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by Malcolm
Sun Feb 25, 2018 6:58 pm
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: deadliest mass shooting in the U.S.
Replies: 480
Views: 14292

Re: deadliest mass shooting in the U.S.

Oh yeah, our system has a really great record with fairly implementing stuff like that and being prudent with uses of executive power, especially as regards marginalized groups. Oh wait no, the complete opposite is true. :roll: :roll: Witb that, I'm done with the conversation, have fun. So you do n...
by Malcolm
Sun Feb 25, 2018 6:48 pm
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: deadliest mass shooting in the U.S.
Replies: 480
Views: 14292

Re: deadliest mass shooting in the U.S.

I wonder what would have happened in the U$ if slavery abolitionists had the same attitude as you? I wonder if the holocaust would of ever happened had Hitler not taken away all guns? Most of the Jews Hitler killed were not German Jews, so this is a specious question. The largest number of Jews kil...
by Malcolm
Sun Feb 25, 2018 5:12 pm
Forum: East Asian Buddhism
Topic: Karma of the Shakya clan
Replies: 16
Views: 370

Re: Karma of the Shakya clan

Look for the sutra that discusses that hypothetical. But it’s very, very important to remember that that story was about a bodhisattva who could perceive perfectly the karmic effects of both action and inaction in that situation. A non-Arya being has no business trying to make this sort of judgemen...
by Malcolm
Sun Feb 25, 2018 5:05 pm
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: deadliest mass shooting in the U.S.
Replies: 480
Views: 14292

Re: deadliest mass shooting in the U.S.

ummm...no...AR-15's are semi-auto not full auto, in other words one pull of the trigger = one round fired thereby making it virtually impossible to fire 13 rds per second...you must be thinking of the M-16 which can be fired full auto and is actually a military weapon. An AR-15 is not a military we...
by Malcolm
Sun Feb 25, 2018 2:33 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Translatorhood
Replies: 36
Views: 1032

Re: Translatorhood

If you’re a patron, it can actually be frustratingly hard to find a way to finance translation projects, due to the way that most Dharma charities tend to work. What!!??? That is really weird! This seems like something that could be fixed ( ...I assume ...by someone) and have some sort of portal or...
by Malcolm
Sun Feb 25, 2018 2:30 pm
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: deadliest mass shooting in the U.S.
Replies: 480
Views: 14292

Re: deadliest mass shooting in the U.S.

A total ban of guns is a ridiculous, and draconian idea, when has that actually been proposed? seems pretty reasonable to me, apart from law enforcement and the military, civilians really do not need firearms for more than hunting and sport. How would it be enforced here, short of violating the 4th...
by Malcolm
Sun Feb 25, 2018 2:22 pm
Forum: East Asian Buddhism
Topic: Karma of the Shakya clan
Replies: 16
Views: 370

Re: Karma of the Shakya clan

Hmm... yes yes. I have a really huge question on killing too. Suppose you know someone who is going to kill a group of 50 men, but you refuse to kill him that person because you are scared you will gain bad karma. But if you kill him, you save the 50 men. So like who gains the bigger “bad” karma in...
by Malcolm
Sun Feb 25, 2018 2:21 pm
Forum: East Asian Buddhism
Topic: Karma of the Shakya clan
Replies: 16
Views: 370

Re: Karma of the Shakya clan

Buddha Sakyamuni was undeniably an atheist. He stated clearly that there is no Creator God. That being the case, Buddhist ontology must be founded on natural laws. There are no two ways about it. From a buddhist viewpoint, the law of karma is therefore a natural law akin to a conservation law in sc...
by Malcolm
Sat Feb 24, 2018 4:59 pm
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: deadliest mass shooting in the U.S.
Replies: 480
Views: 14292

Re: deadliest mass shooting in the U.S.

A total ban of guns is a ridiculous, and draconian idea, when has that actually been proposed? seems pretty reasonable to me, apart from law enforcement and the military, civilians really do not need firearms for more than hunting and sport. Well civilians hunting is illegal in my country, I'd love...
by Malcolm
Sat Feb 24, 2018 3:52 pm
Forum: Discovering Mahayana Buddhism
Topic: Some questions on Karma and Merit
Replies: 12
Views: 225

Re: Some questions on Karma and Merit

In which case the motivation or view is supramundane, not the karma itself? For example: giving without conceiving of the three objects (the giver, the thing being given and the receiver of the thing) vs giving based in a dualistic view; where the karma in both cases is giving, whereas the view/mot...
by Malcolm
Sat Feb 24, 2018 3:35 pm
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: deadliest mass shooting in the U.S.
Replies: 480
Views: 14292

Re: deadliest mass shooting in the U.S.

