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by Malcolm
Wed Jul 06, 2011 6:21 pm
Forum: Sūtra Studies
Topic: Agganna Sutta - human origins
Replies: 12
Views: 2098

Re: Agganna Sutta - human origins

10. 'There comes a time, Vasettha, when, sooner or later after a long period, this world contracts. At a time of contraction, beings are mostly born in the Abhassara Brahma world. And there they dwell, mind-made , feeding on delight, self-luminous, moving through the air, glorious — and they stay l...
by Malcolm
Wed Jul 06, 2011 2:58 pm
Forum: Tibetan Medicine
Topic: Mercury Amalgam Fillings
Replies: 1
Views: 702

Re: Mercury Amalgam Fillings

Does Tibetan Medicine have anything relevant to say about mercury amalgam fillings? Afaik the accepted dental understanding is that mercury amalgam fillings are much better for big fillings on back teeth for example and pose no health risks. So getting white fillings in this case would be a weaker ...
by Malcolm
Wed Jul 06, 2011 2:40 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: uncomfortable mantra question
Replies: 86
Views: 5453

Re: uncomfortable mantra question

Aemilius wrote:Barak Obama has declared himself to be a murderer becaused he said that he rejoiced over a killing, but in our social unit it is not permissible to call him a murderer.
Sure it is.

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by Malcolm
Wed Jul 06, 2011 1:45 pm
Forum: Book Reviews
Topic: Signature in the Cell by Stephen Meyer
Replies: 60
Views: 7445

Re: Signature in the Cell by Stephen Meyer

Your unwarrented assumption led by your prejudice against theism makes you think that the main purpose of the book is to ruin the splendid, "objective" science of origins this day. I don't assume Meyers is out to ruin science. He wrote the book, clearly to reconcile cellular evolution with theism. ...
by Malcolm
Tue Jul 05, 2011 5:06 pm
Forum: Book Reviews
Topic: Signature in the Cell by Stephen Meyer
Replies: 60
Views: 7445

Re: Signature in the Cell by Stephen Meyer

Will wrote:Firstly, Signature in the Cell is not "stealth theology".
Yes, it is:

“Those who believe in a transcendent God may, therefore, find support for their belief from the biological evidence that supports the theory of intelligent design”

-- Signature in the Cell
by Malcolm
Tue Jul 05, 2011 4:57 pm
Forum: Book Reviews
Topic: Signature in the Cell by Stephen Meyer
Replies: 60
Views: 7445

Re: Signature in the Cell by Stephen Meyer

mudra wrote: but also intrigued by your interpretation of Je Tsongkhapa stating that humans are just devolved gods. Is there a citation, and in what context?
This is not Tsongkhapa's idea. It is sourced from the Pali Canon, in the Digha Nikāya.
by Malcolm
Tue Jul 05, 2011 1:51 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: uncomfortable mantra question
Replies: 86
Views: 5453

Re: uncomfortable mantra question

Aemilius wrote:
Sure, but you are also all the other things that you have done. The first precept is not the only cause of identity.
Right, people's karma is mixed -- I already pointed this out.

However, you asked the question "what makes a murderer a murderer".

I answered it.

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by Malcolm
Mon Jul 04, 2011 5:39 pm
Forum: Book Reviews
Topic: Signature in the Cell by Stephen Meyer
Replies: 60
Views: 7445

Re: Re:

OK I will re-read it. But the Kosa and you have just described "first" beings, in any kalpa , which is what I meant - not any other "first". The process sound similar to an individual's rebirth; body dies but mind does not and during bardo (an "upper" realm) waits until "traces of action" reform ou...
by Malcolm
Mon Jul 04, 2011 2:41 pm
Forum: Nyingma
Topic: Prayer to protect the earth by one of the Dudjom Tulkus
Replies: 44
Views: 4288

Re: Prayer to protect the earth by one of the Dudjom Tulkus

Nietzsche wrote in Twilight of the Idols," Mankind does not strive for happiness; only the Englishman does that." This is quoted and its meaning explained by Stuart Jeffries in the article Why happiness is overrated http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/2006/jul/11/whyhappinessisoverrated The usu...
by Malcolm
Mon Jul 04, 2011 2:35 pm
Forum: Book Reviews
Topic: Signature in the Cell by Stephen Meyer
Replies: 60
Views: 7445

Re: beings from ???

