Nietzsche and Buddhism

30 08 2007

Dukkha, Inaction, and Nirvana: Suffering, Weariness, and Death?
A look at Nietzsche’s Criticisms of Buddhist Philosophy

-by Omar Moad / The Philosopher, Volume LXXXXII No. 1

“A dialogue in the Sutta-Nipata presents the Buddha responding as follows to an enquiry on competing metaphysical theories. ‘Apart from consciousness’, he says, ‘no divers truths exist. Mere sophistry declares this ‘true’ and that view ‘false’.’ A similar notion appears in Nietzsche’s Will to Power:

‘Judging is our oldest faith; it is our habit of believing this to be true or false, of asserting or denying, our certainty that something is thus and not otherwise, our belief that we really ‘know’ what is believed to be true in all judgments?’ “

http://www.the-philosopher.co.uk/buddhism.htm

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Anti Matters

29 08 2007

Anti Matters Vol 1, No 1:

“An open-access journal addressing issues in science and the humanities from nonmaterialistic perspectives”

From the inaugural Editorial:

‘So what is in this first issue of AntiMatters?

The first item (“What Buddhist Meditation has to Tell Psychology About the Mind”) is a plenary address to the American Psychological Association delivered on August 23 of 2002 (eight days late!) by Eleanor Rosch and published here for the first time. Rosch explains why Eastern traditions, particularly Buddhist thought and meditation, can reveal a quite new understanding of what the human mind and its knowing capacity actually are. She is critical of biological and psychological approaches to meditative and religious experiences since in taking our present versions of the body and the mind for granted they marginalize these experiences.’





Rumi says,

29 08 2007

“We seldom hear the inner music / But we’re all dancing to it nevertheless”





Killing Buddhism

25 06 2007

“The wisdom of the Buddha is currently trapped within the religion of Buddhism. Even in the West, where scientists and Buddhist contemplatives now collaborate in studying the effects of meditation on the brain, Buddhism remains an utterly parochial concern. While it may be true enough to say (as many Buddhist practitioners allege) that “Buddhism is not a religion,” most Buddhists worldwide practice it as such, in many of the naive, petitionary, and superstitious ways in which all religions are practiced. Needless to say, all non-Buddhists believe Buddhism to be a religion—and, what is more, they are quite certain that it is the wrong religion.”

Killing the Buddha by Sam Harris @ shambhalasun.com





I’m Doomed

22 06 2007

The Dante’s Inferno Test has banished you to the Seventh Level of Hell!
Here is how you matched up against all the levels:

Level Score
Purgatory (Repenting Believers) Very Low
Level 1 – Limbo (Virtuous Non-Believers) Very Low
Level 2 (Lustful) High
Level 3 (Gluttonous) Extreme
Level 4 (Prodigal and Avaricious) High
Level 5 (Wrathful and Gloomy) Very High
Level 6 – The City of Dis (Heretics) Extreme
Level 7 (Violent) Extreme
Level 8- the Malebolge (Fraudulent, Malicious, Panderers) Very High
Level 9 – Cocytus (Treacherous) Very High

Take the Dante Inferno Hell Test

Found at Gimme Back My God!





OMG Kitties!!

17 06 2007

My L0LKitty made the big time.

I Can Has Cheezburger?

LoLKitty String Therry





Life is no farce

17 06 2007

“Every man who has reached even his intellectual teens begins to suspect that life is no farce; that it is not genteel comedy even; that it flowers and fructifies on the contrary out of the profoundest tragic depths of the essential dearth in which its subject’s roots are plunged. The natural inheritance of everyone who is capable of spiritual life is an unsubdued forest where the wolf howls and the obscene bird of night chatters.”

-Henry James, Sr.