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Rev R

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About Rev R

  • Rank
    Dudeist Priest
  • Birthday 04/15/1975

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  • Gender
    Male
  • Location
    Baltimore, MD
  • Interests
    lots of stuff

    exactly where is the line between an interest and an obsession?
  • More About Me
    father, husband, Zen dude, garden variety fool

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  • Still have any Gods? If so, who or what?
    Mu
  1. "When Bodhisattva Avalokitesvara practised the deep Prajnaparamita, he saw that the five skandhas were empty; thus he overcame all ills and suffering." This is the line to contemplate.
  2. The last few posts explain a lot. Here, take a read over this: http://www.ex-christian.net/blog/180/entry-645-the-meditation-guide/
  3. Gone and got yourself supersized, eh? Good job.

    1. florduh

      florduh

      I'm not worthy, I'm not worthy...

       

      Thanks.

  4. as I have said before: Two starving men arguing which wax apple looks more real They ignore the feast placed before them
  5. "I've been trying to stare at a spot on the wall 5 minutes several times per day, but it's really, really boring." Well, it's not meant to be terribly exciting. What do think you are supposed to be getting out of it? "I don't understand what I'm supposed to be doing when I meditate." The short answer is: 'nothing'. To be more long winded... What you are feeling is pretty normal for folks new to meditation. The point is to allow your mind to settle and calm, clearing the slate for a few minutes, to just watch your thoughts flow past. It takes a lot of practice. My advice (
  6. A few notes: 1. The idea of anatman is not a denial of any metaphysical aspect of existence. Anatman is the idea that there is no permanent and independent essence. If there is a metaphysical component of existence, it too must be interdependent and interpenetrated with all other phenomena. 2. My opinion of "secular Buddhism" is this: Its proponents are just another bunch of people professing to possess the One True Dharma and deriding other views as inferior. My advice? If there are teachings and practices within the various schools of Dharma that you wish to include in your perso
  7. "I'm pretty sure Buddha never said much on whether we had an atman or an an-atman..." Actually, there is an entire discourse on the subject. http://www.accesstoinsight.org/lib/authors/mendis/wheel268.html
  8. "How do you see the monk's lighting themselves on fire in political protest?" It's an unusual practice that rarely is brought up in the West outside the occasional news story. I fail to see how suicide cultivates the virtue necessary for political and social change.
  9. There is no evidence to indicate the existence of a "Mahayana Doctrine". The closest thing that pops out in my mind is the common usage of Asvagosha's "The Awakening of Faith in the Mahayana" or the Lotus Sutra. Trust you own critique based on what you see directly and take Bob's broad brush with a grain of salt.
  10. They already have one. It is called Psychiatry. Well done!
  11. Sorry, I don't know enough about Chronic Normalcy Disorder to offer a decent reply.
  12. I'd say it's a start. On the other hand, maybe the "mind expansion" crowd spoiled the environment for anything productive to come of this.
  13. A physiological event leading to a psychological effect interpreted within the context of a mythic framework. The psychological trauma of the alien abduction victim is real whether it was a brain fart or actually aliens. The "bliss" of the person who experienced oneness is real regardless to brain fart or the reality of a god. You don't have to consider the explanation to be real to acknowledge that both individuals were somehow transformed. Instead of disregarding such things as aberrations, why not learn how to utilize this natural process for some positive end?
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