dharmagoat wrote:I do not believe ghosts do not exist, but I have no belief that they do. I do not ask for proof, acknowledging that proof is not possible, either way.
dharmagoat wrote:I challenge the notion that "seeing is believing" because perception is known to be influenced by one's expectations. Studies in psychology illustrate this time and time again, and if we maintain an open mind, we find that our experiences corroborate this.
This I content against. Perhaps your experiences corroborate this in your personal experience/encounters, but it doesn't mean this is case for others. If one truly maintains an open mind, then one has to admit that the experience of others may be valid and true. If not, one is just paying lip service to the idea of "an open mind".
dharmagoat wrote: I do not suggest that people who experience spirits are "nuts". I have already acknowledged that those able to accept the reality of deities have a distinct advantage when practicing Vajrayana.
Well, I based that remark on your previous comment on hallucinations. As Blue Garuda pointed out, there are a lot of assumptions and assertions that people are just lying, mistaken or delusional when they report their supernatural encounters - this is disingenuous and unfairly dismissive.
When I set out to lead humanity along my Golden Path I promised a lesson their bones would remember. I know a profound pattern humans deny with words even while their actions affirm it. They say they seek security and quiet, conditions they call peace. Even as they speak, they create seeds of turmoil and violence.
- Leto II, the God Emperor