Today’s Political Rage

It is hard to separate Buddhism from politics. The Buddha himself, spoke to many Kings and Emperors about how to treat their subjects. This can be found in the Sojalovada Sutra and Way of Sovereign Sutra.

The irrational behavior of Social Justice Warriors is entrench in the poisonous mind of hate.

“It is a mans mind, not his enemy, that leads him to evil ways.”

Social Justice Warriors are very irrational and cause conflict. One can feel anger toward another or yourself. Your anger can be justified or unjustified. If your anger is justified, you’ve got two possibilities: You can either do something about it, or you can’t. Therefore, there’s no cause for melodrama, which simply multiplies your suffering. You can act to right the wrong that provoked your anger, but if you can’t, you can still speak your truth.

Rather than judging yourself for being angry, be interested in how you might skillfully use it to motivate yourself or others. Anger is simply energy, and it is your response to that energy that causes harm. So you’re trying to find a wholesome way to use the energy that surges through you when you are angry. If you can dis-identify with the anger, it can give you the courage to take action. Sometimes there’s a tendency to simply let it go, but you can use your anger to overcome your own resistance and then skillfully deal with a person or situation. For example, you might use the anger to overcome your fear of something.

A Bodhisattva’s wisdom comes from harmony. They effortlessly act by being in the world, free from biases. In doing so, they liberate themselves from suffering and act as a beacon to others seeking the same.

Yet SJW are very conflicting, Labeling people, calling people names, making delusional comments that are irrational.

Rather than cohesiveness as a productive force, they seek to alienate their allies. Rather than build a a meaning movement for positive change, they practice violence, and attack people who disagree.

SJWs simply believe what they want and reject or ignore incontrovertible facts that contradict their world view. They operate on misguided emotion and hatred while claiming to be tolerant and of superior intellect, never thinking its imperative to back up their claims with actual evidence. Never wavering in their belief of being morally superior.

Each and every one of them think of themselves as important crusaders for justice and firmly believe they are going to change the world by making it a better place. They dream of a utopian future they can bring about. If history is indeed written by the victors, why would SJWs not believe they will be “on the right side of history” when they are confident they will be the ones writing it.

SJWs are most comfortable in a friendly echo chamber. They do not want their theories to be tested. They do not wish to engage in honest debate. They cannot handle or even tolerate the free expression of ideas. They are perfectly happy lecturing others and forcing obedience through ruthless coercion. SJWs spend their time worrying about “microaggressions” instead of their own major aggression’s against a formerly sane society.

Delusional thinking is when the mind is clouded with all kinds of negative karma.
The mind swims with erroneous thoughts that detract from enlightenment. What the remedy for this is Namo Amida Butsu. These people are already foolish and ignorant.

Amida Buddha can save these people because they are already retched would and in horrible mental states that keep them in a lower world. By seeking Amida’s wisdom and compassion.

The peace of mind that is bestowed in Shinjin, allows the true Buddha Nature to allows us too become truly human. While these people are stuck in the animal realm, they must start treating fellow human beings as Sangha.

We can agree By “social action” we mean the many different kinds of action intended to benefit mankind. These range from simple individual acts of charity, teaching and training, organized kinds of service, “Right Livelihood” in and outside the helping professions, and through various kinds of community development as well as to political activity in working for a better society.

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St Paul and his way

When ST Paul left for his mission in foreign countries, he was instructed by Apostle Peter to spread the word. Apostle Paul went from country to country teaching. He ran into a problem. That is that other people had entrenched cultural values and traditions they where proud of.

As Christianity spread apostle Paul found he had to relate and meld into the pre existing culture. Apostle Peter didn’t understand this but Paul had incredible success. He respected the culture and traditions of these people.

Jodo Shin Shu is propagating Shinran’s teachings around the world. Japanese American frequently do not imitate their Japanese counter parts. As Shinshu spreads in The America’s and Europe, there are certain elements of Japanese culture that do not factor into the new societies adapting.

In Brazil, Reverend Mauricio Hondaku says: “We know that Buddhism officially arrived when our mission here in Brazil was established with Higashi Honganji in the ’50s, but even before that, local lay people started to build temples and asked Japan to send ministers. In 1952 we established the central administration here at Jodoshu Betsuin, the main temple in São Paolo. Today we have 27 temples in Brazil, one in Argentina, and another in Paraguay, and we just established a dojo—not a temple but a group of practitioners—in Colombia.”

