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Audio Dharma - Mindful Communication Daylong
Audio Dharma is an archive of Dharma talks given by Gil Fronsdal and various guest speakers at the Insight Meditation Center in Redwood City, CA. Each talk illuminates aspects of the Buddha's teachings. The purpose is the same that the Buddha had for his teachings, to guide us toward the end of suffering and the attainment of freedom.
mindfulness  speech  buddhism 
yesterday by craigrosa
The Dangers of Diluted Buddhism - Tricycle: The Buddhist Review
"Some charismatic leaders take advantage of Western misconceptions rather than correct them, a Tibetan Buddhist teacher from the UK argues."



"In today’s Western society, where the dominant cultural systems are failing to provide explanations for life’s philosophical questions, a space has opened up that Buddhism is uniquely suited to address.

It is crucial, however, that the temptation to assimilate Buddhism to the ruling ideologies of our age—scientism, ideological fanaticism, and a ruthless self-absorption masquerading as spirituality—be resisted. Such temptations lead to what we might term “fake Buddhism.” Though this has many features, perhaps the most significant is its determination (knowingly or in ignorance) to sever the necessary connection among ethics, meditation, and wisdom—the three trainings that comprise the backbone of all Buddhist traditions. Either a free-floating meditation detached entirely from the other two trainings is formulated or ethics and wisdom are corrupted by spurious notions such as “crazy wisdom.”

Whichever the severance may be, the ground is thus created for the scandals that have plagued Buddhism in recent years and caused disillusionment for many. Unfortunately, the simultaneous disappointment all too frequently becomes resentment, and, whereas disappointment can be the first step to wisdom, resentment brings only disaster.

It is a great tragedy that nowadays many people’s connection with Buddhism bears all the tell-tale signs of a journey from credulous enthusiasm to resentment. Maybe in some cases it’s because they have embraced a phantom—a version of Buddhism that would be unrecognizable to any of our Buddhist predecessors, not to mention the Asian people who still make up the bulk of practicing Buddhists—and one, sadly, that cannot benefit them in any profound manner. One need only glance at the concerns and assumptions of vocal “Buddhists” in the West to sense that these are two very different worlds, and to wonder what “Buddhism” it might be that most Westerners have embraced.

In fact, the answer is clear. They have embraced a Buddhism largely of their own projections, albeit in some cases with some skilful prompting by the kind of Asian or Western teachers who are active in the spiritual marketplace. It is a Buddhism shorn of anything objectionable to the upscale inhabitants of London, Santa Monica, and Manhattan. It’s a Buddhism in which the moral seriousness of traditional Buddhism, a seriousness grounded in respect for others, has been amputated. In its place has been grafted the license of absolute autonomy to the self, for whom individual choice is the only arbiter of good and evil. In short, rather than abandoning self-centredness (and the other powerful gods of our age) and turning instead to Buddhism, we have found, or so we think, a religion that can accommodate them.

It is the apparently unthreatening nature of Buddhism that makes it so attractive to those for whom Christian consolations are unfashionable and restrictive. The sophisticated, well-heeled, and well-connected are excited to be the guests of honor at the Buddhist party today because they imagine that it demands nothing of them, but I don’t see much room for the ordinary, unshowy man or woman with their dirty hands and struggles.

Such a toothless Buddhism, which is only attractive because it is not Christianity, can do nothing to liberate us from the suffering of birth, old age, sickness, and death, for it leaves intact the entire machinery of self-clinging, self-cherishing, and the ensuing disturbing emotions, and here is the root of the disillusionment many come to experience so often. Such a diluted Buddhism cannot provide support and clarity when difficulties turn up, as difficulties inevitably do, and so those who become disillusioned will either return to Christianity, or embrace a total cynicism.

Another version of this disillusionment is felt by those who collapse into resentment on unmasking their chosen guides as nothing more than deceivers. In the modern Buddhist world, it is sometimes hard for neophytes to distinguish the authentic masters from the snake-oil salesmen. They have similar names, they sometimes come from the same places, and, nowadays, they’ve even got the titles. The one difference, which should be obvious (but unhappily may not be to us, owing to our inexperience in such matters, and the general newness of Buddhism in the West), is that the purveyors of snake-oil long ago cast off the shackles of fidelity to true Buddhism in word or deed. Maybe that’s why we like them to begin with—they’re flexible. Perhaps, in some way, they remind us of ourselves.

