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by Könchok Thrinley
Sat Jan 18, 2020 9:33 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Does Buddhism Require You To Be a Liberal?
Replies: 175
Views: 2702

Re: Does Buddhism Require You To Be a Liberal?

Yup. Polish Gvt. is right wing, and once the UK sells off their national health, you can expect other countries to do the same, though of course, not every EU country has a national health, like Germany for example. That is probable unfortunately. In some cases like here in Czech Republic, the nati...
by Könchok Thrinley
Sat Jan 18, 2020 8:52 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Does Buddhism Require You To Be a Liberal?
Replies: 175
Views: 2702

Re: Does Buddhism Require You To Be a Liberal?

While I do not want to assume too much I do have to tell you that in case of Poland for example the thing with coal mines is bit complicated and applying your US-UK political paradigm won't work. You do have to realize that first of all the american political standards are kinda messed up. Here in c...
by Könchok Thrinley
Sat Jan 18, 2020 5:16 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Does Buddhism Require You To Be a Liberal?
Replies: 175
Views: 2702

Re: Does Buddhism Require You To Be a Liberal?

In Abhidharma, excess affliction in general is the primary cause of a paṇḍaka. No cause is speculated upon in terms of conduct in past lives, it is simply stated that because of excess afflictions of both sexes (anger for lesbians), such people are incapable of holding pratimokṣa vows. But there is...
by Könchok Thrinley
Fri Jan 17, 2020 10:32 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: How to consecrate ritual objects (as a layperson)?
Replies: 7
Views: 268

Re: How to consecrate ritual objects (as a layperson)?

Just a follow up, why should we consecrate those objects? What is the benefit?

As for OP: Jigten Sumgon mentions that a very easy way to consecrate objects as statues etc, is with immessurable love.
by Könchok Thrinley
Fri Jan 17, 2020 10:28 pm
Forum: Dying and Death
Topic: A 97-Year-Old Philosopher Ponders Life and Death: 'What Is the Point?'
Replies: 3
Views: 138

A 97-Year-Old Philosopher Ponders Life and Death: 'What Is the Point?'

https://www.theatlantic.com/video/index/604840/being-97/?fbclid=IwAR3u42Ay4np6hjenY6i__9qYH_hkuCQTWe7Bm2XsdRnTuzZRaKk3S9PbIjQ In his 1996 book about death, Herbert Fingarette argued that fearing one’s own demise was irrational. When you die, he wrote, “there is nothing.” Why should we fear the abse...
by Könchok Thrinley
Fri Jan 17, 2020 10:32 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Pema Chödron steps down
Replies: 13
Views: 782

Re: Pema Chödron steps down

Good! She can do better.
by Könchok Thrinley
Thu Jan 16, 2020 4:56 pm
Forum: Nyingma
Topic: Ösel Nyingtik
Replies: 3
Views: 278

Re: Ösel Nyingtik

Wow, that seems to be quite something!
by Könchok Thrinley
Wed Jan 15, 2020 12:39 pm
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Sogyal, etc. split from THE SELF-ARISEN VIDYA TANTRA thread
Replies: 130
Views: 4766

Re: Sogyal, etc. split from THE SELF-ARISEN VIDYA TANTRA thread

I am sorry but unless you show me that the most extreme form of sexual misconduct (rape) is used in jatakas, or any other buddhist (or maybe even non-buddhist) story for the benefit of all beings I am not convinced. If you’re ok with that conclusion I’m okay with it. Nothing says you need to be con...
by Könchok Thrinley
Wed Jan 15, 2020 10:55 am
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Sogyal, etc. split from THE SELF-ARISEN VIDYA TANTRA thread
Replies: 130
Views: 4766

Re: Sogyal, etc. split from THE SELF-ARISEN VIDYA TANTRA thread

What? So killing can be done with a mind that does not come from strong aversion but cheating on your spouse or causing another person to cheat on their spouse can only be caused by strong sexual desire? My question is about this underlying assumption. What is it that makes negative sexual actions ...
by Könchok Thrinley
Wed Jan 15, 2020 8:16 am
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Sogyal, etc. split from THE SELF-ARISEN VIDYA TANTRA thread
Replies: 130
Views: 4766

Re: Sogyal, etc. split from THE SELF-ARISEN VIDYA TANTRA thread

It was said sex crimes are by definition not done with bodhichitta motivation. but as you said they are actions of body, so they can be either virtuous or not virtuous depending on motivation. so: what makes a sex crime different from other actions of body such that they are by definition not done ...
by Könchok Thrinley
Sun Jan 12, 2020 4:53 pm
Forum: Discovering Mahayana Buddhism
Topic: How does it work?
Replies: 20
Views: 449

Re: How does it work?

