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  • I laughed at the idea of turning thirty being an issue right up till the day before my thirtieth birthday. Suddenly, it became a big deal. So I got myself a sandwich board, took it to the busiest corner in Fairbanks, Alaska, put it on after I had …
    in Turning 30 Comment by yagr October 12
  • @Kerome said: Ahh 30... I remember being that young! I don't - too long ago.
    in Turning 30 Comment by yagr October 12
  • @silver said: What I read about your friend/acquaintance, @Yagr, is that his dad was on FBI most wanted at some point. Did you know his dad, too? No, and I only knew him through the poker tables. Knew his name, he knew mine - friend…
  • @karasti said: Don't be hard on yourself thinking you should have known something, @yagr. Even those closest to him didn't know. nods It's been years since I've seen him, and that's a lot of time to change. We used to play poker together…
  • Some of my favorite things suck...PM me if you need an address to send me a vacuum cleaner. On a more serious note, I often find myself in staunch disagreement with folks who say that you can't love someone you only know online. There are people…
  • I've searched in vain since this thread appeared, trying to find a story I thought might be germane to the conversation, with no luck. Perhaps someone can give me some direction to find it if I describe it accurately and they have it handy... It…
  • I prefer a vegetarian diet but couldn't, in good conscience, continue to do so. Since moving back to the reservation the community center sporadically gets large quantities of fish and/or meat (salmon for instance, elk, moose and deer both from hun…
  • @IronRabbit said: I am half full. I am half empty. I have twice as much glass as I need to. I think this is piss.
    in Funny Stuff Comment by yagr September 2
  • @Shoshin said: Even the agnostic can't just sit on the fence....they have to choose ... Um Agnostic-Theist ? Or Agnostic-Atheist ? .. I found that the article simply reinforced my reluctance to choose in order to communicate which…
  • @SpinyNorman said: What I struggle to understand is why people with some kind of God belief choose to explore Buddhism, which is essentially a non-theist tradition. Wouldn't Hinduism be a more obvious choice? I think it is because any ot…
  • I will let someone far more knowledgeable than I answer the question - but I did want to welcome you to the forum.
    in PLEASE HELP Comment by yagr August 30
  • This is a real question: Does studying the sutra's work? I rather think it is like 'not trying to think of a pink elephant'. The relaxed mind absorbs differently. Thank you for the question @Kannon.
  • @karasti said: I know a lot of people who are happy to say they believe in no God or gods at all. But they hesitate with atheist because so many assume that means you are a cold person who believes in nothing, which isn't the truth for most peopl…
  • I think that peace is impermanent for us mere mortals. I've faced what I believed was 'the end' many times, in fact, my heart has stopped at least four times. Sometimes I've caught myself thinking, 'This is a good day to die' with gratitude and se…
  • @Mingle said: I am, whether there is a god or isn't I can't possibly know. You could call that agnostic but would that make me agnostic towards fairies and unicorns too? No. Fairies and unicorns definitely exist. Damn heretics...
  • Atheism is the belief that there is no God or gods. Neat little definition. The definition of God or gods is significantly less neat. If and when I get a clean definition of God or gods I may be able to answer the question.
  • Since there is not a non-compete clause in your contract, it seems that the only issue is your feelings about the matter. Where do those feelings (that it is 'wrong') come from? Sometimes my feelings/intuition is spot on. Sometimes they are the…
  • @vinlyn said: Okay, this is just me. Others will probably disagree. Just you is just fine. I concluded long ago that if no one disagrees with me, I am almost certainly wrong. On a very personal level, my sign…
  • @grackle said: @yagr. Are you certain that your ultimatum was not simply the result of very understandable frustration? Yes. It seems that I have an unlimited capacity for frustration. This choice I made to take this position was very d…
  • @vinlyn said: > Come on now. When you have to fire someone there is no gentle and nice. I don't know about this. I realize that when most people say something to the effect of, "I don't know about that", they mean, "I disagree…
  • @Shoshin said: I often wonder what it was that was lacking in one's old religious belief system that drove one to seek out the Buddha Dharma ... There were a number of factors. I was born into a Catholic universe although consistency…
    in Why Buddhism ? Comment by yagr August 21
  • Death...piece of cake. Life...are you ready?
    in Death Comment by yagr August 12
  • While we are on the subject...who gets to choose how much thinking is normal? Been told I over-think things all the time. Must admit, usually told to me by people who I believe, under-think. I then realize that I have a subjective opinion of wh…
  • @karasti said: So when you said now that we know, we can address the problem, I'm curious what you have in mind? How do you address it? As a country, we thought we had in the past, but it only resulted in pushing those people down until condition…
  • There are some good things about the Trump presidency. Yeah, that's right - I just said that. There are some very ugly things about this country that for the most part are covered up, ignored, and marginalized. They are now front and center. …
  • Hi federica! Participants for the ACE test were recruited between 1995 and 1997, certainly recently enough in my estimation to acknowledge female abusers. Here's a link to the questions: http://kindredmedia.org/2015/03/whats-your-ace-adverse-chi…
  • @karasti said: I read a great article yesterday on addiction, and a doctor who works with the center for addiction studies and is treating the link between addictions of all sorts (including sex, internet, food and of course drugs and alcohol…
  • @person said: **Are the teachings of Buddha and the way they've been passed down 100%... 99% true? **Or should we apply scientific skepticism to the teachings (especially cosmological teachings) and say that they are untested hypotheses? …
  • @karasti said: If it takes a lay person 500 lifetimes, how many does it take a monk? And isn't it safe >to say that a monk probably isn't a monk all those lifetimes, just as a layperson isn't >solely a layperson for 500 lifetimes? What if t…
  • @Kerome said: A job is about money, but what is the worst case? Living on the streets in ten years' >time? I have land that you can grow a garden on and a trailer you can live on if it comes to that. Find something else to worry abou…
  • My trauma therapist asked me to come up with three beings - a person, either real or imaginary (character from a tv show or from literature, etc), or animal that I would want in my corner as part of a team if I didn't feel safe. Ajahn Brahm was on …
  • @yagr said: * not so much in how we treat women and minorities, but how they treat and think of themselves. One more thing to add on this thought. I belong to two forums - this one and a mental health forum where I interact wi…
  • @karasti said: Yes, we still seem to have a problem with accepting in some circles that women can be leaders. I am writing, although these days most of that writing occurs in my head, about the characters in a story I shared here (The Ma…
  • Fortunately we have @federica to do some extreme vetting. (Can one be banned for comparing our illustrious mod with the Trump administration?)