Search found 874 matches

by Buckwheat
Fri Nov 22, 2013 4:09 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Quantum physics proves their IS an Afterlife
Replies: 69
Views: 4225

Re: Quantum physics proves their IS an Afterlife

Though quantum mechanics seems to have explored a range of possibilities about how an observer affects "reality": http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Consciousness_causes_collapse#.22Consciousness_causes_collapse.22 There are other possible solutions to the "Wigner's friend" thought experiment, which do n...
by Buckwheat
Fri Nov 22, 2013 3:37 pm
Forum: Samatha Bhāvana
Topic: What is the best season to visit Metta Forest Monastery?
Replies: 10
Views: 1629

Re: What is the best season to visit Metta Forest Monastery?

If this topic is in the wrong place, I invite the mods to post it elsewhere. I was not sure where I ought to put this question. I am seriously thinking that I ought to go and spend a month at some stage at Ajahn Thanissaro's monastery and meditate / get some advice personally. If I am going to make...
by Buckwheat
Wed Nov 20, 2013 6:42 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Quantum physics proves their IS an Afterlife
Replies: 69
Views: 4225

Re: Quantum physics proves their IS an Afterlife

I like quantum physics because it clearly shows that the way things are is not as obvious as the typical worldling thinks. chownah I agree. It is really fascinating to see that the world can function in mind-blowing and odd manners. However, it is very dangerous to apply quantum ideas to real world...
by Buckwheat
Tue Nov 19, 2013 5:25 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Quantum physics proves their IS an Afterlife
Replies: 69
Views: 4225

Re: Quantum physics proves their IS an Afterlife

Spiny Norman wrote:I mean would these natural patterns have any meaning without an observer?
Meaning is a totally different discussion. The theory of biocentricity goes so far as to say that time/space would not even exist in the absence of consciousness. I see no evidence to support that bold assertion.
by Buckwheat
Tue Nov 19, 2013 2:46 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Positive thinking is wasted on the brain
Replies: 20
Views: 1567

Re: Positive thinking is wasted on the brain

I see the problem here not with positive thinking or not, but with the fact that so many people, especially new-agers, believing in the law of attraction. To think that a positive thought generates a force in the world that will generate good fortune in one's life is foolish (Edit: as Mahat points o...
by Buckwheat
Tue Nov 19, 2013 2:34 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Quantum physics proves their IS an Afterlife
Replies: 69
Views: 4225

Re: Quantum physics proves their IS an Afterlife

Invoking conciousness is not necessary to explain such experiments mathematically and seems to me to simply add unnecessary baggage to the explanation. Though without consciousness there wouldn't be the maths, the experiments, science, theories, us discussing it - any of it. Maybe not, but I see no...
by Buckwheat
Tue Nov 19, 2013 2:33 am
Forum: Sīla
Topic: Does illegal downloading violate the 2nd precept?
Replies: 356
Views: 48615

Re: Does illegal downloading violate the 2nd precept?

The only thing that makes any property yours (intellectual or physical) is your ability to claim it and fight for it. The legal system gives a community standard for determining what is or is not one persons property so that we may settle things more civilly instead of resorting to fisticuffs. E.g. ...
by Buckwheat
Mon Nov 18, 2013 4:49 am
Forum: Introductions
Topic: Mahamevnawa Florida.
Replies: 3
Views: 1260

Re: Mahamevnawa Florida.

Welcome :anjali:
by Buckwheat
Mon Nov 18, 2013 4:34 am
Forum: Sīla
Topic: Does illegal downloading violate the 2nd precept?
Replies: 356
Views: 48615

Re: Does illegal downloading violate the 2nd precept?

Greetings, If it does not violate the 2nd precept, then why was your heart racing as you entered the back door? Non-sequitur... racing hearts have nothing to do with the 2nd precept. Metta, Retro. :) The part of my statement that you quoted as non-sequitur was not part of the logical argument, but ...
by Buckwheat
Mon Nov 18, 2013 4:06 am
Forum: Sīla
Topic: Does illegal downloading violate the 2nd precept?
Replies: 356
Views: 48615

Re: Does illegal downloading violate the 2nd precept?

...there is nothing taken... Suppose there is a play at the local theater. The admission is only $5, but you're too lazy to pay. You sneak in the back door and nestle in with the rest of the crowd watching the show for free. As the show did not sell out, you did not deny anybody a seat. You simply ...
by Buckwheat
Wed Oct 09, 2013 4:33 pm
Forum: Introductions
Topic: Finally a member!
Replies: 6
Views: 1063

Re: Finally a member!

:twothumbsup: Welcome
by Buckwheat
Tue Oct 08, 2013 4:40 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Word Association Game
Replies: 11959
Views: 611569

Re: Word Association Game

stop
by Buckwheat
Wed Oct 02, 2013 4:04 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Kamma is anatta?
Replies: 7
Views: 1142

Re: Kamma is anatta?

:goodpost: This was a good set of reading for me this morning. Thanks, bhante. :anjali:
by Buckwheat
Wed Oct 02, 2013 2:08 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Kamma is anatta?
Replies: 7
Views: 1142

Re: Kamma is anatta?

Thank you, both responses. :anjali:
by Buckwheat
Tue Oct 01, 2013 10:09 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Kamma is anatta?
Replies: 7
Views: 1142

Kamma is anatta?

Is there a place in the Suttas where the Buddha says, "kamma is anatta"?
by Buckwheat
Tue Oct 01, 2013 10:04 pm
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: Why will meditation not bring more loss and death?
Replies: 15
Views: 3017

Re: Why will meditation not bring more loss and death?

If the "law of attraction" is something that you, at this time, must cling to... then how about this approach: Don't focus on adversity. Focus on how you will handle hardship in a calm in responsible manner. Focus on yourself maintaining equanimity, compassion, and goodwill in the face of any advers...
by Buckwheat
Tue Oct 01, 2013 9:58 pm
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: Why will meditation not bring more loss and death?
Replies: 15
Views: 3017

Re: Why will meditation not bring more loss and death?

Different meditation topics suite different people. If you suffer from anxiety and paranoia, maybe meditation on death is not appropriate for you. I think it is often prescribed for those who are either over-indulgent or lazy. For anxiety, you may want to focus on calming meditations and metta. If, ...
by Buckwheat
Tue Oct 01, 2013 9:34 pm
Forum: Announcements
Topic: Change to DW Terms of Service
Replies: 6
Views: 2196

Re: Change to DW Terms of Service

Ben wrote:Cittasanto:
Thanks, we will look at the wording of that clause.

Reductor:
US Law.
Again, we may tweak the wording.
kind regards,

Ben
Oh, no!! Ben is "the man". Just kidding. Thanks for keeping the forum clean and I applaud your efforts.
by Buckwheat
Sat Sep 28, 2013 5:25 am
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: Why will meditation not bring more loss and death?
Replies: 15
Views: 3017

Re: Why will meditation not bring more loss and death?

I'm interested to see what Buddhists/Buddhism would have to say about if metta thoughts can bring good things, why wouldn't contemplating loss bring more loss? I do not see any arguments in the Buddhist Canon for "law of attraction" type thinking. Metta meditation does not make good things happen, ...
by Buckwheat
Sat Sep 28, 2013 5:18 am
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: Why will meditation not bring more loss and death?
Replies: 15
Views: 3017

Re: Why will meditation not bring more loss and death?

The purpose of recollecting aging, illness, death, and loss is to learn how to deal with these situations in a healthy way right there and now, so that when they happen you will be mentally prepared. If one is simply fixated on them, looking for loss and sorrow in the world, being pessimistic, then ...