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  • When somebody claims their path is more authentic or superior it says more about their path than mine. @SpinyNorman said: @vinlyn said:> Here's the problem -- figuring out which teachings (whether Buddha or "new ground") are va…
  • Also, purpose made is no less meaningful than purpose given or found in my books. I think it's all just information being shared and my favorite scientist, Carl Sagan, said that we are a way the cosmos can know itself. When I think of things l…
  • The study seems highly flawed to me. If someone would do bad things just because nobody is going to punish them then they are no less immoral than someone who is only decent for fear of said punishment. Someone that thinks in those terms whether …
  • @eggsavior said: Sometimes during loving-kindness meditation, seemingly opposite feelings such as anger, grief, or sadness may arise. Take these to be signs that your heart is softening, revealing what is held there. You can either shift…
    in Metta Comment by David August 6
  • I think viewing our nature as either good or bad sets us up for disaster but I tend to see co-operation at the basest level.
    in Basic Goodness Comment by David August 5
  • @lobster said: Agape, Chesed, Ishq, Metta etc. Spiritual love. https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ishq Metta is the unfolding of the Buddha/yogi heart chakra, very different to the most intense forms of mundane love which …
    in Metta Comment by David August 5
  • @Kerome said: Have you considered that the ultimate result of capitalism is to have as vast a mass of captive worker/consumers as possible, treated as little cells that generate wealth for those who own the means of production? It's not very diff…
  • The thing I don't like about capitalism is there doesn't seem to be a top line. A cap on how much an individual or corporation can make. From what I see, if there is no top line there can be no bottom line which means it's ok for people to go withou…
  • @vinlyn said: @David said: ... Yes but the problem is calling it all "pop" Buddhism as that would include any and all sects aside from the actual spoken words of the Buddha. You may not realize it but…
  • @karasti said: @David but mindfulness isn't a Buddhist exclusive. Taoism, for example, employs mindfulness. If you want to say mindfulness should have a basis in something, then I agree. But that only Buddhism works, I disagree. That is t…
  • @Jeffrey said: And yoga school would refer to not focusing on doctrine scripture and not focusing on assessing truth of doctrine. Yoga would be focus on meditation. I agree that it is flawed to only focus on yoga. My teacher said doctrin…
  • @dhammachick, who is upset? It's just a conversation.
  • @vinlyn said: @David said: @Jeffrey said: I think it's just reality that there are different variations of Buddhism. There is no "this is the real Buddhism" in my opinion. But there might be "this is what I fin…
  • @Jeffrey said: I think it's just reality that there are different variations of Buddhism. There is no "this is the real Buddhism" in my opinion. But there might be "this is what I find in my awareness at this time". And then the 'cherry …
  • @dhammachick said: @David said: I think using the term "pop" Buddhism is just a way to feel superior and/or more secure. It's a dig at people who have found a differing interpretation but we all cherry pick to a degree. Especially t…
  • I think using the term "pop" Buddhism is just a way to feel superior and/or more secure. It's a dig at people who have found a differing interpretation but we all cherry pick to a degree. Especially those of us adhering to specific sects.
  • I've been trying to digest the text by itself on ATI but I won't join the discussion threads until I've read the book as well. I'm trying not to even read the darned threads before the book so my cup is empty of anything but the original text. …
  • I'm not even sure how I feel about recreational sex period. A part of me seems to think that sex without the reproduction aspect of it turns it into a drug. Like a slap in the face to sentient existence, lol. I'm obviously in the minority on this…
  • I don't even know if she is Buddhist or if she is, if what she did had anything to do with Buddhism. All I can tell is that the neighbor doesn't have a firm grasp on Buddhism as so I extrapolate that they maybe don't have a firm grasp on where th…
    in Buddhist faith Comment by David July 21
  • I heard Yoda (at least his likeness) was based on Tsenzhab Serkong Rinpoche.
  • If it weren't for people possibly being able to use any organs and whatnot I'd prefer my body to rot in the woods somewhere. I'll have to be like a cat and just wander off when my time is almost at hand.
    in How to die Comment by David July 19
  • @Kerome said: @david wrote: If my next life won't be lived by this "me" then how is it different than seeing myself in somebody passing by on the street? That's a key point... in a way the best thing you can do is leav…
  • The only memories I have of past lives come in the form of dreams so I don't put a lot of stock in them. I won't be the same person as I am in this life and it's not the same as not being the same person as yesterday because I remember yesterday.…
  • @Frosty said: I am in a leadership course right now as the last part of an MBA. I have enjoyed this class immensely as it challenges us to think about our journey so far through life and challenges us to think about how those events have shaped u…
  • @vinlyn said: @David said: I especially think it's cute when people mistake Hotei for the Buddha and talk about rubbing his chubby belly for luck. I counter by comparing it to sitting on Jesus's lap at the mall asking him to b…
  • It's strange seeing the misconceptions people have about Buddhism. Buddhists don't want to come back? Clinging is no good so aversion is the goal? I don't remember any suttas saying that existence relies on desire but maybe they are misunderstand…
  • Kind of sounds like letting go would then be the effect of the cause, no? @upekka said: @lobster said: We must, not maybe, not tomorrow or when we are less busy (or dead) we must develop and cultivate some spare head spa…
  • Is change dukkha or is it how we perceive and deal with change? Just a thinkance that deserves no answer or even acknowledgment.
    in suffering/Dukka Comment by David July 8
  • I love that black holes power quasars. It just adds credence to perpetual motion and the idea that a true beginning is impossible. In turn, a true ending is also impossible. Nothing is wasted. In regards to retrocausality, I think it would jus…
  • For me it means a few things rolled into one. Acceptance that there will be transformation and acceptance that we can affect transformation for good or ill.
  • @Kerome said: I don't think 'appreciating what you have more' was exactly what the dharma is getting at with a suggested meditation on impermanence. If you do that, aren't you just feeding the flames of clinging? I don't think so because …
    in One less time Comment by David June 29
  • What's there to be skeptical about? An all-knowing deity tempted a couple he made with fruit he knew they would eat and punished them for it. Seems pretty legit.
    in Adam and Eve Comment by David June 26
  • Getting to the core of the question, why does it matter?
  • Yeah, I've always figured the Buddha was agnostic. It's good not to have too many beliefs.
  • I see a lot of words being put in people's mouths here. Who said they needed psychedelic drugs? Who is condoning, justifying or suggesting psychedelics? I see people saying that ironically, psychedelics turned them onto the dharma and getting at…