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Re: US and Allies Launch Strikes on Syria

Post by Grigoris » Thu Apr 19, 2018 2:14 pm

Malcolm wrote:
Thu Apr 19, 2018 1:46 pm
Sure on can and one should. Read a dictionary.
We have had this discussion before and I recommended you go ask a black person or a Native American about the distinction between simple and systemic racism. Did you try that? No, because you are beneficiary of systemic racism, so you don't actually have to give a shit. And even if a black person or Native American called you honky, well, it isn't going to have any real impact on you anyway. I mean it is not like you are going to get arrested in Starbucks just because you want to wait for your friend before you order, right? It's not like you are going to get shot for using a mobile phone in your back yard, right?

But I don't expect you to understand, mainly because you are so habituated to the prevailing situation that it seems normal to you.

It is very rare to come across a person that questions their white privilege. And even the opportunity to question that privilege is due to the privilege, so...
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Re: US and Allies Launch Strikes on Syria

Post by Malcolm » Thu Apr 19, 2018 2:45 pm

Grigoris wrote:
Thu Apr 19, 2018 2:14 pm
Malcolm wrote:
Thu Apr 19, 2018 1:46 pm
Sure on can and one should. Read a dictionary.
We have had this discussion before and I recommended you go ask a black person or a Native American about the distinction between simple and systemic racism.
There, that's refreshing. You do in fact recognize there is a difference between racism and systemic racism. Good for you. '

The rest of your post is quite typical of the diatribes you have become accustomed to making against members on this forum, due to your position of power and impunity as a moderator. Check your own privilege, dude.
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The different sūtras in accord with the emptiness
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One can understand that all of those Dharmas in
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Re: US and Allies Launch Strikes on Syria

Post by Jeff H » Thu Apr 19, 2018 2:50 pm

Ogyen wrote:
Thu Apr 19, 2018 2:30 am
Malcolm wrote:
Wed Apr 18, 2018 11:04 pm
If we painted our political discussions in terms of karma and its ripening, these conversations would be very different, not so much filled with blame of others as sadness that karma is unerring and foolish sentient beings continue to just build more negative karma over time unless they meet the Buddha's path.
... So to your point, I would love to see this discussion (and many others) taken from the standpoint you propose, one of understanding the nature, the causes and the release of suffering
I just wanted to bump these comments. But to add that I think it's sectarian to insist that only those who meet the Buddha's path can improve their karma. Anyone who applies the truths of Buddha's path, in terms of loving compassion, is generating positive karma whether they know the Buddha or not. Eventually they will meet Buddha. I think this is HHDL's most important message for the world.
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Re: US and Allies Launch Strikes on Syria

Post by Malcolm » Thu Apr 19, 2018 2:57 pm

Jeff H wrote:
Thu Apr 19, 2018 2:50 pm
Ogyen wrote:
Thu Apr 19, 2018 2:30 am
Malcolm wrote:
Wed Apr 18, 2018 11:04 pm
If we painted our political discussions in terms of karma and its ripening, these conversations would be very different, not so much filled with blame of others as sadness that karma is unerring and foolish sentient beings continue to just build more negative karma over time unless they meet the Buddha's path.
... So to your point, I would love to see this discussion (and many others) taken from the standpoint you propose, one of understanding the nature, the causes and the release of suffering
I just wanted to bump these comments. But to add that I think it's sectarian to insist that only those who meet the Buddha's path can improve their karma. Anyone who applies the truths of Buddha's path, in terms of loving compassion, is generating positive karma whether they know the Buddha or not. Eventually they will meet Buddha. I think this is HHDL's most important message for the world.
People who do not meet the Buddha's path, no matter how good their karma is, are like a wasp in a jar.
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[A]nything at all that is well spoken is the word of the Buddha.

-- Ārya-adhyāśaya-sañcodana-nāma-mahāyāna-sūtra

The different sūtras in accord with the emptiness
taught by the Sugata are definitive in meaning;
One can understand that all of those Dharmas in
which a sentient being, individual, or person are taught are provisional in meaning.

-- Samadhirāja Sūtra

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Re: US and Allies Launch Strikes on Syria

Post by Malcolm » Thu Apr 19, 2018 3:18 pm

While much about the attack remains unclear, a New York Times review of more than 20 videos of its aftermath, an examination of flight records compiled by citizen observers, and interviews with a dozen residents, medics and rescue workers suggest that during a military push to break the will of Douma’s rebels, pro-government forces dropped charges bearing some kind of chemical compound that suffocated at least 43 people and left many more struggling to breathe.

