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(78) Ethical Dilemmas in Early Buddhism? - YouTube - Doug's Secular Dharma
We'll look at ethical dilemmas and their role in western systems of ethics, then turn to Buddhism and ask whether such dilemmas play any role at all. Then we'll turn to some classic dilemmas and ask how they might be treated in an early Buddhist context.
morality  ethics  Buddhism  video  YouTube 
april 2019 by pierredv
[pdf] Aris Lecture - Magic, Healing and Ethics in Tibetan Buddhism - Sam van Schaik
Magic, Healing and Ethics in Tibetan Buddhism
Sam van Schaik (The British Library)
Aris Lecture in Tibetan and Himalayan Studies
Wolfson College, Oxford, 16 November 2018

Podcast: * Published: 12/6/18 08:12:25
* Episode Download link (43 MB):

Tibet  magic  Buddhism  history  WolfsonCollegeOxford 
april 2019 by pierredv
early Tibet | Notes, thoughts and fragments of research on the history of Tibet
via Wolfson lecture podcast "Magic, Healing, and Ethics in Tibetan Buddhism" Dec 2018
Tibet  Buddhism  magic  history  WolfsonCollegeOxford  blogs 
april 2019 by pierredv
(18) Ven. Ledi Sayadaw - a talk by Patrick Given-Wilson - YouTube
"Ven. Ledi Sayadaw was the first vipassana teacher that we know of in this tradition in modern times with such detail. His great innovation was to start spreading the actual practice widely and to householders."

In this video, Patrick Given-Wilson explores the life of this meditation master and magnificent pariyatti scholar who authored over a hundred expositions on the Dhamma.
lectures  Buddhism  vipassana  video  YouTube 
march 2018 by pierredv
To Love Abundantly: Sharon Salzberg's Journey – Lion's Roar
"In loving-kindness practice, a practitioner begins with him or herself, wishing four things: may I be free from danger, may I be happy, may I be healthy, may I live with ease."

"Salzberg did loving-kindness practice for four years with U Pandita, and then he wanted her to stop. Metta is not the main practice, he said, mindfulness is: metta will do many things, but it won’t necessarily enhance your understanding of emptiness."
lovingkindness  self-compassion  Buddhism  meditation  profile  stories  people  Sharon-Salzberg 
january 2018 by pierredv
Shunryu Suzuki Quotes (Author of Zen Mind, Beginner's Mind)
“Each of you is perfect the way you are ... and you can use a little improvement.”
― Shunryu Suzuki
quotations  Buddhism 
january 2017 by pierredv
Buddhist Global Relief
"The Buddha says that there are two kinds of gifts, the gift of material things and the gift of the Dhamma, and of these two, the gift of the Dhamma is foremost (Anguttara Nikaya 2:141). This saying has sometimes been used to devalue the gift of material things, and in some quarters it is cited to question the point of dedicating time and effort to uplifting people from poverty. . . . This argument, which would imply that the work of Buddhist Global Relief is ultimately fruitless, calls for a considered response. "
Bhikku-Bodhi  Buddhism  giving  philanthropy  dhamma 
october 2016 by pierredv
GEMSTONES OF THE GOOD DHAMMA (Saddhamma-maniratana) An Anthology of Verses from the Pali S
An Anthology of Verses from the Pali Scriptures
Compiled and translated by Ven. S. Dhammika
The Wheel Publication No. 342/344
Pali  dhamma  Buddhism  sayings 
september 2016 by pierredv
Professor Paul Gilbert - Strengthening the Mind through The Power of Self-Compassion - YouTube
Published on Aug 12, 2013
Earlier this year Professor Paul Gilbert gave a talk in Lismore on strengthening the mind through the power of self-compassion.
compassion  Paul-Gilbert  Buddhism  meditation  video  self-compassion  lectures 
june 2016 by pierredv
Prison Sangha at Washington State Reformatory | Still Sitting Meditation Supply
"We recently had the pleasure of speaking with a community leader who uses our cushions for a very special purpose. Amy Darling is a Seattle-based acupuncturist, herbalist, and mindfulness teacher. Darling, who has been practicing meditation for 20 years, has spent the past 9 years traveling to the Washington State Reformatory (WSR) in Monroe, where she leads a group of prisoners in meditation each month. Darling is one of several Buddhist volunteers who support inmates at WSR."
