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by Pondera
Fri Dec 08, 2017 8:50 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: DeepMind AI
Replies: 4
Views: 58

Re: DeepMind AI

I'd be interested to see if this program could be used for linguistics. Ie. teach it the rules of grammar and give it a dictionary - then let it converse with itself for a few days! The results might well be incomprehensible. As Wittgenstein said, "If a lion could speak, we should not be able to un...
by Pondera
Fri Dec 08, 2017 6:46 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: DeepMind AI
Replies: 4
Views: 58

Re: DeepMind AI

[html]https://www.reddit.com/r/programming/comments/7i0f8i/deepmind_learns_chess_from_scratch_beats_the_best/[/html] Interesting link to new Artificial Intelligence applications. There's a paper there which goes into depth and the youtube links to a couple of actual games is interesting too. What's...
by Pondera
Fri Dec 08, 2017 5:44 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: DeepMind AI
Replies: 4
Views: 58

DeepMind AI

[html]https://www.reddit.com/r/programming/comments/7i0f8i/deepmind_learns_chess_from_scratch_beats_the_best/[/html] Interesting link to new Artificial Intelligence applications. There's a paper there which goes into depth and the youtube links to a couple of actual games is interesting too. What's ...
by Pondera
Thu Nov 30, 2017 6:38 am
Forum: Wellness, Diet & Fitness
Topic: Controlling blood pressure at will?
Replies: 5
Views: 204

Re: Controlling blood pressure at will?

The pace-maker of the heart (called the "apex") is located at the bottom of the heart. I regularly meditate on this region. The benefits of doing so go beyond heart rate and blood pressure; but lowering both is a side effect.
by Pondera
Sun Nov 26, 2017 6:42 am
Forum: Wellness, Diet & Fitness
Topic: Orthorexia
Replies: 18
Views: 499

Re: Orthorexia

And, interestingly, it took a young woman named Sujata to save the Buddha from these austerities with a bowl of milk rice ;)
by Pondera
Sun Nov 26, 2017 5:12 am
Forum: Wellness, Diet & Fitness
Topic: Orthorexia
Replies: 18
Views: 499

Re: Orthorexia

52. "Sariputta, there are certain recluses and brahmans whose doctrine and view is this: 'Purification comes about through food.' They say: 'Let us live on kola-fruits,' and they eat kola-fruits, they eat kola-fruit powder, they drink kola-fruit water, and they make many kinds of kola-fruit concoct...
by Pondera
Thu Nov 16, 2017 1:11 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Anger
Replies: 50
Views: 597

Re: Anger

Anger and the violence which ensues from anger are likely the causes for upright homonids. If you ever see a monkey get angry, what is the first thing it does? It stands on its feet so that it can fling its arms about violently; pick ups sticks or clods of earth for flinging, etc.
by Pondera
Thu Nov 16, 2017 12:40 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: The Buddha and sleep
Replies: 28
Views: 512

Re: The Buddha and sleep

binocular wrote:
Thu Nov 16, 2017 11:40 am
Pondera wrote:
Thu Nov 16, 2017 11:33 am
Another take on lying dormant...
[Radiohead: Just]
Factoid: Around that time, Thom Yorke believed in karma ...
"You do it to your self - just you. You and no one else." Versus "we are the inheritors of our own karma." Sounds about the same! :D
by Pondera
Thu Nov 16, 2017 11:33 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: The Buddha and sleep
Replies: 28
Views: 512

Re: The Buddha and sleep

Another take on lying dormant...

by Pondera
Thu Nov 16, 2017 11:18 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: The Buddha and sleep
Replies: 28
Views: 512

Re: The Buddha and sleep

Seems about right. I have a phobia about this actually. Three Buddhist themes lead me to believe that the soul exists in the corpse right up until the bones turn to dust. 1. There are ten meditations on the repulsive - why distinguish between a rotting corpse in ten stages? Why such detail? 2. The B...
by Pondera
Thu Nov 16, 2017 9:10 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: The Buddha and sleep
Replies: 28
Views: 512

