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  • Re: Empathy for gun owners.

    Guns have a satisfying feel and weight to them, and make sounds of precision metal parts snapping into place, which appeals to people the way quality tools do sometimes. I like the feel of them.
    Having one tucked under your arm or holstered on the belt might inspire all kinds of imaginary scenarios in the mind about pulling it out and saving the day. I'm sure that there are plenty of people who will feel naked without their favourite gun close by. Just like some people can't be without their smartphone. The mind might not jump around looking for stimulation the way it does when one can't get online, but there is obviously a deep fear at the thought of having your guns taken away for many gun owners.
    I had guns back in my youth when I still thought that when the Big Crunch came I would have to shoot my nieghbors when they came to eat me or something. I still have a shotgun tucked away, but don't see it often.

    silverhow
  • Re: What next?

    Keep fishing till all the money's gone.

    lobster
  • Re: favorite Buddhist quote?

    "Anything is one of a million paths.Therefore you must always keep in mind that a path is only a path. If you feel you should not follow it you must not stay with it under any conditions.To have such clarity you must lead a disciplined life. Only then will you know that any path is only a path and there is no affront to oneself or to others in dropping it, if that is what your heart tells you to do. But your decision to keep on the path or to leave it must be free of fear or ambition. I warn you. Look at every path closely and deliberately. Try it as many times as you think necessary.

    This question is one that only a very old man asks. Does this path have a heart? All paths are the same, they lead nowhere.They are paths going through the bush or into the bush. In my own life I could say I have traversed long long paths but I am not anywhere.
    Ask yourself, does this path have a heart? If it does the path is good, if it doesn’t it is of no use. Both paths lead nowhere but one has a heart and the other doesn’t. One makes for a joyful journey and as long as you follow it you are one with it.The other will make you curse your life. One makes you strong, the other weakens you.

    Before you embark on any path ask the question, does this path have a heart? If the answer is no, you will know it and then you must choose another path.The trouble is that nobody asks the question. And when a man finally realizes that he has taken a path without a heart, the path is ready to kill him. At that point very few men can stop to deliberate and leave the path. A path without a heart is never enjoyable.You have to work hard even to take it. On the other hand, a path with heart is easy. It does not make you work at liking it.
    I have told you that to choose a path you must be free from fear and ambition.The desire to learn is not ambition. It is our lot as men to want to know.
    The path without a heart will turn against men and destroy them. It does not take much to die and to seek death is to seek nothing.

    For me there is only traveling on the paths that have a heart. On any path that may have a heart.There I travel, and the only worthwhile challenge for me is to traverse its full length.
    And there I travel looking, looking, breathlessly!"
    Don Juan Matus

    BunksJeffreysilver
  • Re: Psychedelics and Non Self

    LSD is no kind of enlightenment at all. In my experience, 99.9% of people who use psychedelics recreationally will never have an awakening experience of the life changing kind.
    Those who do have such an experience will very soon figure out that they have not found enlightenment, but may well continue seeking a more effective long term path.

    personBunksShoshinlobster
  • Re: Psychedelics and Non Self

    Anyone familiar with the teachings of Don Juan might remember the conversation when Don Juan explains to Carlos about the sorcerers worldview.
    He explained that the sorcerers ways that Carlos was learning, in the end was simply a way to show him that his conventional view was not complete or final. Sorcerers in his tradition had incredible powers based on an alternative worldview.
    Beyond that, a Man of Knowledge has realized that the sorcerers world view is also only a view that is empty. He becomes totally unattached to the world in a conventional sense and achieves a kind of selfless state of being similar to buddhahood IMO.
    In the early stages of his apprenticeship Carlos was given various psychedelic plants in an effort to help him to "stop the world". To permanently end his belief that the conventional world was "out there", and solid.
    Psychedelics have been used that way forever. Few claim that they will cause awakening to happen. But as a tool for treating attachment to the world as it appears, or maybe even other more troublesome conditions, I've been a believer in their effectiveness all my life.

    ShoshinpersonNavigator