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by Spiny Norman
Sun Aug 28, 2016 7:24 am
Forum: General Dharma comparisons
Topic: Interfaith Attitudes
Replies: 15
Views: 7846

Re: Interfaith Attitudes

I find most religious beliefs irrational and unjustified. What am I doing wrong? I agree that there are many mythological elements in all religions that can and should be discarded, but one can see that those following it are not knowledgeable about those things and are also bound by tradition and ...
by Spiny Norman
Sun Aug 28, 2016 7:20 am
Forum: General Dharma comparisons
Topic: Interfaith Attitudes
Replies: 15
Views: 7846

Re: Interfaith Attitudes

AlexMcLeod wrote:Most belief in afterlife stems from direct experience of someone early on in a religion.
No it doesn't, belief in an afterlife is generally part of a package of beliefs that people take on. And how on earth could somebody have a "direct experience" of an afterlife?
by Spiny Norman
Sat Aug 27, 2016 7:57 am
Forum: General Dharma comparisons
Topic: Interfaith Attitudes
Replies: 15
Views: 7846

Re: Interfaith Attitudes

Contrariwise, if we think we are getting deeper into our spiritual cultivation and find other religions more stupid, repulsive etc. we are doing something wrong. I find most religious beliefs irrational and unjustified. What am I doing wrong? At their heart all religions (like all people) have a be...
by Spiny Norman
Fri Aug 26, 2016 11:06 am
Forum: General Dharma comparisons
Topic: Interfaith Attitudes
Replies: 15
Views: 7846

Re: Interfaith Attitudes

Nicholas wrote:Contrariwise, if we think we are getting deeper into our spiritual cultivation and find other religions more stupid, repulsive etc. we are doing something wrong.
I find most religious beliefs irrational and unjustified. What am I doing wrong?
by Spiny Norman
Wed Jul 13, 2016 6:41 pm
Forum: Suggestion Box & Help
Topic: Could we please have a Pagan sub-forum?
Replies: 5
Views: 40313

Re: Could we please have a Pagan sub-forum?

Sounds good to me but would we lump Druidry, Wicca, Norse and Hellenistic religions together under it? By pagan do we mean primarily pre-Christian European religions? What about shamanism and native American traditions? Those are decisions which need to be made, but I would suggest initially a crud...
by Spiny Norman
Wed Jul 13, 2016 6:09 pm
Forum: Suggestion Box & Help
Topic: Could we please have a Pagan sub-forum?
Replies: 5
Views: 40313

Could we please have a Pagan sub-forum?

Paganism is a tradition which predates many of those represented here, and I don't see how it is any less "dharmic" than Christianity.

So could we please have a sub-forum dedicated to it?
by Spiny Norman
Wed Jul 13, 2016 8:39 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: What music are you listening to now?
Replies: 208
Views: 412738

Re: What music are you listening to now?

Stuff from this years Glastonbury festival:

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by Spiny Norman
Sun Jul 10, 2016 6:26 pm
Forum: General Dharma comparisons
Topic: Doubt
Replies: 20
Views: 10117

Re: Doubt

But meditating 40 minutes produces no measurable change than 20 minutes. I have certainly noticed a difference - have you tried longer sits for any length of time? It can take 15-20 minutes for the mind to properly calm, and it's only after that when it gets interesting. I am at a nice spot between...
by Spiny Norman
Sun Jul 10, 2016 7:47 am
Forum: General Dharma comparisons
Topic: Doubt
Replies: 20
Views: 10117

Re: Doubt

I have read a small bit of Theravada Buddhism and a small bit of Hinduism and I am acquainted with most parts of the Bible. My meditate for 20 minutes daily. My question is now what? I go on at this level till I die -- which is probably half a century away? What does a dharmic person do next? It so...
by Spiny Norman
Sun Jul 10, 2016 7:33 am
Forum: Hindu Dharma
Topic: Isn't Hinduism Many Gods?
Replies: 16
Views: 7412

Re: Isn't Hinduism Many Gods?

