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by DGA
Wed Aug 29, 2018 6:14 pm
Forum: Mahamudra
Topic: Ashe Mahamudra retreats
Replies: 13
Views: 482

Ashe Mahamudra retreats

I'd like to follow up on a comment that was made in a now-locked thread on the current state of the Shambhala Int'l organization, but is 100% about Dharma.* This: https://dharmawheel.net/viewtopic.php?f=40&t=29290&start=40#p462731 The most interesting thing the organization has going these days I th...
by DGA
Wed Aug 29, 2018 6:03 pm
Forum: Engaged Buddhism
Topic: How do you feel about Buddhists getting involved in politics?
Replies: 59
Views: 7284

Re: How do you feel about Buddhists getting involved in politics?

LuisR wrote:
Sun Aug 26, 2018 4:00 pm
Is speaking out against racism a political act?
I think so. In some contexts, it involves real risk to take a stand against racism. Example:

https://www.cnn.com/2017/08/13/us/charl ... index.html
by DGA
Wed Aug 29, 2018 5:55 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Dzogchen and psychedelics?
Replies: 130
Views: 3824

Re: Dzogchen and psychedelics?

On the other hand MDMA also known as ecstasy is now in phase 3 clinical trials as a "breakthrough cure" for PTSD and possibly other mental health related disorders: https://maps.org/research/mdma Difficult to meditate/be in the state etc when you're having severe panic attacks etc Yes, and ketamine...
by DGA
Wed Aug 29, 2018 5:47 pm
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: Latest report on Shambala abuse just released.
Replies: 92
Views: 3450

Re: Latest report on Shambala abuse just released.

Going back now the the actual point of discussion raised now that it has been established, with much thunder, that it is not libellous nor unfounded to ask this question: What do folks think about the comments related to Pema Chodron, that she victim-shamed an abuse victim and is also on the so-cal...
by DGA
Wed Aug 29, 2018 5:43 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Emptiness in the Bansenshukai
Replies: 17
Views: 372

Re: Emptiness in the Bansenshukai

passel wrote:
Wed Aug 22, 2018 5:35 pm
But the very limited picture I have of historical ninjas ties them to Tendai, but way on the mikkyo (tantric) end of Tendai. I might just think this bc Steven Hayes is a lay Tendai priest.
I don't know anything about ninjas (but I do have some questions).

Is Mr Hayes a lay Tendai priest?
by DGA
Wed Aug 29, 2018 5:42 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Emptiness in the Bansenshukai
Replies: 17
Views: 372

Re: Emptiness in the Bansenshukai

Makes me think of Morihei Ueshiba (Aikido founder)’s writing. Saturated w Buddhist influence but original and drawing from multiple sources, very grounded in the natural world. He was influenced by Shingon and Shugendo big time (not zen really, as a lot of his later interpreters would have it.) Hav...
by DGA
Wed Aug 08, 2018 1:27 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Who is America ?
Replies: 227
Views: 5364

Re: Who is America ?

Thing is though that Antifa are just childish, whereas these right-wing nuts are plain dangerous. Mainly because they are armed to the teeth too. Take the recent Patriot Prayer rally. Police colluded with the neo-Nazis, allowing them to go to the protest armed (with firearms) while shaking down Ant...
by DGA
Sat Jun 30, 2018 9:14 pm
Forum: Wellness, Diet and Fitness
Topic: Circumcision
Replies: 57
Views: 3187

Re: Circumcision

Since according to Abrahamic traditions God has neither a gender or a body I doubt it. :shrug: Doubt what? This: Pro tip: ask your local preacher if God the Father is himself circumcised. I'm glad I did. That was a joke. I didn't really ask any local preacher about the dimensions of God's penis, bu...
by DGA
Sat Jun 30, 2018 9:08 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Scary Liberal Views and Policy Positions?
Replies: 126
Views: 2908

Re: Scary Liberal Views and Policy Positions?

Last night Sean Hannity (Fox News contributor) said, “many are hailing Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez as a rising star on the political landscape but in reality, her views, her policy positions, are actually downright scary.” And then showed a graphic outlining her platform: “Medicare For All” “Housing A...
by DGA
Tue Jun 26, 2018 1:52 am
Forum: Wellness, Diet and Fitness
Topic: Circumcision
Replies: 57
Views: 3187

Re: Circumcision

All the rationales for this practice that I have been exposed to are cultural and not scientific (specifically, references to Biblical or Quranic tradition). I find those arguments completely unconvincing. [Pro tip: ask your local preacher if God the Father is himself circumcised. I'm glad I did.] ...
by DGA
Tue Jun 26, 2018 1:51 am
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: Football World Cup.
Replies: 129
Views: 3412

Re: Football World Cup.

