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Medieval Philosophy: Al Farabi
In this video, Professor Thorsby discusses the philosophy of al-Farabi. In particular this video discusses his theory of emanation, his cosmology, matter and…




http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2018/10/26/dems-o26.html Obama stumps for Democrats in Michigan: A legacy of social devastation

Obama is visiting Cass Tech High School in Detroit in an effort to convince workers once again that the …



Lecherous Nocturne - Occultaclysmic [2018]


Anaal Nathrakh "A New Kind of Horror" (FULL ALBUM)


Biotope Manual



The War on Consciousness - Graham Hancock
What is death? Our materialist science reduces everything to matter, materialist science in the West says that we are just meat, we’re just our bodies. So wh…

"I have traveled across the length and breadth of India and I have not seen one person who is a beggar, who is a thief. Such wealth I have seen in the country, such high moral values, people of such caliber, that I do not think we would conquer this country, unless we break the very backbone of this nation, which is her spiritual and cultural heritage, and therefore, I propose that we replace her old and ancient education system, her culture, for if the Indians think that all that is foreign and English is good and greater than their own, they will lose their self esteem, their native culture and they will become what we want them, a truly dominated nation."
- Thomas Babington Macaulay, 1st Baron Macaulay, Speech to the British Parliament, (1835)

http://sacred-texts.com/bud/tea.htm The Book of Tea by Kakuzo Okakura ( Sacred-Texts Buddhism Taoism Shinto )

"Tea began as a medicine and grew into a beverage. In China, in the eighth century, it entered the realm of poetry as one of the polite amusements. The fifteenth century saw Japan ennoble it into a religion of aestheticism—Teaism. Teaism is a cult founded on the adoration of the beautiful among the sordid facts of everyday existence. It inculcates purity and harmony, the mystery of mutual charity, the romanticism of the social order. It is essentially a worship of the Imperfect, as it is a tender attempt to accomplish something possible in this impossible thing we know as life."

if you cannot be satisfied with the state of mind you have in zazen, it means your mind is still wandering about. Our body and mind should not be wobbling or wandering about. In this posture (lotus) there is no need to talk about the right state of mind. You already have it. This is the conclusion of Buddhism.

Shunryu Suzuki - Zen Mind Beginner's Mind

It turns out that little was known about Huineng before Shenhui’s account of him. “It took all the rhetorical skills of Shen-hui and his sympathisers to give a form to the name Huineng,” and hence the character Huineng described by Shenhui was not completely factual.[16] In the Platform Sutra, following Huineng’s sermon was a narrative by Fahai, who addressed a few interviews between Huineng and his disciples, including Shenhui. It is likely that “much of the Platform Sutra was built on the inventions of Shenhui”, and the textual evidence suggests that “the work was written soon after his death”.[16] After Huineng’s death, Shenhui wanted to claim his authority over Chan Buddhism, but his position was challenged by Shenxiu and Puji, who supported the Northern lineage that taught gradual enlightenment.[16] It is reasonable to assume that this autobiography was likely an attempt by Shenhui to relate himself to the most renowned figures in Zen Buddhism, which essentially enabled him to connect to the Buddha through this lineage.

Twentieth century scholarship revealed that the story of Huineng's Buddhist career was likely invented by the monk Heze Shenhui, who claimed to be one of Huineng's disciples and was highly critical of Shenxiu's teaching.

just continuing with 2 and 3 of awareness. After body movements,

2. Be aware of emotions. So feelings and emotions are grouped together. Usually emotions start off as small reactions behind the belly. When unnoticed, they grow and grow until it becomes a full body sensation and feeling. By the time this happens, it is usually too late to damage-control. So try to be aware of when it starts to grow from behind the navel area. So you add awareness of emotions after body in the 2nd week.

3. Be aware of thoughts in addition to the other two in the 3rd week. Thoughts are much faster than body and emotions. So just be aware, and they usually vanish immediately after being born. What you see as a long thought is actually a series of thoughts with gaps in the middle. So just be aware of impermanent thoughts and know that you can never grasp onto thoughts which is like a waterfall.

