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by PeterC
Sat Apr 25, 2020 2:25 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Tibetan Lamas and wealth
Replies: 40
Views: 1668

Re: Tibetan Lamas and wealth

Milarepa was very critical of the opulence of the Lamas, he basically said they were just living "off the fat of the land" in exchange for performing rituals. Thus he and his disciples shunned all of that stuff and lived in caves and survived by begging. Milarepa also said of Marpa that he couldn’t...
by PeterC
Sat Apr 25, 2020 1:52 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Tibetan Lamas and wealth
Replies: 40
Views: 1668

Re: Tibetan Lamas and wealth

Milarepa was very critical of the opulence of the Lamas, he basically said they were just living "off the fat of the land" in exchange for performing rituals. Thus he and his disciples shunned all of that stuff and lived in caves and survived by begging. Milarepa also said of Marpa that he couldn’t...
by PeterC
Thu Apr 23, 2020 10:09 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: What are you doing about the coronavirus?
Replies: 1116
Views: 47770

Re: What are you doing about the coronavirus?

:rolleye: time. Here's the full interview. It's...astonishing. Each time you think, nobody could be that stupid, she says something even worse. But at some level, she's just telling the truth. Lots of people in her town have no income and no social safety net. Neither the city nor the major employe...
by PeterC
Thu Apr 23, 2020 4:58 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Do a teacher is needed for practicing Mahayana?
Replies: 117
Views: 3283

Re: Do a teacher is needed for practicing Mahayana?

Actually it does, hence the instruction "even if you heard a single line of verse..." In the Tibetan traditions at least, when you receive the oral transmission of a sutra, commentary or even a single mantra from someone then that person should be considered your teacher. In the early monastic comm...
by PeterC
Wed Apr 22, 2020 7:42 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: In between Taoism and Buddhism
Replies: 73
Views: 7005

Re: In between Taoism and Buddhism

The origin of gto rites are also attributed to Mañjuśṛī, as well as sa dbyad, literally, "examining the earth." I’m curious about the kongtse trulpey gyalpo attribution. Was this a historical figure, or is it just a generic placeholder for an unidentified human origin? The identification of this wi...
by PeterC
Wed Apr 22, 2020 12:16 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: In between Taoism and Buddhism
Replies: 73
Views: 7005

Re: In between Taoism and Buddhism

Thanks Malcolm - interesting The origin of gto rites are also attributed to Mañjuśṛī, as well as sa dbyad, literally, "examining the earth." I’m curious about the kongtse trulpey gyalpo attribution. Was this a historical figure, or is it just a generic placeholder for an unidentified human origin? ...
by PeterC
Tue Apr 21, 2020 10:58 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: In between Taoism and Buddhism
Replies: 73
Views: 7005

Re: In between Taoism and Buddhism

Thanks Malcolm - interesting
by PeterC
Tue Apr 21, 2020 10:52 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: What are you doing about the coronavirus?
Replies: 1116
Views: 47770

Re: What are you doing about the coronavirus?

Unless the plan involves ignoring/invalidating the results of the election Including declaration of martial law. Unfortunately, the only people in this country who could effectivey resist martial law are conservatives (they have most of the guns), but they are more likely to go along with it, at le...
by PeterC
Tue Apr 21, 2020 2:31 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: In between Taoism and Buddhism
Replies: 73
Views: 7005

Re: In between Taoism and Buddhism

Traditional feng shui is much more concerned about the formation of the land for determining construction sites and especially for grave sites. This is still the primary use of feng shui in Korea. True. And this is still practised a lot in several countries Though design of outdoor spaces - primari...
by PeterC
Tue Apr 21, 2020 2:23 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: What are you doing about the coronavirus?
Replies: 1116
Views: 47770

Re: What are you doing about the coronavirus?

Tiago Simões wrote:
Tue Apr 21, 2020 11:48 am
It almost seems counterintuitive of Trump to just put a large portion of his voting base in harm's way like that. On your next presidential elections the number of trump supporters might significantly go down.
Unless the plan involves ignoring/invalidating the results of the election
by PeterC
Tue Apr 21, 2020 10:17 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Modernity and its many faults and problems
Replies: 12
Views: 549

Re: Modernity and its many faults and problems

Wouldn’t a massive solar flare big enough to take out all the satellites also scorch all life from the earth?

