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by Jeff H
Wed Feb 21, 2018 6:30 pm
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: deadliest mass shooting in the U.S.
Replies: 375
Views: 12764

Re: deadliest mass shooting in the U.S.

There is little need for them to carry them openly either. However, frankly I would rather that people carry their pistols concealed. I really don't want to see their penis extensions. I meant that they should not be carrying pistols at all. I wonder how people packing pistols would react if they s...
by Jeff H
Sun Feb 18, 2018 4:45 pm
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: deadliest mass shooting in the U.S.
Replies: 375
Views: 12764

Re: deadliest mass shooting in the U.S.

In the NY Times on Friday, A ‘Mass Shooting Generation’ Cries Out for Change * This is life for the children of the mass shooting generation. They were born into a world reshaped by the 1999 attack at Columbine High School in Colorado, and grew up practicing active shooter drills and huddling throug...
by Jeff H
Sun Feb 18, 2018 4:11 pm
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: deadliest mass shooting in the U.S.
Replies: 375
Views: 12764

Re: deadliest mass shooting in the U.S.

I am sure that a lot of people here are going to strongly disagree with this but what worked in Australia will not work here in the US...period. American culture is too deeply entrenched with heroes, guns and violence going all the way back to the founding of this country. "Shot heard around the wo...
by Jeff H
Sun Feb 18, 2018 3:50 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: The Unbearable Lightness of Anatman
Replies: 212
Views: 3307

Re: The Unbearable Lightness of Anatman

Well my grandson and I were reading some comics over breakfast this morning and we found the answer. I'm happy to report that the meaning of life is seafood.

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So now this thread has lost its meaning for me. :thumbsup:
by Jeff H
Sat Feb 17, 2018 11:46 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: The Unbearable Lightness of Anatman
Replies: 212
Views: 3307

Re: The Unbearable Lightness of Anatman

This thread is not about ‘meaning’ at all. It’s about ‘imputed meaning attached to objects of perception’ as a principle in Buddhism. You can't say that everyone's life is held to be absolutely valuable by everyone else. That every individual is sacred would have been, I would hope, a foundational ...
by Jeff H
Sat Feb 17, 2018 10:17 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: The Unbearable Lightness of Anatman
Replies: 212
Views: 3307

Re: The Unbearable Lightness of Anatman

What I am referring to as meaning is simply the significance we impute moment by moment to everything we encounter. And what I mean is that if you saw someone drowning, and were able to help - would you help? Or would you just say ‘it means nothing if he drowns’, and turn away. I'd help. That is pa...
by Jeff H
Sat Feb 17, 2018 10:08 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: The Unbearable Lightness of Anatman
Replies: 212
Views: 3307

Re: The Unbearable Lightness of Anatman

We infuse everything we think, say, and do with meaning, but it is mostly misguided, pre-programmed, and/or habitual. And it is always reifying, meaning that in a Buddhist sense it must eventually be abandoned despite its temporarily expedient value on a transcendent path. I've pointed out that whe...
by Jeff H
Sat Feb 17, 2018 9:59 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: The Unbearable Lightness of Anatman
Replies: 212
Views: 3307

Re: The Unbearable Lightness of Anatman

unlike ultimate truth, relative truth (also called “truth for an obscuring mind” because it isn’t true) requires meanings to be imputed on conventional phenomena. Relative truth isn't false, it's relative . 1 + 1 = 3 is relative and false 1 + 1 = 2 is relative and true How can 1 + 1 = 2 be false be...
by Jeff H
Sat Feb 17, 2018 6:37 pm
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Dzogchen Community of Chogyal Namkhai Norbu
Replies: 5149
Views: 439007

Re: Dzogchen Community of Chogyal Namkhai Norbu

If a text is restricrd then it should not be quoted from. Yes, I know that, but I'm not sure about the status of GY. I bought it over a year ago, before (although in preparation for) my first WWT. When ordering it I indicated on the form that I had not had any prior instruction from ChNN. You can g...
by Jeff H
Sat Feb 17, 2018 4:08 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: The Unbearable Lightness of Anatman
Replies: 212
Views: 3307

Re: The Unbearable Lightness of Anatman

Personally, I am glad life has no meaning -- it would be completely depressing if it did. I would have thought that one of the terrible events in this weeks news - the latest mass school shooting - is terrible because of what it means . And it’s also terrible because the perpertrator apparently did...
by Jeff H
Sat Feb 17, 2018 3:48 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: The Unbearable Lightness of Anatman
Replies: 212
Views: 3307

