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by Iconodule
Thu Dec 21, 2017 9:57 pm
Forum: Abrahamic contemplative traditions, general comparisons
Topic: The Only Capital of Israel
Replies: 16
Views: 835

Re: The Only Capital of Israel

Trump has, however, threatened to cut off funding for countries that voted yes. Can anyone imagine him cutting off funding to the Saudis? Yeah, me neither.
by Iconodule
Fri Dec 15, 2017 7:46 pm
Forum: Health, wellness and fitness
Topic: Monks should only consume Soylent
Replies: 8
Views: 490

Re: Monks should only consume Soylent

Herb Caplan wrote:
Fri Dec 15, 2017 3:31 am
DNS wrote:
Thu Dec 14, 2017 3:50 am
I heard it's a good way to lose weight.
So from my posting, you assume I'm fat?
I mainly get the impression that you like otters.
by Iconodule
Mon Dec 11, 2017 9:54 pm
Forum: News, current events, politics
Topic: Buddhist Billionaire works for Freedom
Replies: 3
Views: 295

Re: Buddhist Billionaire works for Freedom

Shouldn't Buddhists be grateful to the PRC for liberating Tibet from slavery?
by Iconodule
Mon Dec 11, 2017 7:34 pm
Forum: News, current events, politics
Topic: Buddhist Billionaire works for Freedom
Replies: 3
Views: 295

Re: Buddhist Billionaire works for Freedom

Billionaires bankrolling regime change... that always goes well.
by Iconodule
Mon Dec 11, 2017 7:15 pm
Forum: Abrahamic contemplative traditions, general comparisons
Topic: The Only Capital of Israel
Replies: 16
Views: 835

Re: The Only Capital of Israel

The soil of Tibet was soaked by the internecine warfare there between red hats and yellow hats. Japanese soldiers massacred their way across China and the Pacific with the hearty encouragement of Buddhist clergy. The Rohingya are murdered now with the encouragement of Buddhist monks. I'm not going t...
by Iconodule
Mon Dec 11, 2017 6:17 pm
Forum: General Dharma comparisons
Topic: Engineered form of Buddhism
Replies: 5
Views: 469

Re: Engineered form of Buddhism

Would someone like to comment further on Ch’an. Are there any Esoteric-style visualization methods? I am primarily practicing Mahamudra at the moment in the context of TB. Chan by and large absorbed the other Chinese Buddhist schools, so a plethora of different practices have continued. I imagine i...
by Iconodule
Mon Dec 11, 2017 5:56 pm
Forum: Abrahamic contemplative traditions, general comparisons
Topic: The Only Capital of Israel
Replies: 16
Views: 835

Re: The Only Capital of Israel

Positing this as a chiefly religious or ethnic problem is a rather facile analysis that ignores the massive interventions of imperial powers in the region. And Buddhists can be just as passionate about plots of dirt as anyone. Yes, there were many Imperial regimes that have gone through the Middle ...
by Iconodule
Mon Dec 11, 2017 3:42 pm
Forum: Abrahamic contemplative traditions, general comparisons
Topic: The Only Capital of Israel
Replies: 16
Views: 835

Re: The Only Capital of Israel

Positing this as a chiefly religious or ethnic problem is a rather facile analysis that ignores the massive interventions of imperial powers in the region.

And Buddhists can be just as passionate about plots of dirt as anyone.
by Iconodule
Thu Dec 07, 2017 2:49 pm
Forum: Abrahamic contemplative traditions, general comparisons
Topic: The Only Capital of Israel
Replies: 16
Views: 835

Re: The Only Capitol of Israel

Most Christians in Jerusalem itself are not pleased: https://www.haaretz.com/israel-news/.premium-1.827207

In fact, I'd wager that, outside American evangelicals, Christians are generally not fans of this irresponsible move.
by Iconodule
Tue Dec 05, 2017 6:18 pm
Forum: News, current events, politics
Topic: Jesus' Secret Revelations? Copy of Forbidden Teachings Found in Egypt
Replies: 1
Views: 247

Re: Jesus' Secret Revelations? Copy of Forbidden Teachings Found in Egypt

Buried in jars underground, the Nag Hammadi books were likely hidden for safekeeping sometime after A.D. 367 when Athanasius, the bishop of Alexandria, defined the canon of 27 books known today as the New Testament. All other stories, like those found in the Nag Hammadi collection, were deemed here...
by Iconodule
Tue Dec 05, 2017 4:44 pm
Forum: Mahayana Buddhism
Topic: Chinese Buddhism
Replies: 11
Views: 1213