4 and 5. After being aware of that, we introduce spatial awareness by observing the gap between two objects. Then we go outside to practise on the wide spatiality while gazing at the sky.

6 and 7. We then visualize a trigger or cue to bring our awareness back when it is gone. We visualize a white spot in the middle of the chest at the heart chakra. At first it will look very dim and small. But as awareness grows, the spot shines brighter and brighter:
A) radiating through the whole body
B) extending to the entire room
C) covering the whole universe

Brief Introduction to Mahayana Buddhism by Master Hsuan Hua http://www.cttbusa.org/buddhism_brief_introduction/contents.asp

Diamond Sutra Explained by Nan Huai Jin amzn.com/0971656126

Heart Advice of a Mahamudra Master by Gendün Rinpoche amzn.com/3940269042

The Chan Handbook by Master Hsuan Hua http://www.longbeachmonastery.org/the_chan_handbook.pdf

Training in Awareness by Master Jing Lian http://www.lianmaster.com/dharma/Awareness_01.pdf

Progressive Stages of Emptiness by Khenpo Tsultrim Gyamtso Rinpoche amzn.com/153740900X

As It Is Volume 1 by Tulku Urgyen Rinpoche amzn.com/9627341355 and Volume 2 amzn.com/9627341398

Carefree Dignity by Tsoknyi Rinpoche amzn.com/9627341320

Oh. Dzogchen has to be transmitted because of the need for "pointing out" by the master

I started with Chögyal Namkhai Norbu Rinpoche. Then I have different Dzogchen cycles, practices and masters.
A-Khrid from Bön. Trekcho and Togal practices in Radical Dzogchen with Keith Dowman.

Gosh, I've been learning chinese since birth and even now I can't understand the texts fully. Ancient prose is really difficult.

That act is observing the mind. If you don't observe the mind you get lost in thoughts, observing is the way to break free. That has been a part of Buddhism since Pali Canon.

Definitely. If you focus on doing work, you get rewarded for doing a good job. If you focus on slacking off, the job isn't done.

If you cling onto outward senses, there is "outflow". If you seek the mind, there is "inflow".

Basho is the place for dialectic to unfold. True nothingness. Not nothingness that is contrasted with being



Tao Te Ching, Chapter 20

Renounce knowledge and your problems will end.
What is the difference between yes and no?
What is the difference between good and evil?
Must you fear what others fear?
Nonsense, look how far you have missed the mark!

Other people are joyous,
as though they were at a spring festival.
I alone am unconcerned and expressionless,
like an infant before it has learned to smile.

Other people have more than they need;
I alone seem to possess nothing.
I am lost and drift about with no place to go.
I am like a fool; my mind is in chaos.

Ordinary people are bright;
I alone am dark.
Ordinary people are clever;
I alone am dull.
Ordinary people seem discriminating;
I alone am muddled and confused.
I drift on the waves on the ocean,
blown at the mercy of the wind.
Other people have their goals,
I alone am dull and uncouth.

I am different from ordinary people.
I nurse from the Great Mother’s breasts.

Hierachy of order of practices:

1. Doing nothing

2. Enquiring what is mind or who am I or what is awareness, consciousnes, attention and it's relationship to the universe?

3. Watching mind with the mind or staying with I am or aware of awareness

4. Breath watching

5. mantra chanting

6. meditation on deity form

There is no such thing as brain.

The body and brain are just images inside the world dream which is inside the mind.

There is only mind.

the paradox higher order cybernetics of self-care preferences under time constraints

No one is immune and the amount of death panic I see around people in the west and the degree of unlived life inside of them. That sense that you haven't really lived. That you haven't really done what you could do in life, there's a terror of dying before you've ever really lived

You [illegible word] what I have paid for the enclosed, and must remonstrate with him if he is wrong. —

lol, this song is about taking lsd

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