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by MiphamFan
Mon Nov 13, 2017 5:14 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: The DJKR Topic
Replies: 687
Views: 16808

Re: The DJKR Topic

No more pure than sneezing and shitting of any other sentient being.

In the same way, what looks like sexual abuse in any other context doesn't suddenly become enlightened action just because it is done by someone you consider a "guru" (who didn't even give any empowerments).
by MiphamFan
Mon Nov 13, 2017 5:08 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: The DJKR Topic
Replies: 687
Views: 16808

Re: The DJKR Topic

The Buddha also sneezed and shat.

Guruyoga is not about viewing every little action as some enlightened gesture as far as I understand it.
by MiphamFan
Mon Nov 13, 2017 3:44 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: The DJKR Topic
Replies: 687
Views: 16808

Re: The DJKR Topic

Not my job to explain it. Use your own reasoning. If you want to view every sneeze and :toilet: your teacher takes as pure go ahead. Do you think the practice should be discontinued? Your "practice" of guruyoga seems very different from mine, I don't think we can really have a common basis of discu...
by MiphamFan
Mon Nov 13, 2017 3:42 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: The DJKR Topic
Replies: 687
Views: 16808

Re: The DJKR Topic

Not my job to explain it. Use your own reasoning. If you want to view every sneeze and :toilet: your teacher takes as pure go ahead. For me, ChNN's explanation of guruyoga is succinct and doesn't require ridiculous leaps of faith that stretch your credulity and require you to relinquish your critica...
by MiphamFan
Mon Nov 13, 2017 3:28 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: The DJKR Topic
Replies: 687
Views: 16808

Re: The DJKR Topic

You can keep harping on about how seeing every little action your guru takes as "pure" is part of "guruyoga", just remember not everyone was taught to do that. ChNN for example, always says something to the effect of not doing it while thinking of him in his ordinary form where he needs to sleep, go...
by MiphamFan
Mon Nov 13, 2017 3:09 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: The DJKR Topic
Replies: 687
Views: 16808

Re: The DJKR Topic

There are a number of issues with leftist liberalism/progressivism that IMO are incompatible with Dharma such as placing a priority on a woman's "right to choose" over the lives of human foetuses, "identity politics" which reify all these temporary, impermanent concepts, etc. The point is that we d...
by MiphamFan
Mon Nov 13, 2017 3:06 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: The DJKR Topic
Replies: 687
Views: 16808

Re: The DJKR Topic

I want to conserve the Dharma, and it sickens me that people use the name of Dharma for depravity I agree about conserving Dharma. I agree that Dharma should not be used to abuse people. I think the move to confront Sogyal was long overdue. And I see the Guru Yoga, as It has been practiced, as bein...
by MiphamFan
Mon Nov 13, 2017 1:59 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: The DJKR Topic
Replies: 687
Views: 16808

Re: The DJKR Topic

I'm relatively young (going to be 26 soon), and I don't see myself as a liberal at all, but I really dislike what Lakar and those who defend him are doing. It seems a bit weird to me that a lot of people within the Buddhist community are dividing themselves according to their secular political alleg...
by MiphamFan
Thu Nov 09, 2017 3:20 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Socialism & Communism
Replies: 164
Views: 5361

Re: Socialism & Communism

Admittedly, Smith didn't explicitly explain the high prices of luxury goods with little use like diamonds -- he did explain how tariffs drive up the prices of goods. Ricardo did however build on Smith to talk about how monopoly power drives up prices of goods.
by MiphamFan
Thu Nov 09, 2017 1:46 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Socialism & Communism
Replies: 164
Views: 5361

Re: Socialism & Communism

Labor value does not account for the water/diamond paradox. There is no paradox -- Adam Smith was using "utility" in its commonplace English definition. Water is useful, diamonds were worthless in his time except for ornamentation (zer o "value-in-use") and but still had great value-in-exchange. Th...
by MiphamFan
Sat Nov 04, 2017 7:20 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Socialism & Communism
Replies: 164
Views: 5361

Re: Socialism & Communism

The best thing to do if you have time is to read Smith and Ricardo in the original. Smith's prose is excellent while Ricardo seems oddly modern for his era IMO. I studied them in uni, can't really give any secondary literature recommendations, sorry. My old professor, Terry Peach, did write a book o...
by MiphamFan
Sat Nov 04, 2017 3:24 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Socialism & Communism
Replies: 164
Views: 5361

Re: Socialism & Communism

Smith and Ricardo did not equate value and price either. Value is based on labour, material etc. Price is simply what it is exchanged for. Both Smith and Ricardo made that clear. It's only with marginal economics and the spread of utilitarianism that value and price were equated. What's so bad about...
by MiphamFan
Sat Nov 04, 2017 1:01 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Socialism & Communism
Replies: 164
Views: 5361

Re: Socialism & Communism

Loppon, if you feel inclined pls elaborate. Labor is not the only factor of production. But it may be that many or most entrepreneurs are motivated by jealousy, etc. in which case capital is controlled by ... um, a-holes. Therefore labor surplus is really the only honest factor left. Labor value do...
by MiphamFan
Thu Nov 02, 2017 12:17 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Best political system for Dharma
Replies: 52
Views: 905

Re: Best political system for Dharma

Democracy seems to be ideal in Dzogchen: When, as in the example of a king appointing a minister, The accomplishments are granted from above, this is the outer way. When the kingdom is ruled having been offered by the people, This is the way of the unsurpassable, self-arisen Dzogchen. https://earlyt...
by MiphamFan
Tue Oct 31, 2017 10:15 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Money, markets and power in different economic systems
Replies: 44
Views: 328

Re: BOUND. TORTURED. KILLED.

Adam Smith hated the British East India Company and heavily criticized joint stock corporations. He would be appalled by people using his work to defend megacorporations today.
by MiphamFan
Sun Oct 22, 2017 11:36 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: The DJKR Topic
Replies: 687
Views: 16808

Re: The DJKR Topic

Today DJKR has posted on his FB a link to a lecture by Douglas Murray, a British journalist famous (or rather notorious) for his relentless support for the neoconservative cause. The topic of the lecture is the alleged irreconcilability of Islam and the "liberal West" (whatever it is). In the light...
by MiphamFan
Tue Oct 17, 2017 1:12 pm
Forum: Academic Discussion
Topic: About Alara Kalama
Replies: 18
Views: 577

Re: About Alara Kalama

Is there even evidence of a codified Samkhya school pre-Buddha?
by MiphamFan
Fri Oct 06, 2017 12:47 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: How should I deal with these insults to Buddhism?
Replies: 56
Views: 1190

Re: How should I deal with these insults to Buddhism?

What about just ignoring them?
by MiphamFan
Fri Oct 06, 2017 5:34 am
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: Can a person be both a Nichiren Buddhist and a Christian?
Replies: 13
Views: 294

Re: Can a person be both a Nichiren Buddhist and a Christian?

i look at Jesus as Buddha. He tamed the Roman Empire through his teachings over time. brought love to the world. i think he was an emanation of Buddha and helped mold the world into a better place . As Gibbon pointed out, the rise of Christianity coincided with the decline of the Roman Empire. :che...
by MiphamFan
Thu Oct 05, 2017 11:28 am
Forum: Seon
Topic: Hyongak Sunim fed up with Korean Seon
Replies: 6
Views: 262

Re: Hyongak Sunim fed up with Korean Seon

The problem is less with the laity, who throughout history and regardless of religion, have never been that interested in their own religions in general.

The problem is with those who are supposed to be teachers being hypocritical and destroying the image of the teachings to outsiders.