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The concept of nirvana occupies a unique place in Buddhist thought – not just because it represents the culmination of the Buddhist path, and not just because it represents the nicest imaginable place to be, but also because of the way it straddles the two sides of Buddhism.

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There is, on the one hand, the naturalistic side of Buddhism, featuring ideas that would fit easily into a college psychology or philosophy course: ideas about the nature of the mind, about the causes of human suffering, and about how we should live our lives in light of these realities. These are the ideas that form the core of the ‘secular Buddhism' that is practised by many in the West. Indeed, so naturalistic, so ‘secular', is this set of ideas that some people see Buddhist meditation as more of a therapeutic than a spiritual undertaking, as basically palliative and not too profound. That's a particularly common view of the kind of Buddhist meditation known as mindfulness meditation – which is sometimes packaged in the frankly therapeutic form of ‘mindfulness-based stress reduction'.

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I think I just leveled in Weird. But I'm not sure. On the other hand, there is no way to be sure of that, trust me....

#1 | Posted by HeliumRat at 2018-05-12 07:17 PM | Reply

"Underlying this whole endeavour is a highly mechanistic conception of how the mind works. The idea is to finely sense the workings of the machine and use that understanding to rewire it, to subvert its programming, to radically alter its response to the causes, the conditions, impinging on it. Doing this doesn't let you enter ‘the unconditioned' in the strict sense; it doesn't let you literally escape the realm of cause and effect. Then again, airplanes don't literally defy the law of gravity. But they still fly."

- conclusion

#2 | Posted by HeliumRat at 2018-05-12 09:04 PM | Reply

How to reach nirvana

You take the lime and the coconut
And shake it all up

You take your junk and your coca
And put in a spoon
And then you heat up

And Jack it in your arm.

Oo oo woo.

Bliss

#3 | Posted by bruceaz at 2018-05-12 11:05 PM | Reply

#3 I had an old friend from high-school for a long time. He was a real rebel. But he started doing serious drugs. One day he told me "snort it and waste it, shoot it and taste it".

He's dead now. Also, I had another friend who had a song written about him. It goes "Sold my car, sold my house, lost my job: cocaine". Here is the documentary he made of it on youtube for his diary: www.youtube.com

#4 | Posted by HeliumRat at 2018-05-12 11:51 PM | Reply

Well that YouTube video was Clapton singing a JJ Kale song.

But I wasn't trying to be facetious or anything. Opiates mixed with cocaine can bring great joy. That's why people do it.

Nirvana

#5 | Posted by bruceaz at 2018-05-13 12:11 AM | Reply

#5 Well, the joke goes you you replace the first lines in the song around "She don't lie, she don't lie, she don't lie: cocaine" with "Sold my car, sold my house, lost my job: cocaine". Knowing that, listen to this excellent documentary again. Because that really is what is. I have actually seen that twice.

#6 | Posted by HeliumRat at 2018-05-13 12:24 AM | Reply

Hrat, like I said , I wasn't being facetious. I've traveled the road myself.

#7 | Posted by bruceaz at 2018-05-13 01:00 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

Nirvana?

The guy was a mess. I think he killed himself or worse.

Either way, his music sucked.

www.youtube.com

#8 | Posted by J_Tremain at 2018-05-13 03:19 AM | Reply

#8 | Posted by J_Tremain Either way, his music sucked.

Okay. Now you have crossed the line. It's one thing for a native Texan not to dry jerky in his windows, but its another to come after Curt Cobain.

Yes, you have made me mad. And I wont forget this.

#9 | Posted by HeliumRat at 2018-05-13 03:46 AM | Reply

John Henry Ford Tremain, come Hell or high water, you have had this coming. From this point on, I am also now a native Texan. Yeah, yeah, I know: got to memorize the native free range buffalo mating call. But I got it started: www.youtube.com

(Note to DR users - do not type "Buffalo mating call" into Google, there is way to much information.)

#10 | Posted by HeliumRat at 2018-05-13 04:26 AM | Reply

Hey, wait a minute. I thought Texas was big enough for the two of us?!

#11 | Posted by HeliumRat at 2018-05-13 04:30 AM | Reply

Yes, you have made me mad.

Well I can't help it. Cobain sucked. His band sucked. His wife... well... she was kind of interesting... but she was probably a piece of work too. Her first words at his funeral were, "Kurt, you always were an -----!"

But I got it started: www.youtube.com

I am not easily impressed nor am I ever surprised (it's my superpower... not being surprised).. but this time I came close.

Well done.

I thought Texas was big enough for the two of us?!

No, it's just big enough for GOATMAN and his ego... but who cares what he thinks.

#12 | Posted by J_Tremain at 2018-05-13 07:06 AM | Reply

#12> Speaking of Goatman, has anybody seen or heard from him?

I haven't seen a post from him in probably well over a year.

#13 | Posted by shane at 2018-05-13 11:49 AM | Reply

Oh he's gone for good... not coming back. At least not under that name.

#14 | Posted by J_Tremain at 2018-05-13 12:00 PM | Reply

#14> So Rcade exiled Goatman for good?!?

#15 | Posted by shane at 2018-05-13 12:09 PM | Reply

Yep

#16 | Posted by J_Tremain at 2018-05-13 01:26 PM | Reply

Oh Ok, that explains it. I thought he'd just got tired of the DR and decided to walk away from it for good.

#17 | Posted by shane at 2018-05-13 01:56 PM | Reply

He was exiled for his own good.

Want to talk about travel, food, photography, astronomy, great guy.

Other wise circular arguments lasting for days. Rcade did him a favor.

#18 | Posted by bruceaz at 2018-05-13 02:02 PM | Reply

"The concept of nirvana occupies a unique place in Buddhist thought – not just because it represents the culmination of the Buddhist path, and not just because it represents the nicest imaginable place to be"

Nirvana is not a place. It is a state of being.

You cannot go to Nirvana. YOU attain Nirvana. Just as happiness is not really something that can be pursued. Happiness is not "out there". Happiness is a state of mind. Therefore it only exists in our heads.

Nirvana means to blow out or extinguish.

As in extinguishing the pain of suffering. When you can release your mind from suffering you will have attained Nirvana. Many will seek it but very few attain it. The mind does not come with an instruction manual. Buddhism is a basic instruction manual of how the mind works and what we can do to maintain our balance in a chaotic Universe.

#19 | Posted by donnerboy at 2018-05-14 08:00 PM | Reply

to get there faster, learn Kriya yoga, first.

#20 | Posted by ichiro at 2018-05-14 10:38 PM | Reply

vimeo.com

#21 | Posted by ichiro at 2018-05-14 10:46 PM | Reply

oops wrong link

#22 | Posted by ichiro at 2018-05-14 10:47 PM | Reply

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