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by theanarchist
Fri Jul 24, 2015 3:40 pm
Forum: Ethical Conduct
Topic: Supporting veterans and war
Replies: 36
Views: 4894

Re: Supporting veterans and war

The military is exploiting the naivety and material poverty of young men.

Helping the victims is only fair.
by theanarchist
Fri Jul 24, 2015 10:03 am
Forum: Meditation
Topic: Strangeness while turning off toughts
Replies: 32
Views: 5303

Re: Strangeness while turning off toughts

My understanding is that the reason for this is this "blank state" can get quite addictive, and lead away from insight rather than towards it. There are even stories about these states leading to people being reborn as animals, putting people in basically a "spiritual coma" etc. I thought that this...
by theanarchist
Fri Jul 24, 2015 10:00 am
Forum: Meditation
Topic: Strangeness while turning off toughts
Replies: 32
Views: 5303

Re: Strangeness while turning off toughts

Sounds like a dissociative state. That's not powerful but psychiatrically relevant. It doesn't have to be dissociative at all. Just a state of not thinkingt A state of deliberately forced not thinking is. Forcing/manipulating the mind into desired states is NOT buddhist meditation and can cause psy...
by theanarchist
Fri Jul 24, 2015 9:57 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Global Warming / Climate Change: Caused by human activity?
Replies: 245
Views: 21281

Re: Global Warming / Climate Change: Caused by human activi

Actually we are in an intermediate warmer period of an ice age. So I wonder if the human activities may not on the longer term prevent a new cold phase.
by theanarchist
Thu Jul 23, 2015 7:17 pm
Forum: Meditation
Topic: Strangeness while turning off toughts
Replies: 32
Views: 5303

Re: Strangeness while turning off toughts

Sounds like a dissociative state. That's not powerful but psychiatrically relevant.
by theanarchist
Thu Jul 23, 2015 3:49 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Fat shaming
Replies: 158
Views: 19285

Re: Fat shaming

I found some interesting info that obesity can also be caused by hormone like substances in plastic when exposed during pregnancy and antibiotics. I mean, hormones have an influence on the metabolic system and fat storage. They are the reason why women have more body fat than men. And antibiotics ar...
by theanarchist
Thu Jul 23, 2015 12:26 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Fat shaming
Replies: 158
Views: 19285

Re: Fat shaming

If someone abuses their body by eating too much, it will have a strong effect on their speech and mind. When I was younger, my father had a medical emergency, and was unable to walk. He didn't look like he was in too bad of shape, so I tried picking him up so I could drive him to the hospital - I c...
by theanarchist
Thu Jul 23, 2015 11:48 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Fat shaming
Replies: 158
Views: 19285

Re: Fat shaming

From my point of view, if you've taken Bodhisattva precepts, how are you supposed to help sentient beings, if you are too out of shape to go up a flight of stairs without being winded, during an emergency? Bodhisattvas don't have to work as firemen or emergency doctors. An enlightened person that i...
by theanarchist
Wed Jul 22, 2015 10:24 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Fat shaming
Replies: 158
Views: 19285

Re: Fat shaming

My first root teacher, Khenchen Khenpo Palden Sherab, once reminded us about something very obvious-- if we achieve Buddhahood in this life, we do so in this body. It was a reminder that enlightenment is actually not something over there, or something divorced from who we are. Our very body is a ma...
by theanarchist
Wed Jul 22, 2015 3:27 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Fat shaming
Replies: 158
Views: 19285

Re: Fat shaming

Of course it's a separate question--hence the separate thread. One particular assumption in that thread--that obesity reflects unresolved emotional problems on the part of the obese. It is, but it is also a metabolic, physical disease. Once you have amassed that amount of fat, the fat itself starts...
by theanarchist
Tue Jul 21, 2015 9:06 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Anti-Tibetan Buddhism Signs
Replies: 242
Views: 36171

