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by boda
Thu Apr 11, 2019 11:14 pm
Forum: Engaged Buddhism
Topic: Buddhist Economics
Replies: 5
Views: 507

Re: Buddhist Economics

From the linked article: Gross National Happiness (GNH) rather than the Gross National Product (GNP) I would say that this is key, but it would entail shifting embedded cultural values. That would be difficult and take time, if a method for achieving it were even possible to develop. We know how to ...
by boda
Tue Apr 09, 2019 9:30 pm
Forum: Alternative Health
Topic: Wrinkles & Aging Skin
Replies: 11
Views: 364

Re: Wrinkles & Aging Skin

I know, just inject a bacterium into your skin that prevents the release of the neurotransmitter acetylcholine from axon endings at the neuromuscular junction and thus causes flaccid paralysis. If it don't move it don't wrinkle. :smile:
by boda
Mon Apr 08, 2019 7:41 pm
Forum: North America (USA & Canada)
Topic: Cross-Zen Dialogue 6/28 in Chicago
Replies: 3
Views: 165

Re: Cross-Zen Dialogue 6/28 in Chicago

I'd like to see the dialOgue between you guys. Think a video will be posted on youtube or something?
by boda
Mon Apr 08, 2019 5:36 am
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: Blessed Be The Fruit
Replies: 53
Views: 860

Re: Blessed Be The Fruit

But let's consider what we know about our American legal, enforcement, and political systems simply from what we know from mainstream news sources. Either 1) the election for the highest office in the land, and perhaps the world, was successfully subverted by foreign interference so effectively tha...
by boda
Mon Apr 01, 2019 9:36 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: working hard
Replies: 56
Views: 1908

Re: working hard

I am going to disagree, to an extent, with what people have said so far. I believe it means that you have to bust your chops. Put in the time. Don't skip sessions. Observe your samaya (vows) like they are your eyes. Purify when you break samaya. Push your comfort zone to breaking point and beyond. ...
by boda
Fri Mar 15, 2019 4:11 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: The paradox of lack of cognitive dissonance
Replies: 66
Views: 1767

Re: The paradox of lack of cognitive dissonance

How do buddhists who consider Buddhism as a religion avoid cognitive dissonance? For a religion is a faith, but Buddha taught this: “ O bhikshus and wise men, just as a goldsmith would test his gold by burning, cutting, and rubbing it, so you must examine my words and accept them, but not merely ou...
by boda
Fri Mar 15, 2019 4:50 am
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: working hard
Replies: 56
Views: 1908

Re: working hard

You seem to be confounding disagreement with ignorance, or lack of interest. You can’t make, and haven’t made, an argument against deliberate practice (as understood by the research of Anders Erickson and others) because you don’t know what it is, apparently. You can’t actually disagree with someth...
by boda
Wed Mar 13, 2019 4:40 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: working hard
Replies: 56
Views: 1908

Re: working hard

You can’t make, and haven’t made, an argument against deliberate practice (as understood by the research of Anders Erickson and others) because you don’t know what it is, apparently. You can’t actually disagree with something you don’t know. I can’t, for example, disagree with or argue against the ...
by boda
Wed Mar 13, 2019 3:54 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: working hard
Replies: 56
Views: 1908

Re: working hard

Deliberate practice is the key to developing skills beyond where 'mechanical hard work' can get you. If you want to argue against this effectively you'll need to learn more about it, I suppose, but it appears that you have no interest. You seem to be confounding disagreement with ignorance, or lack...
by boda
Wed Mar 13, 2019 12:10 am
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: working hard
Replies: 56
Views: 1908

Re: working hard

I bet the people that scaled the Dawn Wall had worked their asses off beforehand. Not like they just watched a motivational video on youtube and "lo and behold"... I've been talking about deliberate practice, not motivation or motivational videos. Although motivation is also important to any sustai...
by boda
Tue Mar 12, 2019 10:48 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: working hard
Replies: 56
Views: 1908

Re: working hard

What, in the examples given in my post above about "working hard", excludes the idea/notion of being deliberate? I didn't read your examples, however, immediately subsequent to this question you write: Practice is 90% about habituation to wholesome views and activities and 10% about deliberation. 9...
by boda
Tue Mar 12, 2019 6:37 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: working hard
Replies: 56
Views: 1908

Re: working hard

There’s a huge difference between working hard and working deliberately. People tend to work hard just going through the motions, and consequently they stagnate or even get worse at whatever they’re trying to achieve. People can loose focus and their practice will suffer. Seeing this failing, they’...
by boda
Tue Mar 12, 2019 4:20 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: working hard
Replies: 56
Views: 1908

Re: working hard

There’s a huge difference between working hard and working deliberately. People tend to work hard just going through the motions, and consequently they stagnate or even get worse at whatever they’re trying to achieve. People can loose focus and their practice will suffer. See this failing, they’ll o...
by boda
Tue Mar 12, 2019 4:04 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Americans turning to Buddhism?
Replies: 25
Views: 1084

Re: Americans turning to Buddhism?

On the issue of mindfulness without Dharma... Shantideva in the Washington Post! https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/2019/03/11/dalai-lama-arthur-brooks-each-us-can-break-cycle-hatred/ The solution — and the opportunity for each of us — lies not in disagreeing less, but in understanding the app...
by boda
Tue Mar 12, 2019 12:34 am
Forum: Ethical Conduct
Topic: Ethics of selling gifts
Replies: 4
Views: 171

Re: Ethics of selling gifts

The Buddhist view is unselfish, in a word. So ask yourself, is what I’m doing selfish and feeding my ego? If the answer is yes, then you can either rationalize your selfishness or change your behavior.
by boda
Tue Mar 12, 2019 12:30 am
Forum: Ethical Conduct
Topic: Lying: Is it Acceptable?
Replies: 44
Views: 2969

Re: Lying: Is it Acceptable?

How many believe that lying is acceptable IF it is done to prevent hurting another human being? When a person lies they’re keeping the truth hidden. Many do this because they’re ashamed of themselves and ashamed of how the community will perceive them. They hide the truth to prevent their ego from ...
by boda
Mon Mar 11, 2019 11:08 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Bad Behavior
Replies: 4
Views: 239

Re: Bad Behavior

Fortunately, the driver was able to report the abuse. That's not always the case. Sometimes abuse persists because there is no way to report it and the abuser is unable to learn or grow.
by boda
Mon Mar 11, 2019 8:53 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Rage
Replies: 13
Views: 449

Re: Rage

I don't lash out in the open It's not at all uncommon to hide our rage from the scrutiny of the public, particularly when in a Buddhist community because it is seen as poor practice. My advise would be not to hide your rage. Show it to the community, because the feedback you will receive may help y...
by boda
Sun Mar 10, 2019 10:17 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Americans turning to Buddhism?
Replies: 25
Views: 1084

Re: Americans turning to Buddhism?

The first one [of ways to approach Dharma] is (I suspect) what drives people so crazy about stuff like this. That's where someone thinks "ah, I can use this Buddhism stuff as a tool towards a less stressful, more productive life". The problem there is that they have no renunciation. They've never r...

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