Bhakti Yoga: Bhakti Yoga is the path of devotion, emotion, love, compassion, and service to God and others. All actions are done in the context of remembering the Divine. Jnana Yoga: Jnana Yoga is the path of knowledge, wisdom, introspection and contemplation. It involves deep exploration of the na...
by Spiny Norman
Sun Jul 10, 2016 7:27 am
Forum: General Dharma comparisons
Topic: Brahma/Atman and the Soul of Man
Replies: 3
Views: 2791

Re: Brahma/Atman and the Soul of Man

TexasBuddhist wrote:Could someone clarify what Brahman/Atman is? .. Thanks! :buddha1:
I think of it as the reality behind appearances, the ground of being.

But I'm not a Hindu, and I'm sure there are much better answers. ;)
by Spiny Norman
Sat Jul 09, 2016 1:22 pm
Forum: Suggestion Box & Help
Topic: Forum purpose not clear
Replies: 34
Views: 86063

Re: Forum purpose not clear

Are you saying because the forum is visited by those who speak English, only that translation of Dharma is to be accepted for use in English which has been thus far mistakenly accepted? Since in West, the term Dharma has so far been restricted to Buddhism and Hinduism, David is restricted from usin...
by Spiny Norman
Sat Jul 09, 2016 1:06 pm
Forum: Suggestion Box & Help
Topic: Forum purpose not clear
Replies: 34
Views: 86063

Re: Forum purpose not clear

Are you saying because the forum is visited by those who speak English, only that translation of Dharma is to be accepted for use in English which has been thus far mistakenly accepted? Since in West, the term Dharma has so far been restricted to Buddhism and Hinduism, David is restricted from usin...
by Spiny Norman
Sat Jul 09, 2016 11:21 am
Forum: Suggestion Box & Help
Topic: Forum purpose not clear
Replies: 34
Views: 86063

Re: Forum purpose not clear

We say Christianity is "Christo Dharma", Buddhism is "Baudhha Dharma", Islam is "Mosalmán/Musulman Dharma", Hinduism is "Sanatan Dharma" and so on. But this is an English-speaking forum. I've never heard anyone refer to "Christo Dharma" or "Mosalman Dharma". I've often heard Dharma associated with ...
by Spiny Norman
Sat Jul 09, 2016 11:11 am
Forum: Suggestion Box & Help
Topic: How does a moderator selected?
Replies: 12
Views: 49263

Re: How does a moderator selected?

SarathW wrote:Perhaps the minimum could be four.
Some forums manage with just one mod.
by Spiny Norman
Sat Jul 09, 2016 10:53 am
Forum: Suggestion Box & Help
Topic: Forum purpose not clear
Replies: 34
Views: 86063

Re: Forum purpose not clear

SarathW wrote:When we have doubts we naturally debate or ask questions.
Debating and asking questions are quite different activities. Debating leads to challenge, argument and the taking of sides, while asking questions leads to elaboration and clarification.
by Spiny Norman
Sat Jul 09, 2016 8:57 am
Forum: Suggestion Box & Help
Topic: Forum purpose not clear
Replies: 34
Views: 86063

Forum purpose not clear

I don't think the purpose of the forum is at all clear currently. It looks like the intention is to have a comparative religion forum, in which case I would suggest changing the name to "Religious Paths". I have never heard "Dharma" applied to the Abrahamic traditions, so the current name doesn't ma...
by Spiny Norman
Sat Jul 09, 2016 6:41 am
Forum: General Dharma comparisons
Topic: the great Nirvana debate
Replies: 57
Views: 28010

Re: the great Nirvana debate

I do a lot of thinking in my job, and i can wind up my analytical mind quite strongly. winding up my analytical mind on the dharma on top of that is not necessarily good. when i get like that i try to make my attitude agnostic about all these philosophical points that come up in study and practice....
by Spiny Norman
Sat Jul 09, 2016 6:38 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Joke thread!
Replies: 8
Views: 44098

Re: Joke thread!

Pinched from another forum:


Then there's the minimalist joke:

A minimalist walked into a bar.
by Spiny Norman
Sat Jul 09, 2016 6:36 am
Forum: Suggestion Box & Help
Topic: How does a moderator selected?
Replies: 12
Views: 49263

Re: How does a moderator selected?

SarathW wrote:How does a moderator is selected?
Like they say in the Army, "never volunteer"! :tongue: