Memikirkan sosok Tuhan kadang membuat kita bingung, karena sifatnya yang abstrak dan belum ada konsep yang pasti mengenai hal itu. Tiap agama di dunia memiliki konsep berbeda-beda mengenai Tuhan bahkan perbedaan ini menjadi ajang perdebatan dan pertentangan antar umat beragama itu sendiri.
Thinking about God sometimes make us confused, because it is abstract and there is not certain concept about that. Each religion in this world have differences concept about God even these diffrences become debatable and contradiction among religious people
Apakah Tuhan itu adalah sebuah sosok yang dapat kita lihat, sentuh dan rasakan dengan panca indera kita? Ada yang menjawab iya dan tidak. Tuhan bukanlah suatu sosok seperti yang kita rasakan di dunia ini,
Yes, our mind is a great thing! Gives us the ability to overcome any problem, to create, to destroy and, most important, to think!
If you come to think about it, who are we after all? Do you really think you are what you think you are? As Moji asks frequently: “Who is the thinker”? Can you stop for a second and perceive the thinker of your thoughts?
Do you think your thought, or ARE you your thought?
According to Buddhist teachings, to think that there is a “ME” somewhere behind all of this storm of relentless thoughts is a mistake, just an imprecision because you can always divide what you think is your “ME” and never find the essence of “ME” anywhere until you have nothing but a collection of parts. They call them skhandas and say what we think we ARE is just a collection of five of these skhandas:
form: This is our physical body, our flesh and bones. Of course we can also divide this into parts that are not a body! But I won’t go that far today!
It was Ben Franklin, (1706-1790), who said that Silence was a virtue in his autobiography, and described the virtue as,
Speak not but what may benefit others or yourself; avoid trifling conversation.
With young children and a noisy open-plan office environment, I crave silence in all its forms. The absence of sound, the inner stillness that comes from meditation, yoga and retreat and times of solitude is an antidote.
I once attended a 10-day silent retreat at a monastery in the countryside. It was quiet, with woods and fields for walking meditation and silent contemplation. It had a powerful effect upon me, particularly when we were permitted to talk again with other participants and all speech appeared to lack harmony.
For spiritual growth and transformation, a silent mind, free from thought is considered essential in Buddhism and has been common practice since the rainy season retreat
I'm grateful for having hacked reality. It is possible to live the life of your dreams working 16 hours per week on at a minimum wage job where minimal time is wasted on working. I can spend 15.5 hours of my
working time on meditation, reading, listening to podcasts, watching Youtube videos and anime, shitposting memes, and doing bodyweight exercises outside. This is better than Four-Hour Work Week. Yes, part time minimum wage income is enough for a high protein mostly organic diet. People are enforcing suffering on themselves because of an attachment to materialism and conforming to social norms.
We now live in an age where we can mismatch external space-time and internal space-time in whatever way we wish. Externally, I may live in Nebraska where the Ding Ding Man roams, but in my internal world, I spend much of my time practicing Vajrayana Buddhism meditation, reading ancient Chinese literature and philosophy in Chinese, and mapping out mental mod
But love is a word that we use in Christmas cards and in letters, and that’s not the love that I’m endeavouring to communicate.
Love, first of all, is giving. And love, second of all, is giving up. So, in giving, in living a life of – as much as possible – giving to others or helping others in some way or other, in any way that you do to help your fellow man that is one of the most important things you can do.
The other thing that you can do is some sort of service. Because helping is some sort of service, isn’t it? Some sort of service to the sick, some sort of service…people serve animals, people serve gardens. To just know that service and giving is a holy thing; a really holy thing. And that’s love.
Now, giving up, the love of giving up is to give up your anger, your resentment. You can’t say give up your doubts and fears really because doubts and fears come from retaining anger, frustration. The thing is to
Pertanyaan Baik Jawaban Baik
Good Question Good Answer
Bhikkhu Shravasti Dhammika
Apakah itu Buddhisme?
PERTANYAAN: Apakah itu Buddhisme?
