Faith-based against evidence-based

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Re: Faith-based against evidence-based

Postby Sanjay PS » Fri Oct 04, 2013 4:25 am

Learning to swim , only comes by swimming .

Just to keep on debating on the mechanics of swimming , the quality of the water, the positions of different swimmers, and those who have swum across , without ever taking the plunge will always be meaningless .......

may we all avoid such hiccups .

sanjay
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Re: Faith-based against evidence-based

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Re: Faith-based against evidence-based

Postby appicchato » Fri Oct 04, 2013 8:06 am

I salute all the respondents... :heart:

A few, in particular, rock!...

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Re: Faith-based against evidence-based

Postby lyndon taylor » Fri Oct 04, 2013 8:15 am

Since you have no interest in following the path that everyone has followed to reach enlightenment, and only wish to be enlightened, I suggest your plan has a great big zero chance of success (with your current attitude). The principle point of Buddhism is following the path, anyway, not what you get to at the end of the path, thats just a bonus. If you have no interest in the path, then you really have no interest in Buddhism, no ones going to touch you with a genie wand and make you enlightened, a lot of work is involved, and if you don't enjoy the work(or right effort) of following the path, you probably wouldn't enjoy enlightenment either.
18 years ago I made one of the most important decisions of my life and entered a local Cambodian Buddhist Temple as a temple boy and, for only 3 weeks, an actual Therevada Buddhist monk. I am not a scholar, great meditator, or authority on Buddhism, but Buddhism is something I love from the Bottom of my heart. It has taught me sobriety, morality, peace, and very importantly that my suffering is optional, and doesn't have to run my life. I hope to give back what little I can to the Buddhist community, sincerely former monk John

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Re: Faith-based against evidence-based

Postby Sanjay PS » Fri Oct 04, 2013 10:59 am

The Path of Dhamma

The path of Dhamma is no picnic . It is a strenuous march steeply up the hill . If all the comrades desert you , Walk alone ! Walk alone ! with all the Thrill !!

U S.N. Goenka

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Re: Faith-based against evidence-based

Postby Spiny Norman » Fri Oct 04, 2013 12:06 pm

"My religion is very simple - my religion is ice-cream."
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Re: Faith-based against evidence-based

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Re: Faith-based against evidence-based

Postby Justsit » Sat Oct 05, 2013 12:53 am

You may find of interest.
Not written from a Theravadan perspective, but wisdom can be found in many places.

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Re: Faith-based against evidence-based

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Re: Faith-based against evidence-based

Postby Justsit » Sat Oct 05, 2013 3:28 pm

Many people can learn from reading books, but since you apparently cannot, perhaps speaking to a living person is a better alternative for you. The author of the book I recommended is alive. Why don't you go talk to him? He has very practical advice. :smile:

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Re: Faith-based against evidence-based

Postby chownah » Sat Oct 05, 2013 3:47 pm

There is clearly too much stuff to read on just about any topic........seems you need to develop some discernment about how to find texts with a reasonable chance of being credible.......but of course that would not only require developing discernment but also in having faith that your mind is capable of developing and exercising discernment....and I am fully aware of your lack of faith in yourself.....probably a vestige of your catholic upbringing.

Isn't a lot of this thread about your inability to trust your own judgement.
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Re: Faith-based against evidence-based

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