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A Buddhist Teacher’s 5 Ways to Resist
BlackCat
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A Buddhist Teacher’s 5 Ways to Resist
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Quote:Being pacifist is not the same as being passive, and being inspired by Buddhist wisdom does not mean that we close our minds and eyes to the rapid changes occurring around us in our society.

Whenever anyone proposes to single out any specific category of people—whether by race, or gender, sexual orientation, or religious faith—and to propose a curb on those people’s freedom, that is the beginning of the end of an equitable democracy and the beginning of the slow slide into a loss of freedom for all. To ignore this fact is to deny many of the darkest moments of our history as human beings. On the other hand, a slow but growing acceptance of this state of affairs as being “normal” dooms everyone. It is necessary, therefore, that we keep our eyes opened.

What do we need to do in such dangerous and not-normal times? We need to be vigilant. We need to not normalize what is happening. And we need to not lose hope. If hope seems absent or lacking, we must act to bring it back. In fact, acting, I believe, is the only way to bring hope back. With hope, we can see ourselves as, once again, citizens; as ones with a rightful share in this country, its progress and its stewardship.

1. Become an Activist

Buddhists are enjoined to “Do no harm, to practice good and to discipline our minds.” Good advice for any citizen—and activist. It’s not scary. If we don’t know how, we can learn (by joining groups of activists, by taking part in marches, by making donations to good causes, by calling and emailing our government representatives, by learning from grass-roots organizers, etc.).

2. Find the Babies...

3. Vote in the Mid-term Elections...

4. Use Your Voice...

5. Be Brave...

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RE: A Buddhist Teacher’s 5 Ways to Resist
Buddhism = the religion of slaves. After studying world religion + death and the afterlife, I decided that the only two REAL religions ever made are Judaism and Christianity. Everything else is just some f**ked up bullshit with way too many rituals and "standards". All religions after Judaism just seem to be designed because those people just weren't "part of the covenent" and wanted their own little clubs. Maybe if Judaism wasn't so racist they wouldn't've had any new religions after? chuckle
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RE: A Buddhist Teacher’s 5 Ways to Resist
BlackCat  Wrote: (07-13-2018 04:37 AM)
https://www.lionsroar.com/a-buddhist-tea...-to-resist

Quote:Being pacifist is not the same as being passive, and being inspired by Buddhist wisdom does not mean that we close our minds and eyes to the rapid changes occurring around us in our society.

Whenever anyone proposes to single out any specific category of people—whether by race, or gender, sexual orientation, or religious faith—and to propose a curb on those people’s freedom, that is the beginning of the end of an equitable democracy and the beginning of the slow slide into a loss of freedom for all. To ignore this fact is to deny many of the darkest moments of our history as human beings. On the other hand, a slow but growing acceptance of this state of affairs as being “normal” dooms everyone. It is necessary, therefore, that we keep our eyes opened.

What do we need to do in such dangerous and not-normal times? We need to be vigilant. We need to not normalize what is happening. And we need to not lose hope. If hope seems absent or lacking, we must act to bring it back. In fact, acting, I believe, is the only way to bring hope back. With hope, we can see ourselves as, once again, citizens; as ones with a rightful share in this country, its progress and its stewardship.

1. Become an Activist

Buddhists are enjoined to “Do no harm, to practice good and to discipline our minds.” Good advice for any citizen—and activist. It’s not scary. If we don’t know how, we can learn (by joining groups of activists, by taking part in marches, by making donations to good causes, by calling and emailing our government representatives, by learning from grass-roots organizers, etc.).

2. Find the Babies...

3. Vote in the Mid-term Elections...

4. Use Your Voice...

5. Be Brave...

What do you mean?
By whom are they "enjoined" to become activists?

My understanding is that they are enjoined to contemplate liberation, not to acquire more more attachments.
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Buddism doesn't give a f*#k about politics. This post is obviously BS. All buddism wants from you is to suffer, oh and get free sh*t from the "sinners" who aren't constantly suffering like the buddists. They're also racist.
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RE: A Buddhist Teacher’s 5 Ways to Resist
LoP Guest  Wrote: (07-13-2018 05:02 AM)
Buddism doesn't give a f*#k about politics. This post is obviously BS. All buddism wants from you is to suffer, oh and get free sh*t from the "sinners" who aren't constantly suffering like the buddists. They're also racist.

