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  • Re: Rebirth, Time Between Lives, and Dr. Ian Stevenson

    @karasti said:
    So when arrives at a conclusion they don't believe in rebirth, do you just let the question go completely, @person and @Kerome?

    With all the information available with the internet I found it necessary to adopt an attitude of skepticism and a need for sound evidence to really accept something as true.

    Also, I don't agree with the cynical, smug attitude that many in the skeptical world take, I think there is a lot that we don't understand about the universe (probably more than we know). So as much as I want good evidence for things I try to remain open to possibilities that haven't been ruled out.

    And then I do my best to remain unattached to views and let things go.

    So, having said that if someone says they don't believe in rebirth I will often bring up anecdotal stories or reasons it could be true. If someone says they do believe in rebirth I will bring up reasons why our perceptions deceive us or arguments against religious thinking. In my own mind I often find myself explaining events that happen to me in terms of past lives or karma but realize that I could be wrong and don't really act in a way as if it definitely were true or I will act in a way that sort of hedges my bets (if there is my future lives will be good, if there isn't my future this life will be good)

  • Re: Rebirth, Time Between Lives, and Dr. Ian Stevenson

    @Dubitator314 said:

    @karasti said:
    But what are you looking for, exactly? I guess I am unclear on your question

    I just wanted to know how the Buddhists who appeal to Dr. Stevenson's research reconcile what he says about the duration of time between lives in our time versus what appears to be the claims of those in some Buddhist traditions with respect to an immediate rebirth and the Tibetan 49 day belief.

    This probably isn't the best forum to get that answer. In general this is a pretty practical group that doesn't spend much time concerning itself with unprovable metaphysics or cosmology like that.

  • Re: "Book of Eights" or Atthakavagga

    As I'm reading I'm jotting down a few points that I'd like to discuss along with the page number so I don't forget.

  • Re: Book of Eights: General comments

    I feel this book has come along at a time that I really needed something like this. I've been in the Tibetan tradition mainly for on and off 20 years, but I've come to realize that while I embraced the philosophy my actual practice has never really followed the TB model and I've been finding my own way. More recently this difference has come into more direct conflict within me and I've turned to a local western Theravada center modeled after Fronsdale's IMC for my practice.

    My impression so far is that this style of direct and tangible understanding of the practice is sort of in direct contradiction with the TB practice which, in my experience, focuses more on merit making and building up a reserve of positive karma in order to gain some improvement or ultimately freedom from the round of rebirth.

    I don't want to come off as too negative towards TB because I've come across many deeply authentic and sincere practitioners and a handful of deeply kind and realized people. And I still find the philosophy to be rigorous and stimulating and still attend teachings.

  • Re: Mindful consumption of television

    TV, movies, video games are definitely some of, if not my biggest, attachments. Over the years with practice a lot of the time I have spent on them has dropped away as I noticed just how miserable spending much time with them makes me feel.

    I'm not good at the hard discipline of cutting something out cold turkey like. I do try to reduce in the hopes of weaning myself off eventually. With video games I had only played a couple freemium tablet games that are designed to only allow you to play for 30 min or so unless you pay money to unlock or refresh things which naturally limits my play time. Though recently I've gotten sucked into a farming simulator game that takes up too much of my time.

    With TV and movies, I now limit myself to 2 hours a day of entertainment programming allowing for rollover if I haven't watched 2 hours and unlimited documentary or educational videos. I'm sure that maybe sounds excessive to some but it is a reduction to me. Doing that means I am much more selective in what I do choose to watch and will drop mediocre programs and mindless watching.

    @karasti I'm not sure of the ethics on this but my mom couldn't get the Minneapolis CBS channel on her DISH service because it conflicts with a local news channel to her so she sends her bill to my house to bypass the regulation. Maybe something like that could work to get you out of the bundle.

    For myself a Netflix subscription plus a basic cable subscription gets lots of good programming. The few quality shows that appear outside there I simply buy individually on iTunes. I probably spend $150 or so a year on shows, which is substantially less than the amount I'd have to spend if I were to subscribe to the cable channels that broadcast the shows. I've also considered subscribing to an online streaming science documentary channel called CuriosityStream that looks pretty good and is very affordable starting at like $2 a month.