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by catmoon
Wed Mar 20, 2019 5:52 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: PRC is ridiculous
Replies: 23
Views: 1356

Re: PRC is ridiculous

While they are at it, why don't they try to appoint the next Pope? They seem to like doing stupid things.
by catmoon
Wed Mar 20, 2019 5:44 pm
Forum: Meditation
Topic: experience of piti and sukha
Replies: 38
Views: 2461

Re: experience of piti and sukha

Let's suppose I am walking in the desert. Now, I know I am thirsty (i.e know there is a knot). But, the water/knot I am seeing is just a mirage. Every time, I try to untie but get entangled. :shrug: If you see the mirage accurately, you do not see water. You see an interesting atmospheric deflectio...
by catmoon
Wed Mar 20, 2019 12:13 am
Forum: Introductions
Topic: New to buddhism
Replies: 6
Views: 648

Re: New to buddhism

Welcome aboard! This board can fulfill some of the functions of a Sangha, but it should be borne in mind that this is still the Internet and things can get pretty crazy sometimes. A real Sangha is a more committed thing, and perhaps more stable, with more consistent teachings. A post here often gets...
by catmoon
Tue Mar 19, 2019 11:52 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Samaddhi for softening people's mind
Replies: 25
Views: 1753

Re: Samaddhi for softening people's mind

Is beer a samadhi? I find it softens up my mind pretty well. Sometimes it gets positively mushy. :rolling:
by catmoon
Tue Mar 19, 2019 11:49 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: What is Art ?
Replies: 81
Views: 5290

Re: What is Art ?

I recently read "What is Art", a small book by no-one less than Leo Tolstoy. In the first two chapters he methodically demolishes every definition that has been widely held since the ancient Greeks. The thing is, no matter how you try to grapple with the question, it is just far too subjective for a...
by catmoon
Tue Mar 19, 2019 10:35 pm
Forum: Meditation
Topic: experience of piti and sukha
Replies: 38
Views: 2461

Re: experience of piti and sukha

Do we need to learn anything to untie the imaginary knots? Well, first you have to know there is a knot, and then you need to be able to see the knot. Sometimes we can't see our own attachments because looking at them is uncomfortable and the mind reflexively turns away. The nice thing about the jh...
by catmoon
Tue Mar 19, 2019 10:04 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: HHDL: sixty years in exile
Replies: 13
Views: 1050

Re: HHDL: sixty years in exile

All that is a very common problem, there is people suffering everywhere. Ah, so you are saying that makes it ok somehow? How DARE you dismiss the suffering of the Tibetan people like that. not really. tibetan's suffering is not more or less important than others, isn't? It might very well be. I wou...
by catmoon
Tue Mar 19, 2019 8:11 am
Forum: Meditation
Topic: experience of piti and sukha
Replies: 38
Views: 2461

Re: experience of piti and sukha

this suppression you make reference to, do you believe it is a product of one-pointed concentration (the meditative experience itself) or of a (pre-existing) deeper understanding (i.e. qualities that are not associated with the immediate act of meditation) that allow for the suppression of restless...
by catmoon
Tue Mar 19, 2019 7:51 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: One truth?
Replies: 126
Views: 6300

Re: One truth?

What is a ultimate truth? What would it look like? How would it be used? Are we assuming there is a sort of King of Truths above all others and ruling over them? Or maybe some highest Truth that in some sense defeats all lesser truths and subsumes them? Or a Source of Truths that generates all other...
by catmoon
Tue Mar 19, 2019 7:27 am
Forum: Meditation
Topic: experience of piti and sukha
Replies: 38
Views: 2461

Re: experience of piti and sukha

this suppression you make reference to, do you believe it is a product of one-pointed concentration (the meditative experience itself) or of a (pre-existing) deeper understanding (i.e. qualities that are not associated with the immediate act of meditation) that allow for the suppression of restless...
by catmoon
Tue Mar 19, 2019 7:06 am
Forum: Wellness, Diet and Fitness
Topic: Great Vegan Debate
Replies: 621
Views: 51789

