The concept being that biologically, humans are some aberration; an out of control species with an overclocked reproductive drive and sufficient intelligence to overcome many obstacles as it eventually consumes all resources on Earth and the other life which inhabits it. A cancer, a virus.
I've read a few different perspectives on this, but feel that the Buddhist perspective tends to blow it off. I can comprehend how such a view stands in conflict with the main thrust of Buddhist philosophy - that it takes for granted that humanity is 'good', purposeful, not an anomaly.
What I want to know is why/how? What is the reasoning Buddhism offers up to counter the argument that humanity is a 'virus'? Note: Buddhism - not your own personal perspective.submitted by Leovinus_Jones
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7 Nacca-gita-vadita-visukkadassana mala-gandha-vilepana-dharana-mandana-vibhusanathana veramani sikkhapadam samadiyami I undertake the precept to refrain from dancing, singing, music, going to see entertainments, wearing garlands, using perfumes, and beautifying the body with cosmetics.
In regards to Uposatha, does this mean abstaining from all forms of entertainment (Internet, T.v, Music etc)? Can I read? Can I browse the internet? Where is the line drawn?submitted by NobodygoingNowhere
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I've been an atheist for roughly 4 years or so, Before i was a devoted Lutheran Christian. In recent months it's been difficult for me to forgive other people, yet i'm sure people have their reason for doing what they do, yet i still can't bring myself to forgive people. How do you guys forgive? If i'm making much sense.submitted by Jncocontrol
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Hi. I just had some recurring thoughts about death and felt like it might make sense to share it and hear some opinions. Whenever I get confronted with death, might it be by watching films, tv, series or by actual events of other beings dying, I tend to get very introvert, depressed and averted to everything that is not helping me to cope with the prospect of my own death. Watching myself in this state, I observed that my thoughts are those of planing to intensify my spiritual development, being generally scared of things that might 'get me' to death quicker and that I have a direct influence on, i.e. smoking, unhealthy lifestyle.. and being scared of things that might get me to death in a way that is out of my control, i.e. car accidents and so on. Generally I see things very negative in this state and I don't like to talk to people about this because I made the experience that most people don't want to talk about a topic like death, they get annoyed by it quickly and I suppose that's because they are scared of death themselves and don't like to get confronted with this fear. That's why I'm posting here. How do you guys deal with this and use it to develop in the right way? Thanks.submitted by iwouldntknowthough
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I find it extremely difficult as a result of my condition to maintain mindfulness at any given moment. I've also had a history of failed attempts to meditate, as I'm not sure exactly how to know I'm doing it right and I've yet to hear an explanation that really clicks for me. So I was wondering if anyone could help me out in some way.submitted by KhazemiDuIkana
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If my understanding of Ohm is wrong please correct me.
Of course you can't literally layer the sounds of everything, but you could layer random sounds until it was approximated.
I'm guessing layering enough sounds will give you the same result every time. Just like mixing enough colors gives you black every time.
Is this white/pink/brown or grey noise? I wonder how closely the chant "Ohm" resembles it, in terms of pitch and other characteristics.submitted by holyshiznoly
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I recently just got back from a month long trip to Bali, and while I was there I met this girl, although our encounter was only brief, her beliefs and attitude towards life has really resonated with me since I've got back. I've always considered myself an atheist, not spiritual at all, but now I'm not sure and I want to explore Buddhism and find out what it has too offer.
Which leads me to my question, I've seen the subreddits and obviously there are books for days, but are there any that you'd particularly recommend for me to pick up first, as someone who knows next to nothing but is very keen to learn!
Thanks!submitted by balloonfish
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I've just recently been getting serious with Buddhism and applying it to my life, and one thing that I've really noticed is how hard it is to keep on track at school. There are just so many things that just drag me down and keep me from improving along my spiritual path there, and I oftentimes find myself completely distracted and ignorant of what I should be doing. Does anyone have any good tips on how to cultivate fruitful habits even in a distracting environment like a school?submitted by boilersfan64
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What is it?
How do I do it?
How do i tell if i'm doing it right or wrong?
I have many different theories about mindfulness, and nothing is really clearing them up.
I think it's safe to assume that mindfulness is a conscious exertion of an action. What that action is, and how to carry it out, i don't understand.submitted by obliviron
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"The world systems are spoken of by the Tathàgata as no world systems, therefore they are called world systems."
