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by boda
Fri Mar 15, 2019 4:11 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: The paradox of lack of cognitive dissonance
Replies: 66
Views: 1430

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: 40
Views: 1162

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: 40
Views: 1162

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: 40
Views: 1162

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: 40
Views: 1162

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: 40
Views: 1162

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: 40
Views: 1162

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: 40
Views: 1162

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: 1021

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: 154

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: 2858

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: 224

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: 396

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: 1021

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...
by boda
Thu Feb 14, 2019 7:45 am
Forum: Meditation
Topic: Fitness Tracker
Replies: 11
Views: 579

Re: Fitness Tracker

All ya need is a timer, like a meditation app that will make a sound every 15 or 30 seconds. While sitting you can simply feel your pulse and count during any interval and then do the math, or if you’re not good at math count beats for 60 seconds. I used the same method for breathing and in under a ...
by boda
Wed Feb 06, 2019 5:46 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Rebirth as AI 'organism'
Replies: 63
Views: 1114

Re: Rebirth as AI 'organism'

MiphamFan wrote:
Wed Feb 06, 2019 5:12 am
"Neural networks" is a misnomer based on a simplistic understanding of human neurons back in the 60s or 70s as Andrew Ng, one of the pioneers in the field, notes.
You're suggesting that the human brain is not a neural network?
by boda
Tue Feb 05, 2019 10:55 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Rebirth as AI 'organism'
Replies: 63
Views: 1114

Re: Rebirth as AI 'organism'

I don't think anyone was suggesting that computers are beings. Read the OP again - it is exactly what the thread is about. Rick wrote: ... assuming AIs eventually attain the status of 'sentient beings?' Computers aren't synonymous with artificial intelligence. The definition of a computer is an ele...
by boda
Tue Feb 05, 2019 9:09 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Rebirth as AI 'organism'
Replies: 63
Views: 1114

Re: Rebirth as AI 'organism'

The word ‘being’ is actually quite significant in this context. Humans are referred to as ‘human beings’, and Buddhists refer to non-vegetative life-forms as ‘sentient beings’. There are also references to ‘celestial beings’ in the texts (including devas and celestial bodhisattvas). The question is...
by boda
Tue Feb 05, 2019 7:53 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Rebirth as AI 'organism'
Replies: 63
Views: 1114

Re: Rebirth as AI 'organism'

Dan74 wrote:
Tue Feb 05, 2019 7:09 pm
AI, so far, is basically a bunch of outputs on the basis of inputs, ie a relay device.
That's basically what human beings are as well. Brains receive patterns of sense data and respond in ways that promote survival and gene propagation, basically.
by boda
Wed Jan 30, 2019 11:02 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Announcement about the Closing of Sweeping Zen
Replies: 33
Views: 847

Re: Zen Forum International status

Thanks. Has everyone seen the announcement about the closing of Sweeping Zen website? Hilarious, but good for him. :twothumbsup: If you take a few minutes to look at his Youtube channel or his new website (using his new name), it is not hilarious or good for him at all, it is tragic. When I saw the...

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