Re: Veganism is an Eating Disorder

Question for the vegans in the crowd, would a vegan refuse to eat insect-derived protein on the grounds of vegan principles? Would a vegan consider an insect to be an animal?
by catmoon
Tue Mar 19, 2019 5:38 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: HHDL: sixty years in exile
Replies: 13
Views: 1050

Re: HHDL: sixty years in exile

I stopped and stared at this post a long time. Sixty years. In that time freedom has passed from living memory in Tibet, by and large. Sixty years of religious repression, cultural destruction, unjust imprisonment, exploitation and murder. Sixty years worse than anything the Soviets ever did, excep...
by catmoon
Mon Mar 18, 2019 12:28 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Nonbuddhists taking the bodhisattva vow
Replies: 11
Views: 1038

Re: Nonbuddhists taking the bodhisattva vow

Grigoris wrote:
Sun Mar 17, 2019 11:19 pm
Sādhaka wrote:
Sun Mar 17, 2019 11:15 pm
But of course taking Bodhisattva vows and not making them top priority in one’s life...
I am sure you can think of plenty of "Buddhists" that do exactly this.
Well pretty much anyone who is not a monk, I'd think.
by catmoon
Mon Mar 18, 2019 12:22 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Time Capsules
Replies: 7
Views: 498

Re: Time Capsules

Also there already exists "global seed vaults", which I consider to be a form of time capsule, in a more practical sense. Food security for the win! https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Svalbard_Global_Seed_Vault There's a good idea. We could put seeds and DNA codes from UNmodified organisms in a capsule....
by catmoon
Mon Mar 18, 2019 12:17 am
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: question on distingushing mind from it's nature
Replies: 174
Views: 11198

Re: question on distingushing mind from it's nature

Simon E. wrote:
Sun Mar 17, 2019 9:50 am
That's not it either.
Correct, it's a finger, pointing at the moon.
by catmoon
Mon Mar 18, 2019 12:14 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: The paradox of lack of cognitive dissonance
Replies: 66
Views: 3875

Re: The paradox of lack of cognitive dissonance

My beliefs are anchored in first hand experience in the lab, and an understanding of those experiences, and an understanding of mathematics. That's good FOR YOU. For the vast majority of people though... Same goes with Buddhist practice. My belief is anchored in first hand experience, and an unders...
by catmoon
Sun Mar 17, 2019 9:05 am
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: question on distingushing mind from it's nature
Replies: 174
Views: 11198

Re: question on distingushing mind from it's nature

The nature of mind is that of a sewer pipe. Through it flow the contents of mind, wondrous in their various forms, monotonous in their odor, and of copious quantity. Zen is the art of sitting on a toilet and emptying oneself. Once this is done, one arises feeling strangely better, and possibly suite...
by catmoon
Sun Mar 17, 2019 8:51 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Time Capsules
Replies: 7
Views: 498

Re: Time Capsules

There is nothing worth putting in there. The great thinkers of the past are well represented in such capsules and our great achievements are well documented there. To place modern culture in a time capsule is to convict ourselves of triviality and superficiality. Future generations will derive no be...
by catmoon
Sun Mar 17, 2019 8:17 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: The paradox of lack of cognitive dissonance
Replies: 66
Views: 3875

Re: The paradox of lack of cognitive dissonance

In the Kalama sutta, Buddha also said: "When you know for yourselves that, 'These qualities are skillful; these qualities are blameless; these qualities are praised by the wise ; these qualities, when adopted & carried out, lead to welfare & to happiness' — then you should enter & remain in them." ...
by catmoon
Sun Mar 17, 2019 7:47 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: HHDL: sixty years in exile
Replies: 13
Views: 1050

Re: HHDL: sixty years in exile

I stopped and stared at this post a long time. Sixty years. In that time freedom has passed from living memory in Tibet, by and large. Sixty years of religious repression, cultural destruction, unjust imprisonment, exploitation and murder. Sixty years worse than anything the Soviets ever did, except...

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