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by tobes
Sat Mar 08, 2014 11:28 pm
Forum: Ethical Conduct
Topic: Discussion of Political Topics is Wrong Speech
Replies: 125
Views: 8777

Re: Discussion of Political Topics is Wrong Speech

I suppose if you wish to follow verbatim and literally everything that is stated in the Pali canon (whilst excluding much that is written in the Sanskrit, Tibetan, Sino-Japanese canons), then the matter may be resolved in the neat way you suggest. Tobes, I am sorry but that's not very polite to say...
by tobes
Sat Mar 08, 2014 12:00 am
Forum: Ethical Conduct
Topic: Discussion of Political Topics is Wrong Speech
Replies: 125
Views: 8777

Re: Discussion of Political Topics is Wrong Speech

Consider these two political statements: 1. I think David Cameron is a conservative twat. If you voted for him, you must also be a conservative twat. 2. I think all people should be judged according to their actions and merits, not according to their race, class or gender. Where institutions activel...
by tobes
Fri Mar 07, 2014 11:38 pm
Forum: Ethical Conduct
Topic: Discussion of Political Topics is Wrong Speech
Replies: 125
Views: 8777

Re: Discussion of Political Topics is Wrong Speech

The great Buddhists, starting with the Buddha, have had no troubles pointing out the faults in alternative paths or views. Why make politics a special category in which this kind of activity must be suspended? Actually, I did address this issue in the OP from many different sides. I'm claiming that...
by tobes
Thu Mar 06, 2014 11:22 pm
Forum: Ethical Conduct
Topic: Discussion of Political Topics is Wrong Speech
Replies: 125
Views: 8777

Re: Discussion of Political Topics is Wrong Speech

Maybe our job as Buddhists is to recognise (and point out) that those kinds of claims actually construct a certain kind of reality rather than merely representing it, and that it need not be the case. Getting rid of adversarial politics also means getting rid of democracy. :anjali: There is no nece...
by tobes
Thu Mar 06, 2014 11:13 pm
Forum: Ethical Conduct
Topic: Discussion of Political Topics is Wrong Speech
Replies: 125
Views: 8777

Re: Discussion of Political Topics is Wrong Speech

Yet - and this a big yet - is it not more important to reject this Schmittian conception of politics altogether, and to offer an alternative Buddhist inspired view of the political which is defined precisely as the transcendence or overcoming of friend-enemy distinctions? We have these tools. For m...
by tobes
Wed Mar 05, 2014 10:03 am
Forum: Ethical Conduct
Topic: Discussion of Political Topics is Wrong Speech
Replies: 125
Views: 8777

Re: Discussion of Political Topics is Wrong Speech

Generally the term 'political realist' is ascribed by others (i.e. not the thinker herself) and it is often a pejorative for 'war-mongering conservative.' It doesn't necessarily mean they have stronger claims on reality or political reality - the sense of 'real' can be ontological (i.e. the Hobbesia...
by tobes
Wed Mar 05, 2014 5:20 am
Forum: Ethical Conduct
Topic: Discussion of Political Topics is Wrong Speech
Replies: 125
Views: 8777

Re: Discussion of Political Topics is Wrong Speech

Ah, the quietists have not responded! Very wise. Respect!

:bow:
by tobes
Mon Mar 03, 2014 11:48 pm
Forum: Ethical Conduct
Topic: Discussion of Political Topics is Wrong Speech
Replies: 125
Views: 8777

Re: Discussion of Political Topics is Wrong Speech

It's an interesting point, about friend-enemy distinctions. Carl Schmitt, a German realist political philosopher who influenced the Nazi's, defined 'the political' in precisely those terms (i.e. the fundamental question: who is our friend, and who is our enemy?). Now he is easy to dismiss for the wa...
by tobes
Sat Mar 01, 2014 11:07 pm
Forum: Academic Discussion
Topic: responses to Madhyamaka
Replies: 25
Views: 2523

Re: responses to Madhyamaka

Step outside of Buddhist philosophy/studies. Probably the most influential Orthodox Indian response is Shankara, who charges Madhyamikas with nihilism: http://www.amazon.com/Shankaras-Crest-Jewel-Discrimination-Prabhavananda/dp/0874810388 Start with the primary text and work your way out to comment...
by tobes
Sat Mar 01, 2014 1:07 am
Forum: Academic Discussion
Topic: responses to Madhyamaka
Replies: 25
Views: 2523

