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by catmoon
Tue Jun 14, 2016 12:15 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Texts that destroy ""scientific" materialism
Replies: 221
Views: 18827

Re: Texts that destroy ""scientific" materialism

There are lots of good arguments within philosophy generally against materialism, the Nagel book i mentioned earlier is a good example. Now, scientists won't accept them generally, because these days many of them think that philosophy is a waste of time: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/technology/google...
by catmoon
Sat Jun 11, 2016 10:26 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: i bow to Shantideva
Replies: 6
Views: 879

Re: i bow to Shantideva

Yup you could do a lot worse than basing your study on Shantideva alone.
by catmoon
Sat Jun 11, 2016 10:21 pm
Forum: Media
Topic: Benefits of meditation - scientific evidence
Replies: 36
Views: 3368

Re: Benefits of meditation - scientific evidence

I'd never go so far as to claim Buddhism, in its entirety, is a science. But unlike any other religion I can think of, it often makes use of methods of investigation that are decidedly scientific. We could do another jolly round of "it is, it isn't," or you could simply show at least one instance w...
by catmoon
Sat Jun 11, 2016 9:00 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: i bow to Shantideva
Replies: 6
Views: 879

Re: i bow to Shantideva

Yeah its too long, but skimming along it, one is reminded of the sheer beauty of the writing. Maybe my copy has been sitting on the shelf too long.
by catmoon
Sat Jun 11, 2016 8:56 pm
Forum: Media
Topic: Benefits of meditation - scientific evidence
Replies: 36
Views: 3368

Re: Benefits of meditation - scientific evidence

I'd never go so far as to claim Buddhism, in its entirety, is a science. But unlike any other religion I can think of, it often makes use of methods of investigation that are decidedly scientific. I wonder - was there ever a Buddhist version of Galileo? Did the Tibetans ever persecute someone for th...
by catmoon
Sat Jun 11, 2016 3:41 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Animals and fish have personalities
Replies: 18
Views: 1376

Re: Animals and fish have personalities

dreambow wrote:The more bland the terminology, the more ruthless the procedure.


Ooooh gooood post.
by catmoon
Sat Jun 11, 2016 3:16 am
Forum: Engaged Buddhism
Topic: How do you feel about Buddhists getting involved in politics?
Replies: 63
Views: 9447

Re: How do you feel about Buddhists getting involved in politics?

If the Dalai Lama were to run for president, I'd vote for him.
by catmoon
Sat Jun 11, 2016 3:13 am
Forum: Media
Topic: Benefits of meditation - scientific evidence
Replies: 36
Views: 3368

Re: Benefits of meditation - scientific evidence

there is also a point that Buddhism is a science itself. :twothumbsup: That would be a false point. If it's a false point then you can throw out two millennia of research on meditation technique. The Buddhist approach to meditation is as scientific and methodical as it can be, considering the subje...
by catmoon
Sat Jun 11, 2016 2:56 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Texts that destroy ""scientific" materialism
Replies: 221
Views: 18827

Re: Texts that destroy ""scientific" materialism

Regarding the OP Any text that attempts to destroy scientific materialism will in the process destroy itself. The idea that the truth must be simple and easily understood is a guillotine that has ended the thinking life of many. One should probably note that in one sense science is not materialistic...
by catmoon
Fri May 27, 2016 5:31 am
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: Troubling developments in the South China Sea
Replies: 16
Views: 1601

Re: Troubling developments in the South China Sea

Prediction: The Chinese and the Americans will come to an agreement under which China unilaterally annexes the South China Sea at the expense of many neighbouring countries. China will agree to acknowledge similar American claims in the Arctic, at the expense of the Canadians and Russians. Both Chin...
by catmoon
Fri May 27, 2016 5:25 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Animals and fish have personalities
Replies: 18
Views: 1376

Re: Animals and fish have personalities

Ask any cat, dog, gerbil, rabbit owner.... they will all confirm this. It's puzzling that someone thought it necessary to unleash the arsenal of formal science on a non question like this.
by catmoon
Wed May 25, 2016 9:00 am
Forum: Meditation
Topic: Meditation in Nature
Replies: 57
Views: 11134

Re: Meditation in Nature

The outdoor meditator has a tendency to seek out high places, and I have to wonder if it isn't for the simple reason that high places tend to be a bit windier and cooler than other spots. Both of these greatly reduce the number of mosquitos. Then there is the fear that you may be eaten while meditat...
by catmoon
Sat May 07, 2016 12:27 am
Forum: Engaged Buddhism
Topic: Animal Release on Vesak/Buddha's Day 2016
Replies: 6
Views: 1354

Re: Animal Release on Vesak/Buddha's Day 2016

Goats? Can they even survive in the wild? Where do you release a domestic goat in the UK?
by catmoon
Fri May 06, 2016 7:21 pm
Forum: Suggestion Box
Topic: unsupported characters?
Replies: 2
Views: 646

Re: unsupported characters?

Nicholas Weeks wrote:Went to the sutra site instead of using my pdf and it worked - why? who knows.
At a guess, the PDF was probably full of embedded formatting symbols and commands that don't appear on the screen.
by catmoon
Thu May 05, 2016 11:31 am
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: What to do about Daesh? (ISIS, ISIL...)
Replies: 99
Views: 7552

Re: What to do about Daesh? (ISIS, ISIL...)

The only religious groups that have ever ceased to be a thorn in someone's side are ones like the Cathars and the Albigensians. They were both exterminated.

So the choices are: A) Genocide
B) Learn to put up with them
by catmoon
Thu May 05, 2016 12:36 am
Forum: Ethical Conduct
Topic: Talking Too Much
Replies: 8
Views: 1077

Re: Talking Too Much

kdolma wrote:
What is the best method if the mind becomes very busy and incontrollable?
Breath counting. If that does not work, try again later, perhaps in quieter, more tranquil and/or isolated surroundings.
by catmoon
Wed May 04, 2016 9:47 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Questions about Mindfulness
Replies: 22
Views: 1755

Re: Questions about Mindfulness

A Zen teacher taught his students that when meditating they should just meditate. When walking they should just walk. When eating they should just eat. A student came upon the teacher at breakfast. The teacher was eating a bowl of cereal and reading a newspaper at the same time. The student was baff...
by catmoon
Wed May 04, 2016 9:37 am
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Is it being attached to miss someone?
Replies: 7
Views: 903

Re: Is it being attached to miss someone?

If I have to part ways with someone soon with little hope of seeing her again and I feel sad, am I being attached? There are degrees and types of attachment. If the pain fades with time, this is a simple attachment that will change from pain to wistfulness to forgetfulness and then disappear. If th...
by catmoon
Sun May 01, 2016 7:16 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Dunning-Kruger Effect
Replies: 72
Views: 6138

Re: Dunning-Kruger Effect

There's no "gene for destruction of offspring"..such an idea is reductionist enough that I think it would be called into question even by people who believe mental illness can be reduced wholly to biological causes..who AFAIK are a shrinking group anyway. Of course there isn't. It's shorthand for t...
by catmoon
Fri Apr 29, 2016 3:17 pm
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: Caves of Faith
Replies: 2
Views: 734

Re: Caves of Faith

Cool! Wow!!!

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