Sexist too.
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RE: A Buddhist Teacher’s 5 Ways to Resist
tamarack  Wrote: (07-13-2018 04:57 AM)
BlackCat  Wrote: (07-13-2018 04:37 AM)
https://www.lionsroar.com/a-buddhist-tea...-to-resist

What do you mean?
By whom are they "enjoined" to become activists?

My understanding is that they are enjoined to contemplate liberation, not to acquire more more attachments.

en·join
inˈjoin,enˈjoin
verb

instruct or urge (someone) to do something.

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https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0374546/


Watch this. It's OK. Great for a foreign film, but it shows buddism.
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RE: A Buddhist Teacher’s 5 Ways to Resist
Resist is guaranteed that you will comply.

Really...You're too old to keep fiddling with this sh*t concept.
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RE: A Buddhist Teacher’s 5 Ways to Resist
BlackCat  Wrote: (07-13-2018 04:37 AM)
Whenever anyone proposes to single out any specific category of people—whether by race, or gender, sexual orientation, or religious faith—and to propose a curb on those people’s freedom, that is the beginning of the end of an equitable democracy and the beginning of the slow slide into a loss of freedom for all.
Jhikpghf

this is very profoundly true.

Quote:Self-value is a far more useful construction than self-esteem. The latter is, at best, a function of what you think about yourself -- mostly in comparison to others -- or, worse, a depiction of your ego. Value is more behavioral than conceptual, more about how you act toward what you value, including yourself, than how you regard it. To value something goes beyond regarding it as important; you also appreciate its qualities, while investing the time, energy, effort, and sacrifice necessary for its maintenance. If you value a da Vinci painting, you focus on its beauty and design more than the cracks in the paint, and, above all, you treat it well, making sure that it is maintained in ideal conditions of temperature and humidity. Similarly, people with self-value appreciate their better qualities (while trying to improve their lesser ones) and take care of their physical and psychological health, growth, and development.

Now here's the tricky part. People with high self-value necessarily value others.

Although hard to see in yourself, you can probably notice the following tendency in other people. When they value someone else, they value themselves more, i.e., they elevate their sense of well being, appreciate their better qualities, and facilitate their health, growth, and development. When they devalue someone else, they devalue themselves - their sense of well being deteriorates, they violate their basic humanity to some degree and become more narrow and rigid in perspective, all of which impair growth and development. In other words, when you value someone else you experience a state of value - vitality, meaning, and purpose (literally, your will to live increases) - and when you devalue someone else you experience a devalued state, wherein the will to live becomes less important than the will to dominate or at least be seen as right.

It's often hard to notice that you are in a devalued state, because devaluing others requires a certain amount of adrenalin, which creates a temporary feeling of power and certainty - you feel right (although you are more likely self-righteousness), but it lasts only as long as the arousal lasts. To stay "right," you have to stay aroused, negative, and narrow in perspective: "Every time I think of him I get pissed!" In contrast, when self-value is high, you can easily disagree with someone without feeling devalued and without devaluing.

The impulse to devalue others always signals a diminished sense of self, as you must be in a devalued state to devalue. That's why it's so hard to put someone down when you feel really good (your value investment is high) and equally hard to build yourself up when you feel resentful.

https://www.psychologytoday.com/au/blog/...nd-devalue


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RE: A Buddhist Teacher’s 5 Ways to Resist
BlackCat  Wrote: (07-13-2018 05:03 AM)
tamarack  Wrote: (07-13-2018 04:57 AM)
What do you mean?
By whom are they "enjoined" to become activists?

My understanding is that they are enjoined to contemplate liberation, not to acquire more more attachments.

en·join
inˈjoin,enˈjoin
verb

instruct or urge (someone) to do something.

Right. I asked by whom?

Did you not read that part?
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RE: A Buddhist Teacher’s 5 Ways to Resist
Trump was the protest vote and the true resistance.

Now, boycotting the elections is true resistance.

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can't find the babies because they are all being aborted

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Are you trying to say that Jan Willis is the embodiment of the
Buddha consciousness?
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Strategos  Wrote: (07-13-2018 05:22 AM)
can't find the babies because they are all being aborted

But that is activism.
It saves the environment from evil humans and their baby attachments.
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RE: A Buddhist Teacher’s 5 Ways to Resist
LoP Guest  Wrote: (07-13-2018 05:16 AM)
BlackCat  Wrote: (07-13-2018 05:03 AM)
en·join
inˈjoin,enˈjoin
verb

instruct or urge (someone) to do something.

Right. I asked by whom?

Did you not read that part?

What do I mean? I didn't write the article.

A Cat may look upon a King.
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