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SpinyNorman · It's still all old bollocks · Veteran

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  • I found the Tony Walsh poem very moving: https://www.theguardian.com/global/video/2017/may/23/mancunians-forever-tony-walsh-reads-poem-manchester-vigil-video
    in MANCHESTER Comment by SpinyNorman 9:34AM
  • @Mingle said: @SpinyNorman said: @Mingle said: @federica said: @lobster said: Unfortunately we don't yet get hornets here …
  • @Will_Baker said: @SpinyNorman said: @Will_Baker said: And what exactly is "reborn" moment to moment? -If you have a favorite spot you frequent, are you the same person each time you do? …
  • @Will_Baker said: And what exactly is "reborn" moment to moment? -If you have a favorite spot you frequent, are you the same person each time you do? I can observe that my state of mind is continually changing, but I don't see what tha…
  • @specialkayme said:Ergo, it's the intent behind the item, and not the item itself. I don't agree, it's really about what the item is designed for. Generally weapons are designed as such, they are intended to be used as weapons. Intentio…
  • @Kerome said: ... the daytime temperature is high enough to make me head to the beach and walk in the water, yet the nighttime is cool enough to allow me to sleep Sheer luxury.
  • @lobster said:> What is dharma, what is not? I am still trying to figure this out.
  • @Shoshin said: Where do the Zen folk stand on rebirth? Moment to moment This idea has become fashionable, but as far as I know there isn't any support for it in the suttas or sutras. And what exactly is "reborn"…
  • @techie said: @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 re…
  • @specialkayme said:> In order to fire your weapons, you likely need to attend a range, and pay a fee, that likely aids others in honing their skills to kill (if not humans, animals). Yes, that's something that troubled me when I was in t…
  • @Mingle said: @federica said: @lobster said: Unfortunately we don't yet get hornets here I beg to differ... if you mean in the UK that is. I've seen hornets round here, no joking... …
  • @seeker242 said: @federica said: Nope. The precept quite clearly states "...or devices that can be used to kill sentient beings." A kitchen knife is very definitely such a device. Have you seen 'fatal attraction'...? …
  • @Shoshin said: The mind can also be used as a "Weapon of Mass Destruction"
  • @Kerome said: People should be forbidden from posting untruths on the internet. It's false news! I am used to spin, self-promotion and BS from politicians, but it's disappointing when Buddhists indulge in it.
  • @genkaku said:> Zen thinks highly of itself. So what? Other schools see Zen as utterly bogus. Question: Do you want to discuss it or do you want to find out? Frankly I am put off "finding out" by the kind of arrogant self-promoting BS in …
  • Worth noting that dealing in guns would be wrong livelihood for a Buddhist. http://www.accesstoinsight.org/tipitaka/an/an05/an05.177.than.html But selling kitchen utensils is OK.
  • A relevant quote from this site:http://www.zen-buddhism.net/faq/zen-faq.html "Zen Buddhism accepts Karma and Samsara or rebirth but does not care too much about the afterlife, as what matters is the present moment, here and now." Actually that…
  • @Will_Baker said: @SpinyNorman said: @lobster said Welcome to New Buddhist, gun owners, nihilists, meat eaters and [insert untouchable Buddhist class of choice]. At the shooting club most peop…
  • Reminded me of the imponderables in Buddhism: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Acinteyya A missing one from the Spiny Nikaya is whether the order of flavours in Neapolitan really matters.
  • I blame the EU.
  • Here is something from Brad Warner, who is a Soto Zen teacher. However there are a number of Zen schools, and I'm not sure how representative this view is. "The Myth of Rebirth A guy named James wrote to me and asked: “Could you explain rebi…
  • @Lee82 said: UK threat raised to critical meaning further attacks are imminent and armed military personnel will be at all major events e.g. sports events and concerts. sigh This is how they responded in France, but it didn't preve…
    in MANCHESTER Comment by SpinyNorman May 24
  • I was reflecting on the common ground that Buddhism and Hinduism share. Both talk about liberation from samsara, and both talk about seeing through personal identity and experience, and realising something deeper. Hinduism talks about the union of…
  • @lobster said Welcome to New Buddhist, gun owners, nihilists, meat eaters and [insert untouchable Buddhist class of choice]. At the shooting club most people were content to shoot at paper targets, but there were a few who liked to shoot …
  • I might write an English gentleman's guide to eastern religions.
