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  • @vinlyn said: @techie said: If God himself suffered on the cross, why shouldn't you or the others? That would be explanation for the oft-repeated question, 'Why does God let innocent people, including children, suff…
  • @vinlyn said: Interesting question, Shoshin. Recently I reached the breaking point with Christianity, although for about 30 years I saw myself as a mix between Christian and Buddhist. But something happened in my personal life recently which re…
  • Normally when people use a certain number (such as 100 times or 500 times), they mean the path is extremely long and arduous. They are not talking math or probability. They're implying that enlightenment is not an overnight process. It is not a matt…
  • The spirit is willing but the flesh is weak. I think that about sums up my practice. Mindfulness, compassion, self-control - all these seem far away when 'normal life' seems too hard to handle.
  • Is it really possible to separate 'change' and our perception of it?
  • Thanks, @federica and @karasti, for your wonderful replies. Very informative. My problem is not going to sleep but getting up at around 3 am or so, sometimes 5 am. Then you can't go back to sleep, that sort of thing. I eat a well-balanced diet - …
    in Sleeping pills Comment by techie July 9
  • @Namada said: My brain hurts. What's the point of all your riddle posts Upekka? to really prove that wathever arises is suffering/Dukka In a way, he's right. Whatever arises is conditioned and therefore has the se…
    in suffering/Dukka Comment by techie July 7
  • @paulyso said: sorry lobster and damma dragon,my spelling is horrible,i am happy the moderator have been kind to overlook it. my browser is limited.cant produce capitals,paragraphs,or what not. I think this best explains karma.
  • @DhammaDragon said: @Shoshin said: "The most essential method which includes all other methods is to behold the Mind...The Mind is the root from which all things grow...If one can understand the Mind...Everything else is included !"…
  • One can reason that metta and agape are similar. However, the theological and philosophical roots are different. In eastern orthodox school, theosis and kenosis are two of the most important concepts. Agape is only seen within the context of these t…
  • @DhammaDragon said: I guess in view of the violent attacks which have taken place all over Europe in the past couple of years, @techie, it is no coincidence an anti-Muslim sentiment is on the rise. Before you jump into one of your brilliant c…
  • @dhammachick said: Not sure an article from January 2015 is the best source to back up your point. But while we're at it..... http://www.borehamwoodtimes.co.uk/news/15337524.Racist_yob_chants__Vote_Labour__get_the_Jews_out__at_polling_s…
  • @DhammaDragon said: European countries have very generously received immigration from Middle East countries, with benefits that not even natives enjoy, yet third generation passport bearers still feel like joining jihadist groups. We can't…
  • @Kerome said: @techie said: This is all tangential. You asked about terrorism, and I replied that terrorism is a reaction to draconian policies. It doesn't happen in a vacuum. If certain countries start wars, is it really surprising…
  • @pegembara said: @techie said: @pegembara said: @techie said: @Mingle said: Another tragedy. The third in three months (just in England) and because of wh…
  • @dhammachick said: @techie said: @DhammaDragon said: @dhammachick said: It doesn't matter if the majority are silent. I myself got attacked in the carpark of my local shopping centre las…
  • @DhammaDragon said: @dhammachick said: It doesn't matter if the majority are silent. I myself got attacked in the carpark of my local shopping centre last Thursday for nothing other than being a Jew shrugs My solution is to wear NO …
  • @pegembara said: @techie said: @Mingle said: Another tragedy. The third in three months (just in England) and because of what? My imaginary friend is better then yours. Fools. It's more compli…
  • I do not believe we can accept any religion in its entirety. Certain parts of it are the result of primitive, conservative cultures prevalent at that historical stage. The attitude toward drugs and sex, especially - it has more to do with the conser…
  • @Traveller said: Speaking as someone who has had more drink and drugs than most people have had hot dinners, I'll paraphrase @SpinyNorman's signature here, they are all a load of old bollocks, I'd rather have a peaceful mind than a drug hit these…
  • @lobster said: I'll have what he's having ... It may be illegal in your country.
