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by Doshin
Wed Jan 22, 2014 12:18 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Is the moon there when you don't look?
Replies: 125
Views: 4225

Re: Is the moon there when you don't look?

If a tree falls in a forest and no one's there to hear it, does it make a sound? At present, my contemplation is at "why bother ?". How can a sound exist if there's no one there to hear it? Sound is atom's pushing each other, like ripples on water but in 3 dimensions; in other words, sound does not...
by Doshin
Wed Dec 11, 2013 11:34 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Why Christmas annoys me
Replies: 53
Views: 3225

Re: Why Christmas annoys me

Any suggestions on what to get them that won't break the bank? I am a poor student. A keychain with a neat turtle. Something like this - http://p.globalsources.com/IMAGES/PDT/B1066135135/Soft-plush-sea-turtle-keychain.jpg or a fancier version made of steel or stone. It's neat, inexpensive, useful, ...
by Doshin
Wed Dec 11, 2013 11:30 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Why Christmas annoys me
Replies: 53
Views: 3225

Re: Why Christmas annoys me

Don't try to give them all Dhamma books for Christmas I'm afraid that is my plan. My reasoning goes as follows. None of my relatives have never heard the genuine teachings of the Buddha before, ie. the Sutta Pitaka. It's possible that the only way they ever will hear of them in their entire lifetim...
by Doshin
Tue Nov 26, 2013 3:26 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Word Association Game
Replies: 11959
Views: 611366

Re: Word Association Game

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by Doshin
Thu Nov 21, 2013 11:48 am
Forum: Sīla
Topic: Does illegal downloading violate the 2nd precept?
Replies: 356
Views: 48582

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 Doshin
Tue Nov 12, 2013 7:33 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Positive thinking is wasted on the brain
Replies: 20
Views: 1565

Re: Positive thinking is wasted on the brain

An interesting article for your perusal Positive thinking is wasted on the brain The idea is that, for this reason, it is harder to make positive experiences stick neurally. So simply prescribing positive thinking or faking it until you theoretically make it is like sprinkling sugar on the surface ...
by Doshin
Wed Oct 30, 2013 4:45 pm
Forum: Ordination and Monastic Life
Topic: Theravada Monasteries Europe
Replies: 3
Views: 1120

Re: Theravada Monasteries Europe

If anybody knows about any Theravada Monasteries in Europe, it would be appreciated if you could give me some further information :smile: I tried searching the internet with some luck, but some are difficult to find. Maybe "Sadhu" ?: http://dhamma.ru/sadhu/directory?catid=193 I don't know how compl...
by Doshin
Tue Oct 29, 2013 1:49 pm
Forum: Dhammaduta (Dhamma propagation)
Topic: t shirts
Replies: 23
Views: 3925

Re: t shirts

befriend wrote:would it be considered proselytizing if I made t shirts with short Buddhist sayings like, do good refrain from evil purify the mind -buddha
If you where not in doubt, would you ask ?

If you are in doubt, why are you in doubt ?

_/\_
by Doshin
Mon Oct 28, 2013 12:56 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: 3 month meditation retreat in forest monastery
Replies: 6
Views: 1083

Re: 3 month meditation retreat in forest monastery

no one ? I had almost answered your post a couple of times... But I have no experience with longer retreats. I must admit, that I envy ( there was a feeling/topic me to contemplate ;) ) you, that you have the possibility, and means to do so. If I had that opportunity, I would also like to go on a l...
by Doshin
Mon Oct 28, 2013 7:42 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: All that you can do is do your best
Replies: 11
Views: 1283

Re: All that you can do is do your best

I'm not sure who you comment, the OP or the previous post (to yours) about Oprah. But I assume it is the OP. Does this mean that even people doing "bad" things are doing their best since doing one's best is the only possibility? I doubt that this is your meaning unless you are a fatalist.....I am on...
by Doshin
Mon Oct 21, 2013 10:34 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Do people who get murdered deserve it?
Replies: 110
Views: 4648

Re: Do people who get murdered deserve it?

