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by PeterC
Thu Jun 18, 2020 1:08 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: The Wire and other TV/Movies - From After the Protests
Replies: 23
Views: 468

Re: The Wire and other TV/Movies - From After the Protests

Queequeg wrote:
Wed Jun 17, 2020 6:04 pm
PeterC wrote:
Wed Jun 17, 2020 3:52 pm
McNulty
One of my favorite scenes is when he and Bunk go investigate a murder and all they say is, "F*ck".

"Oh, f*ck."
"f*ck f*ck f*ck f*ck f*ck f*ck f*ck."
"f*ck."
"f*ck f*ck."
"Oh, f************ck."
Best police investigation ever.

by PeterC
Wed Jun 17, 2020 5:07 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: The Wire and other TV/Movies - From After the Protests
Replies: 23
Views: 468

Re: The Wire and other TV/Movies - From After the Protests

One of the recurrent themes in the Wire is what happens to clever cops. McNulty’s career constantly goes nowhere as a result. Lester Freamon - the real hero of the series - tells that story in season 1 about how he ended up in the pawn shop unit: he was assigned to the opposite of what he wanted be...
by PeterC
Wed Jun 17, 2020 3:52 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: The Wire and other TV/Movies - From After the Protests
Replies: 23
Views: 468

Re: The Wire and other TV/Movies - From After the Protests

One of the recurrent themes in the Wire is what happens to clever cops. McNulty’s career constantly goes nowhere as a result. Lester Freamon - the real hero of the series - tells that story in season 1 about how he ended up in the pawn shop unit: he was assigned to the opposite of what he wanted bec...
by PeterC
Wed Jun 17, 2020 7:02 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: The Wire and other TV/Movies - From After the Protests
Replies: 23
Views: 468

Re: After the Protests: Defund the Police

That's tough. I've watched it through twice, but its been a while since the last watch. Definitely Omar is one of the best characters/story lines. I'm currently watching Narcos - Mexico. There's a character, Pablo Acosta. One of his lines, he was talking about the difference between him and Felix t...
by PeterC
Wed Jun 17, 2020 4:18 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: The Wire and other TV/Movies - From After the Protests
Replies: 23
Views: 468

Re: After the Protests: Defund the Police

But there was one show that told the truth about the futility of it all... "Is you takin notes on criminal conspiracy?" Gotta rewatch. So many good characters in that show. Sheeeeeeeeeyit. Now referred to commonly as The Stringer Bell Rule - don’t take notes in a criminal conspiracy. Which was your...
by PeterC
Wed Jun 17, 2020 2:25 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Zen/Attain True Self
Replies: 33
Views: 788

Re: Zen/Attain True Self

What do you mean by "true" and "self"?
by PeterC
Wed Jun 17, 2020 1:00 am
Forum: Zen
Topic: Zen’s stand regarding ‘The Absolute’
Replies: 165
Views: 4828

Re: Zen’s stand regarding ‘The Absolute’

So you had no idea at all? Absolutely no idea what "the absolute" might refer to? I sort of don't believe you, but that's okay. You've made your point that your ignorance wasn't feigned. No, I don’t. You have to be extremely careful with abstract and metaphysical concepts. It’s easy to assume they ...
by PeterC
Mon Jun 15, 2020 11:51 pm
Forum: Zen
Topic: Zen’s stand regarding ‘The Absolute’
Replies: 165
Views: 4828

Re: Zen’s stand regarding ‘The Absolute’

Well, it seems like people are artificially feigning ignorance tbh. I'm not really. So you had no idea at all? Absolutely no idea what "the absolute" might refer to? I sort of don't believe you, but that's okay. You've made your point that your ignorance wasn't feigned. No, I don’t. You have to be ...
by PeterC
Mon Jun 15, 2020 9:30 am
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Does a Buddha experience insomnia?
Replies: 8
Views: 394

Re: Does a Buddha experience insomnia?

PadmaVonSamba wrote:
Sun Jun 14, 2020 5:13 am
If a Buddha is in a constantly awakened state, does he or she experience insomnia?
Depends on the type of Buddha I guess.

