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  • I tend to view ego as like our thoughts. Not really what we are but a tool we use. Thoughts and the ego mean nothing until acted on and it's within our actions that our responsibilities lay.
    in The Ego Comment by David September 1
  • @vinlyn said: @David said: ... I think for many of us born into a culture steeped in Abrahamic notions it is far too easy to deify karma without realizing it. All too often I hear people say that Buddhist views …
  • @Kerome said: I thought it might be interesting to discuss this Wikipedia article in more depth on here: Buddhist modernism Basically it lays out the history of the modern Buddhist movements in the US, Europe and in some reform-mind…
  • @Kerome said: @David said: @Kerome said: @federica said: @Kerome said: @federica said: As I said, narrow, imprinted,…
  • It is said that there is no such thing as altruism. This is a good thing. The reason being is that it is hard to do something good and nice without getting any on you.
  • @Kerome said: @federica said: @Kerome said: @federica said: As I said, narrow, imprinted, preconceived. You still confine God to those descriptions, but the God you describe and what God…
  • I can't say I believe in ghosts but whenever I encounter one I treat them as if they are real. I've gotten more than a couple messages from those that have passed on in dreams and even if they were just conjured from my subconscious they were qui…
  • @techie said: When a theist says there is a god, he is basically making an assertion about something. So it's natural that you demand evidence to substantiate such assertions. When an atheist says there is no god, he is stating his conclus…
  • At least Carl Sagan got a few mentions in the thread so I still count it as a good one.
  • @federica said: I don't know about anyone else but I have completely lost the gist of the original topic of discussion vis-a-vis the thread subject matter, in trying to understand the actual point of your conversation.... I'm just going w…
  • @person said: @David I think our disagreement is a little clearer to me. I think you define absolute truth as primordial awareness and conventional truth as the manifest world. So when you say they are one and there is no separation your logic is…
  • @person said: @David said: @person said: @David said: @person said: @David said: @Vimal…
  • @person said: @David said: @person said: @David said: @Vimalajāti said: @David said: @V…
  • @person said: @David said: @Vimalajāti said: @David said: @Vimalajāti said: The view that one sentient being dreams up, thinks up, or creates, the world, …
  • @Frankj said: I have a question for the forum. How do you guys deal with people who will not let go of the past, more specifically past mistakes you may have made? I let them go. Also, how do you guys deal with guilt trips? …
    in Letting Go? Comment by David August 6
  • It is our birthright.
  • Trying to quit smoking is one of the hardest things I've ever done. Once I stopped trying to quit and just quit it was so much easier. My last cigarette was on July 31 2017. Just over a year ago now. It did help that I wasn't doing it for just m…
  • @Vimalajāti said: @person said: @David said: @Vimalajāti said: @David said: @Vimalajāti said: The view that one sent…
  • @person said: @David said: @Vimalajāti said: @David said: @Vimalajāti said: The view that one sentient being dreams up, thinks up, or creates, the world, …
  • Does this desire to believe come from intuition or from the external world? Do you suppose an unconditional love would care if you are Catholic?
  • @Vimalajāti said: @David said: @Vimalajāti said: The view that one sentient being dreams up, thinks up, or creates, the world, is 有神論的決定論, महेश्वरस्यनिर्माणदृष्टि, maheśvarasyanirmāṇadṛṣṭi, or god's-creati…
  • @Vimalajāti said: The view that one sentient being dreams up, thinks up, or creates, the world, is 有神論的決定論, महेश्वरस्यनिर्माणदृष्टि, maheśvarasyanirmāṇadṛṣṭi, or god's-creation-view. Ironically, though, the above view is essentially…
  • @Kerome said: Well, if you “deny that something happened” that’s the same as “believing that something did not happen”. Not really. Denying something happened implies intimate knowledge to the contrary whereas believing something did not …
  • There are different takes on this and Buddhism is a pretty broad scope but this Buddhist sees this in a positive light. The illusion of our separateness is a tool of expression and exploration but we are all in this together.