My background is Christian so I've never really thought much about it in the past but how does prayer "work" in Buddhism? Is prayer directed at a diety? Is it just a positive feeling or vibe directed at someone's need? Depends I'd say. It is not as much directed towards a "deity". It is usually mor...
by Könchok Thrinley
Fri Jan 10, 2020 11:08 pm
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Practical difference between Bön and Nyingma Dzogchen
Replies: 139
Views: 3517

Re: Practical difference between Bön and Nyingma Dzogchen

For me personally this debate is uninteressant. What counts, is that there is an authentic lineage of Dzogchen, that split into two at a certain point of time. Both forks are authentic and go back to the very same source before that split - so what? The rest is politics. Yes, they are both authenti...
by Könchok Thrinley
Fri Jan 10, 2020 5:10 pm
Forum: Engaged Buddhism
Topic: Why not more Farms and Soup kitchens for Buddhist dharma centers, instead of money?
Replies: 48
Views: 1981

Re: Why not more Farms and Soup kitchens for Buddhist dharma centers, instead of money?

And relying on farms & soup kitchen (instead of money) would work, because if one studies the history of the great depression period in the 1930's, in addition to other hyperinflation cases (such as in Germany/Greed , this is exactly how many people got by: through self-reliance farming / gardening...
by Könchok Thrinley
Fri Jan 10, 2020 2:13 pm
Forum: Engaged Buddhism
Topic: Why not more Farms and Soup kitchens for Buddhist dharma centers, instead of money?
Replies: 48
Views: 1981

Re: Why not more Farms and Soup kitchens for Buddhist dharma centers, instead of money?

There are differences between traditions when it comes to this topic. IMHO in the tibetan tradition monastics should be drop outs. Once you go this way they should be ideally supported by community, or in some way "work" for their support. But by "work" I don't mean going to a factory or spending da...
by Könchok Thrinley
Thu Jan 09, 2020 10:56 pm
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Sogyal, etc. split from THE SELF-ARISEN VIDYA TANTRA thread
Replies: 130
Views: 4766

Re: Sogyal, etc. split from THE SELF-ARISEN VIDYA TANTRA thread

I have wondered the same Adamantine and I have found nothing about it. No mention, nada.
by Könchok Thrinley
Thu Jan 09, 2020 4:29 pm
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Sogyal, etc. split from THE SELF-ARISEN VIDYA TANTRA thread
Replies: 130
Views: 4766

Re: Sogyal, etc. split from THE SELF-ARISEN VIDYA TANTRA thread

:good: That is a great post Malcolm. Perfectly sums up my feelings about the entire thing, except that my mind still tries to make sense of it as if it ever could or it ever had the right to. One thing is certain, Sogyal helped dharma take root in the west by using his name and influence to bring te...
by Könchok Thrinley
Thu Jan 09, 2020 3:29 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: sleep deprivation during retreats
Replies: 13
Views: 709

Re: sleep deprivation during retreats

Concerning the OP, I'd say that what plays a huge part is also what kind of life they lead in retreat. It is so different from ours. We are under a lot of stress, we eat a lot of often shitty food, strong emotions deplete us too, etc etc. Also our surroundings play a huge part in it. Once I had the ...
by Könchok Thrinley
Thu Jan 09, 2020 3:23 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: sleep deprivation during retreats
Replies: 13
Views: 709

Re: sleep deprivation during retreats

Thanks Sadhaka, that is a good post. The science has recently started to take our rythms into account and it is really good. It might influence how we understand healthy lifestyle and causes of many diseases. As for sleep deprivation, unfortunately I have never had the chance to take part in a longe...
by Könchok Thrinley
Thu Jan 09, 2020 1:07 pm
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: POTUS 2020 poll #1
Replies: 37
Views: 1069

Re: POTUS 2020 poll #1

I really hope that Bernie makes it. I am quite positive that helping workers and the most vulnerable, instead of big corporatons, could help solve quite few problems of this world.

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