  • @Mingle said: Another tragedy. The third in three months (just in England) and because of what? My imaginary friend is better then yours. Fools. It's more complicated than that. Terrorism is not about religion; it's about politics. Terror…
  • @genkaku said: A question hovering in my mind as I fiddle around the shallow end of the Artificial Intelligence pool is this: If everything were perfect, how interesting could it be? Isn't failure and flaw one of humanity's most enriched products…
  • @SpinyNorman said: @seeker242 said: @Dakini said: @SpinyNorman said: That sounds rather like Atman, true self, something "beneath" the aggregates. …
  • @chrispche said: Indeed! Well Psychedelics for me was that raft. I would never have encountered Buddhism without them. As I said, I no longer take any drug including Alcohol. I simply don't need any of it. Meditation has filled that slot. All I'm…
  • Social morality is certainly a product of evolution. Buddha was against it. There is another kind of morality born of intuition - you just know what's right and what's wrong (not because society says so). This is a different thing altogether.
  • @Hozan said: @Bunks said: The Tibetan's talk about rebirth ad nauseam. The Theravadan's mention it too. However, in my brief dalliance in to the Zen world, it wasn't really mentioned? Where do the Ze…
  • @Shoshin said: @Bunks said: Thanks @Shoshin - I love it when he says "Just as the flame is the conversion of wax into gas, so you and I are the conversion of air, and water, and light, and beef steak, and milk …
  • @federica said: I'm really not entirely certain what they're trying to achieve here, for any specific 'cause' they might harbour support for; I mean, the immediate effect is chaos, injury, death and total mayhem, destruction and disruption. That'…
    in MANCHESTER Comment by techie May 24
  • There is no need to introduce karma, sin, or any other concept to understanding why anyone, including children, would suffer. Dhukka is in the very nature of life. Accept that and find peace.
  • I think we should also have a 'Fake Buddha quotes' day.
    in Wesak/Vesak Comment by techie May 11
  • @karasti said: Bridging gaps is a start. One cannot go from "you are my enemy because you are different" to love, light and perfection overnight. Recognizing other religions as valid is a huge step for the Church. This pope is different f…
  • @nirvana7stotram said: First you need to understand what is mind. A mind is an accumulation of data that you have stored consciously or unconsciously. You like it or not all will be there. It's like a recycle bin. It is an important thing. Cu…
  • Do most Buddhists then believe that happiness is not a positive state? That it is the absence of pain, ataraxia, a la Epicurus? Cuz that would be fascinating.
  • Just for clarification. I meant inner chatter, not making small talk with other people.
  • Can there ever be freedom as long as we're subject to the body?
  • @genkaku said: I am a creationist: I believe man created god. Two-somes like this always leave someone without a resting place. Does it take two to tango? It most certainly does not. If man creates god, how is that any diff…
  • @karasti said: Yes, I am quite aware of his drone strike history. Which is why I said "almost". I most certainly did not agree with all of Obama's policies. But I also leave room to understand that I don't have a clue what happens when a person s…
    in Trump Comment by techie April 10
  • @karasti said: Here, many of the people who have been cautiously approving of Trump's action in Syria are adamant Trump opposers in every other way, including Syrian refugees who absolutely fear and hate him for his immigration policies but at le…
    in Trump Comment by techie April 10
  • @federica said: That's not how it came across at all. It's not a question of right or wrong, or even, if you like, trying to reconcile one with the other. It's more a case of respecting the individual viewpoints and seeing the similarities…
  • @karasti said: It's kind of funny to note how he's doing a good job pushing away both sides right now. All of his policies are awful to liberals. But a lot of his fans are really mad about his bombing Syria. Not because they care about Syria, but…
    in Trump Comment by techie April 9
  • @karasti said: Is there really a right or wrong with this, @techie? I think holding staunch views of one religion versus another and an insistence that one is right over the other is the cause of a large portion of the world's problems. It's how …
  • @federica said: @Shoshin said: IMHO when it comes to Buddhism & Christianity ....Never the twain shall meet They are worlds apart..... That tells me that you have insufficient knowledge of either. If HHDL, …