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by futerko
Mon Dec 09, 2013 9:14 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Does software pirating break the second precept?
Replies: 105
Views: 7702

Re: Does software pirating break the second precept?

Debating the technicalities of whether this is theft, or receiving stolen property, or not, strikes me as rather misplaced. On the one side - of course corporate property laws designed for maximum profit and establishing a monopoly are suspect and bordering on the exploitative. On the other - the d...
by futerko
Mon Dec 09, 2013 8:49 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Does software pirating break the second precept?
Replies: 105
Views: 7702

Re: Does software pirating break the second precept?

Debating the technicalities of whether this is theft, or receiving stolen property, or not, strikes me as rather misplaced. On the one side - of course corporate property laws designed for maximum profit and establishing a monopoly are suspect and bordering on the exploitative. On the other - the de...
by futerko
Mon Dec 09, 2013 11:14 am
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Does software pirating break the second precept?
Replies: 105
Views: 7702

Re: Does software pirating break the second precept?

I'm so sorry but which part of piracy do you feel is justified? You may feel that prices are too high, or that it is unfair that you cannot afford something that other people can afford. All that points to is your continual attachment to desire. As a dharma practitioner you should know this and be ...
by futerko
Sun Dec 08, 2013 1:21 am
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Ignorant awareness
Replies: 4
Views: 741

Re: Ignorant awareness

First, I've made the most headway when not caring so much about the distraction but the moment right before. I notice a subtle feeling of lifting off the object. It feels like the attention slackens, then the floodgates of thoughts open. But this can't be right, since there's not some independent m...
by futerko
Fri Dec 06, 2013 7:06 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: It's a sign / Magical thinking is stupid
Replies: 150
Views: 9608

Re: It's a sign / Magical thinking is stupid

Magical thinking is basically any kind of concept that is not founded in some sort of empirical causal evidence. In fact, rationalism is based precisely on the hypothesis that concepts and knowledge are gained independently of empirical sensory experience. http://plato.stanford.edu/entries/rational...
by futerko
Fri Dec 06, 2013 6:00 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: It's a sign / Magical thinking is stupid
Replies: 150
Views: 9608

Re: It's a sign / Magical thinking is stupid

Magical thinking is basically any kind of concept that is not founded in some sort of empirical causal evidence. In fact, rationalism is based precisely on the hypothesis that concepts and knowledge are gained independently of empirical sensory experience. http://plato.stanford.edu/entries/rational...
by futerko
Fri Dec 06, 2013 6:57 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Namo Amitabha Buddha, True and False
Replies: 85
Views: 6632

Re: Namo Amitabha Buddha, True and False

Yes, it is a place :smile: I also believe that the descriptions are images and symbols to understand the Pure Land, not actual descriptions. Pure Land is real, but we have to see more than the literal descriptions, of course. I also don't believe it's a world in this dimension, because this dimensi...
by futerko
Thu Dec 05, 2013 10:57 pm
Forum: Prayers and Aspirations
Topic: Husband's grandfather dying
Replies: 5
Views: 813

Re: Husband's grandfather dying

May Mr. Ellis and all beings be well, happy and peaceful. May Mr. Ellis get the medicine and the care he needs to rest his body and mind. May he be completely at peace. May he be calm. May he be free of all pain and discomfort. May he directly see his pure nature and rest. Seconded (as I can't impr...
by futerko
Thu Dec 05, 2013 10:15 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: about karma: What does a snail have to do to reincarnate? Le
Replies: 12
Views: 1424

Re: about karma: What does a snail have to do to reincarnate

tatpurusa wrote:... just be absolutely snail as a snail is ...

but beware of psychopathic snails! They tend to imitate humans and profit from other snails, even dead. Actually they thrive on
dead snail corpses .. :( :crazy:
Yeah, they're just a shell of their former selves! :tongue:
by futerko
Thu Dec 05, 2013 12:52 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: It's a sign / Magical thinking is stupid
Replies: 150
Views: 9608

Re: It's a sign / Magical thinking is stupid

Is there any way to practice Tibetan Buddhism and not be involved in what atheists would consider magical thinking? I'd think once one accepts rebirth, let alone such minutiae as oath-bound dharmapalas, divinations, etc, its all one big hoodoo throwdown from a strict rationalist's perspective. I th...
by futerko
Thu Dec 05, 2013 12:47 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Namo Amitabha Buddha, True and False
Replies: 85
Views: 6632

Re: Namo Amitabha Buddha, True and False

you neglect this article is used by a group who does not think the Pure Land is a literal place you can be reborn into and has instead redefined the term "Pureland" to mean "Enlightenment" Yes, of course, I was merely writing about the article itself. I have no interest in how other groups might di...
by futerko
Thu Dec 05, 2013 12:01 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: It's a sign / Magical thinking is stupid
Replies: 150
Views: 9608

Re: It's a sign / Magical thinking is stupid

Is there any way to practice Tibetan Buddhism and not be involved in what atheists would consider magical thinking? I'd think once one accepts rebirth, let alone such minutiae as oath-bound dharmapalas, divinations, etc, its all one big hoodoo throwdown from a strict rationalist's perspective. I th...
by futerko
Wed Dec 04, 2013 7:16 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Namo Amitabha Buddha, True and False
Replies: 85
Views: 6632

Re: Namo Amitabha Buddha, True and False

So I take it you dont accept that the Pure Land is a literal place you can be reborn into to practice under the Buddha and attain Enlightenment.....and Im assuming you will not accept this passage that says the Pure Land is a literal place of rebirth to practice in "In this world, you should extens...
by futerko
Wed Dec 04, 2013 4:08 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Learn from the Animals
Replies: 2
Views: 334

Re: Learn from the Animals

plwk wrote:So what have you learned from animals?
That poor short term memory can easily pass for forgiveness. :tongue:
by futerko
Wed Dec 04, 2013 12:48 am
Forum: Media
Topic: The Three Values Of Science
Replies: 43
Views: 2305

Re: The Three Values Of Science

Good wrap of the issues around Thomas Nagel's Mind and Cosmos is Andrew Ferguson's The Heretic . Pretty surprising progression of ideas from Dennet there; - "the components of the manifest image are illusory," - "They “exist in a special way,” which is to say, ultimately, not at all." - "...destroy...
by futerko
Tue Dec 03, 2013 5:04 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Namo Amitabha Buddha, True and False
Replies: 85
Views: 6632

Re: Namo Amitabha Buddha, True and False

As far as Non duality/Middle way goes your "version" of the middle way doesnt even resemble the Buddhas teachings on the actual middle way subject. http://www.accesstoinsight.org/lib/authors/bodhi/bps-essay_27.html Since all schools of Buddhism reject the idea of the Atman, none can accept the non-...
by futerko
Tue Dec 03, 2013 4:55 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Namo Amitabha Buddha, True and False
Replies: 85
Views: 6632

Re: Namo Amitabha Buddha, True and False

Real as in trully existing to be experienced not just some concept or allegory And again your ignoring the fact the author doesnt cover the basic purpose for the Pure Land. I believe in that which is unconditioned and beyond space and time .....I think its called a nomenom The whole point of the ar...
by futerko
Tue Dec 03, 2013 4:22 pm
Forum: Dharma Stories
Topic: Marriage – a Dhamma point of view
Replies: 77
Views: 11099

Re: Marriage – a Dhamma point of view

greentara wrote:Here's one of my favorite Buffett quotes: "It's kind of ... "What's the secret of a great marriage? It's not looks, nor intelligence, nor money -- it's low expectations."
There's alot of truth to the above quote.
:rolling:
by futerko
Tue Dec 03, 2013 4:21 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Anatta experience ?
Replies: 13
Views: 1180

Re: Anatta experience ?

Panegalli wrote: ...sometimes there was a face and I just saw a bunch of unrelated objects.
Who saw them? :tongue:
by futerko
Tue Dec 03, 2013 4:20 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Blessings
Replies: 6
Views: 604

Re: Blessings

What you probably felt was the free flow of energy.

The reason for not making too big a deal out of it is to avoid clinging to experiences of any kind.

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