Search found 1174 matches

by PeterC
Mon Jan 06, 2020 9:30 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: History of tantra
Replies: 81
Views: 2391

Re: History of tantra

I'm aware. I'm asking where his description is found. If you're looking for an account of the Buddha teaching tantra, you won't find it in the Pali Canon: you will find accounts of Buddhas manifesting in various forms to teach tantras in those tantras or associated literature. However these are thi...
by PeterC
Mon Jan 06, 2020 12:59 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Our Anti-War President
Replies: 97
Views: 4139

Re: Our Anti-War President

https://www.commondreams.org/news/2020/ ... against-us

That worked out well for Trump! Now the excuse of helping Iraq is well and truly gone, and the US is seen for what it is - an illegal occupying force.
by PeterC
Sun Jan 05, 2020 10:33 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: History of tantra
Replies: 81
Views: 2391

Re: History of tantra

Assuming OP isn't trolling, as this is a rather tedious topic. The Pali canon is replete with stories of magical deeds, non-human entities, dharanis, etc. Everyone knows the story in DN3 of Vajrapani manifesting above the Brahmin's head and threatening to destroy him. (There are, predictably, some T...
by PeterC
Sun Jan 05, 2020 7:46 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Feeling lack of community, advice?
Replies: 19
Views: 539

Re: Feeling lack of community, advice?

There’s a difference between being alone and feeling lonely. Worth investigating why you feel that way.
by PeterC
Sat Jan 04, 2020 4:43 pm
Forum: Wellness, Diet and Fitness
Topic: Great Vegan Debate
Replies: 618
Views: 39155

Re: Great Vegan Debate

There is no solution. Lots of people will die. The only issue is how. So if that's then case, then it's quite pointless to just ignore things that can be done and just continue talking about how there are too many people. AKA "Don't bother with that, there's just too many people". As if somehow eff...
by PeterC
Sat Jan 04, 2020 3:30 pm
Forum: Wellness, Diet and Fitness
Topic: Great Vegan Debate
Replies: 618
Views: 39155

Re: Great Vegan Debate

Sure, the world does and will have too many people. But what is the solution? Convince the people of the world to stop having babies? One could argue that convincing the people of the world to stop having sex and thus children, is also a fantasy and a much bigger one at that. There is no solution. ...
by PeterC
Sat Jan 04, 2020 2:11 pm
Forum: Wellness, Diet and Fitness
Topic: Great Vegan Debate
Replies: 618
Views: 39155

Re: Great Vegan Debate

The idea that this can all be avoided if we take fewer flights and eat fewer steaks is fantasy, unfortunately. Sure, the world does and will have too many people. But what is the solution? Convince the people of the world to stop having babies? One could argue that convincing the people of the worl...
by PeterC
Sat Jan 04, 2020 7:54 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Our Anti-War President
Replies: 97
Views: 4139

Re: Our Anti-War President

Trump seems to be an crypto-neocon (but maybe he’s just playing 5D-chess). He’s really not that smart. I think the obvious explanation here is the right one - he wanted to distract people from the impeachment, he knew the hawks and the mouth-breathers would love any attacks on Iran, and when the de...
by PeterC
Sat Jan 04, 2020 7:24 am
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: The Self-Arisen Vidya Tantra and The Self-Liberated Vidya Tantra A Translation of the Rigpa Rang Shar and Rigpa Rangdrol
Replies: 194
Views: 23597

Re: The Self-Arisen Vidya Tantra and The Self-Liberated Vidya Tantra A Translation of the Rigpa Rang Shar and Rigpa Rang

The Yongdzin Rinpoche Lopon Tenzin Namdak. He emphasizes Tantric Ngondro more, but does not require Yidam or any other Tantric practice. Yongdzin Rinpoche gives general Direct Introduction and Guruyoga to anyone interested; however from what I understand, he usually won’t give the R.T.W. unless one...
by PeterC
Sat Jan 04, 2020 3:10 am
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: The Self-Arisen Vidya Tantra and The Self-Liberated Vidya Tantra A Translation of the Rigpa Rang Shar and Rigpa Rangdrol
Replies: 194
Views: 23597

Re: The Self-Arisen Vidya Tantra and The Self-Liberated Vidya Tantra A Translation of the Rigpa Rang Shar and Rigpa Rang

