Stranded On An Island

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Stranded On An Island

Post by samseva » Mon Sep 07, 2015 6:41 pm

If you were stranded on a island, far from any form of civilization and unable to escape, what 5 items would you like to have with you?

No cheating allowed, such as saying things like a satellite phone, boat, helicopter, private jet, etc.

1.
2.
3.
4.
5.

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Re: Stranded On An Island

Post by SDC » Mon Sep 07, 2015 7:20 pm

1. Multi-tool
2. Hatchet
3. One 3 quart stainless steal pot
4 and 5. Two Z-paks

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Re: Stranded On An Island

Post by ryanM » Mon Sep 07, 2015 7:41 pm

5 engineers. :tongue:

did I cheat?

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Re: Stranded On An Island

Post by DNS » Mon Sep 07, 2015 7:54 pm

I was going to say Anguttara Nikaya and a mini Maha Bodhi replica, my two prized possessions, but then I realized I wouldn't even need those. One can practice based on the memory of what those signify.

Perhaps some tools as SDC noted for preparing some food, assuming there are some palm trees producing coconuts and some other nearby fruit trees. And then maybe a tent for some protection against the weather.

Good question though, it makes you realize that you don't really need anything if you are just left to practice all the time and not living in a society with others.

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Re: Stranded On An Island

Post by Mkoll » Mon Sep 07, 2015 8:02 pm

The SAS Survival Handbook and the 4 most important tools for survival advised therein. I don't know what they are because I haven't read the book, but it's sitting on my bookshelf at least. :P
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Re: Stranded On An Island

Post by Unrul3r » Mon Sep 07, 2015 8:36 pm

I'd invite this man. :tongue:

But answering the question, I think I'd take only one item. A survival book that doesn't require any man-made items. It would teach how to make tools, huts, etc. from scratch.

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Re: Stranded On An Island

Post by Ben » Mon Sep 07, 2015 9:43 pm

I've been stranded on an island for six years now.
“No lists of things to be done. The day providential to itself. The hour. There is no later. This is later. All things of grace and beauty such that one holds them to one's heart have a common provenance in pain. Their birth in grief and ashes.”
- Cormac McCarthy, The Road

Learn this from the waters:
in mountain clefts and chasms,
loud gush the streamlets,
but great rivers flow silently.
- Sutta Nipata 3.725

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Re: Stranded On An Island

Post by samseva » Tue Sep 08, 2015 5:25 am

ryanM wrote:5 engineers. :tongue:

did I cheat?

Ryan
Yes and you've lost your five choices since the engineers don't have the needed tools or metal to build the things you had in mind. :smile:

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Re: Stranded On An Island

Post by samseva » Tue Sep 08, 2015 5:35 am

Mkoll wrote:The SAS Survival Handbook and the 4 most important tools for survival advised therein. I don't know what they are because I haven't read the book, but it's sitting on my bookshelf at least. :P
Good choice! People have survived at sea for more than two months with a survival handbook. It can be the difference between living and dying.

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Re: Stranded On An Island

Post by samseva » Tue Sep 08, 2015 5:38 am

Ben wrote:I've been stranded on an island for six years now.
So you brought a computer with an Internet connection, but you're still stuck there? :tongue:

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Re: Stranded On An Island

Post by Mr Man » Tue Sep 08, 2015 6:05 am

samseva wrote:
Ben wrote:I've been stranded on an island for six years now.
So you brought a computer with an Internet connection, but you're still stuck there? :tongue:
We are all stranded - held by kilesa. We should take the tools of sila, samadhi and panna to facilitate our escape.

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Re: Stranded On An Island

Post by Ben » Tue Sep 08, 2015 6:54 am

samseva wrote:
Ben wrote:I've been stranded on an island for six years now.
So you brought a computer with an Internet connection, but you're still stuck there? :tongue:
Yeah, I know. It's actually not a bad place to live.
“No lists of things to be done. The day providential to itself. The hour. There is no later. This is later. All things of grace and beauty such that one holds them to one's heart have a common provenance in pain. Their birth in grief and ashes.”
- Cormac McCarthy, The Road

Learn this from the waters:
in mountain clefts and chasms,
loud gush the streamlets,
but great rivers flow silently.
- Sutta Nipata 3.725

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Re: Stranded On An Island

Post by Ben » Tue Sep 08, 2015 6:55 am

Mr Man wrote:
samseva wrote:
Ben wrote:I've been stranded on an island for six years now.
So you brought a computer with an Internet connection, but you're still stuck there? :tongue:
We are all stranded - held by kilesa. We should take the tools of sila, samadhi and panna to facilitate our escape.
Absolutely true.
“No lists of things to be done. The day providential to itself. The hour. There is no later. This is later. All things of grace and beauty such that one holds them to one's heart have a common provenance in pain. Their birth in grief and ashes.”
- Cormac McCarthy, The Road

Learn this from the waters:
in mountain clefts and chasms,
loud gush the streamlets,
but great rivers flow silently.
- Sutta Nipata 3.725

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Re: Stranded On An Island

Post by SarathW » Tue Sep 08, 2015 6:58 am

Mr Man wrote:
samseva wrote:
Ben wrote:I've been stranded on an island for six years now.
So you brought a computer with an Internet connection, but you're still stuck there? :tongue:
We are all stranded - held by kilesa. We should take the tools of sila, samadhi and panna to facilitate our escape.
But you have to make a living until such escape.
:thinking:
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Re: Stranded On An Island

Post by acinteyyo » Tue Sep 08, 2015 1:04 pm

1. a decent knife
2. magnesium flint
3. a durable vessel
4. rope
5. first aid kit
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Re: Stranded On An Island

Post by Zom » Tue Sep 08, 2015 1:32 pm

1. Rope
2. Soap

:D

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Re: Stranded On An Island

Post by samseva » Fri Sep 11, 2015 5:44 am

1. Survival handbook (credit to Mkoll)
2. Majjhima Nikāya
3. Rain collector
4. Survival knife
5. Flare gun

:meditate:

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Re: Stranded On An Island

Post by dhammacoustic » Fri Sep 11, 2015 12:28 pm

1. acoustic guitar & 100 packs of strings
2. the most expensive Swiss army knife
3. first aid kit
4. tons of whiskey and cigarettes
5. the nikāyas
Uppādā vā tathagātanaṃ anuppādā vā tathagātanaṃ, ṭhitāva sā dhātu dhammaṭṭhitatā dhammaniyāmatā idappaccayatā. Taṃ tathagāto abhisam­buj­jhati abhisameti. Abhisam­bujjhitvā abhisametvā ācikkhati deseti paññāpeti paṭṭhapeti vivarati vibhajati uttānīkaroti. ‘Passathā’ti cāha; ‘avijjāpaccayā, bhikkhave, saṅkhārā’. Iti kho, bhikkhave, yā tatra tathatā avitathatā anaññathatā idappaccayatā-ayaṃ vuccati, bhikkhave, paṭiccasamup­pādo.
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Re: Stranded On An Island

Post by seeker242 » Fri Sep 11, 2015 12:51 pm

1. Food
2. shelter
3. clothing
4. ??
5. ??

:lol:

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Re: Stranded On An Island

Post by daverupa » Fri Sep 11, 2015 12:59 pm

seeker242 wrote: 4. ??
5. ??
Medicine.
Jhana.

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Otherwise, a high cliff.
  • "And how is it, bhikkhus, that by protecting oneself one protects others? By the pursuit, development, and cultivation of the four establishments of mindfulness. It is in such a way that by protecting oneself one protects others.

    "And how is it, bhikkhus, that by protecting others one protects oneself? By patience, harmlessness, goodwill, and sympathy. It is in such a way that by protecting others one protects oneself.

- Sedaka Sutta [SN 47.19]

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