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by polarbear101
Sun Oct 01, 2017 6:26 am
Forum: News, Current Events & Politics
Topic: Common thread in violence in Sri Lanka and Mynamar
Replies: 33
Views: 1333

Re: Common thread in violence in Sri Lanka and Mynamar

has a sutta that talks about the importance of practice, because wars and crises can happen and we may not have another moment of peace to practice. I just do not remember what sutta is. :anjali: I think it is this one on future dangers: “Furthermore, the monk reminds himself of this: At present pe...
by polarbear101
Sat Sep 30, 2017 6:12 am
Forum: Sīla
Topic: Ignoring jury duty request
Replies: 17
Views: 452

Re: Ignoring jury duty request

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 are not a good candidate for the task. Just say "I'm a Mainstream Buddhist and I believe taking a position on anything is a sin, so the jury will totally be hun...
by polarbear101
Fri Sep 29, 2017 4:02 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Abortion - who kills? Mother or doctor
Replies: 22
Views: 412

Re: Abortion - who kills? Mother or doctor

binocular wrote:
Fri Sep 29, 2017 3:48 am
aflatun wrote:
Wed Sep 27, 2017 2:19 pm
I don't think this has anything to do with the rules of society, it has to do with a conflict between the rules of penis, vagina and cortical signaling
Rules of penis, vagina and cortical signaling written by whom?
Basic evolutionary drives/craving
by polarbear101
Fri Sep 29, 2017 3:56 am
Forum: Sīla
Topic: Ignoring jury duty request
Replies: 17
Views: 452

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 are...
by polarbear101
Fri Sep 29, 2017 3:37 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Mayahana and Mainstream Indian Buddhist Accounts of Each Other
Replies: 66
Views: 1181

Re: Where are the enlightened westerners?

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by polarbear101
Fri Sep 22, 2017 4:11 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Is Nibbana a type of Moksha, or something different?
Replies: 17
Views: 357

Re: Is Nibbana a type of Moksha, or something different?

The term moksha means "release, emancipation, liberation", and so I guess the Pali term that comes closest would be vimutti . The difficulty with all three terms is that they are said to be ineffable and the language describing them tends to be apophatic or figurative, so there is little that we ca...
by polarbear101
Thu Sep 21, 2017 11:05 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Is Nibbana a type of Moksha, or something different?
Replies: 17
Views: 357

Re: Is Nibbana a type of Moksha, or something different?

Vimokkha is the pali equivalent of the sanskrit term (vi)moksha: Vimokkha Vimokkha (& Vimokha) [fr. vi+muc, cp. mokkha1] deliverance, release, emancipation, dissociation from the things of the world, Arahantship D ii.70, 111); iii.34, 35, 230, 288; M i.196 (samaya˚ & asamaya˚); S i.159 (cetaso v.); ...
by polarbear101
Thu Sep 21, 2017 8:42 am
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: Mindfulness as non-judgmental awareness revisited
Replies: 84
Views: 1900

Re: Mindfulness as non-judgmental awareness revisited

Skip ahead to about the 1:00 mark; all y'all don't understand what's meant by "nonjudgmental". Not-judging the judging is judging since it is judging an experience as ' non-judgmental ', which is a judgment. https://i2.wp.com/i180.photobucket.com/albums/x247/soundandfuryandpeace/turtles-1-1-1.jpg
by polarbear101
Tue Sep 19, 2017 6:35 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Reducing neuroticism
Replies: 29
Views: 562

Re: Reducing neuroticism

I'm not convinced that "YOLO is a death sentence for all but those with 'lust for life' " is true. But even it is, almost all organisms, including almost all human organisms, neurotic or otherwise, have lust or craving or desire for life. Hence, the advice is generally applicable even for the neuro...
by polarbear101
Tue Sep 19, 2017 5:50 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Reducing neuroticism
Replies: 29
Views: 562

Re: Reducing neuroticism

Note that the Venerable and Dr. Watkins say much the same thing about the benefits. People keep saying that. I remain unconvinced. YOLO is a death sentence for all but those with "lust for life." I'm not convinced that "YOLO is a death sentence for all but those with 'lust for life' " is true. But ...
by polarbear101
Tue Sep 19, 2017 5:19 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Reducing neuroticism
Replies: 29
Views: 562

