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by egon
Tue Jul 17, 2018 1:40 pm
Forum: Social Justice Dharma
Topic: Why Buddhism is True by Robert Wright
Replies: 3
Views: 1952

Re: Why Buddhism is True by Robert Wright

Hi everyone, haven't seen y'all in a while. Click for an article in The New Yorker that reviews this book and puts it into the context of the secular Buddhism "movement." This book is the number one reason why I've been able to practice the dharma/dhamma at all. When I was first interested in Buddhi...
by egon
Fri Jun 29, 2018 10:00 pm
Forum: General Engaged Buddhism discussion
Topic: Lojong and Tonglen
Replies: 16
Views: 6991

Re: Lojong and Tonglen

I appreciate everyone's input and conversation in this thread. :thanks:
by egon
Thu Jun 28, 2018 8:56 pm
Forum: General Engaged Buddhism discussion
Topic: Lojong and Tonglen
Replies: 16
Views: 6991

Re: Lojong and Tonglen

Hi egon, Have you looked for some textual information about Lojong and Tonglen ? Not everyone who has a teacher (as in Tibetan Buddhism) is willing to discuss their practice experiences with strangers on the internet. Kind regards, Aloka :) . Thanks Aloka. Of course I found the obligatory internet ...
by egon
Thu Jun 28, 2018 5:48 pm
Forum: General Engaged Buddhism discussion
Topic: Lojong and Tonglen
Replies: 16
Views: 6991

Lojong and Tonglen

Hello Brothers and Sisters! I posted the "What Type of Empathy Leads to Action" stuff on DWM as well, and one of the moderators offered this suggestion: My suggestion is you look into the Lojong (mind training) and the practice of Tonglen for a Tibetan Buddhist take on the subject. So I'm curious......
by egon
Tue Jun 26, 2018 6:30 pm
Forum: General Engaged Buddhism discussion
Topic: The Adventures of Huckelberry Finn and the "n" word
Replies: 13
Views: 6765

Re: The Adventures of Huckelberry Finn and the "n" word

I'm reading The Adventures of Huckelberry Finn on the gutenberg free book thingie on the internet. It is a story set in the south of the usa before the civil war when slavery was legal in most of the usa. It contains some use of the "n" word for black people but it is used like people then were lik...
by egon
Tue Jun 26, 2018 3:53 pm
Forum: General Engaged Buddhism discussion
Topic: What type of empathy leads to action?
Replies: 1
Views: 1268

What type of empathy leads to action?

So... I've been thinking a lot about empathy lately. I've been trying to figure out why I know people that are simultaneously emotionally empathetic and completely devoid of motivation to take action to help. Serendipity! I listened to an episode of the podcast Radiolab entitled "How to Be a Hero" w...
by egon
Tue Jun 26, 2018 3:32 pm
Forum: General Engaged Buddhism discussion
Topic: Effective Altruism
Replies: 12
Views: 4245

Re: Effective Altruism

Philosopher Peter Singer mentions in the first video that most effective altruists would consider it an ineffective use of their money to donate to religious institutions. How should an Engaged Buddhist balance a commitment to the world’s most serious problems and a commitment to supporting the San...
by egon
Tue Jun 26, 2018 3:02 pm
Forum: Personal Experience
Topic: Work in Progress
Replies: 14
Views: 6551

Re: Work in Progress

Pseudobabble wrote: Mon Jun 25, 2018 7:47 am In terms of practice instruction for a Westerner, I don't think you can beat Culadasa's The Mind Illuminated. It's Buddhist meditation, explained through cognitive psychology and neuroscience. Tip top stuff.
Thanks Pseudobabble, I'll look for it at my library!
by egon
Sat Jun 23, 2018 3:00 pm
Forum: Suggestion box
Topic: This forum could become stagnant...
Replies: 25
Views: 11808

Re: This forum could become stagnant...

