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by Epistemes
Fri Oct 21, 2011 4:00 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Paul Williams' On converting from Buddhism to Catholicism
Replies: 90
Views: 6137

Re: Paul Williams' On converting from Buddhism to Catholicism

I dont doubt that the reply you recieved to your EMail resulted in your being able to rest secure in the knowledge that you have him and his whole life summed up and filed neatly in a non threatening drawer. My conclusions can only be based on the data I've been given. I know why I'm not Catholic a...
by Epistemes
Fri Oct 21, 2011 3:31 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Paul Williams' On converting from Buddhism to Catholicism
Replies: 90
Views: 6137

Re: Paul Williams' On converting from Buddhism to Catholicism

The man is a 60 year old father and grandfather. His academic credentials are impeccable. He has reached conclusions that many Buddhists would not share..but after many years of study. His is not a light hearted and credulous embracing of a faith and then dropping it for another. He is a sincere an...
by Epistemes
Thu Sep 15, 2011 11:03 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Speeding in traffic
Replies: 28
Views: 2082

Speeding in traffic

I searched for this topic and didn't see any results, which seems surprising.

What is the Buddhist position, if any, on speeding in traffic? I'm sure this would fall under right livelihood, but what's allowed?
by Epistemes
Thu Sep 15, 2011 8:01 pm
Forum: Discovering Theravāda
Topic: Why is mind to be overcome?
Replies: 11
Views: 1801

Re: Why is mind to be overcome?

Who's to say are "natural" state of mind is better? As far as I can tell the natural human state of delusion, ignorance, and greed cause suffering. If we are to look at how a thing exists in reality, that would be an argument for preference of the natural state of mind. The actual experience of min...
by Epistemes
Wed Sep 14, 2011 6:21 pm
Forum: Discovering Theravāda
Topic: Why is mind to be overcome?
Replies: 11
Views: 1801

Re: Why is mind to be overcome?

Indulgence in concepts also prevents that we perceive reality on the direct way, that we perceive it as it is. Which is to say, no-thing ever truly is, right? But the mind reacts agressively to its extinction. It fights back. There is something threatening about nibbana. Mind would rather indulge. ...
by Epistemes
Wed Sep 14, 2011 5:10 pm
Forum: Discovering Theravāda
Topic: Why is mind to be overcome?
Replies: 11
Views: 1801

Why is mind to be overcome?

This is a horribly basic question, so please forgive me. I have been completing some reading and the thought occurred to me, "Why is conceptualizing unskillful?". The obvious answer to this question is that conceptualizing and, by extension, the whole mental matrix leads to suffering. My concern goe...
by Epistemes
Tue Sep 13, 2011 11:57 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Redemptive suffering
Replies: 9
Views: 954

Re: Redemptive suffering

If there're local churches or temples, pay frequent visits and she could pay homage to the Buddha, or Christ, etc..So, there're lots of ways. Good luck.. I'm confused by your mention of paying homage to Christ. Does going to church on Sunday and "paying homage" to Christ truly generate good kamma? ...
by Epistemes
Tue Sep 13, 2011 6:15 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Redemptive suffering
Replies: 9
Views: 954

Redemptive suffering

During my days as a Catholic, I sometimes tried performing redemptive suffering. Redemptive suffering is an "offering up" of one's sufferings for the welfare of other people who suffer just like one's self or worse in hopes that they will be redeemed, set free from their suffering, and one day reach...
by Epistemes
Tue Sep 13, 2011 2:40 pm
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: Meditation difficulties
Replies: 9
Views: 675

Re: Meditation difficulties

It sounds like vipissana is supposed to be uncomfortable. I always thought that a good, comfortable posture was key to proper meditation. I always try to start out comfortable. The thing is, any position after awhile becomes uncomfortable. That is the nature of the body. It is an uncomfortable thin...
by Epistemes
Tue Sep 13, 2011 2:43 am
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: Meditation difficulties
Replies: 9
Views: 675

Re: Meditation difficulties

It sounds like vipissana is supposed to be uncomfortable.

