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Jason · God Emperor · Moderator

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  • I like the Conjuring series. The first and third Blair Witch, too.
  • @SpinyNorman said: @karasti said: I think a couple extra moderators would be good. I agree. I think you would make a good moderator here actually. As do I.
  • I accidentally started listening to Taylor Swift and now I'm hooked. >:(
  • I believe it's referring to self-identification, a process by which the sense of 'I am' is born in relation to our experience, conditioned by, and further conditioning, craving and clinging. It's saying that using a toothbrush and calling it by its …
  • My new favourite thing.
  • I hate your dumb face. Congratulations, my friend.
  • Check out Jayasaro Bhikkhu's On Love.
  • Realizing the Dao is probably similar to realizing the Dhamma. The only issue is, we don't start out with that knowledge because it's obscured by what Buddhism calls defilements. Being content and accepting things as they are is good from a certain …
  • @techie said: @David said: @mindatrisk said: @David said: Buddhism gives the middle finger to evolution? The Buddhist process would be impossible without evolution, wo…
  • The Brothers Karamazov is my favourite. Demons is my second. Crime and Punishment is third.
    in Roots Comment by Jason October 2017
  • He's my favourite author, but 19th century, Russian literature isn't for everyone. Some find it tedious and boring.
    in Roots Comment by Jason October 2017
  • I've been listening to Gary Numan's latest album, Savage: Songs From A Broken World, a lot lately. I find it both amazing and, sadly, the perfect soundtrack to everything that's going on in the world right now. In 1916, Rosa Luxemburg wrote, "Bou…
  • I think that Buddhism ultimately encourages us to be non-judgmental rather judgmental in the pursuit of happiness, just as I think Jesus does in Mt 7:1-5. But that doesn't mean we shouldn't use our discernment when trying to achieve that goal in the…
  • * Internationalism. * My Buddhist opinion is that internationalism is compatible with, and can be an achieved through the practice and understand of, the four brahmaviharas and the interconnectedness/interdependence of all things.
  • @Waked said: @Jason said: Personally, I think that ignoring and/or giving a platform to fascists and their brand of bigotry is dangerous because it just allows it to fester and spread and potentially gain popular support, as i…
  • @FairyFeller said: Some of my Christian friends are giving up bad and not so bad habits for Lent and I was wondering if there was a Buddhist equivalent. One way I could offer my support with signing into the God business and the whole sackcloth a…
  • @Deformed said: @Jason said: @JaySon said: I like to hear both sides. But I don't want to catch a fist. I think both sides are imperfectly human. Though I lean toward Libertarian ideals. …
  • @JaySon said: The first amendment entitles everyone to free speech. Yet there is no amendment that entitles anyone to freedom of violence against those who disagree with you. (Of course some countries believe in censorship) …
  • @JaySon said: I like to hear both sides. But I don't want to catch a fist. I think both sides are imperfectly human. Though I lean toward Libertarian ideals. Meaning... You can live however you want as long as you don't harm anyone …
  • You make yourself a Buddhist with your intention to follow the eightfold path. Whether or not you wish to call yourself one is up to you.
  • @Dhammika said: Thought for the day after reading too much of the disturbing news of the day: "Since we don't identify our self with our feelings, they pass quietly away, leaving us at peace." ~Bhante Gunaratana Or an alter…
  • @JaySon said: He was the dragon in the BBC show Merlin, wasn't he? YES!!!
  • Been listening to a lot of industrial lately, like Dead Animal Assembly Plant. (P.S., For those who know me, I make a cameo in the video between 1:54 and 2:04.)
  • Uncertain = you can't grasp and expect stability/permanence/happiness.
  • @Mingle said: Not gonna write loads of paragraphs here. Just really wanna know more about karma. I have recently become vegetarian, do you believe that will have any effect on it? I'm not completely sold on the whole thing though, Is it lo…
  • @JaySon said: Without starting a heated debate... is this the universal Buddhist view on abortion? http://www.buddhisma2z.com/content.php?id=3 I wouldn't say it's universal, but it's certainly a very common POV throughout Buddhism.…
    in Abortion Comment by Jason January 2017
  • In Buddhism, intent is very important. In MN 56, for example, the Buddha makes the point that intentional actions are more blameworthy than unintentional one. While one should always try to be mindful of what one is doing, accidents happen and aren'…
  • @Kaydeekay said: Hello everyone, I think a lot about death, or about suffering from ill health and the worried that is tied into that. I am trying to come to terms with it though, does anyone have any advice on how to do that ? Thank you! …
  • @federica said: @LOTUS69 said: "Buddha never said the individual does not exist. He said there is no abiding self which is different." I agree. Buddha didn't say a lot of things people claim he said, like we have no etern…
  • I do think that depression is a dimension of human behaviour; and it all really depends on how you define the term 'mental illness,' which in turn depends upon the baseline you take as being 'healthy.' That said, just because something is essentiall…
  • Something in between, I suppose. I just don't know, but I find all the alternatives equally intriguing and plausible based upon what we know of the universe and how it works and the assumptions we make about where consciousness fits into that equati…
  • I'm really not sure anymore. But when I used to think about such matters a lot, I started to think that perhaps what we call mind and matter are ultimately groups or structures of events arising from a substance that's neither mental nor material, b…
  • One of my favourite hometown bands.
  • In the Pali Canon, the basis for the idea of 'monkey mind' can found in suttas such as SN 12.61 and Sn 4.4, the imagery being that the mind, like a monkey, swings from one branch to another, never resting or staying the same. Depending on the contex…
  • @federica said: Some people really need to get a life. There is a discussion on Facebook about round pizzas, in square boxes being cut into triangles. there are 155+ comments - and counting! - about whether the triangles are really triangles, or…
  • @Bunks said: So I was meditating on dependent arising and the emptiness (lack of inherent existence) of the I this morning and I wondered if the I we percieve as being solid and existing independently is a thought, a feeling or perhaps both? …
    in The "I" Comment by Jason August 2016
  • The general understanding of rebirth from the Buddhist POV is that all sentient beings have the potential to be born again in various states of existence. One of those is as a human being. Another is in the animal realm. So yes, the potential is the…
  • @person said: From what I understand of Chandrakirti he's a proponent of Nagarjuna's four fold negation. So I wonder if he might also say that though words are not innately connected to their objects they are also not unrelated, and then both…
  • There's definitely a communal aspects to the Dhamma, and especially the structure of the Buddha's monastic community, which I think ultimately stems from the cultivation and practical application of the four brahma-viharas. There's a similar (and…
  • @federica said: @Jason said: MN 61. Simple, yet infinitely valuable in my experience. Welcome back. You have been sorely missed. Thanks. I've been lurking, but not much posting.
  • The ways we approach language can have a great deal of influence on our perceptions of the world, I think; and I'm interested in the ways philosophy approaches this question, especially the similarities between Western and Eastern philosophy. In …
  • I tend to view anger as an aggressive response to dukkha. It's the feeling of not wanting something to be the way that it is, whether it's a mental state or some external situation that we dislike. I think it originates out of our fight or flight re…
  • @IchLiebte said: @Jason said: I'm currently rereading The Brothers Karamazov. One of my favourite books. Who's your favourite character? I usually don't like holy-holy-holy characters, but Alyosha is just so great. …