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  • @ThailandTom, the klonopin has just dulled the anxiety and made me sleepy more. Can't think of any other side effect. I've been on them 5 weeks. Today, I broke a 0.5 in half, and just took a 0.5. I'll do that for 3 days, then reduce to 0.25, twice a…
  • Thanks for the advice. My pysch-doctor does not want me on them long, as he knows of the dangers of benzo addiction and withdraw. My general doctor refused to prescribe them for the same reason. I have a friend who was on klonopin for a few years an…
  • I've been on klonopin 0.5mg twice a day for 5 weeks. I got on antidepressants and klonopin due to OCD, depression, and anxiety. Was so bad I no ground to even meditate, so I hoped the antidepressants would give me some ground to build up from. I pl…
  • @fivebells, even though I don't accept it, I'm open to reasonable models of it, if they can be put forth. I don't accept it, but I wouldn't say it's not absolutely not true. Sometimes, I consider it may be.
  • @jeffery As I understand it, Buddha is the skhandas and not the skhandas. All things, even in their impermanence, are appearances within Buddha and are Buddha; and they are empty of any independent nature, so there's no independent *self* in any ap…
  • @jeffery, no I don't believe this manifestation is an independent self. @how, if there's a Bardo State where information is processed and is reborn in a fitting world, then an appearance in that world was due to past karmic information. But if thi…
  • I, personally, don't accept rebirth as a reality. Has too many problems to accept intellectually. If I were to have some intuitive revelation it was reality, then I'd accept it. One problem is the initial stream. If it comes into being by natural …
  • I can see someone accepting rebirth if they become enlightened and see this is reality. After that it may vex the mind to desire a conceptual model of this process, such as wanting to know why infants die. And for those who haven't been enlightened …
  • @FoibleFull I was careful to use the word suppress, as opposed to repress, being I know there's a difference.
    in Celibacy Comment by Amida November 2012
  • Someone said I was too young to make a decision on celibacy, but I'm 33, and have health problems which would make marriage very taxing. So, I was hoping for advice and methods of quieting and quenching strong desires for wife, sex, child. Ultimatel…
    in Celibacy Comment by Amida November 2012
  • Thanks for the advice. I'll explain more fully. I believe it would be most intelligent to remain single, but I have a natural want for affection, wife, child, etc.. But on top of all that I have some health issues, which would make marriage quite di…
    in Celibacy Comment by Amida November 2012
  • I'm not able to do that...I need a better method. :P
    in Celibacy Comment by Amida November 2012
  • Buddhist-ish song I wrote.
  • I think both the Hindu reincarnation and Buddhist rebirth can be likened unto seeds. In Hinduism, the soul gathers together, with all its imprints of karma, as a seed, and leaves the body; this seed grows into another manifestation, due to the in…
  • Thanks everyone. We ended up calling the Church and they prayed for her, which made my Dad happy. But on Thursday she passed away. She battled cancer for six years. I was with her the last week, holding her hand, until she died. Was hard to watch..…
  • I should have been more clear. My mother and father have been long divorced. He lives four hours north. They don't even talk anymore. She has no idea he told me to take her to a certain church for the laying on of hands. She considers herself a Ch…
  • I think in honoring my father's request it may injure her faith. Because if she has hands laid on her and nothing happens and she is dying, she may question her own faith and die in doubt and sorrow. I'm not comfortable with the whole laying hands…
  • Thanks for the comments. One may never be able to rekindle the thrill and zeal of the first discovery, and that's alright. Plus, as one said, these things flucuate. I guess the main thing is to stay consistent in your practice. I went years without…
  • Thank you for all your comments. From what was said above, I see you can welcome and befriend bliss, letting bliss lead you into even higher places, but if one doesn't want to part with this friend it can cause them to stop short, becoming somewhat…
  • @Omar067 It appears *you* are dogmatic. You are insisting your interpretation of Jesus is correct. I just showed you several ways of interepreting Jesus where he was not all about fear, but simple law; what goes up must come down. He said, "I came …
  • @Omar067 Buddha taught hell too, in the Dhammapada and Udanavarga, etc., etc... If you reject the "Way" which the Buddha taught and was, then you ran the risk of Hell. Remember, the Buddha was called "The Way." And what did Jesus mean by Hell? Jes…
  • @Omar067 Buddha was also called the Way. Buddha also taught to avoid all other doctrines. One could take that as arrogant too. Jesus said, "I am the way, the truth, and the life. No man comes to the Father but by Me." What did he mean? He meant th…
  • @Omar067 Buddha's teachings cannot be conquered. People will always return to the teachings that lead them into peace. And remember, Jesus didn't teach dogma, he taught spirituality, and some have misunderstood him. He taught there is an inner k…
  • Why take on any label? Just adopt into your practice that which works from all spiritualities.
