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by Nemo
Wed Feb 12, 2020 7:21 pm
Forum: Dying and Death
Topic: Preparing for Death in American Culture
Replies: 8
Views: 2830

Re: Preparing for Death in American Culture

I'm a huge fan of Swedish Death Cleaning. Many of us are getting older and having cleaned the useless clutter of the dead a few times it's just rude. It's only your property till you die. Leave a gift not a burden. Write a will too. People love things so much more if you wanted them to have it. They...
by Nemo
Thu Feb 06, 2020 5:23 pm
Forum: Nyingma
Topic: No new Nyingma head!
Replies: 19
Views: 3803

Re: No new Nyingma head!

Hierarchy is incredibly dangerous. Other than times of crisis it should be avoided like poison. Everything from slavery to environmental destruction depends on illegitimate hierarchies. Is there a difference between a hierarchy and an illegitimate hierarchy? A justified hierarchy is basically one t...
by Nemo
Thu Feb 06, 2020 2:00 pm
Forum: Nyingma
Topic: No new Nyingma head!
Replies: 19
Views: 3803

Re: No new Nyingma head!

Greg wrote: Tue Feb 04, 2020 4:02 pm I mean, I guess they realized it is like signing up to be the drummer in Spinal Tap.
Too soon :D

Hierarchy is incredibly dangerous. Other than times of crisis it should be avoided like poison. Everything from slavery to environmental destruction depends on illegitimate hierarchies.
by Nemo
Thu Feb 06, 2020 1:54 pm
Forum: Wellness, Diet and Fitness
Topic: Exercise and weight loss - waste of time?
Replies: 15
Views: 3458

Re: Exercise and weight loss - waste of time?

Weight loss is just a number. As you age it's good to keep track of the mileage on all your organ systems. Exercise can easily slow the progression of aging and dissolution of this precious human birth. In practice it is very boring like most forms of preventative maintenance. Keeping yourself alive...
by Nemo
Thu Jan 30, 2020 1:04 am
Forum: Ethical Conduct
Topic: "Xenobots", are they sentient beings?
Replies: 11
Views: 1625

Re: "Xenobots", are they sentient beings?

Most yogis who hide on retreat think the entire world is sentient. Dry scholars argue otherwise. As did the Buddha, hardly a dry scholar. For the world to be insentient wouldn't it have to be real? If it is a projection on consciousness then it would be sentient, like dreaming of a rock. Having a s...
by Nemo
Wed Jan 29, 2020 12:45 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Our Anti-War President
Replies: 97
Views: 15211

Re: Our Anti-War President

Motivation is everything. My personal conditions are excellent. They are largely by luck of birth. The question is if you ignore the suffering of others will you ever meet such conditions again? You may bless the world by contemplating the 4 immeasurables or dismantling a corrupt oligarchy. Most peo...
by Nemo
Tue Jan 28, 2020 2:22 pm
Forum: Ethical Conduct
Topic: "Xenobots", are they sentient beings?
Replies: 11
Views: 1625

Re: "Xenobots", are they sentient beings?

Most yogis who hide on retreat think the entire world is sentient. Dry scholars argue otherwise.
by Nemo
Sat Jan 25, 2020 2:18 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Cultural Appropriation - Split from Why is Buddhism so elitist and cliquey?
Replies: 56
Views: 5447

Re: Why is Buddhism so elitist and cliquey?

True. For all the talk of 'intersectionality' (which honestly I don't really understand), there doesn't seem to be much sense of a common cause: rather there seems to be a sense that each group's grievance is their exclusive property, and others are not entitled to have any opinion about it. But th...
by Nemo
Sat Jan 25, 2020 2:01 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Cultural Appropriation - Split from Why is Buddhism so elitist and cliquey?
Replies: 56
Views: 5447

Re: Cultural Appropriation - Split from Why is Buddhism so elitist and cliquey?

I don't think you can culturally appropriate a dominant culture. It's more of a garnish on shitty colonialist or neocolonialist behavior. There is a difference between sharing and taking while you have your boot on someones throat. Imagine we lived in a peaceful Buddhist land that was happy but not ...
by Nemo
Sat Jan 25, 2020 1:49 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Iconic Phrase 'SHORT MOMENTS, MANY TIMES' Copyrighted?
Replies: 50
Views: 12914

Re: Iconic Phrase 'SHORT MOMENTS, MANY TIMES' Copyrighted?

