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by epiphany55
Fri Dec 05, 2014 6:13 am
Forum: Beyond the Physical
Topic: The inherent injustice of the universe in Buddhism
Replies: 20
Views: 4067

Re: The inherent injustice of the universe in Buddhism

I'm only saying that because each who are interpreting and translating another's 'wisdom' are doing so at a level and experience different to the one who has gained the knowledge in experience. So anyone interpreting what a person - that they now revere as a Buddha, or any superhuman or wise entity...
by epiphany55
Fri Dec 05, 2014 5:43 am
Forum: Beyond the Physical
Topic: The inherent injustice of the universe in Buddhism
Replies: 20
Views: 4067

Re: The inherent injustice of the universe in Buddhism

"Even if we do have the neurological capacity for free will..." Free will is not neurological capacity. Neurology is not the origin of consciousness, but merely a conduit. Without this base in which you form the rest of your assumptions, those assumptions readily unravel. Fair enough. Time and time...
by epiphany55
Fri Dec 05, 2014 3:08 am
Forum: Questions
Topic: Me
Replies: 37
Views: 3958

Re: Me

I don't think it's the fact that thoughts, sensations, feelings, emotions, body etc. are impermanent that makes them not who we truly are. They just happen to have the quality of impermanence. To me, it matters not whether even consciousness is permanent or impermanent. It does not change that who/w...
by epiphany55
Wed Dec 03, 2014 7:33 pm
Forum: Beyond the Physical
Topic: The inherent injustice of the universe in Buddhism
Replies: 20
Views: 4067

Re: The inherent injustice of the universe in Buddhism

Just did a bit more research and was happy to find out that many modern Buddhists view Naraka as a metaphor. Whew ... Here's a quote I thought you'd appreciate: In my opinion, literal belief in these hells makes no sense on several levels. The way the hells are described suggest individual rebirth,...
by epiphany55
Wed Dec 03, 2014 2:55 am
Forum: Beyond the Physical
Topic: The inherent injustice of the universe in Buddhism
Replies: 20
Views: 4067

Re: The inherent injustice of the universe in Buddhism

Buddhism has imo a great deal to offer for those who want to understand the workings of the mind. But, like any other "ism" ... it has a dark dogmatic side. (Darker than I'd thought!) I That's why it's so important to pick and choose that which resonates, rather than buying an "ism" wholesale. Yes,...
by epiphany55
Wed Dec 03, 2014 1:01 am
Forum: Beyond the Physical
Topic: The inherent injustice of the universe in Buddhism
Replies: 20
Views: 4067

The inherent injustice of the universe in Buddhism

Nature is cruel. At this very moment, animal prey are being ripped apart, children are being neglected or worse at the hands of those upon whom they depend and people are calling out to a god who is seemingly absent (or unwilling) any kind of intervention to alleviate their profound suffering. But B...
by epiphany55
Mon Dec 01, 2014 8:56 pm
Forum: Questions
Topic: Doesn't Awareness die with the body?
Replies: 62
Views: 7223

Re: Doesn't Awareness die with the body?

Accordingly, there is no such thing as physical as we perceive it. There is only vibrating energy that gives the appearance of solidity. Appearance to what? To consciousness - that which we all are. Yes, appearance to the very beings that are questioning the phenomena around them. How does it follo...
by epiphany55
Mon Dec 01, 2014 7:28 pm
Forum: Questions
Topic: Doesn't Awareness die with the body?
Replies: 62
Views: 7223

Re: Doesn't Awareness die with the body?

When you "die" your body will undergo a process of metamorphosis. Every cell, atom, molecule, quark etc will still exist but in a different form as part of the earth and atmosphere however the awareness of that body and mind as it currently is will no longer exist but awareness itself will still ex...
by epiphany55
Mon Dec 01, 2014 7:04 am
Forum: Questions
Topic: What triggers the experience of a sudden/random awakening?
Replies: 23
Views: 2835

Re: What triggers the experience of a sudden/random awakenin

We have to define awakening first :lol: If you mean the realisation of being aware - i.e. becoming aware of being aware - then I would imagine a lot of people are simply pointed towards that realisation through allegory or more direct invitations such as "be that what is aware" or "what is this 'my'...
by epiphany55
Sun Nov 30, 2014 5:52 pm
Forum: Questions
Topic: Doesn't Awareness die with the body?
Replies: 62
Views: 7223

Re: Doesn't Awareness die with the body?

Those who are genuinely interested in the nature of life and being will do their own investigation. It is far too important to be entrusted to another, regardless of credentials. Those who have done in-depth investigation tend to become much stronger as conscious beings, with a paradigm shift in th...
by epiphany55
Sat Nov 29, 2014 8:10 pm
Forum: Questions
Topic: Doesn't Awareness die with the body?
Replies: 62
Views: 7223

Re: Doesn't Awareness die with the body?

I think we need to differentiate what are clearly very authentic experiences from the explanation of what these experiences actually mean or prove . Two very different stages in the process of understanding. I know this irritates people and perhaps comes across as closed minded, but actually it's no...
by epiphany55
Wed Nov 26, 2014 6:38 pm
Forum: Questions
Topic: awareness
Replies: 21
Views: 2295

Re: awareness

I'm saying reality itself is subjective. Whatever you experience as Pure Being is exactly valid for your own unique experience. If it's experienced, it's real for that perspective. It might not be real for another perspective, but that's why, embracing perspectives separate from your own can go a l...
by epiphany55
Wed Nov 26, 2014 7:04 am
Forum: Questions
Topic: awareness
Replies: 21
Views: 2295

Re: awareness

Enlightened2B, I think it's important we recognise that awakenings can happen through both knowledge acquisition and subjective experience. One is no more profound than the other if the result is to break down the illusion of separateness and the self that we have been conditioned to believe in. The...
by epiphany55
Wed Nov 26, 2014 1:38 am
Forum: Recommended Books
Topic: Waking Up - A Guide to Spirituality Without Religion
Replies: 7
Views: 2025

Re: Waking Up - A Guide to Spirituality Without Religion

I am more and more convinced that that the spirit of free inquiry is being repressed within the scientific community by fear-based conformity. Institutional science is being crippled by dogmas and taboos. Increasingly expensive research is yielding diminishing returns. Now his opinion doesn't carry...
by epiphany55
Wed Nov 26, 2014 1:30 am
Forum: Questions
Topic: How to have more faith and be passionate?
Replies: 3
Views: 796

Re: How to have more faith and be passionate?

I can relate to the enjoyment of experiencing desire and making efforts to fulfil it. But the point I think a lot of teachers make is that you have to accept the other side of the mindset that thrives on desire. While desire is great when you can fulfil it, pain is created when you can't get what yo...