Re: The Unbearable Lightness of Anatman

So, boda, there are several separate discussions going on in this thread, but to address your comments about my point of view: I’m not sure why you’re bringing intention into this. Are you suggesting that Buddhist ‘use’ meaning intentionally? I’m saying intention makes a difference in the meaning of...
by Jeff H
Fri Feb 16, 2018 10:02 pm
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Dzogchen Community of Chogyal Namkhai Norbu
Replies: 5149
Views: 439007

Re: Dzogchen Community of Chogyal Namkhai Norbu

(If it is inappropriate to post such quotes from ChNN's books, someone please let me know.) If a text is restricrd then it should not be quoted from. Yes, I know that, but I'm not sure about the status of GY. I bought it over a year ago, before (although in preparation for) my first WWT. When order...
by Jeff H
Fri Feb 16, 2018 9:51 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: The Unbearable Lightness of Anatman
Replies: 212
Views: 3307

Re: The Unbearable Lightness of Anatman

the Buddhist-imputed concept of meaning is taught as a temporary raft to be released once the other shore is reached. It's an expedient to supersede mundane meaningfulness and meaninglessness, both of which perpetuate suffering. If one type of meaning perpetuates suffering and another type ends it,...
by Jeff H
Fri Feb 16, 2018 4:19 pm
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Dzogchen Community of Chogyal Namkhai Norbu
Replies: 5149
Views: 439007

Re: Dzogchen Community of Chogyal Namkhai Norbu

From the introduction to Longchenpa’s Advice From the Heart: “In Dzogchen there are no limitations; one can do Guruyoga in a Vajrayana style or, in a simpler way, one can recognize the real undifferentiated state of one’s teachers and oneself. Then one remains five seconds, or one minute, or ten mi...
by Jeff H
Fri Feb 16, 2018 3:37 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: The Unbearable Lightness of Anatman
Replies: 212
Views: 3307

Re: The Unbearable Lightness of Anatman

once suffering is a permanent fixture in any life, no true meaning can be given to any life except when that life is lived for the liberation of oneself from the endless cycle of lives, or for the liberation of oneself and others from the endless cycle of lives. I quite agree. But that is not the s...
by Jeff H
Mon Feb 12, 2018 3:31 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Why does Gelug school claim emptiness means things exist without self nature?
Replies: 12
Views: 533

Re: Why does Gelug school claim emptiness means things exist without self nature?

Why do Gelugs claim this (or maybe I’m getting confused about what they teach)? It seems contradictory to what Nāgārjuna and the Sutras taught. How can he claim things exist like that when the Mahāyāna teahces dharma are inherently not born and phenomena are like empty flowers seen by sick people t...
by Jeff H
Sun Feb 11, 2018 11:12 pm
Forum: Language
Topic: AH-HA
Replies: 13
Views: 360

Re: AH-HA

Only appears in terma texts, not otherwise. I think it basically means just that it's the end of a line (so "textual delimiter" which Cianan mentioned), which of our punctuation marks would be there depends on what the text is saying around that spot. Hmm. I was going by this from Cianan: The diacr...
by Jeff H
Sun Feb 11, 2018 9:41 pm
Forum: Language
Topic: AH-HA
Replies: 13
Views: 360

Re: AH-HA

༔ on the other hand is used similarly to a comma Only appears in terma texts, not otherwise. I think it basically means just that it's the end of a line (so "textual delimiter" which Cianan mentioned), which of our punctuation marks would be there depends on what the text is saying around that spot...
by Jeff H
Sun Feb 11, 2018 5:32 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Why does Gelug school claim emptiness means things exist without self nature?
Replies: 12
Views: 533

Re: Why does Gelug school claim emptiness means things exist without self nature?

Why do Gelugs claim this (or maybe I’m getting confused about what they teach)? It seems contradictory to what Nāgārjuna and the Sutras taught. How can he claim things exist like that when the Mahāyāna teahces dharma are inherently not born and phenomena are like empty flowers seen by sick people t...
by Jeff H
Sun Feb 11, 2018 4:46 pm
Forum: Language
Topic: AH-HA
Replies: 13
Views: 360

Re: AH-HA

Thanks everyone! So here’s my take-away: འ is a deeper AH with no glottal stop ཨ is pronounced with a glottal stop ཨཱ is a rendering of Sanskrit (in OM AH HUM) pronounced the same as ཨ ཿ is another Sanskrit rendering which doesn’t appreciably change the Tibetan ༔ on the other hand is used similarly ...