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May's Barstool Philosophy Group

Hello BSP-ers!

We will be meeting at the Fainting Goat

This Month's Topic : "Realizing Nirvana

1) The Buddha's position was that attachment offers nothing of value and should therefore be discarded. Do you agree? If not, what good or value does attachment add to your life?

2) Is it possible to care about things deeply without becoming attached to them?

3) If you were to make it your aim to realize nirvana, what steps would you take to achieve this?


As always, please be courteous with your RSVP's--I have been fortunate to find venues that A) don't charge us to be there (a fee that would inevitably trickle down to all of you), and B) provide us with our own server.

So please, out of respect for EVERYONE involved with making our Meetups AWESOME, please be considerate and RSVP accurately before the event.

Thank you very much--see you all next month! Cheers!

~ Heather

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  • A former member
    A former member

    It was good to meet with some people I hadn't seen in a while to discuss interesting topics.

    May 31, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hello All

    I might be a little late, but I am looking forward to this discussion. See you all tomorrow

    Heather

    May 29, 2012

  • Joe H

    Boy, talk about typos for the world to see. "Attachents to people are much more fulfilling than attachment to objects" is what I meant to say. And the philosopher is Kristoffersen. :-)

    May 9, 2012

  • Joe H

    But is contentment the goal to strive for? Without having experienced pain, can you truly experience joy? Is a live well lived not one in which all aspects are explored? That being said, attachments to people are much more fulfilling then attachments to people. I form attachments to objects that hold memories of people or experiences. Even with that though, sometimes there comes a time to pass the object on for another person to experience. Have fun on the bar stool and drink one for me.

    May 9, 2012

  • Joe H

    I can't make it. Bummer. Wednesdays are already booked for the next several months with one of my attachments, improvisation. But I will provide my take now. Nirvana equals contentment in the Buddhist view. Contentment is a state of no stress. Attachments, to people or things, can cause stress over the fear of losing them. To quote the great philosopher Kristofferen, "freedom's just another word for nothing left to lose".

    May 9, 2012

  • Mike

    Realizing Nirvana :
    The Buddha'a position is too painful for beer-drinkers to get into, unless by attachment he meant attachment to beer, but I think that wasn't what he meant. Since Nirvana was [sic] defined by Freud as death, silence and the absence of any sign of libido, drinking lots of beer may be the fastest way to get there.
    Do not attempt attachment while driving, Nirvana behind the wheel is frowned upon by the police. It will certainly remove any attachment you may have to your money.

    May 9, 2012

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