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  • Re: Eclipse fever!!!

    My mom and my niece visited last night and the eclipse came up. My mom mentioned that one of her cousins who lives in Missouri is in the path for the total eclipse and that she invited my Mom to come, but it was a 10 hour drive. So I said I'm not too busy with work I'd like to go and my mom asked my niece if she'd want to go. And so somehow it sounds like the three of us and anyone else who might want to will take a road trip Sunday, have an eclipse day Monday and drive back Tuesday. It's a lot of driving and I'm not totally sure it's worth it but it's a once in a lifetime kind of event so...

  • Re: Book of Eights: Chapter 3

    Maybe there's something in the distinction between having a view and being attached to a view? I understand having ideas about the way things are or should be but not being rigidly attached to them because I've been wrong before or knowledge changes or perspective changes or whatever reason I've changed my views before for.

  • Optimistic Nihilism

    I think there is a strong thread of nihilism that comes as part of being scientifically literate. We don't have to let it get us down, if there is no ultimate purpose to the universe and it all eventually ends in dissolution and heat death then we can assign whatever purpose to our lives that we want.

    Traditional Buddhism offers a claim of an ultimate purpose but if in actuality there isn't one we can still adopt Buddhist principles to give meaning to our lives and find an inner happiness and peace.

  • Re: Individuality, Nonduality, Anatta, Nirvana

    @CedarTree said:

    How is awakening related to the individual?

    "Clever answer"

  • Basic Goodness

    Please forgive any invoking of high horses.

    A lot of you are familiar with the idea of basic goodness that Chogyam Trungpa and his student Pema Chodron talk about. The idea that at our core we are basically good, this is opposed to the Christian notion of original sin, that we are fundamentally flawed.

    I've realized recently that somewhere along the line I seem to have internalized this notion of basic goodness. In some of the more political threads I keep feeling the need to defend the good things in the world.

    What I'm noticing that I find most important is that I still want change and to have a better world but I don't come at it from the point of wanting to fix a broken world or getting rid of the bad stuff. Rather I find gratitude and appreciation for all the things I do have and want improvement because the more happy, good stuff the better.

    The way it seems to me is that there is so much that we just take for granted and treat as unimportant and the negative takes on a disproportionately large space in our minds.