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by Mkoll
Tue Jun 03, 2014 1:14 am
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Buddhist beliefs
Replies: 27
Views: 2481

Re: Buddhist beliefs

Yes! It's a great question. One of the essentials imo. If you know with certainty that the stories your mind conjures up are not real, why continue (make-)believing in them? Habit, conditioning, fear, dullness, ignorance, misunderstanding. On the "positive" side: Stories are wondrous things, joyous...
by Mkoll
Mon Jun 02, 2014 11:31 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Buddhist beliefs
Replies: 27
Views: 2481

Re: Buddhist beliefs

But as a dyed-in-the-wool skeptic, I have little to none of that faith other posters mentioned. Faith can be cultivated. I had very little faith in the beginning but I have increased it through practice. It was very awkward to begin with but now it's completely natural. However, this took putting m...
by Mkoll
Mon Jun 02, 2014 7:04 pm
Forum: Introductions
Topic: New buddhist.
Replies: 13
Views: 2059

Re: New buddhist.

A good introduction to the Pali Canon is In the Buddha's Words by Ven. Bhikkhu Bodhi.
by Mkoll
Mon Jun 02, 2014 6:22 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Buddhist beliefs
Replies: 27
Views: 2481

Re: Buddhist beliefs

In that sense, I would suggest that the bifurcation is most useful when it's framed in terms of "necessary on the Path" and "tangential to the Path". Psychic powers, seeing rebirth, these are tangential. Knowing the aggregates, seeing clinging, nibbana - these things are necessary. :twothumbsup: On...
by Mkoll
Mon Jun 02, 2014 8:31 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: the most surprising thing you got from Buddhism?
Replies: 20
Views: 1580

Re: the most surprising thing you got from Buddhism?

smcj wrote:I am no longer a frightened pessimist.
:thumbsup:
by Mkoll
Sat May 31, 2014 11:29 am
Forum: Media
Topic: Music time
Replies: 2628
Views: 232730

Re: Music time

Back when trance was good... :smile:

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by Mkoll
Fri May 30, 2014 11:59 pm
Forum: Wellness, Diet and Fitness
Topic: Soreness in thighs.
Replies: 9
Views: 2148

Re: Soreness in thighs.

Some light exercise and followed by light stretching or yoga when the tissues are warm may help.
by Mkoll
Thu May 29, 2014 9:25 am
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: Do you know what happened to Lord Buddha's bowl?
Replies: 6
Views: 1438

Re: Do you know what happened to Lord Buddha's bowl?

DharmaCloud wrote:Who would have filled it?
A dump truck.
by Mkoll
Wed May 28, 2014 8:12 am
Forum: Academic Discussion
Topic: Evidence for karma
Replies: 16
Views: 1817

Re: Evidence for karma

Generally I think it is not a good idea to try and analyse and understand all the ins and outs of karma from a theoretical viewpoint. How it works, and what it produces, is almost impossible to understand from a theoretical viewpoint. A sutta in the Pali Canon echoes this sentiment (my emphasis add...
by Mkoll
Tue May 27, 2014 5:37 am
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: My first of many questions
Replies: 8
Views: 817

Re: My first of many questions

These days, there are enough resources available in print and online that one doesn't need a teacher, though of course it could be helpful. As a rule the people that say that haven't been able to experience a good one. But Pure Land may be different. It depends on the tradition, as asunthatneverset...
by Mkoll
Tue May 27, 2014 5:24 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: The absolute truth in one sentence
Replies: 63
Views: 6262

Re: The absolute truth in one sentence

"Cool Bumper Sticker."
by Mkoll
Tue May 27, 2014 5:21 am
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: My first of many questions
Replies: 8
Views: 817

Re: My first of many questions

These days, there are enough resources available in print and online that one doesn't need a teacher, though of course it could be helpful.
by Mkoll
Mon May 26, 2014 10:20 am
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: help me understand pls?
Replies: 27
Views: 2553

Re: help me understand pls?

einfachich wrote:From my experience I view everything inside us need is time and the right attitude and such rapid transformations are virtually impossible.
I agree. Quick fixes are often inadequate and it pays to be wary of them.
by Mkoll
Mon May 26, 2014 8:29 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Dharma Quotes Thread
Replies: 150
Views: 13643

Re: Dharma Quotes Thread

There has never been found a fire
Which intends, ‘Let me burn the fool,’
But a fool who assaults a fire
Burns himself by his own doing.

-Ven. Mahā Moggallāna, MN 50
by Mkoll
Mon May 26, 2014 8:16 am
Forum: Introductions
Topic: Greetings
Replies: 5
Views: 752

Greetings

Hi,

New to this forum but a regular on the sister site. Glad to be here. :smile:

:cheers:

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