Re: Reducing neuroticism

It's sickening how much this is leaving unsaid. Truly sickening. How so? The author draws on Tibetan Buddhism and its practices of reflecting on one's own mortality, but then castrates it with YOLO. Reflecting on one's own mortality in the context of YOLO does _not_ lead to the positive effects the...
by polarbear101
Mon Sep 18, 2017 6:03 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Reducing neuroticism
Replies: 29
Views: 562

Re: Reducing neuroticism

Mindfulness is suggested, presumably of the MBSR variety here: In other words, people high in neuroticism are not just chronically anxious, worried, and unhappy, but they can easily be pushed over the edge when things actually do go wrong in their lives. Because this is a chronic state of reactivity...
by polarbear101
Sat Sep 16, 2017 7:30 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Nature in the Suttas and it's appreciation. Scary, delightful, both?
Replies: 6
Views: 127

Re: Nature in the Suttas and it's appreciation. Scary, delightful, both?

See also: MEDITATION AND NATURAL BEAUTY The Buddha and his ordained disciples spent a significant amount of their time in natural surroundings. This was mainly because forests offered them the silence and peace that can make meditation easier. But apart from this advantage, it seems the beauties of ...
by polarbear101
Sat Sep 16, 2017 7:28 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Nature in the Suttas and it's appreciation. Scary, delightful, both?
Replies: 6
Views: 127

Nature in the Suttas and it's appreciation. Scary, delightful, both?

I stumbled on an old thread here: Did the Buddha really live in the forest? . It seems from this that it is the quality of experience that the habitation gives rise to that is important here, rather than its exact geographical designation. Presumably, in a big park there might be areas which are com...
by polarbear101
Thu Sep 14, 2017 7:19 am
Forum: News, Current Events & Politics
Topic: Buddhists and politics
Replies: 22
Views: 231

Re: Buddhists and politics

Because conservative parties seem to care less about sentient beings. They seem to care less about the environment, less about animals, less about the poor, less about the sick, less about the welfare of people in other countries, and less about actively promoting the welfare of citizens through goo...
by polarbear101
Fri Sep 01, 2017 6:57 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Is there a time difference between death and re-birth?
Replies: 22
Views: 461

Re: Is there a time difference between death and re-birth?

See here for a different opinion:

https://jayarava.blogspot.com/2014/11/a ... bhava.html

I suppose on reflection I'm agnostic on whether there was a notion of an interim state in early buddhism.

:anjali:
by polarbear101
Fri Sep 01, 2017 6:17 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Is there a time difference between death and re-birth?
Replies: 22
Views: 461

Re: Is there a time difference between death and re-birth?

I believe there was a notion of a time difference in early buddhism between death and rebirth. Take a look at the sutta below, it makes it fairly clear there is an interim state as far as I'm concerned: "Of course you are befuddled, Vaccha. Of course you are uncertain. When there is a reason for bef...
by polarbear101
Thu Aug 24, 2017 7:43 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Native Americans & Horse Culture
Replies: 21
Views: 448

Re: Native Americans & Horse Culture

I imagine there are at least some Native Americans who have a special appreciation, affection, and relationship for and with their horse(s) or horses generally due to personal, psychological, social, cultural, and/or religious reasons. And it seems to me to that it would be understandable english to...
by polarbear101
Wed Aug 23, 2017 7:24 am
Forum: News, Current Events & Politics
Topic: Changes in attitudes towards global warming
Replies: 90
Views: 2641

Re: Changes in attitudes towards global warming

I have to say this article re-excited my concerns to the utmost: The Uninhabitable Earth: Famine, Economic Collapse, A Sun that Cooks Us: What Climate Change Could Wreak — Sooner than you think , from New York Magazine. I've been kind of optimistic since beginning a transition to veganism and readin...
by polarbear101
Tue May 02, 2017 5:56 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Where can I get a copy of The Mind Stilled
Replies: 5
Views: 363

Re: Where can I get a copy of The Mind Stilled

It sounds like you are asking specifically for a hard copy. But here is a link to the webpage that has the sermons: http://seeingthroughthenet.net/books/

You could go to The Color Company and have it all printed out and put into a binder or something if you prefer a hard copy.

:anjali: