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  • Then I’d suggest making ‘managed capitalism’ a cornerstone of your policy package. Why those words? The inclusion of the term ‘capitalism’ means you’ll still be seen as one of them, while ‘managed’ gives an impression of correctly channelled in the …
  • Is the ending of capitalism not inherent in your stated aim of human beings no longer struggling to survive, @mindatrisk ? Capitalism is certainly responsible for a lot of struggle by the poor in developed nations, and a redistribution of wealth and…
  • Various parts of the visit are now up as video’s on HHDL’s website. It’s mostly in English. https://www.dalailama.com/videos
  • The thing is, those who benefit from the ‘pyramid of wealth’ by which money is extracted from the working population are those who own the banks and major corporations. Which closely corresponds to the 1%. Any system which sees the main population r…
  • @mindatrisk said: The only idea I have - which I fully endorse - is that most meaningful and beneficial developments in our species are motivated by passion not by money. The counter-argument would be that most of the great crimes came fr…
  • @Jason said: I got to see him during his environmental summit a few years ago. I really enjoyed it. Great to read that HHDL is Marxist as far as social-economic theory is concerned, I have a lot of respect for Karl Marx although I wonder …
  • The Eight Verses on Training the Mind With a determination to achieve the highest aim For the benefit of all sentient beings Which surpasses even the wish-fulfilling gem, May I hold them dear at all times. Whenever I interact with someone, …
  • It was really good actually... the introduction to the teaching was kind of an overview of the highlights of the buddha’s teaching, everything from anatta to interdependence to dependent origination came past. It was pretty dense and compact, not at…
  • South African desert flower ‘super blooms’
  • Might be of interest... Jeff Bezos donates $2 bn to help the homeless
  • What you are talking about means a significant redistribution of wealth, from the wealthy to the poorest. Addressing issues such as inequality and class means a re-engineering of society away from property rights and perhaps capitalism @Bunks …
  • @Kerome said: In the Philippines it’s typhoon mongpong at the moment or so I hear, I have an uncle who built a house there... Sorry, typhoon Mangkhut it is. Also hearing about huge amounts of water coming down from Florence and lots of…
  • It’s a bold initiative, and a timely one I think. There will definitely be people who will want to give this a push. And it’s important to give them a means to do so: from leaving an email address so they can stay up to date on the campaign, to maki…
  • The article on Wikipedia on gamma waves for those wanting more detail...
  • It varies a lot by forum, what kind of people you encounter and the kind of replies you get. I’m part of several forums too, and forums that are overwhelmingly British are different from the American ones, and ones that are focused on compassion are…
    in Pet Hate Comment by Kerome September 14
  • In the Philippines it’s typhoon mongpong at the moment or so I hear, I have an uncle who built a house there...
  • I enjoyed that, it’s a little peek into how people see themselves. I thought it was interesting that the theme of mental health came forward so strongly, it seems to be very impactful and determining for those who have contacted it.
  • @lobster said: I really liked @pegembara post Brahmaviharas is the Buddhist name for the set of four emotional states that includes equanimity and its direct derivatives—impartial goodwill, spontaneous compassion, and genuine apprec…
    in The Ego Comment by Kerome September 9
  • I’m sure @lobster will laugh merrily about me quoting a non-Buddhist, but Osho once said this on the subject of music... Music is born out of deep experiences of meditation; it is a dimension of meditation. By meditating, you may be able to be…
    in Shakuhachi Comment by Kerome September 8
  • Music and spiritual practice occasionally get brought together... there are various shamanic drumming rituals, and I know of a few non-Buddhist meditations which are set to music. Although that probably isn’t what you’re experiencing Even so, ha…
    in Shakuhachi Comment by Kerome September 7
  • @adamcrossley said: Would anyone else think of “nature” as a particularly Buddhist concern? Or as a pointer towards Buddhism in some way? I think in a way Buddhism did pioneer some of the attitudes towards being environmentally friendly. …
    in Impact! Comment by Kerome September 7
  • @Jason said: @federica said: Haven't a clue who either person is. Some of us Brits are so backward.... You're not missing much. Peterson is, in my opinion, a right-wing scum bag. Harris has some good things to say on c…
  • @lobster said: I like yoga a lot. After a few months of daily practice (only ten minutes), I am healthier, stronger, calmer, more supple. Very worthwhile for me. Does it make you more capable of chasing fish or laying eggs?