Re: The Buddha and sleep

Can a monk be disrobed for oversleeping; sleeping excessively? No. In fact it wouldn't transgress any Vinaya rule at all. The offence would be against the Dhamma principle of devotion to wakefulness ( jāgariyānuyoga ). Is there any special hell that you might know of for sramanas who sleep all day?...
by Pondera
Thu Nov 16, 2017 9:04 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: I'm trying to attain some inner peace here
Replies: 26
Views: 494

Re: I'm trying to attain some inner peace here

Try this. There's a location right behind your breathing diaphragm where tension builds up. Learn to let go of that tension. If you accomplish this the ligaments surrounding your sacral chakra will loosen up. When that happens, you will be able to ignore discursive "monkey-mind" thoughts. But if you...
by Pondera
Wed Nov 01, 2017 11:35 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Not attaining stream-entry
Replies: 44
Views: 2129

Re: Not attaining stream-entry

Intention is based on faith, from the heart. If your heart is holding back, in doubt, it's difficult to progress. Indeed. If one has faith the size of a mustard seed, he can move mountains (if it is his intent to do so). From "the literal bottom of my heart" I "wish" you the best in your practice. ...
by Pondera
Wed Nov 01, 2017 11:07 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Not attaining stream-entry
Replies: 44
Views: 2129

Re: Not attaining stream-entry

In the sense of having one's heart in the right place. So, yes. You speak, perhaps, of intent ? Correct me if I am incorrect, but that is my understanding of "in the right place". Still asking for a friend. But just to be clear; you agree that faith is a faculty of the heart in the figurative sense...
by Pondera
Wed Nov 01, 2017 10:57 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: The Buddha and sleep
Replies: 28
Views: 512

Re: The Buddha and sleep

Can a monk be disrobed for oversleeping; sleeping excessively?
by Pondera
Wed Nov 01, 2017 10:52 pm
Forum: Abhidhamma
Topic: Conventional and Ultimate reality
Replies: 9
Views: 245

Re: Conventional and Ultimate reality

Sabba Sutta: The All translated from the Pali by Thanissaro Bhikkhu © 2001 "Monks, I will teach you the All. Listen & pay close attention. I will speak." "As you say, lord," the monks responded. The Blessed One said, "What is the All? Simply the eye & forms, ear & sounds, nose & aromas, tongue & fl...
by Pondera
Wed Nov 01, 2017 10:46 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Not attaining stream-entry
Replies: 44
Views: 2129

Re: Not attaining stream-entry

cappuccino wrote:
Wed Nov 01, 2017 10:20 pm
Spiritual progress depends on the emergence of five cardinal virtues —
faith, vigor, mindfulness, concentration and wisdom.

https://www.accesstoinsight.org/lib/aut ... el065.html
The Five Spiritual Faculties
Do you think that faith is a faculty of the heart? Asking for a friend.
by Pondera
Wed Nov 01, 2017 3:14 am
Forum: Modern Interpretations
Topic: Mindfulness and modern ideas about it
Replies: 26
Views: 743

Re: Mindfulness and modern ideas about it

Interesting that in the original article, mindfulness seems to be ineffective where the opioid crisis is concerned. In my experience, mindfulness is a catalyst for activating natural analgesics. The key to reducing pain and opiate addiction (possibly) is in knowing where the natural analgesics are a...
by Pondera
Mon Oct 23, 2017 4:18 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: The crux of Buddhist practice - where and how do we cut the chain of Dependent Origination?
Replies: 34
Views: 862

Re: The crux of Buddhist practice - where and how do we cut the chain of Dependent Origination?

'Discipline is for the purpose of restraint, restraint is for the purpose of non-remorse, non- remorse is for the purpose of gladdening, gladdening is for the purpose of happiness, happiness is for the purpose of tranquillity, tranquillity is for the purpose of bliss, bliss is for the purpose of co...
by Pondera
Wed Sep 20, 2017 5:30 am
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: Mindfulness as non-judgmental awareness revisited
Replies: 84
Views: 2029

Re: Mindfulness as non-judgmental awareness revisited

The body; feelings; the mind; and mental qualities - these are the basis for the four right efforts and the four foundations of right mindfulness. Outside of this context mindfulness of say "the ocean" for example will not apply. Equanimity is non-judgmental awareness. Completely attainable in the t...