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by PeterB
Tue Sep 10, 2013 3:27 pm
Forum: Lounge (Archive)
Topic: Problems with "9 Essays: Buddhism & The 12 Steps"
Replies: 148
Views: 14880

Re: Problems with "9 Essays: Buddhism & The 12 Steps"

Its a bit like reading a critique of lifebelts with a critical appraisal of materials and a neat cost anaylsis, in the middle of a storm while ships are foundering.
by PeterB
Sat Aug 31, 2013 8:05 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Buddhism and smoking, what's your thoughts?
Replies: 223
Views: 14670

Re: Tobacco: first cutting back, then abandoning completely

As in many things we are all different in what works for us in this area. Like many of my generation I smoked. Finally gave it up about 25 years ago. I tried a number of times cutting down.It always crept up again. In the end cold turkey was the only way that worked..for me. After a few months I did...
by PeterB
Wed Aug 28, 2013 12:43 pm
Forum: Wellness, Diet & Fitness
Topic: Can tinnitus be used as a meditation object?
Replies: 20
Views: 4668

Re: Can tinnitus be used as a meditation object?

Surely everyone has heard The Sound Of Silence ?
It goes..' Hello darkness my old friend '........
:anjali:
by PeterB
Tue Aug 27, 2013 8:32 am
Forum: Wellness, Diet & Fitness
Topic: Can tinnitus be used as a meditation object?
Replies: 20
Views: 4668

Re: Can tinnitus be used as a meditation object?

I had a reaction to a ( life saving ) antibiotic which left me with tinnitus in one ear. Its like a high pitched whistle. Most of the time now I am unaware of it..but sometimes in meditation it becomes intrusive. At that point I shift my attention , lightly, to the sound. Neither wanting to remove i...
by PeterB
Sun Aug 18, 2013 11:12 am
Forum: Lounge (Archive)
Topic: In memorium...Individual...
Replies: 10
Views: 630

Re: In memorium...Individual...

He is in my thoughts and prayers. He often is.

:heart:
by PeterB
Mon Jul 29, 2013 6:52 am
Forum: Wellness, Diet & Fitness
Topic: Coffee may lower suicide risk by 50 percent
Replies: 61
Views: 7311

Re: Coffee may lower suicide risk by 50 percent

Thank you Lyndon for the courage to talk about your condition so candidly. And I do not believe the medicine I take in any way hinders my spiritual Journey, short of going on a vegan diet and losing 50lbs, its rather unlikely the amount of medicine I take is going to go down, but that's not any pro...
by PeterB
Sat Jul 20, 2013 8:38 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Treating samvega with Western psychotherapy?
Replies: 36
Views: 2417

Re: Treating samvega with Western psychotherapy?

That kind of attitude suggests that in all the time that the Buddhist tradition has existed, it has not produced viable Buddhist means to deal with whatever problems a person may face in life. And when Buddhists are sending people to seek help outside of Buddhism, they themselves are implying that ...
by PeterB
Thu Jul 18, 2013 8:33 am
Forum: Lounge (Archive)
Topic: don't look
Replies: 5
Views: 743

Re: don't look

Is it a metaphor for the current Test series ? ;)
by PeterB
Thu Jul 18, 2013 7:14 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Should Wives Be Obedient?
Replies: 91
Views: 8360

Re: Should Wives Be Obedient?

That is response of the fundamentalist, literalist Christian to not taking the Bible as being true in every word that is written in the Bible. Any Christians who don't take all words of the Bible as true are contradicting their own religion. They believe an omniscient supreme deity inspired their w...
by PeterB
Thu Jul 18, 2013 7:02 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Treating samvega with Western psychotherapy?
Replies: 36
Views: 2417

Re: Treating samvega with Western psychotherapy?

That's the one... :goodpost: meditation ( in any tradition ) is not psychotherapy... And importantly, psychotherapy is not meditation either... Just as meditation is not dentistry Nor is it dermatology Nor is it physiotherapy. They have different aims and different reasons for being. The aim of psyc...
by PeterB
Sat Jul 06, 2013 8:00 am
Forum: Lounge (Archive)
Topic: Logical Fallacies in Cardinal's Speech
Replies: 11
Views: 1917

Re: Logical Fallacies in Cardinal's Speech

I have seen these logical fallacies misused.. :smile: The ' Appeal To Authority ' is particularly likely to be incorrectly applied. It is quite clear that the fallacy lies in appealing to unreliable or untested authority..but I have seen it applied on Buddhist forums to recorded remarks by Ajahn Cha...
by PeterB
Wed Jun 19, 2013 9:40 am
Forum: Wellness, Diet & Fitness
Topic: Infection healed using plants only - NO antibiotics
Replies: 13
Views: 3567

Re: Infection healed using plants only - NO antibiotics

Antibiotics can save lives in rare instances, I agree Really? You should count yourself lucky that you live in a world post 1928. kind regards, Ben :goodpost: Spot on...we can all afford to be right-on when we know we have a whole range of antibiotics to fall back on when things get really serious.
by PeterB
Thu Jun 06, 2013 3:36 pm
Forum: Lounge (Archive)
Topic: Christianity, from a Buddhist perspective
Replies: 95
Views: 9657

Re: Christianity, from a Buddhist perspective

No need to apologise to me Bhante...I have several times quoted the opening lines of Burns' 'To A Louse'..but have translated it from the vernacular...for the same reason. :smile:
by PeterB
Thu Jun 06, 2013 1:49 pm
Forum: Lounge (Archive)
Topic: Christianity, from a Buddhist perspective
Replies: 95
Views: 9657

Re: Christianity, from a Buddhist perspective

I am trying to walk a fine line here. To correct obvious distortions while not losing sight of the fact that this is a Buddhist forum and I am a guest. So apart from reiterating my agreement with the view that systems of spiritual thought can only be understood on their own terms, I have no desire t...
by PeterB
Thu Jun 06, 2013 1:11 pm
Forum: Lounge (Archive)
Topic: Christianity, from a Buddhist perspective
Replies: 95
Views: 9657

Re: Christianity, from a Buddhist perspective

What that tells you barcsimalsi is what an advocate of a particular form of protestant Christianity thinks. And one who shows a very shaky grasp of Buddhism, who thinks for example that Karma/kamma is a punishment. As a former Buddhist who converted to Christianity I do not recognise his beliefs as ...