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by Jeff H
Thu Nov 26, 2020 4:05 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Does the String theory invalidate the Madhyamaka?
Replies: 33
Views: 585

Re: Does the String theory invalidate the Madhyamaka?

Aemilius, it seems like you are saying that Nagarjuna has been proven wrong by modern mathematicians who show that his arguments imply there is no true existence. Is that what you’re saying?
by Jeff H
Sun Nov 22, 2020 5:46 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Samsarically Satisfied?
Replies: 7
Views: 206

Re: Samsarically Satisfied?

The advantage of the human realm is just enough suffering to be able to understand its essence, combined with just enough pleasure to be able to take steps that will reduce and eliminate suffering’s essential causes. However, from the perspective of an ego and an “us versus them” mindset, the missin...
by Jeff H
Sat Nov 21, 2020 8:35 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: AI alignment
Replies: 27
Views: 523

Re: AI alignment

for utopian benefits I don't know anyone who's seriously researching this topic who has this expectation. Seems pretty clear to me that this world is imperfect. The specific statement that prompted my post was this: AI that is created by humanity as computerized technology with the intent of becomi...
by Jeff H
Sat Nov 21, 2020 5:03 pm
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Namkhai Norbu lineage
Replies: 100
Views: 4021

Re: Namkhai Norbu lineage

The community is the community of the students of Chögyal Namkhai Norbu, we are as active as ever. Thanks to COVID, more so. There are constant activities all over the world. The community may die when Rinpoche's last student dies, but for now that remains to be seen. I don't think that was Rinpoch...
by Jeff H
Sat Nov 21, 2020 4:27 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: AI alignment
Replies: 27
Views: 523

Re: AI alignment

It is true that I don't know what efforts are being made in that direction. But just as every action can have positive and/or negative consequences, they can also be applied with positive or negative intention. The power of control that AI promises will be very attractive to people with negative mo...
by Jeff H
Fri Nov 20, 2020 8:11 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: AI alignment
Replies: 27
Views: 523

Re: AI alignment

To expect humanity to build ethical AI, in my opinion, is beyond reason. Except that there is a huge effort to build ethical AI... I'm not sure what your reasons are for arguing this. It is true that I don't know what efforts are being made in that direction. But just as every action can have posit...
by Jeff H
Fri Nov 20, 2020 4:51 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: AI alignment
Replies: 27
Views: 523

Re: AI alignment

AI that is created by humanity as computerized technology with the intent of becoming some sort of model for an android to become a part of human society is my greatest hope for what can be done with regards to this kind of system, but at the same time it is the most difficult situation as the robo...
by Jeff H
Fri Nov 13, 2020 4:07 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: The Two Truths Debate - Poll & Discussion
Replies: 29
Views: 731

Re: The Two Truths Debate - Poll & Discussion

Personally, I’m trying to establish and maintain a basic level of understanding and practice. I don’t expect to do extensive research into the development of the Buddhism that has reached me in this life. I was introduced to Buddhisms by Gelugpas and did course work on Tsongkhapa’s Lam Rim Chen Mo w...
by Jeff H
Wed Oct 28, 2020 8:06 pm
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Dzogchen Community of Chogyal Namkhai Norbu
Replies: 7706
Views: 987896

Re: Dzogchen Community of Chogyal Namkhai Norbu

You should have received an email with the link. Can someone please share the link, or are there samaya issues? There are personal data issues for sure, as the file contains the names of the people who asked questions. Which is also kind of unnecessary, actually. There is also this specific sentenc...
by Jeff H
Thu Aug 06, 2020 4:30 pm
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Quote from Patrul Rinpoche
Replies: 18
Views: 1241

Re: Quote from Patrul Rinpoche

I would add to Magnus' comments that Gelugpas take renunciation to be more about detaching from things than necessarily relinquishing them. Ordination and retreat capitalize on relinquishing, but renunciation is the mental shift underlying the ability to relinquish. Danny, I don't think knowledge of...
by Jeff H
Thu Aug 06, 2020 2:18 pm
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Quote from Patrul Rinpoche
Replies: 18
Views: 1241

