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Kerome · Love, love is mystery · Veteran

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  • I think one has to view the Pāli Canon in the context of its times. It contains all kinds of references to Mount Meru being the centre of the universe and the sun and planets circling around it, six realms for rebirth and 31 realms in the cosmos, pe…
  • It depends on how non-votes are treated, and so it varies with different places around the world. Here in the Netherlands the system is proportional representation, the total number of valid votes is counted and then the divider is calculated, and t…
    in Politics! Comment by Kerome July 1
  • @adamcrossley said: @Kerome said: So yes, rebirth does tend to be seen as an important tenet of Buddhism. I’ve even seen people write that what Stephen Batchelor believes is no longer buddhism, because of his stance on this subject.…
  • It’s a topic I am interested in as well... it’s curious that so little has been written about the connections between the natural world and our own spirituality. I’ve yet to come across a good book about it.
    in John Muir Comment by Kerome June 29
  • Well, how much does our memory form our personal inclinations? As a baby there isn’t much there beside sleeping and holding on, even smiling we learn. Almost everything we learn from social contact. I’d say all that and more is born from the body, a…
  • So yes, rebirth does tend to be seen as an important tenet of Buddhism. I’ve even seen people write that what Stephen Batchelor believes is no longer buddhism, because of his stance on this subject. But I still find I have questions around rebirt…
  • @Bunks said: @Kerome said: I’ve played the odd no-limit hold ‘em poker tournament among friends, i took home the pot on several occasions. It’s good fun, if not very buddhist. I hope you donated it!!! This wa…
  • I find the whole cosmology difficult to credit. From what we now know of the awesomeness of the physical universe, the richness of the history of the earth revealed through the layers of rock, it sounds like the spiritual realm should have a similar…
  • I’ve played the odd no-limit hold ‘em poker tournament among friends, i took home the pot on several occasions. It’s good fun, if not very buddhist.
  • But a section from @pegembara’s quote does seem to indicate a hundred thousand or more human births... one birth, two births, three births, four, five, ten, twenty, thirty, forty, fifty, one hundred, one thousand, one hundred thousand births, …
  • @federica said: There was a programme on TV in the UK a while ago about a community living on land that had once been used, I believe, for military exercises... They didn't use any amenities, so paid no taxes, and were as self sufficient as you c…
  • @pegembara said: Even arahants don't know. It would seem so... not everybody who gains release gets that experience of having had many births. It also doesn’t appear to gel with the number of people on the earth. As we go forward in time …
  • @Bunks said: He's now been ex-communicated from the Thai Forest Tradition for re-commencing the ordination of bhikkhuni's in Australia (bravo!!!) It’s strange that this in this modern day and Age should still cause controversy.
  • In another place, I came across a reference to makyo — interesting and relevant. The term makyō (魔境 makyō) is a Zen term that means “ghost cave” or “devil’s cave.” It is a figurative reference to the kind of self-delusion that results from c…
  • Ive been very much enjoying Ajahn Brahm’s book, the section on the five hindrances to meditation is excellent. I also didn’t know Ajahn Brahm was a student of Ajahn Chah.
  • I was working on a long new post on the iPad, and suddenly I get a window like the sign-in window, except that it is only a blank rectangle. My router drops my WiFi, and when I return to the “new post” URL my message is gone and auto save hasn’t wor…
  • Sometimes pedantry is the only answer
  • @seeker242 said: @Kerome said: we don’t know what the experience of death is like, but instead you can have a pleasant dream in your thoughts, which you probably won’t take with you anyway. If there is no way to know, …
  • @David said: I think right view would have to be somewhat compatible with an ehipassiko mindset. A middle ground between acceptance and denial. Acknowledging the possibilities without clinging to any. That’s kind of what I think as well. …
  • @lobster said: I vote monster raving loony (whoever I vote for) ... I reckon it is more worthwhile to register a thought through, principled vote than a protest vote or a spoiled ballot. It’s not so hard to just put an X against a party w…
    in Politics! Comment by Kerome June 25
  • I know it is right view, that is what causes me some trouble because saying it is right view without being able to verify it independently is dogma, against ehipassiko. It seems just a thing of the mind, without substantial reality.