  • Oh wow, I wouldn't have him on my shrine stuck on a stick in his death throes. I wouldn't take away from his personal message by putting him in full lotus either. If all else fails I'll substitute a Ben Kenobi action figure. Yoda might end up there …
  • It's funny because I do have gods on my shrine but I have them there to remind me of the qualities they are said to possess and not because I believe they objectively exist. I am OCD about it though. My shrine has to be arranged just so. I wan…
  • @Kerome said: Well, I was attempting to show the logical process by which I arrived at my position that agnosticism is largely a cop-out, and there is no such thing as an “I don’t know” position on this. But it’s the first time I’ve tried …
  • @Kerome said: @David said: No, sorry lol. It doesn't work that way. If I've offended you I apologize but you asked a question and all I did was answer to the best of my personal abilities. You need more than logical falla…
  • I enjoy my gods, thank you very much. I just don't believe in them is all. I don't want to risk making my mind into their prison.
  • No, sorry lol. It doesn't work that way. If I've offended you I apologize but you asked a question and all I did was answer to the best of my personal abilities. You need more than logical fallacies to counter my position.
  • @Kerome said: So you choose to not be agnostic to spacefaring teapots? So how is this different from the case with God? Maybe I was editing but that question makes no sense and I feel I just went over it. Agnosticism stems from the rec…
  • @Kerome said: @David said: @Kerome said: I always thought I was an agnostic, until I ran across Russel’s teapot. At that point I realised that agnosticism was actually a position with a lot of problems - if you s…
  • In fact, if they can't feel, perhaps we better start working on making it so they will indeed feel with empathy a real good place to start.
  • @Kerome said: I always thought I was an agnostic, until I ran across Russel’s teapot. At that point I realised that agnosticism was actually a position with a lot of problems - if you say you’re agnostic about God, then there are an awful lot of …
  • Yes we are on the same page. And to add a twist to it, imagine them not feeling pain, knowing we feel for them as if they did and then using that kind of thing to deceive us and perhaps even lure us into a false sense of security. I mean, who kno…
  • No doubt. While I have no doubt we could make it so they don't feel physical duress we will have a harder time doing that mentally once the connections start connecting each other and I also have no doubt this is what will lead the real AI. Maybe…
  • For myself I had to give up on Atheism when I found Buddhism. I had previously given up on Theism when I found sense in Atheism. I realised that to take on any beliefs and even to outright dismiss them without analysis was conjecture. When I'm…
  • My main concern is this. Say right now we knew robots cannot be sentient or really feel pain and so we lack the compassion towards them. We all know this stuff advances quickly to the point where yesterday's cutting edge is today's obsoletion so who…
  • @person said: @David said: Interesting ideas being brought up so I'll refrain from comment until I can watch later today. The first thing that I thought while reading is that they may not feel distress but they don't know that. I'm …
  • Interesting ideas being brought up so I'll refrain from comment until I can watch later today. The first thing that I thought while reading is that they may not feel distress but they don't know that. I'm not sure that makes sense but it feels like …
  • @Kerome said: @David said: It comes from the outdated notion of "human vs nature". Humans are natural so we either work with the natural way of things or we fail in our endeavors. Perhaps you’d care to expla…
  • @spencerstone said: Hey folks, So I joined two newbuddhist two years ago, and I haven't been a constant user, but I have progressed quite far in my mindfulness journey. I have been reading TNH quite a lot and find his writing accessible an…
  • @person said: I listened to the chapter on reason in Steven Pinker's book Enlightenment Now! (highly recommended). There's a lot there and I think he agrees with the notion that humans have a lot of unconscious biases and aren't as good at reason…
  • The sacred is meaning imputed into the mundane. Your trash may be my treasure or no mud, no lotus? Sacred is as sacred does? Guess I don't know either.
    in What is Sacred? Comment by David July 20
  • I just reread Call me by my True Names. Can't get more personal a universe than that. Still... Nobody left to blame.