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  • I don't really look towards celebrities for political or spiritual leadership, but it's always nice to know where people stand and what they think. Sometimes they're very insightful. And celebrities have a platform they can use to speak their mind a…
  • I don't remember any canonical stories of the Buddha as inanimate objects. Nevertheless, I do find the article interesting. I've long thought that consciousness was a fundamental property of matter, and this would go a long way towards explaining ho…
  • @ktc2 said: Thank you both for your answers. I was referring to tacit condoning as him speaking about it as a normal thing and not condemning it directly. You are quite likely right that he couldn't stop it and attempting to may have stopped hi…
  • @federica said: Slavery is most certainly condemned by the Buddha s being one of the most unskilful livelihoods (dealing in the business of selling people) so I'm not quite sure here you get the impression he condones it... but I haven't read the…
  • @Buddhadragon said: @lobster said: Well said @Buddhadragon As a Mahayanist I would add metta to wisdom, morality and meditation. Love the free jewels and the treasure follows Metta has to be one big ove…
  • This mind is like... a witch's brew. Double, double toil and trouble; Fire burn, and cauldron bubble.
  • To be honest, I'm a bit surprised by the number of people who still deny the validity of evolution. At this point, Darwin's theory of evolution is fairly well-proven; it's basically a fact. And despite what critics may say, all the evidence thus far…
  • @person said: @Jason said: @Kerome said: Some things like reincarnation, the deeper meanings of impermanence and dependent origination are harder to reconcile with the idea of a creator god who steers the world. …
  • He practices meditation regularly, and credits his ability to see the world the way he does to that practice. He encourages people to meditate, but his writings don't focus on that so much as the insights he's develop through his own practice and ob…
  • @Kerome said: Some things like reincarnation, the deeper meanings of impermanence and dependent origination are harder to reconcile with the idea of a creator god who steers the world. But certainly a lot of the base concepts of what Jesus spoke …
  • @Darren351 said: Can one believe in God and still practice Buddhism? I am having problems believing their is no higher force in the Universe. I find it hard to believe all the plants and all the different animals were created by luck, by evolut…
  • The practice develops our virtue — especially at the beginning with its focus on generosity, the precepts, and cultivating skillful actions — and the Stoics, who I find full of wisdom, often said virtue is its own reward. Epictetus, for example, arg…
  • @David said: @Jason said: Nonduality means seeing past conventional wisdom, conventional ways of seeing, speaking, and understanding. It means seeing left as being relative to something else from a certain point of view, but that su…
    in Non-duality Comment by Jason November 26
  • @Kerome said: Did you know there is a connection between the current resurgence of the classics such as Ovid and the stoics and the far right? Donna Zuckerberg has been saying interesting things about it. https://www.theguardian.com/books/…
  • Nonduality means seeing past conventional wisdom, conventional ways of seeing, speaking, and understanding. It means seeing left as being relative to something else from a certain point of view, but that such a thing as left doesn't ultimately exist…
    in Non-duality Comment by Jason November 26
  • @Kerome said: @Jason said: The practice itself is a virtue and to one's long-term welfare and happiness. One may very well turn the question around and ask, why not practice? It's, as the Buddha said, a safe bet. Of co…
  • The practice itself is a virtue and to one's long-term welfare and happiness. One may very well turn the question around and ask, why not practice? It's, as the Buddha said, a safe bet.
  • I think this is a good answer. @person said: In some of the tales told of the Buddha's previous life he actually sacrifices his own flesh or life to save the lives of animals. That doesn't mean that we need to make such sacrifices, just say…
  • I always like to recommend this pair of essays by Thanissaro Bhikkhu: "The Economy of Gifts" and "No Strings Attached: The Buddha's Culture of Generosity." The problem in the west is, we don't have the same tradition of generosity and 'gift economie…
  • My favourite Papa (Emeritus III):
  • @kando said: As I once heard quoted in an episode of Babylon Five 'the universe put us here to make sense of itself.' Good luck with that, universe, says I! Loved that show. I share a birthday with Mira Furla/Delenn.
    in You Comment by Jason November 2
  • From my more witchy days: When the last rays of sun are swallowed by night, and the Horned God slumbers within the Great Deep, death pierces the veil as the Otherworld draws near. Fires bright and shadows long, the veil now a trifle hurd…
  • @Kerome said: I came across this article today in Tricycle and thought it was interesting... https://tricycle.org/magazine/evil-in-esoteric-japanese-buddhism/ It is an essay on how a certain form of Buddhism in Japan focuses on the …
  • 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…