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by humble.student
Sun Sep 22, 2019 2:24 pm
Forum: Ethical Conduct
Topic: 8 Precepts taking
Replies: 8
Views: 246

Re: 8 Precepts taking

Hi thank you all for your advice and inputs! :twothumbsup: In Chinese Buddhism, the 8 precepts are observed whilst on retreat or staying in a monastery (as layperson), and many laypeople also take them as a matter of course on particular days of the month, usually 6 days (sometimes more, depending ...
by humble.student
Sun Sep 22, 2019 3:54 am
Forum: Media
Topic: English is actually Chinese, scholars claim
Replies: 40
Views: 907

Re: English is actually Chinese, scholars claim

Queequeg wrote:
Tue Sep 17, 2019 6:45 pm
Wow. What a character... He was fortunate that he was able to cultivate such eccentricities...
If you thought the British Israelites were odd, wait til you find out about Fomenko and his theories: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/New_Chronology_(Fomenko)
by humble.student
Sun Sep 22, 2019 3:52 am
Forum: Ethical Conduct
Topic: 8 Precepts taking
Replies: 8
Views: 246

Re: 8 Precepts taking

Hi, I really like master Hai Tao's teachings and recently I saw this quote on his fb page. H.E. Hai Tao Master Those who had committed sexual misconduct in the past, then you have to take the Eight Precepts. How many times that you had committed sexual misconduct, then you had better take the Eight...
by humble.student
Wed Sep 18, 2019 3:21 pm
Forum: Book Reviews
Topic: Good & affordable ebooks - recommendations
Replies: 8
Views: 586

Re: Good & affordable ebooks - recommendations

Good thread, proactive and useful. I want to say I've been very pleased to find that Padmakara have not only being producing some great translations of important works in different languages, they also have a whole bunch of booklets of shorter works, including prayers and sadhanas too, quite cheap, ...
by humble.student
Wed Sep 18, 2019 3:08 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Need your help with chinese inscription
Replies: 10
Views: 220

Re: Need your help with chinese inscription

https://abload.de/img/psx_20190918_103649hrkip.jpg who can read & translate this inscription for me? it is on the back of a terton-statue, so I posted it here https://abload.de/img/psx_20190918_1034403skhc.jpg Top right hand side down: 大明永樂。 i.e. Era of the Yongle Emperor of the Great Ming Dynasty....
by humble.student
Tue Sep 17, 2019 4:06 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: So, you read pirated books?
Replies: 71
Views: 886

Re: So, you read pirated books?

Speaking with people who write long form, they tell me its harder to make a living these days, whether novelists, journalists, essayists, etc. That's what the article at the top of this thread is about. Their story is always similar - they're having to learn how to develop their brand through socia...
by humble.student
Tue Sep 17, 2019 3:31 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: So, you read pirated books?
Replies: 71
Views: 886

Re: So, you read pirated books?

The profiteering in science publishing is an aberration that stands as an exception to what we see more generally in publishing. It's a function of some publishers gaming research library acquisition policies. It's silly to build an argument against copyright and justify piracy on the basis of Else...
by humble.student
Tue Sep 17, 2019 2:33 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: So, you read pirated books?
Replies: 71
Views: 886

Re: So, you read pirated books?

Copyright was originally a way to make textbooks affordable for schools. It limited the maximum prices publishers could charge. You don't see the problem with knowledge being profit based? This is most clearly shown in scientific journals. Where the publisher takes 100% of the thousands in annual f...
by humble.student
Tue Sep 17, 2019 2:29 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: So, you read pirated books?
Replies: 71
Views: 886

Re: So, you read pirated books?

Because we are dealing with only a handful of conglomerates that own both publishing houses and said journals, that's how. Scholars - and librarians - have been raging against this for years. This sounds very foreign to me, and I'm surrounded by scholars who are publishing or perishing. Sources I c...
by humble.student
Mon Sep 16, 2019 6:24 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: So, you read pirated books?
Replies: 71
Views: 886

Re: So, you read pirated books?

Because we are dealing with only a handful of conglomerates that own both publishing houses and said journals, that's how. Scholars - and librarians - have been raging against this for years. This sounds very foreign to me, and I'm surrounded by scholars who are publishing or perishing. Sources I c...
by humble.student
Mon Sep 16, 2019 5:15 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: So, you read pirated books?
Replies: 71
Views: 886

Re: So, you read pirated books?