Re: responses to Madhyamaka

Step outside of Buddhist philosophy/studies. Probably the most influential Orthodox Indian response is Shankara, who charges Madhyamikas with nihilism: http://www.amazon.com/Shankaras-Crest-Jewel-Discrimination-Prabhavananda/dp/0874810388 Start with the primary text and work your way out to commenta...
by tobes
Fri Feb 28, 2014 11:26 pm
Forum: Ethical Conduct
Topic: Discussion of Political Topics is Wrong Speech
Replies: 125
Views: 8777

Re: Discussion of Political Topics is Wrong Speech

The Mahāyāna is universal in scope: do you not recognise the possibility for a genuine Buddhist inspired cosmopolitanism? I doubt everyone could ever get along. Even looking at history nations heavily influenced by Mahāyāna Buddhism still went to war with each other. One prime example was the confl...
by tobes
Fri Feb 28, 2014 11:17 pm
Forum: Ethical Conduct
Topic: Discussion of Political Topics is Wrong Speech
Replies: 125
Views: 8777

Re: Discussion of Political Topics is Wrong Speech

I suppose the key question is this: Can you be political with wholesome volitions? I claim: of course! The absence of greed, anger and delusion does not imply the absence of prajna and karuna. With prajna one can make sound (normative) judgements and with karuna one can be concerned with far more t...
by tobes
Fri Feb 28, 2014 5:07 am
Forum: Ethical Conduct
Topic: Discussion of Political Topics is Wrong Speech
Replies: 125
Views: 8777

Re: Discussion of Political Topics is Wrong Speech

I don't know if Indrajala wanted us to read on the assumption that he was only talking about the national level for his entire post, I thought he did, but perhaps he could clarify. To reply to your question, I believe that unwholesomeness (akusala) is acting with volition accompanied by greed, ange...
by tobes
Fri Feb 28, 2014 3:35 am
Forum: Ethical Conduct
Topic: Discussion of Political Topics is Wrong Speech
Replies: 125
Views: 8777

Re: Discussion of Political Topics is Wrong Speech

To be fair to Indrajala (not to say I am supporting his position, since I no longer support political positions as a matter of principle, just trying to keep this harmonious and kind), he did not actually claim that politics does equal national politics, he specifically confined his discussion to "...
by tobes
Thu Feb 27, 2014 10:53 pm
Forum: Ethical Conduct
Topic: Discussion of Political Topics is Wrong Speech
Replies: 125
Views: 8777

Re: Discussion of Political Topics is Wrong Speech

Indrajala, politics does not equal national politics. They are not synonyms.

To be a political leader is not tantamount to being a leader of a nation-state.

The Mahāyāna is universal in scope: do you not recognise the possibility for a genuine Buddhist inspired cosmopolitanism?

:anjali:
by tobes
Wed Feb 26, 2014 8:14 am
Forum: Ethical Conduct
Topic: Discussion of Political Topics is Wrong Speech
Replies: 125
Views: 8777

Re: Discussion of Political Topics is Wrong Speech

I couldn't disagree more with the OP.

If you do not speak up in the name of what is just and right, than your pious silence is worth nothing.

:anjali:
by tobes
Wed Feb 26, 2014 8:09 am
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Is the Sikh religion influenced by (even based on) Dzogchen?
Replies: 154
Views: 15643

Re: Is the Sikh religion influenced by (even based on) Dzogc

I am very distressed at reading the things that you have written about Sikhism. You seem to be in extreme ignorance of Sikh philosophy. I myself was born into a Sikh family and found a great interest in spiritual pursuits. It is this interest which has driven me to believe that Dzogchen expounds th...
by tobes
Fri Feb 21, 2014 10:45 pm
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: I am no longer a Buddhist.
Replies: 65
Views: 4895

Re: I am no longer a Buddhist.

I first took Refuge nearly 40 years ago. I have now to acknowledge what has been bubbling under for some time...I am no longer a Buddhist, and if I am honest with myself have not been for a while. But it has been a slow process of letting go. Apart from other considerations I have invested a lot of...
by tobes
Sat Jan 25, 2014 11:28 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: "the Self is real" according to T. Page
Replies: 403
Views: 20534

Re: "the Self is real" according to T. Page

Smjc - I don't think you're trolling at all. I've been close to a well known Kagyu Rinpoche (now passed) who presented things in a similar way. My honest opinion is that he did not have a particularly nuanced grasp of philosophical dialectics (though he published some well known books); the focus wa...
by tobes
Fri Jan 24, 2014 5:42 am
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: "the Self is real" according to T. Page
Replies: 403
Views: 20534

Re: "the Self is real" according to T. Page

In most cases, the ātman is the ālayavijñāna [all-basis consciousness] or the ālaya [all-basis] mistaken as a permanently abiding conscious substratum which exists independently of causes, conditions and other phenomena. That error is the foundation for the grasping which gives rise to the jīvātman...