Re: Dana

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Posted by GnomeDome on August 23, 2000 at 10:54:05:

In Reply to: Re: Dana posted by Doctorate M on August 23, 2000 at 10:09:10:

: While my beloved alter Doc M sleeps it off under the pool
: table at Bumppo's, after being unceremoniously being
: ejected from the House of HooHa, I'd love to get in
: on this thread since I missed it the last time. I am
: more drawn to certain concepts of Eastern religious
: thought. I am NO expert, having just begun reading
: and thinking seriously on the subject. Something I
: came across recently fits in perfectly here, I
: think. Truth vs Goodness according to Buddhist thought:

: 1. Do not take anything as true under any condition

: 2. Understand what is good, rather than what is true

: 3) Use your own judgement. Scripture is only an aid to
: thinking.

: 4) Good acts result from a good state of mind, which means
: that cultivation of a good state of mind is the way
: to the good life.

: 5) One who cultivates the mind this way does not have to
: worry about the next world, or depend on external
: powers.

: According to Buddhism, truth and falsehood are concepts
: derived from logical thinking. Though what is logical
: is considered "true", we tend to decide our beliefs are
: true based on something other than logic. Often we take
: a statement to be true not because we know it is true,
: but because we like it, or our family believes it,
: or because it's in a holy book -- not for any "logical"
: reasons. We become emotionally attached to our beliefs
: first, then use logic to justify them.

: When we personalize beliefs this way, the result is
: conflict and disharmony. When we cling to a viewpoint
: and say "This is my viewpoint, this is truth," we are
: in conflict with those who do not believe it, leading
: to disharmony and quarreling. This is why the Buddha
: advises his followers not to accept anything as "true."
: Instead of seeking truth, seek goodness.

: Thoughts anyone?

: Doctorate Mary

Hara hara, hara Mary. Rama rama, rama scary. *donning orange pointy hat and robe and dancing in circle*

Not sure I like you in orange more than black, there Doc. I kinda got fond of the black. Wanna buy a daisy?


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