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by Simon E.
Fri Jul 13, 2018 6:35 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Scientists find primitive organisms possess cognition
Replies: 28
Views: 686

Re: Scientists find primitive organisms possess cognition

I think we are levitating in harmony.
by Simon E.
Fri Jul 13, 2018 6:14 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: How to End Samaya?
Replies: 44
Views: 1573

Re: How to End Samaya?

CTR again. (Yes I am fully aware of the irony) on the Vajrayana.

'Best not to start, but if you do start you had better find a way to finish'.
by Simon E.
Fri Jul 13, 2018 6:06 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Scientists find primitive organisms possess cognition
Replies: 28
Views: 686

Re: Scientists find primitive organisms possess cognition

I thought my deliberate grammatical error made it obvious that I was displaying levity.
But yes I ducked the chicken. Or chickened out over the duck.
On account of the fact that if we are to have a rerun of the Great Vegetarian Debate I would rather not be the instigator. :smile:
by Simon E.
Fri Jul 13, 2018 5:04 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Scientists find primitive organisms possess cognition
Replies: 28
Views: 686

Re: Scientists find primitive organisms possess cognition

The point being that Slime Mould Soup requires the death of beings with consciousness. Of course Chicken Soup requires the death of beings with eyes. So its much worserer. So, would it somehow be morally better if we snuck up on the chicken and got it before it could see us? It would be better if w...
by Simon E.
Fri Jul 13, 2018 3:19 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Big messages to deplorables ???
Replies: 139
Views: 4471

Re: Big messages to deplorables ???

Aye. The majority here have seen through him. Even most of the Right.
by Simon E.
Fri Jul 13, 2018 3:05 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Big messages to deplorables ???
Replies: 139
Views: 4471

Re: Big messages to deplorables ???

That, of course, is less likely to work as a strategy when visiting the population of another country. :smile:
by Simon E.
Fri Jul 13, 2018 2:22 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Big messages to deplorables ???
Replies: 139
Views: 4471

Re: Big messages to deplorables ???

Central London is teeming with thousands of anti-Trump protesters. All round Blenheim Palace where Trump spent the night there are many more with placards, horns, and percussion instruments. His movements are being monitored by protesters who are racing to get to venues before he does. Trumps respon...
by Simon E.
Fri Jul 13, 2018 1:24 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Scientists find primitive organisms possess cognition
Replies: 28
Views: 686

Re: Scientists find primitive organisms possess cognition

You introduced a qualifier..i.e. 'complete'. I made no mention of one. Neither did I talk in terms of a problem. Nor did I mention beliefs. All those are constructs introduced into the discussion by you.
by Simon E.
Fri Jul 13, 2018 11:46 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Scientists find primitive organisms possess cognition
Replies: 28
Views: 686

Re: Scientists find primitive organisms possess cognition

The point being that Slime Mould Soup requires the death of beings with consciousness.
Of course Chicken Soup requires the death of beings with eyes.
So its much worserer.
by Simon E.
Fri Jul 13, 2018 11:22 am
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: Football World Cup.
Replies: 129
Views: 3434

Re: Football World Cup.

I'm sure they can and will.
Germany has a huge depth of footballing talent available. Whether Joachim Low will lead the National team next time is moot. At the moment he seems safe.
But safe is a relative term in the world of football.
by Simon E.
Fri Jul 13, 2018 10:27 am
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: Football World Cup.
Replies: 129
Views: 3434

Re: Football World Cup.

Most adult English people long ago relinquished the idea that because we invented the modern game it gives us some kind of privilege.. :smile:

Gareth and the lads will return.
by Simon E.
Fri Jul 13, 2018 9:59 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Scientists find primitive organisms possess cognition
Replies: 28
Views: 686

Re: Scientists find primitive organisms possess cognition

Worth recalling that the very simplest of organisms are worlds more complex than anything in the inorganic realm. The fundamental attribute of any organism is to seek homeostasis - which nothing in inorganic nature does. I believe that anything living is, on that grounds, ontologically distinct fro...
by Simon E.
Fri Jul 13, 2018 9:26 am
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: Football World Cup.
Replies: 129
Views: 3434

Re: Football World Cup.

I think you need to look at your World Cup history again. Eight Nations have won the World Cup and England is among them. Once, yes. Uruguay has won it more. (Actually Uruguay was a serious team up to the 70s - it was good to see them do well this time.) The problem with England is their almost unl...
by Simon E.
Fri Jul 13, 2018 9:00 am
Forum: Prayers and Aspirations
Topic: Sutra for Turning Back Lawsuits & Political Problems
Replies: 15
Views: 982

Re: Sutra for Turning Back Lawsuits & Political Problems

Let me get this straight.

There are people on this forum who think that sitting in their bedrooms reciting Sutras is going to overthrow the Government?
How is that different from the Southern Baptists that think their prayers got Trump elected?



"Spiritual Materialism" in a nutshell.
by Simon E.
Fri Jul 13, 2018 8:52 am
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: Football World Cup.
Replies: 129
Views: 3434

Re: Football World Cup.

I'm an Aussie so don't really understand soccer at all but I'll be barracking for Croatia, it's in our DNA to support outsiders. At the moment they're 4-1 in the betting. Those were ridiculous odds. If world cup history teaches us anything, it is that at the critical moment, England will always los...
by Simon E.
Fri Jul 13, 2018 8:37 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: How to End Samaya?
Replies: 44
Views: 1573

Re: How to End Samaya?

Rigpa rangshar tantra makes this statement. Thanks Malcolm. It states that there's no means of expiation, and both will take rebirth in vajra hell, not just the guru? It states that disciples can always purify their samaya, but when a guru breaks samaya, it is irreparable. Thus, I take thus to mean...
by Simon E.
Thu Jul 12, 2018 4:21 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Non Buddhist enlightenment
Replies: 36
Views: 967

Re: Non Buddhist enlightenment

I can see that. My own participation in this particular thread was in large part because I could see clearly my own knee-jerk response to references to 'self' 'true self' 'real self' and so on. However, Meido was I believe timely in his pointing out that Advaitins and the merely vague are making a p...
by Simon E.
Thu Jul 12, 2018 3:41 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Non Buddhist enlightenment
Replies: 36
Views: 967

Re: Non Buddhist enlightenment

I can see the utilitarian argument, that when talk of a Self helps, then use it, but when it obscures don't..but I wonder whether that whole line of thought arose before mass communication and the subsequent opportunities for reification and concretisation of such concepts and if so..whether there i...
by Simon E.
Thu Jul 12, 2018 2:31 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Non Buddhist enlightenment
Replies: 36
Views: 967

Re: Non Buddhist enlightenment

Sorry..I am a pretty simple guy.
Its all too enigmatic for me.
My teachers say that there is no atman, no true self. No double negatives.
But different strokes and all that.. :smile:

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