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by Kaccāni
Fri Jun 02, 2017 5:45 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Gods, demons and arithmetic
Replies: 72
Views: 6330

Re: Gods, demons and arithmetic

:popcorn:
by Kaccāni
Fri Jun 02, 2017 12:13 pm
Forum: Ethical Conduct
Topic: Is suicide OK?
Replies: 87
Views: 14030

Re: Is suicide OK?

Grigoris wrote: I'm not sure if this sort of boat would float anyway... But...
It does ;)
by Kaccāni
Fri Jun 02, 2017 11:43 am
Forum: Ethical Conduct
Topic: Is suicide OK?
Replies: 87
Views: 14030

Re: Is suicide OK?

The truth is though, that the idea that suicide can end suffering is only true within a materialistic-nihilist philosophical framework. If you believe in rebirth then you would have to accept the "fact" that stopping your current pain/suffering, I can have a constructivist-non-nihilist philosophica...
by Kaccāni
Fri Jun 02, 2017 11:29 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Enlightenment success rate
Replies: 248
Views: 25013

Re: Enlightenment success rate

But it is also the meaning behind many Zen koans, as you yourself know - 'first there is a mountain' - relative truth - 'then there is no mountain' - realising emptiness - 'then there is' - harmonising both perspectives which is mastery. Yes, there are such gradual methods, where the point is to ev...
by Kaccāni
Thu Jun 01, 2017 10:43 pm
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: "Potentiality"
Replies: 6
Views: 1216

Re: "Potentiality"

It basically means that the mirror, itself, doesn't contain the images it displays, but it has the infinite possibility to reflect anything that is presented before it. Likewise, a crystal is just a set of carbon atoms. But if you shine light on it, it has the potentiality to split the white light u...
by Kaccāni
Thu Jun 01, 2017 9:58 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Enlightenment success rate
Replies: 248
Views: 25013

Re: Enlightenment success rate

Anonymous X wrote: As I've said before, I'm not interested in these kinds of debates.
That's good. Because I've had my share in this discussion.

Best
Kc
by Kaccāni
Thu Jun 01, 2017 2:02 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Enlightenment success rate
Replies: 248
Views: 25013

Re: Enlightenment success rate

The whole idea of sudden vs gradual is a fabrication and doesn't really exist as such. They are ways that people conceptualize a 'view', which is also a fabrication, and like the raft, it is simply let go of. Trying to get an intellectual handle on all this misses the point. The only thing it seems...
by Kaccāni
Thu Jun 01, 2017 1:07 pm
Forum: Ethical Conduct
Topic: Is suicide OK?
Replies: 87
Views: 14030

Re: Is suicide OK?

To actually live you need to be able to let go of life. You appear to mix concept of life with actually living equivocally in this sentence. That creates confusion. Because we live, we engage in this conversation, independent from concepts of life. I agree with you that concepts of life are the sou...
by Kaccāni
Thu Jun 01, 2017 12:51 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Enlightenment success rate
Replies: 248
Views: 25013

Re: Enlightenment success rate

The underlying problem with everything you've written is that there is an assumption that you exist. You can divide existence into parts instead of a self or ego, but it is all thought driven and fabricated. None of these things exist as you imagine them to exist. Now, that would be (in parts) a Yo...
by Kaccāni
Thu Jun 01, 2017 3:33 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Enlightenment success rate
Replies: 248
Views: 25013

Re: Enlightenment success rate

So maybe (to sort some terms out, enough humour, and bed time :-) Body exists. In Body brain exists. Brain produces thoughts/impressions. Thoughts exist. Thoughts turning onto the mind itself produces impression of an ego. Impression-of-an-ego exists. Ego does not exist, but arises "conditioned" as ...
by Kaccāni
Thu Jun 01, 2017 3:02 am
Forum: Ethical Conduct
Topic: Is suicide OK?
Replies: 87
Views: 14030

Re: Is suicide OK?

Jesse wrote: Of course, it doesn't need help, but there can come points where the pain is far too intense to live anymore, yet the body will still cling to life.
If the body clings (steers towards) to life, the pain is not too intense.

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Kc
by Kaccāni
Thu Jun 01, 2017 2:52 am
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Gods in religions
Replies: 29
Views: 3470

Re: Gods in religions

The next step imho is probably learning equanimity and learning to stop grasping at our beloved ideas, and beliefs about the way we thought things are and will be. I believe relative Bodhichitta is just another tool. It is an attitude that can be helpful. Someone once said "We can not maintain two ...
by Kaccāni
Wed May 31, 2017 1:51 pm
Forum: Wellness, Diet and Fitness
Topic: Kidney Stones
Replies: 23
Views: 4336

Re: Kidney Stones

Buy some stones and hang them over your bed at a wall pointing east.
Or better: donate the money to charity.

Best
Kc
by Kaccāni
Wed May 31, 2017 1:48 pm
Forum: Ethical Conduct
Topic: Is suicide OK?
Replies: 87
Views: 14030

Re: Is suicide OK?

Sit back and relax.
The body will die all by itself.
It doesn't need help doing that.

Best
Kc
by Kaccāni
Wed May 31, 2017 1:41 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Enlightenment success rate
Replies: 248
Views: 25013

Re: Enlightenment success rate

In a more modern play of words, I would paraphrase 本心 as "basic instinct". Something rooted in biolgy that precedes mental constructions, but yet keeps you going. It can subsequently, with right knowledge, even be comprehended by the mental constructions it brings forth. But those mental constructio...
by Kaccāni
Wed May 31, 2017 1:19 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Gods in religions
Replies: 29
Views: 3470

Re: Gods in religions

do you think that there are beings/gods standing behind all the religions over the world? Or are they human-made systems alone, a kind of collective karma? As this is a Buddhist forum: Get over the illusion of inherent existence, souls, driving gods, other personifications and anthropomorphisms, an...
by Kaccāni
Wed May 31, 2017 1:10 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Donald Trump decides to stop aiding Tibet, reverses decade old policy
Replies: 4
Views: 983

Re: Donald Trump decides to stop aiding Tibet, reverses decade old policy

The best example why Morals only will get you so far: Morals, usually tied to mythology, produce attributes of "good" and "evil", that are thought to inherently exist in a being. Trump and his winner-loser thinking display an incorporation of Antibuddhism. Thus, not only Buddhism, but also ethics po...
by Kaccāni
Mon May 29, 2017 10:03 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Enlightenment success rate
Replies: 248
Views: 25013

Re: Enlightenment success rate

The initial question makes me want to ask: Enlightenment with regard to what?

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Kc
by Kaccāni
Sat May 27, 2017 10:07 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: How do I stop being a vegetarian and not cause death?
Replies: 22
Views: 2645

Re: How do I stop being a vegetarian and not cause death?

Malabsorption in the gut may have many causes. I'm sure not all are known yet. They say B12 can be a pain when it comes to that.

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Kc

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