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  • Re: Why Buddhism ?

    @vinlyn said:

    @techie said:

    If God himself suffered on the cross, why shouldn't you or the others?

    That would be explanation for the oft-repeated question, 'Why does God let innocent people, including children, suffer?'

    Where did you come up with that?

    Eastern Orthodox Christianity. God, in the form of Jesus, went through the same suffering that we as humans go through. It's a mystical approach, different from the 'he took our sins' theology of the protestants.

  • Re: Hundreds of lifetimes before enlightenment?

    Normally when people use a certain number (such as 100 times or 500 times), they mean the path is extremely long and arduous. They are not talking math or probability. They're implying that enlightenment is not an overnight process. It is not a matter of will. You don't snap your fingers and say I am going to become enlightened today. It could happen today or after 100 lifetimes or 500. No one knows when; therefore, patience is the key.

  • Re: Curious about your practices

    The spirit is willing but the flesh is weak.

    I think that about sums up my practice. Mindfulness, compassion, self-control - all these seem far away when 'normal life' seems too hard to handle.

  • Re: suffering/Dukka

    @Namada said:

    My brain hurts. What's the point of all your riddle posts Upekka?

    to really prove that wathever arises is suffering/Dukka :)

    In a way, he's right. Whatever arises is conditioned and therefore has the seed of dukkha.

  • Re: London Bridge Incident ..Stay Safe Londoners...

    @Kerome said:

    @techie said:
    This is all tangential. You asked about terrorism, and I replied that terrorism is a reaction to draconian policies. It doesn't happen in a vacuum. If certain countries start wars, is it really surprising that some people from those war-torn countries become militants? Or if a certain country oppresses a certain community, is it really shocking that some members of the oppressed community take up arms? Cause and effect.

    I find Gandhi's example of peaceful resistance much more compelling, or Thich Nhat Hanh's retreat on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Violence spawns more violence, it is not really a means to progress, it is usually counter-productive.

    What they should do is another matter entirely. I was simply pointing out that people who lose their homes (and their hopes) are going to be resentful. And in their resentment, they might grab any opportunity they get to hurt someone, anyone, just to find an outlet for their pent-up frustrations. When emotions are involved, things are hardly rational.