@scribe Even if we killed the entire entertainment industry, we’d still be buying food that has to compete with factory farms, paying rent to landlords or paying mortgages, and scraping by with what little health care we can force the government to make available by regulation.
@scribe And cautions. Ever yank a stinging nettle out of the ground? It's easy because it has a simple root; it relies on only one trick, and gloves defeat that trick.
@Honeybees Whether we consider the source to be “God”, “fate”, “Nature”, or “karma”, there are events we cannot affect, and can merely avoid or prepare for them. Whether we follow divine commandments or human precepts, there are actions we can take, or refrain from, to further liberation from misery. Meditation helps us approach this with clarity.
@Honeybees Zen is about giving up delusions, which would include delusions of agency we never really had, as well as delusions of lack of agency that we actually possess. From the outside, some of that may look like deference or rebellion.
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@ShaunBartone My approach is that perfection is a property of very simple things, like mathematics. Things can be healthy or unhealthy, well-adapted or ill-suited to their environment, but the very act of asserting that there is a perfection that can be approached creates misery as you dwell on the distance between the thing as it is and the notion of its perfection.
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@ShaunBartone Vipassana (aka mindfulness) meditation is its own particular brain workout that has its own set of effects as people develop that neural pathway. I know of no substitutes, and as Master Ta-Hui wrote: "If you think you have found even one shortcut in Zen, you have already stuck your head in a bowl of glue."
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@ShaunBartone Modifying cornerstones like that reminds me of @BuddhistHulk@twitter.com: SENSE OF HUMOUR IS ELEVENTH PARAMI. https://twitter.com/BuddhistHulk/status/13359878294736898 (In reply to my saying “All dharmas are LOLdharmas.”)
Consciousness and Death Show more
@ShaunBartone Individual consciousness dissolves every time we go to sleep, and rearranges itself for minor things like getting hungry or tired or drunk. Our very food preferences can change as the result of an organ transplant! Meditation helps us recognize the impermanence of the self.
@craicem It was never particularly busy. I suspect cultivating nonattachment also helps people cut down on their social media time.
Today’s dharma-burger: a prepackaged single serving of cheddar popcorn, from @LesserEvilSnack. Bonus points for making it clear that they’re referencing the Laughing Buddha on the back, rather than Shakyamuni. Gets to “chuckle” on the facepalm-eyeroll-chuckle scale. https://www.lionsroar.com/2015-the-year-in-dharma-burgers/
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@ShaunBartone I think the term “reailty” gets used in different senses and these senses are often confused. One meaning of “reality” is “the measurable physical world”, and another is “a person’s subjective world” (e.g. acknowledging that another’s emotional pain is real to them).
@ShaunBartone Relativity has interesting things to say about how time passes under different circumstances, but it’s still singular, and always subjectively linear. Someone else’s experience may not look linear to you, though.
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