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by Malcolm
Wed Aug 15, 2018 3:20 pm
Forum: East Asian Buddhism
Topic: Buddhahood of Insentient Beings Exclusively East-Asian?
Replies: 23
Views: 300

Re: Buddhahood of Insentient Beings Exclusively East-Asian?

A dispute arose in Chinese Buddhism with regard to whether insentient beings possess a Buddha nature, but the view that Buddhahood exists as a potential in all things and phenomena prevailed in China. This idea also became widespread in Japan. (See also enlightenment of plants.) I am very intereste...
by Malcolm
Wed Aug 15, 2018 3:05 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Who is America ?
Replies: 224
Views: 4238

Re: Who is America ?

Direct democracy does not scale. In New England, we also have direct democracy at the town level. But get to the county level, it begins to show signs of weakness. It does not scale in nation states. Direct democracy requires a confederate system to function properly. It can work within the context...
by Malcolm
Wed Aug 15, 2018 3:04 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Who is America ?
Replies: 224
Views: 4238

Re: Who is America ?

Direct democracy does not scale. In New England, we also have direct democracy at the town level. But get to the county level, it begins to show signs of weakness. It does not scale in nation states. Direct democracy requires a confederate system to function properly. It can work within the context...
by Malcolm
Wed Aug 15, 2018 1:20 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Who is America ?
Replies: 224
Views: 4238

Re: Who is America ?

Dan74 wrote:
Tue Aug 14, 2018 11:29 pm

Down here, in this 'shit hole' of a country called Switzerland (thanks Amanita), we have the closest thing to a direct democracy
Direct democracy does not scale. In New England, we also have direct democracy at the town level. But get to the county level, it begins to show signs of weakness.
by Malcolm
Wed Aug 15, 2018 1:18 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Dharma government?
Replies: 8
Views: 52

Re: Neo nazi's march in DC

There is nothing in Nagarjuna's counsel that suggests Buddhism should be a state-mandated religion. So your principle is not violated. I have never been impressed that Nagarjuna was an idealist. It was not Nāgārjuna's counsel I was rejecting, it was yours, "A dharma government would be one that ena...
by Malcolm
Wed Aug 15, 2018 1:14 am
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Existence
Replies: 59
Views: 1396

Re: Existence

The Tibetans created a technical language to handle Buddhist terminologies. If I may, if the word 'emptiness' were not well established in English and you were doing a fresh translation, how would you translate tongpa nyi? Either in concise form or in more extensive explanation? I have read that th...
by Malcolm
Tue Aug 14, 2018 10:04 pm
Forum: Language
Topic: HAM and A-shad
Replies: 7
Views: 123

Re: 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 par...
by Malcolm
Tue Aug 14, 2018 9:56 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Dharma government?
Replies: 8
Views: 52

Re: Neo nazi's march in DC

That is something up for debate, I think. Nagarjuna counseled a king on how to promote Dharma through government. A dharma government would be one that enabled dharma practice and dharma culture. One that creates the ideal conditions for Bodhisattvas to appear... like making bird houses and putting...
by Malcolm
Mon Aug 13, 2018 7:05 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Who is America ?
Replies: 224
Views: 4238

Re: Who is America ?

Yes, fascists/alt-right are big on memes and that screenshot proves nothing. But your second comment is telling. I don't think most voters in the US thought about it this way, but the fact that all the various faults of Trump on full public display were not enough of a deal-breaker should be a huge...
by Malcolm
Mon Aug 13, 2018 6:56 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Dharma government?
Replies: 8
Views: 52

Re: Neo nazi's march in DC

. As Buddhists you ought to understand that only Dharma will end the suffering. On an individual level, yes, but there is no such thing as a Dharma government. Nor could there be. That is something up for debate, I think. Nagarjuna counseled a king on how to promote Dharma through government. A dha...
by Malcolm
Mon Aug 13, 2018 3:43 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Dharma government?
Replies: 8
Views: 52

Dharma government?

Queequeg wrote:
Mon Aug 13, 2018 2:55 pm
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As Buddhists you ought to understand that only Dharma will end the suffering.
On an individual level, yes, but there is no such thing as a Dharma government. Nor could there be.
by Malcolm
Sun Aug 12, 2018 7:16 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Who is America ?
Replies: 224
Views: 4238

Re: Who is America ?

