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by flyingOx
Fri Aug 28, 2009 2:46 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Buddhism And The Scientific Method
Replies: 55
Views: 6526

Re: Buddhism And The Scientific Method

I'm a scientist. To those who think that science and Buddhism don't and won't mix, then which would you prefer? Would you like those of us who are scientists also practicing the Noble Eightfold path, influencing our industry with morality towards animals, the environment, and humanity, or would you ...
by flyingOx
Sun Aug 23, 2009 8:32 pm
Forum: Discovering Theravāda
Topic: The Not-Self Strategy
Replies: 31
Views: 4337

Re: The Not-Self Strategy

I’m sorry for not debating on Buddhist writings concerning the self, but scientifically speaking, the self is nothing more than a forty hertz frequency evolved from the back propagated cognitive loop-like activities that collects residually remaining energies from the excess that is built up and con...
by flyingOx
Thu Aug 13, 2009 7:28 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: How long?
Replies: 42
Views: 4755

Re: How long?

I genuinely appreciate what you've had to say in this thread, flyingOx, but I also wanted to recognize the advice and insight, that I find value in, given here. I thank you both. With Metta I do not condemn nor do I self-condemn, and as far as murder being an example, it is way out of context of a ...
by flyingOx
Thu Aug 13, 2009 3:55 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: How long?
Replies: 42
Views: 4755

Re: How long?

Greetings FlyingOx, Whether or not it's just because I'm enthused about it at the moment, I think it would be worth checking out Bhikkhu Nanananda's excellent "Magic Of The Mind". See the topic about him in the Theravada For The Modern World forum to a link to where it can be purchased cheaply. The...
by flyingOx
Thu Aug 13, 2009 3:51 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: How long?
Replies: 42
Views: 4755

Re: How long?

Sounds to me as if "someone" would be well advised to forgive and accept and penetrate his or her own actions and not worry too much about what any revered religious society might think. Even at the most superficial level, think it through: Let's suppose someone is a murderer. S/he was a murderer a...
by flyingOx
Thu Aug 13, 2009 3:47 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: How long?
Replies: 42
Views: 4755

Re: How long?

So one who practices Buddhism SHOULD have self concern? Then what is all of this talk about accomplishing no self? If there is no self, then there also would not be any self-concern. ... Perhaps Buddhism like all other religions that I have studied is self-condradictory. Again, I thought that someo...
by flyingOx
Thu Aug 13, 2009 3:34 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: How long?
Replies: 42
Views: 4755

Re: How long?

Greetings, It is just a label that we have given our collection of parts and energies. Yes. Yet we identify with it and cling to and try to reinforce and protect this identity. That is the ignorance on which suffering is grounded. Metta, Retro. :) Yes, it is quite clear to me that my anger mode was...
by flyingOx
Thu Aug 13, 2009 2:00 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: How long?
Replies: 42
Views: 4755

Re: How long?

Greetings FlyingOx, It says that existence and non-existence are the extremes, but Buddha is one who walks the middle way. Does this mean that what the Buddha experiences is neither existence nor non-existence? That's what everyone experiences, they're just generally not aware that it is so and thu...
by flyingOx
Thu Aug 13, 2009 1:56 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: How long?
Replies: 42
Views: 4755

Re: How long?

Hi Flyingox, I can explain Buddhism to you, it's very simple: All existence is suffering, the cause of suffering is craving, so the way to end suffering is to extinguish craving. The way toi extinguish craving is to not harm yourself or any other living being by any action, thought or word. If you ...
by flyingOx
Thu Aug 13, 2009 12:45 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: How long?
Replies: 42
Views: 4755

Re: How long?

Greetings Flyingox, Regarding what you say above about "no self", I would strongly recommend you read the following sutta... SN 12.15: Kaccayanagotta Sutta http://www.accesstoinsight.org/tipitaka/sn/sn12/sn12.015.than.html" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false; Metta, Retro. :) OK, now expl...
by flyingOx
Thu Aug 13, 2009 12:21 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: How long?
Replies: 42
Views: 4755

Re: How long?

Flyingox: have you considered seeking professional help? I can sense a lot of anger in you. Seriously, you may need to consider seeing a psychologist. I am not saying this to aggravate or insult you. It's out of concern for you. Metta. In other words, you can't explain your own religion enough to m...
by flyingOx
Thu Aug 13, 2009 12:19 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: How long?
Replies: 42
Views: 4755

Re: How long?

But if I do ... what is considered the right thing to do according to Buddhism, which would be to give up the last ditch effort of self-concern... Buddhism does not teach this. So one who practices Buddhism SHOULD have self concern? Then what is all of this talk about accomplishing no self? If ther...
by flyingOx
Wed Aug 12, 2009 7:05 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: How long?
Replies: 42
Views: 4755

Re: How long?

Hey Ox, Please allow me to extend to you a measure of respect as a fellow human being, and sincere recognition of your sense of dignity... ...Ox, my sincere and respectful advice to you and anyone else in this type of situation is to try not to worry about it. Just weather the blows as well as you ...
by flyingOx
Wed Aug 12, 2009 3:25 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: How long?
Replies: 42
Views: 4755

Re: How long?

One who acts like a fool will always be treated as a fool. As soon as one stops acting like a fool, one stops being treated as a fool. I have seen people come to forums, act foolish, suffer the consequences, realize their error, stop acting foolishly, and quickly become a productive member of the f...
by flyingOx
Wed Aug 12, 2009 1:06 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: How long?
Replies: 42
Views: 4755

Re: How long?

Flyingox -- What seems to be the problem? If you like Buddhism, then practice. If you don't, find something you do like and do that. How many straw men can anyone set up before they realize that straw men have no capacity to bring anyone peace? Buddhism makes observations (The Four Noble Truths) an...
by flyingOx
Wed Aug 12, 2009 12:54 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: How long?
Replies: 42
Views: 4755

Re: How long?

I have a loaded question to ask: If someone commits a severe social taboo faux pas, how long does one have to both metaphorically and realistically submit in the prostrated position of the social masochist before one is truly accepted in such a highly religious group, or will such a person never be...
by flyingOx
Tue Aug 11, 2009 11:17 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: How long?
Replies: 42
Views: 4755

Re: How long?

If someone commits a severe social taboo faux pas, how long does one have to both metaphorically and realistically submit in the prostrated position of the social masochist before one is truly accepted in such a highly religious group, or will such a person never be fully accepted in such a strict ...
by flyingOx
Tue Aug 11, 2009 11:14 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: How long?
Replies: 42
Views: 4755

Re: How long?

I have a loaded question to ask: If someone commits a severe social taboo faux pas, how long does one have to both metaphorically and realistically submit in the prostrated position of the social masochist before one is truly accepted in such a highly religious group, or will such a person never be...
by flyingOx
Tue Aug 11, 2009 11:13 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: How long?
Replies: 42
Views: 4755

Re: How long?

One who acts like a fool will always be treated as a fool. As soon as one stops acting like a fool, one stops being treated as a fool. I have seen people come to forums, act foolish, suffer the consequences, realize their error, stop acting foolishly, and quickly become a productive member of the f...
by flyingOx
Tue Aug 11, 2009 9:52 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: How long?
Replies: 42
Views: 4755

Re: How long?

Sounds to me as if "someone" would be well advised to forgive and accept and penetrate his or her own actions and not worry too much about what any revered religious society might think. Even at the most superficial level, think it through: Let's suppose someone is a murderer. S/he was a murderer a...