  • @Lee82 said: We are a reserved bunch who inwardly accept who we are and have no desire to rule or convert the world. Things are not always what they seem....
  • @Lee82 said: Interesting food for thought! Both the local primary school and high school are religious and give preference to children of faith. These schools are at least in part funded by the church. The alternative option is not so bad …
  • @WonderingWanderer said: So, I'm aspiring to become a Buddhist and really change the way I interact with the world. However, I have always enjoyed to study various wars and this ultimately lead to me collecting guns. Most of the guns I purchase a…
  • So sad, such a waste. It brought back memories of the London 7/7 bombings in 2005, I missed one of the tube bombs by 24 hours.
    in MANCHESTER Comment by SpinyNorman May 23
  • @Dakini said: Personally, I don't think Buddhism is something you study, once you understand the basic principles; it's something you do, something you live. I broadly agree but I think there are caveats. One is that the "basic principles" …
  • I talk about it less than I used to, it often feels like more trouble than it's worth. People either think it's a bit weird, or they proceed to tell me what I believe in.
  • @DhammaDragon said: At the same time, it does provides some scope for the magical and the spiritual where Theravadan could seem too dry or rational. Yes, I have found that the Theravada approach can be rather dry and unimaginative, and at…
  • @Mingle said: @SpinyNorman wait no that's poundland I'm thinking of. I wonder if they sell Neapolitan for a pound?
  • @genkaku said: I find Hinduism fascinating, but I still don't fully understand the essential difference(s) with Buddhism. On a personal-study and somewhat jocular level, the difference is that Hinduism is older and therefor…
  • @Kerome said:> But now I'm rapidly coming to the conclusion that once you get beyond the basics, you are better off sticking with one approach, rather than filling your mind with a confusion of pluralism. Each major stream seems to have at le…
  • @person said:> I'm just saying TB is far from being a monolith in its approach. Sure, there are actually quite a number of "Tibetan" schools and a great deal of variation between them. The same applies to other broad categories we might u…
  • @Mingle said: As much as I'd love to shout out I'm a Buddhist unfortunately the conversation of religion never really comes up In surrey. I will tell the Dairy Lama who might be interested in setting up a group in Surrey. He would probab…
  • @Kerome said: Have you all reached a point where you had to commit to a school or even a specific teacher and say, "this is where I get my stuff?" And learn mostly from books and teaching sessions thereafter? I spent a long time exploring di…
  • I hate it when the Farting Trumpet accuses somebody else of being a "nut job". Pot calling the kettle black! He is just a child grown older.
  • @Todd0248 said:> Often argued with the Brahmins and you should look at what he taught. Best wishes Were the Brahmins actually Hindus?
  • @DhammaDragon said: Yes, @SpinyNorman. It does have a lot of satipatthana, anapanasati, yet goes on to describe the jhanas in detail, too. So have you seen anything specific which is different to the sutttas?
  • @DhammaDragon said: Jhanas? Samadhi? I thought this link could be helpful... http://www.accesstoinsight.org/lib/authors/gunaratana/wheel351.html The contents page looks more like satipatthana than jhana.
  • @eggsavior said:> Buddhism has been a great foundation for me. It helps me keep things in context. Mindfulness is a blessing. But can it be built upon? I don't want to just say "I like Buddhist philosophy." I want to be a Buddhist first and forem…
  • @lobster said: Exactly so @DhammaDragon Who we put in our mouth is not others concern. Who we vote for is not others business. If we yodel to the Buddha and find peace and happiness, good luck. The plan in dharma is (Sp…
  • @DhammaDragon said: It is pathetic that I have seen child-molesters being treated with more compassion and less judgement than meat-eaters in our threads. That's ridiculous. And look at how "vegans" have been mocked in this thread.
  • I find that following a large dose of Neapolitan I completely lose interest in politics.
  • I had a cat who ate spiders, but she always left the legs for some reason.
  • This is my favourite one:
  • @lobster said: Sheer luxury!