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Kerome · Did I fall in the forest? · Veteran

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  • I rather suspect none of the monks can fly, it's only some of them are very good at imagining that they are flying Or perhaps that is just the sceptical scientist in me talking.
    in The Sixth Sense Comment by Kerome 9:58AM
  • The thing is fasting for a long time has not been fashionable. Doctors as a group have been advocating a "healthy", regular food supply, and have even frowned on things such as the Paleo natural diet. So it's interesting to see them come around to a…
  • Well fasting apparently is good for you... http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/science/science-news/11683736/Five-day-fasting-diet-slows-down-ageing-and-may-add-years-to-life.html
  • Very few people take referrals to anyone on matters of opinion, and most don't educate themselves sufficiently. Even when we do, most mature people view new information with scepticism. That is why we need professional persuaders - educators and the…
  • My take is that correcting fact is something that can and should be done by anyone who has acquired the necessary knowledge. Correcting opinion is a question of applying wisdom and insight, and is often best left to the professional educator or t…
  • @federica said: Please appreciate that simply because you are averse to Biblical teaching, there is still a world of learning therein. Well, your mileage may vary. The problem I have with most biblical learning is not the wisdom, of whic…
  • I find it hard to believe that "those who continue to get rich" don't realise that beyond a decent house and a holiday every year, there isn't that much to spend the money on... until you make enough to retire, and at that point you might as well be…
  • The main problem I've had with visualisations is that they seem to last a very short time... I call to mind a certain image, and it fades over the course of about 3-5 seconds. So to visualise a single image and keep it in mind for the period of time…
  • Hmm well, soon coming to a burger chain near you... http://bigthink.com/ideafeed/answering-how-a-sausage-gets-made-will-be-more-complicated-in-2020 The upside is, there will no longer be any killing of conscious beings involved.
  • It may be advancement of our understanding of animals, but not of our understanding of enlightenment. The person who understood that best was Siddhartha Gautama, and if in the sutra's it says "only in a human life is there a chance of enlightenment"…
  • I think a great strength of Buddhism is its diversity - online you can choose to learn from people like Ajahn Chah of the Thai Forest tradition, or a modern take on Zen from Thich Nhat Hanh, or a more traditional Tibetan Buddhism from the Dalai Lama…
  • @karasti said: Are we sure Buddha had everything right though? I mean, EVERYTHING? His time was so much different, their level of understanding of animals and other areas of science. What about service dogs? Are they not working on Karma to a gre…
  • He's from the Dagpo Rinpoche's school, so that's Gelug Tibetan Buddhist.
  • Most of the time I attend a class with a Dutch monk, which focuses on studying a text. They're not truly dharma talks, they are an attempt to get a bird's eye view of the dharma and all the things in it. Most of the real dharma talks I've attended h…
  • Why do people get defensive? Because religion is usually held to be something that should be uplifting and good for you, so a religion which doesn't view everything as sweetness and light and wisdom might be seen as being out-of-touch. I think it…
  • The existence of any corner is purely a device of the ego (and the delusion of self)... in short I have no corner.
  • Well there you go... it seems they can reason a bit, contrary to ancient philosophy. On a related note: Ball-rolling bees reveal complex learning
  • @Fosdick said: What is a thought? When does an emergent idea become a thought? Is it at the moment that the idea is translated into abstract language, into human speech? Or are idea and thought synonymous? This goes into the realm o…
  • @Fosdick said: @Kerome said: Still I think both dogs and cats have a pretty enlightened attitude towards enjoying life, although they can't truly be enlightened because they don't have a mind... How do you define mind …
  • Well I was attacked by a wild seagull today. I was about to take a bite out of my pickled herring on a bun when it just lands on top of my head and swishes away with my gherkin garnish. The bare-faced cheek! It quite put me off my lunch... Still …
  • Interesting update on The Verge http://www.theverge.com/2017/2/22/14700460/california-water-system-infrastructure-dams-oroville-don-pedro-flooding-drought
  • Gotten about a third of the way through Shunryu Suzuki's Zen Mind, Beginner's Mind. Enjoying it, it's a very good way to start investigating Zen in a practical way.
