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by Bristollad
Thu Nov 15, 2018 9:30 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Non conceptual thought
Replies: 5
Views: 118

Re: Non conceptual thought

Most adults who learned to tie there shoelaces properly as children, have a non-conceptual understanding of tying shoelaces. When they were first learning they had to conceptualise the steps, maybe even saying them out loud. Later after much practise and frustration, they learnt to internally tick o...
by Bristollad
Tue Nov 13, 2018 5:01 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Is Anatta incompatible with rebirth?
Replies: 181
Views: 2804

Re: Is Anatta incompatible with rebirth?

:) for humans, the arrow of time is curved, i.e. time is a human construct. the question is: "is the difference between me and the way i was twenty years ago the same as the difference between the me now and the me after death". metta Human understanding of time is a human construct seems fairly ob...
by Bristollad
Mon Nov 12, 2018 6:55 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Is Anatta incompatible with rebirth?
Replies: 181
Views: 2804

Re: Is Anatta incompatible with rebirth?

or put another way: i am reborn every moment and the arrow of time is curved; after death is it curved too? What do you mean by the arrow of time is curved ? sorry, just restating the same thing in various ways. the arrow of time only goes one way in terms of physics. however, it is noted that in t...
by Bristollad
Mon Nov 12, 2018 9:38 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Is Anatta incompatible with rebirth?
Replies: 181
Views: 2804

Re: Is Anatta incompatible with rebirth?

Supramundane wrote:
Mon Nov 12, 2018 7:25 am
or put another way: i am reborn every moment and the arrow of time is curved; after death is it curved too?
What do you mean by the arrow of time is curved?
by Bristollad
Wed Nov 07, 2018 5:58 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: What is reborn after death?
Replies: 105
Views: 4968

Re: What is reborn after death?

One thing that ought to be spelled out is that Hindus didn’t use the term ‘soul’. That is word of Greek origin which has been used to translate the Hindu ātman. But the literal meaning of ātman is ‘I am’, and it has many different connotations to the Greek word ‘soul’ which developed in an entirely...
by Bristollad
Tue Nov 06, 2018 5:19 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: What is reborn after death?
Replies: 105
Views: 4968

Re: What is reborn after death?

What part of the second passage suggests something soul-like? The part that says 'a being is said to exist as a spirit composed of subtle types of the five skandhas'. That seems a pretty fair facsimile for 'the soul'. I don't think it sounds anything like a soul, given that a soul is considered to ...
by Bristollad
Tue Nov 06, 2018 8:26 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: What is reborn after death?
Replies: 105
Views: 4968

Re: What is reborn after death?

Wayfarer wrote:
Tue Nov 06, 2018 3:16 am
I can’t see a meaningful distinction.
Really? :rolleye:

What part of the second passage suggests something soul-like?
by Bristollad
Tue Nov 06, 2018 1:35 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: What is reborn after death?
Replies: 105
Views: 4968

Re: What is reborn after death?

I haven’t seen any passage which suggests “ the notion of a spirit being that transmigrates from life to life ” hence why I asked. From this post: During the period between death and the next birth, a being is said to exist as a spirit composed of subtle types of the five skandhas (aggregates). It ...
by Bristollad
Mon Nov 05, 2018 2:01 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: What is reborn after death?
Replies: 105
Views: 4968

Re: What is reborn after death?

But I do agree that the notion of a spirit being that transmigrates from life to life does seem to contradict some basic Buddhist principles. It would, but why do you think that the bardo teachings suggest that? We’re discussing a passage upthread which says that. Yes, I have been following the thr...
by Bristollad
Mon Nov 05, 2018 9:47 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: What is reborn after death?
Replies: 105
Views: 4968

Re: What is reborn after death?

