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by Pondera
Mon Feb 05, 2018 2:35 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Mind is outside too much / projecting thoughts to others
Replies: 7
Views: 158

Re: Mind is outside too much / projecting thoughts to others

This is a symptom of psychosis termed “thought projection”. In reality, no one is hearing your thoughts. You are hearing the thought projection and then small cues from the outside world are convincing you that it is real. The thoughts are not your own. If they were you would be able to control them...
by Pondera
Sun Dec 24, 2017 5:17 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: What music are you listening to right now?
Replies: 1875
Views: 159924

Re: What music are you listening to right now?

Let us not forget what Christmas is all about - salvation from the clutches of Satan!!!! :rolleye:
by Pondera
Sun Dec 17, 2017 9:14 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: On so-called "Heart Practice"
Replies: 38
Views: 1031

Re: On so-called "Heart Practice"

The suttas tell us to suffuse and pervade our entire bodies with joy and rapture. Take a materialistic stance like the Svarstidians did. Start with the premise that this joy and rapture will be biochemical in nature. Then locate the origin of those biochemicals. Release, suffuse, enjoy ! Then move o...
by Pondera
Sat Dec 16, 2017 8:08 am
Forum: Early Buddhism
Topic: An insight into the teachings of the Buddha's teachers
Replies: 3
Views: 256

Re: An insight into the teachings of the Buddha's teachers

[When this was said, the Blessed One responded:] "I tell you, friend, that it is not possible by traveling to know or see or reach a far end of the cosmos where one does not take birth, age, die, pass away, or reappear. But at the same time, I tell you that there is no making an end of suffering & ...
by Pondera
Sat Dec 16, 2017 6:51 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: On so-called "Heart Practice"
Replies: 38
Views: 1031

Re: On so-called "Heart Practice"

e] "With his mind thus concentrated, purified, and bright, unblemished, free from defects, pliant, malleable, steady, and attained to imperturbability, he directs and inclines it to knowledge and vision. He discerns: 'This body of mine is endowed with form, composed of the four primary elements, bor...
by Pondera
Sat Dec 16, 2017 5:15 am
Forum: Modern Interpretations
Topic: trial assigning Nibbana and dhamma into AI AlphaGo's architecture.
Replies: 7
Views: 634

Re: trial assigning Nibbana and dhamma into AI AlphaGo's architecture.

Since mastering go, google and DeepMind have mastered chess. In this thread there is a link to a paper describing AlphaGoZero as well as examples of how it beats the highest ranked chess engine in the world after four hours of learning the game.

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by Pondera
Sat Dec 16, 2017 5:04 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: On so-called "Heart Practice"
Replies: 38
Views: 1031

Re: On so-called "Heart Practice"

"Then the Great Brahma, taking the monk by the arm and leading him off to one side, said to him, 'These gods of the retinue of Brahma believe, "There is nothing that the Great Brahma does not know. There is nothing that the Great Brahma does not see. There is nothing of which the Great Brahma is un...
by Pondera
Sat Dec 16, 2017 4:10 am
Forum: News, Current Events & Politics
Topic: Trump. And why I hate him.
Replies: 210
Views: 4872

Re: Trump. And why I hate him.

In your country isn't there an amendment that allows you to forcefully overthrow a corrupt government? If there is, why aren't you taking it up? Your government is obviously catering to the obscenely rich - doesn't give a damn about the common man... You're looking at a lifetime of hardship under th...
by Pondera
Sat Dec 16, 2017 4:04 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: On so-called "Heart Practice"
Replies: 38
Views: 1031

Re: On so-called "Heart Practice"

"With his mind thus concentrated, purified, and bright, unblemished, free from defects, pliant, malleable, steady, and attained to imperturbability, he directs and inclines it to knowledge and vision. He discerns: 'This body of mine is endowed with form, composed of the four primary elements, born ...
by Pondera
Sat Dec 16, 2017 3:22 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: On so-called "Heart Practice"
Replies: 38
Views: 1031

Re: On so-called "Heart Practice"

Anapanasati calls for you to actively calm the body - gladden the body - release the body. Oddly enough, the heart is mentioned in this thread as a figure of speech. No. The heart is where you find the analgesics to calm, gladden and release both the heart and the mind. I mean, even with arupa Jhana...
by Pondera
Sat Dec 16, 2017 3:04 am
Forum: News, Current Events & Politics
Topic: Trump. And why I hate him.
Replies: 210
Views: 4872

Re: Trump. And why I hate him.

I like Trump. I think he's got chutzpah; gumption; get up and go. The man only sleeps 4 hours a night, for God's sake. :stirthepot:
by Pondera
Fri Dec 08, 2017 8:50 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: DeepMind AI
Replies: 4
Views: 115

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: 115

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: 115

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: 364

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: 762

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: 762

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: 989

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: 817

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: 817

Re: The Buddha and sleep

Another take on lying dormant...