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  • It's an interesting question, and reminds me of the prayer of St. Francis, which I think shares the same underlying connection between selflessness and compassion/love that the Dalai Lama is pointing towards: Lord, make me an instrument of Your p…
  • lol, don't get me started. Besides the above thread on HHDL and materialism, you can read some of my thoughts about that here and here. The shorty answer is, my Buddhist practice made more aware of and concerned about the material and political …
  • Tons. I recommend sites like https://www.accesstoinsight.org, https://www.abhayagiri.org/home/, and https://www.dhammatalks.org. Bunch of free resources, from sutta translations to books and Dhamma talks.
  • While it's true that eastern culture helps support things like monasteries and renunciates more than western culture, I think everyone has the potential to be a good contemplative. I've known many westerners who are amazing contemplatives, many with…
  • It's difficult and requires a lot of practice, such as developing dispassion, contemplating death for perspective and motivation, developing contentment with what one has, seeing the world as empty of self, and realizing that these things aren't our…
  • Yes, but only if you're a Chelsea or Leicester fan. Seriously though, one can enjoy things, just try not to get too wrapped up into them and become angry when they lose or haughty when they win, etc. Have a healthy distance from them, try to enjo…
  • Re: Sam Harris, I've read some of the transcript of their exchange via Klein's article about it, and I definitely think Harris is starting to slide into dangerous intellectual territory. Much of what he's trying to defend re: Murray and the Bell Cur…
  • It was ok. I side more with Brand these days. In general, I like Harris' interest in contemplativism and he's a good debater, but I find his views on torture troubling, his views on Islam verging on Islamophobic, his views on Western culture paterna…
  • @Nerida said: Hello everyone, My name is Nerida and I live in a city called Odense. It is the capital of an island in Denmark called Fyn. I was born in Tipperary in Ireland (my father is Irish, my mother Danish) but we moved to Odense when…
  • Thought this was a good listen. It touches on everything from global poverty to colonialism and the way the narratives we're told about poverty and the blessings of capitalism is obscuring the economic reality of global capital exploitation.
  • @techie said: I think we should stop being clever by playing with words/semantics. In Buddhism, the goal is to 'escape' the cycle of birth and death. We are still here on this earth, which means we haven't really escaped it and are still w…
  • Many. And yet, no one because, paradoxically, there's nothing to achieve and one to achieve it.
  • Act Normal Amongst White Clouds Buddha's Lost Children The Buddha Comes to Sussex My Friend the Monk
    in Documentaries Comment by Jason April 4
  • I think it's useful to utilize the concept of the five aggregates as a means of analyzing the way we create a sense self in relation to/via craving in an effort to help see this process and remove the vast net of clinging that gives rise to sufferin…
  • A coworker of mine introduced me to Huddie Ledbetter.
  • We can already reduce human labour, but that labour is profitable to capital, so we still have it. I suggest we need a new way of doing things now, not only to give people more of their time back, but because if we don't start consciously doing it n…
  • Saw this and thought it was relevant (and something I support 100%): https://jacobinmag.com/2018/03/four-hour-workweek-tim-ferriss-work Also, I highly recommend The Radical King, edited by Cornel West. King's views on materialism mirror those of …
  • There are many forms of mindfulness mentioned in the suttas. Mindfulness of breathing. Mindfulness of death. The four foundations of mindfulness (or frames of reference). Etc. Each has its own object and provides its own insights and motivations alo…
  • Haven't gotten that far yet. Still finishing Kant series.