  • That very much speaks to me @jason, it’s beautiful. I too am drawn to those waters, but when I for example consider going to visit Thich Nhat Hanh’s Plum Village community in southern France, I wonder whether I am not too much into other spiritual i…
  • It seems a lot of people have problems with this, perhaps not surprising because it is a universal issue among those with a spiritual sense of being: how do we manage to feed that part of ourselves in a world where the majority of people seem to thi…
  • Thanks @person, that looks interesting although as you say lengthy.
  • @Rojeho said: The ego always want you to be, wants you to I, me, my yourself. The good thing is through my practice, I am aware and often I ponder how the strength of one's ego can be constantly subdued. How do you try to not be offended, have hu…
    in The Ego Comment by Kerome September 4
  • @Dhammika said: And I wonder if am worrying overmuch about career and not enough on the work of diligence. Worrying being very much the operative word for me as well. The economic style of thinking means to worry about future income, pens…
  • You know what they say, every challenge reveals something about our deeper nature, and every failure in particular tells you about which klesha you still have strong ties with. These things reveal pointers for tomorrow’s practice. In fact we shou…
  • Certainly mentally my experience was different. At 30 I was pretty stress-resistant and relatively tough against a variety of life knocks, where as those life knocks kept coming I was gradually worn down by it, and nowadays at 46 I’m finding I somet…
    in Untitled Comment by Kerome September 3
  • It helps to have a drink at hand, so that when people offer you some alcoholic beverage you can say “I’m good, I’ve already got a drink” or similar. You kind of become your own drinks provisioner, a secret lurker of fruit juices...
  • The fact that money rules has a lot to do with a shift that has been playing out over millennia with respect to resource scarcity in agricultural societies. A few thousand years ago you could just pitch up on a piece of land and start farming. Nowad…
  • A very insightful post @Jason but I just wanted to add that this... And because the ruling ideas of any age are those of the ruling class, many working people buy into the propaganda they're fed from all sides about capitalism being the best a…
  • I was reading about the klesha’s in yoga, where there are only 5 but they are a linked chain, and it put me in mind of this list. It is good to revisit it, perhaps with analytical meditation.
  • Well, I often consider the Four Noble Truths... * Life is challenging. For everyone. Our physical bodies, our relationships—all of our life circumstances—are fragile and subject to change. We are always accommodating. * The cause of suffering …
    in The Ego Comment by Kerome August 30
  • True, but there is also the question of if you do as the teacher does, are you learning what is appropriate for you, or are you merely learning to copy the teacher? Sometimes learning by copying, which we all often do subconsciously, is not an appro…
  • @FoibleFull said: I have learned the most by observing my teacher when he is not sitting on the teaching platform. it is a blessing to have a teacher. There is a difference between what teachers teach and what they are. Both can be usefu…
  • Beter plan b than Plan 9 From Outer Space
  • @lobster said: On the whole [warning generalisation ahead] most Westerners and Buddhists and Scientists are too head based. Science I feel is best served by a reasoned approach. This was Osho’s opinion as well, it was one reason why he de…
  • I think you are right @Fearless0124 the Earth will carry on, but I think it’s clear that humans are responsible for the current extinction event. Life on Earth will not be the same in 200 years, after all the overfishing we are doing and reducing th…
  • Perhaps, but I think @Person’s point was well made, that historically recent progress has been mostly based on improved use of reason, and an understanding of our own biases. And a lot of the buddha’s teachings make good sense, logically. The fac…
  • @lobster said: Intuition is not something we can develop. Intuition is something we already have. It is something ideally we become increasingly mindful or aware of. It can seem almost supernatural but is increased sen…
  • I’ve caught myself making decisions via intuition (coming to a conclusion via an intuitive realisation) and principle (that you come to a conclusion because you hold onto a certain principle). Neither of those are particularly reasonable. But you ha…
  • @Dhammika said: I recently encountered on a more wholesome web search, kusozu, Japanese watercolor paintings that graphically depict human decomposition Thanks for that, I had a search on the internet and found a few, very interesting.
  • @adamcrossley said: I’m really glad I read this thread—very interesting and educational. In my opinion, “cherry picking” is a derogatory term for a pretty necessary process in spirituality. Testing the teachings, contemplating them, findin…
  • @vinlyn said: @Kerome said: @FoibleFull said: Buddhism has a history of shaping it to the culture it moves into, yet without losing its essence or effectiveness. It puts me in mind of a quote …
  • @Quandarius said: @Kerome said: In such a case, I would start with a visit to a Buddhist temple of the same denomination as your old teacher. If you describe your symptoms to them, they may be able to help. Failing that, I would try…