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Zazenshin: Acupuncture Needle of Zazen - 7 parts
Seven article of teachings on Zazenshin, the acupuncture needle of zazen.

-- Shohaku Okumura
Buddhism now | buddhismnow.com | 2014-2016
2readmore  buddhism  buddhism-all  buddhism-zen  Dogen  healing  meditation  Shohaku_Okumura  type-article  type-compendium  type-teaching 
13 hours ago
Zazenshin: Acupuncture Needle of Zazen - Part 1
"Buddha’s teaching is often called ‘medicine’ and the Buddha is sometimes called the ‘Medicine Master’ or the ‘Great Doctor’. The idea of the acupuncture needle is the same -- to heal the sickness caused by the three poisonous states of mind."

"There is another meaning of Zazenshin. Even though our practice of zazen based on Buddha’s teachings is a treatment of this sickness, zazen itself can be a poison and cause sickness. If our motivation to practise is influenced by the three poisons, ..."

-- Shohaku Okumura
Buddhism now | buddhismnow.com | posted 22 oct 2014
buddhism  buddhism-all  buddhism-zen  Dogen  healing  meditation  Shohaku_Okumura  type-article  type-teaching  dharma-foundation4-extend 
13 hours ago
Cucumbers: Health Benefits & Nutrition Facts
"Cucumbers are good sources of phytonutrients (plant chemicals that have protective or disease preventive properties) such flavonoids, lignans and triterpenes, which have antioxidant, anti-inflammatory and anti-cancer benefits."

-- Jessie Szalay, Live Science Contributor
Live Science | livescience.com | 12 may 2017
body  health  food  type-article 
yesterday
The 21 Most Touching Interspecies Friendships You Never Thought Possible
pretty amazing.

-- from Lisa Rogak book "One Big Happy Family,"
Buzzfeed | buzzfeed.com | 30 sep 2013
animals  communication  compassion  inter-species  type-images 
yesterday
Maha-satipatthana Sutta: The Great Frames of Reference
The Buddha's words on mindfulness.

"Bhikkhus, this is the one and only way for the purification[2] of beings, for overcoming sorrow and lamentation, for the complete destruction of pain and distress, for attainment of the Noble Path, and for the realization of Nibbāna. That is the practice of the four methods of Steadfast Mindfulness.

"What are the four?
"Bhikkhus, the bhikkhu following my Teaching keeps his mind steadfastly on the body, ... on sensation, ... on the mind, ... on the dhamma.

"translated from the Pali by Burma Piṭaka Association © 2010"

-- Gautama Buddha
Access to Insight | accesstoinsight.org | retr 19 jul 2017
2readmore  breathing  buddhism  buddhism-all  buddhism-mahayana  buddhism-theravada  dharma-foundation1-core  meditation  mindfulness  type-teaching 
yesterday
Bodhisattva at Wikipedia
"In Buddhism, bodhisattva is the Sanskrit term for anyone who, motivated by great compassion, has generated bodhicitta, which is a spontaneous wish and a compassionate mind to attain buddhahood for the benefit of all sentient beings."

Wikipedia | en.wikipedia.org | retr 19 jul 2017
bodhicitta  bodhisattva  buddhism  buddhism-all  buddhism-mahayana  buddhism-theravada  dharma-foundation2-details  type-compendium 
yesterday
How does stream entry occur?
"When a person becomes a stream enterer/Sotapanna, I understand they no longer have the first 3 fetters of belief in a self, doubts about the Buddha, his teachings or the noble sangha, or attachments to rites and rituals. But what's not clear to me is the mechanics of it. Does a person have a glimpse of Nibbana in a moment of true mindfulness and the three fetters drop away? Or does a person work at eradicating the first 3 fetters and if successful have a taste of Nibbana? Or can it happen either way?"

"This is a great question with great answers."

"stream-entry is difficult or virtually impossible to attain from mere theoretical study of sutras, or from one super-successful meditation session, when one gets a "glimpse of Nirvana". Instead, stream-entry requires an effort consistently applied over a long period of time, targeted at putting Sat-Dharma to practice in day-to-day life.
"The reason it's called "stream"-entry, is not because one enters some magical stream, but because one finally sets foot on the unquestionably right road towards Nirvana, having really understood the whole thing."

"in the case of Buddha's students (and ourselves), because we do have the advantage of teaching available to us, we can assemble the puzzle while still having residual mental/emotional obscurations. Hence the need to have a separate name for this stage, distinct from "bodhi".
"As for how exactly stream-entry occurs. It occurs through exhausting samsara. In order to exhaust samsara you must exhaust ego. In order to exhaust ego you must explore all corners where Enlightenment might hide, until you know you couldn't have possibly missed it. Then it finds you :) "

Buddhism Stack Exchange | buddhism.stackexchange.com | jun 2014, retr 19 jul 2017
buddhism  buddhism-all  nirvana  self  type-discussion  type-forum 
yesterday
Healing: A Tibetan Buddhist Perspective
"What do we mean by healing? Do we mean healing of the physical body, healing of the psyche/soul/mind, or both of these. What is the connection between body and mind?"

Many good thoughts in here.

-- Compiled by Ven. Pende Hawter
BuddhaNet | buddhanet.net | jan 1995, retr 19 jul 2017
buddhism  buddhism-tibetan  dharma-foundation3-method  healing  type-article  type-teaching 
yesterday
Tags - Buddhism Stack Exchange
The tags that BSE is using, with description for each one. Useful for definitions and thinking about these things, and for tagging my own stuff here and elsewhere!

