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Tittha Sutta: Buddhist Parable of the Blind Men and the Elephant
“Saying ‘An elephant is like this, an elephant is not like that! An elephant is not like this, an elephant is like that!’ they fought each other with their fists. And the king was delighted (with the spectacle)."

Buddhism now | | 16 feb 2018
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20 days ago by tometaxu
In Defense of Ritual
Richard Payne takes a serious look at the role of ritual in Buddhist practice and the reasons why Westerners might feel resistant to it.

-- Richard K. Payne
Lion's Roar | | 16 nov 2018
buddhism  buddhism-cncpt-ritual  buddhism-trdtn-all  community  culture  dhamma  dhamma-foundation4-extend  society  format-article  type-information 
23 days ago by tometaxu
Some notes on Tantra
It is possible to do any kind of spiritual practice—not only Buddhist, but Christian or other kinds of practices—with a Tantric attitude, with the attitude of seeing the sacredness in life, of relating our ordinary everyday experiences to this kind of sacred experience. I think this is very important and can bring a great deal into anyone’s life, even if one is not, in a technical sense, practising Tantra.

On the other hand, it is equally possible to do Tantric practices with a very non-Tantric attitude, which is also done in certain circumstances. So there are two different things involved here.

-- Francesca Fremantle
Buddhism now | | 29 oct 2013
buddhism  buddhism-trdtn-tantra  dhamma  dhamma-foundation4-extend  Francesca_Fremantle  format-article  type-teaching 
24 days ago by tometaxu
The Best Way To Save People From Suicide
The best way is: Keep contact.
An extended study done about supporting people who want to end their lives. The most useful thing was to just keep contact. An occasional short email, how are you, or i'm thinking of you, or anything.

She sets rules for herself, as well: Typos are OK. Being a little annoying is OK. Each text should take no more than 90 seconds to write, because anything longer might read like it’s been workshopped too much, not enough like a message between friends. She also makes sure to time her texts so they don’t arrive only when patients are in crisis. Mostly, they should appear for no particular reason. She had been thinking about them, that’s all.

“I think people die when they feel completely alone,” Whiteside explained.

-- Jason Cherkis
The Huffington Post | | 15 nov 2018


This article is long, lots of real-life stories to engage the reader and get emotionally involved. The point of it is so good and so strong. Compassion.

Also, it says that suicide in the US is way way more than in other "developed" countries. Why is that?
"there are now more than twice as many suicides in the U.S. (45,000) as homicides; they are the 10th leading cause of death. You have to go all the way back to the dawn of the Great Depression to find a similar increase in the suicide rate. Meanwhile, in many other industrialized Western countries, suicides have been flat or steadily decreasing."
buddhism  buddhism-cncpt-compassion  buddhism-cncpt-interdependence  buddhism-cncpt-karuna  buddhism-cncpt-metta  buddhism-cncpt-loving_kindess  dhamma  dhamma-is-where-you-find-it  mind  psychology  society  format-article  type-research 
24 days ago by tometaxu
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 | | 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 weeks ago by tometaxu
Skeletons Don’t Fit Into a Sex Binary
the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services is trying to set up a legal binary definition of sex, establishing each person “as male or female based on immutable biological traits identifiable by or before birth.” But our bodies are more complicated than that.

-- Alexandra Kralick
SAPIENS | | 9 nov 2018

An increasing recognition of this complexity by researchers and the public has affirmed that gender sits on a spectrum: People are more and more willing to acknowledge the reality of nonbinary and transgender identities, and to support those who courageously fight for their rights in everything from all-gender bathrooms to anti-gender-discrimination laws. But underlying all of this is the perception that no matter the gender a person identifies as, they have an underlying sex they were born with. This represents a fundamental misunderstanding about the nature of biological sex. Science keeps showing us that sex also doesn’t fit in a binary, whether it be determined by genitals, chromosomes, hormones, or bones (which are the subject of my research).
gender  gender-00-core  gender-binary  gender-law  gender-nonbinary  gender-social  science  society  format-article  type-information 
4 weeks 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 | | 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 
4 weeks 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 | | 1 sep 2006
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4 weeks ago by tometaxu
Max Planck Neuroscience on Nautilus: Learning to Read in Your 30s Profoundly Transforms the Brain
Reading is such a new ability in human evolutionary history that the existence of a “reading area” could not be specified in our genes. A kind of recycling process has to take place in the brain while learning to read: Areas evolved for the recognition of complex objects, such as faces, become engaged in translating letters into language. Some regions of our visual system thereby turn into interfaces between the visual and language systems.

-- Max Planck Institute for Human Cognition and Brain Sciences and Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics
Nautilus | | nov 2018
brain  mind  reading  science  science-evolution  format-article  type-research 
4 weeks ago by tometaxu
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. | 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 
4 weeks 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. | retr 7 nov 2018
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4 weeks 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 | | retr 7 nov 2018
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4 weeks 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 | | retr 7 nov 2018
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4 weeks 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 | | 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 
4 weeks 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 | 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 
4 weeks ago by tometaxu
Your native language affects what you can and can’t see
evidence has accumulated that people whose native languages have different colour categories don’t see the world in quite the same way.

Now in a new paper, published in Psychological Science, Martin Maier and Rasha Abdel Rahman at the Humboldt University of Berlin report that by affecting visual processing at an early stage, such linguistic differences can even determine whether someone will see a coloured shape – or they won’t. “Our native language is thus one of the forces that determine what we consciously perceive,” they write.

The wavelengths of light that we perceive as colours form a smooth continuum, but crucially, the colour categories that people use to divide up this spectrum vary between languages.

Research Digest | | 2 nov 2018
language  perception  psychology  reality  format-article  type-research 
5 weeks ago by tometaxu
People Want the World to be Safe
my world before I started meditating had a sense of cohesion and stability based around certain limitations, and when those limitations started falling away it was very frightening.
But as you trust more and see that that is just a reaction, then it goes away. It is a natural reaction,
The Buddha, on the other hand, takes down all the barriers and leaves an empty space. As you let go of your emotional habits you find it is very peaceful, it’s universal, it’s what you really are; you’re not the limitations that you identify with.

-- Ajahn Sumedho
Buddhism now | | 3 nov 2017
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5 weeks ago by tometaxu
Articles on Buddhism ~ Brain Pickings
Search results for 'buddhism' from duckuckgo

-- Maria Popova
Brain pickings | | retr 3 nov 2018
buddhism  dharma-is-where-you-find-it  Maria_Popova  format-web-archive  format-article  type-bookreview  type-web-search 
5 weeks ago by tometaxu
Figuring – new book by Maria Popova
... it all banged into being 13.8 billion years ago from a single source, no louder than the opening note of Beethoven’s Fifth Symphony, no larger than the dot levitating over the small i, the I lowered from the pedestal of ego.

How can we know this and still succumb to the illusion of separateness, of otherness?

-- Maria Popova
Brain Pickings | | 1 nov 2018

beautiful beautiful stuff
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5 weeks ago by tometaxu
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