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by nathan
Fri Jan 21, 2011 9:51 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Extreme is the New Normal
Replies: 284
Views: 19426

Re: Extreme is the New Normal

andre9999 wrote:You're all certainly aware that nobody here is going to be convinced to change their mind.

What is the point of this thread? I'm honestly asking.
Extreme points of view is the new normal.
:woohoo:
by nathan
Fri Jan 21, 2011 10:47 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Extreme is the New Normal
Replies: 284
Views: 19426

Re: Extreme is the New Normal

Hi, Nathan, I linked to Australia's climate trends because I wrote the piece for Aussies, not because Australia is unusual. Here is parallel information for Canada: http://www.ec.gc.ca/adsc-cmda/default.asp?lang=En&n=77842065-1 . I have only glanced at it, but it may give you some food for serious ...
by nathan
Thu Jan 20, 2011 4:55 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Contrarian Thought As Compulsion
Replies: 73
Views: 4711

Re: Contrarian Thought As Compulsion

I disagree. Now I'm inspired to disagree with everyone. Btw, where can I redeem my points? I could use a discount on cottage cheese :smile: .
by nathan
Thu Jan 20, 2011 2:39 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Bhikkhu Thanissaro The full article.
Replies: 83
Views: 6340

Re: Bhikkhu Thanissaro The full article.

One abbot I'm familiar with has a simple recurrent reply, that I like, for a whole host of questions and concerns, "the mind is delusional".
by nathan
Thu Jan 20, 2011 2:32 pm
Forum: Wellness, Diet & Fitness
Topic: Meditation prevents aging, disease and cancer.
Replies: 8
Views: 2301

Re: Meditation prevents aging, disease and cancer.

clw_uk wrote:
nathan wrote:...and hair loss, unwanted hair growth, flatulence and rejection by members of the opposite sex.
:rofl:

Huh?
You mean you haven't noticed? Must not be meditating enough.
:smile:
by nathan
Thu Jan 20, 2011 2:05 pm
Forum: Wellness, Diet & Fitness
Topic: Meditation prevents aging, disease and cancer.
Replies: 8
Views: 2301

Re: Meditation prevents aging, disease and cancer.

...and hair loss, unwanted hair growth, flatulence and rejection by members of the opposite sex.
:rofl:
by nathan
Thu Jan 20, 2011 2:00 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Extreme is the New Normal
Replies: 284
Views: 19426

Re: Extreme is the New Normal

I've lived in the north west pacific, on the British Columbia coast for over 25 years. I've spent most of the last 17 years in the northern reaches of Vancouver Island. Here inside the northern temperate rain forest it rains almost constantly; trees, rocks, buildings and everything else is almost co...
by nathan
Sun Jan 16, 2011 3:05 am
Forum: Discovering Theravāda
Topic: Can paccekabuddhas be female?
Replies: 6
Views: 701

Re: Can paccekabuddhas be female?

My reply would be that this is properly understood as a somewhat needless and irrelevant question, not that many the same aren't asked by many people before they have become more extensively familiar with the Buddhas teachings and the kinds of questions he would or would not address. In this specifi...
by nathan
Sun Jan 16, 2011 2:33 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Bhikkhu Thanissaro The full article.
Replies: 83
Views: 6340

Re: Bhikkhu Thanissaro The full article.

That was a very good article. I dont have a good understanding of the philosophical and religious origins of modern physiology. Difficult to resist responding to such a curiosity in reply with a fairly simple illustration. A majority romantically influenced philosophical and religious tenet of huma...
by nathan
Sat Jan 15, 2011 8:02 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Survival of the Arhat: mixing ultimate and conventional.
Replies: 29
Views: 3032

Re: Survival of the Arhat: mixing ultimate and conventional.

So what do you think? :group: If your simply soliciting opinion then I would reply that this type of question and all similar questions such as, 'could a Buddha be Swedish', etc. are properly viewed in light of the Buddha's arrow metaphor wherein someone struck by an arrow refuses to have it pulled...
by nathan
Sat Jan 15, 2011 1:52 pm
Forum: Discovering Theravāda
Topic: How hard is it to attain supramundane Jhana?
Replies: 20
Views: 2493

Re: How hard is it to attain supramundane Jhana?

I don't post much anymore, mostly because I have lost interest in debating points of view and it is hard to avoid this if you offer any. This and I am a long winded and not infrequently annoying old fart. But I thought I could offer a few relevant insights here that have arisen throughout the years ...
by nathan
Tue Jan 04, 2011 2:11 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: What is the difference between equanimity and apathy?
Replies: 30
Views: 2961

Re: What is the difference between equanimity and apathy?

in brief, one could care more and another could care less.

:anjali:
by nathan
Tue Jan 04, 2011 2:06 pm
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: concentration and numbness : question
Replies: 1
Views: 257

Re: concentration and numbness : question

I was wondering whether the qualities (particularly calm) that come with a concentrated mind, are often confused with feeling numb, or repressed? Or is this just a result of penetrating deeper into one's experience - the peripherals and texture of sensations get blotted out, and you are left with a...
by nathan
Tue Jan 04, 2011 1:59 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Bhante G vs. Bhante G
Replies: 62
Views: 10265

Re: Bhante G vs. Bhante G

:thinking:
Ok, as for this page, no thank you and no thank you, not helping.
by nathan
Tue Jan 04, 2011 1:20 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: What do Buddhists think of Jesus Christ?
Replies: 182
Views: 11733

Re: What do Buddhists think of Jesus Christ?

- great sense of humor, gets the same review from me every time.
by nathan
Fri Dec 31, 2010 10:26 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Bhante G vs. Bhante G
Replies: 62
Views: 10265

Re: Bhante G vs. Bhante G

Thank you to everyone for the scholarly notes, additional related links and informed comments.

:anjali:
by nathan
Mon Dec 27, 2010 4:40 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: the great rebirth debate
Replies: 6089
Views: 426103

Re: the great rebirth debate

I have put word "thing" in quotes. Ah, ok, I'm sure the "" marks changes every 'thing'. I mentioned the arising of this curiosity in passing because "long, long ago... on a grey buddhism board far, far away..."any use of the word 'thing', in any context, would quickly spawn a very heated 92 page th...
by nathan
Mon Dec 27, 2010 3:16 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: the great rebirth debate
Replies: 6089
Views: 426103

Re: the great rebirth debate

Then there's that pesky "consciousness without feature" (Viññanam anidassanam) It is still a "Viññanam", it belongs to consciousness aggregate. Consciousness aggregate, like all other aggregates, ceases when nibbana without remainder occurs. So this should not be taken as some "thing" that survives...
by nathan
Thu Dec 23, 2010 8:31 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Agganna Sutta
Replies: 184
Views: 29823

Re: Agganna Sutta

No, its just your statement was so nebulous it was difficult seeing what your point was I don't have a point. Now I properly understand. You don't have a point either. Such a pointless post, seriously what is the point in posting something that has no point and ineptly attacking my post with no bas...
by nathan
Thu Dec 23, 2010 8:29 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Agganna Sutta
Replies: 184
Views: 29823

Re: Agganna Sutta

mikenz66 wrote: The apparent accelerated expansion hinges more on observations of supernovas in distant galaxies...
Mike
Thank you for the clarifications Mikenz66. That read like science as opposed to previous comments which read much more like scientism.