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SpinyNorman · It's still all old bollocks · Veteran

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  • Having insulted the Mayor of London after the recent terror attack, the Farting Trumpet is now worried that he won't be welcome in the UK. What a dick. Mrs. Maybot said his visit won't be cancelled, but hopefully she will do a U-turn on that as we…
    in Trump Comment by SpinyNorman June 12
  • @lobster said: May have to go to this local supermarket instead Where I live most people go to the supermarket instead of church on a Sunday morning. Praise the Lord Tesco!
  • For me some powerful meditative experiences over the years, the strongest ones were outdoors, sitting on the top of hills. Also hearing the Heart Sutra for the first time, both profound and beautiful.
  • @Hozan said: @SpinyNorman just from a neutral point of view having read a few discussions recently where you were involved with @DhammaDragon , you seemed to be disagreeing for the sake of disagreement itself. Several people noted that you were n…
  • @DhammaDragon said: In discussion forums people may disagree. You simply throw in sophistic, demagogic comments without really developing much nor adding much to a discussion. You just paste links. And that's the last comment I'll adr…
  • @DhammaDragon said: I was being poetical, @SpinyNorman. It is called poetical license. Do you do some poetry now and then? Drying up logical is not good for the aggregates... I make lots of strange comments, why should that surpr…
  • @federica said:>...they're no more Muslim than you or I are. I don't think it's as simple as that, and the jihadists clearly see themselves as Muslims. It seems they are inspired by the Wahhabi sect in Saudi Arabia. http://www.telegraph.…
  • @DhammaDragon said: @SpinyNorman said: @DhammaDragon said: If we are able to dwell long enough in the here and now, we'll be reborn time and again every single moment. "We'll be reborn"? Who …
  • @Kerome said:> So perhaps the signs point to them still feeling bodhily dukkha, just interpreting it differently. Yes, could be. With some insight into anatta there would not be such a strong sense of me and mine, in which case not such …
  • @DhammaDragon said: If we are able to dwell long enough in the here and now, we'll be reborn time and again every single moment. "We'll be reborn"? Who or what is reborn?
  • @seeker242 said: @DhammaDragon said: The stuff this samsaric life is made of... I think the point is that when a person becomes enlightened, they are no longer living a samsaric life, regardless of when that body dies.…
  • @David said: Does the term dukkha include physical pain or is dukkha specifically the emotional response or attachment to mental and physical trauma? It depends how you interpret the Arrow Sutta. Is the first arrow ( physical pain ) still d…
  • @DhammaDragon said: One thing is dukkha the fact, another how you experience it. And yet the 3rd Noble Truth clearly describes the cessation of dukkha. You seem to be saying that cessation of dukkha isn't possible? I'm not sure I get yo…
  • It has been somewhat surreal in the UK recently, we've had BREXIT, a sudden general election and also these incidents of terrorism by Islamist nutjobs. Never mind, there is always a nice cup of tea.
  • @Shoshin said: This morning just as I was about to begin meditation (and welcoming the dawn) two satellites moved across the dark and starry sky... At first i thought shooting stars, but they were travelling slow and not leaving any trails…
  • @leila said: @SpinyNorman said: ''Interesting stuff. This seems to reflect a wider pattern of people reporting historical abuse.'' It seems so yes. It sadly reflects also the tendency of the movement to keep spinning it out to the…
  • @DhammaDragon said: Dukkha will never cease. The N8P aims to help us develop the insight and wisdom to cope with dukkha. I don't know where you are getting this from, but it directly contradicts what the Noble Truths say. The 3rd and …
  • Perhaps there are just perfect moments. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Neapolitan_ice_cream
  • Can't we test these products on Trump?
