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by randomseb
Tue May 14, 2013 5:14 am
Forum: Meditation
Topic: shine/shamatha techniques
Replies: 17
Views: 3663

Re: shine/shamatha techniques

My mahamudra teacher is having me do shamata by just stare at a small object a few feet in front of me, and to focus on my diaphragm breathing, concentrating my attention on both at the same time. In the Surangama Sutra the Buddha talks about how if you "purify" one sensory stream, you "purify" them...
by randomseb
Mon May 13, 2013 6:51 pm
Forum: Nyingma
Topic: Are there Really Naljor in the west?
Replies: 19
Views: 2997

Re: Are there Really Naljor in the west?

Ultimately, it's all about mind, so none of these things actually matter... Actually, it is just as valid to say: Ultimately, it's all about mind, so ALL of these things actually matter since (the "things") are also nothing else but mind. ;) My teacher gave me a lay teachers "bathrobe" to wear, wit...
by randomseb
Sun May 12, 2013 2:40 pm
Forum: Pure Land
Topic: Chanting the name of a god?
Replies: 52
Views: 10333

Re: Chanting the name of a god?

From my perspective it doesn't matter what you chant, as the purpose isn't in the word symbols, which are meaningless anyway, but in setting up a mental object unto which to focus your awareness attention in order to "purify" one of your senses, in this case that of the brain-sense
by randomseb
Sun May 12, 2013 5:40 am
Forum: Meditation
Topic: Stopping thoughts?
Replies: 42
Views: 7888

Re: Stopping thoughts?

I've noticed in myself that after a couple of hours of doing shamata my arising-extinguising thoughts become very subtle background noise, the gentle wave mentioned in a post above, as opposed to the big attention grabbing woosh of every day thought.. This is by just being with the thoughts as they ...
by randomseb
Sun May 12, 2013 5:14 am
Forum: Nyingma
Topic: Are there Really Naljor in the west?
Replies: 19
Views: 2997

Re: Are there Really Naljor in the west?

This, it would appear to me, would depend on one's attachment to samsara, and the trappings involved in the form structure of the religion therein.. Ultimately, it's all about mind, so none of these things actually matter, unless of course, you need these constant reminders to retain your focus on t...
by randomseb
Thu May 09, 2013 11:49 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Artificial Intelligence & Sentience
Replies: 61
Views: 8165

Re: Artificial Intelligence & Sentience

Our "intelligence" is an arising pattern that emerges from the complexity of the interaction of billions of individual lifeforms in our head.. Do you think we can replicate this artificially?
by randomseb
Thu May 09, 2013 6:00 am
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Cryonic Preservation and Rebirth
Replies: 76
Views: 10195

Re: Cryonic Preservation and Rebirth

The best place for AI to thrive is in space, due to abundant solar power and the ability to live in vacuum, right, and if they have some kind of self-replicating ability, say via some kind of nanobot technology, there's no reason they never need to bother with a nasty, humid planet, which is a terri...
by randomseb
Thu May 09, 2013 5:50 am
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Cryonic Preservation and Rebirth
Replies: 76
Views: 10195

Re: Cryonic Preservation and Rebirth

If we're still talking about AI, I think people intuitively fear the idea, because they know on some level that if AI did happen, the fate of our species would be the same as that of the neanderthals. How so? An AI doesn't need to compete for resources against us, unlike the neanderthal which essen...
by randomseb
Thu May 09, 2013 5:39 am
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Cryonic Preservation and Rebirth
Replies: 76
Views: 10195

Re: Cryonic Preservation and Rebirth

No sir, this is an argument-conducting opinion propagation service for self-enhancing righteousness generation, see? One major difference is that a machine is based on linear gear-like principles, as opposed to the emergent properties of organisms. Emergent behavior is what makes massive flocks of ...
by randomseb
Thu May 09, 2013 5:26 am
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Cryonic Preservation and Rebirth
Replies: 76
Views: 10195

Re: Cryonic Preservation and Rebirth

On that subject I am thinking we all know many a living creature who barely qualifies as sentient, yet is still labeled "human being", so...
by randomseb
Thu May 09, 2013 4:59 am
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Cryonic Preservation and Rebirth
Replies: 76
Views: 10195

Re: Cryonic Preservation and Rebirth

For those who don't watch movies and want in on that farce:

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1234548/

:rolling:


:offtopic: :oops:

:rules: :techproblem:

:focus:
by randomseb
Thu May 09, 2013 4:55 am
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Cryonic Preservation and Rebirth
Replies: 76
Views: 10195

Re: Cryonic Preservation and Rebirth

Don't make me stare at you!

:shock:
by randomseb
Thu May 09, 2013 4:39 am
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Cryonic Preservation and Rebirth
Replies: 76
Views: 10195

Re: Cryonic Preservation and Rebirth

Jesse wrote: Oh. This Forum is a fancy gadget that has allowed all of us to learn and grow on our spiritual paths. Damned gadgets!
No sir, this is an argument-conducting opinion propagation service for self-enhancing righteousness generation, see?
by randomseb
Thu May 09, 2013 4:25 am
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Cryonic Preservation and Rebirth
Replies: 76
Views: 10195

Re: Cryonic Preservation and Rebirth

The universe is beautiful in such a way, that we can use the same principles from which it is constructed to create anything we can imagine. While this is all very nice and good, the purpose here is to step outside of the universe, because this universe is a product of your own mind. So by creating...
by randomseb
Thu May 09, 2013 4:20 am
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Cryonic Preservation and Rebirth
Replies: 76
Views: 10195

Re: Cryonic Preservation and Rebirth

A computer is based on a linear processing process, whereas a brain is a massively parallel emergent process. While it might be possible some day in the future to program a couple billion chips, each with millions of connections to neighboring chips, to work in an emergent pattern, this is not an ea...
by randomseb
Thu May 09, 2013 1:24 am
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Cryonic Preservation and Rebirth
Replies: 76
Views: 10195

Re: Cryonic Preservation and Rebirth

If the future and the past all exist as a result of the present, there's no reason why a cryopsycle would acquire a rebirth if it is going to be reanimated at some point, but if it would never get reanimated then it would perhaps acquire a rebirth, see?
by randomseb
Wed May 08, 2013 1:26 am
Forum: Mahamudra
Topic: Mahamudra and tantra
Replies: 65
Views: 22056

Re: Mahamudra and tantra

I once was told that mahamudra is sort of the Tibetan version of Zen practice, if that's of any help to anyone in making a frame of reference. Assuming one's studied and contemplated the texts of the Patriarchs and ancient Masters, as opposed to just sitting militantly in some modern group

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by randomseb
Tue May 07, 2013 4:35 pm
Forum: Mahamudra
Topic: Mahamudra and tantra
Replies: 65
Views: 22056

Re: Mahamudra and tantra

Mahamudra seems to be the highest level of practice in the Kagyu lineage, and the Karmapa said Trungpa was "The Guy" in the West for Kagyu, at the time, so this doesn't make too much sense, but then again Trungpa might have been addressing the attachments of a specific crowd, something that happens ...
by randomseb
Mon May 06, 2013 6:41 am
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: single, plural, or neither?
Replies: 11
Views: 1625

Re: single, plural, or neither?

a diamond wrapped in dirty cloth and all that (defilements). That seems fairly similar to my metaphor of a massive pile of dark storm clouds {of defilements forming ego} obscuring the clear blue sky {of mind} through which radiates the shining {awareness-light of the} sun.. I wonder if I mean the s...
by randomseb
Sun May 05, 2013 4:41 am
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Seeking advices and answers
Replies: 6
Views: 1497

Re: Seeking advices and answers

Transmigration: the sum of everything you are now is the stamp that imprints what you become in your future state. In the context of rebirth: The you that is you at the moment is a function of the body, and this ends at death. But the impulses and neuroses are stamped into your next life, so that wh...

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