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by Herb Caplan
Fri Jul 12, 2019 4:10 am
Forum: Secular Buddhism, secular Dharma
Topic: Imagine no religion
Replies: 0
Views: 91

Imagine no religion

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by Herb Caplan
Sun Apr 14, 2019 2:07 am
Forum: News, current events, politics
Topic: Religious nones are the new #1
Replies: 3
Views: 408

Re: Religious nones are the new #1

On the other hand, could a society of religious nones be amoral? For now. They are piggybacking on the Judeo-Christian (or Confucian or Buddhist in China) morals that already existed as the foundation of the societies they live in. If you ask them, they will repeat morals that are exact or near ide...
by Herb Caplan
Tue Mar 26, 2019 11:34 pm
Forum: Engaged Buddhism, engaged Dharma
Topic: A Critique of Engaged Buddhism
Replies: 19
Views: 2736

Re: A Critique of Engaged Buddhism

Good post.

The point of Buddhism is to escape the world, not make it a """better place""".
by Herb Caplan
Tue Mar 26, 2019 11:19 pm
Forum: Secular Buddhism, secular Dharma
Topic: Atheists: If it doesn't make sense to me, I don't believe it
Replies: 0
Views: 512

Atheists: If it doesn't make sense to me, I don't believe it

I don't have any faith in anything. Religion just doesn't make sense. God? I don't see any gods. My sensory perception of reality is infallible. My reasoning abilities are perfect. There's no way something can be true but impossible for me to personally understand it. That's why I'm an Atheist™. htt...
by Herb Caplan
Sun Feb 03, 2019 2:45 am
Forum: General Dharma comparisons
Topic: Engineered form of Buddhism
Replies: 17
Views: 2082

Re: Engineered form of Buddhism

Then you will have yet another form of Buddhism.

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by Herb Caplan
Sun Feb 03, 2019 2:34 am
Forum: General Dharma comparisons
Topic: Buddhism and gender equality are incompatible ideologies
Replies: 5
Views: 1261

Re: Buddhism and gender equality are incompatible ideologies

What???!!!

You mean the political sensibilities that happen to be popular in the era that I happen to be born in AREN'T absolute law???

Shame on you! The Buddha (blessed be the arahant) would definitely be a Bernie supporter if he were here today.
by Herb Caplan
Sun Feb 03, 2019 2:22 am
Forum: General Dharma comparisons
Topic: Fibonacci sequence
Replies: 6
Views: 1215

Re: Fibonacci sequence

There are other more impressive examples of nature following observable mathematical patterns. Or what about the unobservable patterns—the behavior of stars, black holes, or small molecules in a test tube can be computed exactly. Proves nothing about [g, G]od. The existence of rules in nature doesn'...
by Herb Caplan
Sun Feb 03, 2019 1:44 am
Forum: Secular Buddhism, secular Dharma
Topic: The Promise of Reward
Replies: 2
Views: 647

The Promise of Reward

Once Olds and Milner had discovered the “pleasure” center of their rat’s brain, they set to work demonstrating just how euphoric stimulating this area of the brain was. First they starved the rat for twenty-four hours, then placed him in the middle of a short tunnel with food at both ends. Normally,...
by Herb Caplan
Thu Mar 22, 2018 11:15 pm
Forum: Secular Buddhism, secular Dharma
Topic: This guy says he saw an image of the Buddha while on DMT
Replies: 3
Views: 1219

Re: This guy says he saw an image of the Buddha while on DMT

Is DMT the same thing as Ayahuasca? Or is it that Ayahuasca contains DMT? Ayahuasca has DMT in it and is ingested by drinking it instead of smoking it. Otherwise it's the same thing. Interesting, I see that Joe Rogan is an agnostic, raised Catholic but now appears to have some interest in Dharma du...
by Herb Caplan
Wed Mar 21, 2018 10:53 pm
Forum: Secular Buddhism, secular Dharma
Topic: This guy says he saw an image of the Buddha while on DMT
Replies: 3
Views: 1219

This guy says he saw an image of the Buddha while on DMT

Go to 7:35



Many other people say the same thing, that they saw a sitting full lotus Buddha while on DMT.

Is this really a coincidence?
by Herb Caplan
Fri Dec 15, 2017 3:31 am
Forum: Health, wellness and fitness
Topic: Monks should only consume Soylent
Replies: 8
Views: 1332

Re: Monks should only consume Soylent

DNS wrote:
Thu Dec 14, 2017 3:50 am
I heard it's a good way to lose weight.
So from my posting, you assume I'm fat?
by Herb Caplan
Thu Dec 14, 2017 3:17 am
Forum: Health, wellness and fitness
Topic: Monks should only consume Soylent
Replies: 8
Views: 1332

Monks should only consume Soylent

https://images-na.ssl-images-amazon.com/images/I/7164fPb6%2BhL._SL1500_.jpg Or some similar product which is a tasteless and vegan meal replacement drink that supplies all the nutrients a person needs. If they need tasteful cooked or processed food with animal products, then they have no business b...
by Herb Caplan
Thu Dec 14, 2017 2:16 am
Forum: General Dharma comparisons
Topic: Religion quiz
Replies: 4
Views: 968

Re: Religion quiz

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by Herb Caplan
Thu Dec 14, 2017 2:06 am
Forum: General Dharma comparisons
Topic: Various paths, ranked
Replies: 1
Views: 742

Various paths, ranked

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by Herb Caplan
Thu Dec 14, 2017 1:30 am
Forum: Engaged Buddhism, engaged Dharma
Topic: Charity is Judeo-Christian and anti-Buddhist
Replies: 2
Views: 3807

Charity is Judeo-Christian and anti-Buddhist

Reminder that's especially relevant for the Christmas season: The Buddha said you should only donate to worthy, proven monks (hint: if they have 1 post on any Buddhist forum, they fail this test) or such members of your sangha. If someone asks you to donate to a charity and the people who would be r...
by Herb Caplan
Tue Feb 07, 2017 3:02 am
Forum: News, current events, politics
Topic: I'll just leave this here
Replies: 7
Views: 1955

I'll just leave this here

"In crossing the river [from Saṃsāra to enlightenment] (...) crocodiles are a designation for women." Gautama Buddha, Majjhima Nikāya 3 "If it were not for women being admitted into [our order], my teachings would have lasted 1000 years, now they will not last 500." Gautama Buddha, Dīgha Nikāya 3 "W...
by Herb Caplan
Tue Feb 07, 2017 2:53 am
Forum: General Dharma comparisons
Topic: the great Nirvana debate
Replies: 57
Views: 11377

Re: the great Nirvana debate

existence in a buddha/siddhi-field / realm

In modern terms, nibbana is what's outside of the simulation.
by Herb Caplan
Sun Jan 29, 2017 7:12 pm
Forum: Abrahamic contemplative traditions, general comparisons
Topic: /subforum
Replies: 7
Views: 2247

Re: /subforum

Nicholas wrote:What site did this nifty image come from?
Dharmapaths.com. Photoshopped it from this painting of Plato's Cave. You are free to post it anywhere.
by Herb Caplan
Sun Jan 29, 2017 5:25 am
Forum: Abrahamic contemplative traditions, general comparisons
Topic: /subforum
Replies: 7
Views: 2247

/subforum

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