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  1. Hey girl, you don't need to bring your sexism into this! That zombie killing WOW playing Buddhist friend I mentioned above is a woman. My wife (also a woman) likes to watch violent movies almost as much as I do (she has a low tolerance for zombie gore though). I appreciate beauty where I find it. I also like romantic movies like Punch Drunk Love, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, and Silver Linings Playbook. The kids movie, "Inside Out" made me cry. Maybe if we lived in an enlightened society, we would not find beauty in film violence or have fun in violent video games. But we grew up and got conditioned by this society. Does that make our taste in entertainment/beauty fucked up? Or perhaps is it possible that we see a type of beauty there that you have not learned to see? Have you never seen a violent movie that you liked? And that includes movies like "Lord of the Rings" trilogy and "Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon".
  2. True, this is a Star Trek thread after all... I guess I'm not as nerdy about it as I used to be.
  3. Engagement/perception becomes one thing. No space left for the separate observer.
  4. I'm familiar with what I call the "pre-thought" impulses, just before I gotten periods of total silence, so I know what you mean there. But it always took effort and focus for me, to get to those states, rather than just relaxing out of thinking entirely.
  5. Because if it is filmed well and choreographed well it is a type of beauty we can appreciate. Also it's fun to kill zombies in a video game. Unless you're a total pacifist there are no moral complications in killing zombies. You cant negotiate a peace settlement with them. Even one of my best Buddhist friends, who would not kill a mouse or even a spider in real life, likes playing WOW and killing zombies.
  6. I don't mind predictability in some cases. Like I'm planning to see the next John Wick movie and I don't think I'll be very surprised. I don't think John Wick will turn pacifist. I don't think he will die. I don't watch a Batman movie wondering if this time he may give up crime-fighting and go to work in a soup kitchen. I'm not looking for surprises in behavior. It's just a matter of personal taste, isn't it?
  7. Full engagement subsumes the self. When the activity of selfing turns into the activity of engaging, the "separate self" without apparent boundaries or containment, ceases.
  8. Agree about Picard. Same for Captain Janeway on Voyager. As much as I like the anti-heroes, Picard and Janeway adhered to principles. Like not torturing folks (to use Obama's phrase). I can't remember what episode of Voyager it was, but I remember one in which Janeway had to make a difficult choice regarding torture. I think it was torture. Whatever it was, it would have been expedient to violate her basic principles in order to save lives. She refused to do it because it would have diminished the Federation. They would harm themselves by torturing. We need people, leaders like that.
  9. Sounds amazing. Trataka sounds like Kasina meditation which is the first meditation/concentration exercize I practiced. I've never heard of someone getting a result like that from such a basic meditation. I've fallen into no-thought silent spaces during different types of meditation, but it is not something I have easy access to.
  10. ^Best dialogue so far on this thread IMO. I hope it continues to communion. I know Mr. the speaker sir, comparison, image, expectations, conflict with what is... but isn't this really where the rubber hits the road? You can talk all day long about freedom and ending conflict, but it's in the tight difficult spaces of a long term intimate relationship where you find out if "ending conflict" can turn from talk into reality.
  11. Intriguing idea. It never occurred to me to try it. Nowadays I don't try to stop, impede, or displace the inner monologue because I find that effort puts me in conflict. I am more interested currently in discovering/rediscovering the conditions that end conflict.
  12. Interesting. I never read of anyone else doing this, but I used to intentionally practice displacing the energy driving my internal dialogue into nonsense syllables and then into hand movements or feet movements. I found it just as easy to move that pre-thought energy into my feet as it was to move it into my hands. Conceptual or narrative thinking stops and the energy of the impulse behind it flows instead into foot movements, expressing creatively through equivalent movements, completely subverting internal speech. I thought it might be a way of evolving out of endless monkey-mind self talk, but I think it's just a temporary Jedi mind trick. Maybe useful in some situations... I've never tried it with "out of control" thoughts or paranoia when high.
  13. I think it's a partial schematic for the wheel thingy that made the island disappear in "Lost". Remember? You should build it and try it out.
  14. Wow. That's a shit ton of bombs.
  15. By the time I started stabbing him, he was already dead. I don't feel responsible. I was just getting a few stabs in. Where did you get those archival posts? And whatever happened to the archives we were promised? Anyone know?