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  • @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 said: This is why concepts like mett…
    in Sankhara Comment by techie October 11
  • This is why concepts like metta are silly and illogical, if we examine them within the context of samkhara or DO.
    in Sankhara Comment by techie October 10
  • Another point that I suspect many are missing. For many people - by no means all - having children is just instinctive. Not surprising because it originally started out as a biological imperative. Survive and reproduce, that was all the species e…
  • @Kerome said: It’s an interesting contrast with His Holiness the Dalai Lama’s view that one should stay as whatever religion one has roots in, but to try and be a better embodiment of that religion... so it’s not necessary to change from being a …
  • To me it is not just about overpopulation. Even if the population is low, I would still wonder why people want to bring children into his sad, violent world. As buddhists, we accept dukkha. And yet we want children to go through this dukkha?
  • @Nirvana said: Nobody can hate country music that much ... (I'll be in the naughty corner if anyone needs me ...) Not as nasty as the thought I had: "What happens in Las Vegas stays in Las Vegas" might not be the best Las…
  • @Mingle said: I hope so. How would I delete Miley Cyrus and Justin Bieber? There is no Miley Cyrus or Justin Bieber.
  • @SpinyNorman said: @techie said:> Members of an alien race? Maybe they invented all this to have fun, just like we've invented computer games to have fun. I imagine space aliens would have more interesting things to do. …
  • @NB1100 said: Hello all, Just a short question. It's said that if someone teaches wrong view to other people that person will be reborn in avici hell. The question is, what does "teaches wrong view" mean? What this REALLY means is:…
  • @SpinyNorman said: @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 think if you ar…
  • 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.
  • @David said: @techie said: @David said: @techie said: Just adding to this ... If this theory is true, then * we don't have a self per se (…
  • @seeker242 said: @Kerome said: Things like the cosmology, deva's, the many colourful bodhisattvas, the Jataka tales, all have strong aspects of the poetic and mythic. Does it appeal to you? Yes, because I don't conside…
  • @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 no core identity) * rebirth is the new…
  • 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 * order or dharma in this w…
  • @federica said: Hold on a moment here.... Why would science have anything to do with the Role of the Poetic-Mythic in Buddhism? That's like comparing Einstein's Theory of Relativity to Shakespeare's Sonnet 18 .... The dalai lama…
  • @David said: @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…
  • @David said: @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. Yo…
  • I think it's better not to think of karma at all. It is often complex and confusing. Some people may believe that eating animals creates bad karma. Fine. What's the solution? Are we gonna ban the meat industry? Then millions will lose their jobs,…
  • @Kerome said: @SpinyNorman It's debateable whether Right Effort is all you need when mental illness is considered though. Ultimately things like mindful insight can lead you to the causes, but in the meantime you may need help from a therapist, m…
  • @Kerome said: I've just provided an alternate viewpoint, it seemed a good discussion, and I didn't see any posts of people taking exception. I've gone over my past posts, I don't see anything particularly pushy? Lots of "I feel", "I think"…
  • @person said: Kurzgesagt just posted a video on the topic. My main disagreement is with condition 1. Even if the behaviors of consciousness could be perfectly simulated, without a physical brain would it would there be any individual …
  • @mindatrisk said: @federica said: Solitary confinement is used as a punishment in gaols and long-term High-security prisons. A self-imposed confinement may be beneficial to you, in many ways (as it's out of personal choice) but…
  • @federica said: @Shoshin said:....We are all a little weird.... some more weirder than others... You can't have 'more weirder'. You can have 'more weird'. You can have 'weirder'. But you can' use the term 'more…
  • Just curious. The world has changed since various religions were first invented. Science has discovered new things, based on which all religions have had to make adjustments. Buddhism has to change a few things based on neuroscience, Xtianity has…
  • @SpinyNorman said: I used to have a "thing" with Tara, I must look her up again. Me too. But I think we have two very different Taras in mind.
  • @person said: To me this smacks of a technologists version of a creation myth. It fills in a gap in our understanding of the origins of the universe. Regarding specifics I think there is a fundamental flaw in the reasoning behind it. It's …
  • We are conditioned to believe that we are this or that. Robots can also be programmed to believe it is this or that - and therefore some sort of subjectivity would then exist.
  • Video games are the future of humanity. Just a few decades ago, we used to have very basic games - laughable by today's standards. Now we even have virtual reality. Soon we may have games which are almost as real as this world. Holograms can help us…
  • @David said: @techie said: @David said: @techie said: If Buddhism teaches universal consciousness (it doesn't), then it wouldn't be Buddhism anymore. It'd be Hinduism. …
  • @David said: @techie said: If Buddhism teaches universal consciousness (it doesn't), then it wouldn't be Buddhism anymore. It'd be Hinduism. I think you are trying to change the goal posts. You claimed that Buddhism d…
  • @karasti said: does a lack of mention automatically mean a denial? There was probably no mention of AIDS, or the internet, either, but that shouldn't mean Buddhism or Buddha denied them. And actually in some areas of Buddhism there is a lo…
  • If Buddhism teaches universal consciousness (it doesn't), then it wouldn't be Buddhism anymore. It'd be Hinduism.
  • @David said: @techie said: @David said: @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…
  • @vinlyn said: @Kerome said: . Buddhism denies Brahman/universal consciousness. Just saying. "Buddhism denies..." What do you mean by that? There is no mention of Brahman or universal consc…
  • @David said: @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? Hinduism…
  • @Shoshin said: @techie said: It's funny how nobody boldly says, I am an atheist. There is always a but. I don't believe in Abrahamic gods but wait, I believe in something else. I believe in nature. I believe in universal force. I be…
  • @karasti said: @techie that was part of my earlier point, that people hesitate to even say they are atheist because along with that comes the implication that you believe in "nothing" which isn't even really possible. Even if you believe we are n…
  • @Bunks said: @techie said: It's funny how nobody boldly says, I am an atheist. Pffff...you want to come and have dinner with my ex wife and father some time. Two more anti religious out spoken atheists you'll never mee…
  • It's funny how nobody boldly says, I am an atheist. There is always a but. I don't believe in Abrahamic gods but wait, I believe in something else. I believe in nature. I believe in universal force. I believe in this or that. In other words, nobody …
  • @Tosh said: I'm halfway through a Stephen Ambrose WW2 history book and this thread reminds me of a bit I've just read. One atheist soldier in a foxhole spent the night with a Catholic soldier, mortars falling all around them, and the Catholic so…
  • @seeker242 said: “If there is no solution to the problem then don't waste time worrying about it. If there is a solution to the problem then don't waste time worrying about it.” ― Dalai Lama There is no switch inside, which you can…
  • @vinlyn said: @techie said: @vinlyn said: ** In Buddhism don't we believe that what happens to us is mostly due to what we do**? So let's put the responsibility for these specific murders on the people who commi…
  • @vinlyn said: ** In Buddhism don't we believe that what happens to us is mostly due to what we do**? So let's put the responsibility for these specific murders on the people who committed these murders. No, that's a dangerous view. Peopl…
  • @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…