  • It is interesting to think about what is natural... I do agree with Xunzi that a lot of our environment and thought is born of artifice. But I do think that there are some pretty primal responses still within us, for example sex or fight-or-flight. …
  • Its interesting... there is a whole chain of thought around what exactly it is that is reborn, to the statement that it’s like a candle lighting another candle, to not-self, to the fact that enlightenment is something that needs to come to all being…
  • I’ve thought about it some. I think democracy is not doing too well in many countries because of vested interests and the development of a political class. The whole populism issue is another area of concern. But generally I try to give it as lit…
    in Politics! Comment by Kerome June 23
  • This topic came up in discussion with my father, who is currently an avid reader of all sorts of material about the Bardo and the process of life after death. When I confronted him with the fact that there is no way to really know, he was just quiet…
  • @Jason said: @Kerome said: I came across mention of this in a few places, that there are traces of the Brahmans in the time of the Buddha meddling with the content of the sutra’s. There seem to be typical patterns of Brahman religio…
  • @Jason said: @Kerome said: I came across an article in a Dutch-language Buddhist internet magazine (here) and it made me think about how I cope with my attitudes towards rebirth. The article itself is somewhat sceptical, throwing up…
  • I don’t think @kundo is being a bad Buddhist? She can have her views on this, and they seem to be a lot more personal than mine. Not forgiving is ok too, although you may find that it eventually ends up becoming a barrier. My mother the other day…
  • @seeker242 said: @Kerome said: So I was wondering what are people’s opinions on how important a belief in rebirth is? Karma does not make much sense without rebirth. And Buddhism as a whole does not make much sense wit…
  • @Bunks said: I guess it comes down to whether or not we are open to including "faith" as part of our practice. Yes, I think thats right. Faith in the scriptures is the key question, which in part comes down to how strong your belief is th…
  • @Bunks said: I can’t see why the laws of the non physical world can’t behave in the same way as the physical world I.e a continual flux of cause and effect since beginningless time. Yes, that, and a recycling of components. Everything in …
  • @Federica said: new day, new me... Yes, every moment we become new, but also... @Lee82 said: Everything that I am physically will be gone, memories will be gone, but some kind of non-physical underlying true essence or conscience…
  • I certainly don’t hate Hitler, I think he was wrong and misguided and did much harm but it’s so far removed from me. Similarly with child rapists. I think @Jeffrey made a good point bringing up that it’s the people who injure us personally in some w…
  • It is interesting that the 5th verse says “freedom from hatred”, not forgiveness. Forgiveness is a step further, for when you recognise that some people just don’t fully realise what they are doing.
  • @Kerome said: I have grown a moustache and a beard, for the first time in my life at age 46... I’m wondering what to do with the new growth, it’s starting to get a bit long and frizzy. Considering getting a beard trimming kit.
  • Really interesting, though she seems more attached to perennial philosophy rather than being a straight Buddhist. Good article.
  • LotR had a unique epic quality, I feel, which GoT tried to imitate through sheer scope but it didn’t quite work. Though to say LotR had no violence is a bit off the mark, the battle scenes were pretty intense. It depends what you’re in the mood for.…
  • @Shoshin said: What nature can tell us ...To mind our own business Except when it tells us when to poo, which kind of is our business.
  • @federica said: @Quidditch said: So it's the same old story. 😔 I thought Buddhist teachers were above it, but I guess they're not. I guess I was sort of looking for a magic answer, like @Kundo said. I know you must be …
  • I don’t think that accepting things as they are is necessarily a bad outcome, after all things really are like that. But if you look at advanced mindfulness practitioners like Thich Nhat Hanh before he had his stroke, he was a strong proponent for t…
  • Do you think it is purely in Buddhist circles? If you look at all the trouble the Catholic Church has, I suspect other denominations have just as many issues. I suspect wherever you have celibate men in a position of power and trust you are going to…
  • In the end I think that internet buddhism is better than no buddhism at all. My sense is that buddhism has important lessons to teach people in modern society, and it’s a good thing that the information is available. But I really would advise intern…
  • @federica said: What is meant by letting go of suffering, is facing the issue head on, doing the right thing, resolving matters as best as possible to the mutual benefit of all concerned wherever possible, but not attaching feelings of resentment…
  • @Quidditch said: I'm curious to see what else happens. Sometimes nothing of interest happens. But sometimes it does. I'm curious... That’s true, meditation can be unpredictable that way, there is no guarantee things will happen. Have you …
  • It’s funny, my life is moving towards more regular patterns but I still seem to be wrapped up in contemplating dukkha... @person said: I was listening to some people talk about contemplation of death and they were saying that there were bas…
  • Thinking again of the example of the falling tree, it seems that there are long periods where life is going well, the pattern of living is being expressed, and then there are short periods of upheaval and change, before a new settled period comes. S…
  • @pegembara said: "Whatever is subject to origination is all subject to cessation.” How is it that this knowledge can end dukkha? “Make change your friend.”
  • @lobster said: @Kerome said: I’m trying some psyllium husks as part of my diet, just to see what effect it has on my overall health. It seems to have quite a few benefits... Good luck. Gut health is so importa…
  • Beautiful photo essay on gathering cliff honey in China... who knew that giant bees iIn those mountains could grow to three centimetres long, that’s a big bee! https://www.theguardian.com/environment/gallery/2019/jun/11/sweet-reward-yunnan-honey-…