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  • Inside the church are some amazing carvings. Must be worth a fortune. I like to think that they are a kind of "up yours!" To the missionaries.
  • There is a church there that is fairly intact, though apparently it's never used because only one man and his wife live there.
  • On the west coast of Vancouver Island is a place called Friendly Cove. Apparently it was named with some irony, since there was some hostility and violence between Chief Maquinna and his people, and the European explorers who landed there. There i…
  • @seeker242 said:. Fighting other cats outside and catching mice aren't the only thing cats need claws for. Why Cats Need Their Claws That's good information. Thanks.
  • Guns have a satisfying feel and weight to them, and make sounds of precision metal parts snapping into place, which appeals to people the way quality tools do sometimes. I like the feel of them. Having one tucked under your arm or holstered on the…
  • @seeker242 said: @karasti said: Yes, cats kill a lot of animals Not if you never let them outside! > If they never go outside, and their life is completely unnatural, why do they need claws? When might t…
  • @Namada said: @grackle I like your last point, "stand up and walk out of the place of bondage"..., do this also include in marriage? :P Marriage was bondage for me but it didn't have to be.
    in What next? Comment by robot April 2016
  • Keep fishing till all the money's gone.
    in What next? Comment by robot April 2016
  • "Anything is one of a million paths.Therefore you must always keep in mind that a path is only a path. If you feel you should not follow it you must not stay with it under any conditions.To have such clarity you must lead a disciplined life. Only th…
  • nah. She gets leeway because she's a moderator. And she's smarter than me.
  • LSD is no kind of enlightenment at all. In my experience, 99.9% of people who use psychedelics recreationally will never have an awakening experience of the life changing kind. Those who do have such an experience will very soon figure out that th…
  • @Shoshin said: @robot said: I've been a believer in their effectiveness all my life. Bloody hippy To the bone!
  • Anyone familiar with the teachings of Don Juan might remember the conversation when Don Juan explains to Carlos about the sorcerers worldview. He explained that the sorcerers ways that Carlos was learning, in the end was simply a way to show him t…
  • @karasti Lately I've found myself trolling some pages where racists hang out. It's a waste of time for sure. I feel like if it shows up on my computer, I have the right to speak my mind. As for Federica saying what she wants because (a) she's blun…
  • I don't see how this meme or the idea it's selling could change anything. Someone could carry that thought around all day and their world will not be different. It's just rearranging the furniture.
  • @SpinyNorman said: @techie said: There is mindfulness, the 'I' comes later. I don't think that really answers the question. The fact remains that there is sustained intention involved in maintaining mindfulness, it doesn't…
  • I've resolved to let the self congratulating come and go as needs be. I'm pretty sure that it's not my entire reason for helping out. Probably part of it tho. I'm not entirely sure that it matters what is passing thru my mind when it come to giving…
  • I don't think the issue warrants too much analysis. Giving a few dollars away has never left me with not enough. If someone has to ask me for money, giving it to them is my part of the encounter. How do we make merit if we refuse to help someone…
  • @federica said: The problem with 'religious Buddhists keeping the faith' is that very often they're insular and single-pointedly focused. They don't 'keep the faith'. They 'keep THEIR faith'. And asserting that something is or is not right, va…
  • @caz is very devout. I respect that. Without religious Buddhists keeping the faith, much material might be lost or twisted beyond recognition. It's not for me. I don't think that realization is dependent on adherence to ceremonies or rituals. Or B…
  • @Carlita said: > Thats my rap. (no pun) I liked it. A continuum that is selfless, ownerless, empty. No one is being reborn, because no one died. No one died because no one was born.
    in Rebirth Comment by robot February 2016
  • "Why did the Buddha deny the teaching of eternalism? Because when we understand the things of this world as they truly are, we cannot find anything which is permanent or which exists forever. Things change and continue to do so according to the chan…
    in Rebirth Comment by robot February 2016
  • @Carlita said: i dont understand what you mean? Have you ever pondered over something without it always needing to be something important or on a need-to-know basis? I mean that you may find some concept persuasive, like the idea of a…
    in Rebirth Comment by robot February 2016
  • How can a self that arises due to causes and conditions, in dependence on form, be reborn? It's just a way of talking. Look closely at it and it stops making sense. Get too attached to a vision of how it might work, and you run the risk of stepping …
    in Rebirth Comment by robot February 2016
  • “Death is the only wise advisor that we have. Whenever you feel, as you always do, that everything is going wrong and you're about to be annihilated, turn to your death and ask if that is so. Your death will tell you that you're wrong; that nothing …
  • Adopting the religious or ceremonial aspects, "the trappings", could maybe help to put someone in a frame of mind to make right effort, but realization is not dependent on it.
  • Like most people I'm inspired by nature. Certain types of landscapes seem to resonate for me. In my life I have found some places where I've had realizations, that I continue to visit with an expectation that I might find insight there and often d…
  • Right. If it makes your head hurt, forget about it..
  • @taiyaki said: a friend of mine just posted this on my fb group page: http://www.accesstoinsight.org/tipitaka/sn/sn35/sn35.193.than.html and i just find it to be fantastic. to see the unconditioned is to see the conditioned. …
  • I think that when someone takes the vow, they are committing to a path of realization as well as service. They will, if they haven't already, develop a deepening understanding that their actions will have consequences that reverberate through time a…
  • Buddhism is the raft. That's what people come here for. If they were ready to leave the raft behind, they wouldn't be here talking about Buddhist ideas and methods. The word worth spreading is not that suchness looks this or that to me, and that t…
  • @Earthninja said: @robot congratulations !!!! Twins!! Thanks. I'm stoked!
  • I'm pretty satisfied with the way things have gone. If I died tomorrow I would not be leaving a debt for my kids to clear off. The impact I've had on the environment has been negative at times, but I think it's balancing out. My daughter is having …
  • I don't see how there could be one, since it's different for everyone. That is to say that we choose what's meaningful, even if that means buying into someone else's story.
  • My neighbors are JWs and I've had a chance to talk to them a number of times thru the years, about their beliefs. So I got to thinking about what eternal life on earth might look like. I imagined spending several million years learning to do everyt…
  • @David said: @robot said: Right @David. I think we can all agree that self is dependent on form so is empty of real existence. From what I understand, there is not a self that is dependent on form because form is empty…
  • Right @David. I think we can all agree that self is dependent on form so is empty of real existence. And form is empty so what is left to talk about? Chris' insistence that that self doesn't exist seems to reify thoughts, feelings, the body and such…
  • @Earthninja said: It's also helpful to realise that when we say self aware, it's an illusion! Yes I know I harp on about it but it's the basis for everything! Can anybody point to themselves? It's just body parts, feelings and tho…
  • You gave it your best shot, @upekka . Thanks for trying. Personally, it's my goal to be the only member who has never started a thread. My record is unbroken, so far as I know.
  • Plus we'd have to listen to Cruz' bs for the next 10 months.
  • @David said: Non-existence vs. Existence is silly talk. There is no non-existence to speak of. It can get silly for sure, but you can't have a middle way unless you have extremes to define it. Unless I realize that I'm taking an extr…
  • The second two questions would depend on whether I could get the money I need with the first.