gregkavarnos wrote:Crystal meth, in controlled doses, also increases one capacity to focus. Do you also reccomend crystal meth? The side effects are not so different.Well increased concentration is one, which I took advantage of while working on a degree.
Well, I think you have erred somewhat. The longterm effects of meth are massive weight loss and drug-induced, permanent schizophrenia. This strikes me as just a teeny bit different from the side effects of tobacco. You need better arguments than this to convince anyone of anything.
No, coz during long periods of meditation you start to go into withdrawal and... well, I am sure you know what happens then!Might apply to meditation as well.
I know what happens to me then. I have never had a nic fit while in meditation.
Quite the contrary.It settles the mind.
Sez you. I find it settles my mind very nicely thank you, and I don't have to be in withdrawal for it to work.
I've deleted some weak arguments centred around the idea that some of the benefits can be had without smoking. While such arguments are correct, smokers experience these benefits on a very regular basis, and the possibility of getting those benefits by other means does not change this.
Using Buddhism to justify your addiction? Come now CM, please don't sink that low!It's odd that people speak about smoking as if it were purely, inherently evil. Fortunately the Buddha taught us not to believe in inherent natures and pursue a middle path, one in which we can see everything as it is - a mixture of harm and benefit, in flux, changeable in every moment and often surprising.
No, I'm not using Buddhism to justify smoking, such a thing would be impossible anyhow. I'm simply encouraging people to think of smokers in a Buddhist manner, and that just might include a bit of compassion.