Johnny Dangerous wrote:
Sat Feb 24, 2018 1:15 am
A total ban of guns is a ridiculous, and draconian idea, when has that actually been proposed?
seems pretty reasonable to me, apart from law enforcement and the military, civilians really do not need firearms for more than hunting and sport.
by Malcolm
Fri Feb 23, 2018 10:57 pm
Forum: Language
Topic: thugs kyi dgongs pa
Replies: 7
Views: 222

Re: thugs kyi dgongs pa

ཐུགས་ཀྱི་དགོངས་པ་རིག་པ་རང་ཤར་གྱི་ངོ་བོ་བདག་ལ་ Keep in mind that the first phrase refers to the honorific "thugs" which is not just "mind," but potentially "Buddha's Mind," or Enlightened Mind. It can, however, refer to one's own mind in some instances, esp. when one is contemplating something. This...
by Malcolm
Fri Feb 23, 2018 9:10 pm
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: deadliest mass shooting in the U.S.
Replies: 480
Views: 14292

Re: deadliest mass shooting in the U.S.

Republicans crack me up with their oblivious hypocrisy. Obama deficits bad! Trump deficits good! I could go on, but I won't.

Got a problem with gun violence in schools? Obviously the solution is adding more guns!
by Malcolm
Fri Feb 23, 2018 9:05 pm
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: deadliest mass shooting in the U.S.
Replies: 480
Views: 14292

Re: deadliest mass shooting in the U.S.

Part of the solution is making soft targets like schools, businesses etc. harder. Many kinds of door blockers are available and are being used now in some schools. This is one kind: https://www.bilco.com/Store/ProductDetailPage/1DSI-1/Barracuda_Intruder_Defense_System_-_Model_DSI RIght because that...
by Malcolm
Fri Feb 23, 2018 8:57 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Samaya in Vajrayāna
Replies: 21
Views: 2219

Re: Samaya in Vajrayāna

how far do you take that? I strive to keep samaya, especially since many people have their own feeling about tibetan buddhism and vajrayana it is better to do so. but what about things like images of one's yidam on the home shrine? or books on the bookself? I do not allow people without empowerment...
by Malcolm
Fri Feb 23, 2018 4:37 pm
Forum: Nyingma
Topic: Khandro Thugtig preliminaries - confused!
Replies: 7
Views: 310

Re: Khandro Thugtig preliminaries - confused!

Slightly off topic, but has anyone noticed that Dudjom Rinpoche's commentary on the mandala offering in this text is almost word for word identical to Jamgon Kongtrul's explanation in The Torch of Certainty ? I am not finding fault anywhere, I have always just been struck by this. Traditionally, pl...
by Malcolm
Fri Feb 23, 2018 4:21 pm
Forum: Discovering Mahayana Buddhism
Topic: Some questions on Karma and Merit
Replies: 12
Views: 225

Re: Some questions on Karma and Merit

Supramundane karma? Can you give some examples/sources please? Pretty sure he means inexhaustible merit which arises from making dedications knowing there is no one dedication, no dedication, and not object of dedication in ultimate truth. For example, the Verses Summarizing the Perfection of Wisdo...
by Malcolm
Fri Feb 23, 2018 3:52 pm
Forum: Discovering Mahayana Buddhism
Topic: Some questions on Karma and Merit
Replies: 12
Views: 225

Re: Some questions on Karma and Merit

Thanks for the reply. That actually makes sense of the passage in Sūtra of the Garland of a Bodhisattva’s Primary Karmas , where in Chapter 3 it mentions that the Bodhisattvas can not progress without their 'garland of merits' (as this translation has it). There is mundane Karma and supramundane ka...
by Malcolm
Fri Feb 23, 2018 3:19 pm
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: Eido roshi passes away in Japan
Replies: 2
Views: 149

Re: Eido roshi passes away in Japan

The first Dharma teacher I ever sat with.
by Malcolm
Fri Feb 23, 2018 4:23 am
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: deadliest mass shooting in the U.S.
Replies: 480
Views: 14292

Re: deadliest mass shooting in the U.S.

Important context: Gun ownership in the US is actually not so popular as you might think, even though there is a metric shit-ton of weaponry piled up. How so? The Guardian did a good job laying this out some months ago. https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2017/oct/02/us-gun-control-ownership-violen...