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A question on how you view things... - Dhamma Wheel

A question on how you view things...

Casual discussion amongst spiritual friends.

Would you say as a Buddhist, you see the glass as which of the options and why:

Half full
1
6%
Half empty
0
No votes
containing water
15
94%
 
Total votes: 16

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A question on how you view things...

Postby Stop To Think » Thu Mar 17, 2011 9:05 pm

So was thinking the other day about that old optimist vs pessismist outlook on glass half full glass half empty, and thought I'd run a poll to see how others are inclined to vote, based on their knowledge of Buddhism. This is just for fun, so please lets not get into debates and technicalities :tongue:

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Re: A question on how you view things...

Postby Dan74 » Thu Mar 17, 2011 10:00 pm

You need more options in your poll!

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Re: A question on how you view things...

Postby daverupa » Thu Mar 17, 2011 10:16 pm

Also: the glass is twice as big as it needs to be.

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Re: A question on how you view things...

Postby Kim OHara » Thu Mar 17, 2011 11:48 pm

:meditate:
... the glass and the water in it are merely ripples on the tranquil sea of my mind ...
:meditate:

:namaste:
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Re: A question on how you view things...

Postby chownah » Sat Mar 19, 2011 2:28 am

Where's the glass?
Where's the glass?
Did I miss somthing....I didn't see the glass....
how can I describe a glass if I haven't seen it?
Where's the glass?
chownah

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Nibbida
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Re: A question on how you view things...

Postby Nibbida » Sat Mar 19, 2011 2:52 am

Both the glass and water are empty of inherent existence.

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Re: A question on how you view things...

Postby Fede » Sat Mar 19, 2011 7:24 pm

Oh good grief, people! Just answer the question!

Why is it that everything has to be responded to in some deep way, with highfalutin esoteric meaning??

It's not that hard, and it's not rocket science.
Sometimes, i think people try to be too clever for their own good, and end up sounding like goons....

Do you answer questions like this, IRL, in the same way?


Waitress in Diner: "Hello, what can I get you?"
DWh.member: "Nothing, for whatever you bring is empty of inherent existence. I will eat, but there will be nothing to eat, so if I eat nothing, there will be nothing, and there will be nothing when I have eaten."
Waitress in diner: "O-o-o-o-o-ok......... just a coffee then....?"
(*Thinks: "jeesh, another goofball! Why do I always get 'em??"*)

Quite.....! :roll:
"Samsara: The human condition's heartbreaking inability to sustain contentment." Elizabeth Gilbert, 'Eat, Pray, Love'.

Simplify: 17 into 1 WILL go: Mindfulness!

Quieta movere magna merces videbatur. (Sallust, c.86-c.35 BC)
Translation: Just to stir things up seemed a good reward in itself. ;)

I am sooooo happy - How on earth could I be otherwise?! :D


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Re: A question on how you view things...

Postby octathlon » Sat Mar 19, 2011 7:45 pm

I think they are just having fun with it, Fede. :D I thought about saying some cute answer too, but I couldn't come up with anything. :lol:

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Re: A question on how you view things...

Postby Cal » Sat Mar 19, 2011 10:06 pm

Personally, I see both glass and water as made of atoms and elements. Only at one level of perception are they visibly separate - at a higher or lower level they're pretty indistinguishable. Not trying to be difficult or esoteric.

...but in answer to the question posed. I'd go for glass half empty, though intermittently I don't feel I've even got a glass at all...

Cal



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Re: A question on how you view things...

Postby Kim OHara » Sat Mar 19, 2011 10:37 pm



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