During the 19th century, Japanese immigrants began arriving in Hawaii, the United States, Canada, Mexico and South America (especially in Brazil). Many immigrants to North America came from regions in which Jōdo Shinshū was predominant, and maintained their religious identity in their new country. The Honpa Hongwanji Mission of Hawaii, the Buddhist Churches of America and the Jodo Shinshu Buddhist Temples of Canada (formerly Buddhist Churches of Canada) are several of the oldest Buddhist organizations outside of Asia. Jōdo Shinshū continues to remain relatively unknown outside the ethnic community because of the history of Japanese American and Japanese-Canadian internment during World War II, which caused many Shin temples to focus on rebuilding the Japanese-American Shin sangha rather than encourage outreach to non-Japanese. Today, many Shinshū temples outside Japan continue to have predominantly ethnic Japanese members, although interest in Buddhism and intermarriage contribute to a more diverse community. There are also active Jōdo Shinshū sanghas in the United Kingdom,[11] Europe, Australia, and Africa, with members of diverse ethnicities.

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Enlightenment: East and West

I once met a Sensei from California who tried to impress that Enlightenment was only about Nirvana. There is a Western Enlightenment, it does exist. Enlightenment in Buddhism refers to Nirvana. But there is a Western Nirvana in philosophy.

European intellectual movement of the late 17th and 18th centuries emphasizing reason and individualism rather than tradition. It was heavily influenced by 17th-century philosophers such as Descartes, Locke, and Newton, and its prominent exponents include Kant, Goethe, Voltaire, Rousseau, and Adam Smith.

Since Buddhism denies the existence of a separate self, as explicated in the teachings of anatman and sunyata, self-realization is a contradictio in terminis for Buddhism. Though the tathagatagarbha-teachings seem to teach the existence of a separate self, they point to the inherent possibility of attaining awakening, not to the existence of a separate self. The dharmadhatu-teachings make this even more clear: reality is an undivided whole; awakening is the realization of this whole.

In western Enlightenment refers to Education, expanding the conscious, humanities, and more. To “Enlighenment” someone means to give them an intellectual moment of adding to the augmentation of learning from someone.

When I went to Rev Sonnam Wangdi Bhutia’s lecture at the New York Buddhist Church. The lecture and seminar can be said to be “Enlightening.” He didn’t make me a Buddha, but I walked away with many things. What i walked away with is knowledge and the
desire to learn more.

I formed an interest in Sikkim, Khatmandhu, Nepal, and varied items in each culture. I run videos on Gangtok, and Buddhism. I even explored these places on google maps.

To pursue teaching contributes to opening a re-invigoration of the mind of faith. It opened my and to Buddha Dharma more. Even so it opened my Buddhist perspective telling people, Buddha is Medicine for the mind and makes us happy.

In Mahāyāna Buddhism the Bodhisattva is the ideal. The ultimate goal is not only of one’s own liberation in Buddhahood, but the liberation of all living beings.

Buddhist education should teach people to be good people and abandon any regressive instincts and bad behaviors. Moreover, it teaches people the path to attain mental freedom.
One of the way to carry out Buddhist education is to establish Buddhism as the primary philosophy and to derive an educational philosophy from that. The other way is to teach Buddhism in schools and institutions so as to enrich all people with Buddhist teachings. This is a good way to train the youth to be good person and purify their mind with moral merits. But it doesn’t mean that we will make Buddhism as the basis of the system of education, but to reinforce the existing education system.

The critical goal of Buddhist education is to attain wisdom. Buddhism believes that the ultimate of wisdom is inherent in each person’s nature, stating that everyone has the potential to achieve wisdom. However, the majority are distracted by misunderstanding and misconceptions, therefore, are incapable of being aware of this kind of potential. In this sense, Buddhism aims to teach us recognize the intrinsic part of human nature.

Buddhist wisdom varies from individual to individual. It is related to the degree to which one’s delusion is and there is no inherent difference among all human beings. Buddhism helps us remove delusion and regain the wisdom to remove confusions of individual potential and achieve happiness.

