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by Nicholas Weeks
Sat Feb 10, 2018 4:21 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Inspiring Thoughts
Replies: 87
Views: 5939

Re: Inspiring Thoughts

The conservative is concerned, first of all, with the regeneration of the spirit and character—with the perennial problem of the inner order of the soul, the restoration of the ethical understanding, and the religious sanction upon which any life worth living is founded. This is conservatism at its...
by Nicholas Weeks
Thu Feb 08, 2018 10:29 pm
Forum: Creative Writing
Topic: Classic English Poetry
Replies: 47
Views: 2538

Re: Classic English Poetry

Sundays too my father got up early and put his clothes on in the blueblack cold, then with cracked hands that ached from labor in the weekday weather made banked fires blaze. No one ever thanked him. I’d wake and hear the cold splintering, breaking. When the rooms were warm, he’d call, and slowly I...
by Nicholas Weeks
Thu Feb 08, 2018 12:15 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Panel discussions on Communism
Replies: 1
Views: 57

Panel discussions on Communism

Recent talks sponsored by Victims of Communism - much can be learned from them:

https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=P ... ZNuNMaNWP0
by Nicholas Weeks
Fri Feb 02, 2018 12:10 am
Forum: Book Reviews
Topic: Upasika Blavatsky
Replies: 27
Views: 5722

Re: Upasika Blavatsky

A new topical compilation of some of Blavatsky's The Secret Doctrine , put together by Fiona Odgren. Have not read it yet, but it will have an appeal to those who wish not to read the entire 1400 pages of the original. http://www.powells.com/book/timeless-truths-of-the-secret-doctrine-9781490782263/...
by Nicholas Weeks
Tue Jan 30, 2018 11:26 pm
Forum: Zen
Topic: New Zen Forum invitation
Replies: 72
Views: 2168

Re: New Zen Forum invitation

Zen Forum Take III --- run by Denko --- https://zenforum.international/ ( Zen Space has been thoroughly destroyed by the host, the latest database backup I have locally is as of Saturday, Jan 27. Not sure what to do next, and have no idea when the server is going to be restored. And in what conditi...
by Nicholas Weeks
Fri Jan 26, 2018 6:28 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Inspiring Thoughts
Replies: 87
Views: 5939

Re: Inspiring Thoughts

To reform a world, to reform a nation, no wise man will undertake; and all but foolish men know, that the only solid, though a far slower reformation, is what each begins and perfects on himself.
—Thomas Carlyle, Past and Present
by Nicholas Weeks
Fri Jan 26, 2018 1:14 am
Forum: Book Reviews
Topic: Ocean of Reason by Mabja Bodhisattva
Replies: 0
Views: 408

Ocean of Reason by Mabja Bodhisattva

This is a new translation, from Snow Lion, of Nagarjuna's Root of the Middle Way with an extensive (over 500pp) commentary by Mabja Jangchub Tsondru (died 1185). The main translator is Thomas Doctor, part of the Dharmachakra Translation Committee. The root text stands alone, and later each verse or ...
by Nicholas Weeks
Fri Jan 26, 2018 1:13 am
Forum: Book Reviews
Topic: Nagarjuna in China
Replies: 0
Views: 409

Nagarjuna in China

A very lame title for an important translation done in 1995 by Brian Bocking; text and commentary run to about 350pp, plus another 100pp of apparatus. Near the end of Kumarajiva's life he translated Nagarjuna's Madhyamakakarika into Chinese, along with a commentary whose authorship is fuzzy, which s...
by Nicholas Weeks
Fri Jan 26, 2018 1:07 am
Forum: Sūtra Studies
Topic: More Pdfs from BDK
Replies: 9
Views: 525

Re: More Pdfs from BDK

The Society for the Promotion of Buddhism (Bukkyo Dendo Kyokai) in Japan and the independently-established Numata Center for Buddhist Translation and Research in Berkeley, California, are involved in the formidable task of translating and publishing the entire Taisho Daizokyo into English. Since it...
by Nicholas Weeks
Thu Jan 25, 2018 1:10 am
Forum: Sūtra Studies
Topic: More Pdfs from BDK
Replies: 9
Views: 525

Re: More Pdfs from BDK

Now every title is available for free, in both Alpha & Beta formats:

http://www.bdkamerica.org/blog/all-volu ... lable-pdfs
by Nicholas Weeks
Sat Jan 20, 2018 7:39 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Inspiring Thoughts
Replies: 87
Views: 5939

Re: Inspiring Thoughts

The writer of vision may foresee and describe what he does not wholly understand himself.
Russell Kirk
by Nicholas Weeks
Fri Jan 19, 2018 2:51 am
Forum: Prayers and Aspirations
Topic: Prayer for Aurelia
Replies: 8
Views: 333

Re: Prayer for Aurelia

I also personally request that anyone reading say a prayer for her. She deserves it just as much as any of us, and just as much as every other suffering being in the world.
:heart:
Well expressed Jesse. :bow:
by Nicholas Weeks
Thu Jan 18, 2018 11:11 pm
Forum: Prayers and Aspirations
Topic: Prayer for Aurelia
Replies: 8
Views: 333

Re: Prayer for Aurelia

Greg: So why doesn't Nicholas start a prayer thread for us?
Because you are insufferable. :tongue:
by Nicholas Weeks
Tue Jan 16, 2018 9:36 pm
Forum: Prayers and Aspirations
Topic: Prayer for Aurelia
Replies: 8
Views: 333

Prayer for Aurelia

The Netherlands RTL news published an article on yesterday about a 29 year-old woman who was approved for euthanasia for psychiatric reasons. Her euthanasia death by lethal injection is scheduled for January 26. The article states (google translated): Sarah has no terminal illness, but knows that s...
by Nicholas Weeks
Mon Jan 15, 2018 10:51 pm
Forum: Media
Topic: Beauteous Mathematics
Replies: 0
Views: 65

Beauteous Mathematics

The buddhadharma puts little emphasis on math and geometry. Since it takes an unusual type of mind, that is to be expected. An Aussie who changed his name to Jain 108 has a sacred mathematics mission. Here are some of his videos: https://jain108.com/video-centre/ His books & e-books are far too expe...
by Nicholas Weeks
Sun Jan 14, 2018 11:13 pm
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: Indus Valley people & genetics
Replies: 10
Views: 326

Indus Valley people & genetics

In a month or so, some scientific journal will present the results of the DNA from some very old (4600?) skeletons. Here are four possible outcomes given in this report:

https://nexusnewsfeed.com/article/ancie ... vilisation
by Nicholas Weeks
Sun Jan 14, 2018 7:12 pm
Forum: Sūtra Studies
Topic: A 1st look: Red Pine’s Laṅkāvatāra Sūtra as Jasmine Tea
Replies: 42
Views: 14566

Re: A 1st look: Red Pine’s Laṅkāvatāra Sūtra as Jasmine Tea

Never did finish Red Pine's version, so am now revisiting it. He says it was in classical Sanskrit, not the usual hybrid variety. Is that unique among sutras or just uncommon? It is thought that there was no Zen in India, but perhaps the esoteric Zen approach (like dzogchen) was just better hidden b...
by Nicholas Weeks
Sat Jan 13, 2018 9:20 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Inspiring Thoughts
Replies: 87
Views: 5939

Re: Inspiring Thoughts

It happens that many of us are able to believe political evils are simply structural, as if human nature itself were no obstacle.
Christopher DeGroot
by Nicholas Weeks
Fri Jan 12, 2018 6:39 pm
Forum: Sūtra Studies
Topic: Abhidharmasamuccaya
Replies: 1
Views: 115

Re: Abhidharmasamuccaya

A book version from Asian Humanities Press with the translation by Sara Boin-Webb of the same Walpola Rahula's French translation is also available.

This one and the Gelongma's are so similar (in notes too) that one must have used the other a lot.
by Nicholas Weeks
Thu Jan 11, 2018 11:10 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Assisted Suicide/ euthanasia
Replies: 61
Views: 3638

Re: Assisted Suicide/ euthanasia

US state of Oregon does not restrict euthanasia much at all:

http://www.nationalreview.com/node/455264/print