JAWABAN: Nama Buddhisme itu berasal dari kata budhi yang berarti 'bangun' dan karena itu Buddhisme bisa dikatakan adalah filosofi pencerahan. Filosofi ini berasal dari pengalaman Siddhatta Gotama, yang kenal sebagai Sang Buddha, yang tercerahkan pada usia 35 tahun. Buddhisme sekarang sudah lebih dari 2500 tahun dan memiliki pengikut sekitar 300 juta diseluruh dunia. Sampai sekitar seratus tahun yang lalu sebelumnya Buddhisme merupakan terutama merupakan filosofi Asia kemudian mulai berkembang di Eropa, Australia dan Amerika.
PERTANYAAN: Jadi Buddhisme hanya sebuah filosofi?
JAWABAN: Kata filosofi
A photo taken at my local Buddhist centre
I attended the Parents' meditation circle with my little boy in tow today. I would like to gently introduce him to Buddhism; he was tempted by the sweet treats on offer.
We meditated a little with small children rattling around us. Then we discussed the challenges in maintaining a meditation practice alongside family life.
For me, yoga is an energising form of meditation which I make time for each week. Time spent in nature with or without the family is also very restoring. More sleep would be transformative of course.
I attended a very inspirational Buddhist group today in which we considered how we could integrate our life and our work.
We spend much of our waking life at work so how can we find meaning in the work that we do?
How many of us separate the persona and values we bring to the workplace from our home and family lives?
What positive qualities do we bring to the workplace?
The Buddha taught about the 'eightfold path', that is, eight virtues that Buddhists should practice in their lives. Right livelihood is the notion that we do not cause harm and that ideally is ethical. This would rule out jobs such as arms manufacturing, human trafficking and working in an abattoir for example. Wrong livelihood can lead to suffering.
If right livelihood is an integral part of our lives, we could practice bringing more compassion and kindness into the workplace through meditation and reflection.
I would love to hear
Mind and consciousness are not identical. Mind has no knowledge of its own - it is a reaction to experience and memory. It can become unhinged in frightening or terrifying circumstances when it can’t name what is happening; when it can’t relate to familiar patterns, it dreads its own extinction. This dread the mind often apprehends as madness.
Consciousness, on the other hand, is behind the mind. It is forever still, unmoving. The spiritual life is about gradually reducing the robotic and emotional movements of the mind until it becomes as still as the consciousness behind it. Immediately this happens there is either a deep insight, a realisation or, in the case of a permanent cessation, the illuminating state and knowledge of immortal life. Only the human mind and emotions stand in the way.
The expansion of individual consciousness is an acutely traumatic process. No precedent exists for it in experience, in memory or instinct. It is too original, radical and truly subjective to be approximated by
If you're a libertarian, first I must congratulate you for escaping from the nonsensical duality of Republicans vs. Democrats, and adopting a more complete mental model. But next I will tell you that your mental model is still incomplete. In fact, no mental model can ever be truly comprehensive.
I've struggled for a few weeks to decide if it's ethical to release this article. Most people will misinterpret this. Unless you are open minded and introspective, I recommend you to NOT read this article. This is your trigger warning. If you experience cognitive dissonance or mental anguish/confusion, you've been warned.
Anarcho-capitalists (ancaps) often pride themselves in thinking that they are the freeist of all thinkers. They are
red pilled. They do not conform to any form of tribalism or ideological mental traps. (I will treat libertarian and ancap as exchangeable terms in this article for simplicity, with ancap simply being a more extreme version.)
Yet libertarians still exhibit tribalist behavior through
Ever thought about leaving everything behind and become a Buddhist monk?
Have you, at some stage in your life, felt inspired by devoting yourself to meditation and helping others?
I’m always happy when I hear that someone is considering to walk that path. It can be a unique way to deepen one’s understanding and to help people.
However, let me share a few things I learned on the way (I was a Tibetan buddhist monk for 10 years). I summarized them in 4 tips that you might want to consider before making a decision.
Here are 4 important aspects of a monk’s life, I’ll start with the rough ones. If you are a woman considering to become a nun, the very same applies.
## Personal tranquility? Just forget it.
The mass media has fed us pictures of serene meditators, facing gorgeous Himalayan landscapes.
You’ll probably have moments like that if you chose to become a monk, but tha
It is no secret that freedom can cease to exist. Far beyond the dogma of religious institutions, we find that our social architectures can reflect our spiritual traditions. If the ideas and actions of Mother Teresa, Simone de Beauvoir, Noor Inayat Khan, Vandana Shiva, Pema Chodron, and others, were supported to the same degree as our banking and real estate systems are, how different would our world appear!? Pope Francis, Abbie Hoffman, Muhammed Ali, Ghandi, Lama Garchen Rinpoche, and countless others, have expressed their spiritual values in respect to social philosophy. Political philosophy and social activism exemplify an evolutionary process. Like all relative matters in an objective and ever changing duality, a time-based reality of what was, is, and is to come, socioeconomic action has causes and effects. These causes and effects are secondary to our internal observation of our external identity. Even to a Tibetan monk, while emolliating himself, the primary issue a
In an ideal world, Saturdays will be reading days. There will be laws stating the exact amount of cosiness of your coach, the exact amount of coffee in your cup sitting handy on the coffee table and the exact amount of hours dedicated to reading in this context: minimum 6. And we should all obey these laws, otherwise we will be punished by working, instead of reading.
Alas, there aren't such laws on this planet, at least not yet.
"Myths tell us how to confront and bear and interpret suffering, but they do not say that in life there can or should be no suffering.
When the Buddha declares there is escape from sorrow, the escape is Nirvana, which is not a place, like heaven, but a psychological state of mind in which you are released from desire and fear ... (and your life becomes — ) harmonious, centered, and affirmative (even with suffering).
The Buddhists speak of the bodhisattva — the one who knows immortality, yet voluntarily enters into the field of the fragmentation of time and participates willingly and joyfully in the sorrows of the world. And this means not only experiencing sorrows oneself but participating with compassion in the sorrows of others. Compassion is the awakening of the heart from bestial self-interest to humanity. The word 'compassion' means literally 'suffering with.' ... compassion condones suffering in that it recognizes, yes, suffering is life. " - Joseph Campbell, [The Power of Myth](https://www.a
A group of my travel photos, travel to Guiyang in September this year - just met the Guiyang Qingyan Daxingguosi opening ceremony, to see a lively, gathered at home and abroad monk pray with the field, the Chinese Buddhist believers really much
if one day , You want to be a monk, and Daxing Guo
Apparently consciousness is everywhere. And it is consciousness that re-incarnates according to Buddhism. New theories in neuroscience suggest consciousness is an intrinsic property of everything, just like gravity. buddhism and neuroscientists are on the same page.
Worth listening to these wise words of both a great scientist and the Noble Winner, Dalai Lama about what consciousness is really...
Some friends and I had traveled to Petchabun province in the north of Thailand to see how the locals celebrated Thai New Year. Nearby where we were staying there was a large National Park. The national park although not particularly well known among travellers, covers nearly 80,000 acres and stretches across 3 Thai provinces all the way to Laos. Due to the rugged terrain and isolated location, the park served as home to the CPT (Communist Party of Thailand) during most of the tumultuous late 70's and early 80's.
We were suggested to take about a 20km drive to the top of one of the mountains in the park (Phu Hin Ronkla) where we would see the rock formations of Lan Hin Taek (‘field of the cracked stones’). At this point, near the edge of the mountain sandstone knolls create a strange visual aesthetic.
Form is like a glob of foam;
feeling, a bubble;
perception, a mirage;
fabrications, a banana tree;
consciousness, a magic trick —
this has been taught
by the Kinsman of the Sun.
However you observe them,
appropriately examine them,
they're empty, void
to whoever sees them
Beginning with the body
as taught by the One
with profound discernment:
when abandoned by three things
— life, warmth, & consciousness —
form is rejected, cast aside.
When bereft of these
it lies thrown away,
This is the first video released by a project that I admire very much, called Study Buddhism. The project is coordinated by prof. Alexander Berzin (many times translator of The Dalai Lama and a very profound connaisseur of Tibetan Buddism) with whom I had the privilege to talk a few times. In February this year I also had the privilege to organize an event with him and one of his colleagues and it was a very enlightening, but at the same time natural and warm, experience.
The short video above dwells on 3 main principles that you need to understand before starting to train your mind for happiness: interdependence (everything is related to everything), impermanence (everything will cease to exist, eventually) and compassion (everybody has his own set of troubles and fighting his own battles).
It's simple advice but it just works.