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by Rick
Wed Sep 18, 2019 8:45 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Right-wing psychology
Replies: 14
Views: 246

Re: Right-wing psychology

Anger is huge and hugely poisonous, fer sure. And a big part of the real destructiveness of the current flood of anger is that most people never learn a constructive way to deal with their anger ... or to even recognize it that it's there! Therapy can help, a lot. Perhaps what we need is an army of ...
by Rick
Wed Sep 18, 2019 8:22 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Right-wing psychology
Replies: 14
Views: 246

Re: Right-wing psychology

It's a systemic thing. A system-driven perfect storm, worst of both worlds? ;-) I don't think Trump can be dismissed as a kind of placeholder. Just ask those who are addicted to him. He's a huge part of why things are as koo-koo as they are. Potential cult members might already be deluded, but they...
by Rick
Wed Sep 18, 2019 8:12 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Right-wing psychology
Replies: 14
Views: 246

Re: Right-wing psychology

Interesting ... so from a dharmic point of view, what's going on these days? No fair saying: global karma. That's like saying: It's an emergent phenomenon ... not necessarily untrue, but too wishy washy. ;-)
by Rick
Wed Sep 18, 2019 7:19 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Right-wing psychology
Replies: 14
Views: 246

Re: Right-wing psychology

I think of the state of the States as a bit of a perfect storm: perfect setting, perfect leader, perfect followers, perfect cultural and societal vibe. Trump might be more of a symptom or effect than a cause, but he's an extreme, and without him the big storm would not have occurred ... at least not...
by Rick
Tue Sep 17, 2019 1:25 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Right-wing psychology
Replies: 14
Views: 246

Right-wing psychology

A Salon article by Chauncey DeVega on the psychology of right-wing authoritarian supporters:

Donald Trump, king of chaos: New research on right-wing psychology points toward big trouble ahead
by Rick
Sat Sep 14, 2019 1:37 am
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Non-Attachment to Spouse and Kids
Replies: 11
Views: 347

Re: Non-Attachment to Spouse and Kids

I keep coming back to the ultimate Buddhist panacea--- impermanence. I am finding it is truly the universal solvent for life. Impermanence as universal solvent ... that's perfect! Call a-nic-ca, that's the name, and away go troubles down the drain. :anjali: :rolling: :cheers: :twothumbsup: :cheers:...
by Rick
Fri Sep 13, 2019 2:48 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: A skeptic's musings on Buddhist practice
Replies: 15
Views: 430

Re: A skeptic's musings on Buddhist practice

Johnny Dangerous wrote:
Thu Sep 12, 2019 2:20 am
Approach chanting more like Kirtan or something, and less analytical. Buy yourself a shruti box and just go to it, this is one way to get out of that mindset. The book Harmonic Experience by W.A. Matthieu is pretty good for this.
Makes sense ... and the book looks good, thanks!
by Rick
Thu Sep 12, 2019 12:47 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: A skeptic's musings on Buddhist practice
Replies: 15
Views: 430

Re: A skeptic's musings on Buddhist practice

Queequeg wrote:
Wed Sep 11, 2019 9:32 pm
People are often skeptical of the chanting... chanting, especially in a group can be quite an experience
My problem with chanting is that being a trained-up-the-wazoo musician, I shift into analytical performance mode, which spoils the spir'tual vibe.
by Rick
Wed Sep 11, 2019 8:49 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: A skeptic's musings on Buddhist practice
Replies: 15
Views: 430

Re: A skeptic's musings on Buddhist practice

Gotta reread Adams, I forget how crazy brilliant he was.