  • @Jeffrey said: SpinyNorman regarding if the Buddha nature is exempt from conditioning or exempt from emptiness you would really have to read about the Buddha nature from people who teach about both emptiness and the Buddha nature to see for yours…
  • @leila said: Latest news regarding Triratna. https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/feb/19/buddhist-sexual-abuse-triratna-dennis-lingwood https://buddhism-controversy-blog.com/2017/05/04/a-letter-to-the-college-of-public-preceptors-…
  • A glimpse down the rabbit hole: http://rationalwiki.org/wiki/Quantum_consciousness
  • @DhammaDragon said: If anything, nirvana is the acceptance that dukkha is a reality and that nothing is perfect. Really? Aren't the four Noble Truths and 8-fold path about the cessation of dukkha? Acceptance of dukkha is an insight, not…
  • @Kerome said: @SpinyNorman said: @Kerome said:> I believe that there is an afterlife, and that there is a kind of recycling of the mind and self. It's interesting to ponder whether consciousness i…
  • @techie said: @SpinyNorman said: @seeker242 said: @Dakini said: @SpinyNorman said: That sounds rather like Atman, true self, something "beneat…
  • @DhammaDragon said: @SpinyNorman said: The effect of mushrooms is somewhat similar to jhana...apparently ( ahem ). I'll bear that in mind next time I toss champignons in my salad...🐉😙 I was a hippy back then…
  • @genkaku said: A question hovering in my mind as I fiddle around the shallow end of the Artificial Intelligence pool is this: If everything were perfect, how interesting could it be? Isn't failure and flaw one of humanity's most enriched products…
  • @seeker242 said: @SpinyNorman said: So what exactly is Buddha nature in your view? Inexpressible, immeasurable, unnameable, undefinable, inconceivable, unexplainable. Is it something distinct from the aggre…
  • @Jeffrey said:> And also the views purpose is to try to understand the true nature of your experience. The purpose of the view is not to just understand these views, but rather understand your experience experientially. So Spiny I liked the que…
  • I have found chanting can be useful to develop concentration, but also to develop a particular quality of mind.
  • @pegembara said:> To me "consciousness without surface" or "arahant consciousness" is an open awareness where there is no stickiness. The knowing doesn't stick anywhere(unestablished). A bell sound is just a bell sound, red is just red minus …
  • @Jeffrey said:at First you have to know about what the self is not. And in the Mahayana that topic is Wisdom of Emptiness. I don't think you can understand the texts about the Buddhanature as well if you haven't already become familiarized with wh…
  • @lobster said:> My beauty routine consists of shampoo or 'all in one shower and shampoo' and a tiny roll on deodorant. Sheer luxury!
  • @Shak said: I would venture to include smartphones/social media as an intoxicant also. Yes, "I"Phones have a lot to answer for. Larry Luddite
  • @Kerome said:> I believe that there is an afterlife, and that there is a kind of recycling of the mind and self. It's interesting to ponder whether consciousness is in some sense recycled, or in some sense integral to the universe. ( g…
  • @Jeffrey said: @SpinyNorman it might be an issue in translation. Original. But to me what it means is that the ignorance is 'adventitious'. Whereas the nature of mind is to become clear. Does that make sense? Original means to me like a time…
  • @seeker242 said: @Dakini said: @SpinyNorman said: That sounds rather like Atman, true self, something "beneath" the aggregates. The "True Self" or Buddhanature doctrine, as we'…
  • @pegembara said: Does not exist APART from objects of consciousness. One can only be conscious of "something". But see Note 9 here: http://www.accesstoinsight.org/tipitaka/mn/mn.049.than.html I realise there isn't a consensus on …
  • @Kerome said:> Think of babies: before they even learn to gurgle they are born with very few inborn instincts, just grasping, suckling, sleeping really. But they seem perfectly content and happy. So why do babies cry a lot?
  • @Kerome said: The 60's and 70's were a special time, for opening up a lot of people to (mostly Indian) spirituality and leaving behind traditional Western values like Christianity. Although it seems like the hankering for spiritual teachers like …
  • The effect of mushrooms is somewhat similar to jhana...apparently ( ahem ).
  • @Jeffrey said:> Spiny I think the 'original' nature might be that there is a potential to know. So the word for ignorance is 'avidya'. That is not knowing. I believe 'avidya' refers to a specific type of not knowing and not just to all not kno…
  • I certainly hope it leads somewhere, if it doesn't I will ask for my money back.
  • @Dakini said: @SpinyNorman said: That sounds rather like Atman, true self, something "beneath" the aggregates. The "True Self" or Buddhanature doctrine, as we're told the Buddha articulated it on his deathb…
  • @Jeffrey said:> As defined by Buddha the self (later called 'buddha nature' by some Mahayanists) is not the aggregates or skhandas of body, feeling, perception, samskaras (concoction), or consciousness. Actually (and not just to be mysterious) B…