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Thought-provoking new blog

Exploring Theravāda's connections to other paths. What can we learn from other traditions, religions and philosophies?
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Re: Thought-provoking new blog

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Re: Thought-provoking new blog

Postby retrofuturist » Thu May 19, 2011 6:30 am

Yeah, it was a 50/50 bet, that one.

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"Do not force others, including children, by any means whatsoever, to adopt your views, whether by authority, threat, money, propaganda, or even education." - Ven. Thich Nhat Hanh

"The uprooting of identity is seen by the noble ones as pleasurable; but this contradicts what the whole world sees." (Snp 3.12)

"To argue with a person who has renounced the use of reason is like administering medicine to the dead" - Thomas Paine

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Re: Thought-provoking new blog

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Re: Thought-provoking new blog

Postby retrofuturist » Thu May 19, 2011 6:40 am

Lucky I prefaced my comment with "if I recall correctly"

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Metta,
Retro. :)
"Do not force others, including children, by any means whatsoever, to adopt your views, whether by authority, threat, money, propaganda, or even education." - Ven. Thich Nhat Hanh

"The uprooting of identity is seen by the noble ones as pleasurable; but this contradicts what the whole world sees." (Snp 3.12)

"To argue with a person who has renounced the use of reason is like administering medicine to the dead" - Thomas Paine

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Re: Thought-provoking new blog

Postby Jhana4 » Thu May 19, 2011 11:12 am

In reading the scriptures, there are two kinds of mistakes:
One mistake is to cling to the literal text and miss the inner principles.
The second mistake is to recognize the principles but not apply them to your own mind, so that you waste time and just make them into causes of entanglement.

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Re: Thought-provoking new blog

Postby socratessmith » Thu May 19, 2011 7:09 pm

Well, it's nice to see all of the replies here. Thank you everyone. I will just point out – and this will be the last thing I say – that most of the posts I've seen here exemplify speculative non-Buddhism's concern for what it sees as the need to "devitalize Buddhism's postulates." Obviously, Buddhism's claims have a strong hold on many people. If I understand correctly, the blog is advocating for an approach to Buddhism from the stance of a simple non-committed human being, and not from that of a "Buddhist." If you think about it, that's how we evaluate other forms of supposed knowledge, such as science, art, and philosophy. So why not Buddhism? Why is such a commitment required? Whether there is value in such an approach can, of course, only be decided by the individual doing the investigation.

I just got a notice: the blog was updated. There is now a fascinating post called Buddhists of Oz? http://speculativenonbuddhism.wordpress.com/

Oh well, to each his own. Peace to you.

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Re: Thought-provoking new blog

Postby BlackBird » Thu May 19, 2011 8:37 pm

"For a disciple who has conviction in the Teacher's message & lives to penetrate it, what accords with the Dhamma is this:
'The Blessed One is the Teacher, I am a disciple. He is the one who knows, not I." -


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