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by JamesTheGiant
Thu Apr 18, 2019 11:12 am
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: "I" am a time traveller...
Replies: 3
Views: 148

Re: "I" am a time traveller...

Time sense is interesting, and once I attended a lecture where a university psych professor explained the ways they can mess with someone's sense of time. Induce dejavu, that was a cool one. Make people think time was going faster or slower, make people convinced an event had happened even though th...
by JamesTheGiant
Thu Apr 18, 2019 12:12 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Zombie Pigs
Replies: 15
Views: 209

Re: Zombie Pigs

And may I add that Zombie Pigs is the most unlikely topic title I've ever seen on here. :twothumbsup:
by JamesTheGiant
Wed Apr 17, 2019 11:22 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Zombie Pigs
Replies: 15
Views: 209

Re: Zombie Pigs

I know Tibetan Buddhism has a big detailed explanation of death and bardos and how rebirth happens...
Theravada doesn't really address that process, does it? It must have been one of those things the Buddha said was not important or relevant to the practise of liberation.
by JamesTheGiant
Wed Apr 17, 2019 7:06 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Zombie Pigs
Replies: 15
Views: 209

Re: Zombie Pigs

This article got me thinking. How would rebirth be viewed if one day medical science progresses to the point of being to revive a corpse after being dead for a few hours, or even days? https://www.npr.org/sections/health-shots/2019/04/17/714289322/scientists-restore-some-function-in-the-brains-of-d...
by JamesTheGiant
Wed Apr 17, 2019 2:53 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: The Dhamma and Science
Replies: 31
Views: 433

Re: The Dhamma and Science

The difference is: The higher one's understanding in Science, The higher one's ability to appreciate its incompleteness . The higher one's understanding in Buddha's Dhamma, The higher one's the ability to appreciate its completeness . Huh? How crazy, that's crystal clear and resonant with me. No of...
by JamesTheGiant
Wed Apr 17, 2019 1:27 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: The Dhamma and Science
Replies: 31
Views: 433

Re: The Dhamma and Science

Don't take science as absolute truth. Take science as a good working theory.
Don't take Buddhism as absolute truth. Take Buddhism as a good working theory.
by JamesTheGiant
Tue Apr 16, 2019 4:52 am
Forum: Dhammic Stories
Topic: Buddha knew all along
Replies: 7
Views: 268

Re: Buddha knew all along

I believe they are all tested for physical and mental health What was the mental health of the people who used nuclear bomb in Japan? They were ok. The thing is, nobody really had to take responsibility except the president. And for him it was said in an office on the other side of the world. The p...
by JamesTheGiant
Tue Apr 16, 2019 3:12 am
Forum: Ordination and Monastic Life
Topic: What attributes made monks' robes "unconventional" during the time of the Buddha ???
Replies: 3
Views: 211

Re: What attributes made monks' robes "unconventional" during the time of the Buddha ???

That's Ajahn Chandako, he's intense, works so hard, so much energy. As far as I remember the robes had to be worn wound around the body in a certain pattern, and they were all the yellow-brown colour and mostly rags. Historians say there's no reliable record of how the original bhikkhus wore their r...
by JamesTheGiant
Mon Apr 15, 2019 7:34 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Black holes
Replies: 7
Views: 148

Re: Black holes

Yes, to my mind he was talking about the intergalactic void, the fathomless empty millions of lightyears between some galaxies. There's this huge empty out there called the Boötes Void. It's more than 200 Million lightyears across, or about 0.23% of the observable universe. There are so few stars in...
by JamesTheGiant
Sun Apr 14, 2019 7:06 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Theravada against mathematics
Replies: 664
Views: 8681

Re: Theravada against mathematics

You live in a small place.
But I'll not argue, enjoy your world.
by JamesTheGiant
Sun Apr 14, 2019 6:59 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Theravada against mathematics
Replies: 664
Views: 8681

Re: Theravada against mathematics

You honor, I rest my case. Bot.
by JamesTheGiant
Sun Apr 14, 2019 6:54 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Theravada against mathematics
Replies: 664
Views: 8681

Re: Theravada against mathematics

The infinite set of steps of the deterministic algorithm is a countable set. The cardinality of an infinite countable set are no more than the cardinality of an infinite set of moments of the past. All the steps of the deterministic algorithm that worked in the past find their place in the infinite...
by JamesTheGiant
Sun Apr 14, 2019 6:39 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Theravada against mathematics
Replies: 664
Views: 8681

Re: Theravada against mathematics

Has anyone commented that the original argument is invalid? Because we do not live in a universe where all things are possible. Our universe has hard laws and underlying structure that severely limits possible events. Where are all the Boltzmann Brains? Yeah nah, our universe isn't that kind of plac...
by JamesTheGiant
Sat Apr 13, 2019 8:40 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Body Scan
Replies: 27
Views: 747

Re: Body Scan

sentinel wrote:
Sat Apr 13, 2019 8:21 am

The dhamma does not refer to 3 characteristics .
I went back and read it again, in two different translations... And you're right, the three characteristics are not mentioned. Aarg! :cry:
I wonder where I got that idea from. :shrug:
by JamesTheGiant
Fri Apr 12, 2019 6:05 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Paṭiccasamuppāda and Space
Replies: 57
Views: 736

Re: Paṭiccasamuppāda and Space

clw_uk wrote:
Fri Apr 12, 2019 12:12 am
If we assume that paṭiccasamuppāda refers to external “things” and not just to how the mind constructs the world how do we reconcile the eternity of space with paṭiccasamuppāda? Space began to exist yet it will never end. It is eternal. Thoughts?
I think this is called a "Category Error".