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Jason · God Emperor · Moderator

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  • @person said: @Jason said: @person said: @lobster said: @FoibleFull said: The side-effect of mindfulness is compassion. Is…
  • @person said: @lobster said: @FoibleFull said: The side-effect of mindfulness is compassion. Is it? Some have noted that minedfoolness makes us potentially a better stock exchange shark, …
  • @mindatrisk said: Interesting article in The Guardian. https://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/2019/jun/14/the-mindfulness-conspiracy-capitalist-spirituality The hypothesis seems to be that how mindfulness is being adopted plays in…
  • Because dudes are conditioned to be gross due to generations of bad behaviour and a host of social, political, and religious systems that have supported and helped to promulgate such behaviour. Because societal structures allow them to get away with…
  • @Kerome said: @Jason said: It makes sense to me. We don't really have a problem with happiness, delight, pleasure; we have an issue with unhappiness, suffering, pain. So we focus on suffering. And when we do so, we learn that happin…
  • It makes sense to me. We don't really have a problem with happiness, delight, pleasure; we have an issue with unhappiness, suffering, pain. So we focus on suffering. And when we do so, we learn that happiness and unhappiness, joy and suffering, plea…
  • At one time I did. Now I spend most of my energy on being a good person because that in itself an admirable goal, in my opinion. The Stoics often said virtue is its own reward. Epictetus, for example, argued that there's no reward for a person gr…
  • Podcast-wise, there's Audio Dharma, which also has an app.
    in Dharma Talks Comment by Jason April 20
  • Some personal reflections on Good Friday/Jesus' death: Today is Good Friday, the day that traditionally commemorates the death of Jesus. What does Jesus' death mean to people today, over 2,000 years later? We're told it means salvation, new life,…
  • @lobster said: But I agree with @Jason that the world seems to be getting less suitable to learn dhamma in, not more. There seems to be more and more emphasis on finances and earning a living, it seems to be becoming a less generous plac…
  • @herbie said: @Jason said: @herbie said: @Jason said: @herbie, let me ask you the same question I asked seeker: Say you're walking down the road and you see someone choking. Nobody else …
  • @herbie said:> As far as I've been taught Improving or changing the world isn't the purpose of the path and the proper environment actually is neither external nor internal, nor both, nor neither and as far as actions/activities are concerned if …
  • @herbie said: @Jason said: @herbie, let me ask you the same question I asked seeker: Say you're walking down the road and you see someone choking. Nobody else is around and they'll die if you don't help. Do you have a responsibility…
  • This is a bit of a jumbled mess that was pieced together at work from some thoughts I'd written down earlier but which weren't saved and henced lost. It's not as comprehensive and coherent as I'd like, but it's the best I can do with my busy schedul…
  • @herbie, let me ask you the same question I asked seeker: Say you're walking down the road and you see someone choking. Nobody else is around and they'll die if you don't help. Do you have a responsibility to help? If not, why? and would that be in …
  • @herbie said: Ok. Now in clear words: you are setting up your own dharma of morality because you obviously think you know better than Buddha. And not only that you've fallen off from Buddha's vehicle and go your way to experience the consequences…
  • @herbie said: @Jason said: @herbie said: @Jason said: @herbie said: @Jason said: @herbi…
  • @herbie said: @Jason said: @herbie said: @Jason said: @herbie said: @seeker242 said: @h…
  • @herbie said: @Jason said: @herbie said: @seeker242 said: @herbie said: If you don't accept that responsibilities of an individual can only arise through …
  • @seeker242 said: @herbie said: If you don't accept that responsibilities of an individual can only arise through contracts that the individual in question has consciously and voluntarily signed or though the autonomous reasoning of …
  • @herbie said: @seeker242 said: @herbie said: If you don't accept that responsibilities of an individual can only arise through contracts that the individual in question has consciously and voluntarily signed or t…
  • @Jason said: Ok, well I will leave it to@Jason to see whether it's worth his while getting into it with you. It's not. For one, responsibility ≠ principle. I don't think the kind of moral responsibilities I'm talking about are 'given' the…
  • Do you not also understand that how we treat others in our society is also a form of political involvement? That's one of the main points I've been trying to get across.
