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  • @person said: Salvation, as it is in Buddhism, is gained by abandoning all views, not by taking a view or some thing that saves. I would say that metaphysical views are progressively replaced by liberating insight into the transient and c…
  • @person said: @DairyLama said: It can, what is the uncomfortable truth here that we're so certain of? I suppose the truth that there is no evidence for the things we might want to believe in or assum…
  • @person said: Being dependently originated doesn't mean nonexistent as much as it doesn't mean existent. Yes, this is also in the suttas: "By & large, Kaccayana, this world is supported by (takes as its object) a polarity, that of …
  • @seeker242 said: Needless to say, this form of argumentation is difficult for a Western reader used to a completely different line of reasoning. However, Nagarjuna goes even one step further, basically arguing, “None of the above”, leavi…
  • @techie said: That's what I am asking. If everything, including the 'spirit' world, is empty (going by DO logic), then what exactly are we striving for? We are striving for liberating insight. As described in the opening verse of the H…
  • @person said: Having said that, I think you did manage to pin me down pretty well. I'm definitely a clutcher, mostly because I'm afraid and need the comfort. I feel like that too sometimes, and I have seen it in a lot of other people. It…
  • @David said: Nihilism would add that nothing means anything or has any real existence. For example, equating emptiness with nonexistence is nihilism. Nihilism refers to lack of meaning, not lack of existence. https://en.wikipedia.org…
  • May your supply of Neapolitan be infinite, with the flavours in perfect harmony. Homage to the Tantric Triad! A blessing from the 16th Dairy Lama
  • @person said: @DairyLama said: @person said: I suppose I'm kind of a somethingist. I tend to place some sort of metaphysical quality on Nirvana. But I'm also of the opinion that whether Nirvana is metaphysical or…
  • @person said: I suppose I'm kind of a somethingist. I tend to place some sort of metaphysical quality on Nirvana. But I'm also of the opinion that whether Nirvana is metaphysical or psychological you get there the same way. Your beliefs about wha…
  • @dhammachick said: Yes 1954 to be exact. A mix of Golden Dawn, Enochian magic, Rosicrucianism and some remains of Anthropology. I have the impression of Wicca as a sort of new-age mix and match. The Druids I contacted claimed to be more…
  • @Kerome said: If it cant be undestood intellectually but needs to be seen as the nature of experience, then how do you get past the fact that most of our senses are externally oriented? We have many sources of perception but they all seem to be i…
  • @Bunks said: I tend to lean toward one side and vote in that way but when people start talking politics to me I try and quickly change the subject. Me too! I used to be a union shop steward, and a bit political. But I find I'm increasing…
  • As a general observation, I think it's useful to distinguish between "spiritual" experiences and the assumptions we make about them. As an example, I used to do "silent worship" with the Quakers. They would tend to associate inner stillness with t…
  • I think the world would be a much nicer place with more wisdom.
  • @Snakeskin said:> I've been making the exact opposite point. The internal and external realities are not at odds; they're the same. As I'm not a student of TNH, I don't see inter-being. I see impersonal phenomenon, inside and out. Consciousness a…
  • @Snakeskin said: I think “a state of mind unconditioned by the taints” is both the condition for realizing Nibbana and the fruit of having realized it. In both cases, such a mind may be a conditioned phenomenon, not Nibbana. Hence, Nibbana may…
  • @dhammachick said: Sometimes I really miss being Wiccan..... Yeah, I had flirtations with Druidism and naturalistic Paganism. But I don't think modern Paganism is much to do with what the ancients practised. Wicca for example was made u…
  • @Kerome said: So... we are everything and nothing? To unify the internal and external views seems a hard task I think there is just experience, and experiences arise in dependence on conditions. Or you could say there are just phenomen…
  • @Traveller said: For me personally trying to define the uncondioned is like trying to hold running water. It goes beyond all limits, conditions, defintions and labels. For me a Buddha has gone beyond all labels into pure knowing. I'd agree wit…
  • @Snakeskin said: But why would we observe these in insight practice? I think the purpose is to break the spell of conditioned reality, leading to dispassion for it and turning away from it. Why do that? "This is the Noble Truth of the origin of d…
  • @JaySon said: Beginning and end are just concepts, not reality. Really? That would make an interesting discussion.
