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    [–] Was Buddha ever wrong about anything? Did he ever contradict himself? The_Telltale_Fart 1 points ago in Buddhism

    I'm not gonna link any sources, this is literally in his wikipedia.

    Many think he was perhaps in his early 20s when he would have left. Having a child was likely a later addition due to the need for Buddhism to be accepted by those who consider the duty of the family to have been a primary concern in ancient India. It strikes me personally as an invented mythology, there's very little evidence for any if this but that shouldn't matter, these details are extraneous to our own progress.

    But suffice to say, even in the literature there's quotes from the Buddha talking about his mother and father crying when he was leaving to become a wandering ascetic. He also says he was fairly wealthy and brought up well by them but there's no mention of being a prince by him.

    [–] Was Buddha ever wrong about anything? Did he ever contradict himself? The_Telltale_Fart -2 points ago in Buddhism

    Buddha likely had a living mother and father. The business about a dead mother and a step mom is probably false.

    [–] Was Buddha ever wrong about anything? Did he ever contradict himself? The_Telltale_Fart 0 points ago * (lasted edited 2 days ago) in Buddhism

    The thing is in that story, his wife and stepmother were among those pleading with him to change the rules.

    Historians have speculated it's very unlikely Buddha would have had a wife or child at all and that his mother abd father were likeky alive when he left to become a monk. They believe all this was a later myth invented to satisfy a cultural expectation in Indian culture. So if the story of not allowing nuns included this instigation by his wife's requests, what else is false? I'd argue plenty.

    Overall it's a pretty irrelevant story, it doesn't affect how we understand Buddhism and there's no way to know if it's true at all.

    [–] Everything that happened in the Matrix trilogy was the machine’s plan, including everything that Neo did, from the first moment to the last moment (except for Agent Smith). The_Telltale_Fart 1 points ago in matrix

    Well it's a paradox of choice. You are correct in that choice is an illusion. Smith is right but even he doesn't truly know the truth, he simply believes it. Neo realizes a fundamental truth of choice, once you give in and truly accept your karma/purpose/path, you transcend it. This is because giving up control is the only choice one can make. It's Zen, neither choice nor destiny.

    He chose to not choose. He chose to be the messiah and sacrifice himself for the greater good, fulfilling his conditioned purpose (which is enlightenment/joining the source).

    So free will is the acceptance of one's path in life, accepting cause and effect and one's conditioning. Neo throughout has been slowly unconditioning himself to everything around him until he's left with one last illusion: himself as represented by Smith: his reflection, his ego.

    Accepting the truth of Smith, that everything is illusion, even choice is, neo achieves a higher path that is neither choice or fate. He ends his karma by truly accepting and integrating it and so the Source/spirit/God fills his body and transforms him into pure spirit and reveals the truth of non self in neo, thereby destroying his mental projection. Giving up control is an act of free will.

    Will is influenced by everything around us. Neo realizes the nature of freedom and so his last act was an act of ending this karma/fulfilling his destiny and joining the spirit world, where he's a part of the machine now and essentially freed the world from the prison of purpose so that others may free themselves also.

    Making a true unmanipulated choice was what Oracle had been pushing him to do and the moment he does, he ascends to a higher state.

    [–] Everything that happened in the Matrix trilogy was the machine’s plan, including everything that Neo did, from the first moment to the last moment (except for Agent Smith). The_Telltale_Fart 2 points ago in matrix

    Well regarding the Christ motif, there's a lot of different motifs occurring. The final symbol we see of neo is as a golden lotus flower which is the symbol of Enlightement. I think the idea that he's become enlightened through his sacrifice is shown in that moment. Neo isn't just christ, he's the messiah figure represented in all religions and mythologies.

    Neo is on a journey to this ability to choose for himself throughout the films. It seems to me to be the whole theme in fact. While neo rejects architects offer, he does so because he was manipulated to fall in love with trinity thus he is still under control of the Oracle. I don't think she's with machines though, she simply wants both sides to change and evolve. The Oracle and architect are both manipulators, correct. But they have opposite goals.

    Oracle wants neo to choose for himself but she can't see beyond a choice she doesn't understand. Neo must realize and understand his choice to see it's consequences and the moment he gives up his life is simultaneously when he realizes free will and Enlightenment. The film's are almost making the argument that one has to earn free will through his journey.

    He slowly throughout the trilogy is breaking free but it's only at the end that he is truly free and able to reconcile choice with fate.

    With regards Smith, Oracle is his mom, in that she is seemingly tasked with creating programs in the Matrix, she is literally it's mother while architect oversees deletion. She gave birth to/programmed agent Smith while neo transformed him into virus Smith.

    [–] Everything that happened in the Matrix trilogy was the machine’s plan, including everything that Neo did, from the first moment to the last moment (except for Agent Smith). The_Telltale_Fart 1 points ago in matrix

    The last part about independent choice is correct in my view but I think you're missing the crux of it. If everything in the trilogy is subject to determinism/cause and effect then does Neo achieve free will?

