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by Brunelleschi
Wed Jun 27, 2018 1:49 pm
Forum: Wellness, Diet and Fitness
Topic: Circumcision
Replies: 57
Views: 4091

Re: Circumcision

This: Pro tip: ask your local preacher if God the Father is himself circumcised. I'm glad I did. If we all asked our local preacher, we might get 1,000 different answers, depending on the denomination and the level of apologetics of that sect. Some see God as impersonal, others take the literal wor...
by Brunelleschi
Tue Jun 26, 2018 2:49 pm
Forum: Wellness, Diet and Fitness
Topic: Circumcision
Replies: 57
Views: 4091

Re: Circumcision

All the rationales for this practice that I have been exposed to are cultural and not scientific (specifically, references to Biblical or Quranic tradition). I find those arguments completely unconvincing. [Pro tip: ask your local preacher if God the Father is himself circumcised. I'm glad I did.] ...
by Brunelleschi
Thu Jun 14, 2018 3:56 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Yidams on a bikini
Replies: 59
Views: 2162

Re: Yidams on a bikini

Yes, it is really sad to see bikinis with yidams on them. It's really stupid. And if we are to do anything, it'd be asking them to please stop, and have some respect, and otherwise giving general information such as this being religious symbols that should be treated with respect. But we can't real...
by Brunelleschi
Thu Jun 14, 2018 3:37 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Yidams on a bikini
Replies: 59
Views: 2162

Re: Yidams on a bikini

However hideous the examples, I place freedom of expression above all restriction of speech which offends people. In the UK we now have a culture which is reaching the point where it drags people into court for offending anyone about anything. Literally, anything. Then there needs to be a debate ab...
by Brunelleschi
Thu Jun 14, 2018 11:58 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Yidams on a bikini
Replies: 59
Views: 2162

Re: Yidams on a bikini

It's a crude, borderline racist joke at the expense of a community that in the west faces subtle and not-so-subtle racism on a daily basis. It's my comment you have a problem with? Alrighty then. :coffee: I'll make this general, in the context of the OP: We need to be free to take the piss out of a...
by Brunelleschi
Wed Jun 13, 2018 11:19 pm
Forum: Wellness, Diet and Fitness
Topic: Circumcision
Replies: 57
Views: 4091

Re: Circumcision

All the rationales for this practice that I have been exposed to are cultural and not scientific (specifically, references to Biblical or Quranic tradition). I find those arguments completely unconvincing. [Pro tip: ask your local preacher if God the Father is himself circumcised. I'm glad I did.] ...
by Brunelleschi
Wed Jun 13, 2018 11:05 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Yidams on a bikini
Replies: 59
Views: 2162

Re: Yidams on a bikini

I'm exiting this thread - I've said my piece. We'll have to agree to disagree.
by Brunelleschi
Wed Jun 13, 2018 10:59 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Yidams on a bikini
Replies: 59
Views: 2162

Re: Yidams on a bikini

Opposite. Debunking. Of course I am posting this from the bathroom whilst making good use of the Koran. ;) If I saw you do that in person I would slap you. Is that slapping part of your "Buddhist" conviction too? It is a reflection of my thoughts and feelings for someone joking about using the sacr...
by Brunelleschi
Wed Jun 13, 2018 10:54 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Yidams on a bikini
Replies: 59
Views: 2162

Re: Yidams on a bikini

If I saw you do that in person I would slap you. I'm reporting this post - it is disparaging of other religions. Why would you be in my bathroom watching me read the Koran? You're welcome, of course, but you'd have to fight your way past the girls clad in bikinis covered in pics of Jesus, Mo and Mu...
by Brunelleschi
Wed Jun 13, 2018 10:51 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Yidams on a bikini
Replies: 59
Views: 2162

Re: Yidams on a bikini

There's a post going around on social media addressing the depictions of Buddha, Tara, and some yidams being placed on bathing suits, skirts, shirts, etc. and people are expressing “outrage” and are calling for a boycott of Amazon who is selling this merchandise. As practitioners I would think folk...
by Brunelleschi
Wed Jun 13, 2018 9:33 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Yidams on a bikini
Replies: 59
Views: 2162