IMO the onus of effective communication belongs to the speaker moreso than the audience, as long as the speaker actually wishes to be understood.
by egon
Fri Jun 22, 2018 4:30 pm
Forum: Social Justice Dharma
Topic: Radical Dharma
Replies: 0
Views: 1364

Radical Dharma

The following is a link to a book that I'm interested to read. I'm curious if anyone here has read it- and if, based on this review, anyone is also planning on reading it?

Radical Dharma - Talking Race, Love, and Liberation
by egon
Fri Jun 22, 2018 11:21 am
Forum: Personal Experience
Topic: Work in Progress
Replies: 14
Views: 6551

Re: Work in Progress

Wow wizard, thanks. I don't have time for a thoughtful response but I will save this post for future reference.
by egon
Thu Jun 21, 2018 10:05 pm
Forum: Suggestion box
Topic: This forum could become stagnant...
Replies: 25
Views: 11808

Re: This forum could become stagnant...

Thanks for the reset folks, it appears I needed it! :thanks:
by egon
Thu Jun 21, 2018 7:53 pm
Forum: Suggestion box
Topic: This forum could become stagnant...
Replies: 25
Views: 11808

This forum could become stagnant...

...if threads here continue to turn into arguments about HOW someone posts. I feel this could be a valuable place for important discussions, but the threads are too often turning into prideful defensiveness of ideas and communication. I'm sure I'll get sick of it and drop off eventually. It's just b...
by egon
Thu Jun 21, 2018 5:15 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Avatar and User placements
Replies: 22
Views: 9084

Re: Avatar and User placements

I dunno about the rest of you, but my avatar says that I think it's cool that when goats and cows live together, goats like to stand on high places and cows are cool with it.
by egon
Thu Jun 21, 2018 2:58 pm
Forum: Charity and Dana
Topic: Doing Good Together
Replies: 1
Views: 1691

Doing Good Together

As a parent of kids ages 6 and 4, I've been looking for opportunities for us to volunteer as a family. I found this organization: Doing Good Together from the "About" section of the website: "Our mission is unique and deeply layered. We provide tools to both families and organizations to help them r...
by egon
Thu Jun 21, 2018 2:16 pm
Forum: Get involved!
Topic: A Buddhist Author on Death Row, June 21 call to action
Replies: 1
Views: 1653

Re: A Buddhist Author on Death Row, June 21 call to action

I'm replying to my OP because it's June 21. If you haven't checked out the links, please do so.
by egon
Thu Jun 21, 2018 1:15 pm
Forum: Personal Experience
Topic: Work in Progress
Replies: 14
Views: 6551

Re: Work in Progress

binocular wrote: Thu Jun 21, 2018 1:09 pm
egon wrote: Thu Jun 21, 2018 2:31 amNo back-patting, please... my hand is probably in the way anyway.
Some say that false humility is false pride, and that thus false humility is okay.

But it's not.
:toast:
If something seemed false I must not have communicated well. Either way, thanks for reading!
by egon
Thu Jun 21, 2018 12:42 pm
Forum: Personal Experience
Topic: Work in Progress
Replies: 14
Views: 6551

Re: Work in Progress

Thanks again for everyone's thoughtful advice and feedback! I'll be reading these comments a few times, I'm sure
by egon
Thu Jun 21, 2018 3:57 am
Forum: Personal Experience
Topic: Work in Progress
Replies: 14
Views: 6551

Re: Work in Progress

Kim, thanks for the feedback. I'll keep it in mind for sure.

DS, although I've googled "anjali," I still have no idea what a divine offering is. Thanks all the same.
by egon
Thu Jun 21, 2018 2:31 am
Forum: Personal Experience
Topic: Work in Progress
Replies: 14
Views: 6551

Work in Progress

I imagine that I'm the person here who has the least knowledge of Buddhism, since I've only been practicing for around 3 months- and have only focused on the 4NT, the 5P's, and the N8FP so far. As such, I'm frequently riveted by and confused by the complexity of the vocabulary and concepts that are ...