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Nietzsche and Buddhism

Nihilism? Decadence? Will to power? Superman? True World? Eternal Recurrence? Nietzsche was a complex guy. Read this to learn more about how his ideas stood in comparison to those commonly put forward by Buddhist traditions. 1.687 woorden meer


Dr Martina Feyzrakhmanova heeft dit herblogd op Thinking Clearly en gereageerd:

I have to be honest: my interest in mindfulness started off, and still is, almost completely secular. I do not aspire to awakening and all those other big things that spiritual teachers preach (market). For me, it is more about resting the brain so as to allow it to function at its peak. This may sound cold and clinical, but all it is really is that I don't have massive expectations. All the same, I figured that if I am to get good at mindfulness, I need to explore it properly. The language used to explain mindfulness: non-attachment, non-judgement, acceptance - seemed very confusing to me. Confusing to the point of seeming to defy basic human nature.

The best way I can phrase it now is that the practice of mindfulness requires us to treat thoughts and emotions as if we are just watching them.
  But it did beg the question: how do you make sense of acceptance and non-judgement? How does that gel with constant resistance and overpowering ourselves that we are all so familiar with? How, and why, do we set and strive for goals if we are meant to be just accepting? I did wonder if there is a certain nihilism to the teachings behind mindfulness. So who better to ask than Professor Nietzsche, nihilism-connoisseur in chief? Nguyên Giác and I like to explore the thinking behind Buddhism, so in this latest piece I discuss Nietzsche's understanding, rejection and emulation of Buddhism in his philosophy and explain the logic behind his claim that it is a nihilistic religion. If you want the quick version, here it is:
  • Nietzsche misunderstood the concepts of Buddhism by mistaking interdependence for emptiness, probably due to lack of context and good translations
  • He defined Buddhism as a "true-world theory", meaning that Buddhism claims there is another, superior form of existence (Buddho, Nirvana, etc) and that inherently defies the value of our common, normal, unawakened life, hence it is nihilistic
  • Despite Nietzsche's rejection of Buddhism, his own philosophy is, in places, remarkably similar to it.

Breaking news: The Feelies, Hidden Cameras, Aimee Mann, and the Molochs

Old is new on this edition of breaking news.

It is great to see acts come out of the woodwork stronger than ever.  The Feelies… 562 woorden meer

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Ecce Homo: Behold The Man!

It’s about two thousand years since Pilate said, “Ecce homo” (behold the man). How  easily we forget that God was among us (Emmanuel). How easily we forget that the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we have seen his glory, glory as of the only Son from the Father, full of grace and truth. 476 woorden meer


Sara Reads no. 19

Little Things, Big Differences
I’ve been thinking a lot lately about the ability of a single person to effect significant and sweeping change. Here’s two stories on the subject that recently caught my eye: 923 woorden meer

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Graphical Representation of the Obama Presidency

Obama leaves office later this month and it couldn’t happen soon enough.  Earlier today, in describing Obama’s disastrous presidency, Nathan Norman tweeted the following:

Obama’s presidency is like the woman who “restored” the old Jesus fresco and turned it into a monkey…

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La Geometria del Calvari

Mirades a l’obra de Paul Delvaux (III) – Versió Catalana*

(Aquest post és la continuació d’uns altres que podeu llegir aquí  aquí) 1.157 woorden meer

Li & Ari Fontrodona's Copyrighted Work

Ecce homo

The more time I spend here the more places I seem to find that give glimpses into the things around which our faith is built.  As a result of a lecture I attended a few days ago I had decided to try and find the grave of Queen Melisende, who was Queen of Jerusalem during part of the Crusader period, from 1131 to 1153, and regent for her son between 1153 and 1161.  1.163 woorden meer