In many cases, we have embraced a spurious system that is Buddhist in name only, and, what is more, we have often embraced masters who are masters in name only. No wonder we are disappointed when we discover that Buddhism is far from what we imagined. How the truth is going to hurt when we find out how we have allowed ourselves to be deceived."
buddhism  shortcuts  religion  2018  lamajampathaye 
2 days ago by robertogreco
Death Grip: How Holding Hands With a Corpse Got Me a Little Closer to Enlightenment | GQ
What a week at a Buddhist superpower camp taught me about death and why we fear it.
meditation  buddhism  death 
4 days ago by thejaymo
The Eight Bardos
While the most famous bardo is the one between death and rebirth, there are others that also shape our lives. Khenchen Konchog Gyaltshen presents a commentary on Milarepa’s song of realization “The Eight Bardos.”

-- Khenchen Konchog Gyaltshen
Lion's Roar | lionsroar.com | 18 feb 2014
buddhism  buddhism-cncpt-bardo  buddhism-trdtn-mahayana  buddhism-trdtn-tibetan  dhamma  dhamma-foundation2-details  transformation  transition  Milarepa  format-article  type-teaching 
4 days ago by tometaxu
Why Do Human Beings Do Good Things? The Puzzle of Altruism
I believe that empathy is the root of all pure altruism. Sometimes empathy is described as a cognitive ability to see the world through another person’s eyes, but I think it’s actually much more than that. In my view, the capacity for empathy shows that, in essence, all human beings - and in fact all living beings—are interconnected. At some deep level, we are expressions of the same consciousness. (As several philosophers of consciousness—such as David Chalmers—have suggested, it may be that rather than producing consciousness, the function of the brain may be to ‘receive’ or ‘channel’ a consciousness which exists outside the brain, and which in fact permeates the whole universe. Consciousness may be a fundamental force of the universe, like gravity.)
...
In other words, there is no need to make excuses for altruism. Instead, we should celebrate it as a transcendence of seeming separateness. Rather than being unnatural, altruism is an expression of our most fundamental nature—that of connectedness.

Steve Taylor
Psychology Today | psychologytoday.com | 18 oct 2013
buddhism  buddhism-cncpt-compassion  buddhism-cncpt-interdependence  buddhism-cncpt-karuna  consciousness  dhamma  dhamma-is-where-you-find-it  altruism  philosophy  philosophy-western  science  format-article  type-information 
5 days ago by tometaxu
Caught in Indra’s Net - Lion's Roar
If you want to understand the full truth of “form is emptiness; emptiness is form,” says Robert Aitken Roshi, you must go beyond the Heart Sutra to philosophical texts like the Huayan Sutra, which unpack and elaborate this profound paradox.
[or, meditation is another option]

-- Robert Aitken
Lion's Roar | lionsroar.com | 1 sep 2006
buddhism  buddhism-trdtn-all  buddhism-trdtn-zen  dhamma  dhamma-foundation2-details  format-article  type-information 
5 days ago by tometaxu
Buddhist Pilgrim-Monks as Agents of Cultural and Artistic Transmission: The International Buddhist Art Style in East Asia, ca. 645-770, Wong
"In the mid-seventh century, a class of Buddhist pilgrim-monks disseminated an art style in China, Japan, and Korea that was uniform in both iconography and formal properties. Traveling between the courts and religious centers of the region, these pilgrim-monks played a powerful role in this proto-cosmopolitanism, promulgating what came to be known as the International Buddhist Art Style.       
"In Buddhist Pilgrim-Monks as Agents of Cultural and Artistic Transmission, Dorothy C. Wong argues that the visual expression found in this robust new art style  arose alongside the ascendant theory of the Buddhist state, and directly influenced it.  Aided by lavish illustrations, Wong’s book shows that the visual language transmitted and circulated by these pilgrim-monks served as a key agent in shaping the cultural landscape of Northeast Asia. 
"This is the first major study of the vital role played by Buddhist pilgrim-monks in conveying the notions of Buddhist kingship via artistic communication. Wong’s interdisciplinary analysis will attract scholars in Asian art history and religious studies."
to:NB  books:noted  art_history  cultural_exchange  buddhism 
6 days ago by cshalizi
The Pali Tipitaka
The entire Pali Tipitaka, in many different scripts.

This web site is based on the Chaṭṭha Saṅgāyana CD published by the Vipassana Research Institute. Based at Dhamma Giri, Igatpuri, near Mumbai, India, the Vipassana Research Institute also publishes literature & disseminates information related to Vipassana Meditation Technique as taught by S.N.Goenka in the tradition of Sayagyi U Ba Khin.

tipitaka.org | retr 7 nov 2018

To get to the texts, click on one of the scripts in sidebar --
"Roman" is our western letters. No translation.