Buddhism Stack Exchange | buddhism.stackexchange.com | retr jul 2017
buddhism  buddhism-all  type-compendium  type-summary  words-dharma 
yesterday
What does Buddhism teach about healing others through the mind?
"what does Buddhism teach in using the mind to heal physical problems of others? And what about healing their mental problems through focused intent?"

"What happens when we aren't attentively listening, and then we see someone who attentively tries to listen to something?

It's natural if we would begin to listen attentively too.

So our behavior and states of mind influence others, and are influenced by others. Therefore, having clear and calm mind can benefit others around us. ...
"When turbulence of mind ceases, our bodies naturally tend to optimize their self-regulation."

beautiful reply.

Buddhism Stack Exchange | buddhism.stackexchange.com | 18 jul 2017, retr 19 jul 2017
buddhism  buddhism-all  dharma-foundation3-method  healing  intention  type-discussion  type-forum 
yesterday
Are there any exceptions to the first precept?
"I took the decision to do what was necessary to stop what I took to be unnecessary suffering, I killed the bee. ... Am I breaking the first precept or can an exception be made to end the great and unnecessary suffering of a being who cannot be saved from their fate?"

"Rather than view the precepts as moral law, it might be helpful to see them as a kind of spiritual Rorschach test. What you see is very much dependent on where you are in your spiritual development. Please don't take that to mean that the more ironclad you are in your interpretation, the more advanced you are in your training. The precepts are factories of insight. They are meant to teach and enlighten not just govern behavior."

Buddhism Stack Exchange | buddhism.stackexchange.com | 2014, retr jul 2017
buddhism  buddhism-all  dharma-foundation3-method  type-discussion  type-forum 
yesterday
five precepts - Can or should a Buddhist defend themselves physically?
"Buddhism is a religion of principles and not rules. (yes there are rules as code of conduct, but it is not religion of rules). It teaches you basic principles and you are expected to make the decision on basis of that according to the context."

Buddhism Stack Exchange | buddhism.stackexchange.com | 2013, retr jul 2017
anger  buddhism  dharma-foundation3-method  type-discussion  type-forum 
yesterday
How much is the minimal time for practicing Vipassana in daily life for achieving better mindfulness?
"One minute of sincere meditation is better than one hour of wishing it to get over. As someone else observed, build up to longer sits."

"Your target is maintaining mindfulness throughout the day, and hence practice 24/7, not only when you are sitting on a cushion."

Buddhism Stack Exchange | buddhism.stackexchange.com | 2014, retr jul 2017
dharma-foundation3-method  meditation-practice  type-discussion  type-forum 
yesterday
How/Why to be moral without believing God or any supernatural entity?
"Being believer or dependent on God so far in my life, I'm clueless how exactly can I become independent without turning morally Bankrupt? Being devotee I'm automatically moral & lovingly but When I start believing in experience I become somewhat immoral, without any good feelings. How & Why to be moral without believing in supernatural entity like God? What are the ways to become independent because I want to be moral without being devotee or dependency on the God?"

A good discussion by many on god, religion, ethics, morality, and more.

Buddhism Stack Exchange | buddhism.stackexchange.com| 14 jul 2017, retr 19 jul 2017
2readmore  buddhism  dharma-practice  ethics  evil  faith  religion  type-discussion  type-forum 
yesterday
Are Tibet and Bhutan mentioned in Hindu texts?
"Tibet was commonly referred to in Sanskrit as Mahācīna, and Bhutan as Bhoṭānta. Mahācīna is not to be confused with Cīna which is the name for modern China.
"Mahācīna is often mentioned in connection with the cult of Tārā, both in Hindu and Buddhist tantras."

Hinduism Stack Exchange | hinduism.stackexchange.com | 18 jul 2017, retr 18 jul 2017
buddhism  buddhism-history  buddhism-mahayana  Tibet  tibetan-history  type-discussion  type-forum 
yesterday
What are the differences between vipassana and mindfulness meditation?
"For buddhists, mindfulness meditation and vipassana are pretty much the same. The pali word for mindfulness is sati and the main sutta that describes vipassana practice is the sati patthana sutta ("The four foundations of mindfulness" for one translation).

"However, the medical community (many non-buddhists) have stripped down this buddhist meditation into something lighter and called it "mindfulness meditation".

"They are the same to the extent that both are practices of observation of rise and fall. But while a buddhist would recognize the insight developed in a meditator, the non-buddhist (who does not operate in the framework of buddhism, of dukkha) would likely describe a therapeutic effect -- eg. improved skills and maturity in working with anger within."

A very excellent concise answer (partially quoted above), and another very excellent complex discussion answer.

Buddhism Stack Exchange | buddhism.stackexchange.com | nov 2015
2readmore  buddhism  dharma-foundation2-details  meditation  type-discussion  type-forum  type-summary 
2 days ago
Tipitaka: The Pali Canon
"The Tipitaka (Pali ti, "three," + pitaka, "baskets"), or Pali canon, is the collection of primary Pali language texts which form the doctrinal foundation of Theravada Buddhism.
"The Tipitaka and the paracanonical Pali texts (commentaries, chronicles, etc.) together constitute the complete body of classical Theravada texts."

Part of the entire Theravada collection of Access to Insight.

Access to Insight | accesstoinsight.org | retr 18 jul 2017
00-Core  2readmore  buddhism  buddhism-theravada  dharma-foundation1-core  Gautama_Buddha  type-compendium  type-e-library  type-teaching 
2 days ago
Access to Insight - Readings in Theravada Buddhism
A completely awesome website for reading buddhism.

Beginnings:
What is Theravada Buddhism? / Befriending the suttas / Self-guided tour of the Buddha's teachings
Tipitaka:
Modern translations of more than 1,000 important suttas from the Pali canon, indexed by sutta, subject, proper name, simile, translator / DN / MN / SN / AN / KN
Library:
Authors / Thai forest traditions / Study guides / BPS / Indexes by author, title, and subject / [pdf icon] / Sources / Old news
Help:
Index / FAQ / Glossary / Site map / Download the whole website

Access to Insight | accesstoinsight.org | retr 18 jul 2017
00-Core  2readmore  buddhism  buddhism-theravada  dharma-foundation1-core  Gautama_Buddha  philosophy  Tipitaka  type-compendium  type-e-library  type-teaching  type-website 
2 days ago
Which is the best posture to practice meditation?
"having gone to the forest, or to the foot of a tree or to an empty, solitary place, sits down cross-legged, keeping his body erect, and sets up mindfulness, orienting it.
"Then with entire mindfulness, he breathes in and with entire mindfulness he breathes out."
-- Gautama Buddha, Maha-satipatthana Sutta

"The best posture is the one that's best for you, that gives you a stable base (knees and buttocks) and lets you maintain your spine in a good upright position."
-- Gavin Serra

Buddhism Stack Exchange | buddhism.stackexchange.com | apr 2017, retr 18 jul 2017
buddhism  dharma-practice  meditation  meditation-practice  type-forum 
2 days ago
When was the word enlightenment introduced into Theravada Buddhism?
A nice, detailed discussion of the issue; including whether "enlightenment" is only from English translations, or is it a core meaning of the original words.

Buddhism Stack Exchange | buddhism.stackexchange.com | apr 2017, retr 18 jul 2017
buddhism  buddhism-theravada  nirvana  type-discussion  type-forum 
2 days ago
Are there Bodhisatta practices within Theravada?
"1. Are there Bodhisattva practices in Theravada? (such as the cultivation of Bodhicitta and the six perfections presented in Mahayana traditions)
"2. Since we find occurrences in the Pali Canon, why do we often hear that the notion of bodhisattva is a late notion?"

"In short, yes" there are.
Lots of discussion and scriptural citations.

Saptha Visuddhi answer (2nd answer at time of access) has a nice summary of the timeline of buddhism traditions.

All provides food for thought.

Buddhism Stack Exchange | buddhism.stackexchange.com | apr 2017, retr 18 jul 2017
bodhicitta  bodhisattva  buddhism-theravada  buddhism-mahayana  type-discussion  type-forum 
2 days ago
Thich Nhat Hanh - Looking deeply into the Nature of Things - 2 hr
begins with dharma song in french and in english; his talk starts at 14:00; chanting after.

no coming and no going. no birth, no death.

"the sunflowers are already there; they just need some conditions in order to manifest." "you cannot say that they do not exist."

YouTube | youtube.com | published 12 feb 2015
2listen  buddhism  buddhism-zen  dharma-foundation4-extend  emptiness  Thich_Nhat_Hanh  type-audio  type-video  type-teaching 
2 days ago
Thich Nhat Hanh - Revolutionise your thinking pattern - 30 min
The doors of liberation: emptiness. signlessness.

"if we remove the non-flower elements from the flower, there is not flower left." That is emptiness.

Nagarjuna says, Thanks to emptiness, everything is possible. Because it takes everything to come together to make the things.

YouTube | youtube.com | published 2 mar 2017
2listen  Avalokiteshvara  buddhism-zen  dharma-foundation4-extend  emptiness  interdependence  mindfulness  Nagarjuna  self  Thich_Nhat_Hanh  type-audio  type-video  type-teaching 
2 days ago
oglaf
hilarious, brilliant, comics.
it has sex in it, so don't go there if that doesn't work for you.
the artwork is brilliant, the ideas are brilliant. it is humanity.

"Do you know some people can orgasm from outrage alone?"
"What? No!"
"Me neither, but it's the only guess i have."
-- Oglaf | oglaf.com | 16 jul 2017
art  desire  dharma-is-where-you-find-it  dukkha  life  literature  type-comix 
2 days ago
The Best of Pema Chödrön: Life, Quotes, and Books
"Like all explorers, we are drawn to discover what’s out there without knowing yet if we have the courage to face it."
-- Pema Chödrön

biography, quotes, teachings, books, links.

-- Lion's Roar Staff
Lion's Roar | lionsroar.com | 14 jul 2017
buddhism  buddhism-tibetan  Pema_Chodron  type-article  type-bio  type-teaching 
2 days ago
The answer to anger and aggression is patience
" ... you notice ... that whenever there is pain of any kind ... you can find out for yourself that behind the pain there is always something we are attached to. There is always something we’re holding on to.
" ... You can read about it: the first thing the Buddha ever taught was the truth that suffering comes from attachment. That’s in the books. But when you discover it yourself, it goes a little deeper right away."

-- Pema Choedron
Lion's Roar | lionsroar.com | 1 mar 2005
anger  anxiety  attachment  buddhism  buddhism-all  buddhism-tibetan  dharma-foundation4-extend  dukkha  patience  Pema_Chodron  suffering  type-article  type-teaching 
2 days ago
10 Buddhist Teachers Explain Suffering - Lion's Roar
"The Pali word dukkha ['souring] is most commonly translated to English as 'suffering.' Dukkha presents in an array of emotions — from happiness to despair. While counter-intuitive, it is a central concept in the Buddha’s teachings. In these passages, adapted from longer teachings on Lion’s Roar, 10 teachers explain what suffering is, how we feel it, and why it isn’t a condemnation — it’s a joyous opportunity."

Excerpts and links: Tulku Thondup Rinpoche, Sharon Salzberg, Norman Fischer, Sakyong Mipham, Glen Wallis, Phillip Moffitt, Traleg Kyabgon Rinpoche, Judy Lief, Robert Thurman, Pema Chödrön

-- Sam Littlefair
Lion's Roar | lionsroar.com | 7 jun 2016
buddhism  buddhism-all  dukkha  Pema_Chodron  suffering  type-article  type-teaching 
2 days ago
Compassion and emptiness are the keys
"it would be extremely difficult to bear physically in a single body the suffering of all living beings, and so we mainly use tonglen as a method to work with our minds, training them to become so courageous that we do not become discouraged or rigid and can fearlessly meet others' suffering. Through this, our compassion and patience increase and our minds open up."
-- 17th Karmapa Ogyen Trinley Dorje

-- Lavania Saraf
The Tibet Post | thetibetpost.com | 1 jun 2017
buddhism-tibetan  buddhism-tibetan-kagyu  compassion  Karmapa_17  tonglen  type-article  type-teaching 
2 days ago
The multiverse is not the enemy of prediction, but its friend
"At root, our problems arise because the multiverse is an infinite expanse of space and time. These infinities lead to paradoxes and puzzles wherever we turn. We will need a revolution in our understanding of physics in order to make sense of the multiverse."

-- Ben Freivogel
Nautilus | nautil.us | 8 june 2017
consciousness  reality  type-article  dharma-foundation4-extend 
2 days ago
10 ways to listen to trees
"Stop, listen. Gusts of wind sonify plant diversity. Oak’s voice is coarse-grained, throaty; maple’s is sandy and light."

-- David George Haskell
Scientific American Blog Network | blogs.scientificamerican.com | 20 may 2017
consciousness  earth  gaia  mindfulness  trees  type-article 
2 days ago
Growing concern over climate change Is creating interfaith dialogue
"'What is extraordinary about the encyclical is that it is a project that the whole human race can engage in together. What unites all of humanity? The environment. It's our common home, our common interest.'"

"33 faith-based groups from around the world signed the Interfaith Statement to World Leaders at the 22nd United Nations Climate Summit in Marrakesh, Morocco (COP22), last November. They pledged their commitment to the goals of the Paris Agreement—and, by extension, Laudato Si."

-- Justin Catanoso
Pacific Standard | psmag.com | 14 jun 2017
dharma-practice  earth  environment  faith  gaia  Pope_Francis  religion  type-article 
2 days ago
How to establish a daily practice of almost anything, in six steps
"how do we stay connected with these waking-up practices when we go home to the myriad projects, emails, responsibilities, and distractions waiting for us?
"This is a question that applies not just to meditation, yoga, and other spiritual practices, but to any creative art we want to commit to, such as painting, writing, or playing an instrument. Paradoxically, the practices we know are most vital to our well-being are the very things that are usually pushed aside by daily tasks that feel more urgent."

1. Set your intention
2. Establish a cue
3. Have things you need ready
4. Do your practice
5. Reward yourself
6. Track your progress

-- Anne Cushman
Lion's Roar | lionsroar.com | 7 apr 2017

I dunno about 5 and 6, at least for dharma practice.
Once you do the things itself, you have the reward!
-- tmx, 18 jul 2017
dharma-foundation3-method  dharma-practice  howtos  life  type-article 
2 days ago
Chopin - Complete Nocturnes
Played by Brigitte Engerer.
When Chopin is in the air my young rowdy kitties all curl up on the chairs and after a while go to sleep. serious.

YouTube | youtube.com | retr 18 jul 2017
2listen  type-audio  type-music  type-video 
2 days ago
Why aren't operations contained within output commands?
A really nice discussion of the stated problem, and more.

Software Engineering Stack Exchange | stackexchange.com | jul 2017
code-standards  programming  tech-best-practices  tech-information  type-forum 
3 days ago
Worried about the planet? Don't have children, simple as that
#1 – Do not have an additional child (58.6 tonnes CO2-equiv. emission reductions per year)
#2 – Live car-free (2.4 tonnes CO2)
#3 – Avoid one round-trip transatlantic flight (1.6 tonnes)
#4 – Eat a plant-based diet (0.8 tonnes)

-- Katherine Martinko
Tree Hugger | treehugger.com | 13 july 2017
2tweet  earth  environment  gaia  population  type-article 
3 days ago
whenever we see the ocean we will see his face
nothing is deprived. whenever we see the ocean we will see his face and remember his courage, his ideals, and be inspired.

Twitter | twitter.com | 13 jul 2017
China  human-rights  Liu_Xiaobo  type-tweet  from twitter
4 days ago
Blind online writer Angelo Brian Peliño aspires to help PWD community
"Brian hopes to inspire others who are in the same situation as he is and to encourage them to never give up and reach their goals."
"I gave myself freedom."