  • @seeker242 said: @Jason said: Nobody is saying that those who follow the 'ten wholesome actions' aren't moral. That's not the point of what I or anyone else is saying. The question is, do we have a moral obligation to others? And mo…
  • @herbie said: Dear @Jason, what i do not understand is your use of 'obligation'. What could establish such an obligation from your perspective? By their being a part of a society. By being a social creature in a socially-construct…
  • @herbie said: @Jason said: @herbie said: @Jason said: @Jason said: @seeker242 said: @Ja…
  • @herbie said: @Jason said: @Jason said: @seeker242 said: @Jason said: Or to put it another way, is it moral to forsake our political duties in order to fo…
  • @seeker242 said: @Jason said: So you equate shared social responsibilities with generosity then? And to engage in any kind of citizenry duties is to become a political activist? Is your argument that one has no duties to others, onl…
  • I'm sorry I jumped into this. I wanted to make a point, but I'm doing a bad job and I don't know if it's even worth it. I've spent a long time defending religion from people who don't see the benefit of it. But I find it more and more difficult to d…
  • @seeker242 said: @Jason said: So would you ultimately argue, then, that neglecting the duties of citizenship is moral? That not voting is moral? Not going to jury duty, paying taxes, etc. is moral? That living in a society while not…
  • @Jason said: @seeker242 said: @Jason said: Or to put it another way, is it moral to forsake our political duties in order to focus on ourselves? Yes, one need not be a political activist to be…
  • @seeker242 said: @Jason said: Or to put it another way, is it moral to forsake our political duties in order to focus on ourselves? Yes, one need not be a political activist to be moral. So would you ultimatel…
  • @herbie said: @Jason said: @herbie said: @Jason said: @herbie said: @Jason said: The way we produce distribute goods…
  • @herbie said: @Jason said: @herbie said: @Jason said: The way we produce distribute goods and provide services is political. The creation and maintenance of infrastructure is political. …
  • @herbie said: @Jason said: The way we produce distribute goods and provide services is political. The creation and maintenance of infrastructure is political. The laws we have to help govern social life is political. The way we appr…
  • The way we produce distribute goods and provide services is political. The creation and maintenance of infrastructure is political. The laws we have to help govern social life is political. The way we approach justice is political. The way we decide…
  • @Kerome said: @Jason said: "was an unskillful bodily [verbal, mental] action with painful consequences, painful results, then you should confess it, reveal it, lay it open to the Teacher or to a knowledgeable companion in the holy l…
  • One of my favourites is MN 61, given by the Buddha to his son, Rahula. Simple. Practical. Straightforward. And in my opinion, the heart of the Buddhist path of practice: "Whenever you want to do a bodily [verbal, mental] action, you should ref…
  • @SE25Wall said: I often find the calls in Buddhism to "calm/silence/watch the mind" troubling. Does this circumvent the political? How can we act and engage with political action/thought if we are constantly training ourselves to silence the mind…
  • Seems to be an idea finding popularity with some in the scientific field such as Sam Harris and Robert Wright.
  • @federica said: So it's up to the students, is it, to evaluate and decide, discern and evaluate? Well thanks a bunch for the heads up..! While you make a good point, the Buddha did advise care in selecting a teacher (AN 4.192, MN 95), and…
  • @Kerome said: At various times in my life I have had a number of collections... stamps for a while when I was younger, science fiction and fantasy paperbacks, comics. The thing that is left over which I still have is a sizeable hoard of dvd’s. Ha…
  • Might I asked what teacher?
  • I don't know. On the one hand, it can seem like maybe they aren't serious about the practice, or else aren't any further along it than we are. It seems to us like a weakness, a flaw, a sign that they're just like anybody else and nothing special spi…
  • It may imply elitism is some cases, but I see it more about making a specific commitment with regard to both a teacher and a particular practice. It's an important part of those kinds of practices themselves. I definitely think some practices are be…
  • Capitalism is the proximate cause of this, as well as the broader environmental degradation, habitat destruction, and overconsumption that's causing other extinctions. A system built on greed and the need for accumulation for accumulation's sake isn…
  • It seems to me that it's referring to the experience and intuitive understanding of emptiness.