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by PeterC
Mon May 20, 2019 11:43 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Vajrayana. It’s Simple.
Replies: 55
Views: 2187

Re: Vajrayana. It’s Simple.

£$&^@ wrote:
Mon May 20, 2019 10:35 am
OK thanks. I might give it a go, despite being allergic to Bowie. Which
I know is near blasphemy for a Brit of my vintage. :smile:
He doesn't sing in this one - and he's only in a couple of scenes. But yes, that is absolutely blasphemy...
by PeterC
Mon May 20, 2019 10:18 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Vajrayana. It’s Simple.
Replies: 55
Views: 2187

Re: Vajrayana. It’s Simple.

Sorry, I don’t get the reference. Greatly underrated film by Christopher Nolan (Inception, Memento) starring Christian Bale, Michael Caine, Hugh Jackman, Scarlett Johansson, Andy Serkis and - believe it or not - David Bowie as Nicola Tesla. Film was about stage magicians engaged in a protracted and...
by PeterC
Mon May 20, 2019 4:28 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Best country to live in to practice Mahayana Buddhism?
Replies: 41
Views: 2405

Re: Best country to live in to practice Mahayana Buddhism?

Any place where one can find the freedoms and advantages? https://www.rigpawiki.org/index.php?title=Eighteen_freedoms_and_advantages This is the right answer. More specifically - somewhere where you can earn a living and have enough free time to practice, and have sufficient access to qualified tea...
by PeterC
Mon May 20, 2019 3:54 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Vajrayana. It’s Simple.
Replies: 55
Views: 2187

Re: Vajrayana. It’s Simple.

£$&^@ wrote:
Sat May 18, 2019 3:04 pm
It’s not easy. But it is simple.
The Prestige?
by PeterC
Sun May 19, 2019 3:45 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Best Trek The Next Generation episodes?
Replies: 20
Views: 701

Re: Best Trek The Next Generation episodes?

This is similar to a theme in Iain M. Bank's wonderful Culture novels that feature a post-scarcity, anarchist utopia similar to the Federation. The Culture is objectively more humane than a lot of the other civilizations that they come into contact with. One of the more horrifying ones was a collec...
by PeterC
Sun May 19, 2019 2:40 pm
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Vimalamitra...
Replies: 9
Views: 1086

Re: Vimalamitra...

Ok got it. What is then here the difference between the lamps, when i may ask ? This is a text that shouldn’t be discussed publicly Agree , but the contents / index can be enumerated maybe ? In Bön we don´t have this protective secrecy so much, therefore my way of approaching here. Understand, but ...
by PeterC
Sun May 19, 2019 9:23 am
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Vimalamitra...
Replies: 9
Views: 1086

Re: Vimalamitra...

Lamps Tashi delek , "We" know 4 or 6 Lamps. 9 Lamps , never heard about that........ Maybe you find here something interesting: . https://dharmawheel.net/viewtopic.php?f=78&t=27198 OP is talking about a specific teaching of Vimalamitra that's found in the Vima Nyingtik. Ok got it. What is then here...
by PeterC
Fri May 17, 2019 1:12 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Abortion (as an example of problems caused by the common mindset in our society)
Replies: 133
Views: 3166

Re: Abortion (as an example of problems caused by the common mindset in our society)

Overturning the right to privacy would mean overturning Griswold v. Connecticut (which is where the penumbra of rights was first invoked, iirc). That would mean an end to family planning in any context other than abstinence or some other primitive method (pulling out, timing). Even condoms could be...
by PeterC
Thu May 16, 2019 7:12 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Abortion (as an example of problems caused by the common mindset in our society)
Replies: 133
Views: 3166

Re: Abortion (as an example of problems caused by the common mindset in our society)

The odds are that RvW will be overturned. There has always been at least a minority on SCOTUS that never agreed with its legal premise (that a right to privacy which extends to one's body can be found in the 'emanations and penumbras' of the constitution, and that that can somehow translate into dra...
by PeterC
Thu May 16, 2019 2:41 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Are yidams and Tibetan Buddhist "deities" actually real?
Replies: 50
Views: 1900

Re: Are yidams and Tibetan Buddhist "deities" actually real?