Re: Chinese Buddhism

Yeah, my family is Malaysian Chinese and their Buddhism is definitely of this syncretic variety.
by Iconodule
Mon Nov 13, 2017 2:48 pm
Forum: Pagan religions
Topic: The Lost Teachings of Atlantis
Replies: 2
Views: 263

Re: The Lost Teachings of Atlantis

You ever notice how all the people reincarnated from Atlantis are princes, high priests, etc.? Nobody wants to be the reincarnation of an Atlantean bicycle repairman.
by Iconodule
Wed Oct 18, 2017 6:16 pm
Forum: General Dharma comparisons
Topic: Vajrayana/Christian parallels
Replies: 2
Views: 557

Re: Vajrayana/Christian parallels

In the normal course of traditional teachings not much is made of this. There are teachings on it, but it isn't emphasized. However if you were to sit down with a Christian theologian and talk about a non-manifest source of Wisdom, Compassion, and Power he would assume that you are talking about a ...
by Iconodule
Mon Oct 16, 2017 3:03 pm
Forum: Mahayana Buddhism
Topic: Chinese Buddhism
Replies: 11
Views: 1213

Re: Chinese Mahayana

The struggle against Chinese syncretism among Chinese Buddhists seems to be quite an uphill climb. I suspect most teachers don't even bother.
by Iconodule
Mon Oct 16, 2017 2:59 pm
Forum: Islam, Sufism-Islamic mysticism
Topic: Moderate Islam
Replies: 9
Views: 2440

Re: Moderate Islam

If you are trying to convince me that Islam has a bloody history of conquest, there's no need. I'm an Orthodox Christian and know my history. But the whitewashing of the crusades as merely defensive wars is as misleading as those who portray Islam as a beacon of medieval tolerance.
by Iconodule
Fri Oct 13, 2017 3:26 pm
Forum: Islam, Sufism-Islamic mysticism
Topic: Moderate Islam
Replies: 9
Views: 2440

Re: Moderate Islam

There is really no comparison David. The Crusades were more a defensive war and the harassing pests of Xtian missionaries were only that, not a convert, surrender or die military army. That's a rather rosy view of the Crusades. This "defensive war" massacred civilians of all faiths and became littl...
by Iconodule
Fri Oct 13, 2017 3:12 pm
Forum: Islam, Sufism-Islamic mysticism
Topic: Moderate Islam
Replies: 9
Views: 2440

Re: Moderate Islam

I think the term "moderate" here, as it is in most cases, is rather tricky and misleading. What NU represents is traditional orthodox Sunni Islam, that is, Sunni Islam infused with Sufi piety and an acceptance/tolerance of local traditions within certain parameters. It is comparable to the Barelvi m...
by Iconodule
Mon Sep 26, 2016 1:17 pm
Forum: Christianity, Gnosticism-Christian mysticism
Topic: Mount Athos mysteries (orthodox christianity)
Replies: 8
Views: 1835

Re: Mount Athos mysteries (orthodox christianity)

Yeah. The official explanation is that the Virgin Mary gave this rule as "abbess" of the Holy Mountain. The unofficial reason, from what I gather, is that in Byzantine times shepherd girls would come home from the Holy Mountain mysteriously pregnant. There are other monasteries- both male and female...
by Iconodule
Tue Sep 20, 2016 2:08 pm
Forum: Christianity, Gnosticism-Christian mysticism
Topic: Mount Athos mysteries (orthodox christianity)
Replies: 8
Views: 1835

Re: Mount Athos mysteries (orthodox christianity)

Romania is a very rigid christian orthodox country more religious than Iran and Pakistan. It's the saudi arabia or europe. I think it's quite a stretch to compare Romania with a repressive Wahhabi theocratic monarchy. The religiosity of Romanians is certainly variable depending on region and milieu...
by Iconodule
Fri Sep 02, 2016 3:35 pm
Forum: Suggestion Box & Help
Topic: Sub forum for atheism
Replies: 7
Views: 1655

Re: Sub forum for atheism

Atheism has no place in the Dhamma discussions, neither old atheism nor new atheism. There are plenty of other places on the internet to discuss the retarded atheism/"I Believe I'm A Special Snowflake" religion. You always have such a lovely way of phrasing things. I'll say it again, atheism is not...