Coconuts Manila | coconuts.co | 16 jul 2017
inspiration  activism  type-article  dharma-practice 
4 days ago
Liu Xiaobo and the Decline of China
"No nation that defames and imprisons its best people is going to become great. No country that is afraid to let a man such as Liu speak freely can possibly be described as strong. Regimes that are fearsome are brittle, too."

"You want to bury him
bury into the dirt
but you forget
he is a seed."
(-- anonymous message from inside china)

-- Bret Stephens
The New York Times | nytimes.com | 16 jul 2017
2tweet  China  Democracy  Liu_Xiaobo  Tibet  tibetan-cause  United_States  type-article  type-quote 
4 days ago
Let memorial for Liu Xiaobo be built elsewhere, if not in China
Opinion piece; comments

-- NS Venkataraman
Tibet Sun | tibetsun.com | 16 jul 2017
activism  human-rights  Liu_Xiaobo  TibetSunNews  type-article  from twitter
4 days ago
Locals in Tibet protest plans to change historic Kumbum Monastery
"It is in facts the whole of occupied Tibet and Tibetan Civilization that China wants to turn into a museum."
--

The Tibet Post | thetibetpost.com | 2017
human-rights  Tibet  tibetan-cause  tibetan-culture  tibetan-history  type-article  from twitter
5 days ago
Project Gutenberg - Wikipedia
History, ideals, and other info.

Wikipedia | en.wikipedia.org | retr 15 jul 2017
type-summary  e-books  e-library  open-source  open-web  type-article 
5 days ago
Project Gutenberg Mobile site
optimised for mobile. read and download.

Project Gutenberg | m.gutenberg.org | retr 15 jul 2017
type-compendium  type-e-books  type-e-library  open-source  open-web  type-website 
5 days ago
Project Gutenberg - Free e-books
"Project Gutenberg offers over 54,000 free eBooks: Choose among free epub books, free kindle books, download them or read them online. You will find the world's great literature here, especially older works for which copyright has expired. We digitized and diligently proofread them with the help of thousands of volunteers."

"The releases are available in plain text but, wherever possible, other formats are included, such as HTML, PDF, EPUB, MOBI, and Plucker." (wikipedia)

Project Gutenberg | gutenberg.org | retr 15 jul 2017
type-compendium  type-e-books  type-e-library  type-audio  open-source  open-web  type-website 
5 days ago
Project Gutenberg at Archive.org
Free Books : Free Texts : Download & Streaming : Internet Archive
"Project Gutenberg began in 1971 by Michael Hart as a community project to make plain text versions of books available freely to all."

at Archive.org | retr 15 jul 2017
type-e-library  open-web  open-source  type-website  type-compendium  type-e-books 
5 days ago
One Door by Kusan Sunim
"Sometimes, while practising, it is as easy as pushing a boat over ice. At other times it is as difficult as trying to drag a cow to a well. Thus at times it goes well and at times it does not. However, when it is going well, do not be pleased. For then you will succumb to the demon of joy. And when it is not going well, do not be upset. For then you will succumb to the demon of sadness. You must just be as immovable as an incense burner before a Buddha-image and as unchanging as dried wood resting on cold ashes."

-- Kusan Sunim
Buddhism now | buddhismnow.com | posted 9 mar 2013, orig posted in Buddhism Now February 1990, written ???
dharma-foundation3-method  meditation-practice  Kusan_Sunim 
5 days ago
Why Are Tibetans Setting Themselves on Fire?
"At least 145 other Tibetans have self-immolated since" 2009.
"These events constitute the largest wave of self-immolation as a tool of political protest in the modern world—yet there is no such tradition in Tibetan history. How did we get here?|

" A high-ranking monk once confided in me very clearly: 'The cases of self-immolation in Tibet absolutely do not violate our Buddhist teachings on killing. They are not in any way opposed to Dharma, and certainly do not violate it. The motivations of self-immolators in Tibet, whether monks or laypeople, have nothing at all to do with personal interest…. These acts are meant to protect the Dharma and to win the Tibetan people’s rights to freedom and democracy.' Self-immolators are bodhisattvas sacrificing the self for others, phoenixes reincarnated from the flames of death."

-- Tsering Woeser
The New York Review of Books | nybooks.com | 11 jan 2016


"At least 145 other Tibetans have self-immolated since" 2009.
Those are the ones we know about, that have not been covered up by China authorities.
-- tmx, 15 jul 2017
Tsering_Woeser  self-immolation  Tibet  tibetan-cause  tibetan-people  tibetan-history 
5 days ago
Remembering Liu Xiaobo: The West's Responsibility in Upholding His Legacy
The late Chinese dissident Liu Xiaobo, who passed away from liver cancer on Thursday after spending the last eight years of his life in jail, famously wrote, “I have no enemies and no hatred.” His words were intended to be a part of his final statement during his December 2009 trial, at which he was charged with “inciting subversion of state power.” But he was never allowed to make any last remarks. When his note was later published as an essay, readers discovered that Liu had even thanked, by name, his prosecutors and the cell warden at the detention center where he had been held. At the time, some Chinese dissidents criticized him for forgiving his oppressors and saw it as a form of capitulation. But the statement surely played a role in the decision of the Nobel Peace Prize committee when it awarded him the prize in 2010 “for his long and nonviolent struggle for fundamental human rights in China.”

