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Jason · God Emperor · Moderator

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  • Heard this playing in a story and fell in love. (Don't watch the video if you're epileptic.)
  • It sounds like a bit of mindfulness of breathing and mindfulness of the body, both of which are aspects of what the Buddha called the four frames of reference. I think it could be helpful going to or writing to a meditation teacher, or reading and l…
  • There are various ways of dealing with grief, fond remembrances, distracting oneself, talking to a grief counselor, the simple passage of time which lessens the sting, etc. I think letting go is another, and not mutually exclusive from some of thos…
  • One of my favourites is the reflection on sharing blessings chant (Pali and English).
    in Blessing Comment by Jason October 16
  • Same. I predominately follow the Thai Theravada tradition, but I've also spent time in Tibetan and Zen centers, and have had a Thai monk who ordained in a Chan lineage as a teacher. I take a very ecumenical approach to spirituality. I think it's a g…
  • I want to apologize to you @person, because I know the following will sound harsh, and some of it is. But like the Buddha in MN 58, I think it's worth saying something I believe to be true and beneficial, even if it's displeasing, when the time is r…
  • A. Capitalism has failed in many ways, and has caused many deaths too, from wars between imperialist powers to people dying from lack of food and shelter and medicine and very soon, catastrophic climate change. But people never seem to want to admit…
  • Welcome to New Buddhist, @Buddha-Dude. Actually, I think it makes you a good Buddhist for developing the insight that you weren't in control and needed to make a change in your life, realizing that doing so was for your long-term welfare and happ…
  • Interestingly enough, a coworker basically told me something similar about the importance of integrity (being truthful) and not talking/restraining oneself at work and life in general. A good and arguably universal lesson.
  • 1) I didn't brush past them, I simply addressed them from a POV you don't agree with/ don't want to hear. I'm sorry if it appears I'm being dismissive or simply brushing your points aside. I'm just trying to get at something deeper and more fundamen…
  • Lol, dang. And here I was thinking you'd be more into it because your boy Yuval said it. I wish I had time to go through all your points more thoroughly, with references and statistics, but I'm at work and can only offer a few quick points. The f…
  • @person, I just listened to the new Under the Skin podcast with Yuval Noah Harari. He hits the nail on the head when he talks about the need to protect people not jobs, that if we can cheaply and easily feed and clothe people with new technology (an…
  • @FinnTheHuman said: So Axial Age is Karl Jaspers term. I'm doing a Phd on his philosophy and its relation to the notion of transcendence. So this is a great thread for me I was swayed by her account via Jaspers, and do see a great transfo…
  • @federica said: With regard to the actual book, "A New Axial Age" _ I can't find it on Amazon.UK... Has it even been published yet? All I can locate through Google, is the article.... My mistake. The book I was thinking of is The Great Tr…
  • @person said: Okay, I took that last paragraph as an afterword to the bulk of what you wrote. Regarding the main point of your post, you might be interested in the most recent Mind and Life xxxiii discourse with HHDL. They focus on Social …
  • @Dakini said: @Jason said: If they tolerate me, they'll tolerate just about anyone. We need you, because you have all those sutras at your fingertips! I've learned a lot about the sutras from NB over the years. I'd lik…
  • @person said: @Jason said: Although I know there are many who'd strongly disagree with me on this, I'm inclined to side with Armstrong's assessment. While I think it's important to try and liberate society from its suffering and ali…
  • @FinnTheHuman said: So Axial Age is Karl Jaspers term. I'm doing a Phd on his philosophy and its relation to the notion of transcendence. So this is a great thread for me Yeah, this might be a good book for you then. Not so much re: Jaspe…
  • @Kundo said: @Jason said: Great book, along with her A History of God. I definitely recommend both. A History of God is, IMO, one of the best books ever written about monotheism and its birth. Yeah, it's really…
  • Great book, along with her A History of God. I definitely recommend both.
  • @Dakini said: This is interesting, @Jason, thanks. I would have said, that the Buddha discouraged "soothsaying", which mediumship could be categorized as, but I like your answer better. Interesting enough, it's not listed as wrong liveli…
  • If they tolerate me, they'll tolerate just about anyone.
