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by Moggalana
Thu Mar 21, 2013 6:10 pm
Forum: Samatha Bhāvana
Topic: Dr. Willoughby Britton interviews Leigh Brasington (video)
Replies: 5
Views: 2130

Dr. Willoughby Britton interviews Leigh Brasington (video)

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Interview on Jhana practice and its limits. Enjoy!
by Moggalana
Sat Dec 15, 2012 8:48 am
Forum: Samatha Bhāvana
Topic: The Great Jhana Debate
Replies: 485
Views: 75183

Re: The Great Jhana Debate

Geoff's site is also a very good resource: http://measurelessmind.ca/samadhi.html" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;
by Moggalana
Sat Nov 17, 2012 7:52 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Neurosurgeon's visit to heaven - proof of afterlife?
Replies: 113
Views: 12866

Re: Neurosurgeon's visit to heaven - proof of afterlife?

Sam Harris wrote a second blog about NDEs:
http://www.samharris.org/blog/item/scie ... k-of-death" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;
by Moggalana
Sun Jun 17, 2012 6:54 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Looking Back on the Limits of Growth
Replies: 9
Views: 1596

Re: Looking Back on the Limits of Growth

I'm usually pretty pessimistic about the future of the earth but there are people who disagree and their arguments are not bad either:
http://www.samharris.org/blog/item/bett ... -you-think" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;
by Moggalana
Wed May 09, 2012 7:33 am
Forum: Wellness, Diet & Fitness
Topic: Pain relief: meditation better than drugs, study finds
Replies: 27
Views: 4149

Re: Pain relief: meditation better than drugs, study finds

There is an interesting podcast with neuroscientist Tim Gard at the Secular Buddhist Association about pain attenuation through mindfulness and how this effect of mindfulness differs from the placebo effect or other pain management techniques. http://secularbuddhism.org/2011/12/23/episode-96-tim-gar...
by Moggalana
Wed May 09, 2012 7:26 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Is Free Will an Illusion?
Replies: 5
Views: 524

Re: Is Free Will an Illusion?

It really is in interesting question and one that puzzles me a lot. There is a lot of disagreement about free will and I think one of the reasons for this are the different definitions of free will. So, when reading arguments about free will I try to first get what the author means with free will. I...
by Moggalana
Tue Apr 24, 2012 6:58 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: The meaning of Near Death Experiences
Replies: 10
Views: 959

Re: The meaning of Near Death Experiences

And here is a direct reaction to the article linked in the OP.

http://freethoughtblogs.com/pharyngula/ ... -delusion/" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;

it's well worth a read despite the rather nasty writing style.
by Moggalana
Tue Apr 24, 2012 8:25 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: The meaning of Near Death Experiences
Replies: 10
Views: 959

Re: The meaning of Near Death Experiences

Interesting story, but I still think it should be taken with a grain of salt. What we need is random number generators on top of shelves out of sight (as in, on a high shelf) and if people can remember that number when they are floating near the ceiling looking at their body and see that number on ...
by Moggalana
Fri Mar 30, 2012 2:43 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Free will vs determinism in Buddhism?
Replies: 264
Views: 5927

Re: Free will and the mind

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by Moggalana
Wed Mar 21, 2012 4:41 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Blog hosting sites
Replies: 15
Views: 2440

Re: Blog hosting sites

Have you looked into http://www.tumblr.com" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;? You should be able to embed videos from YouTube or Vimeo and audio files from soundcloud etc.
by Moggalana
Wed Mar 07, 2012 7:49 am
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: Ajahn Mahâ Chatchai - Metta Meditation
Replies: 15
Views: 2123

Re: Ajahn Mahâ Chatchai - Metta Meditation

You probably know these talks already but for everyone else:
Talks from Ajahn Sujato's Metta Retreat at Jhana Grove
by Moggalana
Sun Mar 04, 2012 8:22 pm
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: Ajahn Mahâ Chatchai - Metta Meditation
Replies: 15
Views: 2123

Re: Ajahn Mahâ Chatchai - Metta Meditation

Not completely sure but I think this are the word files that marc108 mentioned.
by Moggalana
Sun Feb 19, 2012 3:55 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

Hi Ben,

interesting interview. Here is a related talk by Dan Dennett where he talks a bit more about how clergy often lose their faith and how they face that dilemma:

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by Moggalana
Fri Feb 17, 2012 5:59 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: The Secular Buddhist
Replies: 289
Views: 20051

Re: The Secular Buddhist

Is Secular Buddhism interested in accepting rebirth as a working hypothesis? I guess one can choose it as working hypothesis if one feels inclined to do so. At the moment, no one can disproof rebirth just as no one can proof it (scientifically). You have three choices: accept it, reject it or put i...
by Moggalana
Fri Feb 17, 2012 3:15 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: The Secular Buddhist
Replies: 289
Views: 20051

Re: The Secular Buddhist

Or maybe it's Buddhism without all the unnecessary baggage? A Secular Buddhist is interested in the Four Noble Truths and developing sila, samadhi and panna in this very life. He doesn't belief in literal rebirth or supernatural powers because it is of no concern for his practice and life. But I'm n...
by Moggalana
Fri Feb 17, 2012 12:59 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: The Secular Buddhist
Replies: 289
Views: 20051

Re: The Secular Buddhist

Buddhism is evolving ;-)
by Moggalana
Fri Feb 17, 2012 12:05 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: The Secular Buddhist
Replies: 289
Views: 20051

The Secular Buddhist

The Secular Buddhist is a podcast about Secular Buddhism. So what's Secular Buddhism about? Secular Buddhism is concerned with the practice of Siddhattha Gotama’s four noble truths in this world. It encourages a naturalistic and pragmatic approach to the teaching, seeking to provide a framework for...
by Moggalana
Thu Feb 16, 2012 7:28 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: the great rebirth debate
Replies: 6089
Views: 423270

Re: Scientific Proof of Reincarnation?

As far as I know, his work is based on anecdotal evidence and that's not really a scientific proof. And then there is this: Stevenson never claimed that he had proved the existence of reincarnation, and cautiously referred to his cases as being "of the reincarnation type" or "suggestive of reincarna...
by Moggalana
Wed Feb 15, 2012 10:35 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Almost silent thread
Replies: 33
Views: 2316

Re: Almost silent thread

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