Re: Yidams on a bikini

Which Yidams are we going to get upset about most? Garuda gets slapped on everything you can thing of and doesn't seem to be harmed too much by the experience. Then we have the yantras, mantras and seed syllables we can get upset about as well. Then there's the reverse sutuation - people see a nake...
by Brunelleschi
Wed Jun 13, 2018 9:20 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Yidams on a bikini
Replies: 59
Views: 2162

Re: Yidams on a bikini

I would. Why on earth not? I wouldn't be surprised if some people post here while taking a dump. (No videos, please.) It may shock you that old bibles make great toilet paper and roll-up cigarettes. Much sought after. Wow, you're so edgy. Opposite. Debunking. Of course I am posting this from the ba...
by Brunelleschi
Wed Jun 13, 2018 9:08 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Yidams on a bikini
Replies: 59
Views: 2162

Re: Yidams on a bikini

You wouldn't use a Bible as bathroom reading material. I would. Why on earth not? I wouldn't be surprised if some people post here while taking a dump. (No videos, please.) It may shock you that old bibles make great toilet paper and roll-up cigarettes. Much sought after. Wow, you're so edgy.
by Brunelleschi
Tue Jun 12, 2018 11:35 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Yidams on a bikini
Replies: 59
Views: 2162

Re: Yidams on a bikini

There's a post going around on social media addressing the depictions of Buddha, Tara, and some yidams being placed on bathing suits, skirts, shirts, etc. and people are expressing “outrage” and are calling for a boycott of Amazon who is selling this merchandise. As practitioners I would think folk...
by Brunelleschi
Sat Apr 07, 2018 2:42 pm
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Keith Dowman's argument for his "interpretive free" translation style
Replies: 95
Views: 11161

Re: Keith Dowman's argument for his "interpretive free" translation style

Do we have any fans of the "naropa" "university" translation style? Naropa.jpg So does he mean "queer" as in strange/odd or "queer" as in Queer Theory derived from figures such as Judith Butler or Leo Bersani? Pretty sure he means he is putting an LGBTQ spin on his translations. It's nice someone i...
by Brunelleschi
Fri Apr 06, 2018 9:31 am
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Keith Dowman's argument for his "interpretive free" translation style
Replies: 95
Views: 11161

Re: Keith Dowman's argument for his "interpretive free" translation style

Fortyeightvows wrote:
Thu Apr 05, 2018 9:37 am
Do we have any fans of the "naropa" "university" translation style?

Naropa.jpg
So does he mean "queer" as in strange/odd or "queer" as in Queer Theory derived from figures such as Judith Butler or Leo Bersani?
by Brunelleschi
Mon Mar 12, 2018 7:58 pm
Forum: Pure Land
Topic: Request: clear explanation of the nature of Sukhavati or a "pure land" in general
Replies: 5
Views: 555

Request: clear explanation of the nature of Sukhavati or a "pure land" in general

Hello, I have a request: Could someone take the time to explain how the/a pure land in Buddhism is to be understood? Hailing from Europe I feel like my view of the pure land is influenced by Abrahamic thinking - which is obviously incorrect. I've read some explanations but I'd like to get a more phi...
by Brunelleschi
Sat Mar 03, 2018 7:03 am
Forum: Ethical Conduct
Topic: Lying; Is it Acceptable?
Replies: 21
Views: 1613

Re: Lying; Is it Acceptable?

Whether it is acceptable or not is irrelevant, either way there will be karmic consequences (vipaka). Any action executed from a self-centred view is going to have stronger negative consequences. Agreed. This is an important concept to remember. Consequences are not judged by some exterior force - ...
by Brunelleschi
Sun Feb 25, 2018 9:18 am
Forum: East Asian Buddhism
Topic: Karma of the Shakya clan
Replies: 16
Views: 1243

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...

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