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by helparcfun
Sat May 24, 2014 2:44 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Question about Thailand
Replies: 6
Views: 695

Re: Question about Thailand

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rPYFJfaA4aQ Found this with subtitles it's more representative of His delivery style as I remember. I have to listen to this noise on a regular basis because, as I've said elsewhere here, my Thai wife is heavily involved with this lot! I've come to hate the sound of ...
by helparcfun
Wed Oct 09, 2013 7:44 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Wat Dhammakaya
Replies: 938
Views: 117448

Re: Wat Dhammakaya

I must say that I am getting more and more worried about my wife's involvement with this group. Today she went off to the Temple in Woking and just as we said goodbye she said today is a "big merit day" at the temple and as she said this she looked in the direction of my wallet on the table!! It doe...
by helparcfun
Sat Oct 05, 2013 10:57 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Wat Dhammakaya
Replies: 938
Views: 117448

Re: Wat Dhammakaya

If you like to help someone who's in a cult, consider getting his book: Freedom of Mind: Helping Loved Ones Leave Controlling People, Cults and Beliefs (Published 2012) http://freedomofmind.com/Media/bookFreedom.php Problem for me is that it is most likely only available in the English language. I ...
by helparcfun
Mon Jul 22, 2013 9:33 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Wat Dhammakaya
Replies: 938
Views: 117448

Re: Wat Dhammakaya

Its been a while since I've posted on here and as Kumara recently wrote a few posts I thought I'd post this as a kind of answer to my own question about whether or not DMC will endure. So after reading through this I have come to the definite conclusion that DMC is here to stay. Meanwhile, my issues...
by helparcfun
Sun Oct 21, 2012 4:19 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Neurosurgeon's visit to heaven - proof of afterlife?
Replies: 113
Views: 12927

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

LonesomeYogurt , Oh dear, it appears you have either completely missed the point or chose to ignore it. It seems clear to me that you believe what you do because you are a Buddhist. Who are you to say that "their versions are not logically consistent with the examination of the mind." That sounds pr...
by helparcfun
Sun Oct 21, 2012 12:14 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Neurosurgeon's visit to heaven - proof of afterlife?
Replies: 113
Views: 12927

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

Rebirth is, to me, the most parsimonious, logical, and "safe" theory to adopt because it is the one that aligns best with the nature of the mind, which we can directly, scientifically see through meditation. Rebirth is the theory that we come to when we examine the mind with clear comprehension, ma...
by helparcfun
Sat Oct 20, 2012 10:15 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Neurosurgeon's visit to heaven - proof of afterlife?
Replies: 113
Views: 12927

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

It is fair to say that I was perhaps being a little facetious in my reply to whynotme. I don't really believe that any Buddhist would characterize rebirth in either of the ways I described. However, the point is that rebirth, like so many other things of this nature, are believed not upon evidence b...
by helparcfun
Sat Oct 20, 2012 5:14 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Neurosurgeon's visit to heaven - proof of afterlife?
Replies: 113
Views: 12927

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

Also what evidence do you require to support rebirth? Regards Well, before we can even talk about evidence, we need to establish what "rebirth" involves. If you care to explain how rebirth is supposed to work maybe then we can talk about what evidence would be required. If you are saying that there...
by helparcfun
Sat Oct 20, 2012 4:23 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Neurosurgeon's visit to heaven - proof of afterlife?
Replies: 113
Views: 12927

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

Evidence should be objective. Yes indeed it should. Also I don't think it's right for people to talk of 'Buddhist scientists' or, as was mentioned elsewhere on this forum 'Western science'. To my way of thinking there is just "science". It doesn't need a qualifier. Science is the same all over the ...
by helparcfun
Thu Oct 18, 2012 6:26 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Neurosurgeon's visit to heaven - proof of afterlife?
Replies: 113
Views: 12927

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

I know exactly what I said. Can you prove that nothing is faster than light? I will be here waiting for your proof This is a complete non-sequitur. Explain to me how "science in it's ultimate form is not about evidence"? Surely it's religion that is not about evidence, it is about "faith", as has a...
by helparcfun
Thu Oct 18, 2012 8:07 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Neurosurgeon's visit to heaven - proof of afterlife?
Replies: 113
Views: 12927