Re: Anti-Tibetan Buddhism Signs

Yes...isn't that kinda like what happened to Buddha ? After he went outside the confinements of his palace, and saw the reality of sickness, old age and death...it prompted him to find a way out of such sufferings....it was more important for him to find the solution to end all suffering, than it w...
by theanarchist
Mon Jul 20, 2015 4:13 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Anti-Tibetan Buddhism Signs
Replies: 242
Views: 36171

Re: Anti-Tibetan Buddhism Signs

Then there are those that have the capacity to learn Dharma without renouncing worldly things. He was a Genius. Have you ever thought that a lot of people got seriously interested in practicing dharma only after they have married/started a family. In those days getting married was not exactly volun...
by theanarchist
Mon Jul 20, 2015 2:39 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Wake up call
Replies: 147
Views: 14686

Re: Wake up call

Only 2 or 3 people on this thread have offered support for the tulku principle.. There is no problem with the tulku system itself. Sufficiently realized practitioners can indeed determine who you were in previous lives. The problem starts once these incarnations of practitioners and abbots are foun...
by theanarchist
Sun Jul 19, 2015 7:14 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: May be its time to ban discussion about Homosexuallity...
Replies: 224
Views: 21132

Re: May be its time to ban discussion about Homosexuallity..

I'm down with that. Dendrophelia. But... Gasp... *the cold flush of fear*... Is it a FEMALE tree she married??? This is actually one of the most interesting things I've seen on DW. We better make sure the trees can't get married. The horror, the horror. A tree is currently getting more action than ...
by theanarchist
Sun Jul 19, 2015 4:30 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Anti-Tibetan Buddhism Signs
Replies: 242
Views: 36171

Re: Anti-Tibetan Buddhism Signs

And by the way, the partner has to have the same qualification, so I imagine it's not easy to find a suitable consort anyway. They just have to be at the same level do realization or absence thereof. Anyway, with regards to this topic, most people have not received instruction, and really, don't kn...
by theanarchist
Sun Jul 19, 2015 4:01 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Anti-Tibetan Buddhism Signs
Replies: 242
Views: 36171

Re: Anti-Tibetan Buddhism Signs

Unless you can perform miracles on demand you shouldn't even think about trying that stuff (from a Gelug perspective). And why would you. If you are really at a point where you can do consort practice, it's not a big deal to disrobe and it would be in accordance with any other vehicle to do so, bec...
by theanarchist
Sun Jul 19, 2015 11:12 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Wake up call
Replies: 147
Views: 14686

Re: Wake up call

When you receive authorization to self generate and complete the yidam, you're no longer a practitioner. You're not just nailed to a metaphor or symbol or simile. You're nailed to the flesh and blood guru, which means you're nailed to the lineage. You're a holder of that lineage. You're not just si...
by theanarchist
Sat Jul 18, 2015 3:38 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Wake up call
Replies: 147
Views: 14686

Re: Wake up call

The funny thing too is that people somehow believe tulkus get better training than ordinary people. Really, this is a fantasy. The fact is that young tulkus are often put to work at a very young age raising money for their monasteries, and as a result, they often have very inferior training compare...
by theanarchist
Sat Jul 18, 2015 3:33 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Wake up call
Replies: 147
Views: 14686

Re: Wake up call

Truthfully, the only reincarnation that I have any confidence is in Chogyal Namkhai Norbu because he was recognized by someone who attained rainbow body, his uncle. The rest of them I really don't believe in. This here is completely anonymous so I can say this much. Almost two decades ago I met a T...
by theanarchist
Sat Jul 18, 2015 1:17 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Wake up call
Replies: 147
Views: 14686

Re: Wake up call

The idea that you have to live this hardcore ascetic lifestyle to become a realized person is a myth. You do not need to spend years and years in retreat. I know many people who have spend years and years in retreat and they are just as screwed up now as when they went into retreat, and just as ord...

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