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Thursday, May 21, 2020

on judging


A lot of people write, "I don't judge people." Sounds amazing. For myself, I'd be happy to strive for two smaller things:
1) being aware of my judgments arising.
2) not acting (automatically/autopilot/immediately) to my judgments.

This goes both for positive judgments and negative judgments. So, both "that's awesome" and "maybe you shouldn't do that"... trying to cut both out.

It is possible to watch the judging mind. It is possible to watch judgments form, morph, and dissolve. And eventually, it is possible to use judgments for justice, healing, and caring. And not just for the instant dopamine hit of being in the right, being the judge.

(From 2018)

Thursday, May 7, 2020

Can we please change the world?

I feel like we need a new country. Like when fed up people, mavericks, left Britain to form America. They left behind the persecution of the church. Perhaps we need to leave behind the persecution of the stupid. The irrational, greed driven, anger driven, deluded. Leading us into unnecessary conflict.

(Blood rising)

It'd be full of people who can communicate, understand science, understand risk and probability, understand communication and emotional intelligence.  No lying or cheating. And people admit when they are wrong.

(Blood rising more)

No taxation with hypothesis testing. ?
Give me data or give me death!  ?


Easier, though, to be a monk and gain enlightenment. Even though enlightenment is nearly impossible, it is easier than herding humans.

Thanks Bia. Y.

Thursday, April 9, 2020

SHORTY: Warren Buffett on integrity

"We look for three things when we hire people. We look for intelligence, we look for initiative or energy, and we look for integrity. And if they don't have the latter, the first two will kill you, because if you're going to get someone without integrity, you want them lazy and dumb."

-Warren Buffett
quoted from:

Wednesday, March 18, 2020

SHORTY: the 8 wordly winds

The sutta on the 8 wordly winds starts with a question. A person asked the Buddha if he was subject to pleasures and pains in the outside world? Gain and loss? Fame and disrepute? Praise and blame?

I remember the first time I heard the story, i thought for sure the Buddha rose above all this.

But no. All people experience those same 8 winds. The difference is that Buddhas and Arahants are no longer blown around by them.

Thursday, March 5, 2020

Three short videos on breathing games

These are good videos for new meditators or experienced meditators about how to play and work with the breath.

  1. (3mins) Breath Games 1: DIDO, double in-double out, with detailed instructions
  2. (10mins) Breath Game 2: FFF, five finger fist breath meditation. Good for little kids
  3. (13mins) Breath Games 3: Somatics, somaticizing the breath, ways to connect with the breath w hand gestures

I have found that making my breath comfortable and enjoyable have helped me maintain concentration on the breath. It's fine to play with the breath to help maintain focus. Props to Thanissaro Bhkkhu's work, which I have benefited greatly from and build on.

Sunday, March 1, 2020

SHORTY: understand or smash

"What we don't understand, we don't like. And what we don't like, we smash."

Aisha Tyler, from self inflicted wounds.
End of chapter 3.
I highly recommend the audiobook.

Monday, February 24, 2020

SHORTY: hungry ghosts

I think I have heard a Buddhist explanation of hungry ghosts. What makes them hungry is that there's something they crave to feed on. Could be physical food. It could be revenge. It could be finding sympathy for their complaints. It could be anything. And what makes it's a tragic story is that they're doomed to never actually find the thing that satisfies their craving.

I wonder sometimes whether people act like hungry ghosts. Whether I act like a hungry ghost.

I wonder, what are the causes of becoming hungry ghost. And what are the causes for the ending of it.

on judging

MUSING ON JUDGMENT: A lot of people write, "I don't judge people." Sounds amazing. For myself, I'd be happy to strive for ...