“You imagine yourself on Judgment Day, and there is death all around you,” said Mr. Hanash, the student. “It was a scene that you don’t want anyone to have to see: old men, women and children screaming and suffering.”

Regardless of the munitions used, the attack worked. Hours later, as rescuers lined up bodies in the street, the rebels agreed to hand over the town and be bused with their families to another rebel-held area.
https://www.nytimes.com/2018/04/11/worl ... douma.html
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-- Ārya-adhyāśaya-sañcodana-nāma-mahāyāna-sūtra

The different sūtras in accord with the emptiness
taught by the Sugata are definitive in meaning;
One can understand that all of those Dharmas in
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Re: US and Allies Launch Strikes on Syria

Post by Jeff H » Thu Apr 19, 2018 3:41 pm

Malcolm wrote:
Thu Apr 19, 2018 2:57 pm
People who do not meet the Buddha's path, no matter how good their karma is, are like a wasp in a jar.
Where does the karma to meet the Buddha's path come from?
We who are like children shrink from pain but love its causes. - Shantideva

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Re: US and Allies Launch Strikes on Syria

Post by Malcolm » Thu Apr 19, 2018 3:47 pm

Jeff H wrote:
Thu Apr 19, 2018 3:41 pm
Malcolm wrote:
Thu Apr 19, 2018 2:57 pm
People who do not meet the Buddha's path, no matter how good their karma is, are like a wasp in a jar.
Where does the karma to meet the Buddha's path come from?
Well, I am sure you have heard the Buddha's teaching that is more likely for a blind sea tortoise who rises to the surface of the ocean every one hundred years to put his head into a golden yoke, than it is for a sentient being to take rebirth as a human being with the eight freedoms and ten endowments.

This leisure and endowment, so hard to acquire
is the attainment of a person’s goals;
but if it is not put to good use in the present,
later on where will this true endowment exist?

-- Bodhicaryāvatāra


As to the wasp thing, the Buddha states:

The three planes of existence blaze with suffering of aging and illness,
here there is no protection from the intensely blazing fire of death,
migrating beings born in the world are always confused,
revolving like bees stuck in a pot.
Buddhahood in This Life
འ༔ ཨ༔ ཧ༔ ཤ༔ ས༔ མ༔


[A]nything at all that is well spoken is the word of the Buddha.

-- Ārya-adhyāśaya-sañcodana-nāma-mahāyāna-sūtra

The different sūtras in accord with the emptiness
taught by the Sugata are definitive in meaning;
One can understand that all of those Dharmas in
which a sentient being, individual, or person are taught are provisional in meaning.

-- Samadhirāja Sūtra

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Syria war: The online activists pushing conspiracy theories

Post by Malcolm » Thu Apr 19, 2018 5:12 pm

Inspectors from the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) are attempting to access the previously rebel-held town of Douma, where medical organisations and rescue workers say President Bashar al-Assad's forces dropped bombs filled with toxic chemicals in an attack on 7 April, killing more than 40 people.

The Syrian government and its key ally, Russia, say the incident was staged. But the US, UK and France - who support the opposition to Mr Assad - say they are confident that chlorine and possibly a nerve agent were used.

Despite the uncertainty about what happened in Douma, a cluster of influential social media activists is certain that it knows what occurred on 7 April.

They've seized on a theory being floated by Russian officials and state-owned media outlets that the attacks were "staged" or were a "false flag" operation, carried out by jihadist groups or spies in order to put the blame on the Assad government and provide a justification for Western intervention.

The group includes activists and people who call themselves "independent journalists", and several have Twitter followings reaching into the tens or hundreds of thousands.

The activists call themselves "anti-war", but as they generally back the Syrian government's military operations against rebel forces seeking to overthrow Mr Assad and Russian air strikes carried out in support, it might be more accurate to describe them as "anti-Western intervention" or "pro-Syrian government".

According to their narrative, international media organisations across the political spectrum, along with human rights organisations, are somehow covertly aligned with Western governments, Saudi Arabia, the Islamic State group and al-Qaeda and taking part in a secretive plot to take over Syria.

...

White Helmets
The Sarah Abdallah account is, according to a recent study by the online research firm Graphika, one of the most influential social media accounts in the online conversation about Syria, and specifically in pushing misinformation about a 2017 chemical weapons attack and the Syria Civil Defence, whose rescue workers are widely known as the "White Helmets".

The White Helmets operate in rebel-held areas. They have been one of the sources that Western media outlets, including the BBC, have quoted about alleged chemical attacks in Syria. With regard to the incident in Douma, the BBC has not been able independently to verify the group's reports.
Graphika chief executive John Kelly says his company's analysis showed distinct patterns emerging.

"When you're looking at these disinformation campaigns, a lot of the same characters show up for every party," he told BBC Trending.
Graphika was commissioned to prepare a report on online chatter by The Syria Campaign, a UK-based advocacy group organisation which campaigns for a democratic future for Syria and supports the White Helmets. The White Helmets have been the subject of two Oscar-nominated documentary films and have been nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize.

Graphika found 20 million messages about the White Helmets, split between tweets in support and in opposition. Among the opponents, Kelly says, Sarah Abdallah was "by far the most influential", followed by Vanessa Beeley.

The firm found that Sarah Abdallah's account was primarily followed by a number of different interest clusters: supporters of pro-Palestinian causes, Russians and Russian allies, white nationalists and those from the extremist alt-right, conservative American Trump supporters, far-right groups in Europe and conspiracy theorists.

These groups were instrumental in making the hashtag #SyriaHoax trend after the chemical weapons attack in the rebel-held town of Khan Sheikhoun in April 2017.

That hashtag, pushed by Sarah Abdallah and influential American conservative activists, became a worldwide trend on Twitter. Many of those tweeting it claimed that the chemical weapons attack was faked or a hoax.
http://www.bbc.com/news/blogs-trending-43745629#
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The different sūtras in accord with the emptiness
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One can understand that all of those Dharmas in
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No, the BBC is not reporting the end of the world

Post by Malcolm » Thu Apr 19, 2018 5:18 pm

A fictional video reporting the onset of thermonuclear war and featuring BBC News branding has been shared widely.
It is not real but alarmed viewers have contacted the BBC, apparently convinced it is true.
On YouTube, the company behind the video clearly stated it was fiction before their account was removed.
But on WhatsApp, where the video has been passed on without that clarification, some users were fooled.

http://www.bbc.com/news/blogs-trending-43822718
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[A]nything at all that is well spoken is the word of the Buddha.

-- Ārya-adhyāśaya-sañcodana-nāma-mahāyāna-sūtra

The different sūtras in accord with the emptiness
taught by the Sugata are definitive in meaning;
One can understand that all of those Dharmas in
which a sentient being, individual, or person are taught are provisional in meaning.

-- Samadhirāja Sūtra

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Re: US and Allies Launch Strikes on Syria

Post by Jeff H » Thu Apr 19, 2018 5:47 pm

Malcolm wrote:
Thu Apr 19, 2018 3:47 pm
Jeff H wrote:
Thu Apr 19, 2018 3:41 pm
Malcolm wrote:
Thu Apr 19, 2018 2:57 pm
People who do not meet the Buddha's path, no matter how good their karma is, are like a wasp in a jar.
Where does the karma to meet the Buddha's path come from?
Well, I am sure you have heard the Buddha's teaching that is more likely for a blind sea tortoise who rises to the surface of the ocean every one hundred years to put his head into a golden yoke, than it is for a sentient being to take rebirth as a human being with the eight freedoms and ten endowments.

This leisure and endowment, so hard to acquire
is the attainment of a person’s goals;
but if it is not put to good use in the present,
later on where will this true endowment exist?

-- Bodhicaryāvatāra


As to the wasp thing, the Buddha states:

The three planes of existence blaze with suffering of aging and illness,
here there is no protection from the intensely blazing fire of death,
migrating beings born in the world are always confused,
revolving like bees stuck in a pot.
This off topic for this thread, but isn’t the turtle analogy simply meant to provide a statistical sense of how precious and rare a human life is? Those 100 years don’t count much compared to the infinity of apparent time in samsara.

I understand karma not to be random happenstance (as the tortoise story implies) but the result of specific causes and conditions which arise from intentional activity.

Surely you can’t be saying that anyone who hasn’t felt some affinity for buddhadharma in this life will never meet Buddha, except by improbable dumb luck. Or that non-buddhists who exhibit genuine loving compassion are not generating positive karma which could, eventually, be greatly cultivated and refined by subsequent exposure to the Dharma.
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Re: US and Allies Launch Strikes on Syria

Post by Malcolm » Thu Apr 19, 2018 5:59 pm

Jeff H wrote:
Thu Apr 19, 2018 5:47 pm
Surely you can’t be saying that anyone who hasn’t felt some affinity for buddhadharma in this life will never meet Buddha, except by improbable dumb luck. Or that non-buddhists who exhibit genuine loving compassion are not generating positive karma which could, eventually, be greatly cultivated and refined by subsequent exposure to the Dharma.
Surely I am not saying that; but what I am saying is that if one does not meet the Dharma, one is merely spinning on a wheel.
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[A]nything at all that is well spoken is the word of the Buddha.

-- Ārya-adhyāśaya-sañcodana-nāma-mahāyāna-sūtra

The different sūtras in accord with the emptiness
taught by the Sugata are definitive in meaning;
One can understand that all of those Dharmas in
which a sentient being, individual, or person are taught are provisional in meaning.

-- Samadhirāja Sūtra

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Reference list in response to “Anti-War” memes about Syria circulating April 2018

Post by Malcolm » Thu Apr 19, 2018 6:02 pm

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[A]nything at all that is well spoken is the word of the Buddha.

-- Ārya-adhyāśaya-sañcodana-nāma-mahāyāna-sūtra

The different sūtras in accord with the emptiness
taught by the Sugata are definitive in meaning;
One can understand that all of those Dharmas in
which a sentient being, individual, or person are taught are provisional in meaning.

-- Samadhirāja Sūtra

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Re: US and Allies Launch Strikes on Syria

Post by Snowbear » Thu Apr 19, 2018 6:05 pm

Russians reporting a few hours ago that "terrorists" are preventing OPCW from entering Douma.

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Re: Reference list in response to “Anti-War” memes about Syria circulating April 2018

Post by Ogyen » Thu Apr 19, 2018 7:02 pm

Malcolm wrote:
Thu Apr 19, 2018 6:02 pm
I love Medium. This is awesome.
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Re: US and Allies Launch Strikes on Syria

Post by Grigoris » Thu Apr 19, 2018 7:39 pm

Malcolm wrote:
Thu Apr 19, 2018 2:45 pm
There, that's refreshing. You do in fact recognize there is a difference between racism and systemic racism. Good for you.
Ummmm... No. If you ask a victim of racism whether they perceive a difference between what YOU describe as "simple" and systemic racism, well, I won't talk on their behalf. Go and do it yourself and see what the answer will be.
The rest of your post is quite typical of the diatribes you have become accustomed to making against members on this forum, due to your position of power and impunity as a moderator. Check your own privilege, dude.
Man, it is not my problem if you do not want look past your conditioning to see the reality of your position in society. I can't force you to do that. It is not something personal against you, it is a white thing. If you wish to acknowledge that or not, well that is your burden (pun intended).

I try to constantly check my privilege as a Greek living in Greece. It is pernicious and a easy role to slip into, especially when I have to deal with refugees to Greece (which I do on a daily basis). Some people ignore the power their position affords them and just go about their business as usual, whilst unknowingly riding roughshod over the "others". Other people take advantage of it and use it to bolster their position of advantage and compensate for their lack of power as the lowest Greek members of Greek society (racists, neo-Nazi types, frothing nationalists, etc...). Some maintain their position of power and use this to play the role of the great humanitarian saviors. Etc...

So... If you want to take what I am saying as a personal attack, go right ahead. It does not surprise me that you take it as a personal attack, since the social group you belong to is essentially protected from attack, as a group. But it is not a personal attack. Trust me.
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Re: US and Allies Launch Strikes on Syria

Post by Snowbear » Thu Apr 19, 2018 7:44 pm

Grigoris wrote:
Thu Apr 19, 2018 7:39 pm
Man, it is not my problem if you do not want look past your conditioning to see the reality of your position in society.
There is no such thing as circumventing conditioning and seeing some "reality."

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Re: US and Allies Launch Strikes on Syria

Post by Malcolm » Thu Apr 19, 2018 7:49 pm

Grigoris wrote:
Thu Apr 19, 2018 7:39 pm
Malcolm wrote:
Thu Apr 19, 2018 2:45 pm
There, that's refreshing. You do in fact recognize there is a difference between racism and systemic racism. Good for you.
Ummmm... No. If you ask a victim of racism whether they perceive a difference between what YOU describe as "simple" and systemic racism, well, I won't talk on their behalf. Go and do it yourself and see what the answer will be.
The rest of your post is quite typical of the diatribes you have become accustomed to making against members on this forum, due to your position of power and impunity as a moderator. Check your own privilege, dude.
Man, it is not my problem if you do not want look past your conditioning to see the reality of your position in society. I can't force you to do that. It is not something personal against you, it is a white thing.
Pathetic and trite.