  • @techie said: @Jason said: When it tried to get MLK Jr. to kill himself, Can you say more on this? This is new to me. I'm sure if you google mlk, fbi, and suicide letter you'll g…
  • @person said: Edited to add: Would individual enterprise still be an option in your version of socialism? Or maybe it would take the form of some kind of collective enterprise? If so I'm really unsure of how that could practically work and have t…
  • @person said: Liberty is an important aspect of capitalism, people are still free to form co-ops or work directly for the betterment of others. Not really. Liberty within capitalism is limited, mainly to those who own capital. The libert…
  • @techie said: Just a thought. If technology keeps developing at this pace, would it be possible for capitalism to disappear of its own accord? With technology, supply exceeds demand. So at least when it comes to bare essentials it i…
  • @person said: @Jason said: @person said: Not really, I'm saying that inequality doesn't really matter that much because even though some have a lot more, everyone has some more. Comparing the equality of wealth a…
  • @person said: Not really, I'm saying that inequality doesn't really matter that much because even though some have a lot more, everyone has some more. Comparing the equality of wealth at this current moment in time, there is massive inequality. C…
  • Don't forget that people are also motivated by non-greed, non-hatred, and non-delusion; and fostering a system that relies on/encouages that rather than the motivation of greed will not only help serve to make things more equitable, but also help pe…
  • And this question of distribution is extremely important, I think, and can't be stressed enough. As Stephen Hawking noted in his last AMA on a question about automation and unemployment, "Everyone can enjoy a life of luxurious leisure if the machine…
  • @person said: I'm happy leaving it there. I think the growing pie thing was what I had the most attachment to and conviction about. I do have other points of disagreement but not as much conviction or certainty. Having a bigger and bigger…
  • I agree > @person said: @Jason said: Think what you wish. I'll just add that places like Finland or Kenya have experimented with UBIs with positive results. And many of the places with universal education and healthcare and less w…
  • Think what you wish. I'll just add that places like Finland or Kenya have experimented with UBIs with positive results. And many of the places with universal education and healthcare and less working hours are doing quite well, with politically enga…
  • @Shoshin said: @Jason said: I think that if we reduced hours, spreading jobs that aren't automated to more people working less hours, giving them more time, and focused on providing universal healthcare and education, then we'…
  • @person said: It sounds great, in a world full of people pursuing their passions who is going to fill the potholes, enforce the laws, balance the books, etc. though? People have always had to work doing things they maybe don't want to do to g…
  • @person said: @Jason said: What I'd like would take a small book to explain since it's a complicated issue and involves a reimagining of everything, from a change in how we approach the institution of private property to wage labour…
  • No, no relation. Entirely different discussion. I think we more or less agree. I see in the Buddha's morality a duel-focus, more deontological on the individual level re: the quality of intentions and more consequential on the social re: how our …
  • @person said: @Jason said: @person said: @karasti said: I think if you look at countries who are closer to where a lot of us would rather be, they do not really seem to suffer a lack of …
  • @person said: I like Philosophize This! (I love his presentation) too and I'm always finding similarities between western philosophers and Buddhist ones. I just listened to the episodes on Sarte and his partner/wife? Simone De Beauvior. I certain…
  • @person said: @karasti said: I think if you look at countries who are closer to where a lot of us would rather be, they do not really seem to suffer a lack of innovation. Netherlands is responsible for quite a few medical companies …
  • Not really, just have too much time on my hands sometimes.
  • The short answer is, I support the de-privatization (i.e., socialization) of opportunity and the weakening of class antagonisms and hierarchies arising out of social relations unique to capitalism and other predominately exploitative systems. I beli…
  • @Traveller said: @Jason While for most of my adult life I've leaned towards the left you've made me want to read Das Kapital mate. It's good, but a difficult read. I'd also highly recommend anything by David Harvey, like Limits to Capital…
  • @person said: So I guess my question is, do the owners of business create any value by developing new products, services or systems that they could be rewarded for or is the main thing that rates as valuable labor? Everyone creates value …
  • Yo, @Linc, just noticed that there's no button for adding links in comments on the mobile version (at least for android). There's bold, italics, quote-spolier, emojis, add file, and add image. No link one like on the full site.
  • @person said: I used to have similar views against capitalism. But when I look at the way it creates value and builds wealth across the board, I see capitalism as the compassionate system. You are free to view capitalism any way you wish.…
  • @Carameltail said: Marxism has really good critique capitalism, he even did actually praise it for it's merits too but it is limited when people adopt marxism as a way of seeing the world, as it is limited to the idea of two economic classes (per…
  • RIP, homie.
  • The OP reminded me of an interesting article from a few (six?) years ago exploring the rather unlikely partnership of Buddhism and Marxism, and the need for Buddhism to consciously "enter the movement of the real and be engaged with the struggle to …
  • @person said: I'm for capitalism primarily because I like the world today, I like the level of wealth. It's true that the top 1% have better things like healthcare than the rest. But the rest of us have better healthcare than our parents or grand…
  • @person, apologies for the following, rambling reply... To start, certainly various forms of equality existed prior to capitalism. What I'm concerned with, however, are the forms that are peculiar to capitalism since this is the reality we're con…