Over the years, Liu’s influence has grown even as his voice has been silenced. Most Chinese dissidents have chosen nonviolent methods to try to change the Chinese regime. The New Citizens movement led by civil rights activist Xu Zhiyong asked its members to speak and act as citizens under the Chinese constitution, which includes the right to vote and criticize the government. Xu subsequently received a four-year sentence in 2014 for “gathering a crowd to disrupt public order.” During this “rights protection” movement, lawyers and activists tried to use the Chinese courts to protect victims of rights abuses; some 300 of them were rounded up in July 2015, and a number still remain in jail or are in custody. In 2015, five feminist activists were arrested after demonstrating against sexual harassment and domestic violence.

In China, nonviolent protest has been met with pervasive surveillance, harassment, random violence, and criminal prosecution. What this reveals, of course, is the regime’s sense of vulnerability. Ironically, survey after survey shows that the Chinese government enjoys high levels of trust and approval among the Chinese population. But the regime seems to understand that its popularity is due to economic growth, information control (few ordinary Chinese citizens have heard of Liu Xiaobo), and repression. The lesson of Tiananmen in 1989—and, after that, of the sudden collapse of communism in Eastern Europe and the Soviet Union in 1990–91—is that attitudes of support can be fleeting. If an authoritarian regime is perceived as weak or hesitant, citizens’ resentment of pollution, urban crowding, pressures at school, corruption, and the government’s pervasive lying can surge to the surface.

The key to the government’s treatment of Liu Xiaobo, therefore, has been risk aversion: Don’t let him get away with challenging the government’s control over what can be said in public (which he did by publishing his democracy manifesto, Charter 08, in 2008). Don’t let him read his final statement at his trial. Don’t let him attend the Nobel Prize ceremony in Oslo. Don’t release him from his 11-year prison sentence in spite of his cancer diagnosis. And don’t allow him to go abroad for treatment in the final days of his life. Everything must be managed by the rigid rules of political control in order to avoid sending a signal of weakness to the world—and especially to the Chinese people.

There was a time, in the early 1990s, when China made concessions, albeit minor ones, to the West on human rights issues when faced with the threat of trade or diplomatic sanctions. That was why human rights activists such as Wei Jingsheng and Wang Juntao were released from prison and allowed to come to the West. But now China is rich, and one by one the Western powers have given up on officially receiving the Dalai Lama and sponsoring resolutions critical of China at the Human Rights Council in Geneva. In the face of China’s crackdown in Hong Kong, the United Kingdom hasn't dared to speak up. In seeking to restore diplomatic ties with China, Norway essentially apologized for awarding the Nobel Peace Prize to Liu, although its concession was obscured by diplomatic jargon. The United States is the only country that issues a statement each year on June 4, on the anniversary of the Tiananmen massacre, but that statement has become pro forma. Beijing now simply pays no heed to foreign pressure. Its position to the world is that China respects human rights, but in its own way: the country has the rule of law, and Liu is a convicted criminal; it has a system for medical parole and medical care, and it follows its own procedures.

But Western governments must continue to press Beijing on human rights issues. China is not monolithic. It is changing, and support from outside, even if only moral, is crucially important to Chinese citizens who want freedom, dignity, and the rule of law. As Liu himself wrote in 2002, “[F]or people like me, who live inside a cowardly dictatorship, which is a prison of its own kind, every little bit of good-hearted encouragement that springs from the human nature of people who live in other places…causes us to feel gratitude and awe.”

Moreover, China’s efforts at thought control are no longer contained within its borders. By denying visas to journalists and scholars, putting pressure on universities and film festivals, censoring Hollywood film scripts, surveilling Chinese students in the West, and so on, China seeks to control what is thought and said about China in other societies. It is not doing this to promote a Chinese model, the way the Soviet Union promoted communism, but instead to protect China’s international image and prestige. But that does not make its effort less dangerous to the freedoms that we cherish in the West.

-- Andrew J. Nathan
Foreign Affairs | foreignaffairs.com | 13 jul 2017

And therefore the West (foreignaffairs.com) has a responsibility not to hide information and inspiration behind a paywall. It belongs to everybody. He suffered and DIED, with compassion and without hatred or violence, for the freedoms you have. Therefore, full text copied here.
-- tmx, 15 jul 2017
Liu_Xiaobo  human-rights  ethics  China  inspiration 
5 days ago
Looking for Liu Xiaobo? Chinese police keep close watch
"The government has tried to erase the legacy of the 1989 Tiananmen Square protest veteran, making sure he is rarely spoken about online or in official media.
"A half dozen people receiving treatment or waiting on rows of metal chairs at the First Hospital of China Medical University said they had never heard of the man whose plight was making international headlines."

"But one thing remained a mystery: Why was his name absent from the hospital's computer system?
"Doctor Liu Yunpeng blamed the discrepancy on the high volume of patients: 'I'm not sure if our medical staff can keep such a clear record of who they all are. That seems pretty impossible, doesn't it?'"

-- AFP
The Star Online | thestar.com | 15 jul 2017
Liu_Xiaobo  human-rights  China 
5 days ago
@aral Aral Balkan | Twitter
"Cyborg rights activist. Ethical designer. Leading tech policy at @DiEM_25 & making the web @betterbyindie. Follow me on my Mastodon: https://mastodon.ar.al"

Twitter | twitter.com | retr 15 jul 2017
Aral_Balkan  surveillance-capitalism  human-rights  inspiration  ethics  type-twitter-account 
5 days ago
Luminairity – Chelsea Manning
Support website for her.
"As of May 17, 2017, Chelsea is a free woman."

