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by fig tree
Tue Apr 14, 2015 3:25 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Did the Buddha teach the paramis?
Replies: 10
Views: 832

Re: Did the Buddha teach the paramis?

A Treatise on the Paramis (http://www.accesstoinsight.org/lib/auth ... el409.html) says that some combined pairs of paramis to get just six. I also understand that one of them is sometimes broken up, producing a different list of ten.

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by fig tree
Sun Mar 22, 2015 3:45 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Marx on Religion
Replies: 38
Views: 1814

Re: Marx on Religion

I have a distant memory of a comment by Marx, in reference to Feuerbach, that in order to immunize ourselves from idealism, "we" (he and his allies) need to pass through this fire-stream ("feuer bach"). So he expressed considerable admiration for Feuerbach, who had a project of trying to explain how...
by fig tree
Sun Jan 25, 2015 3:00 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Fear - Why do we fear dead bodies?
Replies: 13
Views: 1144

Re: Fear - Why do we fear dead bodies?

I've heard various reasons to think that people have an instinctive fear of contamination, even in some cases where one knows that there is no risk. Steven Pinker gave a demonstration of this once. He gave a talk in which he offered a member of the audience a coffee. "But I need something to stir it...
by fig tree
Wed Oct 22, 2014 4:15 am
Forum: Suggestion box
Topic: Internal Server Error, General Error
Replies: 36
Views: 6237

Re: Internal Server Error, General Error

We have "status 500" errors ("Server internal error") fairly regularly, perhaps a few times an hour on average in chat. I don't know whether it's related to the other errors.

Fig Tree

[Edited to add "in chat".]
by fig tree
Mon Sep 08, 2014 2:38 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: The Slick Secret Behind a “Stimulus Package”
Replies: 39
Views: 1507

Re: The Slick Secret Behind a “Stimulus Package”

I recommend reading the economist Paul Krugman about the effect of economic stimulus. It works differently when the economy is in a depressed state than when it is in normal condition. Some of the things the government pays for count basically as investments, e.g. building infrastructure, and a cert...
by fig tree
Mon Aug 25, 2014 7:27 am
Forum: Wellness, Diet & Fitness
Topic: Mindfulness and Eating
Replies: 4
Views: 989

Re: Mindfulness and Eating

Hi, I haven't read any of the things you mentioned, sattva; from the authors I would expect them to be decent, though. http://www.accesstoinsight.org/tipitaka/sn/sn03/sn03.013.olen.html I don't know anything about the original term translated as "bucketful of food" but I find that an amusing way to ...
by fig tree
Fri Aug 22, 2014 7:09 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Bhikkhu Bodhi on War and Thanissaro's rebuttal
Replies: 382
Views: 23554

Re: Bhikkhu Bodhi on War and Thanissaro's rebuttal

I have some degree of agreement with what both are saying. Moral philosophers have on the one hand sometimes been prone to being a bit glib about proposing hypothetical situations in which certain potential consequences can be chosen and only those. On the other hand, other philosophers have questio...
by fig tree
Sat Jul 19, 2014 2:14 am
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: Can we attain Jhana while we have a sexual relationship?
Replies: 86
Views: 4102

Re: Can we attain Jhana while we have a sexual relationship?

I don't know whether the commentary has anything to say about whether the individual accomplished laypeople mentioned in the canon had been having sex. I seem to remember Dhammadinna and Visakha described as having abstained from relations after he became a non-returner, but I don't know whether tha...
by fig tree
Thu Mar 20, 2014 6:36 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Love and Fear
Replies: 37
Views: 2296

Re: Love and Fear

I also think culaavuso has made a good point here. My guess is that the writer referring to love and fear has the intention of implying that the whole spectrum of skillful mental qualities is essentially the same and using "love" in a sense that encompasses presumably things like "letting go", and s...
by fig tree
Fri Mar 07, 2014 5:18 am
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: "Good/Bad" Sits
Replies: 14
Views: 926

Re: "Good/Bad" Sits

I think of sits where I make headway on the five hindrances as good. Sometimes I have some agitation that dissipates, then followed by torpor. The torpor can be difficult to deal with. Sometimes I feel impatient but experience the impatience fade.

