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  • hardie karges 6:54 am on November 19, 2017 Permalink | Reply
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    Did Russians Hack Buddhism in the 5th Century BCE? Here’s the deal… 

    IMG_1559NO, this is not click-bait; this is Buddhism, and I’m dead serious. OKAY, so maybe they weren’t Russians exactly, and MAYBE I have a lively imagination, and am an excitable boy from way back, AND you can’t just talk casually about the ‘Aryan invasion’ of India way back when, ever since Hitler crapped on us all with his inimitable armies, half-empty promises and his half-baked theories, BUT there is an element of truth to his Aryan (c)rap…

    Hitler just never did his homework really, all bark and no wood, jumping to conclusions and tilting at windmills, and absolutely no desire to make amends with his lessers of men. But now we have genomic research, which lends a strong measure of empirical (not imperial) truth to what used to be wild speculation, whether it be eye-witness testimony clouded by memory, or no-witness history clouded by time…  (More …)

     
  • hardie karges 6:54 am on October 1, 2017 Permalink | Reply
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    Buddhism 301: Do I save myself, or do I save the world? Decisions decisions… 

    img_1893I’m paraphrasing, of course, but this is the question that has plagued—no, let’s say intrigued’—the sangha (Buddhist community) for two and a half millennia, more or less, if not in so many words, then in so many actions, cutting to the chase, and allowing for interpolations and extrapolations, i.e. whether to think big, farming ideas and allowing for fierce and free debate, or to think small, on the achievement of individual ‘liberation’ and the purging of ‘defilements’ from the composite makeshift personalities that we call ‘I’…

    And if that’s an oversimplification, then it’s for a worthy cause, ’cause sharper focus is what’s needed for Buddhism to escape the same fate in the West that it met in India a millennium ago, going down in defeat largely because of its inability to distinguish itself from a resurgent ultra-nationalistic Hinduism and an insurgent Islam, such that Buddhism simply got lost in the shuffle of competing meditative traditions and could no longer count on its fall-back position as the non-Hindu alternative… (More …)

     
  • hardie karges 4:23 pm on April 9, 2017 Permalink | Reply
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    Buddhism and Amerika: Hopelessly at odds with each other? 

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    It seems that way at times, and the situation, indeed, may be hopeless. After all, you don’t see many American football linebackers meditating in a full lotus position, or even quarterbacks, or even half-lotus, or even punt return specialists, or even merely cross-legged on the floor, unless maybe it’s ’25 or 6 to 4′ and the mood is just right. Everything’s better after midnight, including meditation…

    And Buddhism is all about contrition and silence, while Amerikanism is all about brashness and loudness—just ask any European. We Americans aren’t a$$holes, not necessarily; we’re just full of it: full of the intoxication of life, full of the excitement of children, full of the blush and brash of youth, full of the hunt and the chase. And that’s too bad, because that’s not what is needed right now… (More …)

     
    • davekingsbury 3:23 pm on April 11, 2017 Permalink | Reply

      Fun is the short-lived substitute for happiness. Another worthwhile post, Hardie …

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

      Very good post. I came to this conclusion awhile back that Buddhism is not compatible with American culture, nor is Buddhism compatible with rampant Capitalism that our culture worships and comes from. The capitalist mentality is to only be motivated by self gain at the cost of others, hoard wealth, exploit people, and venerate greed.

      Because of Cold War propaganda many Americans still worship what Buddha warned everyone against. That dukkha, that cause of suffering… They won’t even allow for criticism of their their way of life. They have even tied religion with the worship of greed, a false god, especially in Christianity. Namely Evangelicals. Your post adequately points this out.

      Thank you for this blog post.

      • Alexia Adder 11:12 pm on January 25, 2020 Permalink | Reply

        Oh and to add many are indoctrinated so not everyone is at fault, but rampant ignorance allows this to continue. As a Buddhist they had tried to indoctrinate me into God or government or wealth hoarding etc. It’s hard to break though in my nature I always referred back to Buddha and then came to realize I was always a Buddhist, but they were spiritually abusing me, and in other ways trying to make me conform.

      • hardie karges 7:38 am on January 26, 2020 Permalink | Reply

        You are welcome. Thank you for your comments.

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