What do you think are the right tactics to combat the alt-right, Cone? Outing them individually. This is what the reporters have done, and I believe it has had an effect. Maintaining resistance, and continually calling out Trump and any other elected official when the racists are being defended by ...
by Malcolm
Sun Aug 12, 2018 3:09 am
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: Sh#t is f@cked up and bull sh*t
Replies: 12
Views: 639

Re: Sh#t is f@cked up and bull sh*t

3)"It’s now commonplace to observe that the United States is living through a Second Gilded Age." Not really sure where that comes from, I have never heard that term applied to this era. It may be a gilded age for the wealthy, but not so much for the rest of us. That is the point, the gilded age wa...
by Malcolm
Sat Aug 11, 2018 8:51 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Swat Valley/Oddiyana
Replies: 71
Views: 958

Re: Swat Valley/Oddiyana

He also mentioned quite a bit of archaeological evidence of Mahayana activity in Orisa, that he went and saw first hand during his research. There is no doubt that in South India, on the eastern side, Andra Pradesh there was considerable Mahāyāna activity. It is equally certain that Zahor was in th...
by Malcolm
Sat Aug 11, 2018 7:20 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Who is America ?
Replies: 224
Views: 4238

Re: Who is America ?

You've been threading an argument arguing the need for violent confrontation of "fascists", without actually supporting it. I don't know, man. I don't know. Kessler himself admitted on an alt-right podcast that many of the attendees at last year’s rally were “people who aren’t used to being out of ...
by Malcolm
Sat Aug 11, 2018 6:34 pm
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: The Self-Arisen Vidya Tantra and The Self-Liberated Vidya Tantra A Translation of the Rigpa Rang Shar and Rigpa Rangdrol
Replies: 44
Views: 2557

Re: The Self-Arisen Vidya Tantra and The Self-Liberated Vidya Tantra A Translation of the Rigpa Rang Shar and Rigpa Rang

Crazywisdom wrote:
Sat Aug 11, 2018 6:32 pm
Malcolm wrote:
Sat Aug 11, 2018 6:31 pm
Crazywisdom wrote:
Sat Aug 11, 2018 6:21 pm


High quality.
I try my best.
It’s shows, honestly. So very clear.
Publishing is a team effort. And thanks.
by Malcolm
Sat Aug 11, 2018 6:31 pm
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: The Self-Arisen Vidya Tantra and The Self-Liberated Vidya Tantra A Translation of the Rigpa Rang Shar and Rigpa Rangdrol
Replies: 44
Views: 2557

Re: The Self-Arisen Vidya Tantra and The Self-Liberated Vidya Tantra A Translation of the Rigpa Rang Shar and Rigpa Rang

Cool However, Wisdom makes sure my translations are peer reviewed. That is the benefit of working with a major publisher, rather than self-publishing. High quality. I try my best. I also have two editors, plus Wisdom's editor, Laura Cunningham, as well as someone to go through Sanskrit terms, and s...
by Malcolm
Sat Aug 11, 2018 6:15 pm
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: The Self-Arisen Vidya Tantra and The Self-Liberated Vidya Tantra A Translation of the Rigpa Rang Shar and Rigpa Rangdrol
Replies: 44
Views: 2557

Re: The Self-Arisen Vidya Tantra and The Self-Liberated Vidya Tantra A Translation of the Rigpa Rang Shar and Rigpa Rang

Crazywisdom wrote:
Sat Aug 11, 2018 6:13 pm
Cool
However, Wisdom makes sure my translations are peer reviewed. That is the benefit of working with a major publisher, rather than self-publishing.
by Malcolm
Sat Aug 11, 2018 6:13 pm
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: The Self-Arisen Vidya Tantra and The Self-Liberated Vidya Tantra A Translation of the Rigpa Rang Shar and Rigpa Rangdrol
Replies: 44
Views: 2557

Re: The Self-Arisen Vidya Tantra and The Self-Liberated Vidya Tantra A Translation of the Rigpa Rang Shar and Rigpa Rang

Are you planning to translate the entire set of Dzogchen tantras? Just the 17, they are the most important. So is Tulku Dakpa overseeing your translation? No. I don't need anyone to oversee my translations. But he certainly is willing to help when I have questions or doubts, as is Lama Chonam, Sang...
by Malcolm
Sat Aug 11, 2018 5:07 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Swat Valley/Oddiyana
Replies: 71
Views: 958

Re: Swat Valley/Oddiyana

So, spoke to Rinpoche and he told me that he is not the only scholar that disagrees with the placement of Oddiyna in Swat Valley. Rinpoche was influenced in this decision by the research of N.K. Sahu, whom he met. Sahu wrote an apparently well researched, but now difficult to find book: Buddhism in...

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