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by DGA
Fri Jan 05, 2018 6:30 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: what is your approach to Dharma?
Replies: 41
Views: 1172

what is your approach to Dharma?

I want to clarify something that came up in a different thread without mucking up that discussion too much. There be many, many different approaches to Dharma practice. One approach is academic. Here, one takes up Buddha Dharma as an object of intellectual inquiry. You learn it by studying books and...
by DGA
Fri Jan 05, 2018 2:59 am
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: Weed is now legal in California
Replies: 267
Views: 4189

Re: Weed is now legal in California

I suspect that drugs are basically wasted on me. Even my dentist has to double down on the novocaine to get anything done in my mouth, and I can still feel what's going on. :shrug: This tells me, and this is only IMO, that perhaps you have a strong natural tolerance. The amount of weed it would tak...
by DGA
Fri Jan 05, 2018 2:48 am
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: Weed is now legal in California
Replies: 267
Views: 4189

Re: Weed is now legal in California

Anyone who thinks that American culture is merely hot dogs and pizza is off base. And anyways, all this talk about Napa, etc...I need to go. I'm two hours away. :D My mom was a California girl. She was from Vallejo but she told people she was from Napa. My brother (deceased) is buried in the East B...
by DGA
Fri Jan 05, 2018 2:38 am
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: Weed is now legal in California
Replies: 267
Views: 4189

Re: Weed is now legal in California

California wine is good in some cases but you cannot compare it to French or Italian .. I have drunk wine in Italy, France, Spain, Napa, and Oregon. Californian and Oregonian wine is just as good and often better than wine from Europe. You need to read about the Paris Tasting of 1976 : The Paris Ta...
by DGA
Fri Jan 05, 2018 2:34 am
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: Weed is now legal in California
Replies: 267
Views: 4189

Re: Weed is now legal in California

America has not produced many new foods...processed cheese , or American cheese ...then of course you have Cajun..but it is not strictly american is it. Oh my dear friend. I would love to take you on a culinary tour of the US. You'll look back upon poutine and ketchup-flavored pringles with new eye...
by DGA
Fri Jan 05, 2018 2:27 am
Forum: Tendai
Topic: Esoteric & Tendai contemplation of Amida
Replies: 5
Views: 688

Re: Esoteric & Tendai contemplation of Amida

This is an important topic and I'm glad you brought it up, rory. Genshin's text is terse. I have reason to believe that it is effectively a summary of a broad and deep body of teachings, and that each phrase opens onto extensive topics of instruction. I rejoice in the merit of those who with the gr...
by DGA
Fri Jan 05, 2018 2:24 am
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: Weed is now legal in California
Replies: 267
Views: 4189

Re: Weed is now legal in California

Cannabis is good for a bellyache. Or certain kinds of pain. Otherwise... boring. Maybe there’s something wrong with my brain? I think it has a lot to do with brain chemistry. Some people are like Willie Nelson, it just works for them. Others find it too hallucenagetic and it triggers their schizoph...
by DGA
Thu Jan 04, 2018 1:50 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Occult & Arcane!
Replies: 40
Views: 1002

Re: Occult & Arcane!

I'll have to take your word for it, climb-up. For a long time, I studied various doctrinal systems in parallel to my Buddhist studies. I was interested in Gurdjieff, and some others. Sufis and Shaivites. Then at a certain point something clicked and I completely lost interest studying these matters....
by DGA
Thu Jan 04, 2018 12:40 am
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: Weed is now legal in California
Replies: 267
Views: 4189

Re: Weed is now legal in California

Cannabis is good for a bellyache. Or certain kinds of pain.

Otherwise... boring. Maybe there’s something wrong with my brain?
by DGA
Thu Jan 04, 2018 12:27 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Occult & Arcane!
Replies: 40
Views: 1002

Re: Occult & Arcane!

