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Jason · God Emperor · Moderator

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  • Capitalism ruins everything, even spirituality.
  • @federica said: @Jason said: No, not that I'm aware of. That said, I definitely think that civil disobedience can be part of right action when it's done to confront injustice and harm. The civil rights movement in the US and the fig…
  • No, not that I'm aware of. That said, I definitely think that civil disobedience can be part of right action when it's done to confront injustice and harm. The civil rights movement in the US and the fight against British rule in India are both exce…
  • Again, withholding something isn't equivalent to false speech, so if there's a good reason to withhold information or keep a secret, it doesn't violate the fourth precept. Unless, of course, you really want to refrain from keeping people's confidenc…
  • I'm rooting for Germany. I think Brazil, Belgium, and Denmark will do well. I think France will flop. And I hope Iran will be the dark horse to surprise everyone.
  • The fourth precept concerns truthfulness, i.e., not lying to yourself or others. But truthfulness isn't the same thing as keeping someone's confidence or keeping things to yourself. Moreover, the precepts are things we voluntarily take on because th…
  • @Vimalajāti said: @ScottPen said: I really don't want to imagine the death and loss of my loved ones. It reminds me of when Rāhula taught disillusionment with the body, and the monks promptly began to kill themselves. …
  • Anthony Bourdain seemed like a cool guy. But this world often takes the best before their time, leaving the worst to have their way with it. The world we've created can be cruel and make us feel so terribly alone, sad, confused, tired and drained, o…
    in Anthony Bourdain Comment by Jason June 8
  • Yes, there are many ways to be more aware of the inconstant nature of phenomena, like focusing on the arising and ceasing of thoughts or physical sensations and their constant changeability. For example, see this excerpt from a talk by Gil Fronsdal:…
  • @ScottPen said: I've read that nowhere in the Pali Canon does the Buddha identify himself by name. Is this correct? If so, where did people get the idea that it was Siddhartha Gautama? Well, nowhere in the first four nikayas is the name …
  • @federica said: Yes, @Dhammika , it has been mentioned before on this forum... Here and here, for starters.
    in Counterintuitive Comment by Jason June 4
  • @Frankj said: Hello everyone. I am new to Buddhism and I have a lot to learn and discover and in realizing this I also have a lot of questions. My first one is about the 5 Precepts. What happens or what could happen if we do not follow the 5 P…
    in The 5 Precepts Comment by Jason June 2
  • On the one hand, I lean towards the side of the Dhamma being freely given and teachers/centers being dana-based. On the other, we live in a capitalist society, where money is king. Centers require money to operate, and teachers have bills to pay. My…
  • It's difficult to say as the roots can vary. They can come from biology or upbringing. From things we've been taught to things we've picked up through repetition or example and constant exposure. And in Buddhism, there's the idea that our actions in…
    in Birth of Beliefs Comment by Jason May 31
  • @Tsultrim Yes, and i'm a Vajrayanist and i'm taught to work with the world's energies, and i have been provided with a tool box as well from the Buddha up through enlightened teachers of my Vajrayana lineage to my teacher. I too incline my min…
  • @Tsultrim said: @Jason said: @Tsultrim said: At a certain point, Mind is all the pleasure, joy, gladness etc. we need. Directing it elsewhere is to lose the pleasure, joy, gladness etc it provides. Lookin…
  • @Vimalajāti said: I'm not sure what the policy for citations here is. My apologies for this metadiscussion. The above discourse is from the Mahāparinirvāṇasūtra. In the Pali Canon, this story can be found at DN 16. The Pali …
  • @Tsultrim said: At a certain point, Mind is all the pleasure, joy, gladness etc. we need. Directing it elsewhere is to lose the pleasure, joy, gladness etc it provides. Looking for pleasure, joy, gladness etc outside of Mind is like, "Riding …
  • I'd just add that pleasure, joy, gladness, etc. isn't verboten in Buddhism. And sometimes, directing the mind towards something pleasant or inspiring can be beneficial to one's meditation, as suttas like SN 47.10 illustrate: The Blessed One wa…
  • I suppose one can be mindful doing anything, including drinking alcohol, but I wouldn't recommend it in general. Intoxicants can make meditation difficult and unpleasant, as well as impair mindfulness itself. That said, I'm not a hardliner on the fi…
  • @person said: I think I've noticed for myself that I have a scarcity mentality around acceptance. Maybe I feel like there is only so much to go around, if others are being accepted for the categories they fit into then there isn't room for me to …
  • One of the things that I appreciate about Marx is that he realized how much our material circumstances and conditions influence our ways of thinking, and how those who control the flow and direction of ideas propagate certain ideas over others. In t…
  • I agree. I'm personally feeling very generous with my critique of capitalism at the moment. There's an abundance, and I'm not stingy.
  • @person said: @Jason said: @person said: The Abundance Mentality, on the other hand, flows out of a deep inner sense of personal worth and security. It is the paradigm that there is plenty out there and enough t…
  • @person said: The Abundance Mentality, on the other hand, flows out of a deep inner sense of personal worth and security. It is the paradigm that there is plenty out there and enough to spare for everybody. It results in sharing of prestige, of …
  • Not blindly, but with a practical purpose with an eye towards testing their results. See Thanissaro Bhikkhus' "Faith in Awakening."
    in Inquiry Comment by Jason May 17
  • @Socair said: Hi all looking for some good recommendations on Theravada buddhism. I am interested in learning more and perhaps practising in the Theravadan tradition. May I ask who here practises in the Theravadan school of buddhism and if I m…
    in Theravada Comment by Jason May 17