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by catmoon
Fri Nov 11, 2016 7:50 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Electoral College
Replies: 58
Views: 2494

Re: Electoral College

In Greece they made us take part in a referendum as to whether we would accept the terms the bankers were putting on our loan. We thought that our government would actually listen to what we said. Stupid bastards that we are. But here we have a system where it is blaring obvious that voting counts ...
by catmoon
Wed Nov 09, 2016 12:36 pm
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: POTUS 2016, part 3
Replies: 1401
Views: 71766

Re: POTUS 2016, part 3

History repeats. When Reagan ran for President everyone blew him off as a bad joke. The left was amazed and shocked when got the nomination, and completely horrified when he won. But he turned out to be one of the better Presidents of the recent past, and a much more balanced person than anyone anti...
by catmoon
Mon Oct 03, 2016 4:21 am
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: POTUS 2016, part 3
Replies: 1401
Views: 71766

Re: POTUS 2016, part 3

I did not vote in the poll. I saw no one there I would willingly vote for. Frankly if Vladimir Putin was added to the list of options I'd prefer him over the official offerings. Emperor Putin will make a fine ruler of Amereurasia once he has been converted to the Buddhadharma. :namaste: Now that yo...
by catmoon
Mon Oct 03, 2016 3:50 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Where are the bodhisattvas?
Replies: 32
Views: 2695

Re: Where are the bodhisattvas?

Is there such a thing as a part time bodhisattva? My experience of humanity woud suggest that there is a spectrum of bodhisattva behavior ranging from those who make some annual donation, progressing through those who often concerned by the welfare of others, all the way up to the classical bodhisat...
by catmoon
Sat Sep 17, 2016 2:22 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Where are the bodhisattvas?
Replies: 32
Views: 2695

Re: Where are the bodhisattvas?

Notice that the OP question contains the assumption that the bodhisattvas are, in fact, somewhere. The arguments supporting their existence run into the exact same problems as assertions that God is watching over us and taking care of us. To wit, if they are so powerful and kind why is life down her...
by catmoon
Thu Sep 15, 2016 4:45 pm
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: POTUS 2016, part 3
Replies: 1401
Views: 71766

Re: POTUS 2016, part 3

I did not vote in the poll. I saw no one there I would willingly vote for. Frankly if Vladimir Putin was added to the list of options I'd prefer him over the official offerings.
by catmoon
Mon Sep 12, 2016 11:03 am
Forum: Ethical Conduct
Topic: Dharma and Monsanto
Replies: 5
Views: 1053

Re: Dharma and Monsanto

Because monsanto has taken upon itself to patent intellectual property rights regarding the very nature of life, they can be seen as highly controversial. Do you feel that seed saving is theft(by buddhist guidelines)? How do you feel about Monsanto's interaction with the planet? Is it buddhist to c...
by catmoon
Wed Aug 03, 2016 4:23 am
Forum: Games & Humour
Topic: Daily Laugh Thread
Replies: 92
Views: 13448

Re: Daily Laugh Thread

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by catmoon
Sat Jul 30, 2016 2:53 am
Forum: Media
Topic: Translating the Bodhicharyavatara - W. Fletcher of Padmakara
Replies: 3
Views: 501

Re: Translating the Bodhicharyavatara - W. Fletcher of Padmakara

I don't suppose someone would embark on such a project unless they thought there was significant room for improvement in current translations.

What would those improvements be? Does anyone know?
by catmoon
Sun Jun 26, 2016 7:17 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Texts that destroy ""scientific" materialism
Replies: 221
Views: 15074

Re: Texts that destroy ""scientific" materialism

That was Popper's biggest mistake, or the mistake of those who took him ontologically. He didn't notice he's trapped in a circular argument there, or some didn't notice he was only arguing for the sake of science, not ontology. Consider this: He argues along the lines that true is the opposite of f...
by catmoon
Sun Jun 26, 2016 7:09 am
Forum: Media
Topic: Benefits of meditation - scientific evidence
Replies: 36
Views: 2652

Re: Benefits of meditation - scientific evidence

Sure religion can descend into fantasy. Yet scientists too often sculpt data to fit their preferred theory of the world. If scientists did that, there would be no science, only chaos. Sure there have been a few cases like Piltdown Man, but they are remarkably rare. On the other hand, religions ofte...
by catmoon
Tue Jun 14, 2016 9:13 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Texts that destroy ""scientific" materialism
Replies: 221
Views: 15074

Re: Texts that destroy ""scientific" materialism

So what is the best way to support Meru cosmology? Look it up on Google Maps. It's in Tanzania. Lol sometimes it is sometimes it isn't. I did find a Mt Meru in Africa once but the next time I looked it was gone. Is it back on Google maps now? Anyhow to answer the question, there is no good way to s...
by catmoon
Tue Jun 14, 2016 1:41 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Texts that destroy ""scientific" materialism
Replies: 221
Views: 15074

Re: Texts that destroy ""scientific" materialism

Or, they just bide their time until technology makes the experiment affordable. Currently, there is a technology that recently came online that allows particle energies to be reached on a tabletop that previously required a huge accelerator. Goodness only knows where this will lead. The expense is j...
by catmoon
Tue Jun 14, 2016 1:34 am
Forum: Media
Topic: Benefits of meditation - scientific evidence
Replies: 36
Views: 2652

Re: Benefits of meditation - scientific evidence

So you are looking to suttas. They are like scientific studies? The Jhana Suttas share something with a journal review article, yes. In any event, before you can make a scientific study of such a thing, you need an example in hand to study. No example necessary for religion to effectively function....
by catmoon
Tue Jun 14, 2016 12:46 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: PLEASE HELP ME !!!!
Replies: 61
Views: 4864

Re: PLEASE HELP ME !!!!

Glad to hear you are starting to heal. It's absolutely amazing the curveballs life throws at us sometimes.

Keep up the lovingkindness meditations. Even if you get no farther than "May I be well. may I be happy, may I be free from suffering", you are still on the path back to peace.
by catmoon
Tue Jun 14, 2016 12:25 am
Forum: Media
Topic: Benefits of meditation - scientific evidence
Replies: 36
Views: 2652

Re: Benefits of meditation - scientific evidence

It's claimed that psychic powers are attained in higher levels. Are there highly accurate studies of these powers? If there are I am not aware of them and I don't recall the jhana suttas making any such claims. In any event, before you can make a scientific study of such a thing, you need an exampl...
by catmoon
Tue Jun 14, 2016 12:15 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Texts that destroy ""scientific" materialism
Replies: 221
Views: 15074

Re: Texts that destroy ""scientific" materialism

There are lots of good arguments within philosophy generally against materialism, the Nagel book i mentioned earlier is a good example. Now, scientists won't accept them generally, because these days many of them think that philosophy is a waste of time: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/technology/google...
by catmoon
Sat Jun 11, 2016 10:26 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: i bow to Shantideva
Replies: 6
Views: 695

Re: i bow to Shantideva

Yup you could do a lot worse than basing your study on Shantideva alone.
by catmoon
Sat Jun 11, 2016 10:21 pm
Forum: Media
Topic: Benefits of meditation - scientific evidence
Replies: 36
Views: 2652

Re: Benefits of meditation - scientific evidence

I'd never go so far as to claim Buddhism, in its entirety, is a science. But unlike any other religion I can think of, it often makes use of methods of investigation that are decidedly scientific. We could do another jolly round of "it is, it isn't," or you could simply show at least one instance w...
by catmoon
Sat Jun 11, 2016 9:00 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: i bow to Shantideva
Replies: 6
Views: 695

Re: i bow to Shantideva

Yeah its too long, but skimming along it, one is reminded of the sheer beauty of the writing. Maybe my copy has been sitting on the shelf too long.