I'm not at all clear on what is being asked here? Are you wanting resources on western occult history of practices? From my perspective (for whatever its worth) Tibetan Buddhism at least (and, maybe every other type as well) is an occult path using magic etc.. There are obviously external differenc...
by DGA
Thu Jan 04, 2018 12:25 am
Forum: Ethical Conduct
Topic: Sexuality, Marriage, Promiscuity and the Dharma
Replies: 179
Views: 3161

Re: Sexuality, Marriage, Promiscuity and the Dharma

Sure, but of course Pure Land Buddhism is more like Abrahamic traditions in many respects than Buddhism as clarified by Nichiren, though Pure Landers may be more tolerant than we are if lacking our sense of urgency. This sense of urgency seems to remind some individuals of the Abrahamic religions, ...
by DGA
Thu Jan 04, 2018 12:18 am
Forum: Soka Gakkai/SGI
Topic: What is the goal of SGI: Why so many "Divisions," etc.?
Replies: 31
Views: 623

Re: What is the goal of SGI: Why so many "Divisions," etc.?

As I mentioned in this thread, I have a very idiosyncratic "independent" study of Soka Gakkai Buddhism: https://dharmawheel.net/viewtopic.php?f=117&t=27353 I absolutely love the practice, and I am quite fascinated by the organization both in Japan and internationally. I suppose that's where this qu...
by DGA
Thu Jan 04, 2018 12:12 am
Forum: Soka Gakkai/SGI
Topic: What is the goal of SGI: Why so many "Divisions," etc.?
Replies: 31
Views: 623

Re: What is the goal of SGI: Why so many "Divisions," etc.?

My point being: counterintuitive as it may sound, males in this society who may seem to be brimming with testosterone (as I appear to be) actually do face a type of hate. I have felt that hate at SGI meetings. That's samsara. Everyone gets a measure of that. Some more than others. FWIW... My appear...
by DGA
Thu Jan 04, 2018 12:09 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Question on Kalachakra prophecy
Replies: 31
Views: 1299

Re: Question on Kalachakra prophecy

In Kalacakra tantra, mleccas refers to muslims. Yes. What is not clear to me is if the term mleccha refers to Muslims only, or also to others. Generally, it refers to anyone speaking an unclear (to subcontinental Indians) language. In the context of the Kālacakra, muslims. I need to go back and rer...
by DGA
Thu Jan 04, 2018 12:03 am
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: Weed is now legal in California
Replies: 267
Views: 4189

Re: Weed is now legal in California

Native Oregonian here. I kind of like Walla Walla pinot and cabernet better than our stuff. That's because Washington wine regions are drier and hotter, and make a more full bodied wine. Willamette growers emulate the more austere style of Burgundy, buy design. The French just don't like American c...
by DGA
Wed Jan 03, 2018 7:42 pm
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: Weed is now legal in California
Replies: 267
Views: 4189

Re: Weed is now legal in California

Malcolm wrote:
Wed Jan 03, 2018 7:40 pm
DGA wrote:
Wed Jan 03, 2018 7:39 pm


I like Gewürztraminers because they are orange and fizzy.
Best paired with a nice spicy curry.
You know my palate well.
by DGA
Wed Jan 03, 2018 7:41 pm
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: Weed is now legal in California
Replies: 267
Views: 4189

Re: Weed is now legal in California

there is nothing grown in canada or the USA that is better than europe... So you like French wine, that is great, so do I. I also like wine from Napa, Oregon, New Zealand, South Africa, Australia, Italy, Spain, etc. But, frankly, while you may think wine from France is better than wine from Napa/So...
by DGA
Wed Jan 03, 2018 7:39 pm
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: Weed is now legal in California
Replies: 267
Views: 4189

Re: Weed is now legal in California

Malcolm wrote:
Wed Jan 03, 2018 7:35 pm
Coëmgenu wrote:
Wed Jan 03, 2018 7:27 pm

I have a bit of a weird affection for the sheer bizarre eccentricity of German white wines.
Rieslings are the favored wines of sommeliers around the world. Why? They are light and refreshing.
I like Gewürztraminers because they are orange and fizzy.
by DGA
Wed Jan 03, 2018 7:20 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Question on Kalachakra prophecy
Replies: 31
Views: 1299

Re: Question on Kalachakra prophecy

Harimoo wrote:
Wed Jan 03, 2018 5:34 pm
In Kalacakra tantra, mleccas refers to muslims.
Yes. What is not clear to me is if the term mleccha refers to Muslims only, or also to others.