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by Individual
Mon Feb 21, 2011 11:03 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Why isn't the Lord the greatest?
Replies: 13
Views: 1564

Re: Why isn't the Lord the greatest?

This was a pointless discussion.

But as I see it, to each his own. I respect your way too. I don't mean to confuse things. If it works for you, then great. If not, give it up, right?
by Individual
Mon Feb 21, 2011 9:19 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Be prepared
Replies: 10
Views: 1071

Be prepared

The present crisis in the Middle East is similar to the conditions of WW1... So WW3 could be right around the door. Stock up on supplies. Also, if WW2 is as bad as WW4, make sure you have a means of traveling in case you're in the country where people are being put into death camps.
by Individual
Mon Feb 21, 2011 9:17 pm
Forum: Discovering Theravāda
Topic: The Best Place To Start
Replies: 5
Views: 1226

Re: The Best Place To Start

Right here
by Individual
Mon Feb 21, 2011 9:17 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: karmic cause of schizophrenia
Replies: 168
Views: 15357

Re: karmic cause of schizophrenia

I am a living example... unfortunately... :weep: What exactly is your condition? Predisposed Schizophrenia induced by hallucinogens? HPPD? Bipolar disorder, largely triggered by marijuana use But I saw all kinds of strange visions and delusions... Thought I was Hitler, Jesus, Buddha, Charles Manson...
by Individual
Mon Feb 21, 2011 9:15 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Actors go to Hell?
Replies: 100
Views: 9946

Re: Actors go to Hell?

Cruel actors often engage in self-destructive behavior here and now.
by Individual
Mon Feb 21, 2011 9:14 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Our Zen Friends.
Replies: 60
Views: 4556

Re: Our Zen Friends.

I have just read a thread on Zen Forum International which made me cheer., Its posted by the estimable Ven Nonin, who is a real Dharma/Dhamma teacher and good guy, and quotes from an old article by Gary Ray. Its called " Zen In Online Forums" and gets a big Sadhu ! from me. :anjali: NB If this is n...
by Individual
Mon Feb 21, 2011 9:13 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Sectarianism
Replies: 42
Views: 2752

Re: Sectarianism

I don't think anything needs to be said about sectarianism other than that it is a bad thing and a sign of ignorance.
by Individual
Mon Feb 21, 2011 9:12 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Why isn't the Lord the greatest?
Replies: 13
Views: 1564

Why isn't the Lord the greatest?

By "the Lord", I mean a few things... I mean the supposed monotheistic God... Sakka, the king of the gods who is married to an Asura, and tries to make peace between the devas and the asuras... And the bodhisattva Kwan Yin. Any of these things could be equated with the divinity of other religions, l...
by Individual
Sun Feb 20, 2011 10:22 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: karmic cause of schizophrenia
Replies: 168
Views: 15357

Re: karmic cause of schizophrenia

I asked Ven Pesala what the karmic cause of schizophrenia was and he said that drug and alchohol use was the cause. In certain situations it could apparently manifest in the same life. Do any of you know or have you seen reference in Buddha's teachings as to what can be the cause of mental illness?...
by Individual
Sun Feb 20, 2011 10:02 pm
Forum: Wellness, Diet & Fitness
Topic: Raw Diet?
Replies: 58
Views: 9298

Re: Raw Diet?

Not healthy, and eating raw grains and meat was specifically forbidden by the Buddha.
by Individual
Mon Jan 24, 2011 6:18 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Some updates
Replies: 9
Views: 1083

Re: Some updates

However bad your dad seems to you now, I suggest you don't write him off permanently. He's the only one you have and when he's dead and gone, there's no opportunity for reconcilliation and developing a meaningful relationship. Possibly, but my mom has warned me (and I believe her) that after she is...
by Individual
Mon Jan 24, 2011 6:10 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: What do you do for fun -- with other people?
Replies: 21
Views: 1631

Re: What do you do for fun -- with other people?

Ben wrote: She would describe my social life (the meditation group sits) I attended as "getting together with other people in a darkened room and, while keeping their eyes closed, not talk to each other".
:lol:

A very wise woman!

Does she meditate?
by Individual
Mon Jan 24, 2011 6:04 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Nagarjuna as the true interpret of the doctrine?
Replies: 41
Views: 4697

Re: Nagarjuna as the true interpret of the doctrine?

Retro, I altered my post. It was a bit too harsh and ignorant. For instance, I changed "wouldn't" to "might not", because I wouldn't venture to speculate on and judge your views when I can just ask you instead. Greetings Individual, I could go on with this, Retrofuturist, but you wouldn't be interes...
by Individual
Mon Jan 24, 2011 5:57 am
Forum: Shrine Room
Topic: Using Buddha Statues in the Garden
Replies: 32
Views: 9117

Re: Using Buddha Statues in the Garden

Ben wrote: What I don't like is the reduction of the Buddha as garden gnome.
LOL

:clap:

Or a good luck charm? :)
by Individual
Mon Jan 24, 2011 5:14 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Some updates
Replies: 9
Views: 1083

Re: Some updates

BTW, a question: If I took the DSM-IV and then wrote a text of medium length (as concise as possible but not at the expense of clarity), relating the various conditions to notions of early Buddhism in unique ways, could anybody find that interesting and useful? Or would it just seem like the ravings...
by Individual
Mon Jan 24, 2011 5:08 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Some updates
Replies: 9
Views: 1083

Re: Some updates

but it's OK because I'm mindful and I know that there are powers much higher than him who are there to help -- if the intentions are pure. :) Actually, I shouldn't say that. That's arrogant. I can't be deluded like that. I should be "normal" and not forget to be mindful out of some kind of bizarre ...
by Individual
Mon Jan 24, 2011 5:05 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Some updates
Replies: 9
Views: 1083

Some updates

OK, I know I post too much but you'll like this one, I think... So my dad isn't talking to me anymore because I've been snapping at him almost every time I'm with him. You can call it anger, but really, it's been a long-time coming. Growing up, he intimidated and scared me. Standing up to him, thoug...
by Individual
Mon Jan 24, 2011 4:35 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Nagarjuna as the true interpret of the doctrine?
Replies: 41
Views: 4697

Re: Nagarjuna as the true interpret of the doctrine?

Which is all fine and well - he's perfectly allowed to do those things... but there is no avoiding that there is an inconsistency between his interpretation and the world-view of the Sutta Pitaka. If looked at from different points-of-view, Abhidhamma and Nagarjuna could both be seen as consistent ...
by Individual
Mon Jan 24, 2011 4:30 am
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: Recollect peaceful state of mind as meditation object?
Replies: 13
Views: 1511

Re: Recollect peaceful state of mind as meditation object?

Also.. It is helpful to recollect what worked and what didn't in your meditation so you can learn from it, but to make a past memory the object of attention is to lose touch with the present, the present is where you need to be no matter what your meditation practise is. You can be too obsessive ove...
by Individual
Mon Jan 24, 2011 4:19 am
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: Recollect peaceful state of mind as meditation object?
Replies: 13
Views: 1511

Re: Recollect peaceful state of mind as meditation object?

Sounds like an exercise in encouraging clinging to me. If he says it works for him, why discourage him? No insight teacher would encourage trying to recreate past meditation experiences, come to think of it it can be a stumbling block to concentration practices too. If it was a good meditation expe...