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by Circle5
Tue Jun 20, 2017 6:59 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Does atheism and existentialism lead to existential crisis ?
Replies: 38
Views: 3906

Re: Does atheism and existentialism lead to existential crisis ?

Passion. Western existentialism stands and falls with passion. Therefore, hedonism, attachment to certain things is the logical support they give ? I agree this is some logical support, but it is totally contradicting the other half of existentialism. The fact that all this passion is useless and h...
by Circle5
Tue Jun 20, 2017 6:47 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Does atheism and existentialism lead to existential crisis ?
Replies: 38
Views: 3906

Re: Does atheism and existentialism lead to existential crisis ?

You should educate yourself about Nanavira Thera's teachings before you make sweeping statements about him or his approach to the Dhamma. Moreover, you should find his work and the work of his successors relevant to your inquiry, given that they explain the failings of philosophical existentialism ...
by Circle5
Tue Jun 20, 2017 2:26 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Vietnamese Monks: Blending Mahayana & Theravada Traditions
Replies: 28
Views: 1984

Re: Vietnamese Monks: Blending Mahayana & Theravada Traditions

Kim OHara wrote:
Circle5 wrote:There is a saying in my country: "Trying to make a whip out of shit and expecting it to snap too"
Huh?
Care to explain what you're trying to say?

:coffee:
Kim
I'm speaking about trying to make a soup out of the teachings of the historical Buddha and the teachings of other teachers.
by Circle5
Tue Jun 20, 2017 2:03 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Does atheism and existentialism lead to existential crisis ?
Replies: 38
Views: 3906

Re: Does atheism and existentialism lead to existential crisis ?

Is laughing regularly and loudly a sign of happiness? I don't think so. For the vast majority of people, laughing all the time is a sign of happiness, but in fact it is more likely to be a sign of ignorance: The fox that can't reach the grapes says that they're sour. Do we really have to experience...
by Circle5
Tue Jun 20, 2017 2:41 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Vietnamese Monks: Blending Mahayana & Theravada Traditions
Replies: 28
Views: 1984

Re: Vietnamese Monks: Blending Mahayana & Theravada Traditions

There is a saying in my country: "Trying to make a whip out of shit and expecting it to snap too"
by Circle5
Mon Jun 19, 2017 7:47 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Does atheism and existentialism lead to existential crisis ?
Replies: 38
Views: 3906

Re: Does atheism and existentialism lead to existential crisis ?

The situation in Buddhism is very different than that. Buddhism does not require one to contemplate in that way and end up in depression, just like Buddhism does not require you to put your hand in fire or in the refrigerator every day and make you suffer. In Buddhism, the round of rebirth is meanin...
by Circle5
Mon Jun 19, 2017 7:37 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Does atheism and existentialism lead to existential crisis ?
Replies: 38
Views: 3906

Re: Does atheism and existentialism lead to existential crisis ?

It appears that existentialist philosophy is actually a product of this existential depression, not the other way around. The person first gets into existential depression, then he starts having all those bad thoughts and line of thinking that we spoke about. And the person is 100% convinced what he...
by Circle5
Mon Jun 19, 2017 2:43 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Does atheism and existentialism lead to existential crisis ?
Replies: 38
Views: 3906

Re: Does atheism and existentialism lead to existential crisis ?

I remembered something. I used to have phobia of physical handicaps and you can get into a terrible state with that. If you think long enough about something scary, the fear will rise and rise until it's incredibly disturbing. And you can't stop it after getting to a certain point. And I also had sl...
by Circle5
Mon Jun 19, 2017 2:16 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Does atheism and existentialism lead to existential crisis ?
Replies: 38
Views: 3906

Re: Does atheism and existentialism lead to existential crisis ?

I've tried remembering the whole line of story of how I did it. I contemplated in this way for like half an hour the night before. I felt slightly strange but nothing special in that moment. Then, I had the tendency to see things like this the next day because I remember there was a pigeon eating at...
by Circle5
Mon Jun 19, 2017 12:33 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Does atheism and existentialism lead to existential crisis ?
Replies: 38
Views: 3906

Re: Does atheism and existentialism lead to existential crisis ?

The problem with this thing is simply contemplating in a wrong way. I've never had anything like this happening to me in my life. And just half an hour of wrong way of contemplation lead me to this the next day. It's an obvious cause and effect problem. You put your hand in the fire -> you get burne...
by Circle5
Mon Jun 19, 2017 5:16 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Did the Buddha teach we have choice? (aka The Great Free Will v Determinism Debate)
Replies: 911
Views: 92553

Re: Free will in Buddhism - technically explained

That is exactly what my post is addressing. That's why I suggest reading it, despite it being long.
by Circle5
Mon Jun 19, 2017 2:57 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Rebirth - technically explained
Replies: 1
Views: 366

Rebirth - technically explained

Right now, there is just rebirth technically explained in this topic. I will try in next days to also try to figure out a unified theory of physics and add it to this OP. NOTE: This will be difficult to understand without first understanding the 5 aggregate doctrine and how the world works according...
by Circle5
Mon Jun 19, 2017 2:41 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Did the Buddha teach we have choice? (aka The Great Free Will v Determinism Debate)
Replies: 911
Views: 92553

Free will in Buddhism - technically explained

There have been problems trying to explain free will in the buddhist context of conditionality and no-self. This topic is trying to explain that. Take for example the random generator machine at online poker. 1) Everything is entirely conditioned. It's logically not random at all. Look at it very st...
by Circle5
Mon Jun 19, 2017 2:34 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Does atheism and existentialism lead to existential crisis ?
Replies: 38
Views: 3906

Re: Does atheism and existentialism lead to existential crisis ?

God disciples true faith has fallen in recent ages and they are not burning unbelivers on the stake anymore. But at least the mighty God is burning them on the inside :tongue:
by Circle5
Mon Jun 19, 2017 1:11 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Does atheism and existentialism lead to existential crisis ?
Replies: 38
Views: 3906

Re: Does atheism and existentialism lead to existential crisis ?

My gf just said that when you are in that state, you could swear this is how things really are and nothing can convince you otherwise. She had some depression problems in high school so she knows better. I tried getting into the state again but didn't manage to do it. I'll try tomorrow very hard to ...