This topic has been discussed to death in other threads. Would those who post speculative views about kamma on Buddhist forums without having done their research deserve it if others shoot them down in flames? :stirthepot: If everyone did their research, would there be any need for forum(s) ? _/\_
by Doshin
Wed Oct 09, 2013 2:11 pm
Forum: Sīla
Topic: Teaching ethics to your kids
Replies: 7
Views: 973

Re: Teaching ethics to your kids

I'm interested to know what you think of the following quote by Alain De Botton: “The best way to transmit one’s philosophy of life to one’s children is to say almost nothing about it” Do you think its an effective strategy to nurture a moral compass (that reflects one's own)? I'd love to know your...
by Doshin
Mon Oct 07, 2013 11:21 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Faith-based against evidence-based
Replies: 173
Views: 11734

Re: Faith-based against evidence-based

This thread begins to sound more and more like an elaborate exercise in trolling... That is what I thought all along. But it was nice of everyone to give him the benefit of doubt. There was a tremendous amount of patience supplied by the members here dealing with his trolling comments and questions...
by Doshin
Wed Oct 02, 2013 9:35 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Faith-based against evidence-based
Replies: 173
Views: 11734

Re: Faith-based against evidence-based

I would claim, that you delude yourself by just looking at the messenger, and forget to look at the message; actually the essence of the message.... Are you familiar with "ad hominum" argument? It means discounting something because of who said it. It is a mistake to do this. ... Well.. There are a...
by Doshin
Wed Oct 02, 2013 7:34 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Faith-based against evidence-based
Replies: 173
Views: 11734

Re: Faith-based against evidence-based

This thread has many sub-dialogues, but two quotes sprang into my mind: " The Dhamma has to be found by looking into your own heart and seeing that which is true and that which is not, that which is balanced and that which is not balanced " - Ajahn Chah You have to look within for the truth. Well, ...
by Doshin
Wed Oct 02, 2013 6:57 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Faith-based against evidence-based
Replies: 173
Views: 11734

Re: Faith-based against evidence-based

How would you know that the teachings are valuable if there is no arhant, and therefore not the smallest shred of evidence that someone got Enlightened ever? This thread has many sub-dialogues, but two quotes sprang into my mind: " The Dhamma has to be found by looking into your own heart and seein...
by Doshin
Mon Sep 30, 2013 11:12 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Book: 'Before we loved the Buddha'
Replies: 116
Views: 10988

Re: Book: 'Before we loved the Buddha'

But my answer to the above questions vis-a-vis the primary question of the OP is: shall we just let questions (of self) be questions (for self) and not answer them on other's behalf? This question has been grinding my mind, the last couple of days... So far my answer tends to be: Yes, as I would ne...
by Doshin
Tue Sep 24, 2013 7:11 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Book: 'Before we loved the Buddha'
Replies: 116
Views: 10988

Re: Book: 'Before we loved the Buddha'

What I find is totally useless and counter-productive however is blaming the blameless, and that's what all too easily happens when people classify themselves and others into conceptual groups (whether they be minority or majority groups) and blame one "group" for the fortunes of another "group". T...
by Doshin
Tue Sep 24, 2013 6:54 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Book: 'Before we loved the Buddha'
Replies: 116
Views: 10988

Re: Book: 'Before we loved the Buddha'

I don't know what's wrong with just regarding people as people... maybe I'm over-simplifying things, but it works for me and those I engage with. That's the thorny issue, the difficult challenge. What if others respond by saying that your inability to see what's wrong, your desire not to complicate...
by Doshin
Thu Sep 19, 2013 8:09 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: The Second Precept & the Internet
Replies: 2
Views: 789

Re: The Second Precept & the Internet

I'm almost certain that this has been discussed here before...but here it goes. Yes, try this recent active (currently last post "Thu 5 Sep 2013") thread, with 220+ posts: Does illegal downloading violate the 2nd precept? Does downloading music, books, or other kinds of media from the internet with...