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by Thales
Wed Feb 12, 2014 9:42 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Minimalist living
Replies: 44
Views: 2711

Re: Minimalist living

I relate with this guy a lot. Yes, he allows himself a few luxuries -the projector, a nice apartment- but by American standards he's a regular Diogenes. I don't think the fact that there are people living with less and not by choice makes his lifestyle any less admirable. :shrug:
by Thales
Mon Apr 23, 2012 11:34 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Porn Free for 90 Days
Replies: 326
Views: 32707

Re: Porn Free for 90 Days

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I'm starting to experience some of the symptoms he's talking about... the desensitization, even some mild ED. I don't have any specific goals, I'm just going to go porn free for as long as I can and see where it leads. Day 2. :toast:
by Thales
Wed Mar 28, 2012 9:41 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: kalamas sutta
Replies: 17
Views: 1543

Re: kalamas sutta

A few months I reread that sutta for the first time in years. I read the commentary on ATI afterwards. I was kind of taken aback that it was needed. My guess is that maybe many people have only seen quotes from the kalama sutta and have not read the whole sutta. That is the only way I can see peopl...
by Thales
Sun Mar 25, 2012 10:06 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Atheism is an Unskillful False Dhamma
Replies: 407
Views: 13663

Re: Atheism is an Unskillful False Dhamma

The gravest danger of this "one life only" view is that it encourages the pursuit of selfish pleasures at any cost, and provides no incentive to abstain from unwholesome deeds, nor to cultivate wholesome ones. This is a fallacy. The incentive to cultivate wholesome deeds is kamma, the fruits of whi...
by Thales
Sun Mar 25, 2012 4:59 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Atheism is an Unskillful False Dhamma
Replies: 407
Views: 13663

Re: Atheism is an Unskillful False Dhamma

Those monks who no longer believed in rebirth would not state this in public because it was wrong to upset another by questioning their beliefs. Then they are promoting dogma, which is equally wrong and harmful. Questioning things is how we arrive at direct insight. A disciple of the Buddha named M...
by Thales
Thu Mar 08, 2012 5:04 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Almost silent thread
Replies: 33
Views: 2313

Re: Almost silent thread

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by Thales
Mon Mar 05, 2012 4:41 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Not 'man bashing' but legitimate protest.
Replies: 41
Views: 11588

Re: Not 'man bashing' but legitimate protest.

rowboat wrote:The discourse here is at the level one would expect to find within military culture.
Not even close. Also if being opposed to the blatant misandry in this and the other thread implies little understanding, i'm not sure what ideology you espouse but it certainly isn't Buddhist.
by Thales
Mon Mar 05, 2012 3:09 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Almost silent thread
Replies: 33
Views: 2313

Re: Almost silent thread

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by Thales
Sun Mar 04, 2012 8:02 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: What music are you listening to right now?
Replies: 1754
Views: 148568

Re: What music are you listening to right now?

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by Thales
Sat Mar 03, 2012 11:48 am
Forum: Dhammic Stories
Topic: Ten Bulls
Replies: 4
Views: 785

Ten Bulls

Preface by Nyogen Senzaki and Paul Reps The enlightenment for which Zen aims, for which Zen exists, comes of itself. As consciousness, one moment it does not exist, the next it does. But physical man walks in the element of time even as he walks in mud, dragging his feet and his true nature. So eve...
by Thales
Sun Jan 29, 2012 10:33 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Up to Sixty - Non Buddhist Quotes (formerly fifty)
Replies: 32
Views: 1878

Re: Up to Fifty - Non Buddhist Quotes (formerly fourty)

Oscar Wilde 1. “I am so clever that sometimes I don't understand a single word of what I am saying.” 2. “To live is the rarest thing in the world. Most people exist, that is all.” 3. “I am not young enough to know everything.” 4. “We are all in the gutter, but some of us are looking at the stars.” ...
by Thales
Wed Jan 25, 2012 4:07 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Xibipììo and the amazing tribe of the Pirahã
Replies: 7
Views: 765

Re: Xibipììo and the amazing tribe of the Pirahã

I think I'm going to have to pick up his book, thanks for sharing
by Thales
Mon Jan 23, 2012 7:34 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Up to Sixty - Non Buddhist Quotes (formerly fifty)
Replies: 32
Views: 1878

Re: Up to Fourty - Non Buddhist Quotes (formerly thirty)

Some quotes in images I found recently: album
by Thales
Wed Jan 04, 2012 12:10 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Up to Sixty - Non Buddhist Quotes (formerly fifty)
Replies: 32
Views: 1878

Re: Thirty Non Buddhist Quotes (formerly twenty)

1. Man without virtue is the worst of all animals. -Plato 2. Go placidly amid the noise and haste and remember what peace there may be in silence. 3. Violence Does in Truth Recoil Upon the Violent AND THE SCHEMER FALLS INTO THE PIT WHICH HE DIGS FOR ANOTHER. -Sir Arthur Conan Doyle 4. Be kind. Remem...
by Thales
Fri Sep 09, 2011 7:11 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Where were you on 9-11?
Replies: 23
Views: 1791

Re: Where were you on 9-11?

I was 11, in math class. It was still early morning. The teacher turned on the news on the radio, though it was more a mass of confusion than news at that point. it was being reported that up 50,000 could be dead and they weren't sure if it was a missile strike or a plane. and of course i remember c...
by Thales
Fri Sep 02, 2011 5:36 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Quote/s of the Day
Replies: 40
Views: 3270

Re: Quote/s of the Day

The only evil is ignorance. The only good is knowledge. -Socrates
by Thales
Thu Aug 25, 2011 2:18 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Quote/s of the Day
Replies: 40
Views: 3270

Re: Quote/s of the Day

"Don't seek to follow in the footsteps of ancient sages; rather, seek what they sought." -Basho
by Thales
Tue Jul 12, 2011 2:37 am
Forum: Dhammic Stories
Topic: Hakuin
Replies: 2
Views: 602

Hakuin

A beautiful Japanese girl whose parents owned a food store lived near Hakuin. One day, without any warning, her parents discovered she was pregnant. This made her parents angry. She would not confess who the father was, but after much harassment at last named Hakuin. In great anger the parents went ...
by Thales
Fri Jul 08, 2011 8:16 pm
Forum: Wellness, Diet & Fitness
Topic: How Insistent Are You in Observing Your Fifth Precept?
Replies: 60
Views: 7693

Re: How Insistent Are You in Observing Your Fifth Precept?

F. I find that having a few drinks, when alone and in a quiet setting, allows me to eliminate excess mental commentary and "just experience." It is particularly pleasant when watching movies, listening to music, and reading poetry. I typically do this a few times a year. Aside from that I will also ...
by Thales
Wed Apr 20, 2011 9:42 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Can't make sense of rebirth AND no self.
Replies: 45
Views: 4117

Re: Can't make sense of rebirth AND no self.

In another Sutta when the Buddha was asked directly by Vacchagotta if there is no self. The Buddha was silent and refused to answer (see SN 44.10 Ananda Sutta: To Ananda ). As the sutta plainly states, the Buddha did not want to confuse Vacchagotta further. His goal in teaching was to aid his stude...