  • An aside on human nature. One thing that I completely agree with the Young Marx on is the need for society to move beyond its fetishism of the right to liberty in the form of private property (i.e., the right to enjoy and dispose of property without…
  • @person said: * While there are many negative examples out there, you're criticism leaves out any positive aspects and as such is biased. I like getting various points of view so I'm willing to listen but to the extent that the analysis o…
  • @person said: What can I say, I'm wary (just wary, not ideologically opposed in all situtations) of one group of people deciding what is acceptable for everyone else. Again, there's a group who already decides what's acceptable for everyo…
  • People benefit greatly from things like recreation and entertainment, etc. But we can provide those things without having to worry about producing profit, putting more effort into providing these things more equitably, with less labour, and give mor…
  • What we have is currently top down and 'controlled' by a small minority of people who dictate what's produced, how it's produced, working conditions, how wealth gets distributed, etc. Bottom up is the majority of workers having a say in all these th…
  • Who said anything about top down? When have I ever suggested something like that rather creating a system where all working people have democratic control over what they make, how they make it, etc.? 🤷‍♀️ We need to collectively make these decisi…
  • @person said: @Kerome said: I’ve wondered about the PERMA model. It seems quite “driven” by the needs of society, using words such as ‘strengths to meet challenges’, ‘find your purpose’, ‘accomplish goals’ and ‘strive for greatness’…
  • Theravada doesn't deny the ability to hear/talk to beings in other realms. Such abilities seem to potentially occur naturally as a result of a contemplative life (in this or previous lives). For example, from the Akankheyya Sutta: 'If a Bhikkh…
  • My two cents? It's better to not eat meat from a moral/ethical/ecological POV. Nevertheless, there are varying levels to meat eating. If one eats meat, it's better to not actively kill any animals for food. It's also better to eat meat from places t…
  • @Jason said: Yeah. That's part of my interest in things like Christian monasticism, liberation theology, and writers like Thomas Merton. I don't have the time these days to comment as much as I want. But I wanted to mention I've found tha…
  • @person said: @Jason said: I know a lot of millenials, and the vast majority of their stress is from student loan debt, trying to find a decent paying job, and dealing with feelings of alienation and unfulfillment. Most of them are …
  • I know a lot of millenials, and the vast majority of their stress is from student loan debt, trying to find a decent paying job, and dealing with feelings of alienation and unfulfillment. Most of them are also receptive to alternatives to capitalism…
  • The world that we've created isolates us, turns our relationships into transactions, and feeds off our vitality like a vampire, leaving us tired and drained and empty inside, and making any sadness or despair we may feel that much deeper. It's also …
  • Yeah. That's part of my interest in things like Christian monasticism, liberation theology, and writers like Thomas Merton.
  • @mindatrisk said: @Jason said: Lol, jokes just go way over your head, don't they? Maybe work on that sense of humour instead of mansplaining to people what strategy and tactic means. I have a marvellous sense of humour…
  • Lol, jokes just go way over your head, don't they? Maybe work on that sense of humour instead of mansplaining to people what strategy and tactic means.
  • My strategy is to corrupt the youth will political memes.
  • @Jason said: @Kerome said: Might be of interest... Jeff Bezos donates $2 bn to help the homeless Also of interest: How he made those billions. Another perspective from Friedrich Engels: As…
  • @mindatrisk said: So if you believe in fighting capitalism, then go for it. If I don't agree then maybe the movement wouldn't be able to officially endorse your ideas, but it doesn't mean that you can't use the awareness and momentum of the movem…
  • @mindatrisk said: Yes definitely. But I definitely am seeking to avoid any separation of human beings. Be it class, nationality, religion... whatever. My position is simple... We are all human beings, with much more in common than in difference, …
  • Well, I suggest start investigating sooner rather than later. Things won't magically change on their own. And something you can do, assuming you even see sufficient reason for an alternative, is to help educate working-class people about the need fo…
  • Right, which is why such changes will have to take place via radical structural change to the system itself. Capitalism will have to be supplanted.
  • So you think that slavery shouldn't have been abolished just because it had a lot of popular support and was basically a part of our constitutional makeup? If you find that capitalism is destructive, why not challenege it even if it's popular? One t…
  • I'll stop trying to monopolize the conversation because I feel like I tend to do that when it comes to politics. I admire your goal, and support it. Also, people are free to love capitalism if they want and think it can solve all of our problems. I'…
  • You're truly missing everything I'm saying. I know it's hard trying to look outside of a system and how it functions when you're immersed in it, but I hope you'll try. Solutions will have to come outside of the box before we destroy what's left of o…