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by Wayfarer
Sat Jul 14, 2018 11:04 pm
Forum: Academic Discussion
Topic: Is anyone able to read this script please?
Replies: 4
Views: 127

Re: Is anyone able to read this script please?

I can't, but it might be useful to include a thumbnail of the entire image from which it is taken, for interpretive purposes.
by Wayfarer
Sat Jul 14, 2018 11:02 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: What's the point of abusive gurus?
Replies: 77
Views: 1633

Re: What's the point of abusive gurus?

Thank you for making this post Malcolm.

:namaste:
by Wayfarer
Sat Jul 14, 2018 7:51 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: proclaiming awakening
Replies: 40
Views: 498

Re: proclaiming awakening

I’m a bit uncomfortable with the whole idea of ‘attainment’. Actually I borrowed a book from the library once, and although I don’t remember much about it, it had an aphorism in the flyleaf in some strange language, the translation of which was given as ‘the unattainable is attained by non-attainmen...
by Wayfarer
Sat Jul 14, 2018 5:22 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: proclaiming awakening
Replies: 40
Views: 498

Re: proclaiming awakening

Yet today, it seems that Buddhist teachers of all traditions (I am reasonably familiar with Vipassana and Zen teachers, less so of Tibetan teachers) are reluctant to talk about their attainments or that of their students. This seems counter-productive to me; i.e., why would one engage in a practice...
by Wayfarer
Fri Jul 13, 2018 11:33 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Scientists find primitive organisms possess cognition
Replies: 26
Views: 335

Re: Scientists find primitive organisms possess cognition

Worth recalling that the very simplest of organisms are worlds more complex than anything in the inorganic realm. The fundamental attribute of any organism is to seek homeostasis - which nothing in inorganic nature does. I believe that anything living is, on that grounds, ontologically distinct fro...
by Wayfarer
Fri Jul 13, 2018 11:31 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Scientists find primitive organisms possess cognition
Replies: 26
Views: 335

Re: Scientists find primitive organisms possess cognition

The point being that Slime Mould Soup requires the death of beings with consciousness. Of course Chicken Soup requires the death of beings with eyes. So its much worserer. So, would it somehow be morally better if we snuck up on the chicken and got it before it could see us? I had the idea that was...
by Wayfarer
Fri Jul 13, 2018 11:30 pm
Forum: Academic Discussion
Topic: On Buddhism and Nominalism
Replies: 54
Views: 5035

Re: On Buddhism and Nominalism

Thanks for the tip. For anyone reading: parikalpita (Sanskrit). The ‘imagined’, one of the three natures (tri-svabhāva) according to Yogācāra philosophy. It denotes the unreal (parikalpita) duality of a perceiving subject and perceived objects that has been projected onto reality by the dependent na...
by Wayfarer
Fri Jul 13, 2018 11:28 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Scientists find primitive organisms possess cognition
Replies: 26
Views: 335

Re: Scientists find primitive organisms possess cognition

yes I'll bear that in mind next time I prepare Slime Mould Soup. :smile:
by Wayfarer
Fri Jul 13, 2018 9:43 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Scientists find primitive organisms possess cognition
Replies: 26
Views: 335

Re: Scientists find primitive organisms possess cognition

Worth recalling that the very simplest of organisms are worlds more complex than anything in the inorganic realm. The fundamental attribute of any organism is to seek homeostasis - which nothing in inorganic nature does. I believe that anything living is, on that grounds, ontologically distinct from...
by Wayfarer
Fri Jul 13, 2018 6:36 am
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: Football World Cup.
Replies: 115
Views: 1994

Re: Football World Cup.

I think while we're waiting for the action to start, and in light of England's honourable defeat, it might do us all good to watch the Philosopher's Football Game, again. I know it's old but it still gets a laugh out of me whenever I watch it.

by Wayfarer
Fri Jul 13, 2018 12:02 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Article: Survival of the Richest
Replies: 4
Views: 169

Re: Article: Survival of the Richest

that's a good article. Inevitable in a culture dominated by Darwinian metaphors.
by Wayfarer
Thu Jul 12, 2018 10:45 am
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: Football World Cup.
Replies: 115
Views: 1994

Re: Football World Cup.

Aussie rules can be a great game to watch live. The first game I was taken to, aged about twelve, it was a freezing but sparkling Sydney winter day, big crowd at the SCG. The thing that struck me was first the amazing athleticism of the ‘high marks’, and how fast the game moved around the ground. I ...
by Wayfarer
Thu Jul 12, 2018 9:45 am
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: Football World Cup.
Replies: 115
Views: 1994

Re: Football World Cup.

Actually I did know that Simon. I went to school in Scotland for a term or two, back in the day. The Scots were definitely, and defiantly, not English. And, as an Aussie, I have at least some understanding of the roundball game now, by dint of having brought up two sons who both started in Under Six...
by Wayfarer
Thu Jul 12, 2018 7:08 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Overcoming negativity and irritability
Replies: 4
Views: 161

Re: Overcoming negativity and irritability

Also try physical conditioning, like fitness, if you’re not already into it. I found in my twenties and thirties that long-distance jogging had a hugely beneficial effect on my emotional state - definitely increased equilibrium. As far as negativity goes - learn through mindfulness/detachment that n...
by Wayfarer
Thu Jul 12, 2018 1:53 am
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: Football World Cup.
Replies: 115
Views: 1994

Re: Football World Cup.

Simon E. wrote:
Wed Jul 11, 2018 11:01 pm
Not Brits Wayfarer..English. :smile:
I suppose it's a distinction that eluded me, but it's hard to spot the difference from 15,000km away. :-)

And, yes, the English team did do really well, and also conducted themselves splendidly. The coach impressed, also.
by Wayfarer
Wed Jul 11, 2018 10:30 pm
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: Football World Cup.
Replies: 115
Views: 1994

Re: Football World Cup.

Yeah shame for the Brits. I didn't realise, til they lost, that I wanted to see them win.
by Wayfarer
Wed Jul 11, 2018 2:59 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Emptiness
Replies: 21
Views: 436

Re: Emptiness

Better to walk before you can run.
by Wayfarer
Tue Jul 10, 2018 7:11 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Emptiness
Replies: 21
Views: 436

Re: Emptiness

pretty heavy-duty academic reading, though. Thanissaro's is a better introduction for someone trying to get the basic drift.
by Wayfarer
Mon Jul 09, 2018 10:42 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Emptiness
Replies: 21
Views: 436

Re: Emptiness

I'm trying to read the first two google pages. But isn't it empty of inherent existence? You're correct, those first two pages are quite hard to interpret, and understanding 'inherent existence' is quite difficult. The best introduction to emptiness that I know of is by Venerable Thanissaro, Emptin...
by Wayfarer
Sun Jul 08, 2018 2:20 am
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: New Trump Survey on Youtube
Replies: 2
Views: 203

Re: New Trump Survey on Youtube

Terrible, truly Orwellian and frightening. Mind you, the Donald wouldn’t be clever enough, or have a long enough attention span, to create anything like ths, but those around him, the shadowy forces that facilitate his fake presidency, can, and do.

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