McMindfulness is becoming the spirituality of late stage capitalism. They had some excellent shamatha and vipassana training in predeployment training for officers in the Canadian Forces. I was surprised how good it was. The goal was preventing PTSD. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=98-sgRaNujo&t=84...
by Nemo
Fri Jan 24, 2020 1:56 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Cultural Appropriation - Split from Why is Buddhism so elitist and cliquey?
Replies: 56
Views: 5447

Re: Why is Buddhism so elitist and cliquey?

Doesn't cultural appropriation require the conquer and subordination of that culture? Indigenous North Americans would be a good example. But how can you culturally appropriate China? The arrogance of that idea is humourous. Han doing Tibetan dance at Disneyland style events would count. But we neve...
by Nemo
Thu Jan 23, 2020 5:08 am
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: Why is Buddhism so elitist and cliquey?
Replies: 176
Views: 14009

Re: Why is Buddhism so elitist and cliquey?

I see it very clearly also. You have 20 translators for every carpenter. Why is complicated. Buddhism does attract smart people. But also people with leisure who tend to be from a certain class.
"We aren't elitist. We are just better than other people."
by Nemo
Tue Jan 21, 2020 10:38 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Iconic Phrase 'SHORT MOMENTS, MANY TIMES' Copyrighted?
Replies: 50
Views: 12914

Re: Iconic Phrase 'SHORT MOMENTS, MANY TIMES' Copyrighted?

I predict that when the IRS finally gets around to it, they are going to sue her for illegally using a 510c3 educational non-profit in order to evade taxes. She could go to jail. https://abalancedviewofbalancedview.wordpress.com/2018/02/27/the-secret-of-balanced-view-finances-anthony/ This guy expo...
by Nemo
Tue Jan 21, 2020 5:36 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Iconic Phrase 'SHORT MOMENTS, MANY TIMES' Copyrighted?
Replies: 50
Views: 12914

Re: Iconic Phrase 'SHORT MOMENTS, MANY TIMES' Copyrighted?

McMindfulness is becoming the spirituality of late stage capitalism. They had some excellent shamatha and vipassana training in predeployment training for officers in the Canadian Forces. I was surprised how good it was. The goal was preventing PTSD.
by Nemo
Sun Jan 19, 2020 5:44 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Does Buddhism Require You To Be a Liberal?
Replies: 187
Views: 13015

Re: Does Buddhism Require You To Be a Liberal?

It looks like old money thinking new money is uncouth. Obama committed the same crimes. He also arrogantly dismissed Trump publicly as a filthy peasant with money. The Trumpian perspective is the real elite is money. They seem to have a point and the properly educated and cultured whose hierarchies ...
by Nemo
Sun Jan 19, 2020 4:15 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Does Buddhism Require You To Be a Liberal?
Replies: 187
Views: 13015

Re: Does Buddhism Require You To Be a Liberal?

Honestly I don't see much difference. I was in the army when Obama started "the surge" and started vaporizing civvies with drones and 2000lb bombs. I'm pretty sure the vaporized children don't see much nuance either. One set of elites thinks making it is having a Ted Talk and the other thinks it's o...
by Nemo
Sat Jan 18, 2020 9:36 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Does Buddhism Require You To Be a Liberal?
Replies: 187
Views: 13015

Re: Does Buddhism Require You To Be a Liberal?

You do have to realize that first of all the american political standards are kinda messed up. Here in central Europe and especially countries that were communist, things are really different. Here universal healthcare and unions are the normal standard. Yup. The reason why coalminers are against c...
by Nemo
Thu Jan 16, 2020 3:38 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Does Buddhism Require You To Be a Liberal?
Replies: 187
Views: 13015

Re: Does Buddhism Require You To Be a Liberal?

Shakyamuni refused military service and the duties of kingship and from there it just got worse. He forbade monks from touching money. Monks ranks were simply based on time since ordination, an idea later taken up by unions. All monks demanded state sponsorship in the form of alms and he loved sleep...
by Nemo
Sat Jan 11, 2020 4:22 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Why Greta Thunberg Should Be Time’s Person of the Year
Replies: 260
Views: 21838

Re: Why Greta Thunberg Should Be Time’s Person of the Year

Kind of a fun story about how the big energy companies are the only ones who can save us. Paid for by the big energy companies of course. https://www.nytimes.com/2020/01/09/opinion/renewable-energy-oil-companies.html The public wants a green future, but not one that disrupts their lives or puts the...

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