A Buddha in Mahayana is displaying waking and sleeping for the benefit of beings

Some other variants would genuinely be sleeping but in an unafflicted way
by PeterC
Mon Jun 15, 2020 8:39 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: On the role of primary sources in Buddhism
Replies: 35
Views: 1004

Re: On the role of primary sources in Buddhism

I guess you can take up the "lack of philosophy here" with Mipham, Tsonkhapa, Sapan, Nagarjuna, Aryadeva, Shantideva, Vasubhandu, Zhiyi and quite a few others. They don't agree with you. Do you know better than them?
by PeterC
Mon Jun 15, 2020 8:33 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Interview with Co-Founder of Esalen
Replies: 10
Views: 439

Re: Interview with Co-Founder of Esalen

Fascinating period piece. On the one hand, these people had very broad interests and exposed western society to a lot of new ideas. On the other hand, they were excessively credulous. Aurobindo peddled syncretic nonsense. And you have comments like: Jeff Kripal used that story as an example of the m...
by PeterC
Mon Jun 15, 2020 6:58 am
Forum: Zen
Topic: Zen’s stand regarding ‘The Absolute’
Replies: 165
Views: 4828

Re: Zen’s stand regarding ‘The Absolute’

Well, it seems like people are artificially feigning ignorance tbh. I'm not really. I mean, it could be referring to dharmata, but it might not, and if everyone starts by presuming the definition then you end up with a discussion that goes round in circles because people don't know if they're talki...
by PeterC
Mon Jun 15, 2020 3:42 am
Forum: Zen
Topic: Zen’s stand regarding ‘The Absolute’
Replies: 165
Views: 4828

Re: Zen’s stand regarding ‘The Absolute’

"The absolute" is likely "the ultimate" referring to "the ultimate truth," likely according to Venerable Nāgārjuna, but also likely according to whichever other "ultimate truth" they consider the "ultimate" versus the conventional. So eight pages into the discussion, we're at the stage of saying wh...
by PeterC
Mon Jun 15, 2020 2:27 am
Forum: Zen
Topic: Zen’s stand regarding ‘The Absolute’
Replies: 165
Views: 4828

Re: Zen’s stand regarding ‘The Absolute’

How far below the Transcendental (無為) Gate From which one leap will gain the Buddha's realm!" (p 62) That is a...horrible translation. Does he at least footnote the origin of 无为 and explain what it means? Having read through this thread I'm still unclear what the term "the absolute" is being used t...
by PeterC
Sun Jun 14, 2020 3:46 pm
Forum: Abhidharmakosabhasyam Book Club
Topic: Abhidharmakosabhasyam Book Club
Replies: 103
Views: 2911

Re: Abhidharmakosabhasyam Book Club

jake wrote:
Sun Jun 14, 2020 3:42 pm
PeterC wrote:
Sun Jun 14, 2020 3:33 pm
Greg - is the new thread you started on this only open to those who signed up for the book club?
When you mean only open, do you mean can only view? Only post? or both?
I thought the plan was to have a closed forum for this?
by PeterC
Sun Jun 14, 2020 3:44 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: The Wire and other TV/Movies - From After the Protests
Replies: 23
Views: 468

The Wire and other TV/Movies - From After the Protests

But there was one show that told the truth about the futility of it all...



by PeterC
Sun Jun 14, 2020 3:33 pm
Forum: Abhidharmakosabhasyam Book Club
Topic: Abhidharmakosabhasyam Book Club
Replies: 103
Views: 2911

Re: Abhidharmakosabhasyam Book Club

Greg - is the new thread you started on this only open to those who signed up for the book club?
by PeterC
Sun Jun 14, 2020 2:58 am
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Another Dzogchen/Ngondro Q...
Replies: 8
Views: 896

Re: Another Dzogchen/Ngondro Q...

One should take every opportunity to have the nature of mind pointed out, and should practice diligently until one gets it. Because without practice it’s like writing on water
by PeterC
Fri Jun 12, 2020 5:03 pm
Forum: Abhidharmakosabhasyam Book Club
Topic: Abhidharmakosabhasyam Book Club
Replies: 103
Views: 2911

Re: Abhidharmakosabhasyam Book Club

Reading the first few verses at present
by PeterC
Fri Jun 12, 2020 10:25 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Hope for attainment in this life.what are my options?
Replies: 68
Views: 2427

Re: Hope for attainment in this life.what are my options?

Grigoris wrote:
Fri Jun 12, 2020 8:15 am
Has anybody here attained even an iota of realisation via the practices they are recommending, or is it all just empty words and hypotheses?
I have developed the siddhi of flight. Still working on using it without either an aircraft or a tall building, though

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