tometaxubundlesDharma   1444
Can or should a Buddhist defend themselves physically?
Re the five precepts -
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 is religion with "Metta" (unconditional love). You even are expected to love your enemy. But you are not prohibited from defending yourself.
Ahimsa in Buddhism is not the same as it is in Jainism.

Buddhism Stack Exchange | | jul 2014
buddhism  buddhism-trdtn-all  buddhism-ahimsa  dharma  dharma-foundation2-extend  format-q/a  type-information 
6 days ago by tometaxu
What did the Buddha do, and what does a teacher do, to teach?
[P]eople have different levels of prajna (deep intuitive understanding of how things work). Someone who is very mature, because of the work done earlier in this life or in previous lives, may not need any explanations, but someone who is just starting or very confused - may need lots of words and labeling.

Buddhism Stack Exchange | | jun 2018
buddhism  buddhism-trdtn-all  buddhism-practice  dharma  dharma-foundation3-method  format-q/a  type-discussion 
6 days ago by tometaxu
Difficulty with Meditation Posture
meditation should be something natural and (yes) pleasant.

Buddhism Stack Exchange | | jun 2018
buddhism  buddhism-trdtn-all  buddhism-practice  dharma  dharma-foundation3-method  meditation  format-q/a  type-discussion 
6 days ago by tometaxu
Pali English glossary ~ at
Selected words, with literal translations and concise definitions. Searchable.

DhammaDana | | 2005, retr 13 jun 2018
buddhism  buddhism-00-Top  buddhism-trdtn-theravada  buddhism-words  dharma  dharma-foundation2-details  words  words-definition  words-dhamma  format-article  type-dictionary 
9 days ago by tometaxu
40-Day Meditation Retreat at Pa-Auk Tawya, Burma
I spent 40 days meditating at Pa-Auk Tawya, in Burma. Pa Auk is a forest meditation center renowned for rigorous concentration practices.

[detailed chronicle of his journey. very good. with 96 Comments]

-- Gabriel Rocheleau
UP Development | | 17 sep 2014
buddhism  buddhism-trdtn-theravada  meditation  meditation-practice  meditation-concentration  meditation-vipassana  meditation-walking  format-article  type-information 
9 days ago by tometaxu
To persuade someone, look emotional
According to a recent study, people who make instinct-based moral judgments [show emotion] are perceived by their peers to be more moral and more trustworthy than those who rely on reasoning alone. In other words, we want friends who go with their gut when faced with a moral dilemma. The reverse is true as well: We tend to be wary of people who react to moral dilemmas by calculating costs and benefits -- it’s a large part of why we’re so reluctant to trust robots.

-- Scott Koenig
Nautilus | | 5 jun 2018
emotions  ethics  society  format-article  type-research 
14 days ago by tometaxu
Buddhism in Malaysia ~ at Nalanda Buddhist Society
[A lot of good information - much more than the Wikipedia article.]

Nalanda Buddhism Society | | 2012
buddhism  buddhism-trdtn-mahayana  buddhism-trdtn-theravada  Malaysia  format-article  type-information 
15 days ago by tometaxu
Buddhism in Malaysia ~ at Wikipedia
Buddhism in Malaysia is mainly practised by the ethnic Malaysian Chinese, but there are also Malaysian Siamese, Malaysian Sri Lankans and Burmese in Malaysia that practice Buddhism such as Ananda Krishnan and K. Sri Dhammananda and a sizeable population of Malaysian Indians.

Wikipedia | | retr 4 jun 2018
buddhism  buddhism-mahayana  Malaysia  format-article  type-information 
15 days ago by tometaxu
How to be a friend until the end
It’s important in the beginning to remember that we already know how to care. We’ve extended a helping hand hundreds of times in a thousand meaningful and loving ways. Caring is a natural expression of our humanity. We can trust our good hearts to be reliable guides.

-- Frank Ostaseski
Lion's Roar | | 29 May 2018
buddhism  buddhism-active  buddhism-all  buddhism-practice  death  dharma  dharma-foundation4-extend  format-article  type-information 
15 days ago by tometaxu
What's behind a Thai smile – All 13 of them!
The Thai smile is genius in that it allows one to express a range of emotions without physically or verbally taking action. It's a form of communication capable of tempering confrontation, easing difficult situations and showing one's appreciation.

[And they even have names!]

The Thailand Life | | may 2016
culture  emotions  travel  travel-information  Thailand  format-article  type-information 
21 days ago by tometaxu
Paul Ford: What Is Code?
Most programmers aren’t working on building a widely recognized application like Microsoft Word. Software is everywhere. It’s gone from a craft of fragile, built-from-scratch custom projects to an industry of standardized parts, where coders absorb and improve upon the labors of their forebears (even if those forebears are one cubicle over).

