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by catmoon
Tue Mar 12, 2019 8:43 pm
Forum: Academic Discussion
Topic: Theravada against mathematics
Replies: 30
Views: 1126

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: 716

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: 2965

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: 716

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.
by catmoon
Sun Mar 10, 2019 1:35 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Question for those who carry a mala in daily life
Replies: 88
Views: 2965

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

I have a number of malas, two nice ones and some very inexpensive ones. If I am going to carry one around with me, I take the simplest, cheapest and most functional one so I don't have to bother about it. This also means I don't get involved in the business of displaying malas as status items or bli...
by catmoon
Mon Mar 04, 2019 4:03 pm
Forum: Alternative Health
Topic: Prostrations - Muscle Groups
Replies: 36
Views: 13152

Re: Prostrations - Muscle Groups

If you do 100,000 prostrations incorrectly is that called Nwrongdro? Have to agree with above post, prostrations are a kind of yoga in constant flowing motion. If there is no thumping of bumping to be heard, yer probly doin' er right. If the cat panics and vanishes under the bed, your technique need...
by catmoon
Mon Mar 04, 2019 2:40 pm
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: BERNIE! BERNIE! BERNIE!
Replies: 82
Views: 2825

Re: BERNIE! BERNIE! BERNIE!

Bernie Sanders as seen from Canada... Had the last election been held in Canada, Bernie Sanders vs Donald Trump, Bernie would have won with about 90% of the vote. To Canadians Bernie appears as a mildly leftist candidate. But the whole American political spectrum is shifted well to the right of us, ...
by catmoon
Sun Mar 03, 2019 11:25 pm
Forum: Academic Discussion
Topic: Theravada against mathematics
Replies: 30
Views: 1126

Re: Theravada against mathematics

There is a gaping flaw in the argument. Infinities simply do not behave the same as the numbers we are used to. Example.... Suppose we have an infinite number of points. We can start counting them, numbering them 1,2,3,4,5..... Now if we look at the number line we can see it already has points label...
by catmoon
Sun Mar 03, 2019 10:15 am
Forum: Games & Humour
Topic: Monk Ki Balls
Replies: 9
Views: 701

Re: Monk Ki Balls

Two questions.

1) the title of thread.... how do we pronounce that exactly?

2) Can anyone take these teachings? Is it ok to bring a friend? Like, say, Mike Tyson?
by catmoon
Sun Mar 03, 2019 9:18 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Vivid Dreams
Replies: 8
Views: 432

Re: Vivid Dreams

Do the people in these dreams seem familiar at all?
by catmoon
Sun Mar 03, 2019 8:55 am
Forum: Ethical Conduct
Topic: Lying: Is it Acceptable?
Replies: 44
Views: 3095

Re: Lying: Is it Acceptable?

There are self centred actions that are virtuous. Seeking enlightenment is one of them. Any attempt at self improvement is going to be somewhat self centred. Although such attempts can spiral down into narcissism, the can also spiral up, leading to kindness, compassion and a commitment to ending suf...
by catmoon
Sun Mar 03, 2019 7:11 am
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Enlightenment
Replies: 27
Views: 1574

Re: Enlightenment

shanyin wrote:
Wed May 16, 2018 4:50 am
How do you attain enlightenment in Mahayana Buddhism?
Depends.

What do you think enlightenment is?
by catmoon
Sun Mar 03, 2019 7:02 am
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Enlightenment
Replies: 27
Views: 1574

Re: Enlightenment

Wicked Yeshe wrote:
Fri May 18, 2018 8:00 pm
Like Douglas Hofstadter or something. :hug:
Yeah he's pretty much the key to enlightenment. Actually the whole Baywatch series is full of enlightening lessons.
by catmoon
Fri Mar 01, 2019 6:38 pm
Forum: Soto
Topic: Soto Practice At Home
Replies: 9
Views: 1292

Re: Soto Practice At Home

http://www.vineobstacleszen.com/moodle/ https://global.sotozen-net.or.jp/eng/index.html - Sōtō Zen official site. Thankyou, my friend. I can't afford the monthly fees at Vine but I have been looking at Sotozen and just discovered Treeleaf today. So between.those two, I'm hoping I'll find what I'm l...
by catmoon
Fri Mar 01, 2019 11:42 am
Forum: East Asian Buddhism
Topic: What a buddhist tradition did you choose and why?
Replies: 39
Views: 2385

Re: What a buddhist tradition did you choose and why?

And what if the first stall you stopped at was handing out glasses of poison? A Sutra person would renounce it.A Tantra person would transform it.A Dzogchen person would self liberate it. I'm not sure, but I think us Gelug types would just croak. Hopefully forgiving on the way down. :smile:
by catmoon
Fri Mar 01, 2019 11:25 am
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: Michael Cohen's testimony
Replies: 29
Views: 908

Re: Michael Cohen's testimony

Etc etc. The very culpability of Cohen is itself evidence against Trump. That's what's so funny about the situation. Cohen is, by his own admission, a complete piece of shit. But what does that make his employer? Well, I think we can agree that at least it makes Trump someone who has been accused b...
by catmoon
Fri Mar 01, 2019 11:16 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Diana Mukpo’s potent letter re: Shambhala
Replies: 167
Views: 7748

Re: Diana Mukpo’s potent letter re: Shambhala

Thirty years in the grave, and Chogyam Trungpa can still ignite an impassioned discussion six pages long on Dharma Wheel. If for no other reason, we owe him a debt just for keeping our minds well exercised all these years. :tongue:
by catmoon
Fri Mar 01, 2019 10:43 am
Forum: Discovering Mahayana Buddhism
Topic: The Experience of Buddhism Sliding into Nihilism
Replies: 10
Views: 586

Re: The Experience of Buddhism Sliding into Nihilism

When I started to explore Buddhism I found the idea that there is no permanent self troubling. It was hard to adjust to such a teaching after coming from a tradition that emphasized a highly personal view of a self so permanent that it was intimately integrated with a soul that survives death. I fe...
by catmoon
Fri Mar 01, 2019 9:49 am
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: Michael Cohen's testimony
Replies: 29
Views: 908

Re: Michael Cohen's testimony

I watched the above video. I looked to me like Mr. Cohen's credibility was completely destroyed. Was that the point? That's the credibility of the former RNC finance committee deputy chair, the president's lawyer for ten years. The republicans on the committee attacked him for having lied to congre...
by catmoon
Thu Feb 28, 2019 7:57 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Infinite Eons and Enlightenment
Replies: 51
Views: 1715

Re: Infinite Eons and Enlightenment

I just abandoned the unproven assumption that in infinite time all things must occur. For instance, suppose that the time before say, 2 billion years ago was mostly cyclical and instead of everything happening, a relatively small but still infinite number of things occurred over and over again. It ...

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