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by Malcolm
Thu Dec 14, 2017 11:15 pm
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: Right Wing and Left Wing Totalitairianism and Fascism
Replies: 71
Views: 449

Re: Right Wing and Left Wing Totalitairianism and Fascism

For starters, a viable minimal income + universal health care , these two alone, fix most problems. Country is already in colossal debt. Where will they get the money for these programs? Nowhere, that is where. Nevertheless, the universal healthcare thing is a no-brainer. Conservative economists in...
by Malcolm
Thu Dec 14, 2017 11:15 pm
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: Right Wing and Left Wing Totalitairianism and Fascism
Replies: 71
Views: 449

Re: Right Wing and Left Wing Totalitairianism and Fascism

kirtu wrote:
Thu Dec 14, 2017 11:07 pm

Well, the future of the world is not dependant upon the exploitative empire occupying the middle of North America.
Yeah, it pretty much still is.
by Malcolm
Thu Dec 14, 2017 10:59 pm
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: Right Wing and Left Wing Totalitairianism and Fascism
Replies: 71
Views: 449

Re: Right Wing and Left Wing Totalitairianism and Fascism

Funny what you say about the US economy. It is in shambles but you and others (mostly with incrementalist Democrat tendencies) refuse to see it. It is not in a shambles over all. Obama;s policies were largely successful. It may yet fall into a hole too big to dig out of as a result Herr Drumpf's me...
by Malcolm
Thu Dec 14, 2017 10:44 pm
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: Right Wing and Left Wing Totalitairianism and Fascism
Replies: 71
Views: 449

Re: Right Wing and Left Wing Totalitairianism and Fascism

What being an Antifa, even a puerile poser, essentially entails is putting an obstacle between Fascists and their intended victims. I applaud those you use their white privilege against those trying to impose theirs on the (largely) defenceless. What people fail to understand is that for every blow...
by Malcolm
Thu Dec 14, 2017 10:43 pm
Forum: Media
Topic: Is there Buddhism without rebirth?
Replies: 74
Views: 1049

Re: Is there Buddhism without rebirth?

Malcolm had to admit as much when he got pressed on the logic he was presenting. That is not the case. I pointed out that Dharmakīrti's arguments were presented in the form of heuristic which basically state that if a person believes mind arises from matter, there was no further point in the discus...
by Malcolm
Thu Dec 14, 2017 10:39 pm
Forum: Sakya
Topic: HHST Yamantaka initiation 2018
Replies: 17
Views: 580

Re: HHST Yamantaka initiation 2018

Thanks Malcolm. Do you know if the deceased person has to be recently deceased ie within the 49 days, and is it possible to request their inclusion without attending the ceremony? Can be for anyone who is deceased, no matter how long. Curious. Wouldn't the vast majority have moved on to a new life ...
by Malcolm
Thu Dec 14, 2017 10:34 pm
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: Right Wing and Left Wing Totalitairianism and Fascism
Replies: 71
Views: 449

Re: Right Wing and Left Wing Totalitairianism and Fascism

“The thing about us fascists is, it’s not that we don’t believe in freedom of speech,” the younger Tefft reportedly said to his father. “You can say whatever you want. We’ll just throw you in an oven.” And: Bray, for his part, believes that one can practice “everyday anti-fascism” by confronting bi...
by Malcolm
Thu Dec 14, 2017 10:32 pm
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: simultaneity of cause and effect
Replies: 226
Views: 3591

Re: simultaneity of cause and effect

so like then it really isn't Buddhism... it came out of Bon... No, Dzogchen is fully Buddhist. The Bonpos borrowed it from the Buddhists, like so much else. That said, Bonpo Dzogchen is just fine. if you are going to negate buddhist realities and say dzogchen goes further.... Dzogchen is a Mahāyāna...
by Malcolm
Thu Dec 14, 2017 10:16 pm
Forum: Sakya
Topic: HHST Yamantaka initiation 2018
Replies: 17
Views: 580

Re: HHST Yamantaka initiation 2018

Punya wrote:
Thu Dec 14, 2017 10:11 pm
Thanks Malcolm. Do you know if the deceased person has to be recently deceased ie within the 49 days, and is it possible to request their inclusion without attending the ceremony?
Can be for anyone who is deceased, no matter how long.
by Malcolm
Thu Dec 14, 2017 10:07 pm
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: Right Wing and Left Wing Totalitairianism and Fascism
Replies: 71
Views: 449

