Dhamma on Air #29: Escaping the Mirror-House

Friends:

Dhamma on Air #29
Repairing the Past is Fixing the Future!
is now available here: https://youtu.be/7L1kP0OyAqY

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7L1kP0OyAqY

Dhamma Questions answered:
Question 80: I am extremely nervous when I have to talk in front of an audience.
Is that a defilement? How can i work through it?

Question 81: Isn’t the highest giving, giving of the Dhamma… ?

Question 82: What are the karmic consequence of arguing and back-biting with one’s parents?

Question 83: I have a friend who isn’t Buddhist. She is not a good friend in terms of morality,
she drinks, she watches bad movies etc. However, despite of these weaknesses,
she did do good things to me like being with me at tough times, giving me gifts.
She is most of the time a nuisance and is very rude to me at times.
Should I end this friendship with her?

Question 84: I’ve seen people in social media spreading bad views on Buddhism.
I have tried my best to correct them however, they do not seem to understand
their mistakes. Should I continue despite of their negative comments?

Back to Basics: The 5 Precepts
https://what-buddha-said.net/drops/IV/Back_to_Basics.htm

Patience (khanti) is the highest praxis and 6th Mental Perfection
https://what-buddha-said.net/drops/Patient_is_Tolerance.htm

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A Photoless Past

 

JK JK

I love me some T. Swizzle.

But it’s true. I have a love/hate relationship with The Book.

Why?

One word:

Photos.

You see, when I was deep in the throes of my anorexia, Facebook was just a fetus. As in, only my older brothers had profiles, because you had to have an “.edu” email address to sign up. Not that it really mattered at the time…AOL instant messaging was eating up too much time to care about Facebook. scoffs

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Source: A Photoless Past

Speaking My Truth: Whither the Excitement

Too many churches
replace poetry with propaganda,
spontaneous passion with scripted emotionality,
and self-transcending ecstasy with rote prayers
and creeds.
Spirituality is robbed of its excitement and purpose
by religious practice.
 Myth and story are replaced by doctrine and dogma.
Wisdom is buried
beneath a barrage of rites, rituals, rules, and regulations.
Uplifting people,
encouraging their Transformation,
the sole purpose of religion,
is replaced by
condemnations of unworthiness
and guilt
designed to keep them in line
and obedient.
Primacy of Conscience
is kept secret
for the sake of
Conformity and Control.
Soaring music is overrun by irrelevant medieval songbooks.
Music that uplifts the soul
 is reduced to responsive readings that flatten it.
Creation’s gift of diversity
is ignored in disdain
in the name of uniformity.
If religion is to be more than a tool of control
by the bushel-keepers,
 it must reclaim and reimagine its ancient and timeless tools,
myth, story, wisdom, music, chant, and silence,
diversity and dialogue,
using them to challenge ignorance, discrimination, injustice, tyranny,
and uncritical thinking
masquerading as truth.

 

Source: Speaking My Truth: Whither the Excitement

A exposição de arte em 3D que permite que pessoas cegas apreciem quadros famosos

Things like this must be experienced, to be appreciated.

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Já pensou no que aconteceria se você tentasse colocar a mão em “Gioconda“, de Leonardo da Vinci? Ou então, quem sabe, passar um dedinho para sentir as diversas camadas de tinta que compõem a “Guernica“, de Picasso? Nessa exposição de arte em 3D isso faz parte da visita, com o objetivo de permitir que pessoas com deficiência visual possam contemplar obras de arte famosas através do tato.

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Ilya Fostiy. Amnesia

Ilya Fostiy. Amnesia.

Sam’s turn in the line had finally come.

Have a seat Mr. Lloyd, uttered the nurse and pointed to the armchair.

Sam sat.

Ok.., all documents are ready… just needing your final approval… your final agreement, – and the nurse gave Sam the pad where he had to put his “signature”. Sam touched the necessary part with his thumb.

Follow me, – said the nurse and pointed to the room.

Sam lay down on a special bed.

Sweet dreams, – wished the nurse and closed the door.

Sam woke up in two hours. He felt wonderfully restored.

The reason Sam came to Doctor Jackson’s Clinic was similar to thousands of others. People who could not accept the loss of a loved one, or those who wanted to erase negative episodes from their memory visited similar clinics.

At the end of the XXI century, the ability and technology to rub out one’s memory was as easy as deleting a useless file from a computer.

These type of “surgeries” were relatively inexpensive, and almost everybody could afford them.

His two year relationship with Elizabeth was a wondrous part of his life, and following her unexpected departure, Sam’s feelings for Elizabeth grew into an obsession. Standard therapy brought no result and Sam made up his mind to “delete harmful files”.

The files have been deleted. Blessed relief from the pain of loss.

The irony was that it was his third visit to Doctor Jackson’s clinic. As well as the attending nurse did not know that she was obliged to Sam to her current work. She came in here five years ago when she could no longer tolerate her loss of Sam and had her memory erased, and then later decided to take this job.

By the end of the XXI century the border between reality and fantasy was almost gone.

Some 10-15 years earlier the reasons to appeal to similar establishments had to have very serious grounds for approval, and were strictly regulated by The Council of Doctors.

Today any reason was sufficient to qualify for the «treatment». Just pay!

“Memory correction” has become as readily available as buying Aspirin in a drug store.

Mankind was standing on the threshold of Chaos. The Chaos whose name was Collective Amnesia.

Watch what you wish for!

You might get it!

2011.

Source: Ilya Fostiy. Amnesia

Clothing for the homeless from Drag Queens

Em tempos onde muito se fala e pouco se faz, mostrar iniciativas como essa dá uma bela lição a todas as pessoas que infelizmente são cobertas de preconceitos e ignorância a respeito do universo LGBT. Em Brasília, um grupo de drag queens criou o projeto “Montadas para o Bem“, que inclui integrantes como Carrie Myers, Pikineia Minaj, Mary […]

via ‘Montadas para o Bem’: drag queens se unem para ajudar moradores de rua em Brasília — VIVIMETALIUN