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Nietzsche and Buddhism

Nihilism? Decadence? Will to power? Superman? True World? Eternal Recurrence? Nietzsche was a complex guy. Read this to learn more about how his ideas stood in comparison to those commonly put forward by Buddhist traditions. 1,687 more words


Dr Martina Feyzrakhmanova reblogged this on Thinking Clearly and commented:

I have to be honest: my interest in mindfulness started off, and still is, almost completely secular. I do not aspire to awakening and all those other big things that spiritual teachers preach (market). For me, it is more about resting the brain so as to allow it to function at its peak. This may sound cold and clinical, but all it is really is that I don't have massive expectations. All the same, I figured that if I am to get good at mindfulness, I need to explore it properly. The language used to explain mindfulness: non-attachment, non-judgement, acceptance - seemed very confusing to me. Confusing to the point of seeming to defy basic human nature.

The best way I can phrase it now is that the practice of mindfulness requires us to treat thoughts and emotions as if we are just watching them.
  But it did beg the question: how do you make sense of acceptance and non-judgement? How does that gel with constant resistance and overpowering ourselves that we are all so familiar with? How, and why, do we set and strive for goals if we are meant to be just accepting? I did wonder if there is a certain nihilism to the teachings behind mindfulness. So who better to ask than Professor Nietzsche, nihilism-connoisseur in chief? Nguyên Giác and I like to explore the thinking behind Buddhism, so in this latest piece I discuss Nietzsche's understanding, rejection and emulation of Buddhism in his philosophy and explain the logic behind his claim that it is a nihilistic religion. If you want the quick version, here it is:
  • Nietzsche misunderstood the concepts of Buddhism by mistaking interdependence for emptiness, probably due to lack of context and good translations
  • He defined Buddhism as a "true-world theory", meaning that Buddhism claims there is another, superior form of existence (Buddho, Nirvana, etc) and that inherently defies the value of our common, normal, unawakened life, hence it is nihilistic
  • Despite Nietzsche's rejection of Buddhism, his own philosophy is, in places, remarkably similar to it.

On being allergic to vitamin B, and other things I've learnt this week

This week I’ve been mostly in solitary confinement because I had a severe allergic reaction to vitamin B — who knew, right?— and, having been informed that I looked “medieval” (thanks dad), I decided to cloister myself away and wait for it to pass. 697 more words


Kontemplasi: Kehendak

“Manusia bisa mewujudkan Kehendaknya, tapi ia tidak bisa menghendaki Kehendaknya.”

-Arthur Schopenhauer

Apa hal paling primordial dalam diri manusia, yang paling murni,yang ada pada setiap kita? 421 more words


A girl is just a girl

I don’t talk about girls much anymore, esp. given the way this blog started.  I guess that is the natural flow of a lot of redpill writers. 527 more words

Breaking It Down

ArchViz Theory – 4. Exploration and the Sublime

1. Exploring the Landscape
The main goal of the Architectural Visualiser is to represent a particular landscape in a creative way. But why would anyone think that visualisation is about landscape? 2,015 more words

Architectural Theory

When Encountering Speed Bumps

“Life has no intrinsic worth, but is kept in motion merely by desire and illusion.” —Arthur Schopenhauer

Close to three weeks ago, I sent some emails out, asking for a… 620 more words


monday made me

monday was just madness.

monday made me crazy.

the raindrops weren’t refreshing like they often are.

instead, they were heavy as reality gets and kept dropping on me. 156 more words