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by MayaRefugee
Fri Oct 08, 2010 10:36 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Metta and Predation
Replies: 18
Views: 1655

Re: Metta and Predation

If the Buddha reached enlightenment in woods also inhabited by lions and other meat eaters would he acknowledge the risk and react to it or would the lions and other meat eaters have taken him off their menu cause he reached nibbana? - assume their was no compound/fenced off area for the Buddha to r...
by MayaRefugee
Fri Oct 08, 2010 3:39 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Metta and Predation
Replies: 18
Views: 1655

Re: Metta and Predation

TMingyur, if you cherish others you should still be wary of their cankers/wrong views/etc shouldn't you? - volatility/unpredictabilty is of concern to me, how can you find peace in a room/climate full of time bombs or in the lions den? If you have no self but others are operating under the assumptio...
by MayaRefugee
Fri Oct 08, 2010 12:11 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Metta and Predation
Replies: 18
Views: 1655

Re: Metta and Predation

Thanks for your contributions guys. Equanimity based on skillfullness; I like this. Looks like I need to look into my idea/understanding of skillful, I don't know if I'm prepared to die/sacrifice my body in the name of the Dhamma if a situation arises that self-defense/counterattack would negate jus...
by MayaRefugee
Thu Oct 07, 2010 3:20 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Metta and Predation
Replies: 18
Views: 1655

Re: Metta and Predation

What about the sutra about the guy that let the other guy dismember him - that's predatory behaviour is it not?

Here something is being won (easement/satisfaction/intoxication for the predators mind/sense of self) and something is being lost (the volitional capacity/life/namarupa of the Buddhist).
by MayaRefugee
Thu Oct 07, 2010 1:43 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Metta and Predation
Replies: 18
Views: 1655

Metta and Predation

Greetings Everyone, Hoping to hear some thoughts on these propositions and get a dialogue happening. Does one or can one cultivate enough Metta that your body/being need not fear/worry about predators? How can you eradicate duality when experience teaches you that there are threats to your bodies pe...
by MayaRefugee
Thu May 20, 2010 9:26 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Buddhism and Goals
Replies: 30
Views: 4473

Re: Buddhism and Goals

Thanks Goof! Circumstances being the way they are at the moment I do have a lot of time on my hands - I find I spend most if it daydreaming or mentally rehearsing whatever box needs to be ticked next - not very efficent or productive in the eyes of most but I enjoy it. You're post definately has me ...
by MayaRefugee
Thu May 20, 2010 7:13 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Buddhism and Goals
Replies: 30
Views: 4473

Re: Buddhism and Goals

The charioteer is asking these questions, he wants to know wether he should hook the horses up to the chariot and if he should then he also wants to know which direction he should point the horses in and wether or not he should whip them into action - as far as he can tell things are fine how they a...
by MayaRefugee
Wed May 19, 2010 4:02 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Buddhism and Goals
Replies: 30
Views: 4473

Re: Buddhism and Goals

The Buddha's first words after enlightenment were these: "Seeking but not finding the house builder, I traveled through the round of countless births. Oh, painful is birth ever and again! House builder you have now been seen. You shall not build the house again. Your rafters have been broken down; ...
by MayaRefugee
Sun May 16, 2010 9:08 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Buddhism and Goals
Replies: 30
Views: 4473

Re: Buddhism and Goals

More interesting replies, thanks guys! Goof, What you say about the goal or destination ceasing to be alluring is precisely my problem , I think I need to reassess or reframe the situation to find a way to look at the things/actions that will get me to a relatively unalluring destination in an allur...
by MayaRefugee
Sat May 15, 2010 12:14 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Buddhism and Goals
Replies: 30
Views: 4473

Re: Buddhism and Goals

Interesting TMingyur,

Does Nibbana (being the ultimate goal) have a requisite body condition?