  • @pegembara said: Is consciousness/subject separate from its objects ie. sights, sounds, smells, taste, touch, feelings, thoughts? It might be helpful to distinguish here between what happens functionally, and what we then superimpose onto…
  • I live near the sea and there are lots of noisy seagulls, they are rather like random thoughts flying around. Sometimes I feed them bread ( wholemeal, obviously ), and they all gather to fight over it, thereby creating a "brain-storming" session.
  • @person said: I would say that there is a difference between sitting around in a drum circle, smoking dope and talking about this stuff and what it does to the mind when taken to heart in a meaningful way. Damn hippies new-agers!
  • @Carameltail said: How calm white fluffy clouds, they drift and float through. Like passing thoughts. A cloud passes by freely through the sky. I love clouds, but I reckon thoughts are more like birds flying in the sky. Clouds move more …
  • @Snakeskin said: @DairyLama said: @Snakeskin said: Impermanence is an objective reality. It probably is, but that isn't what the Buddha was concerned with. In the suttas anicca is always desc…
  • I think I was a cockney chimney sweep, like in Mary Poppins.
  • I spend half my time avoiding collisions with gormless "I"Phone zombies. Pah! Skynet ( Farcebook ) will be taking them all over soon, like Google Borg, night of the living dead.
  • I was a complete skeptic until I visited a spiritualist church some years ago ( I went with a friend who was interested ). There was definitely something going on - maybe more like mind-reading than contacting spirits, but something.
  • @Snakeskin said: Impermanence is an objective reality. It probably is, but that isn't what the Buddha was concerned with. In the suttas anicca is always described in terms of the aggregates, and the aggregates represent our personal expe…
  • I was reading this today as it happens. I admire Ajahn Chah, but this spider analogy doesn't really work for me. The spider's behaviour is driven by hunger, which you could interpret as craving for flies. The analogy would work better for me if t…
  • @techie said: Consider happiness, for example. It does NOT exist as a permanent, unchanging entity somewhere that we can go and grasp. It is the result of various conditions. When those conditions are fulfilled, we are happy. If not, we are unhap…
  • @David said: Arguing for arguments sake is getting old don't you think? I think you are projecting.
  • @David said: On that we will have to agree to disagree until you can show me a sutta that specifically says emptiness denotes a lack of existence. Not a lack of inherent existence or a lack of independent existence but a complete lack of being. …
  • @David said:> What you guys still aren't understanding is that emptiness does not mean a lack of being. I'm not sure how to be more clear on that point. I think we understand it just fine, and that the misunderstanding is really on your p…
  • @David said: @DairyLama said: @David said: What I mean is there is nothing inherently wrong with ignorance like it were a bad thing. From a Buddhist point of view the inherently wrong thing ab…
  • @David said: What I mean is there is nothing inherently wrong with ignorance like it were a bad thing. From a Buddhist point of view the inherently wrong thing about ignorance is that it leads to suffering.
  • @David said: Emptiness. It does not imply a lack of existence but a lack of independent existence. A lack of inherent existence. Exactly. So emptiness is a characteristic of phenomena ( dharmas ), not a ground of being or ultimate realit…
  • @David said: I'm pretty sure you guys are trying to make Nagarjuna Theravada when he was Mahayana. Absolutely not. Actually I think you are trying to make Nargajuna into a Taoist, when he was in fact a Buddhist. By the way, I practice…
  • @person said:> On the other hand, while Theravada limits it's understanding of emptiness to the self, Mahayana schools extend that understanding to all phenomena. So one could say that the world "out there" is empty just as much as our world "in…
  • @person said: But I think what @DairyLama (aka @SpinyNorman) and I were saying is that ultimate reality isn't referring to some hidden substratum of the world that really exists, having a true ontological status. Rather ultimate and conventional …
  • @JaySon said:> When I feel that blast of bliss I switch to analytical meditation on Emptiness then single pointed meditation on Emptiness... That's interesting. Could you explain what the difference is between these two methods, practica…
  • @federica said: @DairyLama said: I have changed my user name to Dairy Lama. The last Dairy Lama died in an unfortunate accident, he got trapped in one of the freezers in Tesco - though at least he spent his final hours surrounded b…
  • @Tosh said: I suspect the concept of what many people think meditation should be prevents many from doing it. What do you think Buddhist meditation is for?