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  • hardie karges 12:36 am on October 20, 2019 Permalink | Reply
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    Buddhist psychology and the meaning of religion… 

    To control yourself is a Buddhist virtue. To control others is a Communist sin. And this is central to the psychology, if not the precepts, of Buddhism, the act of self-control, much to the horror of many western Buddhists, looking for bliss and passion and a free ticket to Buddha Fest, that this thing that is all the rage, too cool for school, hipper than hip and groovier than most, is really quite the opposite, mostly just sitting and avoiding confrontation, even avoiding the world entirely in the most extreme circumstances, sitting in a cave for twenty years. That’s what rishis do, even to this day. So maybe you’re a good Buddhist and you’ve got your favorite Buddhist monk, either in person or online, reading his every word with admiration and waiting with bated breath to hear just a little more. But did you ever wonder who his culture heroes are? Often it’s these rishis, sitting in caves, such that the snarky phrase ‘contemplating his navel’ takes on new meaning. What’s the point? There is no point, other than liberation, and enlightenment, and freedom from the dictates of drudgery and public opinion. The problem occurs when the virtue of self-control gets twisted into the perverse logic of controlling others, as though this is a logical corollary, when nothing could be further from the truth. So Buddhist countries are some of the least free in the world, presumably because governments know they have a docile populace, and pervert that virtue into a deadly sin. That’s not religion. To see the world as a child is to see it with awe and wonder, open mouth optional, rapture not required. This is religion.

  • hardie karges 6:16 am on March 26, 2017 Permalink | Reply
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    Buddhist Epiphany: the Homeless Will Inherit the Earth… 


    The golden age of cities may be over and done, gone to the dogs, hard to believe that as recently as the 1980’s American teenagers could still get excited cruising down Hollywood Boulevards and Sunset Strips in gas-guzzling sedans and VW vans, gazing longingly upward at IHOP’s and Waffle Houses, Dunkin’ Donuts and KFC…

    …pale imitations of the City of Lights, Paris at the turn of the previous century, outshining dingy London stuck with gas lamps and starchy pies, dry humor and sticky dreams, pea soup and foggy skies, and so it is with Los Angeles and New York, different as black and white, day and night, New York city of unrepentant vampires and LA city of love-lost angels… (More …)

    • Alexia Adder 11:39 pm on January 25, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      America’s capitalist culture is the descendant of feudalism. The Founding Fathers never meant for everyone to be free. Only certain people and especially not black people. Our culture being built on slavery and racism is problematic. All of these started as classism, evolved into sexism, racism, and other forms of discrimination.

      Since success in America is based on how much money and stuff you have, homeless people are often dehumanized as lowest of the low. It’s a caste system in another form. (Something that Buddha would be against.)

      • hardie karges 7:44 am on January 26, 2020 Permalink | Reply

        Yes, I have to crack a smile when a Buddhist monk refers to himself as homeless. Thanks!

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