Academic publishing is a monopolistic and fraudulent enterprise. The music industry was a lot worse, and furthermore failed to keep up with the times and adapt to the new technologies in time. None of this is disputed, to the best of my knowledge. How is it monopolistic exactly? Because we are deal...
by humble.student
Mon Sep 16, 2019 3:25 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: So, you read pirated books?
Replies: 71
Views: 886

Re: So, you read pirated books?

I also haven’t read the article but I think the upshot is, if you like books, then don’t pirate. Piracy is destroying the book industry— similar to what happened to music. Let me rephrase that a little more accurately: the book industry is destroying the book industry, similar to what happened to m...
by humble.student
Mon Sep 16, 2019 2:13 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: So, you read pirated books?
Replies: 71
Views: 886

Re: So, you read pirated books?

The next time you read a book that you download off the internet... consider this: https://www.nytimes.com/2019/09/15/opinion/book-piracy.html says the man posting the article behind a paywall! Are you assuming I don't have a subscription? I do. I believe everyone gets 10 free articles a month. If ...
by humble.student
Mon Sep 16, 2019 8:16 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: So, you read pirated books?
Replies: 71
Views: 886

Re: So, you read pirated books?

Queequeg wrote:
Mon Sep 16, 2019 1:54 am
The next time you read a book that you download off the internet...

consider this:

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/09/15/opin ... iracy.html
says the man posting the article behind a paywall!
by humble.student
Sat Sep 14, 2019 11:15 am
Forum: Academic Discussion
Topic: What are you looking for?
Replies: 60
Views: 10877

Re: What are you looking for?

I would love to see the Tulku Thondup translation of Boundless Vision before being edited by Keith Dowman https://www.amazon.com/Boundless-Vision-Manual-Dzogchen-Changter/dp/1985102846/ref=sr_1_3?__mk_de_DE=%C3%85M%C3%85%C5%BD%C3%95%C3%91&keywords=keith+dowman&qid=1568376973&sr=8-3 Then get yoursel...
by humble.student
Sat Sep 14, 2019 3:08 am
Forum: Academic Discussion
Topic: What are you looking for?
Replies: 60
Views: 10877

Re: What are you looking for?

I would love to see the Tulku Thondup translation of Boundless Vision before being edited by Keith Dowman https://www.amazon.com/Boundless-Vision-Manual-Dzogchen-Changter/dp/1985102846/ref=sr_1_3?__mk_de_DE=%C3%85M%C3%85%C5%BD%C3%95%C3%91&keywords=keith+dowman&qid=1568376973&sr=8-3 Then get yoursel...
by humble.student
Tue Sep 10, 2019 9:12 am
Forum: Media
Topic: English is actually Chinese, scholars claim
Replies: 40
Views: 907

Re: English is actually Chinese, scholars claim

You cannot make this up! :rolling: https://www.taiwannews.com.tw/en/news/3769893?fbclid=IwAR2X_8uv2CSRGR6_Lo-Za5FFuAYfjwBxYCwGkLvgy8dSVYHegu1Sao3YLWQ He said Europeans “felt ashamed” due to the “fact” there was no history in Europe before the 15th century, compared to China. In an attempt to paper ...
by humble.student
Tue Sep 10, 2019 9:05 am
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: Animal Activist: Let Mosquitoes Bite You As They Are "Mothers" Trying To Feed Their Babies
Replies: 49
Views: 1468

Re: Animal Activist: Let Mosquitoes Bite You As They Are "Mothers" Trying To Feed Their Babies

I was under the distinct impression that engaging in life-threatening or dangerous behaviour, including but not limited to plucking one's eyeballs out, spontaneous combustion, death by tiger and so on, was generally discouraged until one had reached the Bodhisattva grounds.
by humble.student
Tue Sep 10, 2019 4:53 am
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Why doesn’t Medicine Buddha heal me?
Replies: 90
Views: 1618

Re: Why doesn’t Medicine Buddha heal me?

Thank you. I understood your story the first time but the clarification is welcome. It doesn’t negate that the medicine Buddha sutra appears to not work (for me and many others.) I’m sick enough that I’ll be dying within the year. And I practiced Medicine Buddha, attended many pujas, had many done ...
by humble.student
Mon Sep 09, 2019 1:05 pm
Forum: Media
Topic: English is actually Chinese, scholars claim
Replies: 40
Views: 907

Re: English is actually Chinese, scholars claim

Cultures will do what they can to say they are special. The Chinese are no different than the Americans, than the Canadians, Israelis, etc. An aside I just remembered: there is a whole movement that believes the Iliad and Odyssey are British epic poems that take place in Britain. The French used to...

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