Buddhism  meditation  prison 
january 2016 by pierredv
Buzz words: How language creates your emotions - New Scientist issue 3039, Sep 2015
Close link between emotional and linguistic brain region => value of sophisticated semantic systems to describe and thus process feeling/sensation, cf. Abhidhamma "Brain imaging studies, for example, show a strong link between language and emotions: when the parts of the brain linked to emotion are aroused, so are those parts associated with semantics and language." "Once we learn to link that word to a particular network of sensations, our brains find it easier to seek out experiences which are consistent with it and filter out those which aren’t."
NewScientist  language  emotion  Buddhism  meditation  sensation 
december 2015 by pierredv
The Collected Teachings of Ajahn Chah (Boxed Set)
The complete collection of all the talks by Ajahn Chah that have been translated into English and are currently available for free distribution. (pdf, epub, mobi, request print copy)
Buddhism  books  Abhayagiri 
august 2015 by pierredv
This Fantastic, Unfolding Experiment
"Reflecting on the history of the Insight Meditation Society and Spirit Rock Meditation Center, Jack Kornfield describes the challenges and tensions that have accompanied the movement to bring Buddhism to the West and the creative solutions that have emerged to meet them."
Buddhism  meditation  Jack-Kornfield 
august 2015 by pierredv
Living in the World with Dhamma By Ajahn Chah -- DharmaNet International
From Getting to Know Buddhism (Bangkok: Buddhadhamma Foundation, 1994) At one time, as the Buddha was expounding the Dhamma, he turned to this monk and asked, "Sariputta, do you believe this?" Venerable Sariputta replied, "No, I don't yet believe it." The Buddha praised his answer. "That's very good, Sariputta, you are one who us endowed with wisdom. One who is wise doesn't readily believe, he listens with an open mind and then weighs up the truth of that matter before believing or disbelieving." Source not given, may be, Pubbakotthaka Sutta: Eastern Gatehouse
buddhism  Ajahn-Chah  DharmaNet  dhamma  quote  Sariputta 
july 2015 by pierredv
The Insight Revolution - Lion's Roar -Ledi Sayadaw, by Erik Braun
"Determined to save Buddhism in Burma during colonial rule, Ledi Sayadaw popularized the teachings of the Abhidharma and introduced thousands of laypeople to the practice of insight meditation. As Erik Braun tells us, he set in motion a revolution in Buddhist practice still being felt around the globe." - "He believed Abhidhamma learning, in particular, established the proper sensibility and the basic tools for meditation. In his writings, he continually explains that the layperson who studies, even if only at a basic level, prepares herself for insight. He encouraged learning in detail the four elements (dhatus) of earth, wind, fire, and water and believed such concepts were accessible to any educated person. Ledi Sayadaw explained, “If knowledge is ripe, the insight into impermanence may easily be accomplished while listening to a discourse, or while living a householder’s ordinary life.” One could bring the deconstructive approach of Abhidhamma analysis to all experience."
buddhism  LionsRoar  Erik-Braun  Ledi-Sayadaw  vipassana  history  Burma  abhidhamma  quotations 
july 2015 by pierredv
Unusual Choices - Ani Chudrun, Aeon Video
"Ani Chudrun used to present Top Gear on TV. She gave up her fame to be a Buddhist nun. Why?"