Wayfarer wrote:
Mon Nov 05, 2018 7:41 am
But I do agree that the notion of a spirit being that transmigrates from life to life does seem to contradict some basic Buddhist principles.
It would, but why do you think that the bardo teachings suggest that?
by Bristollad
Mon Nov 05, 2018 9:36 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Advantage and disadvantage of ego and egolessness
Replies: 31
Views: 853

Re: Advantage and disadvantage of ego and egolessness

"Not feel happy when someone throws you a surprise party." When someone throws you a surprise party, of course you feel happy! But...it's the difference between thinking, They threw me a surprise party, they must really like me... I must be really special... of course I am really special... no one ...
by Bristollad
Fri Nov 02, 2018 8:49 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: interactions between humans and other beings
Replies: 15
Views: 1017

Re: interactions between humans and other beings

???? wrote:
Fri Nov 02, 2018 8:09 pm
As 12 million Americans "know," the United States government is run by lizard people

:D how many of them know that United States government are zionists?
2?
3?
None who can read without moving their lips (I hope!)
by Bristollad
Mon Oct 29, 2018 1:48 pm
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: whatnow727 message to Lamas
Replies: 11
Views: 681

Re: whatnow727 message to Lamas

I think this is a really bad idea. I say that despite thinking that Sogyal and Mukpo are POS and unqualified. This sort of thing is best addressed individually between student and guru. Doing it this way looks like grandstanding and will reinforce some unfortunate perceptions of western students. W...
by Bristollad
Sat Oct 27, 2018 10:35 am
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: As fewer people visit....
Replies: 3
Views: 344

Re: As fewer people visit....

In the UK, a similar phenomena is the use of Friends Meeting Houses by the local community. These halls are used by Quakers (the Society of Friends) for their meetings but also hired out for use by the local community. They are quite popular with hirers because the facilities are normally good, the ...
by Bristollad
Wed Oct 24, 2018 12:51 pm
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: Democrats are compulsive self mutilators
Replies: 207
Views: 5879

Re: Democrats are compulsive self mutilators

PeterC wrote:
Wed Oct 24, 2018 5:14 am
Well - it is and it isn't....
Very helpful analysis, thank you. :namaste:

But why do so many not recognise the false debate?
by Bristollad
Wed Oct 24, 2018 1:53 am
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: Democrats are compulsive self mutilators
Replies: 207
Views: 5879

Re: Democrats are compulsive self mutilators

David Brooks' current OP on how the Democrats are not taking on Trumpism : the Democratic campaign is inadequate to the current moment. It offers no counter-narrative to Trump, little moral case against his behavior, no unifying argument against ethnic nationalism. In politics you can’t beat someth...
by Bristollad
Tue Oct 23, 2018 7:45 pm
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: Democrats are compulsive self mutilators
Replies: 207
Views: 5879

Re: Democrats are compulsive self mutilators

... Always love a bit of Yes Minster/Yes Prime Minster. Though it often pushed a free marketer's jaundiced view of government intervention, I loved the accurate portrayal of an entrenched bureaucracy with poor old Bernard's naiveté alongside Jim Hacker's relentless (but often clueless) search for p...
by Bristollad
Mon Oct 22, 2018 5:13 pm
Forum: Meditation
Topic: Eliminating the pauses of the breath
Replies: 9
Views: 672

Re: Eliminating the pauses of the breath

Personally, I wouldn't necessarily interpret that quote as an instruction about the physical breath, but about our awareness of the breath. When using the breath as an object of mediation, early on it becomes quite easy to maintain attention to the sensations of the breath at the nose or the rising ...
by Bristollad
Sat Oct 13, 2018 6:57 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Lama X is in the neighbourhood next weekend
Replies: 8
Views: 619

Re: Lama X is in the neighbourhood next weekend

I had an uncle who explained what an expert was, this way:

Expert is made of two syllables, x and spurt.
X stands for an unknown
A spurt is a drip under pressure
So an expert is an unknown drip under pressure
:woohoo:
:rolling:
by Bristollad
Fri Oct 12, 2018 2:23 pm
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: Psychologists define the 'dark core of personality'
Replies: 26
Views: 1200

Re: Psychologists define the 'dark core of personality'

The test seems just as bogus as the various personality profile questionaires. Fun but not to be taken seriously (and if the researchers are then I question the utility of their results).

HInt: if you want a "good" score, never answer with anything other than 0 or 5

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