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  • Just may have to sign up for that one.
  • @mindatrisk said: @David said: Buddhism gives the middle finger to evolution? The Buddhist process would be impossible without evolution, wouldn't it? I suppose it's an irony of existence, aye? Evolution tur…
  • Buddhism gives the middle finger to evolution? The Buddhist process would be impossible without evolution, wouldn't it?
  • I heard there was a psychologists march to protest his presidency in NY yesterday. Today, Hustler mogul Larry Flynt took out an ad in the Washington Post offering $1 000 000 to anybody with information leading to Trumps impeachment. Such a dar…
  • @Linc said: @David said: I can't tell if your statements are honest ones or if you're just here to troll. In the future, I ask you to keep such pontification to yourself or share them with myself or a moderator instead…
    in Sankhara Comment by David October 12
  • @seeker242 said: Is meditation the brain's engraving tool, carving out new and improved neuropathways ? Yes! Another study, one of many, just came out the other day validating that idea...again! What was interesting was t…
    in Sankhara Comment by David October 12
  • @karasti said: When I've had such discussions with others, I look at it as an open door to a potentially interesting discussion, so I try not too slam the door in their face using my beliefs vs theirs. I might not agree with their conclusion, but…
  • Ok then let's try this again giving the benefit of the doubt. @techie said: Logical corollary of DO/samkhara, isn't it? Absolutely not. Everything we know or feel is put together by various factors. Nothing exists independentl…
    in Sankhara Comment by David October 11
  • @SpinyNorman said: @David said: @techie said: @David said: I keep seeing attaching to thoughts the same as reaching for a smoke during a nic fit and it seems to be working. …
    in Sankhara Comment by David October 11
  • @techie said: @David said: I keep seeing attaching to thoughts the same as reaching for a smoke during a nic fit and it seems to be working. Identifying with thoughts is an addiction I think. @techie sai…
    in Sankhara Comment by David October 11
  • I keep seeing attaching to thoughts the same as reaching for a smoke during a nic fit and it seems to be working. Identifying with thoughts is an addiction I think. @techie said: This is why concepts like metta are silly and illogical, i…
    in Sankhara Comment by David October 10
  • @mindatrisk said: @David said: Personally, I tried to get into the I Ching years ago but it just didn't sit with me too well. That doesn't mean it isn't a very useful tool for someone that does get it. Can I recommend …
  • Personally, I tried to get into the I Ching years ago but it just didn't sit with me too well. That doesn't mean it isn't a very useful tool for someone that does get it.
  • It is worthy to note here as well that the I Ching is not exclusively Taoist nor does Taoist practice necessarily incorporate usage of the I Ching.
  • @Snakeskin said: @David said: I think we can side step these problems by recognizing possibilities while not clinging to views. The Buddhist process doesn't seem to depend on the ribbons and bows of belief but the actual …
  • Perhaps just to make himself more clear Buddha should have hung from that tree instead of walking away with a smile to teach others the dharma. Yes, that's sarcasm.
  • @federica said: While I personally find that both @Kerome and @David put forward valid points, analysis of the comments illustrates the 'selfish' attitude I spoke of. Both comments are thinking subjectively, and of their own immediate environm…
  • I don't agree at all. If we are responsible and caring it is our duty to bring up responsible and caring children. Otherwise only idiots will have kids. Now if we don't give a rats ass about the world then no, it's better not to have kids.
  • @federica said: I think it's a bit like differentiating between theory and Theory, faith and Faith and truth and Truth. You can have a belief, which is objective, but a Belief is subjective. If that's any kind of help at all. I d…
  • Interesting @Snakeskin I have a few "could be" beliefs but I think having faith in any one would make it harder to let go of them if they're wrong. In a way I feel having faith in metaphysical type beliefs limits my options. Also, the belief t…
  • If we don't have faith in beliefs are they really beliefs? Just because something makes the most sense going by the information we do have is no reason to make a belief out of it... is it? (Asking for a friend)
  • @Kerome said: Some interesting discussion. I like @Snakeskin's idea that no ultimate conclusion should be drawn about cosmology until you can test the teaching, it firmed up some unformed thinking in the back of my mind too. It makes sens…
  • @techie said: Some would say mindfulness is just a placebo in that it makes you feel better without actually changing anything. Not saying it's a correct view. Just food for thought. I don't mean to keep counter-pointing your posts but be…
  • Mindfulness does help to keep us grounded in the present moment but that's just a part of being ever more aware. Benefits also include a greater sense of compassion, a calmer mind and more skillful activity all around. Skillful awareness.