The entire system of Buddhist education must be rooted in faith (saddha) — faith in the Triple Gem, and above all in the Buddha as the Fully Enlightened One, the peerless teacher and supreme guide to right living and right understanding. Based on this faith, the students must be inspired to become accomplished in virtue (sila) by following the moral guidelines spelled out by the Five Precepts.

There are teachers in the West that are indeed worth the effort to study and some teachers, even living teachers open our minds no matter of East and West.
Enlightenment on the Western perspective enhances Eastern Enlightenment just as much. My friend, Young Suk, who received a masters in Philosophy said that Western Philosophers are capable of Enlightenment as the Buddha.

It is wisdom that the Buddha held up as the direct instrument of final liberation, as the key for opening the doors to the Deathless, and also as the infallible guide to success in meeting life’s mundane challenges. Thus wisdom is the crown and pinnacle of Enlightenment.

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Extremism, Amida, and Harmony

Buddhism envisions a transformation or sense of liberation in the way people feel themselves and the world around them. We feel lonely, or separate, locked up in our skin, and alienated from the world. But in Buddhism, one is supposed to realize they do not have a separate self, or fixed self, or ego. When people think they have a permanent and eternal self, Buddha taught the other extreme doctrine, there is no fixed self or ego. But there is always The Middle Way.

Buddhism frowns on ignorance. Ignorance is similar to delusion but with subtle differences.In order to find the difference between delusion and ignorance i will first provide a definition for ‘delusion’.

Delusion is the erroneous view of human beings. Comparing this definition with ‘ignorance’ in the buddhist context,delusion is a view based on ignorance. Delusion is similar to wrong view and ignorance is the not knowing itself.

Today’s politics is caught in extremism. The Left and Right are entrenched in narcissism, stupidity (using stupid inane phrases.) Hate, and greed on the Right, Conceit and hostility on the left. Politicians do not practice the wisdom and compassion to enact policies with out expedience and convenience.

We have to understand the fundamentals of Buddhism. Because in Buddhism every living beings is equal. Therefore, you are equally as precious as any one of different races. Buddhism also sustains, not only equality, but treating everyone and everything with kindness and compassion. Above all, people are human beings needed to experience human life.

In our minds, the Amida Buddha tells us, that the intolerance and lack of compassion in the Trump administration causes pains and suffering to many. His administration emraces greed, hate, and ignorance make him the least qualified of the Presidents.
Trump embraces the Saha World.

The extremist mind is is dizzy one with no peace and harmony that settles the mind into one of wisdom compassion and peace. The extremist mind is angry, delusional, reactionary, the cause of pain and suffering. The extremist mind is like that of a wild elephant on a rampage.

Namo Amida Butsu and the Wisdom and Compassion of the Buddha resolves in our minds the right path. Right Mindfulness, away from the attached mind, gives freedom of the mind to act properly. Also, to do the things that are correct and just (justice).

Each human being exists within the context of interrelationships that include other human beings, all living beings and the natural world. In other words, each person is sustained by the interdependent web of life. By awakening to this principle we are able to expand instinctive self-love into an altruistic love for others; we are able to nurture the spirit of tolerance and empathy for others.

It is, after all, individual human beings who alone can work toward the realization of the grand goals of world peace and the prosperity of human society. The dimension of social peace, or peace in the world of humankind, People must realize their interrelatedness and stop the bitterness, resentment, and disharmony of the past.

The human race is not quite human at times and the struggles of ordinary people have no value in governments or extremists. At the same time, it also means a compassionate way of life, of being ready to make those efforts required to ensure that the citizens of developing countries can have their basic needs fulfilled. In connection with human rights, we recognize the existence of the supreme life-condition that of Buddha nature of all people, and therefore insist that all members of the human family are without distinction capable of manifesting that condition of unlimited wisdom and compassion. Buddhism’s unique contribution to the resolution of culturally based conflicts is related to the teaching of “dependent origination”

In resolving the global challenges confronting humanity, political, economic and scientific measures must be pursued together with a transformation of human consciousness. We should establish a lifestyle of conserving energy, recycling resources and pursuing spiritual values. Our overarching goal should be to cultivate a shared awareness of our common humanity and of solidarity with the living organism that is Earth. As we move toward that awareness, we must develop the wisdom to properly direct toward beneficial ends of the life sciences, including the burgeoning field of genetic engineering. In this, I feel that the outlook of the world’s religious and ethical traditions can and must make an important contribution.

