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  • This one I’d recommend as well... https://www.holybooks.com/buddhist-scriptures-by-edward-conze/
  • It’s funny... I was talking to my uncle today about being compassionate and generous. Here in Western Europe there aren’t that many demands on one’s generosity, there are very few beggars because the state’s social security system takes care of them…
  • I’ve attacked my beard with the new beard trimmer, on its shortest setting it’s now nearly all gone, bar a little fuzz. It will take a few attempts to become familiar with it, I think.
  • Letting go is actually a process that you come back to a few times, just as we occasionally get threads about it... you can try to mindfully find in your thoughts and your being all the places where you are clinging, where you are experiencing cravi…
  • @adamcrossley said: @Kerome said: Have you ever observed your body and state of being when coming out of sleep? I'm not sure that I have honestly. I think that moment always passes me by. How did you begin to notice it…
  • Suffering arises from clinging. Therefore for the mind which inclines to letting go, the path to enlightenment is very much easier. — paraphrased from the Buddha
  • This is one of my favorites @finnthehuman, you might like it
  • A song about going places... in Dutch...
  • It seems that despite my care I still didn’t word things gently enough. I wouldn’t say I detest theists, that’s far too strong. I try to make sure I detest nobody, and have compassion for everyone. I don’t think anyone deserves to be detested, whate…
  • @Dimmesdale said: I'm Homer Simpson, basically. I’ve always felt that Homer had a certain inevitability in his life pattern, pathos even. If you watch enough of the Simpsons you see him in many situations where that comes to the fore.
  • @adamcrossley said: One of those is the argument from intelligent design, and even if that doesn’t count as proof for you (as it doesn’t for me either) it’s still more plausible than a teapot spontaneously occurring in space. I think Russell’s an…
  • @Kundo said: The Christian God isn't the only one out there (Greek, Norse, Egyptian etc). The Norse people for example, were quite pragmatic compared to the Abrahamic and Egyptian "prophets". I get what you're trying to say, but you're usi…
  • Weeelll... there is a reason not to believe in God. Believing comes at a price, which is obeying Gods representatives on earth. All kinds of things not to do, for fear of being punished in Hell. Tithing ten percent of your income to the Church. That…
  • I’ve been on a bit of a Still Corners jag since coming across @nakazcid’s post above, and have really enjoyed this...
  • Not bad, it seems thorough and I noticed it was published by a Buddhist agency.
  • From the travelogue “it seems to be a place where all the rides are intended to scare you to death, and convince you to be a good person, or else you are going to hell...” and then they say there are mostly school children there. Great way to educat…
  • A young Californian lady who YouTube threw my way, seems talented...
  • Perhaps but wouldn’t you agree that there is a big difference between considering something if someone pointed you at a path to achieve the experience, and believing them outright? For me that is all the difference in the world. The point being, …
  • I’ve finished the book, barring the appendices, and i’ve found it an interesting insight into the thinking of Buddhist monks. I’m surprised the Tibetans are still so caught up in their protector deities and supernatural entities, there is still a lo…
  • BuddhaLand... not totally out of the question... strange but perhaps prophetic @lobster
  • @person said: I'm trying to make a distinction between acceptance of baseless claims and openness. Would you not agree that all claims without proof are by definition baseless? People believe them for various reasons, not least social pre…
  • That’s true, but you have to understand the mental climate in which these scientists spoke... the population was 90% or more Christian at that time, and holding other opinions was extremely unpopular.
  • The only Zen you find at the top of the mountain is the Zen you bring with you. — Zen proverb
  • Stephen goes into quite a lot of detail about the Dorje Shugden controversy, and how his teacher Geshe Rabten was a Dorje Shugden follower and connected to the Dalai Lama’s junior tutor. You can kind of see how the politics of these kinds of situati…
  • You can’t prove a negative, but there is no need to accept the absurd. There is the famous case of Russell’s teapot — Bertrand Russell posited the existence of a teapot in orbit around the sun between the Earth and Mars, and said that just because s…
  • Found this interesting... I once spent a couple of hours trying to persuade a learned and intelligent Tibetan lama that the world is spherical in shape—but with little success. I would have had even less success had I tried to convince him of …
  • Thanks @Bunks ... it’s certainly given me something to think about A further quote from Confession For a while I hoped that Buddhism Without Beliefs might stimulate more public debate and inquiry among Buddhists about these issues (karma a…
  • You may be interested in reading the Sivaka Sutra, in which the Buddha seems to disavow the principle of karma. https://www.accesstoinsight.org/tipitaka/sn/sn36/sn36.021.than.html
  • @Bunks said: Yes I have read that book a few years ago. I enjoyed it at the time but I’ve now found that a belief in rebirth and karma has helped my practice progress. In a way the idea of rebirth allows you to let go of the immediacy of …
  • There’s a kind of subtext to the word “superstition”, in that it is held to be something that one shouldn’t believe because it is non-sensical. But that’s different, in my view, to it being patronising, although it can be derogatory. At the same tim…
  • @adamcrossley said: @Kundo said: Yet they remain open-minded while a lot of people call their practices and beliefs superstition. That's pretty rude IMO Well said. Surely “superstition” is just a derogatory word for b…
  • @Bunks said: Stop thinking and start practicing would be my advice to both you and Stephen. Did the Buddha say this? Did the Buddha say that? Who knows??!! You never will and neither will Stephen. There are certainly some interesti…
  • I have heard... that enough suffering will cause anyone’s habits to change If you could learn not to judge, then you’d be a lot better off. It’s possible to do that, to just refuse to judge anyone or anything in your thoughts. I’m minded of Sen…
    in Anxiety Comment by Kerome August 6
  • A small segment from Stephen Batchelor’s Confession of a Buddhist Atheist, about writing his first book and the slow process of breaking up with Tibetan Buddhist orthodoxy... I saw myself, arrogantly perhaps, as a participant in a groundbreaki…
  • What is perfection other than a vague picture of the ideal in your mind? It strikes me that perfection would be permanent because it would be perfect only just so, and because all that is is impermanent, it is also necessarily imperfect. Hence it…
  • @person said: That is similar to my experiences as well. The Tibetans are pretty open and don't force dogma on anyone, but the intellectual world is pretty insular and self reinforcing. (Snip) I think they haven't really had debate or ideas fr…
  • @Jeffrey said: Therefore if he has his own students and they come to different conclusions than him about what he tells them about his experiences and understanding thereof then where should he go with his students from there? Hypothetically I me…
  • @Bunks said: the UAE has an appalling human rights record. I’d be very suspicious of any so called happiness agenda they’d be pushing I think it’s true that all governments would like their citizens to be happy, that way they are l…
  • Just as a goldsmith assays gold, by rubbing, cutting, and burning, so should you examine my words. Do not accept them just out of faith in me. — Buddha
  • I’ve been reading a bit of Stephen Batchelor’s Confession of a Buddhist Atheist, and it’s been quite interesting so far. He talks about his time as a Buddhist monk, how he was studying Dharmakirti under a Tibetan Geshe, and how they were told to exa…
  • Learning Zen is a phenomenon of gold and dung. Before you understand it, it's like gold; after you understand it, it's like dung. — Zen proverb
  • "The resistance to the unpleasant situation is the root of suffering." — Ram Dass
  • "Have good trust in yourself ... not in the One that you think you should be, but in the One that you are." * Maezumi Roshi