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No Thought, No Problem

An interesting but rarely discussed puzzle: in those social formations in which we are most certain that language and thought are devoid of all causal powers, we become most terrified of them and eager to escape their unbearable power over us. 3,139 more words

Buddhist Teachers

Only Don’t Know! Reflections on a Thoughtless Life

By Jonathan Earle*

My conversion to Buddhism happened in a church bathroom.

I remember flushing the toilet and watching the water disappear to who-knows-where. I scrubbed my hands and examined my face in the mirror, thinking, “I’m going to be doing this for the rest of my life.”1 Becoming a Buddha would take my whole life, surely. 7,954 more words

Constructivists

Jentsunma Tenzin Palmo in Mumbai

It was inspiring and delightful to hear Tenzin Palmo in Mumbai thanks to Aspi Mistry at the Dharma Rain centre and the Piramals, the wonderful folk who made the Lotus Lounge, a serene, green, silent space in the heart of the city available to dhamma seekers. 400 more words

Wellness

Slogging Through Buddhist Writing

I have a favor to ask readers of this blog. First, let me procrastinate.

When Freud published his Interpretation of Dreams in 1900, casual readers must have been sorely disappointed. 610 more words

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Writing With Pencils and Eating Brownies: What Can Enlightened Brains Do?

Fifteen years ago there was a documentary series on HBO called Kindergarten.  The show followed a group of kids in the course of their school year, filming their interactions until they became almost oblivious to the cameras.  7,301 more words

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