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  • Just a quick 2 minute read. If the reasons for mutual hatred are rooted as much in mutual misunderstanding as in genuine differences of values, that suggests Americans’ divisions should in principle be easy to remedy. It’s all just a matter of…
    in Politics! Comment by person June 23
  • charismatic
  • I'm somewhere center left in US terms. Though I believe quite firmly that we need differing political temperaments to govern society effectively, we each can see certain important aspects of the world that others aren't so attuned to. The problem…
    in Politics! Comment by person June 23
  • @opiumpoetry said: @person said: @opiumpoetry said: Here are the 14 Precepts of Engaged Buddhism: http://viewonbuddhism.org/resources/14_precepts.html They're quite a counterpoint to the view that Buddhism…
  • constellation
  • I'd just say that it is more important in some lineages than in others. That the belief in it, or at least the belief in the possibility of it, can act as a strong incentive to practice and behave ethically. And that the logic of it along with karma…
  • I hope you agree to it.
  • I think it is useful to try and make a distinction between hate and anger. Simply put I see anger as an emotion that comes and goes depending on circumstance. I see hate as a more sustained attitude of anger that needs an ideology or some sort of be…
  • Others have made good points. That letting go is a skill and some things are easier to let go of than others. Also, we don't need to hate to act, we can act out of care and concern for others or other justifiable reasons. Even care for those who har…
  • @opiumpoetry said: Here are the 14 Precepts of Engaged Buddhism: http://viewonbuddhism.org/resources/14_precepts.html They're quite a counterpoint to the view that Buddhism is a religion of self-absorbed navel-gazers. And I'd say they're tanta…
  • @Jason said: @person said: @lobster said: @FoibleFull said: The side-effect of mindfulness is compassion. Is it? Some have noted that minedfoolness makes…
  • @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, sniper, Mistress of Zen or consumerist unb…
  • That is something I've never felt I've been able to get to the bottom of, why some people succumb to their pain and others use it to do better. I once knew a Vietnam special forces vet, who was one of only 5 out of a company of over 100 that made…
  • This isn't intended as an excuse but rather an attempt at explaining deeper causes and conditions that allow for such behavior, particularly by advanced spiritual practitioners. People need to be held accountable for their harmful actions, but by un…
  • I think its true that that is what mindfulness does, but... 1) “Where would I find enough leather To cover the entire surface of the earth? But with leather soles beneath my feet, It’s as if the whole world has been covered.” That idea goes…
  • I'm sure there are many factors, but to me the meeting of more traditional patriarchal cultures with a more liberal western one explains a lot. A culture where men have more power and control over women also have more rigid social constructs around …
  • incongruous
  • I don't think science has much of a grasp on what consciousness actually is. There is a widespread assumption that it arises as a result of physical processes, but there isn't really even the first sentence of an explanation as to why physical proce…
  • There's a wisdom story I've heard Ajahn Brahm tell about 3 different stone masons working on a cathedral. During the early years of the fourteenth century the foundations of a magnificent cathedral were being laid in central Europe. The Clerk …
  • With my being self employed there isn't an explicit guarantee that work will always be available. As such money can come in in waves, sometimes busy, sometimes not. I've had to learn to keep an even keel and not get excited by peaks and worried duri…
  • suffix
  • “There's a difference between knowing the path and walking the path.” ~ Morpheus Internet Dharma to me seems like a big jumbled box of parts or a wide open field. Without the actual guidance of a teacher or support of a sangha it is easy to …
  • I was listening to some people talk about contemplation of death and they were saying that there were basically two outcomes from doing so. One, I think was referred to as reflecting on death, where it helps one let go of frivolous things and apprec…
  • absurdism
  • @pegembara reminds me of Nagarjuna There is pleasure when a sore is scratched, But to be without sores is more pleasurable still; There are pleasures in worldly desires, But to be without desires is more pleasurable still.
  • irreverent
  • I took @lobster's post as a reminder to be grateful even for the things we may be averse to and the lessons they can teach us. ...From time to time in the years to come, I hope you will be treated unfairly, so that you will come to know the va…
  • piccolo
  • @Kerome said: It’s odd that life seems to hold that many kinds of suffering are good for you. Exercise can be suffering, yet it builds up the body. No pain, no gain and all that. Giving birth is suffering, yet everybody is happy to see new babies…
  • It isn't necessarily a binary where we are either miserable and want out or our lives are tolerable and happy. My experience of the path has been that of an increase in my ground level of happiness as I can unravel and let go of my unskillful mental…
  • I just want to put out there in case anyone isn't aware but often getting more life out of a less efficient or less environmentally friendly product rather than purchasing a newer, "friendlier" product is the more eco conscious choice. https://ww…
  • ...We all love the struggle between good (us) and evil (them). It is, in its own way, deeply satisfying. Think of the plots of the James Bond films, the Star Wars films, the Indiana Jones films. In such movies, it’s quite obvious who the bad guys ar…
  • magazine
  • Its been over half my life now that I've been ingesting and incorporating an eastern, more holistic, yin/yang type of thinking and regularly find myself at odds intellectually with the western light vs dark way of thinking. I look at it as light …
  • Buttigieg (boot - edge- edge)
  • Pay attention to the mental fallout from such behavior. Usually the things that give us pleasure in the moment bring us pain in the long run. The opposite is also true that the things that bring us well being in the long often take work and sacrific…
  • Not to undermine you @federica . More to offer a way to cut back on paper for those who can't give it up entirely. I use about 10 sheets a day this way. Use a section of about 10 sheets, fold over the first onto the second doubling it up and use …