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by Ben
Tue Jul 05, 2016 12:58 pm
Forum: Introductions
Topic: Mattias from Sweden
Replies: 10
Views: 993

Re: Mattias from Sweden

Greetings Matthias and welcome!
by Ben
Tue Jul 05, 2016 6:55 am
Forum: Lounge (Archive)
Topic: The mistrust of science
Replies: 77
Views: 6920

Re: The mistrust of science

A comment from particle physicist Professor Brian Cox (who has a new series on BBC TV called "The Forces of Nature") regarding cynicism towards professional expertise: “It’s entirely wrong, and it’s the road back to the cave. The way we got out of the caves and into modern civilisation is through t...
by Ben
Tue Jul 05, 2016 1:41 am
Forum: Lounge (Archive)
Topic: The mistrust of science
Replies: 77
Views: 6920

Re: The mistrust of science

tiltbillings wrote:Well done article, thanks.
Ben wrote:The mistrust of science
Sadly, it will persist.
You are welcome. You are right, the mistrust of science will continue to persist.
The irony is exquisite.
by Ben
Tue Jul 05, 2016 12:38 am
Forum: Lounge (Archive)
Topic: Watch Juno's Jupiter Orbit Insertion live now
Replies: 4
Views: 588

Watch Juno's Jupiter Orbit Insertion live now

In a few hours, the Juno space probe will perform a tricky maneuver (Jupiter Orbit Insertion) to slow down so as to be captured by Jupiter's gravity where upon Juno will then make another 35 orbital fly-bys while collecting data and imagery of the gas giant. The JOI can be watched via NASA's app: NA...
by Ben
Tue Jul 05, 2016 12:26 am
Forum: Lounge (Archive)
Topic: The mistrust of science
Replies: 77
Views: 6920

The mistrust of science

This will be of interest to some but I recommend it for all. The following was delivered as the commencement address by Atul Gawande at the California Institute of Technology, on Friday, June 10th. If this place has done its job—and I suspect it has—you’re all scientists now. Sorry, English and hist...
by Ben
Tue Jul 05, 2016 12:17 am
Forum: Lounge (Archive)
Topic: Pictures that prove Australia is the Craziest
Replies: 55
Views: 5313

Re: Pictures that prove Australia is the Craziest

I think this is fairly accurate: [cartoon] This bloke https://northamericancontrarian.com/2014/05/18/deadly-encounter-with-an-australian-melon/ would probably agree. Then again, he nearly got himself killed doing something dumb. (I know, I shouldn't be too rude about Canadians' intelligence. We've ...
by Ben
Sun Jul 03, 2016 11:24 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: the great vegetarian debate
Replies: 4366
Views: 315293

Re: Does been a vegetarian mean gods are with you?

Yes, very good scriptural support and quite a bit of it, as well. I suggest you research suttas on the Buddha's refutation of the Nigantha's view on kamma and also research the origin of the schism led by Devadutta. Thank you kindly Ben, it's always humbling to see where I'm lacking in understandin...
by Ben
Sat Jul 02, 2016 11:58 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: the great vegetarian debate
Replies: 4366
Views: 315293

Re: Does been a vegetarian mean gods are with you?

Perhaps you can look at it in a more generalized way. Feelings like "the gods are with you" probably stem from the good kamma you develop by not eating animals that have been killed. Soon. The idea that there is good kamma from being vegetarian is wrong view - and wrong view is akusala. Hi Robert, ...
by Ben
Sat Jul 02, 2016 10:45 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: What do the wider Theravadan world think about Goenka?
Replies: 43
Views: 4666

Re: What do the wider Theravadan world think about Goenka?

I've just recently completed a 10-day Vipassana retreat in Goenka's tradition. It was my third, although it had been a number of years since I last did one of these. I quite like the technique and teachings Goenka offers, but he doesn't give much credit to the wider body of Buddhist thought and pra...
by Ben
Fri Jul 01, 2016 6:11 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: "Anicca" as "uncertainty" - Ajahn Chah via Ajahn Amaro
Replies: 62
Views: 4284

Re: "Anicca" as "uncertainty" - Ajahn Chah via Ajahn Amaro

With all due respect, it doesn't seem like the "yeah well I don't think so" argument contributes much to the conversation. My point was that IMPERMANENCE is something I can easily handle in meditation...but being able to quickly call it to mind in all manner of daily interactions can take a bit mor...
by Ben
Fri Jul 01, 2016 5:59 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: What do the wider Theravadan world think about Goenka?
Replies: 43
Views: 4666

Re: What do the wider Theravadan world think about Goenka?

I suggest you do some research on SN Goenka particularly, the esteem in which he held the Bhikkhu Sangha. Also, it might be worthwhile searching for, and reading, the obituaries to him. That should give you an indication of the respect he held for the tradition and the respect that the wider Therava...
by Ben
Fri Jul 01, 2016 12:38 am
Forum: Introductions
Topic: May I take refuge here?
Replies: 9
Views: 1363

Re: May I take refuge here?

Welcome Dhammacola!
Yes, you can take refuge here.
Chill, read, learn and discuss.
Thank you for sharing your traumatic experience and I hope the negative effects of being held up at gunpoint diminish.
kind regards,
Ben
by Ben
Thu Jun 30, 2016 11:10 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: "Anicca" as "uncertainty" - Ajahn Chah via Ajahn Amaro
Replies: 62
Views: 4284

Re: "Anicca" as "uncertainty" - Ajahn Chah via Ajahn Amaro

Goofaholix wrote:
JMGinPDX wrote:impermanence just seems too esoteric and lofty a concept.
Really? there's nothing lofty or esoteric about it, it's something that is easily observable, like gravity.
You took the words right out of my mouth.
by Ben
Wed Jun 29, 2016 3:10 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: "Moderation in what is beneficial"? - Yoga connections.
Replies: 115
Views: 10380

Re: "Moderation in what is beneficial"? - Yoga connections.

Yet again, more irrational nonsense. Knowledge brings mastery. If Western medicine was aware of all the components in semen surely they would have made use of them or exploited them rather. What about this is irrational if I may ask? You've demonstrated a complete lack of knowledge of the subject a...