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by madhusudan
Tue Feb 21, 2017 5:36 pm
Forum: Nyingma
Topic: New to Nyingma - Longchen Nyingtik - Lingtrul Rinpoche
Replies: 3
Views: 925

Re: New to Nyingma - Longchen Nyingtik - Lingtrul Rinpoche

I hope you make a good connection with this teacher. My responses: 1) Words of my Perfect Teacher 2) Just go and attend teachings. Later, ask for lung to ngondro. 3) Big question :) For a start if you are not already doing so, I would suggest that you add the 3 Supreme Methods to every meditation se...
by madhusudan
Fri Feb 17, 2017 12:02 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Academic ridiculousness
Replies: 11
Views: 1520

Re: Academic ridiculousness

Yeah, I find little value in academic articles on Buddhism because they approach the subject from the position of nihilism. This is evident in any historical treatment of the development of the three vehicles. An academic's bread and butter is addictive conceptualization, taking their thoughts to be...
by madhusudan
Thu Feb 16, 2017 1:57 pm
Forum: Dharma Stories
Topic: Quotations or Traditional Sayings
Replies: 7
Views: 3787

Quotations or Traditional Sayings

I remember a teaching that any truth that agrees with Buddha's teaching is equal to Dharma. Do you know any traditional sayings, or quotes from famous people from history that echo Buddha's truths? Here's one from my great grandmother: "And this too shall pass." Another favorite: "First, do no harm....
by madhusudan
Mon Feb 06, 2017 2:01 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: how to be a buddhist?
Replies: 43
Views: 5154

Re: how to be a buddhist?

Happiness is subject to the suffering of change. Even the long life gods of the formless realm, whose lifespans are immense and who dwell in pure contentment, suffer horribly when that karma is exhausted and they fall into the lower realms.
by madhusudan
Sun Feb 05, 2017 4:24 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Hate speech is Free Speech?
Replies: 99
Views: 8127

Re: Hate speech is Free Speech?

That's what I'm reading and I think it's dangerous.
by madhusudan
Sun Feb 05, 2017 4:23 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Hate speech is Free Speech?
Replies: 99
Views: 8127

Re: Hate speech is Free Speech?

Correct.
by madhusudan
Sun Feb 05, 2017 4:15 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Hate speech is Free Speech?
Replies: 99
Views: 8127

Re: Hate speech is Free Speech?

Thanks to the input in this thread, I think I'm beginning to get a rough picture of the current view. I sort of amalgamated the root ideas and themes inferred from the various images, memes, and written posts. It's an appeal to emergency. Because of current political events and social phenomena, for...
by madhusudan
Fri Feb 03, 2017 7:21 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Hate speech is Free Speech?
Replies: 99
Views: 8127

Re: Hate speech is Free Speech?

IMO hate is a very narrow view and it's expressions are very near at least to lying/falsehood, often. Noone would consider the right for free lies a human right, isn't it? Yes, lying is a vice, not a crime. It was generally suggested back in my day, in light of 20th Century socialist totalitarianis...
by madhusudan
Fri Feb 03, 2017 12:09 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Hate speech is Free Speech?
Replies: 99
Views: 8127

Re: Hate speech is Free Speech?

I am interested in this subject. I remember learning the rationale for allowing all speech to be that the slightest incursion on the freedom of speech would open the door for greater restrictions. To paraphrase a well known quote, that even if I disagree with you, I'll defend your right to say it to...
by madhusudan
Fri Jan 13, 2017 10:04 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Perplexity
Replies: 12
Views: 1591

Re: Perplexity

Thanks for the replies. The other thread was interesting and useful. There's always an good old thread out there, it seems. And the improved translation was indeed illuminating. Here it is for anyone who'd like a quick link: https://books.google.com/books?id=2aSdyq0DD4gC&lpg=PP1&pg=PA34#v=onepage&q&...
by madhusudan
Fri Jan 13, 2017 12:21 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Perplexity
Replies: 12
Views: 1591

Perplexity

“My father is wisdom and my mother is voidness. My country is the country of Dharma. I am of no caste and no creed. I am sustained by perplexity; and I am here to destroy lust, anger and sloth.” ~Padmasambhava I would appreciate any comments or explanation on the line, "I am sustained by perplexity....
by madhusudan
Wed Oct 26, 2016 7:00 pm
Forum: Discovering Mahayana Buddhism
Topic: Purification practices and repeating negative actions on daily basis
Replies: 7
Views: 2007

Re: Purification practices and repeating negative actions on daily basis

I'll reply because I've dealt with a similar issue, though not work related. But, the issue of continuing negative actions while performing purification is something that I am familiar with. My own decision was to continue with the purification while making every effort to reform bad behavior. Like ...
by madhusudan
Mon Jun 06, 2016 12:28 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Texts that destroy ""scientific" materialism
Replies: 221
Views: 22547

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: 22547

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: 3451

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: 3451

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: 19475

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: 3352

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: 3451

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: 3451

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...

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