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by Quay
Thu Aug 16, 2018 6:43 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Dharma government?
Replies: 85
Views: 1183

Re: Dharma government?

Islam was surprisingly ahead of it's time in terms of social welfare and taxation. There was a system of taxation even more progressive than today as it demanded a percentage of assets not merely income to be redistributed. They had pensions for soldiers and widows that are good even by today's sta...
by Quay
Mon Aug 13, 2018 12:55 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Space Force!
Replies: 8
Views: 355

Re: Space Force!

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by Quay
Sat Aug 11, 2018 9:47 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Tai chi and Qi gong in your practice
Replies: 11
Views: 325

Re: Tai chi and Qi gong in your practice

I find my practice of Tai Chi to complement my Dharma practice. Taoist ways of looking at things are often not dissimilar from basic Buddhist views & I look at it as if Tai Chi is helping me to go around the wheel more effectively while Dharma practice allows me to eventually disembark. Plus I've ga...
by Quay
Sat Aug 11, 2018 9:42 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Who is America ?
Replies: 227
Views: 4663

Re: Who is America ?

Oh ffs. Enough straw men here to outfit a dozen barns for halloween. If you want to be a fundamentalist, that is your issue. Non sequitur and a straw man. Nice. I am quite happy to rely on my innate discriminating wisdom, I don't need to read a teaching or commentary to figure out whether I should t...
by Quay
Sat Aug 11, 2018 3:58 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Who is America ?
Replies: 227
Views: 4663

Re: Who is America ?

I don't try to justify everything through Buddhism. I am not a fundamentalist. I have my own opinions on a variety of issues, that I have never tried to analyse through the prism of Buddhism, because I do not care to do so. Perhaps that is unfortunate because Buddhist philosophy can compass every o...
by Quay
Thu Aug 09, 2018 2:36 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Ngondro vs. Yidam?
Replies: 14
Views: 527

Re: Ngondro vs. Yidam?

Ngondro methods focus on accumulation of merit via skillful means and less focused on transformation of one's own self-image.... Perhaps so, but definitely not with some ngondros such as Dudjom Tersar Troma. In that one for instance accumulation and transformation are simultaneous. What is the diff...
by Quay
Thu Aug 09, 2018 2:29 am
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: Sh#t is f@cked up and bull sh*t
Replies: 12
Views: 738

Re: Sh#t is f@cked up and bull sh*t

https://pixel.nymag.com/imgs/daily/intelligencer/2018/08/03/magazine/03-frank-rich-feature-lede.w512.h600.2x.jpg That is a great picture...for all the ages. When Lewis Lapham got old and started slowing down, Frank Rich stepped in at Harper's. I think Mr. Rich might be hitting a stride. A kind of v...
by Quay
Thu Aug 09, 2018 2:13 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Who is America ?
Replies: 227
Views: 4663

Re: Who is America ?

When things like American neo-nazis appeared on the news it is constructive to me to connect the dots. And if you're an American who has never been directly involved in the running and functioning of a national political campaign, by design you don't know where all the dots are. The current idiocy n...
by Quay
Fri Aug 03, 2018 7:29 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Charging for Dharma
Replies: 132
Views: 3140

Re: Charging for Dharma

There are Dharma paths where the consensus of the group is key... What Dharma paths are these? Sounds like a rhetorical straw man. It is not. What you hear is simply something you're not familiar with. An example of such a path would be one offered at some Zen centers after they dealt with scandals...
by Quay
Fri Aug 03, 2018 7:28 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Charging for Dharma
Replies: 132
Views: 3140

Re: Charging for Dharma

My point is that no one has any cause to complain. Good point. And as more than one Vajrayana Lama has said, "Vajrayana is not a democracy." There are Dharma paths where the consensus of the group is key and there are those others. To each their own desire. Vajrayāna is also not socialist. I would ...
by Quay
Fri Aug 03, 2018 7:27 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Charging for Dharma
Replies: 132
Views: 3140