  • @techie said: @David said: @techie said: @David said: @techie said: Just adding to this ... If this theory is true, then …
  • @techie said: @David said: @techie said: Just adding to this ... If this theory is true, then * we don't have a self per se (as new programs are being added and so there is n…
  • @lobster said: For me, not only does the deva exist, but so does every different version of said deva ever conceived. I don't go as far as to believe it to be true but it makes the most sense to me so I treat it as if it were so. …
  • @techie said: Just adding to this ... If this theory is true, then * we don't have a self per se (as new programs are being added and so there is no core identity) * rebirth is the new and improved version of the software …
  • @Snakeskin said: I thought this pruned-as-best-I-could snippet from the Canki Sutta relevant. In it the Buddha lays out a method culminating in the repetition of direct personal experience of "truth." In other suttas he boils this down to filteri…
  • That could be but still odd if it is because nobody was arguing that position. It seems to me the motive is a bit more aggressive than that. It seems like he is trying to show Theravada superiority by misrepresenting Mahayana texts. I'm hoping…
  • What H.H. said was that Buddhism would adapt, not that he would choose science over Buddhism. Two very different statements.
  • No idea what you're trying to get at @techie. Nobody has suggested sunyata is something that is aware. Plus, you do know Buddhism also originated in India, right? Just brutal.
  • I'd tend to agree. Also, claims of exclusivity of truth are called such because they lack empirical evidence. Odd comment @techie.
  • Thanks @Lobster. My tips will likely sound cliche though. Keep returning to the task at hand like it's a breath during sitting meditation. If there's a lot of body movement with fairly routine action then it's fun to make a sort of Tai Chi form o…
  • My fiance and I have been talking about this for a few weeks. No matter what the problem, the solution keeps coming back to being more mindful. One thing it helps with is keeping in the present moment at work. Quite important as for my one job it…
  • @SpinyNorman said: @David said: You seem to be the only one confused so I'm good. Good luck with all that though. I'm not in the least bit confused on this topic. You are the only one that seems to have a probl…
  • I'm at work but I just googled sunyata as potential just for kicks and there's quite a few hits. I guess I'm not the only one seeing relevance of the term. I'll have to sift through them later and see if anything resonates.
  • Ok there, Buddha. I guess you missed my post the other day recommending Infinite Circle by Bernie Glassman which has one of the best explainatons of the Heart Sutra in my opinion. It has been demonstrated that you and I also differ in our inte…
  • You seem to be the only one confused so I'm good. Good luck with all that though.
  • @SpinyNorman said: @David said:> The Sanskrit syllable "ta" and the Tibetan syllable "nyi" don't mean anything in themselves. But when added to an adjective or noun, they convey a sense of possibility or open-endedness. So when Buddhi…
  • I'll give it a go from the Tibetan perspective as well. This one is perfect in my opinion because it points to the positivity in emptiness. I think this is important for anyone that thinks there is a literal nothing and no thing is real. Again th…
  • @federica said: @Kerome said: That's good advice. But I do think we should be clear about what form of Buddhism we stand for. Everyone here brings a unique view to the table, but we should talk about what we support and why, so that…
  • @Kerome said: When we choose what we connect with, what role does the poetic or mythic dimension have? Undoubtedly things with a strong poetic or mythic element to it are popular in film or books - look at the Lord of the Rings for example, or Sh…
  • Sunyata is still not nothing. "Emptiness does not mean non-existence. It means independent co-arising, impermanence and non-self. When we first hear about emptiness, we feel a little frightened. But after practicing for a while, we see things …
  • @vinlyn said: BTW, when you guys meditate, do you often find your feet going to sleep? That happens to me when I go to chanting/meditation at the local Thai temple. I doubt that will be covered in the book listed above. I don't s…
  • It wouldn't surprise me to learn that the universe is a bit digital by nature but it would take a leap of faith to believe that we are living in a computer program. I love Neil but that's just too much whatifing going on there.