Luminairity | luminairity.com | retr 15 jul 2017
Chelsea_Manning  heroes  type-website  human-rights  activism  inspiration 
6 days ago
@Pinboard | on Twitter
The maestro of Pinboard.in, speaker, writer, thinker.

Twitter | twitter.com | retr 15 jul 2017
Maciej_Cegłowski  2follow  type-twitter-account  inspiration 
6 days ago
cryptography - What's the difference between SSL, TLS, and HTTPS?
good explanations and discussion.

-- Information Security Stack Exchange
Stack Exchange | security.stackexchange.com | retr 15 jul 2017
SSL/TLS  internet-security  web  web-security 
6 days ago
'A reckoning for our species': the philosopher prophet of the Anthropocene | World news | The Guardian
"Timothy Morton wants humanity to give up some of its core beliefs, from the fantasy that we can control the planet to the notion that we are ‘above’ other beings. His ideas might sound weird, but they’re catching on."

"The Anthropocene is not only a period of manmade disruption. It is also a moment of blinking self-awareness, in which the human species is becoming conscious of itself as a planetary force. We’re not only driving global warming and ecological destruction; we know that we are."

-- Alex Blasdel
The Guardian | theguardian.com | 15 jun 2017
environment  philosophy  mind  humans  gaia  earth 
6 days ago
Noirbnb – Stay at Home While you Travel!
Like Airbnb but more inclusive.

Noirbnb | noirbnb.com | retr 14 jul 2017
travel  type-website 
6 days ago
The Treasury of Lives: A Biographical Encyclopedia of Tibet, Inner Asia and the Himalayan Region
A Biographical Encyclopedia of Tibet, Inner Asia, and the Himalaya.
In English, Chinese, and Tibetan.
Very complete.
This is wonderful.
Tibet  tibetan-history  tibetan-art  tibetan-culture  tibetan-people  type-compendium  type-website 
6 days ago
How movements can succeed in the face of government repression
"A greater number of resistance movements are choosing to adopt nonviolent forms of struggle as the effectiveness of nonviolent resistance becomes more widely known. At the same time, however, the success rate of these nonviolent movements is decreasing. What accounts for this lower rate of success, just as the effectiveness of nonviolent strategies is catching on? In 'Trends in nonviolent resistance and state response,' in _Global Responsibility to Protect_, Erica Chenoweth suggests that part of the answer lies in target governments becoming increasingly savvy in their responses to nonviolent movements, now that such movements are recognized to pose a real threat to their power. In light of this possibility, how can nonviolent resistance persist and succeed in repressive contexts?

-- Molly Wallace
Waging Nonviolence | wagingnonviolence.org | 14 jul 2017
peace  activism  protest  non-violence  human-rights 
6 days ago
The Passion of Liu Xiaobo
"Liu, born in 1955, was eleven when the schools closed, but he read books anyway, wherever he could find them. With no teachers to tell him what the government wanted him to think about what he read, he began to think for himself—and he loved it. Mao had inadvertently taught him a lesson that ran directly counter to Mao’s own goal of converting children into 'little red soldiers.'
"But this experience only partly explains Liu’s stout independence. It also seems to have been an inborn trait."

-- Perry Link
New York Times Books | nybooks.com | 13 july 2017
Liu_Xiaobo  Democracy  activism  human-rights  China 
6 days ago
Transilient
"Transilient is a traveling photo and interview-based project. We candidly document transgender and gender non-conforming people in their day-to-day lived realities using only their voices.
"The project attempts to humanize, educate and destroy the assumption that trans folks are solely defined by their physical experience and their oppression."

Transilient | wearetransilient.com | retr 14 jul 2017
transformation  gender  type-website 
6 days ago
Murdered, betrayed, but unconquered
his friendship with Liu Xiaobo

"Liu Xiaobo, who has died after eight years in jail, despite being awarded a Nobel Peace Prize, was a complex human being, but he was bold, an intellectual, and in China he was a threat because he understood that civil society can organize against corruption and autocracy.

Beijing released him from jail, not for the medical treatment he deserved, but simply to die. In other words, he was murdered by a murderous regime.

It is time for the world to ask itself, are we accomplices, do we appease this, or do we stand up against so-called Chinese values?

Republishing Authorized."

-- Wu'er Kaixi
An exiled Chinese dissident in Taiwan who longs for a society in which everyone respects, defends, and enjoys freedom.
Medium | medium.com | 13 july 2017
Liu_Xiaobo  China  Democracy  human-rights  activism 
6 days ago
can have ideals and still be real
2nd thought: focus on money, promotion, etc, does not have to destroy security, privacy, the Web itself. we can do better! 😊
(to )
full thread https://twitter.com/anantshri/status/884900181337976833

--
Twitter | twitter.com | 7 july 2017
web-broken  surveillance-capitalism  surveillance-economy  ethics  from twitter
9 days ago
Ain’t No Such Thing as a Just War
-- Ben Salmon, WWI Resister

War is a Crime | warisacrime.org | 10 july 2017
war-what-is-it-good-for  peace  from twitter
10 days ago
destroying the Web
I like site a lot; sorry to see them teaching surveillance technology and how to destroy web readability

--
Twitter | twitter.com | 7 july 2017
web-broken  surveillance-economy  from twitter
11 days ago
How to see if your VPN is leaking your personal information
Good explanations and how-tos.

