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by RayfieldNeel
Thu Mar 11, 2010 2:08 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: the great vegetarian debate
Replies: 4366
Views: 291632

Re: Poll: Are you vegetarian/vegan?

For the curious, the limit, in a 500g (roughly one pound jar) is 150 insect fragments. They are allowed 5 rodent hairs in there too. [puts fingers in ears]LALALALALALALAA I can't hear you LALALALALALAL[/puts fingers in ears] Speaking as one who works as a quality professional, I'd be interested to ...
by RayfieldNeel
Wed Mar 10, 2010 8:31 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: the great vegetarian debate
Replies: 4366
Views: 291632

Re: Poll: Are you vegetarian/vegan?

Calculations show that the amount of food necessary to raise a calf from birth to slaughter weight would feed me (a typical male) from birth to age 75. That's one head of cattle. Holy crap. I thought that I was somewhat versed in these kinds of statistics, but for some reason I've never heard that ...
by RayfieldNeel
Wed Mar 10, 2010 1:52 pm
Forum: Ordination and Monastic Life
Topic: What is holding you back from ordaining?
Replies: 114
Views: 14513

Re: What is holding you back from ordaining?

I have 2 things that hold me back from becoming a monk of some stripe: 1)Family obligation: I have a wife and 2 fairly young kids; my interest in Buddhist teachings didn't really sink in 'til just the last couple of years. 2)I'm still figuring out my path. I'm focusing on teachers rather than school...
by RayfieldNeel
Tue Mar 09, 2010 4:34 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Twitter....what is it?
Replies: 12
Views: 917

Re: Twitter....what is it?

I currently subscribe to BuddhistGeeks, SmartBuddhist, aquietmind, and tinybuddha; sometimes a nugget of wisdom or a link to a good dharma read comes through. :) I also follow the feed of a friend that is battling cancer, cnn headline news, and tech news feeds, and find each to be worthwhile. What i...
by RayfieldNeel
Tue Mar 02, 2010 5:39 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Anyone read books on a handheld device?
Replies: 6
Views: 553

Re: Anyone read books on a handheld device?

meindzai wrote: There's something that just came out for Accesstoinsight for the iphone.
I'll have to check that out! Thanks!
by RayfieldNeel
Tue Mar 02, 2010 4:04 pm
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: The secret to a successful meditation session
Replies: 37
Views: 4443

Re: The secret to a successful meditation session

I've never had a "pre-meditative" ritual, but as a result of this thread I've begun experimenting with doing a brief metta prior to sitting. First impressions are that I start in a "clearer" place, if that makes any sense.
by RayfieldNeel
Fri Feb 26, 2010 6:27 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Ingram, et al - "Hard Core Dharma" & claims of attainment
Replies: 1005
Views: 84626

Re: Daniel Ingram

I've read his book, and have lurked at the forum. (http://www.dharmaoverground.org" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;) He does manage to be a controversial figure; he does indeed consider himself to be an arhant, and others who have followed in his footsteps at the site will overtly clai...
by RayfieldNeel
Fri Feb 26, 2010 2:46 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Girl Scouts
Replies: 56
Views: 5530

Re: Girl Scouts

I agree with this. With many things in life, creating a roadmap for your kids (what profession you want to steer them towards, what kind of person you want them to marry, and surely, what religion you want them to be) strikes me as a recipe for epic failure. I have two daughters, 8 and 10; very brig...
by RayfieldNeel
Fri Feb 26, 2010 2:29 pm
Forum: Discovering Theravāda
Topic: Practicing with no sangha
Replies: 20
Views: 2959

Re: Practicing with no sangha

I'm not yet sure about where it's going...but I'm a bit intrigued with the Second Life Buddhist centers that have sprung up. The only ones I've sampled are actually in the Zen tradition, but it's interesting to take your avatar to a dharma talk, and "sit" with other people in that setting. Every see...
by RayfieldNeel
Fri Feb 26, 2010 2:25 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Anyone read books on a handheld device?
Replies: 6
Views: 553

Re: Anyone read books on a handheld device?