Also has Pali-Thai dictionary as 4 PDFs
buddhism  buddhism-00-core  buddhism-texts-dhammapada  buddhism-texts-pali_canon  buddhism-texts-tipitaka  buddhism-trdtn-all  buddhism-trdtn-theravada  buddhism-trdtn-theravada-burma  dhamma  dhamma-foundation2-details  dhamma-texts  language-learn  language-pali  Buddha  format-article  type-information 
7 days ago by tometaxu
The Dhammapada: Verses and Stories
The Dhammapada: Verses and Stories
Translated by Daw Mya Tin, M.A.
Edited by Editorial Committee, Burma Tipitaka Association Rangoon, Burma, 1986

pali and english. Some notes on words. accompanying summaries of Buddhagosa stories/commentary.

tipitaka.net | retr 7 nov 2018
buddhism  buddhism-00-core  buddhism-trdtn-all  buddhism-trdtn-theravada  buddhism-texts-dhammapada  buddhism-texts-pali_canon  dhamma  dhamma-foundation2-details  dhamma-texts  language-learn  language-pali  Buddha  Buddhagosa  format-article  type-information 
7 days ago by tometaxu
Khuddaka Nikaya ~ at Wikipedia
The Khuddaka Nikāya (‘Minor' or 'Small' Collection’) is the last of the five nikayas, or collections, in the Sutta Pitaka, which is one of the "three baskets" that compose the Pali Tipitaka, the scriptures of Theravada Buddhism. This nikaya consists of fifteen (Thailand), seventeen (Sri Lanka), or eighteen books (Burma) in different editions on various topics attributed to the Buddha and his chief disciples.

This Nikaya contains the Dhammapada.

Wikipedia | wikipedia.org | retr 7 nov 2018
buddhism  buddhism-00-core  buddhism-trdtn-all  buddhism-trdtn-theravada  buddhism-texts-dhammapada  buddhism-texts-khuddaka_nikaya  buddhism-texts-pali_canon  dhamma  dhamma-foundation2-details  dhamma-texts  format-article  type-information 
7 days ago by tometaxu
Dhammapada ~ at Wikipedia
The Dhammapada धम्मपद is a collection of sayings of the Buddha in verse form and one of the most widely-read and best-known Buddhist scriptures.The original version of the Dhammapada is in the Khuddaka Nikaya, a division of the Pali Canon of Theravada Buddhism.

Wikipedia | wikipedia.org | retr 7 nov 2018
buddhism  buddhism-00-core  buddhism-trdtn-all  buddhism-trdtn-theravada  buddhism-texts-dhammapada  buddhism-texts-pali_canon  dhamma  dhamma-foundation2-details  dhamma-texts  language-learn  language-pali  Buddha  Buddhagosa  format-article  type-information 
7 days ago by tometaxu
Learn Pali - Readings in Pali Texts
Vandana - 6 Gathas
Dhammapada - all verses
Selected Pali texts

pali, english - translation; complete breakdown of sentence structure and vocabulary. wonderful.

BDLM | buddhism.lib.ntu.edu.tw | retr 7 nov 2018
buddhism  buddhism-texts  buddhism-texts-dhammapada  buddhism-texts-vendana  buddhism-trdtn-all  buddhism-trdtn-theravada  dhamma  dhamma-foundation2-details  dhamma-texts  language-learn  language-pali  Buddha  format-website  type-compendium 
7 days ago by tometaxu
Digital Library & Museum of Buddhist Studies ::: Buddhist Museum
The World of Xuanzang and the Silk Road.Digital Museum of Buddhism in Taiwan. Historical Database of Taiwanese Buddhism.CBETA

buddhism.lib.ntu.edu.tw | retr 7 nov 2018
buddhism  buddhism-trdtn-all  buddhism-trdtn-chinese  buddhism-trdtn-mahayana  buddhism-texts  buddhism-trdtn-theravada  format-website  type-museum  type-compendium 
7 days ago by tometaxu
八阕 ・ 广角新闻 ・ 科 教:【宇宙大爆炸之前什么样 科学家的解释和神学家惊人相似】
但直觉告诉我们,不能平白无故冒出个奇点,孤零零的挂在那里吧,奇点之外又有什么呢?

很遗憾,这个问题本身就是错的。狭义相对论指出,时间和空间是不可分割的整体。时间既然不存在,空间也就不存在。也就是说,奇点并非一个东西,也不是一种状态,甚至可以说奇点本身就是一个既存在又不存在的点。既然不存在,问它之外有什么还有何意义呢?
science  buddhism 
8 days ago by mathinker
Inquiring Mind
full issues of Buddhist magazine
buddhism  magazines 
9 days ago by GreggInCA

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