Btw I just found out that my Surya Das student friend was at the retreat from the article and he got to know the author a bit. Said the guy was clearly skeptical to begin with ... then gradually melted, particularly during group chanting.
by Rick
Wed Sep 11, 2019 5:29 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: A skeptic's musings on Buddhist practice
Replies: 15
Views: 430

Re: A skeptic's musings on Buddhist practice

"Buddhism isn't true, but it works" ... this resonates with me buncha. I see it as yaw (yet another way) to point to emptiness. And, ya know, emptiness is where it's at, baybey. I'm a huge fan of the Protestant work ethic ... NOT! Some call the human mind lazy by nature. Sleepy, ignorant, deluded .....
by Rick
Wed Sep 11, 2019 4:17 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: A skeptic's musings on Buddhist practice
Replies: 15
Views: 430

Re: A skeptic's musings on Buddhist practice

Thanks for posting! My friend, who's a longtime Surya Das student, has the least Zen stink of any Buddhist I've ever met.

My three favorites:

The Lama, during our private chat, said Buddhism isn’t true, but it works.

I’m thinking of starting each day by chanting, D’oh.

The Laziness ...
by Rick
Tue Sep 10, 2019 6:38 pm
Forum: Meditation
Topic: The hearer and the sound?
Replies: 63
Views: 963

Re: The hearer and the sound?

Dan74 wrote:
Tue Sep 10, 2019 4:27 pm
Rick wrote:
Tue Sep 10, 2019 3:23 pm
Dan74 wrote:
Tue Sep 10, 2019 12:58 pm
Discussing it seems to me to be of no use really.
I have nothing to say / and I am saying it / and that is poetry

John Cage
I don't know if it is. I guess writing John Cage at the end makes it.
"Discussions of no use" are sometimes beautiful.
by Rick
Tue Sep 10, 2019 3:23 pm
Forum: Meditation
Topic: The hearer and the sound?
Replies: 63
Views: 963

Re: The hearer and the sound?

Dan74 wrote:
Tue Sep 10, 2019 12:58 pm
Discussing it seems to me to be of no use really.
I have nothing to say / and I am saying it / and that is poetry

John Cage
by Rick
Tue Sep 10, 2019 3:09 am
Forum: Meditation
Topic: The hearer and the sound?
Replies: 63
Views: 963

Re: The hearer and the sound?

Speaking of stupor: "In mindfulness practice there is no goal, no journey; you are just mindful of what is happening there. There is no promise of love and light or visions of any kind — no angels, no devils. Nothing happens: it is absolutely boring." Chogyam Trungpa Is it boring? What happens to s...
by Rick
Mon Sep 09, 2019 8:48 pm
Forum: Meditation
Topic: The hearer and the sound?
Replies: 63
Views: 963

Re: The hearer and the sound?

Speaking of stupor:

"In mindfulness practice there is no goal, no journey; you are just mindful of what is happening there. There is no promise of love and light or visions of any kind — no angels, no devils. Nothing happens: it is absolutely boring."

Chogyam Trungpa
by Rick
Sun Sep 08, 2019 2:08 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: America is hooked on violence
Replies: 22
Views: 529

Re: America is hooked on violence

Speaking of tv ... : Donald Trump was elected because Americans watch too much television. TV has sapped their imaginations and rotted their minds. They are no longer capable of critical thinking. They cannot tell the difference between what is real and what is illusion. — Reader comment to a 9/6 NY...
by Rick
Sat Sep 07, 2019 4:00 pm
Forum: Meditation
Topic: The hearer and the sound?
Replies: 63
Views: 963

Re: The hearer and the sound?

LastLegend wrote:
Sat Sep 07, 2019 3:19 pm
But we still hear sound no?
So it appears ... :bow:
by Rick
Fri Sep 06, 2019 4:30 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Mindfulness as public policy
Replies: 6
Views: 236

Re: Mindfulness as public policy

Could be a step in the right direction, though mindfulness as 'public policy' sounds kind of creepy to me. I think 'right thinking' should be taught to kids and adults (of all ages). Here we've all got this utterly amazing ability, to think ... and it ends up tragically flawed for most of us: perver...
by Rick
Thu Sep 05, 2019 4:56 pm
Forum: Dharma Events
Topic: Yongey Mingyur Rinpoche – Bardos Online Course
Replies: 3
Views: 321

Re: Yongey Mingyur Rinpoche – Bardos Online Course

Yes, that's a good feature of Vajrayana Online and Tergar, you can join small groups, either online or in zee flesh.

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