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by DGA
Thu Feb 22, 2018 10:09 pm
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: deadliest mass shooting in the U.S.
Replies: 610
Views: 25551

Re: deadliest mass shooting in the U.S.

People in the UK try to equate the US gun problem with UK knife crime. If you train for many years you may be able to avoid death against a trained knife attacker, if you are also trained and have a knife to hand. I wonder how that compares with two guys armed with assault rifles.......could Trump'...
by DGA
Thu Feb 22, 2018 10:04 pm
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: deadliest mass shooting in the U.S.
Replies: 610
Views: 25551

Re: deadliest mass shooting in the U.S.

Yeah, generally speaking the crooks only kill each other. Exactly. Although they may be poor shots, hence innocent bystanders in drive by's. ^^^This. The truth is that it's difficult to shoot accurately with a sidearm (pistol or revolver), especially when you are in self-defense mode (adrenaline is...
by DGA
Thu Feb 22, 2018 10:00 pm
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: deadliest mass shooting in the U.S.
Replies: 610
Views: 25551

Re: deadliest mass shooting in the U.S.

Disclosure: I was encouraged to get a gun for self protection when I was living in a really high crime area in South Central LA. I have some crazy stories, but I learned that if you aren't involving yourself with gangs and drugs, you really don't have anything to fear. As it turned out, I never had...
by DGA
Thu Feb 22, 2018 9:53 pm
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: deadliest mass shooting in the U.S.
Replies: 610
Views: 25551

Re: deadliest mass shooting in the U.S.

America is weird. You think being forced to pee in a cup by an employer while they watch is ok but if someone wants to interfere with your ability to shoot paper targets on your day off to prevent school children from being mass murdered they are infringing on your rights. A US tech company asked i...
by DGA
Thu Feb 22, 2018 2:13 am
Forum: Games & Humour
Topic: Song Name Game
Replies: 376
Views: 28473

Re: Song Name Game

I LOVE You, You Big Dummy

beefheart/magic band

by DGA
Wed Feb 21, 2018 7:16 pm
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: deadliest mass shooting in the U.S.
Replies: 610
Views: 25551

Re: deadliest mass shooting in the U.S.

There is little need for them to carry them openly either. However, frankly I would rather that people carry their pistols concealed. I really don't want to see their penis extensions. I meant that they should not be carrying pistols at all. I wonder how people packing pistols would react if they s...
by DGA
Wed Feb 21, 2018 3:19 am
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: deadliest mass shooting in the U.S.
Replies: 610
Views: 25551

Re: deadliest mass shooting in the U.S.

This post is for the Americans among us: A tool I find useful for reminding my Congress-critters and Governor what my priorities are is resistbot. You can find it here: https://resist.bot/ it's easy to use, it does what it says it does, and as of today you can use it to find out what your US Senato...
by DGA
Wed Feb 21, 2018 1:49 am
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: deadliest mass shooting in the U.S.
Replies: 610
Views: 25551

Re: deadliest mass shooting in the U.S.

Like taken out of a dystopian novel... I assure you this is quite normal for places in the US like Miami. But not everywhere is like that. I'm just surprised that there's any kind of place in the US where they can enforce something as insane as this. It just feels like a human rights violation to m...
by DGA
Sat Feb 17, 2018 4:55 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: what do we mean by faith?
Replies: 54
Views: 2301

Re: what do we mean by faith?

You seem to be using the word "faith" to indicate what I'd call make-believe: the act of actively believing in something in order to satisfy some imperative. I was wondering how you might respond to this use of the word, as a gloss for sraddha: Śraddha, as I mentioned already is a mental factor. It...
by DGA
Sat Feb 17, 2018 1:20 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: what do we mean by faith?
Replies: 54
Views: 2301

Re: what do we mean by faith?

Suppose you were to ordain as a monk and travel the world as a dharma teacher. Let us further suppose that every person you taught anything to killed their families and then committed suicide, all on the very day you passed on your teaching. Finally, let us suppose that you taught a hundred people ...
by DGA
Sat Feb 17, 2018 12:39 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: what do we mean by faith?
Replies: 54
Views: 2301

Re: what do we mean by faith?