That may be a small problem with this plan
by PeterC
Tue Apr 21, 2020 3:19 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Conspirituality - the overlap between the New Age and conspiracy beliefs
Replies: 93
Views: 2870

Re: Conspirituality - the overlap between the New Age and conspiracy beliefs

I wouldn't even say they are truly anti-authoritarian. For many of these people it seems they think along the lines of "only my opinion matters." In other words they make themselves the final authority, and are thus extremely authoritarian. It is how some end up Fascists. That’s a better descriptio...
by PeterC
Mon Apr 20, 2020 11:39 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Conspirituality - the overlap between the New Age and conspiracy beliefs
Replies: 93
Views: 2870

Re: Conspirituality - the overlap between the New Age and conspiracy beliefs

I wouldn't even say they are truly anti-authoritarian. For many of these people it seems they think along the lines of "only my opinion matters." In other words they make themselves the final authority, and are thus extremely authoritarian. It is how some end up Fascists. That’s a better descriptio...
by PeterC
Mon Apr 20, 2020 12:05 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Conspirituality - the overlap between the New Age and conspiracy beliefs
Replies: 93
Views: 2870

Re: Conspirituality - the overlap between the New Age and conspiracy beliefs

The 'glass half empty' version of that would be; I am credulous, irrational, anti-authoritarian, and value my personal opinion over the considered opinions of others. It is no mystery that someone with those characteristics would be a perfect audience for conspiracy theorists. There is a contradict...
by PeterC
Mon Apr 20, 2020 9:51 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Conspirituality - the overlap between the New Age and conspiracy beliefs
Replies: 93
Views: 2870

Re: Conspirituality - the overlap between the New Age and conspiracy beliefs

There seems to be some evidence for this. This 2018 study by Hart and Graether, from the Journal of Individual Differences, found, in two surveys of 1200 people, that the strongest predictor of conspiracy thinking was ‘schizotypy’, which is a personality trait that makes one prone to unusual belief...
by PeterC
Mon Apr 20, 2020 3:40 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: What are you doing about the coronavirus?
Replies: 1116
Views: 47770

Re: What are you doing about the coronavirus?

BioCubaFarma guarantees production of 22 medications for the treatment of Covid-19 http://en.granma.cu/cuba/2020-03-17/biocubafarma-guarantees-production-of-22-medications-for-the-treatment-of-covid-19 There is no evidence yet that interferon is of use in treating covid-19. It may help in early sta...
by PeterC
Mon Apr 20, 2020 2:24 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Conspirituality - the overlap between the New Age and conspiracy beliefs
Replies: 93
Views: 2870

Re: Conspirituality - the overlap between the New Age and conspiracy beliefs

I can't imagine a group of people who are highly intelligent and highly attained in the ways of the world mocking those of lower capacity workings towards a greater end. I can only imagine the fear most people are suffering who have less choice in unknown times and whose outcome is not so sure. Wha...
by PeterC
Sun Apr 19, 2020 3:01 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Conspirituality - the overlap between the New Age and conspiracy beliefs
Replies: 93
Views: 2870

Re: Conspirituality - the overlap between the New Age and conspiracy beliefs

I can't imagine a group of people who are highly intelligent and highly attained in the ways of the world mocking those of lower capacity workings towards a greater end. I can only imagine the fear most people are suffering who have less choice in unknown times and whose outcome is not so sure. Wha...
by PeterC
Sun Apr 19, 2020 1:52 pm
Forum: Buddhist Tantra Talk
Topic: ChNNR Mandarava tsalung question
Replies: 0
Views: 219

ChNNR Mandarava tsalung question

I have a question about placement of seed syllables - if anyone has spent time on this practice, I would appreciate the chance to clarify.
by PeterC
Sun Apr 19, 2020 8:18 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Conspirituality - the overlap between the New Age and conspiracy beliefs
Replies: 93
Views: 2870

Re: Conspirituality - the overlap between the New Age and conspiracy beliefs

You're right, but you shouldn't make too much of it. ALL of European (and European-derived, as in USA and Australia) culture was racist in those days (and earlier). Reading the popular novelists of the time can be quite confronting for that reason. Racism isn’t just a ‘white person’ thing. Racism i...

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