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by MiphamFan
Sat Sep 26, 2020 9:06 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Interesting article on media backlash and Joe Rogan
Replies: 55
Views: 750

Re: Interesting article on media backlash and Joe Rogan

I currently train wrestling. I watch YouTube videos of MMA fights and find the artistry behind the techniques etc interesting. My favourite fighter is Khabib. At the same time, as part of my job in the tech industry, I am exposed to a lot of woke rhetoric (I really don't think they are particularly ...
by MiphamFan
Sat Aug 22, 2020 9:01 am
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Dzogchen Community of Chogyal Namkhai Norbu
Replies: 7477
Views: 902380

Re: Dzogchen Community of Chogyal Namkhai Norbu

It's sad but personally, while practising ChNN's teachings daily still, I am seeking teachings from other lamas too. I definitely need guidance on the path, SMS teachers are a bit ahead on the path of me, but I'm not sure how far they can lead me. Ati Guru Yoga + SoV till I die but in the meantime I...
by MiphamFan
Sun Aug 09, 2020 4:41 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: infinite Regress and the Yogacara container model
Replies: 25
Views: 541

Re: infinite Regress and the Yogacara container model

In the first place, why does Craig's Kalam argument convince you?

https://plato.stanford.edu/entries/cosm ... laCosmArgu

It's based on certain mediaeval western model of causality, very different from the Buddhist one of dependent arising. If you reject that then the argument fails.
by MiphamFan
Tue Jul 02, 2019 4:06 pm
Forum: Engaged Buddhism
Topic: Hooray for Nuclear Power
Replies: 60
Views: 7871

Re: Hooray for Nuclear Power

The best solution is accepting the decline and fall of industrial civilization.
by MiphamFan
Wed Feb 06, 2019 8:53 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Rebirth as AI 'organism'
Replies: 63
Views: 3605

Re: Rebirth as AI 'organism'

"Neural networks" is a misnomer based on a simplistic understanding of human neurons back in the 60s or 70s as Andrew Ng, one of the pioneers in the field, notes. You're suggesting that the human brain is not a neural network? No, read what I said carefully. The machine neural networks DO NOT work ...
by MiphamFan
Wed Feb 06, 2019 5:12 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Rebirth as AI 'organism'
Replies: 63
Views: 3605

Re: Rebirth as AI 'organism'

I'm actually working in AI right now so let me put it this way: AI right now is based pretty much on linear algebra. Do you remember y=mx+b and matrices from school? If so, you know enough to calculate a simple neural network. Everything else is built on top of this. There is no consciousness in thi...
by MiphamFan
Wed Feb 06, 2019 2:28 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Rebirth as AI 'organism'
Replies: 63
Views: 3605

Re: Rebirth as AI 'organism'

People overblow the risks of sapient AI (which is unlikely to happen in our lifetimes if it even is possible) but understate many other real risks that are already present.

Read this.
by MiphamFan
Thu Jan 31, 2019 8:15 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Who are your favourite ancient non-Buddhist philosophers?
Replies: 31
Views: 2331

Re: Who are your favourite ancient non-Buddhist philosophers?

Heraclitus. Pyrrho. Sextus Empiricus. Epictetus.
by MiphamFan
Mon Jan 28, 2019 10:55 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Any recommendations for Tibetan Buddhist Centres in Singapore
Replies: 6
Views: 799

Re: Any recommendations for Tibetan Buddhist Centres in Singapore

There are a lot of Tibetan Buddhist centres in Singapore. Singapore is not part of China, so the firewall doesn't really matter, unless 2ndchance is posting from China.

If you are on Facebook search for a page called "Singapore Tibetan Buddhism Events".
by MiphamFan
Mon Dec 31, 2018 4:47 am
Forum: Bön
Topic: Are Bonpos vegetarian?
Replies: 32
Views: 3111

Re: Are Bonpos vegetarian?