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

I know exactly what I said. Can you prove that nothing is faster than light? I will be here waiting for your proof This is a complete non-sequitur. Explain to me how "science in it's ultimate form is not about evidence"? Surely it's religion that is not about evidence, it is about "faith", as has a...
by helparcfun
Wed Oct 17, 2012 7:47 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Neurosurgeon's visit to heaven - proof of afterlife?
Replies: 113
Views: 12927

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

whynotme wrote: Science in its ultimate form, is not about evidence I don't really understand what you're trying to say? This is what I take science to be: Empirical Evidence: o Refers to data being collected through direct observation or experiment. o Empirical evidence does not rely on argument or...
by helparcfun
Wed Oct 17, 2012 9:16 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Neurosurgeon's visit to heaven - proof of afterlife?
Replies: 113
Views: 12927

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

Not only is there scientific evidence to support Buddhist belief in rebirth, I think maybe you should supply details of this so called "scientific evidence" rather than simply relying upon what some so called scientist said. Otherwise, once again, like many other religious people, you are arguing f...
by helparcfun
Sun Oct 14, 2012 10:49 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Wat Dhammakaya
Replies: 938
Views: 117448

Re: Wat Dhammakaya

Do you think that Wat Dhammakaya will endure? Judging by the amount of people (and money) involved it doesn't look to me like it's going away!

It looks very much as though they would like to 'take over' Thailand, if not the whole world, religiously speaking (and who knows, maybe politically too).
by helparcfun
Sun Oct 14, 2012 10:07 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Neurosurgeon's visit to heaven - proof of afterlife?
Replies: 113
Views: 12927

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

rowyourboat wrote:I think it is not a matter of proof but a matter of faith
Exactly! People of faith, whatever faith that may be should stick to their faith and not try to prove their beliefs scientifically! Science and faith are incompatible.
by helparcfun
Sun Oct 14, 2012 9:01 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Neurosurgeon's visit to heaven - proof of afterlife?
Replies: 113
Views: 12927

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

Someone who does not accept rebirth as the most obvious explanation should at least suggest some other way how all that information "got inside their brain" and how they acquired the special abilities which they display at a very young age. It may be the most obvious exlanation for those who have a...
by helparcfun
Sun Oct 14, 2012 3:02 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: David's Book: Chanting, Bowing And Rituals
Replies: 8
Views: 1405

Re: David's Book: Chanting, Bowing And Rituals

“Believe nothing merely because you have been told it. Do not believe what your teacher tells you merely out of respect for the teacher. But whatsoever, after due examination and analysis, you find to be kind, conducive to the good, the benefit, the welfare of all beings - that doctrine believe and...
by helparcfun
Sun Oct 14, 2012 1:49 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Neurosurgeon's visit to heaven - proof of afterlife?
Replies: 113
Views: 12927

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

As far as I can remember, Ian Stevenson only collected data about some "cases suggestive of reincarnation" following the scientific (statistical) method and filtering out those cases which were not very clear or the evidence was obscure. Going further than this, in his day, would mean being called ...
by helparcfun
Sun Oct 14, 2012 12:31 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Neurosurgeon's visit to heaven - proof of afterlife?
Replies: 113
Views: 12927

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

What i find interesting about this is that when materialists discount these kinds of experiences, they quite often do it with venom and ridicule. This should not be surprising at all because, as has been pointed out by Sam Harris...."The evidence he provides for this claim is not only inadequate—it...
by helparcfun
Sat Oct 13, 2012 5:52 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: David's Book: Chanting, Bowing And Rituals
Replies: 8
Views: 1405

Re: David's Book: Chanting, Bowing And Rituals

I think you feel bad because you think that those who encouraged you to donate lots of money because of their greed...but if you think that you give donation to do meritorious deeds for the Buddhas..then you might feel happy to donate as much as you please. Dear "yawares" Thank you very much for yo...