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Hi! Any rational people out there?

Postby alan » Wed Sep 30, 2009 3:29 am

Recently found your forum. I'm hoping to discuss Dhamma with intelligent, sane people. All too often I run up against mushy-minded new-agey crystals and pyramid types--or worse!
I'm a photographer, currently working in New England (USA), heading off to Asia in November. Second time through Handful of leaves, it has been a revelation. I've found accesstoinsight to be an incredible resource. I'd like to talk to others on the path. The non-crazy ones, I mean.
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Re: Hi! Any rational people out there?

Postby retrofuturist » Wed Sep 30, 2009 3:34 am

Greetings Alan,

Welcome to Dhamma Wheel.

No crystals here :tongue:

P.S. You might want to have a look at the different sub-forums here, get a feel of what they're each about (and any forum-specific guidelines they may possess) and use this categorisation to customise your experience here by steering clear of that which won't be of interest to you.

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: Hi! Any rational people out there?

Postby Cittasanto » Wed Sep 30, 2009 3:49 am

NO sorry if you find anyone who is sane and rational slap them with a kipper 60 times while singing the birdy song off key in e minor, then youll see just how sane and rational they really are!
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IhJQp-q1Y1s
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He who knows only his own side of the case knows little of that. His reasons may be good, and no one may have been able to refute them.
But if he is equally unable to refute the reasons on the opposite side, if he does not so much as know what they are, he has no ground for preferring either opinion …
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He must be able to hear them from persons who actually believe them … he must know them in their most plausible and persuasive form.

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Re: Hi! Any rational people out there?

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Re: Hi! Any rational people out there?

Postby Cittasanto » Wed Sep 30, 2009 3:58 am



He who knows only his own side of the case knows little of that. His reasons may be good, and no one may have been able to refute them.
But if he is equally unable to refute the reasons on the opposite side, if he does not so much as know what they are, he has no ground for preferring either opinion …
...
He must be able to hear them from persons who actually believe them … he must know them in their most plausible and persuasive form.

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Re: Hi! Any rational people out there?

Postby pink_trike » Wed Sep 30, 2009 4:12 am

Greetings! In my experience, people interested in the Dharma fall on a spectrum ranging from rational to irrational and every point in between, by Dharma subject. The Dharma gently nudges everyone toward the middle ground.
Vision is Mind
Mind is Empty
Emptiness is Clear Light
Clear Light is Union
Union is Great Bliss

- Dawa Gyaltsen

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Re: Hi! Any rational people out there?

Postby Jechbi » Wed Sep 30, 2009 4:15 am

Welcome. It's an interesting mix.

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Re: Hi! Any rational people out there?

Postby BlackBird » Wed Sep 30, 2009 4:24 am

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'The Blessed One is the Teacher, I am a disciple. He is the one who knows, not I." -

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Re: Hi! Any rational people out there?

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Re: Hi! Any rational people out there?

Postby alan » Wed Sep 30, 2009 4:35 am

So it seems. But what better way to welcome a new friend than with some absurdist humor?

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Re: Hi! Any rational people out there?

Postby David N. Snyder » Wed Sep 30, 2009 4:37 am

:hello:

Welcome to Dhamma Wheel!
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Re: Hi! Any rational people out there?

Postby zavk » Wed Sep 30, 2009 5:15 am

Welcome.
With metta,
zavk

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Re: Hi! Any rational people out there?

Postby Ben » Wed Sep 30, 2009 6:12 am

Hi Alan
Welcome to Dhamma Wheel!
Hope to see some of your contributions soon!
cheers

Ben
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Re: Hi! Any rational people out there?

Postby Sanghamitta » Wed Sep 30, 2009 7:59 am

The going for refuge is the door of entrance to the teachings of the Buddha.

Bhikku Bodhi.

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Re: Hi! Any rational people out there?

Postby Cittasanto » Wed Sep 30, 2009 10:34 am



He who knows only his own side of the case knows little of that. His reasons may be good, and no one may have been able to refute them.
But if he is equally unable to refute the reasons on the opposite side, if he does not so much as know what they are, he has no ground for preferring either opinion …
...
He must be able to hear them from persons who actually believe them … he must know them in their most plausible and persuasive form.

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Re: Hi! Any rational people out there?

Postby alan » Wed Sep 30, 2009 2:12 pm

If what you mean is that the Pythons were a troupe of enlightened beings, I concur.

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Re: Hi! Any rational people out there?

Postby Cittasanto » Wed Sep 30, 2009 2:48 pm



He who knows only his own side of the case knows little of that. His reasons may be good, and no one may have been able to refute them.
But if he is equally unable to refute the reasons on the opposite side, if he does not so much as know what they are, he has no ground for preferring either opinion …
...
He must be able to hear them from persons who actually believe them … he must know them in their most plausible and persuasive form.

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Re: Hi! Any rational people out there?

Postby Sanghamitta » Wed Sep 30, 2009 3:02 pm

The going for refuge is the door of entrance to the teachings of the Buddha.

Bhikku Bodhi.

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Re: Hi! Any rational people out there?

Postby alan » Wed Sep 30, 2009 3:14 pm

Guess I should have inserted one of those silly little yellow people. I didn't think anyone would take that too seriously...


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