Re: Charging for Dharma

There are Dharma paths where the consensus of the group is key... What Dharma paths are these? Sounds like a rhetorical straw man. It is not. What you hear is simply something you're not familiar with. An example of such a path would be one offered at some Zen centers after they dealt with scandals...
by Quay
Fri Aug 03, 2018 12:53 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Charging for Dharma
Replies: 132
Views: 3140

Re: Charging for Dharma

Malcolm wrote:
Thu Aug 02, 2018 10:36 pm
My point is that no one has any cause to complain.
Good point. And as more than one Vajrayana Lama has said, "Vajrayana is not a democracy." There are Dharma paths where the consensus of the group is key and there are those others. To each their own desire.
by Quay
Sun Jul 29, 2018 7:01 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Jetsunma Tenzin Palmo & Lama Tsultrim Allione: Shambhala's Sakyong Mipham
Replies: 372
Views: 15611

Re: Jetsunma Tenzin Palmo & Lama Tsultrim Allione: Shambhala's Sakyong Mipham

...Namkhai Norbu Rinpoche has a very sensible approach to these issues -- rather than insisting that Vajrayāna masters are above normal moral, legal, and ethical constraints, he observes that if one follows Dzogchen rules, one is likely to get arrested in Italy. So in Italy, one follows Italian rul...
by Quay
Sun Jul 22, 2018 12:07 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Ignorance of Ignorance
Replies: 22
Views: 700

Re: Ignorance of Ignorance

Those terms that make sense scientifically point to one underlying nature of science that most scientists overlook: scientists are completely dependent on poetry because all scientific description is metaphoric. Yes and no. There are surely many metaphors in science but the strength of science sure...
by Quay
Sun Jul 22, 2018 12:02 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Quote of my day
Replies: 15
Views: 596

Re: Quote of my day

"When we remember we are all mad, the mysteries disappear and life stands explained."
--Mark Twain
by Quay
Sat Jul 21, 2018 12:55 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Ignorance of Ignorance
Replies: 22
Views: 700

Re: Ignorance of Ignorance

...But there’s a deep tension between science and religion, such that anything that leans too close to what is considered religious triggers a kind of defensive response. You have to explain it in terms that ‘make sense’ scientifically. And really, it can’t be done. Science is third-person, it deal...
by Quay
Mon Jul 16, 2018 11:39 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: What's the point of abusive gurus?
Replies: 93
Views: 4089

Re: What's the point of abusive gurus?

...why do western buddhism followers almost always look so uptight and filled with so much self-concern meanwhile tibetans are almost always smiley and seem like not giving a slightest damn.... In many cases it's because appearances are just that, appearances. Just like charlatans can act like sain...
by Quay
Sat Jul 14, 2018 6:52 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: What's the point of abusive gurus?
Replies: 93
Views: 4089

Re: What's the point of abusive gurus?

... man, please write a literary work on the issue. such serious reaserch on the guru-disciple issue can be of great help. it is a good time also, because in short many people, old and new buddhist practitioners, will have the same doubt in mind. While Malcolm is working on this ( :) ) I can highly...
by Quay
Sat Jul 14, 2018 6:23 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: What's the point of abusive gurus?
Replies: 93
Views: 4089

Re: What's the point of abusive gurus?

And when they do come up, as in another thread, and when they're about certain contemporary teachers, Chatral Rinpoche in this case, In fact, I have a friend who is a close student of the late Chatral Rinpoche, who spent, over the years, many months at a time in close proximity to him. According to...
by Quay
Sat Jul 14, 2018 5:55 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: What's the point of abusive gurus?
Replies: 93
Views: 4089

Re: What's the point of abusive gurus?

The notion that there is a person to destroy is pernicious and false. This is annihilationism. I think this is one of the most obvious yet so often overlooked points in all of this. It is also common to all schools of Buddhism yet for some reason there is this notion in some quarters that in Vajray...

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