Is it attainable (or even actual Nibbana) if the body containing the mind that attains/strives for it it isn't in a certain state?
by MayaRefugee
Fri May 14, 2010 9:27 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Buddhism and Goals
Replies: 30
Views: 4473

Re: Buddhism and Goals

Thanks Ben, Ignoring the obvious issues involved with the "instant fixes" I think weightloss will bring me I still think it would be the best foundation to start working on these issues from. To get to this foundation I want to find an approach that I agree with and believe in deep down, somehting t...
by MayaRefugee
Fri May 14, 2010 9:03 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Buddhism and Goals
Replies: 30
Views: 4473

Re: Buddhism and Goals

It would be nice to have a different body shape: - to rub it in the nose of those people in my memory/dreams that teased/tease my younger self about my/its aesthetic. - to see what doors open up as a result. - so I'm doing what healthy people do and caring about my health. My reasons are stupid and ...
by MayaRefugee
Fri May 14, 2010 8:40 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Buddhism and Goals
Replies: 30
Views: 4473

Re: Buddhism and Goals

Retro, I do suffer from certain recurrences but I find I have the "mind tools" to quickly find peace with the cause/reasons of that suffering (atleast to a degree I am currently satisfied with) - it used to be the things that plagued me that made me act to replace them with their opposite and this o...
by MayaRefugee
Fri May 14, 2010 8:00 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Buddhism and Goals
Replies: 30
Views: 4473

Buddhism and Goals

Hey Guys, Can anyone provide me with some insights regarding the pursuit of goals and goal setting. Pre buddhism I used to set goals in the hope of negating my burning discontentedness with things as the were, the motivation to achieve these goals was, the way I remember it, pretty strong as a resul...
by MayaRefugee
Thu Mar 04, 2010 8:01 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Memory
Replies: 14
Views: 1955

Re: Memory

Goofaholix, I'll admit I am on the fence here, one leg dangles in the "it's the brain" camp and the other is open to other explanations. TMinzyur, I think I'm beginning to see how a reflection is not an accurate portrayal of the actual past event but this reflection does seem to be made of elements ...
by MayaRefugee
Thu Mar 04, 2010 6:47 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Memory
Replies: 14
Views: 1955

Re: Memory

Thanks for the replies guys, I still haven't found anything substantial that succinctly explains what's going on from a Buddhist perspective. To TMinzyur in particular (but if anyone else wants to have a stab at this feel free): If in the present moment I take the summations I made of an event from ...
by MayaRefugee
Thu Mar 04, 2010 6:09 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: The Buddha, Imagination and The Artistic Process
Replies: 150
Views: 12784

Re: The Buddha, Imagination and The Artistic Process

TMingyur, Having established that imagination is anything we derive from/add to sensual or direct experience where can we go from here? Do you have any thoughts on the following: Does the first imagining influence all imaginings thereafter? What are the intricacies pertaining to the material the ima...
by MayaRefugee
Thu Mar 04, 2010 4:42 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: The Buddha, Imagination and The Artistic Process
Replies: 150
Views: 12784

Re: The Buddha, Imagination and The Artistic Process

Kim, It seems you think your understandings/beliefs/methods are impeccable and the things being bought up are somehow inferior to said things - if you are so knowledgable why don't you expound a bottom line on the topic so we can know this stuff as good as you do? Your choice to offer nothing but un...
by MayaRefugee
Thu Mar 04, 2010 12:13 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: The Buddha, Imagination and The Artistic Process
Replies: 150
Views: 12784

Re: The Buddha, Imagination and The Artistic Process

Anyway, in dealing with language, we are really dealing with conceptuality. Both continental philosophy and Buddhism recognise that language--which is to say conceptuality or thought--shape the 'self'. But they also recognise that language and meaning is inconstant. Meaning is not fixed but is shap...
by MayaRefugee
Tue Mar 02, 2010 1:08 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: The Buddha, Imagination and The Artistic Process
Replies: 150
Views: 12784

Re: The Buddha, Imagination and The Artistic Process

Sanghamitta, I can't help you ATM I'm sorry. Kim, From the cessation of fabrications comes the cessation of consciousness. From the cessation of consciousness comes the cessation of name-&-form. From the cessation of name-&-form comes the cessation of the six sense media. From the cessation of the s...