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  • It hasn't been an especially hot summer here, from what I remember there has only been one stretch of a couple days or so where the temperature reached a dangerous level. Despite that apparently it has been the hottest summer on record here because …
  • @lobster said: http://newbuddhist.com/discussion/14410/tibetan-zombies-or-rolang Thanks for that, one of my all time favorite posts.
  • @LadyEmmaE said: Hello! I tried to post my first thread today but when I clicked to preview it, I got the following error message: "{ "Code": 403, "Exception": "You need the Garden.Community.Manage permission to do that.", "Class": "Gdn_Us…
  • There are two main ways that I've used to address my worry, meditative and cognitive. Our meditation practice develops the skill in us to let things go, not always so easy though, especially when trying to sleep for some reason. The cognitive approa…
  • @Kerome said: @person said: Sam Harris is an atheist ally of Dawkins that has also meditated for many years. He would say that the elephant is the psychological transcendent spiritual experience that is common to all religious syste…
  • @lobster said: Exactly @person what is deep meditation? Trance states such as samadhi and zombie type mind clearing? Probably you mean less mind clutter type mindfullness attention? Well that comes with practice and a lot of it. I guess I…
  • I prefer the Burmese style. I made my own seiza bench last year and found that rather comfortable as well, though I still prefer Burmese. Hopefully the bench works well for you, many people use one. If that doesn't work you can also try sitting in a…
  • @Shoshin said: It would seem for the believers the idea/concept of a God or gods can ( more often than not ) mean different things to different believers ....Like 6 blind people trying to describe an elephant ... Hey the narrator's nam…
  • Birthday cake
  • @Bunks said: I've said it before and I'll say it again. You guys think too much... A friend of mine once said something in passing which stuck with me when getting lost in my inner world. He said, "think well, but not long", or som…
  • The nuns are cleaning up after a natural disaster (me) accidentally stepped on their monastery. The Enlightened One, Lord Buddha, the Monarch of all samsara was kind enough to make his presence known to me today.
  • I guess it varies quite a bit depending on my particular mood. But people not cleaning up after themselves seems to get to me pretty regularly. Oh wait, I know. Taking up more than one parking space. Yeah, just a god awful travesty against all th…
  • @lobster said: Yawn! [tsk, tsk not even bothered to cover my mouth] oops ... off to athiest naughty corner ...to inform God she does not exist. Can you imagine ... No doubt. Eternally if not dharmaful/careful 🤐 I'm a littl…
  • @Kerome said: @person said: @Kerome said: @person said: Of course we can't really say for sure, it is still possible that the world only came into existence 5 minutes ago with all our me…
  • Came across this article and thought it applied. Our religious symbols and ideals are inexhaustible and permanent—no matter how many ways you articulate what ‘God’ is, you have missed one. God, to our rational mind, is the ultimate useful fict…
  • @Kerome said: @person said: Of course we can't really say for sure, it is still possible that the world only came into existence 5 minutes ago with all our memories and physical laws in place. Is it really possible tho…
  • An additional factor to how attached you're feeling probably has to do with you being asked to move rather than you wanting to move yourself.
  • @Jeffrey said: @person, I think even our world of the senses is created by our brain based on the sense data. I think my psychology introduction text I found somewhere corroborate that. Also can explain things like optical illusions of certain …
  • Joseph Goldstein reads this passage from the book Bangkok Tattoo by John Burdett. It's on the harsh side, but rings fairly true. You see, dear reader (speaking frankly, without any intention to offend), you are a ramshackle collection of coinc…
  • @Vimalajāti said: @David said: @Vimalajāti said: @David said: @Vimalajāti said: The view that one sentient being dreams up, thinks up, or creates, the wor…
  • britches
  • There are several scientifically proven reasons people have ghost like experiences. https://nypost.com/2017/07/20/the-real-reasons-some-people-see-ghosts/ This doesn't disprove ghosts, but all of these factors need to be ruled out, probably ot…
  • @Kerome said: @federica said: No, they're not. @techie said: When a theist says there is a god, he is basically making an assertion about something. So it's natural that you demand evidence to substantiate such ass…
  • and Happiness
  • Some do, some don't. There isn't a command in Buddhism to adhere to a set of beliefs about the world, we are encouraged to investigate for ourselves.
  • I would say that there is a difference between not accepting a truth claim on insufficient evidence and taking the definitive position that said truth claim is untrue based on insufficient evidence.
  • @kando said: Freedom of speech is a tricky one as the people most likely to exploit it are so often violent. Remember the suffrage movement used freedom of speech to gain the right to vote. The civil rights movement pushed back against se…
  • @David I think our disagreement is a little clearer to me. I think you define absolute truth as primordial awareness and conventional truth as the manifest world. So when you say they are one and there is no separation your logic is solid according …
  • @David said: @person said: @David said: @person said: @David said: @Vimalajāti said: @D…
  • @David said: @person said: @David said: @Vimalajāti said: @David said: @Vimalajāti said: The view that one sentient …
  • @Kerome said: I’m very bad at this, but I’ve heard it suggested that one should just limit “free browsing time” to a couple of hours a day at a standard time, ideally not before bed. I've found this idea to be very helpful for me in most …
  • @Kerome said: It’s difficult to raise standards, easy to lower them. All that it takes for things to slip is a bit of catchy jingoism, while to inspire people to take up right speech is hard. There is a never ending flood of words on the internet…
  • @lobster said: Right speech is a manifestation of dharma. The intent, expression and emphasis on wrong speech, wrong hearing and ignorance clutching is the opposite. I'm not sure if I'm translating your meaning properly, but to the…
  • Well, regarding those types of speakers, not ever having paid attention to anything they've ever said, I could disagree with everything they say, find it offensive and hurtful and at the same time defend their right to say it. Freedom of speech i…
  • Good point, though I guess I was thinking more about speech you don't agree with rather than fighting words that are not protected under free speech in the US. The way politico's spin and distort meanings of words for some other end than understa…
  • @Kerome said: I wonder if it helps during heatwaves... kind of like tumo in reverse... “keep a Buddhist monk to power your refrigerator or ac” it’s only 10.30 in the morning here and it’s already very warm. They’re saying the water in the …
  • @Vimalajāti said: @Vimalajāti said: many of the Śaivists and Viṣṇaivists that Buddhists of the past debated with Guys, I really brutally misspelled Vaiṣṇavism, apologies.
  • @David said: @Vimalajāti said: @David said: @Vimalajāti said: The view that one sentient being dreams up, thinks up, or creates, the world, is 有神論的決定論, महेश्वरस्यनिर्माणदृष्टि, ma…
  • @Vimalajāti said: @person said: Gil Fronsdale has been mentioning recently in his talks that the meaning of nibbana is more accurately translated as cooling rather than liberation. For example he says that back in the day people wou…
  • @ScottPen said: @seeker242 said: However, belief in hell realm can be reasonable, if you believe the Buddha was actually fully enlightened, knower of all worlds, etc. It's not unreasonable to simply believe that the Buddha was telli…
  • @Kerome said: @seeker242 said: @Kerome said: @seeker242 said: That's why things like hell realms are "unfalsifiable" There are those who would gently argue that…