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by Grigoris
Wed Nov 07, 2018 7:13 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: What is reborn after death?
Replies: 105
Views: 4480

Re: What is reborn after death?

It seems that the gandharva is a bodiless being (“spirit”), yes? And the gandharva is composed of the five skandhas, yes? How is that possible without a body and the sense organs? Hell Beings, Preta and Gods in the formless realm also lack bodies and (human) sense organs. What is your point? I thin...
by Grigoris
Wed Nov 07, 2018 6:09 pm
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: Blue "ripple"
Replies: 38
Views: 1199

Re: Blue "ripple"

Dead brothel owner wins his race in Nevada :tongue: https://www.yahoo.com/news/dead-republican-brothel-owner-wins-election-nevada-142001145.html “This really is the Trump movement,” Hof said. "People will set aside for a moment their moral beliefs, their religious beliefs, to get somebody that is h...
by Grigoris
Wed Nov 07, 2018 6:04 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: What is reborn after death?
Replies: 105
Views: 4480

Re: What is reborn after death?

clyde wrote:
Wed Nov 07, 2018 12:24 am
It seems that the gandharva is a bodiless being (“spirit”), yes? And the gandharva is composed of the five skandhas, yes? How is that possible without a body and the sense organs?
Hell Beings, Preta and Gods in the formless realm also lack bodies and (human) sense organs. What is your point?
by Grigoris
Wed Nov 07, 2018 6:01 pm
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: Shooting in a Florida Yoga Studio
Replies: 29
Views: 1369

Re: Shooting in a Florida Yoga Studio

this is so obviously not the same thing as the so-called ‘incels’, the modern kkk, etc Of they are not the same thing, they are just examples of how modern communication methods are not necessary blah-blah-blah... What about the Nazis? They were also a small group of disgruntled losers with an extr...
by Grigoris
Wed Nov 07, 2018 3:20 pm
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: Shooting in a Florida Yoga Studio
Replies: 29
Views: 1369

Re: Shooting in a Florida Yoga Studio

Watching that video it's hard not to conclude that a large part of the problem is modern communications technology. Nope. Murderous hateful assholes have been organising mayhem both individually, as groups and at a societal level, well before the advent of modern communication technology. I did say...
by Grigoris
Wed Nov 07, 2018 1:33 pm
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: Shooting in a Florida Yoga Studio
Replies: 29
Views: 1369

Re: Shooting in a Florida Yoga Studio

PeterC wrote:
Wed Nov 07, 2018 4:52 am
Watching that video it's hard not to conclude that a large part of the problem is modern communications technology.
Nope. Murderous hateful assholes have been organising mayhem both individually, as groups and at a societal level, well before the advent of modern communication technology.
by Grigoris
Wed Nov 07, 2018 11:53 am
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: Blue "ripple"
Replies: 38
Views: 1199

Re: Blue "ripple"

Knotty Veneer wrote:
Wed Nov 07, 2018 11:09 am
Dems still need a personality to counter Trump.
Trump has a personality?

If politics in a democracy is based on personality, then that democracy is dead.
by Grigoris
Wed Nov 07, 2018 11:52 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Chomsky's Requiem for the American Dream - free ebook today
Replies: 13
Views: 1051

Re: Chomsky's Requiem for the American Dream - free ebook today

tingdzin wrote:
Wed Nov 07, 2018 9:20 am
Knotty Veneer wrote:
Tue Nov 06, 2018 10:30 am
He's been America's conscience for a long time.
Ha! He's almost unknown except among intellectual types.
So he is unknown to the ignorant...
by Grigoris
Tue Nov 06, 2018 7:34 pm
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: Deepfakes
Replies: 24
Views: 1113

Re: Deepfakes

Queequeg wrote:
Tue Nov 06, 2018 7:26 pm
Grigoris wrote:
Tue Nov 06, 2018 7:19 pm
Queequeg wrote:
Tue Nov 06, 2018 7:12 pm
What's actually remarkable is that in the past, projects like getting to the moon were so large in scale that only large nation states could afford it.
There is nothing remarkable about corporatism.
LOL

Am I under your skin yet?
??? :shrug: ???
by Grigoris
Tue Nov 06, 2018 7:19 pm
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: Deepfakes
Replies: 24
Views: 1113

Re: Deepfakes

Queequeg wrote:
Tue Nov 06, 2018 7:12 pm
What's actually remarkable is that in the past, projects like getting to the moon were so large in scale that only large nation states could afford it.
There is nothing remarkable about corporatism.
by Grigoris
Tue Nov 06, 2018 5:38 pm
Forum: East Asian Buddhism
Topic: Jayarava's New Thesis on Heart Sutra: Sanskrit Version Deliberate Forgery by Tang Chinese
Replies: 54
Views: 2908

