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  • Re: Emptiness in The Guardian

    @mindatrisk said:

    @David said:
    Buddhism gives the middle finger to evolution?

    The Buddhist process would be impossible without evolution, wouldn't it?

    I suppose it's an irony of existence, aye? Evolution turning in on itself to deny its own existence. It makes sense, though. I mean, we evolve to survive - to stay ahead - and what is the ultimate in survival than never having to die again?

    I don't see it this way at all. I, like you, am an optimist and I don't think the idea is to stop sentient beings from arising. That sounds a bit like nihilism to me. We found out that distinguishing self from the environment is self awareness but now we find that is just an illusion and we are not separate from the environment at all.

    Life is not just suffering.

    Snakeskin
  • Re: Emptiness in The Guardian

    Buddhism gives the middle finger to evolution?

    The Buddhist process would be impossible without evolution, wouldn't it?

    Snakeskin
  • Re: Sankhara

    @seeker242 said:

    Is meditation the brain's engraving tool, carving out new and improved neuropathways ?

    Yes! Another study, one of many, just came out the other day validating that idea...again! =) What was interesting was they found that different types of meditation also have different effects on different areas of the brain. For example, breath following has a different effect than metta.

    https://www.livescience.com/60609-different-meditation-reshape-brain-different-ways.html

    This is why I think it's good to have a few different methods to our practice.

    TravellerShoshin
  • Re: Wu Wei (Effortless Action)

    It is worthy to note here as well that the I Ching is not exclusively Taoist nor does Taoist practice necessarily incorporate usage of the I Ching.

    lobsterSnakeskin
  • Re: The role of the poetic-mythic in Buddhism

    Interesting @Snakeskin

    I have a few "could be" beliefs but I think having faith in any one would make it harder to let go of them if they're wrong. In a way I feel having faith in metaphysical type beliefs limits my options.

    Also, the belief that makes the most sense now may not make as much sense in light of new information.

    I find it fun to contemplate these things but having faith seems too much like conjecture.

    To each their own of course.

    Snakeskin