Honestly, I read mostly fiction on my iPhone, though I do keep a Kindle copy of The Miracle of Mindfulness on there to save me when I need a Buddha blast. Though I am very open to new tech, I still buy my dharma books as physical copies. I think it's because I know that I may want to refer back to t...
by RayfieldNeel
Wed Feb 24, 2010 7:29 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Anyone read books on a handheld device?
Replies: 6
Views: 553

Re: Anyone read books on a handheld device?

This amazes many people, but I read a lot on my iPhone. The free Kindle app means that I can select, buy, and be reading a new book from Amazon in under a minute. Ultra-portable, so I have it with me at all times. I turn down the brightness a bit to prevent straining my eyes. I turn up the font to n...
by RayfieldNeel
Wed Feb 24, 2010 1:59 pm
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: Noting and labeling practice
Replies: 11
Views: 1823

Re: Noting and labeling practice

I am in a similar place, figuratively speaking. I use the noting technique in my vipassana practice, and when doing simple tasks around the work and home..but when trying to deal with an upset 10-year-old, a wild lab pup, or when debugging Visual Basic code, it gets a little tricky. :tongue:
by RayfieldNeel
Wed Feb 24, 2010 1:52 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Girl Scouts
Replies: 56
Views: 5530

Re: Girl Scouts

The Scouting experience will vary widely, depending on the leader and the group..my own time in the Boy Scouts (30 years ago) involved nothing that was overtly or forcibly religious, and certainly nothing that was paramilitary. Churches tend to be the hosts for Scout troops in my area, and I suppose...
by RayfieldNeel
Wed Feb 24, 2010 12:30 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: What does a Buddhist do on a Saturday evening?
Replies: 17
Views: 1367

Re: What does a Buddhist do on a Saturday evening?

I did choose that, and no criticism to you was intended. :)
Annapurna wrote:Rayfield, this board offers 10 options maximum....perhaps simply choose 'hobby'? Your family is your hobby, right? Sort of. :group:
:anjali:
by RayfieldNeel
Tue Feb 23, 2010 10:15 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: What does a Buddhist do on a Saturday evening?
Replies: 17
Views: 1367

Re: What does a Buddhist do on a Saturday evening?

Your options missed a big one for me..."spend time with family". As fede said, it's pretty much like other nights, except that we don't have the normal weekday prep for the next work/school day. We'll prepare and eat dinner, spend some time doing stuff with the kids; we (wife and I) may let them do ...
by RayfieldNeel
Mon Feb 22, 2010 10:02 pm
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: Breath
Replies: 59
Views: 5446

Re: Breath

When engaging in samatha, my breath (completely on its own) becomes very shallow over time, almost to the point of being undetectable. It was recommended to me somewhere to do exactly what you (the OP) do, that is, breathe "with my whole body". This works nicely to me; access concentration comes pre...
by RayfieldNeel
Sat Feb 20, 2010 12:54 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Understanding Engineers
Replies: 41
Views: 4185

Re: Understanding Engineers

LOL..yeah, the funny thing is I was much more inclined toward the theoretical, and liked lots of digits before engineering school and my career in the same. Making real-world stuff out of the numbers kinda worked that need out of me. :tongue:
by RayfieldNeel
Fri Feb 19, 2010 8:28 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Any fellow web designers out there?
Replies: 5
Views: 616

Re: Any fellow web designers out there?

LOL, I think that you may view Java through a bit of a different lens than I do. It's been an interesting process getting up to speed with web programming. I have experience going back to the '80's in: 1)Basic (good old TRS-80's) 2)Fortran (engineering school made me do it) 3)Pascal 4)C 5)Visual Bas...
by RayfieldNeel
Fri Feb 19, 2010 3:47 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Understanding Engineers
Replies: 41
Views: 4185

Re: Understanding Engineers

catmoon wrote:Just ask for pi.

An engineer will quote pi to a handful of digits at most. Whatever he thinks you need.
Yep, if I'm using pi I'll use either 3.1415 or 22/7, depending on the situation. Plenty of accuracy for an engineer. :smile: