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by Bristollad
Thu Jan 18, 2018 5:22 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: -ise vs -ize
Replies: 29
Views: 293

Re: -ise vs -ize

Read anything from the 17th century...spelling is merely a convention Very true - and the spelling we've been lumbered with due to the tyranny of the dictionaries doesn't reflect modern pronunciation a lot of the time. But I have a liking for English spelling foibles nevertheless :smile: From what ...
by Bristollad
Thu Jan 18, 2018 1:45 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: -ise vs -ize
Replies: 29
Views: 293

Re: -ise vs -ize

The use of -ize in British English is referred to as “Oxford Spelling” and claims to be more etymologically correct. It is regarded as an affectation that is used by the “properly educated” by many people (whereas the American tendency to add -ize etc. to everything is seen as just wrong e.g. burgla...
by Bristollad
Wed Jan 17, 2018 3:46 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: what is your approach to Dharma?
Replies: 42
Views: 1287

Re: what is your approach to Dharma?

... ROry Teachings, practice texts, sutras, meetings etc. are all freely available throughout the different branches of buddhism in my experience. :shrug: Is help to defray costs sometimes asked for? Of course but not demanded. And these days, even if there is a cost involved in attending a teachin...
by Bristollad
Sun Dec 24, 2017 6:38 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: nagarjuna basics?
Replies: 31
Views: 1217

Re: nagarjuna basics?

I believe that Khenpo Tsultrim Gyamtso's Sun of Wisdom is by far the most approachable and understandable introduction to Nagarjuna. After reading that, you can make more sense out of other translations of the MMK. I like Garfield's the best. Note: In the introduction to Ocean of Reasoning: A Great...
by Bristollad
Fri Dec 22, 2017 2:06 pm
Forum: Discovering Mahayana Buddhism
Topic: Can all beings ever be liberated? The motivation of the bodhisattva.
Replies: 10
Views: 361

Re: Can all beings ever be liberated? The motivation of the bodhisattva.

What motivates a bodhisattva? Bodhicitta. Defined on Study Buddhism (Alex Berzin's website) as: A mind, accompanied by love and compassion, focused on one's own individual not-yet-happening enlightenment, validly imputable on the basis of the Buddha-nature factors of one's mental continuum, with the...
by Bristollad
Mon Dec 18, 2017 1:43 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: In 'The Beginning' ?
Replies: 24
Views: 519

Re: In 'The Beginning' ?

A quantity is not getting smaller, but our units of measurement, the new decimal numbers, are. The units of measurement (new decimal numbers?) are simply a means of defining the quantity involved. The quantity does indeed get smaller. In just same way that any quantity can be doubled, any quantity ...
by Bristollad
Sun Dec 17, 2017 11:48 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: In 'The Beginning' ?
Replies: 24
Views: 519

Re: In 'The Beginning' ?

A quantity is not getting smaller, but our units of measurement, the new decimal numbers, are. The units of measurement (new decimal numbers?) are simply a means of defining the quantity involved. The quantity does indeed get smaller. In just same way that any quantity can be doubled, any quantity ...
by Bristollad
Sun Dec 17, 2017 2:29 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: In 'The Beginning' ?
Replies: 24
Views: 519

Re: In 'The Beginning' ?

These type of discussions always remind me of young children who at an early stage of learning about numbers insist that there is a biggest number, or a smallest number. They can get quite upset until they understand that this is not the case.
by Bristollad
Sat Dec 16, 2017 12:46 am
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: winning the lottery...???
Replies: 37
Views: 1008

Re: winning the lottery...???

Has anyone here ever won the lottery? How? Please no sarcasm or scams. Best way I've heard of playing the lottery was from a financial advisor here in the UK. What he did was picked his lottery numbers and paid what that pick would cost into a savings account. Each week he would play and put the mo...
by Bristollad
Mon Dec 11, 2017 4:56 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Cutting hair
Replies: 22
Views: 594

Re: Cutting hair

Long hair barely needs more maintenance. I shaved my head for many years, now I have the Jesus look. Also you can grow your hair and donate it, or sell it and then donate that. Also during an apocalypse you'll have fibre for a loin cloth and a bow drill. I had long hair too and it was horrible. It ...
by Bristollad
Mon Dec 11, 2017 11:05 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Cutting hair
Replies: 22
Views: 594

Re: Cutting hair

Motova wrote:
Sun Dec 10, 2017 5:41 pm
Women view men as potential predators. Actually I view men as potential predators as well.
Motova wrote:
Mon Dec 11, 2017 1:49 am
Also during an apocalypse you'll have fibre for a loin cloth and a bow drill.
This seems a strange way to approach the world but each to their own :cheers:
by Bristollad
Sun Dec 10, 2017 11:50 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Cutting hair
Replies: 22
Views: 594

Re: Cutting hair

Less intimidating to men and women. But if it's too long then you might make people nervous. So short hair is intimidating?? Who knew? :shrug: Straw man. Longer hair means harder to fight. Have you ever had your hair pulled? It hurts. Also it attracts the kind of women assholes aren't looking for, ...
by Bristollad
Sun Dec 10, 2017 2:09 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Cutting hair
Replies: 22
Views: 594

Re: Cutting hair

So I have been thinking of cutting my long hair ;) Somehow it feels like it's time, on the other hand... It made me wonder, why do monks have a shaven head in many traditions? Does do anything with us psychologically? Some folks told me that people tend to cut their hair during 'big changes in thei...
by Bristollad
Sun Dec 10, 2017 1:59 am
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: simultaneity of cause and effect
Replies: 249
Views: 6119

Re: simultaneity of cause and effect

illarraza wrote:
Sun Dec 10, 2017 1:19 am
Quick and svelt like a Concorde jet (the Lotus Sutra Buddhism of Nichiren).
Might what to rethink the simile: Concorde stopped flying in 2003 :thinking:
by Bristollad
Sat Dec 09, 2017 9:02 pm
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: simultaneity of cause and effect
Replies: 249
Views: 6119

Re: simultaneity of cause and effect

Do note that Tibetan Buddhism itself is not a homoegenous system, with different schools espousing a differing approaches and views(very likely Jan Nattier didn't realize this). So arguably the geshe in reference would likely be a Gelugpa(though I might be wrong). The Gelugpa position on this is no...
by Bristollad
Sat Dec 09, 2017 11:09 am
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: simultaneity of cause and effect
Replies: 249
Views: 6119

Re: simultaneity of cause and effect

Do note that Tibetan Buddhism itself is not a homoegenous system, with different schools espousing a differing approaches and views(very likely Jan Nattier didn't realize this). So arguably the geshe in reference would likely be a Gelugpa(though I might be wrong). The Gelugpa position on this is no...
by Bristollad
Tue Dec 05, 2017 11:21 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Questions on death
Replies: 5
Views: 474

Re: Questions on death

One, In the Tibetan system (and other asian Buddhist systems) it is advised that the body of the deceased remains untouched until the space element dissolves. Does that mean it is unadvised to be an organ donor? For myself, it's a choice between me being able to utilise the time of death fully and ...
by Bristollad
Wed Nov 29, 2017 9:00 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Yes, you need a teacher.
Replies: 266
Views: 7372

Re: Yes, you need a teacher.

They just seem like instructions and reasons for the instructions, not instructions and recommendations There can be various reasons for an instruction. To establish the necessity of something, other options have to be excluded. I still don't understand the distinction you are trying to draw. Of co...
by Bristollad
Wed Nov 29, 2017 8:42 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Tibetan Buddhism and the Third Precept
Replies: 41
Views: 1214

Re: Tibetan Buddhism and the Third Precept

Take a look here for an overarching look at the issues from Alex Berzin.

https://studybuddhism.com/en/tibetan-bu ... ain-issues