  • @smudge I admire the sentiment and your dedication to non-violence... hugs and metta to you
  • Hand mudra's is another thing I have found to have a significant influence on my meditation. Worth a try if you are looking at ways of varying your practice.
  • Fake news! No really @lobster I can totally understand using Trump as a meditation object, he calls to mind so many strange and contradictory ideas. But as a Lama? For connection to an ideal? Perhaps the ideal political spin doctor or idiot sav…
  • The nice thing about sci-fi is it challenges our concept of tomorrow... one can get stuck in a rut thinking that all one has to do tomorrow is chop wood and carry water, when we may be flying spaceships past Jupiter. What I would consider highlig…
  • I think a good approach would be to try it, and see if it disturbs your practice. Read a sci-fi book, and test to see if your practice of Buddhism is lessened in some way. Do you find that the influx of new ideas lessens your focus on the dharma? Do…
  • I just saw dr strange, I thought it was a bit of a missed opportunity to go deeper into the links of magic and enlightenment... in the east there is a definite thought stream that the two are not separate.
  • Recently I have watched... The Lego Movie - silly but had its moments King of Kings - gotta love a bit of Jesus Ex Machina - interesting story about the genesis of AI The Hobbit 2 - fun blockbuster mix of action, adventure and storytelling Th…
  • Just to be clear: chopping wood and carrying water is not guaranteed to get you enlightened.
  • "It is necessary to the happiness of man that he be mentally faithful to himself. Infidelity does not consist in believing, or in disbelieving, it consists in professing to believe what one does not believe." Thomas Paine, The Age of Reason, 1794
  • It's a great movie and has a nice subplot about dams and waterways in California... quite historic too.
  • Love this song by Rag'n'bone Man, so real and a great counterpoint to the endless parade of bubblegum pop
  • As a counterpoint, let's not forget to watch our suffering. Lots of people try to stay upbeat about their lives by taking positive viewpoints on things, and they sweep their suffering under the carpet. If we are honest about it most lives are a mixt…
  • Time to watch Chinatown again soon, I'm thinking...
  • Just don't try to do both at the same time... Honestly I find insight meditation more useful - then whatever comes, comes in a flash. Not much thinking involved, at least not rationally, until afterwards.
  • "I have always had this view about education: we pay attention to brain development, but the development of warmheartedness we take for granted" The Dalai Lama
  • You have inspired me to listen to Miles Davis' Kind of Blue, the Jazz album closest to hand on my iPhone...
  • In a mother’s womb were two babies. One asked the other: “Do you believe in life after delivery?” The other replied, “Why, of course. There has to be something after delivery. Maybe we are here to prepare ourselves for what we will be later.” “Non…
  • Concern should drive us into action and not into a depression. No man is free who cannot control himself. Pythagoras Strength of mind rests in sobriety; for this keep your reason unclouded by passion. Pythagoras
  • That is probably why we don't know about past lives @karasti ... it's the questions of this life that we should focus on, not necessarily our past lives. Perhaps it is only something that should be revealed to advanced practitioners.
  • @Shoshin said: Nowadays I no longer have to focus, I just sit and the day takes care of itself no matter what's on the agenda... go with the flow as it unfolds .... That's kind of how I feel... I'm between jobs, so I have a lot of tim…
  • @Deformed said: Giving a voice to all, no matter what they espouse, forces competition of ideas on their merits. It's how to move beyond primitive instincts of just shutting people up through force. Except that the latest election see…
  • I quite like the girl who sings this, Dua Lipa... brave lady who left her family in the balkans and came to London aged 15, working as a waitress until she made it in music.
  • @techie said: @Bunks said: If science proved that the Blessed ones teachings on rebirth and the results of karma were true I.e. past and future lives were true and were determined by our karma, would you actually change your behavio…