Thanks. I actually enjoy German a lot. Johann Fichte was nice. I read Siddhartha and Goethe at 15, and later enjoyed Blonde Eckbert, which we talked about before. Classic German story-telling has a lot of faerie and mystical about it. This particular story had some mystery, with out any scariness involved. Those things reached a height with The Erlking, by Goethe.Ayu wrote: ↑Tue Sep 03, 2019 8:44 pm Just take a look at hollywood films. They only know violent problem-solving. Somebody shouts at or kills the bad guy.
(I mean, compare Hollywood to Bollywood, or to Chinese movies, Italian or French films... Even German movies are not all about war. )
But american literature is more intelligent, IMHO.
But actually, Wilhelm Meister was a favorite for a while. Long and involved, beautiful and mellow. The most violent thing that happens in the entire 7, or 800 page novel is that W. gets a hit on the head ..
Goethe had understood in the intervening 30 years after Werther, that what he wrote matters. After Werther, whose protagonist eventually ends his life over love of Lotte, there was a spate of suicides from lovers of the book. As well as, a surge in the style of fashion described.
The same beauty and mystique can be found in Moondog, the composer of Elfdance, Bird's Lament I, and hundreds of other songs. This American of German ancestry was born gifted in music, but became more devoted to it after becoming blind at 16. Later he lived in New York, and eventually also spent time in Germany, exploring his ancestral roots.
In New York, he would do a very Zen-like thing. He would stand completely motionless sometimes, holding a staff.... And of course, garbed all in a Viking outfit.
However there was a simple reason for the horns and helmet; he eschewed any reference to Jesus about him, (I'd say mostly because of his looks.)
Back to Dharma;
1 and 3 of the 37 Practices are nice
Right now, you have a good boat, fully equipped and available — hard to find.
To free others and you from the sea of samsara,
Day and night, fully alert and present,
Study, reflect, and meditate — this is the practice of a bodhisattva.
Don’t engage disturbances and reactive emotions gradually fade away;
Don’t engage distractions and spiritual practice naturally grows;
Keep awareness clear and vivid and confidence in the way arises.
Rely on silence — this is the practice of a bodhisattva.
One of the classic points is that we must have peace in ourselves to gain peace elsewhere. The best results happen from total dedication to the well-being of all. And to the cultivation of happiness and enlightenment in ourselves and others.
On a more mundane level, news does not give us an accurate picture of the world. The reason is referred to as the frequency.
For instance let's say we live in a town of 5000. No one has much crime or certainly not killing.
A very sleepy little town. Now in our town, if we are not afraid of some Invaders, then all we have to contend with is the life and our neighbors.
Naturally such places are quiet, and peaceful, with not a lot of car traffic.
Deer are mostly surviving their trips across the road, because no one is driving 45 miles an hour.
Anyway, we have no source for fear there. If we exert our full strength in the Dharma, we will make a lot of progress.
As Dogen said, the guardians of Earth assure fulfillment.
Frequency thing is that what is close to us is 0 killing.
But let's focus on scripture a bit.
Fearlessness is mentioned throughout the scriptures. The Ahi Sutta (please look it up,) discusses this. In the Prajna Paramitam the similar topic is vastly elaborated.
Other scriptures give wonderful enlightenment about formlessness, and similar topics.
If we meditate in nature for one month, we learn so much...
Very happy and wishing much peace.