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by madhusudan
Mon Jun 06, 2016 12:28 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Texts that destroy ""scientific" materialism
Replies: 221
Views: 23939

Re: Texts that destroy ""scientific" materialism

Thanks, I've got some places to dig and some reading time on the horizon.
by madhusudan
Sun Jun 05, 2016 1:47 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Texts that destroy ""scientific" materialism
Replies: 221
Views: 23939

Texts that destroy ""scientific" materialism

I'm looking for recommendations of texts that explain the error in scientific materialism and/or positivism. I have Thinley Norbu's Cascading Waterfall of Nectar, which has some good refutations of both eternalism and nihilism. What medicine do you recommend?
by madhusudan
Thu Jan 28, 2016 4:08 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Privacy vs surveillance
Replies: 21
Views: 3702

Re: Privacy vs surveillance

My post was an effort to create an argument within the context of SpinyNorman's own reasoning. I'm sorry if my wordplay got out of hand. It is my solemn promise that no mulled wine was harmed, or even involved at all, really. I consider Buddhist teachings definitive on matters of cause and effect.
by madhusudan
Thu Jan 28, 2016 12:01 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Privacy vs surveillance
Replies: 21
Views: 3702

Re: Privacy vs surveillance

I've spent some time mulling this over with some warm spiced wine, and while I have a number of further arguments for you, I'll have mercy and spare you the pain. Here is my lastest and bestest: Human convention denies that morality is human convention. I have three supporting arguments: 1. Nurember...
by madhusudan
Mon Jan 25, 2016 11:09 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: What's in simple, brief explanation, emptiness?
Replies: 241
Views: 20773

Re: What's in simple, brief explanation, emptiness?

For dung beetles, crap is deeeeeelicious. For me, not so much.
by madhusudan
Wed Jan 20, 2016 4:36 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Having a body is like carrying around a sack of poison
Replies: 33
Views: 3561

Re: Having a body is like carrying around a sack of poison

Yeah, this kind of teaching seems like it could be very useful for certain people in certain situations.
by madhusudan
Tue Jan 12, 2016 2:16 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Privacy vs surveillance
Replies: 21
Views: 3702

Re: Privacy vs surveillance

I think human rights are a good cause to get behind, but I do see them as a human construct rather than as some kind of moral absolute. Without malice, may I press you further on this point? Your subordinate clause seems to suggest that you agree with my perspective that chattel slavery is a crime,...
by madhusudan
Sat Jan 09, 2016 1:40 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Privacy vs surveillance
Replies: 21
Views: 3702

Re: Privacy vs surveillance

From my perspective rights stem from the interaction between the apparent physical reality and a sentient being's ability for self-reflection and rational thinking. In other words, because I appear to have a body, which occupies space, it should belong to me and not someone else. I have a pre-existi...
by madhusudan
Sat Jan 09, 2016 12:42 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Privacy vs surveillance
Replies: 21
Views: 3702

Re: Privacy vs surveillance

I agree with the author's perspective, though I take issue with the idea that, " Privacy is a right granted to individuals." Privacy is a pre-existing and inherent right. Once this distinction is understood, the issue becomes clear. The violation of privacy is in itself a crime. One interesting obje...
by madhusudan
Fri Jan 01, 2016 3:22 pm
Forum: Nyingma
Topic: Dudjom Tersar question
Replies: 26
Views: 7125

Re: Dudjom Tersar question

Thanks!
by madhusudan
Thu Dec 31, 2015 2:01 pm
Forum: Nyingma
Topic: Dudjom Tersar question
Replies: 26
Views: 7125

Re: Dudjom Tersar question

By complete I did intend to mean that after the preliminaries there are some other practices and teachings which would in their entirety be a complete path. I also have no problem keeping this practice forever. In fact, right now, just refuge seems like everything.
by madhusudan
Thu Dec 31, 2015 12:53 pm
Forum: Nyingma
Topic: Dudjom Tersar question
Replies: 26
Views: 7125

Dudjom Tersar question

I feel really fortunate to have connected to this authentic lineage. The wording of the ngondro is profound in the way that it condenses vast teachings into just a few words. I wonder about the statement that it is, "intended for those who do not understand or are unable to recite the extensive prel...
by madhusudan
Sat Dec 26, 2015 6:09 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Lotus symbol
Replies: 6
Views: 1310

Re: Lotus symbol

Yes, that is the meaning I am also familiar with. I guess I see the muck and filth as being necessary for the lotus. This is where we can practice the perfections. All the while perfect Buddha nature sits atop. I relate this to teachings on the unity of samsara and nirvana. I also am interested in h...
by madhusudan
Sat Dec 26, 2015 2:20 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Lotus symbol
Replies: 6
Views: 1310

Lotus symbol

I am working with some thoughts on the lotus symbol and its varied layers of meaning. Could it be interpreted from the different perspectives of the three vehicles? I am also interested in connecting the general understanding of the lotus symbol with Padmasambhava, born perfectly enlightened in a lo...
by madhusudan
Sun Dec 13, 2015 1:51 pm
Forum: Academic Discussion
Topic: One
Replies: 19
Views: 4891

Re: One

Maybe check out readings on Primordial Buddha, Adi-Budhha and Samantabhadra. Also read up on the Dharmakaya, since really the three bodies are all resolved within the Dharmakaya - according to my limited understanding.
by madhusudan
Sun Dec 13, 2015 1:44 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Essence Quotations
Replies: 5
Views: 1000

Re: Essence Quotations

Thanks for an awesome resource I was previously unaware of. Is there any particular selection you feel encapsulates the essence of the teachings from beginning to end?
by madhusudan
Sun Dec 13, 2015 1:19 pm
Forum: Ethical Conduct
Topic: Irritation&frustration
Replies: 6
Views: 2312

Re: Irritation&frustration

In addition to the other good words already posted, here are some things I've heard: Since we need to train in patience as part of our Bodhisattva path to enlightenment, we need situations in which to practice. Beings who annoy us are very precious because without them we could not train in patience...
by madhusudan
Sun Dec 13, 2015 12:29 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Essence Quotations
Replies: 5
Views: 1000

Essence Quotations

I love quotations that distill the essence of dharma into a few lines. The meaning and blessings are incredibly vast. Here are four that I am familiar with: Commit not a single unwholesome action, Cultivate a wealth of virtue, To tame this mind of ours, This is the teaching of the Buddha. -Shakyamun...
by madhusudan
Sun Dec 13, 2015 12:07 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Anarchist Buddhist teachers, present and past?
Replies: 40
Views: 5886

Re: Anarchist Buddhist teachers, present and past?

Can you describe your confidence in the state so that I might begin to understand? You should read Nozick, Anarchy, State and Utopia , where he sets out the minimum conditions for a state, and why this is more desirable than anarchy. We have discharged our task of explaining how a state would arise...
by madhusudan
Sun Dec 06, 2015 2:17 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Anarchist Buddhist teachers, present and past?
Replies: 40
Views: 5886

Re: Anarchist Buddhist teachers, present and past?

Yes, the idea of the absence of a state is frankly ridiculous. I find this statement confusing, so maybe I'm not understanding your perspective. The state exists only as a thought construct. There are buildings, documents and people. People act upon ideas. The idea of the state, some claim, has bee...

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