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Comment by Bodhi on February 5, 2009 at 9:44am
Hi james..Buddhism is not about doctrines or intellectual games. It is about action and guide us on how we behave as truly humane beings to the path of self-perfection which is called Buddhahood.

The teaching of "emptiness" is one of the difficult buddhist concept. Buddhism teaches that all things arise and cease depending on causes and conditions. When we say that everything is "empty," we do not mean that things do not exist. What we mean is that things are always elements in a process of change and interdependence. When we learn to see things as processes and not as isolated finite objects then we will see that to talk of something being "created" or "destroyed" is only true conventionally. The network of causes and conditions that bring any "thing" into existence is actually a never-ending process with no boundaries. So in this sense, Buddhism never speaks of "creation" or "destruction," "birth" or "death," "appearance" or "disappearance," because that way of talking about things misses the infinite open-endedness and inclusivity of the process which is the reality behind the "things" that we perceive and try to grasp. This is one of the reason why Buddhism does not speak of a creation or a Creator, because the reality of life, the universe, and everything defies such concepts.
Comment by James M. Martin on February 4, 2009 at 10:56pm
BTW, that quote from your profile, from the Dhammadapa, helped me stop drinking 14 years ago. I think that was the beginning of the end. To understand that there is No God, one must understand emptiness -- the whole concept of literally "nothing," a la Nagarjuna and the Prajnaparamita sutra.
Comment by James M. Martin on February 4, 2009 at 10:51pm
Hello, Bodhi. Are you escaping Buddhist cultic brainwashing or indoctrination? :-) If you are enlightened, could you please enlighten me?
Comment by Bodhi on February 4, 2009 at 8:25pm
Hi new here!!
Comment by Buffy on February 2, 2009 at 7:35pm
Sadly the Mor(m)ons are still trying to defend what they did and to what extent they did it. And even though divorce is forbidden far more often in the Bible than is homosexuality, you'll never see any of the "Pro-family" groups clamoring for constitutional amendments banning divorce. Still they insist they're not anti-gay, just "defending traditional marriage".

Denial is not just a river in Egypt.
Comment by James M. Martin on February 2, 2009 at 6:40pm
Yes, Goz, the Mormons may have violated election and tax-exemption rules to help get Prop 8 passed. Remember, these people would not allow African-Americans into their church until very recently, and their homophobia is legendary. Their religion tends to focus on "family" much as do evangelicals, at least in their PAC nomenclature in the latter case. No one bothered to tell them that half of the marriages of heterosexuals in the U.S. end in divorce court (let me give you my business card), and that almost all families are dysfunctional to some extent. The other culprits in Prop 8 proselytization were the evangelical bigot groups like Tony Perkins' Focus on Family. (No, not THAT Tony Perkins: this one is only doing what he does to distance himself from the bisexual actor.) I don't mind them focusing on family. I just wish they wouldn't focus on mine.
Comment by Goz on February 2, 2009 at 6:22pm
Mormons are being investigated.
Well well.
Comment by James M. Martin on January 26, 2009 at 6:48pm
I can't afford the Sundance Channel. Is it as good as "The God Who Wasn't There"?
Comment by Timothy on January 26, 2009 at 6:30pm
Has anyone been looking at "For the Bible Tells Me So", airing on the Sundance Channel over the weekend? fascinating.
Comment by Timothy on January 26, 2009 at 3:17pm

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