I try to constantly check my privilege as a Greek living in Greece. It is pernicious and a easy role to slip into, especially when I have to deal with refugees to Greece (which I do on a daily basis). Some people ignore the power their position affords them and just go about their business as usual, whilst unknowingly riding roughshod over the "others". Other people take advantage of it and use it to bolster their position of advantage and compensate for their lack of power as the lowest Greek members of Greek society (racists, neo-Nazi types, frothing nationalists, etc...). Some maintain their position of power and use this to play the role of the great humanitarian saviors. Etc...
This is all such incredible bullshit. You are entitled to believe it. I don't. It has nothing to do with Dharma and is not a Dharma view.
But it is not a personal attack. Trust me.
Yes, which is exactly what Bolsheviks said to their victims as they were gunning them down. At least Fascists are more honest in their hatred.
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[A]nything at all that is well spoken is the word of the Buddha.

-- Ārya-adhyāśaya-sañcodana-nāma-mahāyāna-sūtra

The different sūtras in accord with the emptiness
taught by the Sugata are definitive in meaning;
One can understand that all of those Dharmas in
which a sentient being, individual, or person are taught are provisional in meaning.

-- Samadhirāja Sūtra

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Re: US and Allies Launch Strikes on Syria

Post by Grigoris » Thu Apr 19, 2018 7:50 pm

Snowbear wrote:
Thu Apr 19, 2018 7:44 pm
Grigoris wrote:
Thu Apr 19, 2018 7:39 pm
Man, it is not my problem if you do not want look past your conditioning to see the reality of your position in society.
There is no such thing as circumventing conditioning and seeing some "reality."
yes there is, it is called overcoming ignorance. Of course this does not mean that there is some objectively existing reality out there which is free from causation, it just means that one can see the links that form the illusion. That is the reality free from conditioning.
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"Butchers, prostitutes, those guilty of the five most heinous crimes, outcasts, the underprivileged: all are utterly the substance of existence and nothing other than total bliss."
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Re: US and Allies Launch Strikes on Syria

Post by Snowbear » Thu Apr 19, 2018 7:51 pm

Grigoris wrote:
Thu Apr 19, 2018 7:50 pm
Snowbear wrote:
Thu Apr 19, 2018 7:44 pm
Grigoris wrote:
Thu Apr 19, 2018 7:39 pm
Man, it is not my problem if you do not want look past your conditioning to see the reality of your position in society.
There is no such thing as circumventing conditioning and seeing some "reality."
yes there is, it is called overcoming ignorance. Of course this does not mean that there is some objectively existing reality out there which is free from causation, it just means that one can see the links that form the illusion. That is the reality free from conditioning.
Uh, huh...your hand waving to transform your POV into "reality" is noted.

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Re: US and Allies Launch Strikes on Syria

Post by Grigoris » Thu Apr 19, 2018 7:54 pm

Malcolm wrote:
Thu Apr 19, 2018 7:49 pm
Grigoris wrote:
Thu Apr 19, 2018 7:39 pm
Malcolm wrote:
Thu Apr 19, 2018 2:45 pm
There, that's refreshing. You do in fact recognize there is a difference between racism and systemic racism. Good for you.
Ummmm... No. If you ask a victim of racism whether they perceive a difference between what YOU describe as "simple" and systemic racism, well, I won't talk on their behalf. Go and do it yourself and see what the answer will be.
The rest of your post is quite typical of the diatribes you have become accustomed to making against members on this forum, due to your position of power and impunity as a moderator. Check your own privilege, dude.
Man, it is not my problem if you do not want look past your conditioning to see the reality of your position in society. I can't force you to do that. It is not something personal against you, it is a white thing.
Pathetic and trite.

I try to constantly check my privilege as a Greek living in Greece. It is pernicious and a easy role to slip into, especially when I have to deal with refugees to Greece (which I do on a daily basis). Some people ignore the power their position affords them and just go about their business as usual, whilst unknowingly riding roughshod over the "others". Other people take advantage of it and use it to bolster their position of advantage and compensate for their lack of power as the lowest Greek members of Greek society (racists, neo-Nazi types, frothing nationalists, etc...). Some maintain their position of power and use this to play the role of the great humanitarian saviors. Etc...
This is all such incredible bullshit. You are entitled to believe it. I don't. It has nothing to do with Dharma and is not a Dharma view.
But it is not a personal attack. Trust me.
Yes, which is exactly what Bolsheviks said to their victims as they were gunning them down. At least Fascists are more honest in their hatred.
Well you convinced me of the veracity of your view using your finely honed argument consisting of appeals to authority, ad hom and reductio ad stalinum (that's the McCarthyist version of reductio as hitlerum).
"My religion is not deceiving myself."
Jetsun Milarepa 1052-1135 CE

"Butchers, prostitutes, those guilty of the five most heinous crimes, outcasts, the underprivileged: all are utterly the substance of existence and nothing other than total bliss."
The Supreme Source - The Kunjed Gyalpo
The Fundamental Tantra of Dzogchen Semde

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