This sentence structure is repeated several times, and each time it makes less sense to me. Can anyone explain the "A is not A, therefore it is A" logic to me?submitted by louisvilledw
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Japanese Buddhist Art Piece Suggestion for College Term Paper? Any suggestion would be greatly appreciated!
I am currently taking a Japanese Buddhist Art course that requires a final paper, and I was wondering if you had any suggestions of pieces of art for the topic of my paper (pretty much anything would be a valid piece of art for this paper, from sculpture or paintings to gardens, etc.).
The only restrictions are (1) that the piece of art must have been made in Japan from the Edo period (early 17th century) through today, and (2) that we must visit the piece of art ourselves. The piece of art would thus need to be located somewhere around the Kyoto, Osaka, and Nara area of Japan (the Kansai area).
Any and all suggestions would be greatly appreciated! If you do know the location of the piece of art (city, temple name, etc.), please kindly include that as well! As well, any additional information about the piece of art you feel I should know would also be greatly appreciated!
Thank you for taking the time to read this! I sincerely appreciate it!
TL;DR I need to write a term paper on a piece of Japanese Buddhist art that was created since early 17th century. Please comment the title and location of the piece of art. Because I need to visit the piece of art, it would need to be located in the Kansai area of Japan (Kyoto, Osaka, Nara). Thank you!submitted by maganda1220
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My experiment with alcohol and mindfulness, in an attempt to show myself what the substance really is, and how it alters me.
This is all from my personal journal verbatim
Tonight I'm performing an experiment with the hope of bringing awareness to what happens to me when I drink. First I will meditate briefly to establish a baseline, and sip by sip, be mindful of how I change.
I'm drinking whiskey, straight. First glass has 4 shots.
Baseline: I find it harder to concentrate than normal. There's noticeable tension between my brows.
1st sip: Head-space has opened up, brow-tension slightly increased.
2nd sip: Consciousness stream more pronounced, music in periphery. Impatience.
3rd sip: Cloudy. Hard to get a steady full breath. Inner voice is louder. Distraction is easier.
4th sip: Impulses.
" I wonder what would happen if I killed the bottle."
" Maybe I should smoke some weed too and see what happens!"
Beyond this, the mind is overall quieter. Gave up on keeping my eyes closed. Reality is sort of dreamlike, images and sounds of the mind are louder.
5th: Feeling it. Easier to close my eyes now. Mind is chaotic but nothing persists for long, like flashes in the periphery, almost noise. Inner voice is restless. It's been about 45 minutes now.
6th: I can tell my body doesn't like it. I don't feel well, which is abnormal for my tolerance level.
Alcohol is the opposite of mindfulness. It urges you to jump and surf its stream, and if you don't, it punishes you with nausea. It promotes lack of awareness, and rewards you with the illusion of a quiet mind, but really, it's blanket apathy.
7th: I'm not minding my breathing, I'm slouching, my head is cocked to one side. My mind is very quiet but I can't muster the effort to concentrate. Urges to distract myself from the unpleasant side effects with food, music, internet emerge strongly.
8th: Glass is empty, poured another two shots. I don't want it. I want time before wanting it. I want food before wanting it. But this is good. I feel my aversion is positive.
Numb. I gave a shot at meditation again. I feel weak. The mind is quiet but I have no willpower to do anything, beyond simple base pleasures.
9th: I spaced out pretty hard. Emotions are manifesting into vivid daydreams.
10th: I haven't been in my room for quite some time. I'm here physically, but not mentally. Emotions are bubbling up from beyond the veil. I'm officially sloppy. What were those emotions? I don't remember, even though it was only a few minutes ago. Or was it seconds?
11th: A shot more. I don't want it, but I must. There's more to see.
Meditation is pointless at this point. Numbness to the point of slipping far from the here and now. I'm barely lucid in an empty dream. A stupor. Nothing with no mind to see it. The urge for food is strong. I give up sitting.
12th: People at this point, who still want to drink, are either full on booze-dreaming and unaware or are allured by the comfort of the darkness that lies within reach. Maybe the draw to it has been there the whole time.
So at this point I decided that I had enough and went to go soak up as much booze as I could with massive amounts of tortillas and fruit juice. I'm still drunk but more lucid now, and I can honestly say that after this experience alcohol use for me is going to come into serious question. Tomorrow I'll add more insight from a sober perspective.
EDIT Thank you everyone for your insight and commentary so far! I'm rather hungover but the follow-up should be up within the next hour or two in the comments section.submitted by iboard330
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