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by fig tree
Sun Mar 02, 2014 9:24 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Buddhism and developments of science.
Replies: 34
Views: 2160

Re: Buddhism and developments of science.

My impression is that the science-friendly qualities of religion are often more an effect of the nature of the surrounding society than they are a cause. Success in science seems to live in a symbiotic relationship with various other kinds of success in a society. Economic prosperity for example ten...
by fig tree
Fri Jan 24, 2014 3:03 am
Forum: Samatha Bhāvana
Topic: Brain correlates....
Replies: 7
Views: 1535

Re: Brain correlates....

Best evidence I have seen for brain not being synonomous with mind is the Pacebo effect.... no other explanation needed IMHO . If the brain make changes when a non-placebo is administered, then what else evokes physiological changes when a placebo is used...? The first time I read this, I accidenta...
by fig tree
Sun Jan 19, 2014 8:02 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Is the moon there when you don't look?
Replies: 125
Views: 3829

Re: Is the moon there when you don't look?

Philosophers have had a version of this discussion going for a long time, sometimes under the terms of "realism" and "anti-realism". The terminology does get very slippery. Realists in some way want to claim reality is independent of experience and anti-realists that reality is not independent of ex...
by fig tree
Sat Jan 04, 2014 8:40 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: What is unique in human compare to animal?
Replies: 67
Views: 5894

Re: What is unique in human compare to animal?

I think many of the differences between human beings and animals are matters of degree, and that if we could see our ancestors at various stages along the way this would be more obvious. The linguist Steven Pinker has some interesting comments on this. He likens the human ability to use language to ...
by fig tree
Sat Jan 04, 2014 7:44 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: spiritual pride
Replies: 21
Views: 2257

Re: spiritual pride

Remembering to think of the path as a gift that has been handed down to you (like in a bucket brigade) seems to help.

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by fig tree
Fri Jan 03, 2014 7:03 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Cannabis goes on legal sale in US state of Colorado
Replies: 13
Views: 905

Re: Cannabis goes on legal sale in US state of Colorado

The local paper has reported that the rollout of "recreational" marijuana shops proceeded with relatively little drama, compared to some of the worries people have had about it. The federal law against it is still on the books. Colorado is one of a few states that have put limits on what activities ...
by fig tree
Wed Dec 18, 2013 6:55 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: The last eschelons of Metta.
Replies: 12
Views: 921

Re: The last eschelons of Metta.

Instead of trying to have metta for whatever your political out group is just have metta for the mothers of the world or the fathers of the world or the children of the world. Or divide people into categories that you like, people who like chocolate ice cream or what ever. For some reason the metta...
by fig tree
Tue Dec 17, 2013 6:58 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: The last eschelons of Metta.
Replies: 12
Views: 921

Re: The last eschelons of Metta.

Pay attention to your motives with respect to your ideas. Wanting to understand the world can be a very wholesome attitude, but it's easy to get unwholesome ingredients mixed in with it. Ideas are like anything else; it's possible to be greedy for them. In the canon, attachment to views is given as ...
by fig tree
Sun Dec 15, 2013 2:39 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: What does authenticity mean?
Replies: 35
Views: 3242

Re: What does authenticity mean?

I run into the issue of authenticity when attempting to practice the dhamma mainly when I'm annoyed or experiencing some other unskillful mental state, and trying to curb it. Before I became a Buddhist I was exposed to some Western psychological ideas, which made me aware of how I sometimes would tr...
by fig tree
Tue Dec 10, 2013 4:37 am
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: Experiencing an alterned state?
Replies: 14
Views: 1754

Re: Experiencing an alterned state?

I agree. Digity, it's great that you can calm yourself down -- a lot of people struggle with that -- but make sure you don't drift into the twilight zone, even if only slightly. :anjali: I'm usually restless enough as I meditate that when I manage to calm down it seems pretty good to me. This sutta...