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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.
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"…
@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…
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'...?
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 …
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."
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…
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.
This is how they responded in France, but it didn't preve…
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…
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 …
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 …
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…
@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" …
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…
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…
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…
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…
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?
I thought this link could be helpful...
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…
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
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.