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by contemplans
Wed Feb 22, 2012 11:58 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: The Dalai Lama's Solution to Overpopulation
Replies: 98
Views: 5677

Re: The Dalai Lama's Solution to Overpopulation

One thing to keep in mind: Human beings are what they are as a result of evolution. There is simply no need to assume an indemonstrable god notion is responsible for how human being are, so there is no theological basis for claiming anything about the nature of sex. My observations are from the nat...
by contemplans
Wed Feb 22, 2012 9:19 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: The Dalai Lama's Solution to Overpopulation
Replies: 98
Views: 5677

Re: The Dalai Lama's Solution to Overpopulation

If the purpose of sex is to procreate, what is the purpose of procreation? To propogate life for the sake of joy and happiness. Now, most on this forum agree the highest joy is nirvana, but until one has taken that as the ideal, any joy or pleasure that does not harm others is often cited as benefi...
by contemplans
Wed Feb 22, 2012 4:53 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: The Dalai Lama's Solution to Overpopulation
Replies: 98
Views: 5677

Re: The Dalai Lama's Solution to Overpopulation

tiltbillings wrote:And obviously you can not see the flawed logic of your "argument."
If you are wise, and I am in ignorance, then out of charity please correct me. I am willing to learn. You may not believe me, but I am.
by contemplans
Wed Feb 22, 2012 2:09 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: The Dalai Lama's Solution to Overpopulation
Replies: 98
Views: 5677

Re: The Dalai Lama's Solution to Overpopulation

To answer a few past posts which responded to me. Sex has two purposes. The primary is procreation. The secondary is love and pleasure. We know procreation is the primary purpose because the peak of the experience is ejaculation, which has the sole aim of procreating. The pleasure is quite a separat...
by contemplans
Sun Feb 19, 2012 3:52 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Life without God: Sam Harris interviews Tim Prowse
Replies: 13
Views: 1205

Re: Life without God: Sam Harris interviews Tim Prowse

Yes, we have seen how well Freser defends the god notion. Shall we have a look at that again?
Somehow I've doubt you've read the book.
by contemplans
Sun Feb 19, 2012 3:45 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: The Dalai Lama's Solution to Overpopulation
Replies: 98
Views: 5677

Re: The Dalai Lama's Solution to Overpopulation

I think the statement above is indicative of the mental state that produced it and does nothing to consider the actual selfishness of any actual people. I expect people can have many reasons for avoiding pregnancy. The full consequences of the act of sex need not be pregnancy and therefore the peop...
by contemplans
Sun Feb 19, 2012 2:47 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Life without God: Sam Harris interviews Tim Prowse
Replies: 13
Views: 1205

Re: Life without God: Sam Harris interviews Tim Prowse

The Last Superstition: A Refutation of the New Atheism, by Edward Feser tackles Harris and others. His arguments for atheism, or against God, are weaker than his weak Christianity.
by contemplans
Sun Feb 19, 2012 2:32 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: The Dalai Lama's Solution to Overpopulation
Replies: 98
Views: 5677

Re: The Dalai Lama's Solution to Overpopulation

If overpopulation is such a terrible thing, then we have to have a good solution to solve it. Never do evil that good may come of it. The Dalai Lama presented something that would be very good if it organically grew in society, i.e., people voluntarily taking up the celibate life. The Dalai lama sni...
by contemplans
Sat Feb 18, 2012 10:05 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: The Dalai Lama's Solution to Overpopulation
Replies: 98
Views: 5677

Re: The Dalai Lama's Solution to Overpopulation

I for one think the whole think is a myth. We look at the images of Beijing, or whatever town that was, and it produces in us a different sense of the world that is true. I am about to go out to San Diego County (in California) tomorrow, and there will be nothing out there. It is liveable. As for mo...
by contemplans
Mon Feb 13, 2012 2:39 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Buddhist response to Western ontology
Replies: 217
Views: 15267

Re: Buddhist response to Western ontology

I am going to close my contribution to this thread. We've had a lot of room to explore the argument that I presented, and I think we all have some food for thought to go away with. If you felt like I didn't answer your question at all, or not adequately, it is probably because of one of the reasons ...
by contemplans
Sat Feb 11, 2012 10:57 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: About No-Self
Replies: 33
Views: 1916

