and A-shad

Thanks.
by Jeff H
Tue Aug 14, 2018 9:36 pm
Forum: Language
Topic: HAM and A-shad
Replies: 7
Views: 192

HAM and A-shad

I'm trying to clarify two references for visualizations. First the letter HAM: Someone at Tsegyalgar East said it looks like this: ཧྃ , but I found an old posting by Greg where he said it looks like this: ཧཱྃ . Which is correct? Second is an "A-shad" (or A-shay?): It is described as, "the final part...
by Jeff H
Mon Aug 13, 2018 6:34 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Who is America ?
Replies: 227
Views: 4640

Re: Who is America ?

For me, the question is how to preserve the good aspects of democracy and rebuild. I don't think it is worth rebuilding. The problem is that since it was built on an unsteady basis (global capitalist colonialism) it was doomed to failure. Representative democracy is dead. The Hillarys and the Trump...
by Jeff H
Sat Jul 28, 2018 6:36 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Bodhicitta is fleeting...
Replies: 40
Views: 1008

Re: Bodhicitta is fleeting...

very, very interesting, for me, ideas and the whole thread, thnx all. we are talking about bodhicitta, the will for enlightenment, here and by that topic, also, about compassion. imo, only in my opinion, all and everything , from little quarks, electrons, protons, molecules cells, organisms, are a ...

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