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by mal4mac
Mon Dec 04, 2017 11:51 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Did the Buddha teach we have choice? (aka The Great Free Will v Determinism Debate)
Replies: 911
Views: 94368

Re: Did the Buddha teach we have choice? (aka The Great Free Will v Determinism Debate)

This is quite interesting. Let's say I am tempted to steal. I have two choices - either suppress the temptation or give in to it. Let's say I choose the former. Who makes this choice? The self. What is the self? The entity conditioned to believe that stealing is wrong. Therefore, action that spring...
by mal4mac
Sat Dec 02, 2017 7:22 pm
Forum: Lounge (Archive)
Topic: Buddhism and alcohol
Replies: 221
Views: 17857

Re: Buddhism and alcohol

I think it would be good if we let people who have been through the experience of alcoholism dispense the advice because ideas like this are based ignorance of the disease process and beyond not being helpful, and potentially damaging. Sorry if that sounds harsh but I feel it needs to be said. Why ...
by mal4mac
Sat Dec 02, 2017 12:00 pm
Forum: Sīla
Topic: Ignoring jury duty request
Replies: 29
Views: 3991

Re: Ignoring jury duty request

mal4mac wrote:
Sat Dec 02, 2017 11:56 am
:anjali: :quote: :jumping: :rolleye: :popcorn: :reading:
:sage: :juggling: :tongue: :toast: :shrug:

My jury. I'm the one in the hat-^
by mal4mac
Sat Dec 02, 2017 11:56 am
Forum: Sīla
Topic: Ignoring jury duty request
Replies: 29
Views: 3991

Re: Ignoring jury duty request

Sorry, wrong posting, please delete mods!
by mal4mac
Sat Dec 02, 2017 11:53 am
Forum: Sīla
Topic: Ignoring jury duty request
Replies: 29
Views: 3991

Re: Ignoring jury duty request

Here's another angle... How about using the summons, and reporting for duty, and potentially waiting around for hours just to be dismissed....as part of one's practice? Yes, I tried that, but it's very difficult. Too many disturbances. Maybe only very advanced mediators should do jury service :budd...
by mal4mac
Sat Dec 02, 2017 11:52 am
Forum: Sīla
Topic: Ignoring jury duty request
Replies: 29
Views: 3991

Re: Ignoring jury duty request

Here's another angle... How about using the summons, and reporting for duty, and potentially waiting around for hours just to be dismissed....as part of one's practice? Yes, I tried that, but it's very difficult. Too many disturbances. Maybe only very advanced mediators should do jury service :budd...
by mal4mac
Sat Dec 02, 2017 11:34 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Did the Buddha teach we have choice? (aka The Great Free Will v Determinism Debate)
Replies: 911
Views: 94368

Re: Did the Buddha teach we have choice? (aka The Great Free Will v Determinism Debate)

... stop thinking about free will and whether we have it. It is a make believe problem based on a make believe sense of there being a substantial self that wants to identify with something. :toilet: But maybe there is a substantial self, maybe Buddhists are wrong. That said, I think they're right, ...
by mal4mac
Sat Dec 02, 2017 11:25 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Did the Buddha teach we have choice? (aka The Great Free Will v Determinism Debate)
Replies: 911
Views: 94368

Re: 'The illusion of free will' by Sam Harris is a dangerous idea, but can anyone disprove it?

At time mark 0:30 harris says that everything you think and do arises from an ocean of prior causes. This seems to be pretty much the basis of his point of view on the matter of free will. If this is the basis then he is making a huge error in logic....he is assuming what he is trying to prove. Is ...
by mal4mac
Sat Dec 02, 2017 10:40 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Did the Buddha teach we have choice? (aka The Great Free Will v Determinism Debate)
Replies: 911
Views: 94368

Re: Did the Buddha teach we have choice? (aka The Great Free Will v Determinism Debate)

cappuccino wrote:
Fri Dec 01, 2017 11:25 pm
well destiny doesn't need intention, karma needs intention
If karma exists.
by mal4mac
Fri Dec 01, 2017 4:22 pm
Forum: Sīla
Topic: Ignoring jury duty request
Replies: 29
Views: 3991

Re: Ignoring jury duty request

If you don't do it other citizens will have to. The justice system protects people and it needs jurors to function. Why should other citizens who no more and no less equal than you are have to do that whereas you will not because you simply do not like it? It would be shoving your responsibilities ...
by mal4mac
Fri Dec 01, 2017 4:09 pm
Forum: Sīla
Topic: Ignoring jury duty request
Replies: 29
Views: 3991

Re: Ignoring jury duty request

Just go. You'll likely sit around for a few hours, buy a mediocre sandwich, and then go home after sitting around for a couple more hours. It's not that bad. Of course, if you get selected for questioning or whatever then you'll probably want to find some way to honestly suggest to them that you ar...
by mal4mac
Fri Dec 01, 2017 3:57 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Did the Buddha teach we have choice? (aka The Great Free Will v Determinism Debate)
Replies: 911
Views: 94368

Re: Did the Buddha teach we have choice? (aka The Great Free Will v Determinism Debate)

cappuccino wrote:
Fri Dec 01, 2017 6:16 am
... you have to intend something.

If you have to intend, you can intend. Hence free will.
Why? The intention might be determined. Maybe you just feel that you are choosing something freely.
by mal4mac
Fri Dec 01, 2017 3:54 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Did the Buddha teach we have choice? (aka The Great Free Will v Determinism Debate)
Replies: 911
Views: 94368

Re: 'The illusion of free will' by Sam Harris is a dangerous idea, but can anyone disprove it?

At time mark 0:30 harris says that everything you think and do arises from an ocean of prior causes. This seems to be pretty much the basis of his point of view on the matter of free will. If this is the basis then he is making a huge error in logic....he is assuming what he is trying to prove. Is ...
by mal4mac
Fri Dec 01, 2017 11:47 am
Forum: Lounge (Archive)
Topic: Never too old
Replies: 15
Views: 1637

Re: Never too old

Couldn't some forms of dance be looked at as walking meditation? Or meditation on posture/activity in general? Some Tibetan monks dance, are they bad monks?

http://www.buddhisma2z.com/content.php?id=93
by mal4mac
Thu Nov 30, 2017 12:14 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: withdrawal
Replies: 13
Views: 1110

Re: withdrawal

chownah wrote:
Thu Nov 30, 2017 2:01 am
I was not considering a book to be a sense object.
What else could it be? Maybe the idea of the raft is useful here? The Dhammapada might be part of the raft? Most sense objects are icebergs, alligators, etc.,... but others may be part of the raft, to be grasped for now?