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by Hoo
Sun Dec 05, 2010 2:29 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Must one "believe" in the Four Noble Truths?
Replies: 43
Views: 3562

Re: Must one "believe" in the Four Noble Truths?

Belief is, however, where one has to start In my experience, Tilt, that isn't true. I began in disbelief, distrust, suffering, etc. If it weren't for the Buddha's advice to the Kalamas, I wouldn't have undertaken to "test the system" to see if it worked. I'd already had decades of what I'll kindly ...
by Hoo
Sun Nov 28, 2010 11:42 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Why isn’t dana included in the training of monastics?
Replies: 15
Views: 1184

Re: Why isn’t dana included in the training of monastics?

Everyman's Ethics http://www.accesstoinsight.org/lib/authors/narada/wheel014.html" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false; To live as a householder and try to practice as a monastic is to place unrealistic expectations on oneself. In SN 17:23, the Buddha advises lay disciples to "Try to becom...
by Hoo
Sun Nov 28, 2010 4:42 pm
Forum: Lounge (Archive)
Topic: Hey everyone
Replies: 6
Views: 732

Re: Hey everyone

Hi Dhammakid,

Nice to see you again :)

Hoo
by Hoo
Sun Nov 28, 2010 12:27 am
Forum: Lounge (Archive)
Topic: Goodbye...for now
Replies: 28
Views: 3699

Re: Goodbye...for now

Best wishes, Ben.

Hoo
by Hoo
Wed Nov 24, 2010 1:54 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: How could you cut fetter of conceit?
Replies: 9
Views: 1062

Re: How could you cut fetter of conceit?

I've found that there are some kind of fun ways to go at it :) I haven't mastered these, mind you, but I have made some inroads - chuckle. These are just things that I have done "on the spot" when arrogance or conceit crop up. Deal with it as if it's real: Don't deny or excuse it, acknowledge that y...
by Hoo
Mon Nov 22, 2010 12:41 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Recommendation of of Ven. Thanissaro's essays and talks?
Replies: 14
Views: 2296

Re: Recommendation of of Ven. Thanissaro's essays and talks?

....I have to admit that so far "Wings to Awakening" (Intro and part 1) has touched my intellect, but not my heart. It's highly analytical and intellectual, but I'd rather read some of his writings which can actually lead my heart to peace and liberation (from sufferings), and practically guide my ...
by Hoo
Sat Nov 20, 2010 2:08 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Did the Buddha teach we have choice? (aka The Great Free Will v Determinism Debate)
Replies: 909
Views: 62053

Re: Did the Buddha teach that we have choice?

Well said, Geoff :goodpost: One needs to get past freshman and sophomore philosophy to see what the Buddha discovered - and the forest of views, the thicket of views, that don't lead to the end of suffering. IMHO, it doesn't matter if there is ultimately "free will, freedom of choice" or not. Neithe...
by Hoo
Wed Nov 17, 2010 3:24 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Words of wisdom?
Replies: 10
Views: 905

Re: Words of wisdom?

I suspect the profs are teaching a point, rather than taking extreme philosophical positions. They may using the extreme to teach some balance. But I have met academics who believe that their view is correct and all others are false (See the Canki Sutta It's been my experience that we humans let our...
by Hoo
Tue Nov 16, 2010 11:30 pm
Forum: Lounge (Archive)
Topic: Evidence of rebirth - dog is claustrophobic
Replies: 63
Views: 4618

Re: Evidence of rebirth - dog is claustrophobic

...IMHO, sometimes the meta discussion is the point if it is a Buddhist forum. First: It's the old signal-to-noise-ratio problem. If there's a bunch of noise going on, relevant and valuable information can get lost in that background noise. Second: It matters what we say and do to others, according ...
by Hoo
Mon Nov 15, 2010 5:52 pm
Forum: Lounge (Archive)
Topic: Tipping Point: Collapse of economy and food supply
Replies: 88
Views: 5947

Re: Tipping Point: Collapse of economy and food supply

Conclusion : without natural gas millions will starve. Furthermore, as well as being essential to producing our food that is needed for us to stay alive it is also involved in providing providing all the luxuries that we have come to take for granted (see the list below for some of the many items):...
by Hoo
Mon Nov 15, 2010 2:36 pm
Forum: Wellness, Diet & Fitness
Topic: Quitting the Nicotine Habit.
Replies: 15
Views: 3476

Re: Quitting the Nicotine Habit.

Not everyone is the same, so I copied Individual's list and edited it to match my experience. Thanks for doing all that typing, individual :) I smoked for about 40 years, then quit about 12 years ago. Yup, I started at age 8 and quit around age 50. from age 16 or so, I was smoking over a pack a day,...
by Hoo
Mon Nov 15, 2010 2:36 am
Forum: Lounge (Archive)
Topic: Tipping Point: Collapse of economy and food supply
Replies: 88
Views: 5947

Re: Tipping Point: Collapse of economy and food supply

The lesson is that civil authority need not break down, and I tend to think the communities that are genuinely strong in good times are the ones which will respond best to the bad times. Well said, Kim. One of the reasons it is seemingly always part of survival thought is that it's the collapse of ...
by Hoo
Mon Nov 15, 2010 2:15 am
Forum: Lounge (Archive)
Topic: Tipping Point: Collapse of economy and food supply
Replies: 88
Views: 5947

Re: Tipping Point: Collapse of economy and food supply

Greetings, Funny world, that's for sure…Three quarters of humanity doesn't even use the stuff, and this is the top of the list?... :smile: Ironically, it would probably have more value as a fire-starter. Metta, Retro. :) You have the idea, Retro :) Its other values are as wound dressings, hygiene p...
by Hoo
Sun Nov 14, 2010 1:22 pm
Forum: Lounge (Archive)
Topic: Tipping Point: Collapse of economy and food supply
Replies: 88
Views: 5947

Re: Tipping Point: Collapse of economy and food supply

(Tongue in cheek) Is this the place in the story where the forces of good and evil are marshalled for the big battle? The sides are drawn and in great passion they tear into each other with slings and arrows like "stupid, deluded, that's just wrong," etc.? Or is this the story in which the players a...
by Hoo
Sat Nov 13, 2010 4:54 pm
Forum: Lounge (Archive)
Topic: Tipping Point: Collapse of economy and food supply
Replies: 88
Views: 5947

Re: Tipping Point: Collapse of economy and food supply

....The real issue, for a Buddhist, is why are we anxious/fearful/pessimistic about any particular issue, whether that be peak oil, global warming, the war on terror, or whatever? It is a fundamental mistake to look outside for the causes of suffering, or for the cessation of suffering. Buddhists s...