meditation  vocation  AeonMagazine  video  people  stories  vimeo  buddhism 
october 2014 by pierredv
This Is the Modern Axis of Buddhist Hate
"The man on the right is Burma's Ashin Wirathu. Known as the "bin Laden of Buddhism," Wirathu leads the country's 969 movement, which sees the country's Muslim minority as an existential threat to its majority Buddhist population. The man on the left is Sri Lanka's Galagoda Atte Gnanasara, the face of hardline Buddhism in the island nation. Together, these two robed radicals anchor a powerful, violent, and new political force in Asia."
buddhism  politics  terrorism  fundamentalism  Foreign  Policy 
march 2014 by pierredv
Schumpeter: The mindfulness business | The Economist
ciritique of mindfulness business: "The biggest problem with mindfulness is that it is becoming part of the self-help movement—and hence part of the disease that it is supposed to cure. Gurus talk about “the competitive advantage of meditation”. Pupils come to see it as a way to get ahead in life. And the point of the whole exercise is lost. What has parading around in pricey lululemon outfits got to do with the Buddhist ethic of non-attachment to material goods? And what has staring at a computer-generated dot got to do with the ancient art of meditation? Western capitalism seems to be doing rather more to change eastern religion than eastern religion is doing to change Western capitalism."
mindfulness  meditation  buddhism  business  TheEconomist  Schumpeter  opinion 
december 2013 by pierredv
Wh324 — Stories from the Dhammapada Commentary - Part II
Buddhist Stories from the Dhammapada Commentary Translated from the Pāli by Eugene Watson Burlingame Selected and revised by Bhikkhu Khantipālo Buddhist Publication Society, 1985 The Wheel Publication No. 324/325 Story of the poor man being fed before teaching of dhamma 25. A Certain Layman story of the following stanza: 203. Hunger is the greatest disease, Conditioned things are the greatest suffering. For one who has known this as it is Nibbāna is the bliss supreme. (Note the remark: "We are told that with this single exception there is no other instance on record in the Three Piṭakas of the Tathāgata’s having thus inquired about the supply of food.") "‘If I preach Dhamma to this man while he is suffering from the pangs of hunger, he will not be able to comprehend it.’ Therefore I did what I did. Monks, there is no affliction like the affliction of hunger.”
buddhism  dhammapada  stories  hunger 
december 2013 by pierredv
Wheel 286–7 — Buddhism and Social Action — Ken Jones
'Buddhists are thus concerned with political action, firstly, in the direct relief of non-volitionally caused suffering now and in the future, and, secondly, with the creation of social karmic conditions favourable to the following of the Way that leads to the cessation of volitionally caused suffering and the creation of a society of a kind which tends to the ripening of wisdom and compassion rather than the withering 'Whatever form it may take, Buddhist political theory like other Buddhist ’theory’ is just another theory. ' 'The fear of creating dissension among fellow Buddhists is understandable, but if Buddhists cannot handle conflict in a positive and creative way, then who can?'
buddhism  ex  Wheel  social-justice  activism 
december 2013 by pierredv
All Wheel Publications in the BPS Library - Buddhist Publication Society
All Wheel Publications in the BPS Library (sorted by title) - titles, with links to texts
wheel  buddhism  bibliography  ex  BPS 
december 2013 by pierredv
Wealth and Poverty in Buddhist Texts = Peggy Morgan
Key Words: Buddhism; the Buddha; Almsmen and Almswomen; Lay Buddhists; Poverty; Right Livelihood; Pali Canon; Contemporary Texts; Social Engagement.
buddhism  poverty  giving  charity 
december 2013 by pierredv
The Greatest Wealth is Contentment: A Buddhist Perspective on Poverty - Upaya Zen Center
"According to this myth, poverty is a root cause of theft, violence, falsehood, etc. The Buddhist solution has nothing to do with accepting our (or others’) “poverty karma.” The problem begins when the king does not give property to the needy — in modern terms, when the state neglects its responsibility to maintain a minimum of what we call distributive justice. Social breakdown cannot be separated from broader questions about the benevolence of the social order. The solution to poverty-induced crime is not to punish severely but to enable people to provide for their basic needs."