  • @compassionate_warrior Here's a good outline of the historical method used on the New Testament. This same method can be applied to Buddha and the Sutras, etc.. http://hermeneutics.kulikovskyonline.net/hermeneutics/critmeth.htm @Omar067 Depends…
  • I have no problem with your view, but both Jesus and Buddha have been proven as historical people. Some stories about them may be legends, but they did exist. Actually, as a history student, neither of these Legends pass the historical method, …
  • Omar, There are hateful people who call themselves Christians, and hateful people who call themselves Buddhists. Are either of these people truly followers of Jesus Christ and the Buddha? No. Look at all people with the same Loving-Kindness and p…
  • Christianity is in a crisis in America and Europe, dropping 10% in the last two-decades. The younger generation isn't as Christian as the older, as well, which means in the next 30 years, as the older generation dies out, we'll see a major flip. If…
  • It's not something I try to see. It usually hits me out of nowhere, when stressed or going through hard times. It suddenly appears, and the love and compassion that raditates out of this image, in the mind's eye, causes me to cry, even if I try not …
  • @aura Thanks for your thoughts. I hear what you're saying. Personally, I see nothing wrong with science, as it's a form of discovery. One should just be careful not to get lost in it. Inquiry is a good thing, in my opinion, provided one doesn't get…
  • I read ya. People here can say such things are no big deal, but if they proved, without question, that the ground of reality is consciousness, that there is a collective consciousness, and rebirth is an undeniable fact, the entire world would take …
  • Yeah... I see good in Buddhism, Christianity, Taoism, Hinduism, etc.. I think those who adopt one label, and abandon other faiths, are like a man who leaves behind trasures. I liken him to a man who was given five treasure chests. He opens the on…
  • @IronRabbit I'm saying, I *know* it's the same effect. The blissful/peaceful/luminous experience is the *same* thing. Zazen and christian meditation produce the same effect on the mind. Some call it the presence of god, others the luminous mind; sa…
  • Point was, what christians call the presence of god, zen buddhists call the luminous mind. No special christian belief if needed to experience this state. Christians find it irritating when I point this out, and apparently some buddhists do too. A…
  • Perhaps... That and experiences that may shift them away from their natural disposition. I think I was inclined, by disposition, to remain a christian, but various factors shifted me away from where I'd naturally settle.
  • Eventually, science may find that this universe is within/and a form of consciousness, and those infinite amount of other universes may only exist as potentiality. Perhaps karma determines which possibility appears to exist.
  • Yeah. I'm a bit of a science junkie. I read as many books on science as I do religion and philosophy. I've read up on M-theory, etc., etc., etc..
  • @ThailandTom I agree. One shouldn't raise their children in the dogmas of religion, or insist they believe extraordinary claims without evidence. They should be offered all views and left to decide on their own, in relation to their experience. Ev…
  • Thanks for the comments. I've read them all and will think them over. @charirama I've thought this too. All possiblities may exist, eternally, in a timeless non-linear state, and can be entered according to one's karma. Kinda like the matrix, wh…
  • @MindGate That's a good point. From the view in which I seen these people, it was as if I was seeing them near the lake, here where I live, through the eyes of an animal. I know that sounds funny, but the view seemed low to the ground. I'm even lau…
  • If a person is asleep it's not hypnagogia. You say the hypnagogic state is no big deal, but many researchers would disagree, and believe the hypnagogic may be the state in which science discovers much about the nature of consciousness and reality. T…
  • Sigh... Let's just pretend we have some superior insight into the nature of things, while telling people these things are unknown. Lol... Some people make Buddhism look like a pathetic cult for the gullible and unintelligent.
  • @Jeffery Actually, that didn't answer the matter of rebirth and population multiplication.
  • @Mountains I've thought over these things for a long time, and I'm not just starting to get anything. I created this topic, in hopes, to gain some insightful ways of reasoning in relation to rebirth, mathematics of original births, and cessation of…
  • @compassionate_warrior I have read all the posts. To imply I haven't, or have somehow missed something, is insulting. Why are some people in this thread rude? Doesn't seem very Buddha like... For Darwinian evolution to work, which was my point, yo…
  • @aura Darwin's perception of the world is supported by countless observable and testable realities. Buddha's perception of rebirth is supported by much less. It cannot be tested, as of yet, and can only be observed by the individual, whereas Darwi…
  • @aura In reality, all I know of, for certain, is this Darwinian universe. For Darwinian evolution to work you need the population to continually increase. Offspring: 2 parents have 4 4 children have 12 12 grandchildren have 36 36 great-grandchil…