Re: Jayarava's New Thesis on Heart Sutra: Sanskrit Version Deliberate Forgery by Tang Chinese

These are religious Buddhist truth criteria. No one outside of religious Buddhists consider them to be truth criteria. It's doubtful that you could convince a non-Buddhist of their truth, especially when you unpack them. No one outside of scientists believe scientific criteria of truth to be true e...
by Grigoris
Tue Nov 06, 2018 10:54 am
Forum: East Asian Buddhism
Topic: Jayarava's New Thesis on Heart Sutra: Sanskrit Version Deliberate Forgery by Tang Chinese
Replies: 54
Views: 2908

Re: Jayarava's New Thesis on Heart Sutra: Sanskrit Version Deliberate Forgery by Tang Chinese

I don't understand your point. Are you saying that judging a teaching on the basis of the Four Dharma Seals makes one a "religious Buddhist"? Sure. As a generalisation, the four Dharma seals are a religious teaching on metaphysics. Of course, I don't know how you personally interpret the four propo...
by Grigoris
Tue Nov 06, 2018 10:26 am
Forum: East Asian Buddhism
Topic: Jayarava's New Thesis on Heart Sutra: Sanskrit Version Deliberate Forgery by Tang Chinese
Replies: 54
Views: 2908

Re: Jayarava's New Thesis on Heart Sutra: Sanskrit Version Deliberate Forgery by Tang Chinese

Jayarava wrote:
Tue Nov 06, 2018 10:22 am
This is a fair point. The audience for my articles is not religious Buddhists. I don't expect religious Buddhists to be interested or to change their views.
I don't understand your point. Are you saying that judging a teaching on the basis of the Four Dharma Seals makes one a "religious Buddhist"?
by Grigoris
Tue Nov 06, 2018 10:14 am
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Is Dharma practice a struggle for you?
Replies: 42
Views: 2655

Re: Is Dharma practice a struggle for you?

Since I have encountered the term samaya, the term "struggle" has prevaded my active vocabulary.
by Grigoris
Tue Nov 06, 2018 9:14 am
Forum: Nyingma
Topic: empowerment for Dudjom Tersar Ngondro
Replies: 4
Views: 471

Re: empowerment for Dudjom Tersar Ngondro

A Vajrasattva empowerment wouldn't go astray.
by Grigoris
Mon Nov 05, 2018 9:32 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Is Dharma practice a struggle for you?
Replies: 42
Views: 2655

Re: Is Dharma practice a struggle for you?

DGA wrote:
Mon Nov 05, 2018 9:27 pm
Enjoying the ride is good. I like it a lot.

My criticism of myself (and I'm trying to invite criticism here, since many of you know me pretty well at this point) is that I've become passive when I should take a more active stance.
Actively enjoying the ride? :smile:
by Grigoris
Mon Nov 05, 2018 9:26 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Is Dharma practice a struggle for you?
Replies: 42
Views: 2655

Re: Is Dharma practice a struggle for you?

odysseus wrote:
Mon Nov 05, 2018 8:28 pm
Queequeg wrote:
Mon Nov 05, 2018 5:56 pm
How can this be anything but the Joy of the Dharma?
Yup, Buddhism is meant to bring happiness. It's not a competition.
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by Grigoris
Mon Nov 05, 2018 7:24 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: What is reborn after death?
Replies: 105
Views: 4480

Re: What is reborn after death?

Grigoris; To repeat, I know that the suttas and sutras are the reported words of the Buddha, his teachings, and are the basis for the Buddhist traditions. I also noted that the Buddhist teachings were expanded by great Buddhist teachers. There is a discussion to be had about the matter, but this se...
by Grigoris
Mon Nov 05, 2018 6:50 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: What is reborn after death?
Replies: 105
Views: 4480

Re: What is reborn after death?

I know the suttas and sutras are reported to be Shakyamuni Buddha’s words, his teachings. Even the Sutra that contain anachronisms? Yes, though, as I noted above, I don’t know if Shakyamuni Buddha actually spoke the words as recorded in each and every sutta and sutra. So you are cool with a teachin...
by Grigoris
Mon Nov 05, 2018 2:44 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Advantage and disadvantage of ego and egolessness
Replies: 31
Views: 830

Re: Advantage and disadvantage of ego and egolessness

The people that kept asking didn't give anything themselves! And it is very poorly run, unaccountable even bordering cheating, inefficient spending possibly based on ego. For example, telling you there is a project to place 6 Guru Rinpoches statues in six part of the world...and really, who should ...

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