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by PeterB
Fri Oct 21, 2011 5:37 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Paul Williams' On converting from Buddhism to Catholicism
Replies: 90
Views: 7910

Re: Paul Williams' On converting from Buddhism to Catholicism

Exactly so....so on Sunday I am off to Mass.
At least no one will think that James Stewart has been reborn as a frog or is in hell for having the temerity to star in "Its A Wonderful Life." You find a kinder brand of delusion.
by PeterB
Fri Oct 21, 2011 4:44 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Paul Williams' On converting from Buddhism to Catholicism
Replies: 90
Views: 7910

Re: Paul Williams' On converting from Buddhism to Catholicism

Beyond the rhetoric and invidious comparison we have in the sutta the statement that an actor is in and of her/his profession both intoxicated and a cause of intoxication. And as a result will go to either a hell realm or be reborn as an animal. And this strikes you as plausible..sane...reasonable.....
by PeterB
Fri Oct 21, 2011 4:02 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Paul Williams' On converting from Buddhism to Catholicism
Replies: 90
Views: 7910

Re: Paul Williams' On converting from Buddhism to Catholicism

" he had his chance"....and he blew it. Well f*** him then. :lol:
by PeterB
Fri Oct 21, 2011 3:52 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Paul Williams' On converting from Buddhism to Catholicism
Replies: 90
Views: 7910

Re: Paul Williams' On converting from Buddhism to Catholicism

I know one person who decided to stop reading DW after a thread which showed that actors are bound for hell as a result of their profession, complete with sutta references...which seems considerably more loony than anything found in the bible to my ears That is their choice and their choice for not...
by PeterB
Fri Oct 21, 2011 3:51 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Paul Williams' On converting from Buddhism to Catholicism
Replies: 90
Views: 7910

Re: Paul Williams' On converting from Buddhism to Catholicism

Peter, I couldn't care less whether someone jumps ship. What I thought interesting, and what I was commenting on, what appeared to be quite a bizarre justification in the form of the William's article. As I have repeatedly said, I think there is more going on than William's is explicitly telling us...
by PeterB
Fri Oct 21, 2011 3:42 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Paul Williams' On converting from Buddhism to Catholicism
Replies: 90
Views: 7910

Re: Paul Williams' On converting from Buddhism to Catholicism

I dont doubt that the reply you recieved to your EMail resulted in your being able to rest secure in the knowledge that you have him and his whole life summed up and filed neatly in a non threatening drawer. The man is a 60 year old father and grandfather. His academic credentials are impeccable. He...
by PeterB
Fri Oct 21, 2011 3:25 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Paul Williams' On converting from Buddhism to Catholicism
Replies: 90
Views: 7910

Re: Paul Williams' On converting from Buddhism to Catholicism

I know one person who decided to stop reading DW after a thread which showed that actors are bound for hell as a result of their profession, complete with sutta references...which seems considerably more loony than anything found in the bible to my ears
by PeterB
Fri Oct 21, 2011 2:20 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Are aliens devas?
Replies: 28
Views: 4660

Re: Are aliens devas?

Hi I'd had a question about aliens. In the case, they visit us, I'd like to know if they are devas? Please understand I mean this seriously. When you read about the UFO/alien litterature, you understand something very real is going on. Some, as Jacques Valley I think, put the phenomena of UFO's, Ap...
by PeterB
Fri Oct 21, 2011 2:14 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Paul Williams' On converting from Buddhism to Catholicism
Replies: 90
Views: 7910

Re: Paul Williams' On converting from Buddhism to Catholicism

The man is a 60 year old father and grandfather. His academic credentials are impeccable. He has reached conclusions that many Buddhists would not share..but after many years of study. His is not a light hearted and credulous embracing of a faith and then dropping it for another. He is a sincere and...
by PeterB
Fri Oct 21, 2011 1:52 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Paul Williams' On converting from Buddhism to Catholicism
Replies: 90
Views: 7910

Re: Paul Williams' On converting from Buddhism to Catholicism

In Buddhism you don't often hear of gratitude. Hmm... The Blessed One said, "Now what is the level of a person of no integrity? A person of no integrity is ungrateful & unthankful. This ingratitude, this lack of thankfulness, is advocated by rude people. It is entirely on the level of people of no ...
by PeterB
Fri Oct 21, 2011 1:50 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Paul Williams' On converting from Buddhism to Catholicism
Replies: 90
Views: 7910

Re: Paul Williams' On converting from Buddhism to Catholicism

And we do Ben ? Know what other people need ? I suppose we call all have a generalised stab about what people need in the abstract..Maslow. Love. A good diet. But when it comes to individuals with a wide range of physical and genetic and cultural and even kammic diversity I think all we can do is he...
by PeterB
Fri Oct 21, 2011 12:03 pm
Forum: Introductions
Topic: Secular Buddhism
Replies: 11
Views: 1395

Re: Secular Buddhism

Hello Joseph...the " One Lifetime Model " is ceratinly alive and well in the Theravada...however I am not sure that the term " secular" adds much to the debate...I think that may be a concept which is a product of western thinking...There may be an alternative to both magical thinking and to secular...
by PeterB
Fri Oct 21, 2011 11:03 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Paul Williams' On converting from Buddhism to Catholicism
Replies: 90
Views: 7910

Re: Paul Williams' On converting from Buddhism to Catholicism

See what bothers me about this thread is not that someone jumped ship...people do that in both directions constantly. I mentioned earlier that I personally know two long term Buddhists who became Christian. One was a novice monk for a while. Nor is it that their reasons for so doing might be inconsi...
by PeterB
Fri Oct 21, 2011 8:33 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Paul Williams' On converting from Buddhism to Catholicism
Replies: 90
Views: 7910

Re: Paul Williams' On converting from Buddhism to Catholicism

Gosh, all our Dhamma has no prevented us from having real issues has it Tilt ?
by PeterB
Fri Oct 21, 2011 8:15 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Paul Williams' On converting from Buddhism to Catholicism
Replies: 90
Views: 7910

Re: Paul Williams' On converting from Buddhism to Catholicism

Yes I can see that it is much more comfortable to assume that his reasons were negative rather than positive.
Anyway must dash. First clinic is in 15 minutes. 5 people whose inner mental processes I will attempt to elicit without guess work.