I appreciate that Russia was finally exposed today against Uruguay. And it's been a delight to see Mexico perform as well as they have. This is one substory at work at this years WC that can stand as a reminder of How Samsara Works. Remember that Serbia-Switzerland match? Behold: FIFA has announced ...
by DGA
Tue Jun 26, 2018 1:38 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Sarlo's Guru Rating Service
Replies: 13
Views: 646

Re: Sarlo's Guru Rating Service

Interesting to browse but he sure could use some basic web formatting skills, the site looks like all websites used to in 1996. Classic Geocities / Angelfire look. I remember finding and having a laugh at Sarlo's guru rating site in the late 1990s. It's somewhat refreshing to see that it persists.
by DGA
Sun Jun 10, 2018 6:35 pm
Forum: Wellness, Diet and Fitness
Topic: Circumcision
Replies: 57
Views: 3187

Re: Circumcision

I don't see any arguments grounded in Dharma in favor of circumcision. This is the only argument grounded in science that I could find, and it's rather limited in scope and applicability. There is compelling evidence that male circumcision reduces the risk of heterosexually acquired HIV infection in...
by DGA
Sat Jun 09, 2018 2:09 am
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: So, Anthony Bourdain...
Replies: 47
Views: 1834

Re: So, Anthony Bourdain...

I'll admit I occasionally look at the Daily Mail, and saw a couple days ago pics of his girlfriend with another dude and thought, "uh oh.". And then two days later he commits suicide... Of course it's tragic, but as a Buddhist it's weeks like this that remind me of the real truth behind the whole S...
by DGA
Sat Jun 09, 2018 2:05 am
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Buddhism on actors
Replies: 60
Views: 2250

Re: Buddhism on actors

I think different traditions will hold different perspectives on this question.

For this reason, it may not be possible to have anything other than a really, really weird conversation like the one we've seen so far on this topic.
by DGA
Sat Jun 09, 2018 2:02 am
Forum: Wellness, Diet and Fitness
Topic: Circumcision
Replies: 57
Views: 3187

Re: Circumcision

Virgo wrote:
Sat Jun 09, 2018 2:00 am
DGA wrote:
Sat Jun 09, 2018 1:51 am
Pro tip
Really?
Oh my.
by DGA
Sat Jun 09, 2018 2:01 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Yidams on a bikini
Replies: 59
Views: 1924

Re: Yidams on a bikini

There's a post going around on social media addressing the depictions of Buddha, Tara, and some yidams being placed on bathing suits, skirts, shirts, etc. and people are expressing “outrage” and are calling for a boycott of Amazon who is selling this merchandise. As practitioners I would think folk...
by DGA
Sat Jun 09, 2018 1:51 am
Forum: Wellness, Diet and Fitness
Topic: Circumcision
Replies: 57
Views: 3187

Circumcision

All the rationales for this practice that I have been exposed to are cultural and not scientific (specifically, references to Biblical or Quranic tradition). I find those arguments completely unconvincing. [Pro tip: ask your local preacher if God the Father is himself circumcised. I'm glad I did.] A...
by DGA
Fri Jun 08, 2018 1:58 am
Forum: Engaged Buddhism
Topic: World Bee Day
Replies: 17
Views: 1079

Re: World Bee Day

Bees are great. I was recently back in Klamath Falls, Oregon, USA on a work trip. Several generations of my family (maternal) lived there, and I spent some time there too in my youth. A typical moment that is relevant to this topic: One summer evening in the mid-1980s, my grandfather loaded several ...
by DGA
Fri Jun 08, 2018 1:38 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Mipham: Gelug = Svatantrika Madhyamaka
Replies: 153
Views: 5692

Re: Mipham: Gelug = Svatantrika Madhyamaka

Personally, I’m completely put off by the animus on both sides*. * And to be clear, I don't think Tsongkhapafan has displayed animus in his posts that I've read over the last couple of years, even if perhaps he used to. Jeff - there are two discussions here, and I think it’s helpful to separate the...

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