Isn’t there some text that talks about form being the same as emptiness and emptiness being like form? Think I read that somewhere... Okay. So then your answer to the question is.....what? Understanding the nature of Buddha-figures is not different from other fundamental aspects of the Mahayana. Th...
by PeterC
Wed May 15, 2019 5:38 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Are yidams and Tibetan Buddhist "deities" actually real?
Replies: 50
Views: 1900

Re: Are yidams and Tibetan Buddhist "deities" actually real?

Isn’t there some text that talks about form being the same as emptiness and emptiness being like form? Think I read that somewhere...
by PeterC
Mon May 13, 2019 3:22 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: What is Art ?
Replies: 81
Views: 2906

Re: What is Art ?

Caoimhghín wrote:
Sat May 11, 2019 3:30 am
What is art?

A lie.
Art is truth. It's just not the whole truth.
by PeterC
Fri May 10, 2019 1:12 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: For the science and religion crowd
Replies: 200
Views: 5273

Re: For the science and religion crowd

Nagel is a philosopher. No scientist has to care about what he thinks. So I take it you’re not into philosophy? I find it a very interesting subject myself, as I do the topic of this thread. Which leads me to ask: what are you doing here (in this thread), other than kvetching? :shrug: I read philos...
by PeterC
Fri May 10, 2019 7:58 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: For the science and religion crowd
Replies: 200
Views: 5273

Re: For the science and religion crowd

Anyway - an enjoyable conversation and our respective positions are very clear. I don't understand how you think "beliefs" are interacting with reality here. Do you think that simply a person states they believe something, and therefore their entire society must conform solely to this stated belief...
by PeterC
Fri May 10, 2019 6:13 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Another Topic of molesting female practitioner
Replies: 113
Views: 6624

Re: Another Topic of molesting female practitioner

The problem in my opinion is the vow of celibacy. Celibacy goes against human nature generally speaking. The people that take these vows often take them quite young in their lives. I believe that many of them would feel stigmatized and ostracized if they disrobed to lead the life of a lay follower,...
by PeterC
Fri May 10, 2019 6:08 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: For the science and religion crowd
Replies: 200
Views: 5273

Re: For the science and religion crowd

Not trying to be dramatic or dismissive, but if you don't think that materialist/nihilist views of the world inform a large part of how people today organize themselves and live their lives, then there is a huge gulf between how you and I see modern society. A big enough gulf that it's perhaps not ...
by PeterC
Fri May 10, 2019 4:38 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: For the science and religion crowd
Replies: 200
Views: 5273

Re: For the science and religion crowd

The materialist assumptions that consciousness is a derivative of matter prevails in society. This wrong view manifests all around us, devaluing beings. That's a big claim, and being a big claim you might feel a need to support it with at least a half-way convincing argument. I agree. I think that ...
by PeterC
Fri May 10, 2019 4:26 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: What is Art ?
Replies: 81
Views: 2906

Re: What is Art ?

If Serrano had cast the crucifix himself, with his face and body replacing that of Christ, it would have actually been interesting. ... It raises a question, and that question isn't "is it art?". So I would give it a pass. Just because something is art doesn't mean it's great or even good art, or t...
by PeterC
Fri May 10, 2019 4:23 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: What is Art ?
Replies: 81
Views: 2906

Re: What is Art ?

SunWuKong wrote:
Thu May 09, 2019 4:54 pm

Al Hansen drops the piano throughout time and space. It is no longer possible to un-drop it. Once dropped, always dropped.
I was referring to this:
by PeterC
Thu May 09, 2019 4:48 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: What is Art ?
Replies: 81
Views: 2906

Re: What is Art ?

I met fine art graduate who was studying to become a school art teacher who vigourously upheld the notion that, "Whatever provokes a reaction," is Art. I do think that art's ability to pose a question can mitigate an absence of technique in the artwork. But I don't think that the question can just ...

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