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western cynicism/eastern credulity.

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Re: western cynicism/eastern credulity.

Postby shjohnk » Sat Jan 29, 2011 7:46 am

Ajahn Brahmavamso is British (Aussie citizen now I think?) and talks matter of factly about experiencing ghosts, including helping to persuade one to move out of the house it had occupied as a human in Perth, Australia.

For me, if there are no ghosts, devas etc, it would also bring in to question other dhammic teachings, much as I find the Christian Bible unbelievable as soon as they mention there being a firmamament between the earth and the sky (That's just me, I'm not attacking Christianity). If there are no decvas, how was it taht Anathapindika visited the Buddhas as a Deva after being rebornn as one? If there were no devas, how is it that there are Suttas that are supposed records of talks given to Devas? That's a lot of 'metaphor' there and to introduce patent lies in to the Sutta mix would seem to be bizarrely unbuddhist, the compiler of such a 'Sutta' would be violating the precept against false speech wouldn't they?

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Re: western cynicism/eastern credulity.

Postby retrofuturist » Sun Jan 30, 2011 10:50 pm

"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: western cynicism/eastern credulity.

Postby andre9999 » Sun Jan 30, 2011 11:51 pm

I don't argue the classical elements' use in Buddhist, metaphysical, or metaphorical sense. What I said was in reference to the nonsense statement that science is "more myth".

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