Re: About No-Self

It is a common understanding about the prefix a, an. It is an Indo-European root. It negates the word it is prefixed to, makes it the opposite, but does not negate it totally. IN-constant (a-nicca), doesn't mean having no constancy. If there was no constancy, then why does my head appear in the same...
by contemplans
Sat Feb 11, 2012 10:41 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Buddhist response to Western ontology
Replies: 217
Views: 15267

Re: Buddhist response to Western ontology

I don't believe that the precepts are based on "objective significance", but on what is conductive to happiness and the attainment of nibbana, and not because these goals have an objective goodness, but because they are from the perspective of the subjective being preferable. And so then if we are ...
by contemplans
Sat Feb 11, 2012 10:38 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Buddhist response to Western ontology
Replies: 217
Views: 15267

Re: Buddhist response to Western ontology

But there is absolutely no reason why reason must take us in the direction of "pure actuality." You have to show that. You're saying a lot of things, but not proving anything. Your repeated red herrings do nothing to address the theory I am describing. You are latching onto the last argument any at...
by contemplans
Sat Feb 11, 2012 10:17 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Buddhist response to Western ontology
Replies: 217
Views: 15267

Re: Buddhist response to Western ontology

What you are effectively saying is that "creation" is not a valid answer to explain why anything exists. Ok fine we are in agreement here. I am saying that we start with the assumption that we exist, reason to pure actuality, and then reason from there the relation we have to that. If we started wi...
by contemplans
Sat Feb 11, 2012 8:21 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Evil doers
Replies: 10
Views: 918

Re: Evil doers

You are right in this. But in the west the word evil often has a loaded meaning. Like something is intrinsically evil or good, or maybe like it is an external source. In Buddhism this is not like that and therefore I prefer to say (this kind of) evil has no part in Buddhism. Because in Buddhism eve...
by contemplans
Sat Feb 11, 2012 8:19 pm
Forum: Samatha Bhāvana
Topic: Anapanasati in non-sitting postures?
Replies: 15
Views: 2925

Re: Anapanasati in non-sitting postures?

caṅkama is not connected with ānāpāna What I've usually heard is that they are related, but the complete tracking on the in and out is not possible because of the movement, so the focus is more of the presence of the breath in general without attending to the in and out. With no attending to the in...
by contemplans
Sat Feb 11, 2012 8:11 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Buddhist response to Western ontology
Replies: 217
Views: 15267

Re: Buddhist response to Western ontology

And mind you that the problem is not that you exist If this isn't the problem then I have no further reason for practicing. What makes you so confident in this declaration? Because the Buddha said that there is dukkha is life, not that life is dukkha. You're not trying to escape existence, you are ...
by contemplans
Sat Feb 11, 2012 8:03 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: How can we have compassion for child abusers?
Replies: 99
Views: 5251

Re: How can we have compassion for child abusers?

As said before, evil doesn't exist in Buddhism. I'd also call it unskillful instead. Then the monk should investigate: 'Are there any evil, unskillful mental qualities unabandoned by me that would be an obstruction for me were I to die in the night?' http://www.accesstoinsight.org/tipitaka/an/an06/...
by contemplans
Sat Feb 11, 2012 7:57 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Buddhist response to Western ontology
Replies: 217
Views: 15267

Re: Buddhist response to Western ontology

So to summarise by your definition this actuality, this "being" that is reflected, doesn't necessarily create, just is and needs no proof of existence, isn't really a being behind it all and orchestrating it all. Sounds like a very insipid definition of god, what's the point? what value does this c...
by contemplans
Sat Feb 11, 2012 7:44 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: How can we have compassion for child abusers?
Replies: 99
Views: 5251

Re: How can we have compassion for child abusers?

Everyone has some good in them, so find it. This naive assumption is made far too often. Some sociopaths do not do anything that does not benefit themselves in some way. The idea that everyone has some sort of inner core of good is nonsense. Everybody acts to benefit themselves in some way. I am si...