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by Individual
Sat Jan 22, 2011 1:44 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Women: more gifted for spiritual life?
Replies: 57
Views: 4334

Re: Women: more gifted for spiritual life?

I was just trying to be funny.
by Individual
Sat Jan 22, 2011 1:37 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Women: more gifted for spiritual life?
Replies: 57
Views: 4334

Re: Women: more gifted for spiritual life?

PeterB wrote:Various studies have linked porn not to sex, but to power Anna.
Men lack imagination
by Individual
Sat Jan 22, 2011 1:33 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Is the Chariot No-self Simile in the Pali Canon?
Replies: 40
Views: 3951

Re: Is the Chariot No-self Simile in the Pali Canon?

Is a car more than the sum of its parts? 2066997439_95cf390380.jpg There is no car. Suñña Sutta: "It is said that the world is empty, the world is empty, lord. In what respect is it said that the world is empty?" "Insofar as it is empty of a self or of anything pertaining to a self: Thus it is said...
by Individual
Fri Jan 21, 2011 10:11 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: What do you do for fun -- with other people?
Replies: 21
Views: 1718

What do you do for fun -- with other people?

What do you do for fun, when you take people out? I need ideas on stuff to do -- that's cheap or preferably free -- in an environment that's preferably free of drugs & alcohol.
by Individual
Thu Jan 20, 2011 10:06 pm
Forum: Introductions
Topic: hi, am from malaysia
Replies: 10
Views: 747

Re: hi, am from malaysia

Welcome!
by Individual
Thu Jan 20, 2011 10:01 pm
Forum: Classical Theravāda
Topic: Craving: The Origin of the World?
Replies: 22
Views: 2708

Re: Craving: The Origin of the World?

http://www.accesstoinsight.org/lib/authors/gunaratna/wheel102.html" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false; A few observations now, on the first link of avijja or ignorance. When it is said the Ignorance is the first link, it does not mean that Ignorance is the first cause of existence. The Bu...
by Individual
Thu Jan 20, 2011 9:58 pm
Forum: Classical Theravāda
Topic: Craving: The Origin of the World?
Replies: 22
Views: 2708

Re: Craving: The Origin of the World?

Actually it's whether the world has a beginning or not. This is different from the origin of the world, or the "origination" of the world if you prefer. The suttas explicitly define craving as the origin or the condition for the arising of the world. I also remind you that suffering and the world a...
by Individual
Thu Jan 20, 2011 8:14 pm
Forum: Classical Theravāda
Topic: Craving: The Origin of the World?
Replies: 22
Views: 2708

Re: Craving: The Origin of the World?

appicchato wrote:The origin of the world is one of the imponderables the Buddha advised against pondering...
:goodpost:
by Individual
Thu Jan 20, 2011 1:27 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Plants ~ Borderline Beings?
Replies: 206
Views: 12708

Re: Plant Life

I don't think post-mortem rebirth, devas, gods or even Brahmas have anything to do with what Buddha taught. --- "Remember his analogy of the leafs he had in his hand versu the leaves in the forest as to what he taught." --- My guess is that story telling got mixed in with what Buddha himself taught...
by Individual
Thu Jan 20, 2011 12:54 pm
Forum: Classical Theravāda
Topic: Can form be directly perceived?
Replies: 5
Views: 915

Re: Can form be directly perceived?

Perceived by what?

If you're asking, "Does the eye see sights, does the nose smell scents," then yes.

In the absence of an assumed self, beyond that there is nothing to speculate about.
by Individual
Thu Jan 20, 2011 12:53 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Hospice Doctor Interview
Replies: 2
Views: 439

Re: Hospice Doctor Interview

Maybe they need Jesus. :coffee: The existential crisis: "I exist" (in pain and suffering) I sort of get this point, though... Take a look at crazy celebrities, like Lil Kim, Lindsay Lohan, Amy Winehouse, and Tiger Woods. Then look at celebrities which aren't so crazy, like Angelina Jolie, Jeff Bridg...
by Individual
Thu Jan 20, 2011 12:51 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Extreme is the New Normal
Replies: 284
Views: 20228

Re: Extreme is the New Normal

It can result in milder weather in some places and times too, though. I do believe in anthropogenic global-warming, but the above seems like left-wing fear-mongering and guilt-tripping.

What's the point of blame?
by Individual
Thu Jan 20, 2011 12:48 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Spirit or Ghost???
Replies: 5
Views: 457

Re: Spirit or Ghost???

Could you please find that commentary?

In the absence of a soul, there is no "they" to assume which has continuity -- in this life and the next.

The basis for rebirth isn't well-understood or explained, but it is not worth pondering. See the four imponderables.
by Individual
Thu Jan 20, 2011 12:30 pm
Forum: Wellness, Diet & Fitness
Topic: Meditation prevents aging, disease and cancer.
Replies: 8
Views: 2352

Re: Meditation prevents aging, disease and cancer.

Reduction of stress encourages the growth of telomere, which allows cells to continue dividing. Our cells divide and grow, a telomere – a small DNA cap at the end of each chromosome - protects our dna from damage. The enzyme Telomerase, repairs the telomeres and ‘keeps DNA young'. Several new telom...
by Individual
Thu Jan 20, 2011 12:21 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Plants ~ Borderline Beings?
Replies: 206
Views: 12708

Re: Plant Life

Individual wrote: You can choose to be nicer to plants or not; you could choose to starve yourself or not. This could be a neat motivation for scientific research, but it also could cause suffering and insanity. Hence pondering the specifics of kamma is an imponderable. Yes. In the vegetarian vs. c...
by Individual
Thu Jan 20, 2011 1:36 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Is indulgence in pleasure ever skillful?
Replies: 33
Views: 3200

Re: Is indulgence in pleasure ever skillful?

Is indulgence in pleasure ever skillful? Depends how you define 'indulgence' I guess. DN29 (Pasadika Sutta) can shed some light: “These are the four modes of being addicted and devoted to pleasure, Cunda, which conduce absolutely to unworldliness, to passionlessness, to cessation, to peace, to high...
by Individual
Thu Jan 20, 2011 1:24 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Origin of concept of "I"
Replies: 17
Views: 1558

Re: Origin of concept of "I"

Yes, I know the concept of "I" is a delusion, a mere concept, but what I am looking for is how the delusion got started. The concept of "I" is not a delusion. It depends on what you mean by delusion. Self-perception is something that arises in dependence on other causes and, with the cessation of t...
by Individual
Thu Jan 20, 2011 12:24 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Origin of concept of "I"
Replies: 17
Views: 1558

Re: Origin of concept of "I"

I am researching on the origin of the concept of "I" historically, anthropologicaly in buddhist context. Are there any written insights presented in the sutras or research that has been done by institutions? Many thanks in advance. Gassho WagamamaZen If people were doing research or reading about c...
by Individual
Wed Jan 19, 2011 4:44 pm
Forum: Wellness, Diet & Fitness
Topic: Beating yourself up for strength (iron body)
Replies: 33
Views: 4109

Re: Beating yourself up for strength (iron body)

But it is only delusion that would cause a person to use the rifle anyway.