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by Qing Tian
Mon Oct 21, 2013 1:49 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Disparity: People and practice
Replies: 17
Views: 1835

Re: Disparity: People and practice

True that. Once I used to ask people: so, what do you like about (say) HHDL? And after the stock answer (it really is predictable) concerning world peace and being kind and so on, I would ask how they bring this teaching into their daily lives. This would be met by a lot of hostility. I wasn't reall...
by Qing Tian
Mon Oct 21, 2013 1:23 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Disparity: People and practice
Replies: 17
Views: 1835

Disparity: People and practice

Wondering... Why is there often a disconnect between the religions with which people claim affiliation and the behaviour of those people in everyday life? This seems to be more common in direct proportion to the fervour of the believer. I've personally known people who will festoon every available s...
by Qing Tian
Mon Oct 21, 2013 1:08 am
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Becomeing a buddhist monk in china
Replies: 85
Views: 7057

Re: Becomeing a buddhist monk in china

Okay, this is going to sound harsh but please try to understand it before reacting. You visited as a child. As an adult, travelling alone to a unfamiliar foreign country for the first time is exciting and scary. Especially when you know nobody on the ground. This is magnified if the language and cul...
by Qing Tian
Sun Oct 20, 2013 11:37 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Becomeing a buddhist monk in china
Replies: 85
Views: 7057

Re: Becomeing a buddhist monk in china

I have to ask... well, I don't really... but anyway, have you ever visited another country - specifically one that isn't English speaking?
by Qing Tian
Sun Oct 20, 2013 9:27 pm
Forum: Wellness, Diet and Fitness
Topic: human evolution
Replies: 47
Views: 5939

Re: human evolution

Indeed. And thank you for a stimulating conversation. If nothing else it has highlighted some serious deficiencies in my reasoning process and my ability to communicate effectively. SOmething for me to work on I guess! :bow:
by Qing Tian
Sun Oct 20, 2013 9:25 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Becomeing a buddhist monk in china
Replies: 85
Views: 7057

Re: Becomeing a buddhist monk in china

Umm.... okay, just to clarify. The Shaolin temple mythology is just that, mythology. It has been thoroughly researched and debunked. A simple internet search will reveal the facts. Secondly, both nèijiāquán (internal arts) and wàijiāquán (external arts) require gong fu (kung fu), as does any sphere ...
by Qing Tian
Sun Oct 20, 2013 9:00 pm
Forum: Wellness, Diet and Fitness
Topic: human evolution
Replies: 47
Views: 5939

Re: human evolution

Nemo: The pressures of natural selection based on genes are gone. What you are describing are envoronmental conditions that do not affect gene based natural selection. Environmental conditions do not drive genetic mutation (generally speaking) but do have a marked impact on what survives and what do...
by Qing Tian
Sun Oct 20, 2013 10:23 am
Forum: Wellness, Diet and Fitness
Topic: human evolution
Replies: 47
Views: 5939

Re: human evolution

I think you'll find that this is incorrect. Evolution is ever-present. That we live longer (generally) and have better medical care (once again, generally) does not mean that evolution isn't happening. Currently we are exploiting the resources for all we can get out of them. Also, environmental cond...
by Qing Tian
Sun Oct 20, 2013 2:21 am
Forum: Wellness, Diet and Fitness
Topic: human evolution
Replies: 47
Views: 5939

Re: human evolution

Well, I wasn't going to return to this but... Zhen Li, you misunderstand me. On people rushing to save time you commented: Other than extra time to meditate and practice the path to nirvana? More time to enjoy poetry and nature, more time to spend with family. More time to spend creating and enjoyin...
by Qing Tian
Sat Oct 19, 2013 8:42 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Becomeing a buddhist monk in china
Replies: 85
Views: 7057

Re: Becomeing a buddhist monk in china

uan wrote: My wife is Chinese and I got married in China and it was a process where they kept throwing road blocks and obstacles in our way. What helped was guanxi/connections that forced the process to move forward. And that was just to get married. Even to get my wife over to the US, getting a per...
by Qing Tian
Sat Oct 19, 2013 5:26 am
Forum: Wellness, Diet and Fitness
Topic: human evolution
Replies: 47
Views: 5939

Re: human evolution

I'm sorry Zhen Li, but most of what you have written is incorrect. Whether this is a problem with communication or a lack of perception in mind I do not know. Consider this statement of yours. So, if you find a solution to a problem, you don't consider it improvement? This neatly encapsulates the ty...
by Qing Tian
Thu Oct 17, 2013 8:14 pm
Forum: Wellness, Diet and Fitness
Topic: human evolution
Replies: 47
Views: 5939

Re: human evolution

Agreed, and I think it is important to make that distinction. Evolution does not have a purpose. It is really a record of what survived rather than a predictor of succesful changes to come (if any). On the other hand the human ability to deliberately (albeit imperfectly) shape our future is (at a sm...
by Qing Tian
Thu Oct 17, 2013 8:20 am
Forum: Wellness, Diet and Fitness
Topic: human evolution
Replies: 47
Views: 5939

Re: human evolution

Progress and improvement? There is no progress in evolution. It is not a process with a beginning and an end. Random changes that are resource-advantageous do not represent progress, merely change. In fact, things on the whole have gotten better and easier over human history. Really? What things? Yo...
by Qing Tian
Thu Oct 17, 2013 12:26 am
Forum: Wellness, Diet and Fitness
Topic: human evolution
Replies: 47
Views: 5939

Re: human evolution

Oh boy... You don't need to worry about being objective in asking what we think is better or worse in terms of evolution, because we all know that life is easier when people are more intelligent and stronger because it means less effort needs to be exerted to achieve a goal. Please tell me you don't...
by Qing Tian
Wed Oct 16, 2013 8:49 pm
Forum: Wellness, Diet and Fitness
Topic: human evolution
Replies: 47
Views: 5939

Re: human evolution

Nothing drives genetic change - it is random. When we, as humans, see the legacy of what survives and what does not we have an incorrect tendency to ascribe some sort of pattern to it. There is also the the hidden belief that we have a right to evolve and survive, which is obviously ridiculous. Ther...
by Qing Tian
Tue Oct 15, 2013 12:41 am
Forum: Wellness, Diet and Fitness
Topic: human evolution
Replies: 47
Views: 5939

Re: human evolution

People match up with other people of a similar caliber often. And while there are exceptions and the consideration of environmental factors causing matches of dissimilar genetic caliber, I think the pattern of mate selection would still be expressed strongly. What exactly do mean by 'genetic calibe...
by Qing Tian
Mon Oct 14, 2013 8:42 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Secular world
Replies: 21
Views: 2087

Re: Secular world

Could they repeal the law of gravity as well, please, because frankly, as it is, the Earth sucks. :rolling:
by Qing Tian
Mon Oct 14, 2013 2:57 am
Forum: Wellness, Diet and Fitness
Topic: human evolution
Replies: 47
Views: 5939

Re: human evolution

I confess to being at a loss for words by the sheer absurdity of that article. It fails to convey any real understanding of evolution. Being smart, for example, is not a universal trait of species survival. If it was there would only be smart things on the planet - which is clearly not the case. Sim...
by Qing Tian
Mon Oct 14, 2013 2:46 am
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: How to be mindful of thoughts and emotions?
Replies: 8
Views: 723

Re: How to be mindful of thoughts and emotions?

Smile at it and say 'Hi'.
by Qing Tian
Sun Oct 13, 2013 8:33 pm
Forum: Wellness, Diet and Fitness
Topic: human evolution
Replies: 47
Views: 5939

Re: human evolution

Classes (social) and race are not parts of biological classification (taxonomy).

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