-- Jason Fitzpatrick
How-To Geek | howtogeek.com | 5 may 2016
VPN  tech-howtos  tech-information 
13 days ago
Why, Robot? Understanding AI ethics
The Register | theregister.com| 4 jul 3017
ethics  mind  consciousness 
13 days ago
gay culture exists beyond the sex act thanks
ANTHONY OLIVEIRA on Twitter: "my hot take is that Andrew Garfield's joke actually pinpointed w considerable sensitivity that gay culture exists beyond the sex act thanks"
thread.
culture  society 
13 days ago
Building a World of Acceptance: A Conversation with DeRay Mckesson
"Activist DeRay Mckesson says that to make this world a better place, people need to pick one thing to work on and keep at it."

"I’ve found that there’s an inclination to veer toward heavy dismantling, and when you ask them, “What do you want to build?” people have not thought about that. We will never get free if the strategy is only a dismantle strategy."
-- DeRay McKesson

-- interview by Cody Delistraty
Longreads | longreads.com | 4 July 2017
DeRay_McKesson  Democracy  activism 
13 days ago
Doklam in the eye of the storm | Free Press Journal
pressure: exertion of force by one body on another.
pressurise: inflate, like a balloon or a tire.
Thank you.
from twitter
15 days ago
GNU Operating System
"GNU is an operating system that is free software—that is, it respects users' freedom. The development of GNU made it possible to use a computer without software that would trample your freedom."

If you are using linux, you are using GNU - really it is "gnu/linux".

GNU OS | gnu.org | retr 4 jul 2017
type-website  freedom  tech-culture  tech  tech-information  Richard_Stallman  internet-freedom  free-software 
16 days ago
GNU Project - at Wikipedia
"The GNU Project is a free-software, mass-collaboration project, first announced on September 27, 1983 by Richard Stallman at MIT. Its aim is to give computer users freedom and control in their use of their computers and computing devices, by collaboratively developing and providing software that is based on the following freedom rights: ..."

Wikipedia | en.wikipedia.org | retr 4 jul 2017
Richard_Stallman  freedom  summary  activism  tech-culture  tech-tools 
16 days ago
Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF)
"The leading nonprofit defending digital privacy, free speech, and innovation."

Home of web tools HTTPS Everywhere, Privacy Badger, Certbot, Panopticlick, Surveillance Self-Defense.

EFF | eff.org | retr 4 jul 2017
internet-freedom  internet-power  John_Gilmore  John_Perry_Barlow  Mitch_Kapor  type-website 
16 days ago
Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) - at Wikipedia
"The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) is an international non-profit digital rights group based in San Francisco, California."

Wikipedia | en.wikipedia.org | retr 4 jul 2017
internet-freedom  internet-power  Mitch_Kapor  John_Perry_Barlow  John_Gilmore 
16 days ago
Brewster Kahle - at Wikipedia
"Brewster Kahle ... is an American computer engineer, Internet entrepreneur, internet activist, advocate of universal access to all knowledge, and digital librarian. He is the founder of the Internet Archive ..."

Wikipedia | en.wikipedia.org | retr 4 jul 2017
Brewster_Kahle  summary  internet  internet-freedom  web-ephemeral 
16 days ago
Wayback Machine - at Wikipedia
"The Wayback Machine is a digital archive of the World Wide Web and other information on the Internet created by the Internet Archive, a nonprofit organization, based in San Francisco, California, United States."

Wikipedia | en.wikipedia.org | retr 4 jul 2017
summary  web-ephemeral  internet  Brewster_Kahle 
16 days ago
Wayback Machine
An archive of the Web.

Wayback Machine | web.archive.org | not accessible 4 jul 2017
type-compendium  internet  web-ephemeral  type-website  Brewster_Kahle 
16 days ago
Internet Archive
"Internet Archive is a non-profit library of millions of free books, movies, software, music, websites, and more."
The most well-known of these is the Wayback Machine web archive.

Internet Archive | archive.org | retr 4 jul 2017
internet  web-ephemeral  type-compendium  Brewster_Kahle 
16 days ago
Abhayagiri Buddhist Monastery
"A buddhist monastery in the Thai forest tradition of Ajahn Chah."
Northern California, US.

Abhayagiri | abhayagiri.org | retr 4 jul 2017
Ajahn_Chah  buddhism-theravada  buddhism-theravada-thai_forest_tradition  dharma-center  United_States  type-article 
16 days ago
About Ajahn Chah
A brief bio of the founder of the present Thai forest tradition, Ajahn Chah.

Abhayagiri | abhayagiri.org | retr 4 jul 2017
Ajahn_Chah  buddhism-history  buddhism-theravada  buddhism-theravada-thai_forest_tradition  type-article  type-bio 
16 days ago
Thai forest tradition
A history of how it came to be.
"The Thai Forest tradition is the branch of Theravāda Buddhism in Thailand that most strictly upholds the original monastic rules of discipline laid down by the Buddha. The Forest tradition also most strongly emphasizes meditative practice and the realization of enlightenment as the focus of monastic life."

Abhayagiri | abhayagiri.org | retr 4 jul 2017
buddhism-theravada  Ajahn_Chah  buddhism-history  type-summary  buddhism-theravada-thai_forest_tradition  type-article 
16 days ago
Homophobia is back – it’s no accident that nationalism is too
"Homophobia is such a bizarre rabbit warren for politics to disappear down, generating nothing but acrimony and alienation, that the temptation is always to explain it as a quirk of a particular person or context."

-- Zoe Williams
The Guardian | theguardian.com | 2 jul 2017
social-change  society 
16 days ago
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