poverty  buddhism  government 
december 2013 by pierredv
Video: Bones of the Buddha | PBS Video
SECRETS OF THE DEAD Bones of the Buddha Aired: 07/23/2013 The mystery surrounding the bones of the Buddha dates back more than 100 years ago, when colonial estate manager William Peppe and his workers began digging at a mysterious hill in Northern India.
archaeology  documentary  buddha  PBS  India  video  buddhism 
december 2013 by pierredv
Science through Buddhist Eyes - The New Atlantis
Consciously and unconsciously, a new, modernized Buddhism began to take shape, one adapted to and by Western ways of thought. A trend called “Buddhist modernism” arose, aimed at reinterpreting Buddhism as a system of thought rather than a religion. Early leaders of this movement embraced mainly those elements of Buddhism that seemed to address the Western problems they were after, while rejecting elements that could not be made consonant with cherished notions like individualism and progressivism. But while some of the aims, methods, and attitudes of Buddhism and modern science may appear similar, at the most fundamental level they are quite different. A Buddhist meditation teaching goes: “small doubt, small awakening; big doubt, big awakening; no doubt, no awakening.” Buddhism is meant eventually to dismantle itself. So we might better advance the discussion not by highlighting where Buddhism and science see eye-to-eye, but precisely where they do not, perhaps forcing each to c
buddhism  christianity  religion  meditation  quote  ex  New  Atlantis 
november 2013 by pierredv
The Five Mindfulness Trainings - Thich Nhat Hanh
"The Five Mindfulness Trainings represent the Buddhist vision for a global spirituality and ethic. They are a concrete expression of the Buddha’s teachings on the Four Noble Truths and the Noble Eightfold Path, the path of right understanding and true love, leading to healing, transformation, and happiness for ourselves and for the world. To practice the Five Mindfulness Trainings is to cultivate the insight of interbeing, or Right View, which can remove all discrimination, intolerance, anger, fear, and despair. If we live according to the Five Mindfulness Trainings, we are already on the path of a bodhisattva. Knowing we are on that path, we are not lost in confusion about our life in the present or in fears about the future."
buddhism  ethics  meditation  Thich  Nhat  Hanh  mindfulness 
may 2013 by pierredv
BBC News - Why are Buddhist monks attacking Muslims?
"Of all the moral precepts instilled in Buddhist monks the promise not to kill comes first, and the principle of non-violence is arguably more central to Buddhism than any other major religion. So why have monks been using hate speech against Muslims and joining mobs that have left dozens dead?"
Burma  BBC  buddhism  violence 
may 2013 by pierredv
Beyond Coping: I. The Buddha as Doctor, the Dhamma as Medicine
The Buddha as Doctor, the Dhamma as Medicine - inventory of passages in the Pali canon where the medical metaphor is used. For comparison with Nussbaum's book "Therapy of Desire" about Hellenistic philosophy. Interesting quote at the end, by analogy with Four Noble Truths: For a comparison with ancient Indian medical theory: From the >Caraka Sa.mhitaa, 9.19: "The best physician, one fit to treat a king, is he whose knowledge is fourfold: the cause [hetu], symptom [], cure [pras/amana], and non-recurrence [apunarbhava] of diseases."< Per wikipedia, Caraka Saṃhitā or "Compendium of Caraka" is an early Ayurvedic encyclopedia on medicine, datable to the period 100 BCE -- 100 CE
metaphor  accesstoinsight  texts  buddhism  medicine  philosophy 
october 2012 by pierredv
The Chaṭṭha Saṅgāyana (1954 – 1956) – Rangoon, Burma » Daham Asapuwa
"The Sixth Buddhist Council was inaugurated at Kaba Aye in Yangon (formerly Rangoon, Burma) in 1954, 83 years after the Fifth Council in Mandalay. It was sponsored by the Burmese Government led by the Prime Minister, the Honorable U Nu."
buddhism  history  texts 
may 2012 by pierredv
Rohitassa Sutta: To Rohitassa - all within this body
Yet it is just within this fathom-long body, with its perception & intellect, that I declare that there is the cosmos, the origination of the cosmos, the cessation of the cosmos, and the path of practice leading to the cessation of the cosmos."
buddhism  texts  x:accesstoinsight 
april 2012 by pierredv
Mula Sutta: Rooted, transl. by Thanissaro (vedana samosarana)
sutta with Vedana-samosarana sabbe dhamma "All phenomena have feeling as their meeting place." This one is from the Tens, "In what are all phenomena rooted? ... their coming into play? ... their origination? ... meeting place? ... presiding state? ... governing principle? ... surpassing state?... heartwood? Where do they gain a footing? What is their final end?'" There is also a Mula sutta in the Threes, "there are these three roots of what is unskillful", AN 3.69,
sutta  texts  buddhism  x:accesstoinsight 
november 2011 by pierredv
Malunkyaputta Sutta: To Malunkyaputta
Another Malunkya, presumably different from the one in the Arrow story.
Here, this one asks, "It would be good, lord, if the Blessed One would teach me the Dhamma in brief so that, having heard the Dhamma from the Blessed One, I might dwell alone in seclusion: heedful, ardent, & resolute."
This seems to be a teaching about anatta: "When for you there will be only the seen in reference to the seen, only the heard in reference to the heard, only the sensed in reference to the sensed, only the cognized in reference to the cognized, then, Malunkyaputta, there is no you in connection with that. When there is no you in connection with that, there is no you there. When there is no you there, you are neither here nor yonder nor between the two. This, just this, is the end of stress."
buddhism  texts  sutta  x:accesstoinsight 
november 2011 by pierredv
Why Buddhist Practice is Deeply Rooted in Mindfulness of the Body | Metta Refuge - Gil Fronsdal talk
Intro by Steven Goodheart: "This talk by Gil Fronsdal highlights how important it is to not only get in touch with our bodies, to see how central mindfulness of the body is to the path of liberation."
buddhism  vipassana  meditation  interoception 
november 2011 by pierredv
On remote Tibetan plateau, a health-care program that could be a model for China -
"The Surmang Foundation’s clinic, set in a Buddhist monastery, is also pioneering a system of rural health care for the ultrapoor that some experts say could be a model for the rest of the country." A model of how buddhism acts against poverty. One sees suffering; one acts to alleviate it through direct action But what about policy change?
buddhism  healthcare  tibet  csmonitor  poverty 
september 2011 by pierredv
Buddhism: The Most Accurate World Religion? -
via:artsjournal Book review - Owen Flanagan, The Bodhisattva's Brain: Buddhism Naturalized From review: "Buddhism isn't about being happy, but about seeing the world as it is, and figuring out how to respond to the facts responsibly"
books  reviews  buddhism 
august 2011 by pierredv
Study: Buddhist Meditation Promotes Rational Thinking - Miller-McCune Aug 2011
"It’s no secret that humans are not entirely rational when it comes to weighing rewards... But a new study suggests that people who regularly practice Buddhist meditation actually process these common social situations differently — and the researchers have the brain scans to prove it." "Ulrich Kirk and collaborators at Baylor Medical College in Houston had 40 control subjects and 26 longtime meditators participate in a well-known experiment called the Ultimatum Game. " "As in earlier experiments with the Ultimatum Game, the control subjects saw increased activity in a brain structure called the anterior insula when they were confronted with an unfair offer — an area linked to the emotion of disgust. But the meditators’ brains reacted quite differently, activating brain areas associated with interoception — the representation of the body’s internal state."
meditation  buddhism  research  psychology 
august 2011 by pierredv
Engaged practice = DharmaNet Learning Center
links on "engaged practice", seems very influenced by Thich Nhat Hanh's Engaged Buddhism
buddhism  politics  socialjustice  *  activism 
june 2011 by pierredv
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