I always thought that a good, comfortable posture was key to proper meditation.
by Epistemes
Tue Sep 13, 2011 12:00 am
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: Meditation difficulties
Replies: 9
Views: 675

Meditation difficulties

Hello, I'm currently reading Mindfulness in Plain English for the first time. I'm on chapter 7. Right now, I'm currently practicing shamatha meditation. It's the only meditation I know right now. Unfortunately, I don't meditate in ideal conditions. For one, I have to sit in a chair due to my size. E...
by Epistemes
Mon Sep 12, 2011 5:36 pm
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: Averse to meditation
Replies: 3
Views: 439

Averse to meditation

Hello, I'm currently reading Mindfulness in Plain English for the first time. I'm through Chapter 7 so far. And I'm scared. Last week I went on vacation. While on vacation, I really didn't have any chance to practice any meditation. We were staying in a small house with a bunch of family. Prior to v...
by Epistemes
Mon Sep 12, 2011 2:43 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: I know how the song ends
Replies: 1
Views: 304

I know how the song ends

Musicians strive to make their songs interesting and worth repeated listenings. Granted, every time I listen to a certain song it's under different conditions which influences my perception of the music, but regardless of those conditions, if I've listened to the song enough times, I know every word...
by Epistemes
Sat Sep 10, 2011 2:59 pm
Forum: Discovering Theravāda
Topic: Teacher or no Teacher?
Replies: 9
Views: 1649

Re: Teacher or no Teacher?

I have almost always been attracted to Buddhism because I was under the impression that a teacher wasn't necessary. I am not sure where I picked up this impression, but it wasn't from a non-Buddhist source, I'm sure. One of the things about Mahayana that is the most unattractive for me is the insist...
by Epistemes
Fri Sep 09, 2011 1:26 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Dreams and rebirth
Replies: 5
Views: 642

Dreams and rebirth

Can dreams reveal insight into our past lives? Or are dreams too connected to the presently conscious world to be of any worth in that regard? If the dreams are recurring, is this possibly a more positive sign that such things perhaps occurred in a past life than the random "foreign" dream here and ...
by Epistemes
Sat Sep 03, 2011 9:30 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Childhood cancer survivors
Replies: 2
Views: 416

Childhood cancer survivors

I want to explore the topic of kamma, cause/effect and rebirth some more. As I've mentioned in some other places, my girlfriend was diagnosed with leukemia when she was 2, relapsed, had a .01% chance of survival, but ultimately pulled through and has had the chance to live life. She turns 29 in a co...
by Epistemes
Wed Aug 31, 2011 6:07 pm
Forum: Sīla
Topic: Fifth precept
Replies: 42
Views: 6002

Re: Fifth precept

I came to the realization that my drinking buddies were not really my friends at all. Sure, we'd play pool, share some jokes, maybe even catch a live band or something, but there was never any real bonding. I soon realized that they could take me or leave me depending on my drinking schedule. I'm no...
by Epistemes
Wed Aug 31, 2011 5:55 pm
Forum: Dhammaduta (Dhamma propagation)
Topic: Dhamma book for the completely uninitiated
Replies: 9
Views: 2778

Re: Dhamma book for the completely uninitiated

David,

What a great resource! A link worth bookmarking.
by Epistemes
Wed Aug 31, 2011 2:24 pm
Forum: Dhammaduta (Dhamma propagation)
Topic: Dhamma book for the completely uninitiated
Replies: 9
Views: 2778

Re: Dhamma book for the completely uninitiated

Yes, there are a lot of good books in the other thread, but I feel many of the recommendation assume some familiarity with terms like "Buddha," "Dhamma," "Sangha," etc. Many of the recommendations in the other thread are for books that contain much to do with the Pali Canon. "Mindfulness in Plain En...
by Epistemes
Wed Aug 31, 2011 12:59 pm
Forum: Dhammaduta (Dhamma propagation)
Topic: Dhamma book for the completely uninitiated
Replies: 9
Views: 2778

Dhamma book for the completely uninitiated

There's a thread currently going about which book to give as a gift for somebody who already knows the basics, but what about for somebody who is completely uninitiated? What about if somebody thinks Buddhism is strange but is open to the idea of reading something on it? What's a good way of easing ...