Mutsuk said on Vajracakra that Bonpos had a vow of vegetarianism IIRC.
by MiphamFan
Fri Dec 21, 2018 1:33 am
Forum: Academic Discussion
Topic: Pursuing Graduate Degree in Buddhist Studies
Replies: 14
Views: 2051

Re: Pursuing Graduate Degree in Buddhist Studies

Thanks for all the replies everyone! I'm getting caught up here after holiday travel. What's your end goal out of doing this? I think the bigger question to ask is if one wants to go this route at all. If your goal is to become a translator there are other ways to facilitate that, and translation i...
by MiphamFan
Thu Dec 20, 2018 8:00 am
Forum: Gelug
Topic: Prayer to Namgyalma
Replies: 14
Views: 3539

Re: Prayer to Namgyalma

Monlam Tharchin wrote: Fri Nov 30, 2018 6:19 pm Does the Namgyalma mantra begin with "om dhrum soha", "om bhrum soha", either or? :thanks:
Tibetans pronounce Sanskrit Bhrum as /dhrum/
by MiphamFan
Wed Dec 19, 2018 5:07 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Human, you are not necessary.
Replies: 125
Views: 7764

Re: Human, you are not necessary.

The Marxist argument for open borders and immigration... Social democracy, which is not even Marxism, cannot work without clearly defined borders, whether it's a municipiality or a nation-state Actually, it’s capitalism that wont be confined within borders and national identities. Rightly so. At tr...
by MiphamFan
Wed Dec 19, 2018 2:50 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Human, you are not necessary.
Replies: 125
Views: 7764

Re: Human, you are not necessary.

What reason would the working class in America have to identify with e.g. the Bangladeshi or Honduran working class? Sympathizing with their plight, sure. But identifying with them is a completely different matter, not least to say supporting them at the expense of their own interests (by things suc...
by MiphamFan
Sat Dec 15, 2018 1:46 am
Forum: Academic Discussion
Topic: Pursuing Graduate Degree in Buddhist Studies
Replies: 14
Views: 2051

Re: Pursuing Graduate Degree in Buddhist Studies

What's your end goal out of doing this?
by MiphamFan
Fri Dec 14, 2018 2:40 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Human, you are not necessary.
Replies: 125
Views: 7764

Re: Human, you are not necessary.

Unrestricted immigration is insane with technological unemployment.

This is not like the first industrial revolution -- back then, displaced farmers could easily find unskilled menial labour jobs in factories. Today, how many unskilled labourers can become AI engineers?
by MiphamFan
Wed Dec 12, 2018 2:46 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: New terma and their continuation outside of a lineage.
Replies: 55
Views: 3990

Re: empowerment for Dudjom Tersar Ngondro

Ah. That explains the trip they made to China even within the first 49 days of his parinirvana. That is a different problem, one the community in the west will in time resolve. We already know that in China there is a Khenpo appointed to continue CHNN's lineage there. :thumbsup: I don't think so. T...
by MiphamFan
Sat Dec 08, 2018 12:26 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Vitarkavicāra
Replies: 3
Views: 578

Re: Vitarkavicāra

I went down this rabbit hole a while back. My own conclusion is that the "sutric" dhyanas as taught by e.g. Leigh Brasington, corresponds much more with the Sautrantika definition of the dhyanas as taught in Mahayana. However, there is dissensus even within Mahayana about how hard exactly the first ...
by MiphamFan
Sun Dec 02, 2018 11:30 am
Forum: Ethical Conduct
Topic: Jobs that serve alcohol?
Replies: 49
Views: 5373

Re: Jobs that serve alcohol?

Tulzhug Lingpa, a.k.a. Duddul Rolpai Dorje, a well-known Terton of the mid-20th century and student of both H.H. Dudjom Rinpoche, Jigdral Yeshe Dorje, and Chatral Sangay Dorje, wrote a small book on the importance of avoiding alcohol for Buddhist practitioners -- The Youthful Armor for Those Who Wa...
by MiphamFan
Wed Nov 21, 2018 1:05 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: A request to explain Vajrayana to a common Mahayanika
Replies: 102
Views: 9876

Re: A request to explain Vajrayana to a common Mahayanika

Ngondro practice, refuge, bodhicitta, Vajrasattva, Mandala offerings, and Guru Yoga. One does not really need any other practices. Where would shamatha fit in? In Vajrayāna, sadhana recitation is śamatha. Here, specifically, after the dissolution of the refuge field, Vajrasattva, or taking empowerm...

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