Andrew Furst

Memories of Past Lives? – Dialectic Two-Step

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Question: Where are the memories of past lives stored between death and rebirth? Response: I’ll start with an easier question. Where are memories stored in this life? The best answer humans have now is the brain. This belief is backed up by well documented, peer reviewed, and reproducible experiments. Where are they stored after death? I don’t know, and I don’t think the question is a productive one. I venture to say that no one has conducted well documented, peer reviewed, and reproducible experiments that would indicate that: Memories are…read more

The Best Articles of October 2018 from Andrew Furst

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Here’s a selected list of what people were reading here on in September 2018: Helen Hunt Falls – A Two Minute Meditation What if God exists outside of scientific detection? – Modern Koans Henry Rollins on October and November – Quotes Learning Buddhism Systematically? – Modern Koans Religious Tolerance? – Dialectic Two-Step Black & White – Collections Thoughts on Happiness – Collections Militant Progressives? – Dialectic Two Step The Oxherd Series – Riding the Ox Home – Modern Koans Ballade Of Worldly Wealth – Andrew Lang – Compass Songs

What’s the Big Deal With the Buddha? – Modern Koans

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Question: How do we know that the Buddha was the enlightened one? Did someone give him a certificate? What’s the big deal with the Buddha? Response: Enlightenment, such a nasty word, misunderstood, and maligned. If there was an aversion to have, this word might be the perfect candidate. I’ll latch onto something I was reading recently (Spiritual Materialism by Chogyam Trungpa). He said it nicely. I’ll have to paraphrase. Enlightenment is not something we get or achieve, it’s something we uncover or discover. So really, we come with the certificate and…read more