    Considering the symbolism of him achieving Godhood/Nirvana at the end then I would wager yes.

    Nirvana is described as an unconditioned state, that means that one has become free from cause and effect and is now capable of independent choice free from manipulation or external influence.

    This is why Oracle says at the end she didn't know what was going to happen she simply believed in neo. Neo had to make a truly independent choice for the very first time to stop Smith. And so he chose to die.

    Which is why I don't agree that the machines designed Neo just for Smith. The matrix crashing refers to humans waking up from their pods, not to Smith. Smith was unforseen by the machines (except for Oracle who created Smith) he was a result of the escalating conflict between neo and Smith. Neo created virus Smith. If Neo didn't exist, Smith wouldn't either.

    [–] Porch pirates, caught on camera, followed and arrested. The_Telltale_Fart 16 points ago in videos

    He said in another comment he edited out the part where he spent two minutes figuring out where she went and that she was on foot.

    [–] woohoo... The_Telltale_Fart 1 points ago in TheSimpsons

    Season 12 is definitely not the golden era but it had a few good jokes every episode compared to...what it is Simpsons is now.

    [–] Rant! Can't gain muscle The_Telltale_Fart 27 points ago in naturalbodybuilding

    I think he meant protein shakes, not actual general protein.

    [–] Pathetic Man-Child Destroys 2,387 Vintage Star Wars Figures The_Telltale_Fart 4 points ago in RedLetterMedia

    I feel like this is the video that will finally push them past 1 million subscribers. And then they'll longer be hack frauds but instead be sell out hack frauds.

    [–] Crossing out gang The_Telltale_Fart 10 points ago in NolanBatmanMemes

    By five, by my calculation.

    [–] Judy Garland test shot for Wizard of Oz, 1939. The_Telltale_Fart 48 points ago in Moviesinthemaking

    How is the daily mail still a thing? They make shit up all the time.

    [–] John Barnes: ‘Liam Neeson deserves a medal’ The_Telltale_Fart 1 points ago in videos

    He said he was waiting for a black person to start a fight with him so he could kill him. He was waiting for weeks but it never happened. He wasn't going to kill the next black person he saw or he would have killed one.

    [–] No it's not The_Telltale_Fart 27 points ago in Scrubs

    In UK and Ireland it was labelled a spin off: it was called scrubs: med school.

    [–] What is a sensation that you can't stand, even though it's not painful ? The_Telltale_Fart 1 points ago in AskReddit

    Everytime I start a new gym after having been months away I get this. I never learn from my mistakes and go into the routines I was used to but no matter what, after 45 minutes in, I'm running to the toilets on the verge of collapsing and trying not to vomit and shit my pants. I then spend around 30 minutes on the toilet waiting for it all to pass breathing heavy and in agony, while I vomit and/or shit myself.

    It has to be said the relief afterwards is amazing though. I've never felt do grateful for my health than I have in the moments afterwards.

    [–] Ellen Page calls out Chris Pratt for attending ‘infamously anti-LGBTQ church’ The_Telltale_Fart 7 points ago * (lasted edited 11 days ago) in entertainment

    Tom Cruise is the face of Scientology. He is one of the major reasons it is a legitimate, well known presence around the world and David Miscavige has been using him as the poster boy and mascot of the church for years now. Make no mistake, Cruise is hugely complicit with a mafia like organisation who treat him like a God, while he very conveniently ignores everything criminal about the church. He is not an ordinary attendee like Pratt, he is top brass.

    The only way Chris Pratt could in any way be comparable to Tom Cruise's insidious position within scientology is if the Pope himself literally introduced Pratt as the second in command of the church ahead of all the cardinals and bishops and Pratt became the face of Christianity. What I'm saying is the comparison is ridiculous.

    [–] "We are this moment. We are now. We are the present. And we are in a constant state of becoming”. And If we are really this moment, we would rather live it fully, don’t you think? This realisation is a key to being more mindful. The_Telltale_Fart 4 points ago in Buddhism

    Vipassana, which means to see things as they really are, is one of India’s most ancient techniques of meditation. It was rediscovered by Gotama Buddha more than 2500 years ago and was taught by him as a universal remedy for universal ills, i.e., an Art Of Living. Vipassana is a way of self-transformation through self-observation. It focuses on the deep interconnection between mind and body.

    I know that this is the SN Goenka interpretation of vipassana but could someone more knowledgeable on this matter explain is this actually true? My understanding is that vipassana was initially seen as product of Jhana and not its own thing.

    [–] New Charlie's Angels photo with new trio and Director Elizabeth Banks The_Telltale_Fart 1 points ago in movies

    Is this another ep of "I love movies?"

    (Btw the episode where they actually meet U2 has to be up there with the best podcast moments of all time.)