Re: Right Wing and Left Wing Totalitairianism and Fascism

“The thing about us fascists is, it’s not that we don’t believe in freedom of speech,” the younger Tefft reportedly said to his father. “You can say whatever you want. We’ll just throw you in an oven.” And: Bray, for his part, believes that one can practice “everyday anti-fascism” by confronting bi...
by Malcolm
Thu Dec 14, 2017 10:00 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Santa La Muerte
Replies: 71
Views: 979

Re: Santa La Muerte

dzogchungpa wrote:
Thu Dec 14, 2017 9:35 pm
Male penises? Aren't they all male?
Gender, it seems is no longer connected with what kind of junk you have. Kind of a relief, I guess. :woohoo:
by Malcolm
Thu Dec 14, 2017 9:51 pm
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: simultaneity of cause and effect
Replies: 226
Views: 3591

Re: simultaneity of cause and effect

Reading some Longchempa and other Dzogchen texts, I've wondered the same thing. I can't think of specifics right now, but I actually wondered if Zhiyi's ideas might have drifted up into Tibet, or alternatively, and more likely, there were common sources. No, not likely. The real gist of Dzogchen is...
by Malcolm
Thu Dec 14, 2017 9:46 pm
Forum: Sakya
Topic: HHST Yamantaka initiation 2018
Replies: 17
Views: 580

Re: HHST Yamantaka initiation 2018

Vajrayogini Changchog Ceremony to purify the negativities of the deceased to achieve higher rebirth and liberation. Can anyone say more about this ceremony and it's origins? I've heard of something like this before. If we have to purify our own negativities in this life, how is it possible for a ma...
by Malcolm
Thu Dec 14, 2017 9:40 pm
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: simultaneity of cause and effect
Replies: 226
Views: 3591

Re: simultaneity of cause and effect

I was only addressing your questions. I'm not particularly interested in Nichiren. Maybe there is a good reason they think the Lotus Sutra is so important? There is no question that the Lotus Sūtra is an important text. Dogen, for example, esteems it above all other sūtras in the Shobogenzo. I woul...
by Malcolm
Thu Dec 14, 2017 9:27 pm
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: simultaneity of cause and effect
Replies: 226
Views: 3591

Re: simultaneity of cause and effect

Buddhist teachers tell us, being ignorantly awake and conscious is as unreal as a dream. Once you understand that, a whole range of possibilities opens up. Then you understand how the Buddha promising deer, goat and ox carts to lure us out of the house is not a lie, how the Buddha's parinirvana is ...
by Malcolm
Thu Dec 14, 2017 9:01 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Santa La Muerte
Replies: 71
Views: 979

Re: Santa La Muerte

Mictecacihuatl would love such an offering. Her favourite offering was the blood dripped into a cup directly from an incision in a male practitioner's penis. That doesn't mean one should offer to her, or that Saint Death is the "same" as her. Well, the blood of a sacrificial victim = life-force. Th...
by Malcolm
Thu Dec 14, 2017 8:51 pm
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: simultaneity of cause and effect
Replies: 226
Views: 3591

Re: simultaneity of cause and effect

In his commentary on the Heart Sutra, the Dalai Lama implies that they all met there via dream practice or like what some would call astral projection. So to reinforce Nichiren's POV, the Lotus Sūtra is does not depict a literal historical event, but rather, vision in a dream? That is not really wh...
by Malcolm
Thu Dec 14, 2017 8:39 pm
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: simultaneity of cause and effect
Replies: 226
Views: 3591

Re: simultaneity of cause and effect

Minobu wrote:
Thu Dec 14, 2017 8:27 pm

so lets have it then
"who heard from who and how". some sort of Dharmakaya thing?
a vision?

There are all kinds of literary strategies in Buddhist canonical texts, if you but take the time to ferret them out.
by Malcolm
Thu Dec 14, 2017 8:26 pm
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: Right Wing and Left Wing Totalitairianism and Fascism
Replies: 71
Views: 449

Re: Right Wing and Left Wing Totalitairianism and Fascism

No, fascism should of course be opposed with all our power. I'd argue (as I and othera have done before) that going out and beating nationalist and proto-fascist groups just puts wind in their sails - gives them more exposure and sympathy of the fence-sitters and actually some moral legitimacy, sin...
by Malcolm
Thu Dec 14, 2017 7:46 pm
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: simultaneity of cause and effect
Replies: 226
Views: 3591

Re: simultaneity of cause and effect

If the description of the assembly at the opening of the Sutra did not clue one into the nature of the teaching, the UFO emerging from the Earth should have removed all doubt. And this is coming from someone who believes the Sutra to be utterly true. So you believe it be utterly true, rather then l...