Suppose you were to ordain as a monk and travel the world as a dharma teacher. Let us further suppose that every person you taught anything to killed their families and then committed suicide, all on the very day you passed on your teaching. Finally, let us suppose that you taught a hundred people ...
by DGA
Thu Feb 15, 2018 2:44 am
Forum: East Asian Buddhism
Topic: "One Mind" in Hua Yen thought
Replies: 283
Views: 10833

Re: "One Mind" in Hua Yen thought

Upon further reflection, though, it is clear to me he was right. Many Buddhist types who reject "God" really just reject that which is easily rejected: the crudely anthropomorphized tribal deity. But they continue to hold tightly to a less-defined spiritual "oneness" or "source" of reality, and to ...
by DGA
Wed Feb 14, 2018 8:49 pm
Forum: East Asian Buddhism
Topic: "One Mind" in Hua Yen thought
Replies: 283
Views: 10833

Re: "One Mind" in Hua Yen thought

What do you mean by semi-vedantic? One Mind doesn’t mean a universal mind like in Vedanta. Originally pure mind is pretty common doctrine and so is being undifferentiated which just means the mind is empty of distinctions/conceptualisations. Are you reading it to mean all minds are one undifferenti...
by DGA
Wed Feb 14, 2018 6:54 pm
Forum: East Asian Buddhism
Topic: "One Mind" in Hua Yen thought
Replies: 283
Views: 10833

Re: "One Mind" in Hua Yen thought

Returning to the OP, it seems to me that this quotation rory offered from J Stone's book on Japanese Buddhist doctrine... Hua-yen thought sees all phenomena as expressions of an originally pure and undifferentiated one mind ...looks a lot like the semi-Vedantic thinking that some in this thread suc...
by DGA
Wed Feb 14, 2018 3:53 pm
Forum: East Asian Buddhism
Topic: "One Mind" in Hua Yen thought
Replies: 283
Views: 10833

Re: "One Mind" in Hua Yen thought

Returning to the OP, it seems to me that this quotation rory offered from J Stone's book on Japanese Buddhist doctrine... Hua-yen thought sees all phenomena as expressions of an originally pure and undifferentiated one mind ...looks a lot like the semi-Vedantic thinking that some in this thread such...
by DGA
Wed Feb 14, 2018 3:07 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Buddhist Monks on the Las Vegas Strip
Replies: 40
Views: 2934

Re: Buddhist Monks on the Las Vegas Strip

TharpaChodron wrote:
Wed Feb 14, 2018 3:02 am

You can see it here:

https://www.vegasnews.com/126105/giant- ... -year.html

Nice, eh?
Hey, thanks for saving me a trip to Vegas!

That is impressive.
by DGA
Wed Feb 14, 2018 3:06 pm
Forum: Games & Humour
Topic: PANCA KE FESTIVAL
Replies: 15
Views: 496

Re: PANCA KE FESTIVAL

Peanut (splutter) Butter!? Excuse me while I take a mo to process this startling innovation... Yeah, it's a holdover from the Depression. almost 90 years later the great-grandkids are still in that habit. here's another: my mom's family uses Karo syrup and margarine rather than maple syrup and butt...
by DGA
Wed Feb 14, 2018 2:15 am
Forum: Games & Humour
Topic: PANCA KE FESTIVAL
Replies: 15
Views: 496

Re: PANCA KE FESTIVAL

This ancient devotional rite, the worship of the female deity Panca Ke is central to our spiritual cosmology. The egg represents fertility arising towards Spring whilst the lemon and sugar provide a balance of sensuality. Vegans may substitute banana in place of the egg, thereby recognising the sac...
by DGA
Wed Feb 14, 2018 2:07 am
Forum: Sūtra Studies
Topic: Suttas/Sutras on smoke offering
Replies: 6
Views: 359

Re: Suttas/Sutras on smoke offering

Tiago Simões wrote:
Tue Feb 13, 2018 11:23 pm
What scriptures mention smoke offerings or the ritual burning of incense?
here's a more famous passage

http://online.sfsu.edu/rone/Buddhism/BT ... otus23.htm
by DGA
Wed Feb 14, 2018 1:44 am
Forum: Zen
Topic: Pure Land teachings from a Zen perspective
Replies: 142
Views: 8274

Re: Pure Land teachings from a Zen perspective

Dharma Flower wrote:
Tue Feb 13, 2018 5:09 am
DGA wrote:
Tue Feb 13, 2018 3:10 am
Start here:

viewtopic.php?f=69&p=435762#p435581
Like the layperson Vimalakirti, it is my turn to respond in silence, and to hopefully allow my practice to speak for itself.
That's one approach...

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