Re: Quote from Patrul Rinpoche

I think the point of the quote is "sowing seeds of liberation". With renunciation and bodhichitta, you can do that in society or on retreat; Without them you can't sow seeds of liberation period.
by Jeff H
Mon Aug 03, 2020 4:00 am
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Repetition in a Changing Reality
Replies: 12
Views: 641

Re: Repetition in a Changing Reality

I like Dan's reply . When I first read the OP it reminded of Shunryu Suzuki’s statement: If you lose the spirit of repetition, your practice will become quite difficult. I read Zen Mind, Beginner’s Mind years before I became interested in Buddhism as a practice, but that statement has informed a lot...
by Jeff H
Wed Jul 29, 2020 10:04 pm
Forum: Meditation
Topic: Maintain awareness in sleep
Replies: 14
Views: 891

Re: Maintain awareness in sleep

confusedlayman wrote: Wed Jul 29, 2020 7:37 pm Who said its advance practice? Its basic thing
The tone of your posts sound like you are experiencing impatience with the process. I was addressing that.
by Jeff H
Wed Jul 29, 2020 2:39 pm
Forum: Meditation
Topic: Maintain awareness in sleep
Replies: 14
Views: 891

Re: Maintain awareness in sleep

The certainty of death demands urgency of practice; but that does not mean speed. It means steady, consistent, and focused practice. It means relaxing enough to open yourself to realty, not applying effort with gritted teeth. A martial arts student went to his teacher and said earnestly, “I am devot...
by Jeff H
Sun Jul 26, 2020 7:44 pm
Forum: Dying and Death
Topic: My death and the regret
Replies: 13
Views: 1140

Re: My death and the regret

You do not need your mother’s forgiveness. You need to forgive your father and, far more importantly, forgive yourself. Forgiving does not mean condoning or forgetting bad things. It means breaking out of the prison you have made for yourself. I am in such depth of pit now, wishing to relive my life...
by Jeff H
Fri Jul 24, 2020 6:51 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Light relief (from a world in chaos)
Replies: 6
Views: 522

Re: Light relief (from a world in chaos)

If you watch it on YouTube you can read his own comments, including how he filmed it: "Filmed entirely with the GoPro MAX. The GoPro MAX is a 360 camera, and I used it for this video so I did not have to stress about missing anything during the filming process. With the GoPro MAX, you can reframe yo...
by Jeff H
Thu Jul 23, 2020 3:30 pm
Forum: Dying and Death
Topic: My death and the regret
Replies: 13
Views: 1140

Re: My death and the regret

Does reliving all the things we wish we hadn’t done help anyone? Our past will never, ever change. Wallowing in guilt is very different than regret. Regret is a positive recognition that we’ve behaved badly and we can do better. Behaving better begins by attuning the mind to the way we would rather ...
by Jeff H
Wed Jul 15, 2020 9:53 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Love at first sight
Replies: 24
Views: 1186

Re: Love at first sight

... Love is attachment. The attachment is not love but the thing limited love. I think it is a mistake to call attachment "limited love". In samsara, attachment limits love precisely because they are polar opposites. Even people who mistake attachment for love in ordinary relationships recognize it...
by Jeff H
Tue Jul 14, 2020 6:28 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Love at first sight
Replies: 24
Views: 1186

Re: Love at first sight

I think love at first sight is possible, but not to be trusted, largely because, as Greg says, it's a function of desire. The relationships we usually call “loving” are always a mixture of love and attachment. Love is all about the other and unconditional. Attachment is all about the self and condit...
by Jeff H
Fri Mar 15, 2019 9:07 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Americans turning to Buddhism?
Replies: 25
Views: 2594

Re: Americans turning to Buddhism?

I previously posted a link to an FPMT Kadampa Center in North Carolina because I thought the article had referred to NC. But I'm getting too old to rely on my memory: the article actually referred to Northern Virginia. So I have to agree, it probably was one of those "other" centers!

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