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  1. Hi Kunzang, hi everyone, merry Xmas to all of you! Kunzang, you can always start here. Best, Frederic
  2. Thanks Simona. Very interesting interview...
  3. Ce qui me m'amène à la prochaine question: et le Dzogchen, dans tout cela?
  4. I think there are so many reasons for this: violence in the media, over-exposure of past similar events, the pressure to succeed, the superficiality and ignorance of some of the people on campus, their karmic heritage (none of the people who were killed that day were truly innocent, from a buddhist standpoint...), the lack of security on campus, the lack of support for potentially depressed students on campus, the overprescription of anti-depressant drugs without enough investigation into what really causes the depression, and of course, last but not least in the United States, the much-too-easy access to firearms which are becoming deadlier and deadlier. I mean, look at this guy, he killed 30 people in a matter of minutes! Talk about effective guns! I'm thinking that at the time the american forefathers included the right to bear arms in the US constitution, they never expected nor even dreamt that guns would become so efficient! Otherwise, they might not have included this right in the constitution to begin with... Christ! I pray for the victims, their families, the murderer and his family... Om Mani Peme Houng Om Mani Peme Houng Om Mani Peme Houng Om Mani Peme Houng (X many many times!)
  5. These "predictions" are, to me at least, simply informative and interesting to read about. They kinda give me "une vue d'ensemble" (the full picture) of the world we live in, and of the law of impermanence as seen on a global level. I particularly like how the creator of this video compares the apparition of Google with that of the Christ... I do agree with you, quality is, by far, more precious than quantity. Unless we are talking about money!
  6. You don't know if you would get killed if you interfered... Maybe you wouldn't, and the mob would be thrown off by this and not stabb you or the victim. Or maybe wound both of you but not actually end up killing anyone... It takes a lot of guts from the interfering witness though, no doubt... It's a very selfless, courageous act. I think if someone has bodhisattva vows and turns his/her back on this, does not interfere in order to help the victim, some vows would be broken, but I may be wrong...
  7. Personaly I think that if it makes you feel better to "let it all out", then by all means, let it all out. It is not here that someone will be reproachful, saying stuff like "why did you say all this, you shouldn't have said all this, this is bad", etc. Quite the contrary, the majority of the people participating to this forum is there to listen to you and help you relieve your suffering the best they can...
  8. Personellement, du haut de mes 28 ans (29 en mai), je trouve que c'est un très jolie geste.
  9. Wishing someone out of office is not the same as wishing this person dead. And there are legal measures available to make the first thing happen. What the americans are waiting for, I don't know?
  10. Hi Ana, Let me know if you received my pm. Cheers! Frederic
  11. Hi Bhakti, Buddha teaches us not to worry about the question of what was the first cause or first effect. He teaches that mind is beginningless, that suffering therefore, is beginningless, and that there is a way out of this suffering. For more info, look into the Buddha's Four Noble Truths: - The truth of suffering, - The truth of the origin of suffering, - The truth of the cessation of suffering, - The truth of the path that leads to the cessation of suffering. You may also find this sutta from the Buddha, interesting: The Anattalakkhana Sutta Best regards, Frederic
  12. You're suffering from attachment, Mavrica. Although I don't justify how its owners could put it to sleep because it lost an eye, the little animal had its karma working against (for?) it, and so it now goes on... Let go of your anger, only will you create more pain for yourself. You know what the Buddha said:"holding onto anger is like grasping a hot coal with the intent of throwing it at someone else. You are the one that gets burnt." Think also about the negative karmic seed those owners have planted in their "life-continuum" by putting this animal to sleep, and will have to experience if it remains unpurified, when the proper causes and conditions arise... Think also that they are probably sad as well to have lost this animal. Now you can generate compassion for them. Also, best you can do for the little animal now is to follow those advices, and to keep on practicing buddhadharma with diligence. Kind regards, Frederic
  13. Simona, no matter how much organic can be replaced by synthetic components in a human body, it is still the human mind which is behind it all... What feeling of unattachment? I think most people regret having lost their limbs, their eyesight or cognitive functions enabled by parts of their brains... There is no feeling of unattachment, but there is suffering for having lost what made them humanly complete... As long as it can improve the lives of thousands of human beings, I encourage it! A computer chip used to replace a damaged part of a human's brain is not the mind itself. I consider it more like the hardware which once again allows the software (in this case, the human mind) to have the human body function to the fullest of its capabilities. Whether the hardware is made of living tissue or electronic circuits, it is still just "hardware". The goal of scientists here is not to replace the human mind by an electronic mind (if there can be such a thing?) but to allow some human beings to regain what they have lost. Tell me that it wouldn't be wonderful for someone who, after a car accident, has become a complete "vegetable", unable to communicate or recognise his/her loved ones anymore, to come out of this vegetative state and be able to start over a new life? for me, this has nothing to do with the world becoming more and more polluted. It has to do with science and medecine working together and making new things possible which are quite amazing in fact. Look at it this way: 100 years ago, when you lost a limb, eyesight or cognitive functions of your brain, that was it. You couldn't regain this ever again. The body was "damaged" for life. Nowadays, it is not so anymore. And I believe many physically or cognitively impaired people are rejoicing... And I'm rejoicing for them!
  14. Completely amazing: The Bionic Arm Fact Sheet "Has the technology been used successfully? The bionic arm technology has been very successful so far in both significantly improving the function of artificial limbs as well as allowing the skin to be reinnervated with nerves form the arm. The first patient to undergo the new procedure, Jesse Sullivan, has experienced significant improvements in the functioning of his prosthetic arms. While previously moving his artificial arms was slow and cumbersome, today he is able to do many of the routine tasks he took for granted before his accident, including putting on socks, shaving, eating dinner, taking out the garbage, carrying groceries and vacuuming."
  15. Just look into the previous link I sent you. Go to the bottom of the page, and watch the video. You will see how happy this man is to be able to control his bionic arm with his thoughts only. It's quite mind-blowing actually! He obviously cares not whether his new arm is not made from flesh and bone. All he cares about is to be able to once again feel like a complete human being. And I feel confident that the same will apply to most human beings, whether their amputated limbs are replaced by mechanical ones, their burnt retinas by electronic ones, or the lost masterpieces of their brains by computer chips... Probably somedays, some humans will be walking around looking more like robots, half organic, half cyborg, or even more of the latter than the former, as most of their aging, failing organs will have been replaced by mechanical ones. Kind of a scary thought, I must admit! It raises quite a few ethical questions... Science has always stirred controversy within the minds of men, and it will continue to do so, undoubtedly! Happy New Year everyone!
  16. That is not the point Simona. The point is that this may help beings otherwise permanently impaired, to once again be able to use these lost functions, and ultimately have a better quality of life, similar to the one they had prior to their accident/illness.
  17. Interesting article, thank you Simona for pointing it out: "Berger wants to open someone's skull; implant a tiny, densely packed silicon computer chip; connect it to the brain; and let it take over cognitive function previously lost due to disease or injury."
  18. Bionic arm So? What's wrong with that? If science and medecine can one day restore people's eyesight by means of electronic devices, don't you think it's a good thing? Don't you think thousands of blind people will be happy to recover sight or even discover what it is to actually see? I think that's fantastic news for those impaired who can benefit from such scientific breakthroughs... Hurray for science, in this case!
  19. Here is my experience: whenever I see a beggar in the street, whether he/she be kneeling in front of a mall, sitting against a wall or next to a sandwich shop, I go out of my way and fetch into my pockets, without second thoughts. They beg not for pleasure, but out of necessity. They need support from those who don't have to beg, so I give them this support. They can always count on me...
  20. Remove yourself from the equation and you'll see that these questions do not need an answer. That's what Buddha teaches us, isn't it? To remove ourselves from the equation...
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