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by Malcolm
Sun May 24, 2020 7:16 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: What are you doing about the coronavirus?
Replies: 1094
Views: 45782

Re: What are you doing about the coronavirus?

All media views human activity as an entertainment to be sold. It views everything as a commodity, Including social change movements and culture. Regards Including crayons and pastels? What about oil paint? Latex? Acrylic? Art as a medium is also a commodity, someone famously said all art is propag...
by Malcolm
Sun May 24, 2020 6:45 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: What are you doing about the coronavirus?
Replies: 1094
Views: 45782

Re: What are you doing about the coronavirus?

Danny wrote:
Sun May 24, 2020 6:01 pm
All media views human activity as an entertainment to be sold. It views everything as a commodity, Including social change movements and culture.

Regards
Including crayons and pastels? What about oil paint? Latex? Acrylic?
by Malcolm
Sun May 24, 2020 6:39 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Nihilistic view
Replies: 137
Views: 1678

Re: Nihilistic view

Buddha never used the term "self" to refer to an unconditioned, permanent, ultimate entity. He also never asserted that there was no conventional "self," the subject of transactional discourse. So, it is very clear in the sutras that the Buddha negated an ultimate self and did not negate a conventi...
by Malcolm
Sun May 24, 2020 6:02 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Momentariness
Replies: 5
Views: 174

Re: Momentariness

Does momentariness imply things coming out of nothing?if the cause ceases completely before the effect even begins to arise,how do effects arise? there must be things beginning the arise as soon as its cause begins to dissapear,but then why call it momentary? This doctrine is the hardest buddhist d...
by Malcolm
Sun May 24, 2020 5:39 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Nihilistic view
Replies: 137
Views: 1678

Re: Nihilistic view

There is no utility in the metaphor, it does not correspond to Buddhist theories/doctrine of mind. I think I made that clear from the beginning. If you believe it does correspond, then the onus is on you to find a doctrinal source that supports it. If course it doesn't. The Buddha teaches anātma, n...
by Malcolm
Sun May 24, 2020 5:22 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Nihilistic view
Replies: 137
Views: 1678

Re: Nihilistic view

Anatman is the negation of an unconditioned, permanent, ultimate entity that moves from one temporary body to another. It is not the negation of "Sam," "Fred," or "Jane" used as a conventional designation for a collection of aggregates. Since the Buddha clearly states in many Mahāyāna sūtras, "all ...
by Malcolm
Sat May 23, 2020 10:54 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Nihilistic view
Replies: 137
Views: 1678

Re: Nihilistic view

Is anatman a denial of the self? Of course. It is the negation of an absolute self, but not "the self" used as a name for the collection of aggregates. Would it be accurate to say that it is the negation of absolutism? or the dogmatic "ism" in worldly views regardless of it taking a negative or pos...
by Malcolm
Sat May 23, 2020 10:19 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Nihilistic view
Replies: 137
Views: 1678

Re: Nihilistic view

The meaning of the self usually depends on context. My unsolicited advice: say that the self is like a tree that contains two birds. One bird eats of the fruits, struts to and fro, defecates, sleeps and wakes, dies, and is reborn to repeat the process. The other bird simply watches... And dies of s...
by Malcolm
Sat May 23, 2020 10:18 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Nihilistic view
Replies: 137
Views: 1678

Re: Nihilistic view

...except that i don't see anything spiritual either in confirming or denying the self. Good for you! Anatman is one of the four defining characteristics (Four Dharma Seals) of a Dharma. Any body of teaching that does not include Anatman cannot be Dharma. So somebody out there obviously considers t...
by Malcolm
Sat May 23, 2020 9:22 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: What are you doing about the coronavirus?
Replies: 1094
Views: 45782

Re: What are you doing about the coronavirus?

Danny wrote:
Sat May 23, 2020 9:04 pm
It's important not to get locked into information ghettos.
Yes, this is what newspapers of record are for, etc. Not that they are perfect, they all make errors. But in general, the sales of advertising forced newspapers to strive for objectivity in reporting.
by Malcolm
Sat May 23, 2020 8:55 pm
Forum: Bön
Topic: Does the Bön tradition believe we have a self/soul?
Replies: 9
Views: 476

Re: Does the Bön tradition believe we have a self/soul?

Varis wrote:
Sat May 23, 2020 6:30 pm

I assume by common people you mean Tibetan/Himalayan folk beliefs, right?
Yes.
by Malcolm
Sat May 23, 2020 8:53 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: What are you doing about the coronavirus?
Replies: 1094
Views: 45782

Re: What are you doing about the coronavirus?

Well lets answer a question with a question, Where do you go to get trusted news? https://www.thebalancesmb.com/what-is-propaganda-and-how-does-it-work-2295248 By the same author: Q: Is Breitbart News a credible news source for you? Why or why not? No. True journalists have no agenda, with the opin...
by Malcolm
Sat May 23, 2020 8:50 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: What are you doing about the coronavirus?
Replies: 1094
Views: 45782

Re: What are you doing about the coronavirus?

Do public broadcasters have any significant influence on the US public opinion? No, however, the cable news channels do have such influence. In particular, Fox News has an enormous influence on a certain subsection of the American public, older, racist (whether they admit it or not), white people w...
by Malcolm
Sat May 23, 2020 3:50 pm
Forum: Bön
Topic: Does the Bön tradition believe we have a self/soul?
Replies: 9
Views: 476

Re: Does the Bön tradition believe we have a self/soul?

But the elements disperse at death etc and are just part of your conditioned existence. The bLa lingers after death and acts like a sentient spirit AFAIK. This is because among common people, there is an ambiguity between bla and consciousness. Barbara Gerke has perhaps one of the best summaries I'...
by Malcolm
Sat May 23, 2020 3:24 pm
Forum: Nyingma
Topic: Guru Padmasambhava ID Request
Replies: 5
Views: 233

Re: Guru Padmasambhava ID Request

I was given a picture of Guru P many years ago, the same as this one, and was wondering from which cycle of teachings it comes from. https://i.pinimg.com/564x/c7/8b/77/c78b77d86b00b76e90d9876363420028.jpg It is from a cycle called Sampa Lhundrup, and specifically, this is the form of Guru Rinpoche ...
by Malcolm
Sat May 23, 2020 3:22 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: What are you doing about the coronavirus?
Replies: 1094
Views: 45782

Re: What are you doing about the coronavirus?

But I don't really think Biden is electable. The alternative is far worse. Bernie would already be beating him. Instead the elites stuck you with this nag with one foot in the glue factory. The DNC seems to think that business as usual will suffice. The far left is a voter bloc now and without conc...
by Malcolm
Sat May 23, 2020 5:08 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Advice for Consultation with Guru
Replies: 7
Views: 276

Re: Advice for Consultation with Guru

I've not spoken to my root guru in seven years or so due to my travel and moving around the U.S. I've recently secured an audience via Zoom, which has been made available due to today's COVID crisis. I have specific practice questions of course. But I feel this urge to let him know his impact on my...
by Malcolm
Sat May 23, 2020 5:07 am
Forum: Meditation
Topic: Ticks
Replies: 5
Views: 133

Re: Ticks

So I'm wondering: How did all these old yogis and forest meditators avoid ticks when meditating out in nature? Were there just less ticks back then? Were there just fewer tick-borne diseases? Or did they have the special tick repelling instructions? When one reaches a certain level of samadhi, lice...
by Malcolm
Sat May 23, 2020 5:06 am
Forum: Meditation
Topic: Ticks
Replies: 5
Views: 133

Re: Ticks

avatamsaka3 wrote:
Sat May 23, 2020 4:39 am
When one reaches a certain level of samadhi, lice, ticks, etc., naturally leave the body.
What's that level? Where is this stated? Why does this happen?
When one reaches strong heat on the path of application.
by Malcolm
Sat May 23, 2020 2:58 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Heartbreak
Replies: 14
Views: 300

Re: Heartbreak

:zzz:
avatamsaka3 wrote:
Fri May 22, 2020 10:20 pm
I am truly asking on behalf of others. I know some may not believe that.

Any info on this diet and behavior then?
Google vasant lad, etc.

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