If so, what explains the existence of the godly-humans in the first place? Karma; and karma is not "intelligent design". N How does karma bring the first beings into appearance - do tiny wind wheels spin and presto Adi Buddha & Adi Gandharva & Adi fill-in-the-blank pop up? At least give me an Engli...
by Malcolm
Mon Jul 04, 2011 2:18 pm
Forum: Book Reviews
Topic: Signature in the Cell by Stephen Meyer
Replies: 60
Views: 7445

Re: beings from ???

If so, what explains the existence of the godly-humans in the first place? Karma; and karma is not "intelligent design". N And in any event, how does positing an "intelligent designer" (aka God) explain anything? Just recall "The variety of the world is created by karma". This is the Buddhist "Inte...
by Malcolm
Mon Jul 04, 2011 1:13 pm
Forum: Book Reviews
Topic: Signature in the Cell by Stephen Meyer
Replies: 60
Views: 7445

Re: beings from ???

Will wrote: If so, what explains the existence of the godly-humans in the first place?

Karma; and karma is not "intelligent design".

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by Malcolm
Mon Jul 04, 2011 1:10 pm
Forum: Tendai
Topic: Why isn't Tendai popular in the West?
Replies: 77
Views: 16977

Re: Why isn't Tendai popular in the West?

ryokai wrote: The New York Betsuin
If you want to know the story on Prosser, talk to Monshin.


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by Malcolm
Mon Jul 04, 2011 12:00 am
Forum: Book Reviews
Topic: Signature in the Cell by Stephen Meyer
Replies: 60
Views: 7445

Re: Signature in the Cell by Stephen Meyer

Will wrote:An essay on ID by a theosophist that rejects the one God in favor of intelligent beings as the architechs & builders:

http://www.theosociety.org/pasadena/sun ... -wtst3.htm" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;
Endless regress -- who designed the designers?

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by Malcolm
Sun Jul 03, 2011 11:59 pm
Forum: Book Reviews
Topic: Signature in the Cell by Stephen Meyer
Replies: 60
Views: 7445

Re: Signature in the Cell by Stephen Meyer

A 2009 title from Harper; this work is important. It's subtitle is "DNA and the Evidence for Intelligent Design". Some chapters are difficult for those of us poorly educated folk, but overall it is a good look at the arguments for and against ID. It is not a work about evolution, but just focuses o...
by Malcolm
Sun Jul 03, 2011 11:05 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Human cost of cheap leather shoes.
Replies: 5
Views: 689

Re: Human cost of cheap leather shoes.

Huseng wrote:Samsara is getting worse and worse. We're on a downward spiral.

I'm working on bailing out of samsara. The flaming wreck doesn't have many positive prospects to it.
Samsara never gets worse, we just get more sensitive.

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by Malcolm
Sun Jul 03, 2011 10:51 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Human cost of cheap leather shoes.
Replies: 5
Views: 689

Re: Human cost of cheap leather shoes.

Samsara. Setting aside the fact that immeasurable numbers of cows are killed to produce leather, there is also a human cost. This is really sick. Bangladesh lets their workers treat leather with a well known carcinogenic chemical. They produce the leather for the big name brands of the world. http:/...
by Malcolm
Sun Jul 03, 2011 10:10 pm
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Namkhai Norbu's Vajra Armor text/practice
Replies: 33
Views: 9363

Re: Namkhai Norbu's Vajra Armor text/practice

padma norbu wrote: I can contact an archangel and have him tell me what to do to solve a problem pretty easily, in comparison.
Working with worldly spirits is always easier.

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by Malcolm
Sun Jul 03, 2011 9:05 pm
Forum: Pure Land
Topic: Is Pure Land "Buddhism" contradictory to Buddhism?
Replies: 51
Views: 6880

Re: Is Pure Land "Buddhism" contradictory to Buddhism?

Namdrol explained that Pure Lands are actually Bardo realms for those who cling to the idea of a buddhist heaven. Bardo experiences, not bardo realms. There is a lot of slippage here, actually. There are so-called buddhakṣetras, our solar system is one of them. There are pure ones, and impure ones....
by Malcolm
Sun Jul 03, 2011 8:25 pm
Forum: Pure Land
Topic: Is Pure Land "Buddhism" contradictory to Buddhism?
Replies: 51
Views: 6880

Re: Is Pure Land "Buddhism" contradictory to Buddhism?

Namdrol explained that Pure Lands are actually Bardo realms for those who cling to the idea of a buddhist heaven. Bardo experiences, not bardo realms. There is a lot of slippage here, actually. There are so-called buddhakṣetras, our solar system is one of them. There are pure ones, and impure ones....

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