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  • But why would you have to deduce it with logic, elegant though that may be, when you can observe it directly?
    in Belief. Comment by Steve_B February 2
  • @JaySon said: it's impossible to trace a direct correlation between one moral action and one moral consequence. This might be true, but is it important? Fluoride in the municipal water reliably lowers the incidence of dental cavities, bu…
    in Belief. Comment by Steve_B February 2
  • @JaySon said: Can you take a moral action then clearly identify a corresponding moral effect to that action? Not that I'm aware of. I don't see how karma can be proven true. I don't think it can be proven to you, but you can prove it to …
    in Belief. Comment by Steve_B February 2
  • Karasti, thank you for posting that fascinating article. Reading it, I'm reminded that Country music publishers allegedly use data in a similar way. Songs with certain elements and phrases make more money. It also reminds me of Unilever Liverpool…
  • If she'd post to this thread we could give her some Awesomes.
  • @federica said: @Steve_B said: @federica said: I cannot bring myself to trust a single one of them, no have I actually cast a Political vote in 30-odd years. Yet I know part of my responsib…
  • Our pets have mostly been refugees, so they arrived with names pre-installed. I did name a dog Bartholomew, but not after anyone in particular. I just liked the name.
    in Jazz Cats Comment by Steve_B January 30
  • @newlotus said: Thanks guys! I think its a bit of my own clarity and for others. Im still trying to work out who I am. I like the Buddhish....and Trying to be Buddhist. I believe in it all and I'm trying to practice it always, so I guess that …
  • I've known this song for decades, but this video was awesome. LONG time since I've seen it, and I don't remember noticing the audience response. At the beginning, the crowd shots show that a few people here and there already knew the lyrics. But gra…
  • @dhammachick said: OK let's not get snarky folks. No snark added. The entire post, except the single word 'citizen,' is direct quotes! And they're PERFECT! But you're right. I don't descend to the low road very often, even for s…
  • @federica said: I cannot bring myself to trust a single one of them, no have I actually cast a Political vote in 30-odd years. Yet I know part of my responsibility to my peers, neighbours and society in general is at least to keep info…
  • @JaySon said: I'm taking an oath to stop watching and reading politics. Who's with me! Say eye! An aye for an eye? I'm with you for support. If this is your path, then I hope you travel it well. For me, I think I can still follo…
  • @techie said: To be honest, I didn't even know that there were any Buddhist holidays. Out of curiosity, when is Buddha's birthday usually observed? And previously, @karasti said: As a sangha we celebrate the Tibetan New Year and Saga …
  • @federica said: Have you come across this? I haven't. I think you'll find many Buddhists who fall into the 'Either/or/or' categories... Either meat-eaters or vegetarian/vegan. Vegetarianism takes different forms: Some eat …
  • NB1.1k, this is a regularly recurring topic at this site, and you should be able to find discussions in great depth and widely varying emotion in the old pages. But regardless of the excruciating conversational details, the overview point is that Bu…
  • Buddhism doesn't have rules. It illuminates a path. All choices are yours.
  • I find I would rather have both stress and stress reduction than to have neither. The middle path, for me, is not a narrow path. There is room within its width for both adventure and chilling. Breathe in, breathe out. Wake and sleep. Accomplishme…
    in Stress Comment by Steve_B January 29
  • I have noticed that people who like to label themselves can create a path to obviate thinking. If I would join the Green Martian movement and label myself, and immerse myself in the movement's literature, then whenever I need an opinion all I would …
  • Sure it is. Might not be a testable hypothesis though.
  • I don't label myself as a Buddhist because I don't generally label myself. I don't require an external label for identity or comfort. But when I look internally I do notice that I have turned out rather Buddhish. If you're asking about a label, t…
  • @JaySon said: Impermanence makes time possible. Emptiness makes space possible. Easier for me to see these as the other way around. Time makes impermanence possible. That is, it is the passage of time in which impermanence manifest…
  • when in a hole first, stop digging
  • @satcittananda said: When you put down others you put down yourself. Correct. So it would be good if you'd stop, please.
  • I tend to use the new year to reflect. Or go skiing. I rarely create new goals or make "resolutions" at New Years. I tend to make them at junctures in my life, but they're not synchronized to a calendar.
  • @Namada said: -I love to procrastinate things I dont like to do, so I have to learn to eat "ugly frogs" much faster, not only look at them. You're just supposed to kiss them. You don't have to eat them.
  • Some days I like to swim a little. Some days I like to swim a lot. Some days I like to float and look around. I try not to collide with any rafts. Some days I'm not in the water at all.
  • Wow. I used to live not too far from a Shambhala facility. It is huge, remote, rustic, breathtakingly scenic, and imbued with a pervasive sense of serenity and majesty. Classes and retreats are expensive. Everything at the facility is first class.…
  • Not any more.
  • @upekka said: how do you know 'in breath' is 'in breath' but not 'out breath'? The question is easy to answer, facile actually, at a superficial level. You are getting responses based only on superficial semantics because the deeper mean…
  • @Kindhumanbeing said: That's very pessimistic. I'm not even sick. I'm very healthy & well / I take great care of myself & I choose life. Choose life. Awesome, yes, you are right. Yes, choose life! Live well. Death will come, in its t…
  • The three things that should not be discussed in the workplace, politics, sex, and religion, tend to be recurring themes here. We also have our occasional forays into foot fungus, genetic engineering, iPad art, vegetarianism, and the perennial death…
  • Let's eat, Grandma! Commas save lives.
  • @JaySon said: I'm hoping the answer is yes. Yes. The answer is Yes. Not only can you recover; you can be elected President.
  • OK, first of all, is that really the definition of insanity? I doubt it actually. And secondly, people (and other sentient beings) do what works. We keep trying unrelentingly because we have learned that it does sometimes lead to success. It does…