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by catmoon
Tue Mar 19, 2019 10:04 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: HHDL: sixty years in exile
Replies: 13
Views: 719

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: 1276

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: 3962

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: 1276

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: 359
Views: 25328

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: 719

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: 638

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: 328

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: 6189

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: 2382

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: 6189

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: 328

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: 2382

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: 719

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...
by catmoon
Thu Mar 14, 2019 7:37 pm
Forum: Ethical Conduct
Topic: Lying: Is it Acceptable?
Replies: 45
Views: 3633

Re: Lying: Is it Acceptable?

I'm sorry, but when you bring up feminism in the topic randomly and then there's no good reason for what you are implying, it leaves a lot to be explained. I'm thinking you are implying that women use feminism as an excuse for childish behavior? Kind of a simplistic response and a bit of #mansplain...
by catmoon
Thu Mar 14, 2019 7:15 pm
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: BERNIE! BERNIE! BERNIE!
Replies: 82
Views: 3478

Re: BERNIE! BERNIE! BERNIE!

I didn't respond adequately to your comment to my post on Dems becoming too extremist, so here's an abbreviated response. Sanders won't have an edge imo and there is a lot about the new progressive left turn that has Democrats' heads spinning. Did you see the referendum on anti-semitism brought abo...
by catmoon
Tue Mar 12, 2019 8:43 pm
Forum: Academic Discussion
Topic: Theravada against mathematics
Replies: 30
Views: 1496

Re: Shannon number great, but not infinite.

Well, see, the thing is that due to ignorance (and ensuing rebirth) we actually play the same game over and over, thus denying ourselves the opportunity of playing a winning game. Yup the possibility of semi-stable loops of events was not accounted for. The reasoning can also be twisted around as f...
by catmoon
Tue Mar 12, 2019 8:15 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Solving the hard problem.
Replies: 23
Views: 880

Re: Solving the hard problem.

Greeting catmoon, I agree! I mentioned the reason why IMO some philosopher disagree in this post: Addendum: the reason why some do not think mind can influence matter is that this would violate Causal Closure (the link is to Wikipedia article). In short, physical states are caused purely by physica...
by catmoon
Tue Mar 12, 2019 7:52 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Question for those who carry a mala in daily life
Replies: 88
Views: 3723

Re: Question for those who carry a mala in daily life

n8pee wrote:
Sun Mar 10, 2019 5:01 am


Isn't the one you've used the most technically the most 'valuable' one?
Only if you believe merit accumulates in the mala with use. In any case it's the fancy stone malas that get the most use by quite a stretch, in my case.
by catmoon
Sun Mar 10, 2019 1:51 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Solving the hard problem.
Replies: 23
Views: 880

Re: Solving the hard problem.

ii) what is the relation between mind and body? Do they interact? Are all activities of sentient beings explainable in purely physical terms? I would call this problem 'the mind-body relation problem'. I put it to you that they do interact. If they did not, we would all be completely paralyzed.

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