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by tobes
Thu Sep 19, 2019 8:29 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Right-wing psychology
Replies: 29
Views: 507

Re: Right-wing psychology

The glorious Empire, white, Christian and empiricist! I suffer from false consciousness/nostalgia too, but for that mythical post WWII Keynesian golden age, where liberal institutions were actually liberal, public services were actually public, and welfare was actually designed to help the poorest/m...
by tobes
Thu Sep 19, 2019 4:55 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Right-wing psychology
Replies: 29
Views: 507

Re: Right-wing psychology

I agree with the 'asura' analysis, and also with the notion that those on the other side are afflicted by this. In fact, I think 'the political' per se is basically an asura domain. It is very hard to even enter a political discourse without becoming a bit or a lot asura oneself. It is a constant da...
by tobes
Sun Sep 15, 2019 12:51 am
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Non-Attachment to Spouse and Kids
Replies: 11
Views: 360

Re: Non-Attachment to Spouse and Kids

Non-attachment doesn't imply renouncing your wife and kids. It implies renouncing your attachment to them. When attachment ceases, space, clarity, compassion and wisdom arise. This is a richer, more loving, wiser standpoint to conduct a family life. So: you gain something here, not lose something.
by tobes
Tue Sep 10, 2019 7:11 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Favorite Book
Replies: 22
Views: 723

Re: Favorite Book

SilenceMonkey wrote:
Sun Sep 01, 2019 11:33 am
"Heart of Compassion" by Dilgo Khyentse

This book touched my heart deeply... It's is a simple and profound commentary of the 37 Practices of a Bodhisattva. I believe the essence of the Mahayana is in this book.
Agree.
by tobes
Tue Sep 10, 2019 1:21 am
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Why doesn’t Medicine Buddha heal me?
Replies: 90
Views: 1569

Re: Why doesn’t Medicine Buddha heal me?

Where in Buddhism does one find the view that the body is or ought to be some perfect vessel of health? It is the very locus of duhkha! This is the very reason to seek liberation. The Buddha was rather merciless in teaching this. The Medicine Buddha Sutra is not in any way independent of the Four No...
by tobes
Sun Sep 08, 2019 4:09 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Why do monks and nuns deny Romantic Sexual Love?
Replies: 54
Views: 3595

Re: Why do monks and nuns deny Romantic Sexual Love?

It depends what qualities - stable shamatha is definitely much harder. And let's be honest, a lot hangs on that. But bodhicitta: it's easier. Every moment you keep a bad heart/ your spouse & kids suffer viscerally. And conversely, if your heart is golden, they get great benefits. Because you can see...
by tobes
Sun Sep 08, 2019 4:04 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Who are your favourite non-Buddhist philosophers?
Replies: 11
Views: 550

Re: Who are your favourite non-Buddhist philosophers?

Aristotle - his ethics and politics, Kant - epistemology, Buber - ethics, Frankfurt school (Fromm, Adorno etc) - politics.

Honorary mentions to Husserl, Maimonides, Hegel & Marx.

Basically, if it's German, Greek or Indian: I'm in!
by tobes
Sun Sep 08, 2019 2:59 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Why do monks and nuns deny Romantic Sexual Love?
Replies: 54
Views: 3595

Re: Why do monks and nuns deny Romantic Sexual Love?

That said, if my karma did not put into a marriage, children and a deep relationship, I would not bother and would just focus on Dharma practice in isolation, When I think of myself charitably, I think this is what I'd do. Realistically, I'd procrastinate. Having kids makes it sound more attractive...
by tobes
Sun Sep 08, 2019 12:50 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Beyond the Upper Middle Way (Lion's Roar)
Replies: 24
Views: 558

Re: Beyond the Upper Middle Way (Lion's Roar)

If one undertakes a Buddhist analysis rather than purely a western/sociological one, it is necessary to ask: what are the causes and conditions upon which rebirth with stable material conditions depend? i.e. if an upper-middle class person meets with the Dharma in this life, then as a first step, a ...
by tobes
Thu Sep 05, 2019 12:38 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: How damaging was the Cultural Revolution for Buddhism and Taoism? Moved from Discovering Mahayana
Replies: 32
Views: 231

Re: How damaging was the Cultural Revolution for Buddhism and Taoism? Moved from Discovering Mahayana

The point I was making is that there may well be a difference in communist rhetoric and the social reality. 'Bourgeois' is one of those terms that can be made mean almost anything. To say that Mao's movement was "originally agrarian" does not do justice to the man's twisted capacity: his disagreeme...
by tobes
Wed Sep 04, 2019 7:30 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: How damaging was the Cultural Revolution for Buddhism and Taoism? Moved from Discovering Mahayana
Replies: 32
Views: 231

Re: How damaging was the Cultural Revolution for Buddhism and Taoism? Moved from Discovering Mahayana

One could read Mao's essay on contradictions to see just how significant a role class conflict played in his thinking and politics. Take particular note of antagonistic contradiction: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/On_Contradiction Interestingly, going back to the OP, I see more than a touch of a ver...
by tobes
Wed Sep 04, 2019 7:18 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: How damaging was the Cultural Revolution for Buddhism and Taoism? Moved from Discovering Mahayana
Replies: 32
Views: 231

Re: How damaging was the Cultural Revolution for Buddhism and Taoism? Moved from Discovering Mahayana

Well, I'm certainly no expert. But it is pretty well established that the Mao inspired revolution was originally very agrarian in character. i.e. there was a strong sense of 'returning to the land,' and a deep suspicion of urban intellectuals who were systematically relocated and 're-educated.' This...
by tobes
Tue Sep 03, 2019 11:57 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: How damaging was the Cultural Revolution for Buddhism and Taoism? Moved from Discovering Mahayana
Replies: 32
Views: 231

Re: How damaging was the Cultural Revolution for Buddhism and Taoism?

Thanks for clarifying the language question. As for the other point - from the Marxist point of view the reason "pre=communist Chinese culture" was a problem is precisely because of the class interests they represent. Think about Tibet: Buddhism was equated with a feudal class structure, and this w...
by tobes
Tue Sep 03, 2019 11:54 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: How damaging was the Cultural Revolution for Buddhism and Taoism? Moved from Discovering Mahayana
Replies: 32
Views: 231

Re: How damaging was the Cultural Revolution for Buddhism and Taoism?

Plus of course it’s strategic importance in straddling China and India and the fact that the Tibetan plateau is very rich in minerals. Sure, the appropriation of the territory had/has a lot to do with this. But the cultural genocide, which was at its worst during the cultural revolution, was indeed...
by tobes
Tue Sep 03, 2019 10:52 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: How damaging was the Cultural Revolution for Buddhism and Taoism? Moved from Discovering Mahayana
Replies: 32
Views: 231

Re: How damaging was the Cultural Revolution for Buddhism and Taoism?

For clarity: the cultural revolution was a small period b/w 1960's and 70's. It was devastating, but it was fundamentally more about class and party unity than it was religion; or: it was about religion to the extent that religion was understood to reflect class interests. In this respect, Confucia...
by tobes
Mon Sep 02, 2019 11:53 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: How damaging was the Cultural Revolution for Buddhism and Taoism? Moved from Discovering Mahayana
Replies: 32
Views: 231

Re: How damaging was the Cultural Revolution for Buddhism and Taoism?

For clarity: the cultural revolution was a small period b/w 1960's and 70's. It was devastating, but it was fundamentally more about class and party unity than it was religion; or: it was about religion to the extent that religion was understood to reflect class interests. In this respect, Confucian...
by tobes
Sun Sep 01, 2019 5:53 am
Forum: Meditation
Topic: Tonglen experiences?
Replies: 16
Views: 485

Re: Tonglen experiences?

well i don't know, i did sort of tonglen mixed w/ a pranayama. i didn't care in using applying that way, if it was right or wrong, nor if i would be able to get cancer then because i thought "if i get anything it wont manifest because i practice..." a particular yidam that have ways to control/elim...
by tobes
Sat Aug 31, 2019 11:58 pm
Forum: Meditation
Topic: Tonglen experiences?
Replies: 16
Views: 485

Re: Tonglen experiences?

Be clear though: you cannot 'catch' cancer, or any other bad condition, by practicing tonglen. This is a simple matter of causation. The causes you are generating by taking on the suffering of others can only produce extremely wholesome and beneficial conditions (both for you and the beings you are ...
by tobes
Thu Aug 29, 2019 11:51 pm
Forum: Meditation
Topic: Tonglen experiences?
Replies: 16
Views: 485

Re: Tonglen experiences?

It's very dangerous if you want to stay in samsara, keep a closed heart and regress from bodhicitta.....

Otherwise: it is the very opposite of dangerous.

You cannot be harmed in any way by doing this practice; only your illusory sense of I is harmed.
by tobes
Thu Aug 29, 2019 5:56 am
Forum: Meditation
Topic: Tonglen experiences?
Replies: 16
Views: 485

Re: Tonglen experiences?

I used to think: this is a pretty good tool for mind training.

Now I realise: this is an extraordinarily profound method for completing the path.

I'm still a novice with tonglen, but I've experienced just enough to be know that just about everything I'm striving for is accomplished through it.

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