Software is there when you switch channels and your cable box shows you what else is on. You get money from an ATM — software. An elevator takes you up five stories — the same. Facebook releases software every day to something like a billion people, and that software runs inside Web browsers and mobile applications. Facebook looks like it’s just pictures of your mom’s crocuses or your son’s school play — but no, it’s software.

-- Paul Ford
Bloomberg | | 11 jun 2015
00-Top  coding  programming  programming-culture  society  format-article  type-information 
27 days ago by tometaxu
Code to joy
“The thing that gets lost,” he says, “and which I think is important to know, is that programming is never easy. You’re never doing the same thing twice, because code is infinitely reproducible and if you’ve already solved a problem and you encounter it again, you just use your old solution. So by definition you’re kind of always on this frontier where you’re out of your depth. And one of the things you have to learn is to accept that feeling – of being constantly wrong.”
Which makes coding sound like a branch of Zen Buddhism.

[Andrew's journey learning to code, with lots of nice information and insights along the way.]

-- Andrew Smith
1843 | | June/July 2018
coding  learning  programming-culture  programming-languages  format-article  type-information 
27 days ago by tometaxu
The Development of Loving-kindness
[J]ust as in the night, at the moment of dawn, the morn­ing star shines forth, bright and brilliant, even so, whatever grounds there are for making merit productive of a future birth, all these do not equal a sixteenth part of the mind-release of loving-kindness.

-- from The Udana &The Itivuttaka Translated by John D. Ireland. Buddhist Publication Society 1997. Buddhism Now November 2001
Buddhism now | | 18 jan 2013
buddhism  buddhism-trdtn-all  buddhism-metta  loving-kindness  dharma  dharma-00-core  dharma-foundation1-core  format-verse  type-teaching 
4 weeks ago by tometaxu
How social media exploits our moral emotions
John Green puts it, “Twitter is not designed to make you happier or better informed. It’s designed to keep you on Twitter.”
“an endlessly self-renewing bonfire of outrage and confusion.” And given how profitable it has become, social media companies have little financial incentive to scale it back. “I think it’s really important to ask ourselves and to have a serious conversation about how we feel about our moral emotions being used to make a lot of money for tech companies,” Molly Crockett, a psychology professor at Yale,
... the constant triggering of moral outrage—an ancient emotion that motivates the shaming and punishing of others—on social media not only makes money for tech companies, but also alters how we experience and express the emotion.

To what extent do social media companies have a moral obligation to improve the way we communicate with each other?

-- Scott Koenig
Nautilus | | 15 may 2018
communication  emotions  ethics  society  format-article  type-information  type-opinion 
4 weeks ago by tometaxu
Power corrupts ...
"Everything in the world is about sex.
Except sex.
Sex is about power."
— Oscar Wilde

"Power is the great aphrodisiac."
-- Henry Kissinger

"Power tends to corrupt; absolute power c...
ethics  money  power  type-quote  from notes
5 weeks ago by tometaxu
These should be the end times for American patriotism
The US colonised a very rich continent without ever facing a real geopolitical rival. Lacking a serious competitor for land and other resources, American patriotism turned to the task of conjuring ideological enemies, drawing on an Anglo, especially Puritan, propensity for recasting outsiders as fearsome maleficents.

Sam Haselby
Aeon Ideas | | 8 may 2018
attachment  culture  humans  human-behavior  society  United_States  format-article  type-information  type-opinion 
5 weeks ago by tometaxu
7-year follow-up shows lasting cognitive gains from meditation
Gains in the ability to sustain attention developed through intensive meditation training are maintained up to seven years later, ...

-- Andy Fell
UC Davis | | 4 apr 2018
meditation  meditation-vipassana  mind  format-article  type-research 
6 weeks ago by tometaxu
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SAPIENS | | retr 4 may 2018
launched in January 2016
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6 weeks ago by tometaxu
How do you count without numbers?
None of us, then, is really a “numbers person.” We are not predisposed to handle quantitative distinctions adroitly. In the absence of the cultural traditions that infuse our lives with numbers from infancy, we would all struggle with even basic quantitative distinctions.

Number words and written numerals transform our quantitative reasoning as they are coaxed into our cognitive experience by our parents, peers, and school teachers. The process seems so normal that we sometimes think of it as a natural part of growing up, but it is not.

-- Caleb Everett | 23 may 2017
anthropology  humans  human-behavior  mind  mind-perception  mathematics  format-article  type-research 
6 weeks ago by tometaxu
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