There are many other qualified teachers out there as well. But choose wisely Malcolm, on that point. There are many lamas who teach Dzogchen within the common Nyingma framework of common and uncommon preliminaries, three roots, etc. Since ChNNR rested his intent, is there anyone teaching it like hi...
by PeterC
Sat Jan 04, 2020 1:54 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Our Anti-War President
Replies: 97
Views: 4139

Re: Our Anti-War President

I very much doubt there would be a direct war with Iran. Putin would simply not allow Trump to do that, and there are many ways he can put pressure on trump if needed. Iran is extremely important in the broader Russian geopolitical strategy. Iran also absolutely doesn’t want it - it’s conventional m...
by PeterC
Sat Jan 04, 2020 1:48 am
Forum: Wellness, Diet and Fitness
Topic: Great Vegan Debate
Replies: 618
Views: 39155

Re: Great Vegan Debate

There will be water wars long before that happens. Could be. Desertification is the major cause of loss of arable land in Asia, and there’s about two billion people who rely on rivers coming from the Himalayas in some form. It is possible technologically to address water constraints in most places,...
by PeterC
Fri Jan 03, 2020 4:29 pm
Forum: Wellness, Diet and Fitness
Topic: Great Vegan Debate
Replies: 618
Views: 39155

Re: Great Vegan Debate

What resources in particular are you refering to in this case and from which data are you basing your predictions on the extra time it affords us? All of the papers I've seen point to a reduced footprint In all areas. And yes, water ,land and pesticide monoculture won't be the way forward either. I...
by PeterC
Fri Jan 03, 2020 3:08 pm
Forum: Wellness, Diet and Fitness
Topic: Great Vegan Debate
Replies: 618
Views: 39155

Re: Great Vegan Debate

On a more serious note. There is an air of futility about discussing plant-based diets as a solution to ecological collapse. Yes, more people eating plant-based protein will enable the earth to support more humans. But the fundamental problem is that there are too many humans, not that there isn't ...
by PeterC
Fri Jan 03, 2020 3:39 am
Forum: Wellness, Diet and Fitness
Topic: Great Vegan Debate
Replies: 618
Views: 39155

Re: Great Vegan Debate

Call for recognizing veganism as a protected religion: https://www.rt.com/op-ed/477196-vegan-uk-religion-protected/ At least it’s an honest recognition that lunch has evolved to the status of religion in its own right. The mid-morning tea break had achieved that de facto status by at least the 1970...
by PeterC
Fri Jan 03, 2020 1:32 am
Forum: Book Reviews
Topic: Concise Guide to Conservatism
Replies: 149
Views: 5782

Re: Concise Guide to Conservatism

But alas not at odds with the interpretations of Dharma disseminated by certain conservative teachers of what purports to be Buddhadharma who teach rigid gender roles, homophobia, and a kind of prosperity gospel translated into Buddhist terminology. Who are those? I haven’t been unlucky enough to c...
by PeterC
Fri Jan 03, 2020 1:26 am
Forum: Book Reviews
Topic: Concise Guide to Conservatism
Replies: 149
Views: 5782

Re: Concise Guide to Conservatism

Bernie Sanders, my guy, is most definitely an atheist. Pelosi is a Buddhist. Most people in US political life who are "religious" are just using attendance at this or that church as a kind of virtue signaling, but no one really believes it is sincere. I didn’t know that about Pelosi. But that’s my ...
by PeterC
Thu Jan 02, 2020 3:56 am
Forum: Book Reviews
Topic: Concise Guide to Conservatism
Replies: 149
Views: 5782

Re: Concise Guide to Conservatism

Indeed, we are a secular state, founded on secular principles since the very founding of our republic. ... Until 1956, the official motto of the United States was "E pluribus unum;" however, since 1956, it has been "In God we trust." The latter is a clear violation of the establishment clause, shou...
by PeterC
Thu Jan 02, 2020 3:29 am
Forum: Book Reviews
Topic: Concise Guide to Conservatism
Replies: 149
Views: 5782

Re: Concise Guide to Conservatism

Nicholas Since you mentioned that nobody was actually reading the link you sent, I went back to your original post in which you said: Russell Kirk's 1957 classic has been reissued; it is only about 100 pages. For those who think today's conservatives think and believe as Kirk did -- wrong. The excer...

Go to advanced search