• AMMDI is an open-notebook hypertext writing experiment, authored by Mike Travers aka @mtraven. It's a work in progress and some parts are more polished than others. Comments welcome! More.
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from LWMap/Explaining Insight Meditation and Enlightenment in Non-Mysterious Terms
  • Or maybe mysterious is the wrong word, more like "inexpressible". According to at least some schools of Buddhism, you are already enlightened, there is no magical state to achieve, it's more a matter of realizing the real nature of what is already there, aversions included. And according to other schools, it's a matter of achieving a kind of nondual awareness, where all distinctions vanish, including those between enlightened and non-enlightened mind. These aspects of enlightenment seem to be inherently resistant to rationalization.
from Thoughts Without a Thinker
  • book by Mark Epstein, basically a join between Buddhism and psychotherapy.
from Meaningness
from conflict theory
  • I admire such people, a lot, but don't find my heart is really with them. Often religiously based; Buddhism and Christianity both have powerful pacifist strains.
from anarchism
  • I always thought of Buddhism and anarchism as basically aiming at the same thing. – a revolution against false authority. What the State is to the People, the Ego is to the real person.
    • I guess I should be speaking of "mtBuddhism" or something to mean, not actual Buddhism as understood by a practitioner, but the mishmash of vaguely Buddhism-ish ideas I've accumulated.
    • I haven't read much on the connection between these two worldviews, except this piece by Gary Snyder
      • That site appears to be managed by Ken Knabb, a piece of work, apparently he was so committed to leveling that he protested the fact that Gary Snyder gave a performance and got applause ...
from Patterns of Refactored Agency
  • For some reason I feel a need to apologize whenever I pretend to know something about Buddhism, although my knowledge of some of the other things I write about is equally incomplete. But: a key Buddhist idea is that the self is not a solid thing, and that thinking of the self that way is at the root of a good deal of human suffering, and that you should stop. (see anatman)
from Vimalakirti Sutra
  • I'm not a Buddhist or a scholar of Buddhism but nonetheless I wandered into an online class on this text led by teachers MC Owens and Michael Taft, and it made a deep impression on me. The following passage in particular, which addresses the question of how to reconcile the Buddhist emphasis on both emptiness or nonexistence and compassion – if all is emptiness, who is supposed to have compassion for what, and why?
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06 Mar 2021 04:01 - 01 Jan 2022 07:48

    • I'm not a Buddhist, just Buddha-curious. If you have to have a foundational belief system, it might be the best out there.
    • The very basics

      • As far as I can tell, Buddhism reduced to its essentials is two very different precepts
        • ignoring its practices and social institutions, which is probably a mistake
        • Insight into the transitoriness, nebulosity, and emptiness of all things, very much including yourself
        • Compassion for all beings
      • I'm hardly the first to find that these two things don't seem to fit together very well. If things are so flickering and impermanent and illusory, then why should we express compassion for them and what would that even mean, given that that is our own nature as well? It turns out that there's a passage in the Vimalakirti Sutra that addresses this question head on, and with wonderfully multiplying metaphors (quoted at the link).
    • Random dharmas

      • Meaningness sites are a good entry point to Buddhism for the rationalist and postrationalist. Meaningness itself seems to be firmly grounded in Buddhism while getting rid of all the religious machinery. Vividness is more explictly about Buddhism itself.
      • This short talk by Thich Nhaat Hanh mentions eternalism/nihilism and suggests that freeing yourself from them gives you superpowers and frees you from anxiety
      • We try to segregate ourselves from the external, and this creates a kind of gigantic bubble in us which consists of nothing but air and water, or in this case, fear and the reflection of the external thing. So this huge bubble prevents any fresh air from coming in, and that is "I" –– the ego. So in that sense there is the existence of ego, but it is in fact illusory. Having established that, one generally wants to create some external idol or refuge. Subconsciously one knows that this "I" is only a bubble and it could burst at any moment, so one tries to protect is as much as one can –– either consciously or subconsciously. In fact we have achieved such skill at protecting this ego that we have managed to preserve it for hundreds of years. It is as though a person has a very precious pair of spectacles which he puts in a box or various containers in order to keep it safe, so that even if other things are broken this would be preserved. He may feel that other things could bear hardship, but he knows this could not, so this would last longer. In the same way, ego lasts longer just because one feels it could burst at any time
        • Trungpa, Meditation in Action, p 76)
    • History and Schools

    • Bewildering! but this map is useful: