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  • Re: Is everyone here an atheist?

    I am, whether there is a god or isn't I can't possibly know. You could call that agnostic but would that make me agnostic towards fairies and unicorns too? There could be a god but at the moment there is no evidence of one so we could quite rightfully assume there isn't, so to me there is no point trying to please said god. An all knowing all powerful sentient being might be fun to think about but it's no more a possibility than there actually being pokemon in the wild.

    yagr
  • Re: GIANT God dam hornet in my room!

    @lobster said:
    Unfortunately we don't yet get hornets here :(

    They seem nice. I am sure they make good home or temple protectors. You just have to speak kindly to them. I speak 'wasp' incidentally. I am sure hornet is similar. Bees are the best. :glasses:

    Ah yes my electric toothbrush also speaks wasp. It is a rare gift.

    lobstersilver
  • Re: Out Of The Closet

    As much as I'd love to shout out I'm a Buddhist unfortunately the conversation of religion never really comes up In surrey.

    Shoshin
  • Does technology distract us from thoughts and feelings?

    I have been one of those people for most of my life that could never seem to walk anywhere without my headphones in listening to music. Lately though I have found that it is nice just to listen to nature, I mean why must I constantly be stimulated all the time?

    I have sorta adopted the notion that this constant need for stimulation is not allowing us to listen to our bodies. I explained this to a girl the other day and she said I sound very "spiritual" in saying so but that is not spiritual at all. In the same way alcohol can distract us from our feelings can technology? Things like Facebook, TV, and gaming do they kind of just numb us down so we can ignore ourselves?

    My friend told me he started going on walks in the morning just for the hell of it and I think that's great. Doing things just for the hell of it with no real intent then just being alone with yourself and not technology must really be a way to let go.

    Also do you reckon google can be a cause of thinking too much? I am always using google, having the answers constantly at the end of my arm means I am free to analayse everything. I don't think if can be good for me.

    Anyway at least I ditched Facebook a few years ago. That was baaaaaad. Its the most egotistical attention seeking site I've ever seen. It's also possibly making people depressed (don't know if that's been proven but it makes sense) with these constant updates of "friends" perfect lives which makes you compare yourself to them. I found when I deleted mine most of these people don't even notice when you're gone. Those that do are your true friends. Never looked back and it has only been a relief ditching that silly network I would really recommend it.

    lobsterSpinyNormanzenyattaHozan
  • Re: Belief.

    @JaySon said:
    I've decided I'm done with beliefs. I need hard evidence or unquestionable logic in order to determine whether anything in Buddhism is true or not.

    Karma and reincarnation... Can't confirm their existence. Also, you could argue that these two beliefs were adapted from earlier religions in India.

    Therefore, the argument for the existence of karma and reincarnation, in my opinion, has an equal amount of weight as the belief in God and heaven. Or the flying spaghetti monster.

    Then, on the other hand, there are parts of Buddhism that can be reasonably verified.

    Impermanence and emptiness can be verified as true.

    And both can lay the logical basis for compassion.

    How can impermanence be verified?

    You seen old man walking down the street and you know that will be you one day. All things are impermanent, even you.

    How can emptiness be verified?

    I prefer the term interbeing to emptiness.

    You look at a tree and see it is made up of sunshine, water from the clouds, soil from the earth. Take any one of these away and you don't have a tree. A tree is made of non tree elements.

    You are made up of non person elements too.

    Thus we can reasonably come to the logical conclusion that emptiness is true.

    Reincarnation is not a fundamental Buddhist belief. Buddhists "believe" in rebirth which is completely different. Also it is more of a metaphor then an actual rebirth, and it explains our constantly changing perception of life and how we are a on going process not a Frozen "self".

    As for karma, I too am new to this and have up until now regarded it as religious nonsense. It is simply ACTION though. Not some invisible force of justice that is gonna come back around and bite you in the ass. It is simply your actions and how they manifest within you today in the moment. Your karma makes you who you are right now, your karma right now will make you who you are tomorrow. All a process. One moment leads into the next. You can SEE this. Be aware of this and you will soon realise that is is actually our concept of a SELF that is the belief.

    dhammachickShimTiggerkarastiShoshin