The mind of harmony and equality resides in Nembutsu and receiving the merit of Amida’s wisdom and compassion to transform the world.

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Does Humor Belong in Buddhism?

Of course! Finding Joy and living life is healthy. Laughter s the best medicine at times. Life maybe suffering, yet the medicine of the Buddha Dharma remind us returns us to a better state of being.

Fun and laughter are also central to the story of Maitreya, A future Buddha, as taught in Mahayana literature. When Buddhism first entered China, several transformations of the Indian teachings took place and one of these changes concerned the role of Maitreya. Maitreya became Mi-Lo-Fu, the Laughing Buddha. In Buddhist art he is often portrayed as a lovable, pot-bellied, figure with jovial features. In Japan he became known as Hotei, and his image can now be found in souvenir shops almost anywhere. Even those who know nothing of Buddhist mythology and folklore may believe that gently rubbing his belly can bring good luck.

With the image of the Laughing Buddha as my point of departure, I would like to explore the part that humor can play in living the spiritual life. I am going to suggest that humor can, in the context of spiritual practice, be used as a kind of upaya, a skillful means, to help us towards enlightenment. Joy and laughter provide us with a wonderful opportunity to challenge the assumed sovereignty of the ego.

From a Buddhist point of view, what we call our sense of ‘ego’ is a social fiction, a fabrication of the mind that is continually reinforced by society and its systems. When we observe ‘it’ closely we soon discover that the ego is actually quite selective and can never be a true reflection of our total conscious experience. Another way of understanding this is to see the ego as a mental engine, a collage of acceptable views, opinions, thoughts and feelings. On careful reflection (through the practice of meditation), what we refer to as ‘I’ or ‘me’ turns out to be nothing more than an imaginary apex of control around which all our thoughts, words and deeds revolve. The aim of Buddhist practice in general, and of methods of meditation in particular, is to help us realize that, in reality, we can open ourselves to life without this illusion of being outside of everything.

I have been involved with Buddhist over 30 and I always run into deeply serious people who take themselves too seriously. Me and a friends would spend time laughing and lampooning some people we would meet. The humor would have meant we would have been fined by the FCC if we where on the radio.

Peter McGraw Phd says:

“Humor appears to help people’s psychological and physical well-being – for example, helping folks cope with stress and adversity. Humor even seems to help people grieve:

I believe they are relevant to the assumption that a Buddhism will have psychological benefits for those who embrace it. This article therefore provides a review of empirical studies of the psychological benefits of humor in order to answer the question whether a belief that embraces humor is likely to have psychological benefits and, if so, what these might be.

Tom Robbins: “Humor has done more for anyone then any Religion.”

Not completely true, but I see what he means. While some religions have scary lessons, Buddhism doesn’t use fear to motivate people. Buddhism is about liberation of the mind.

“Thousands of candles can be lighted from a single candle, and the life of the candle will not be shortened. Happiness never decreases by being shared.

We are shaped by our thoughts; we become what we think.
When the mind is pure, joy follows like a shadow that never leaves.”
The Dharmapada

There are two kinds of happiness, mental happiness and outer happiness. Outer happiness comes through meeting with an external object, and is transitory. Mental happiness comes about through the Nembutsu and positive thought, it is stable and does suffering. One cannot be happy if one does not have mental happiness, no matter how abundant the external sources of outer happiness are, but if one is truly happy in ones mind, then one can unaffected by outer problems.

Of Course the is Sulhavati “The Happy Land” Also, Land of Bliss. Bliss can should contain much laughter.

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Buddhism Is Not New Age

The New Age Movement (NAM) is not in itself a religion. There is no centralized leadership or formal organization, and New Age practitioners (sometimes called New Agers) are not required to hold any particular creedal or doctrinal beliefs.1

Rather, the NAM is comprised of groups and individuals who share a similar life philosophy or worldview. Generally focused on personal spiritual transformation, New Agers endeavor to usher into the world a new era of harmony and enlightenment.
The New Age attempts to create “a worldview that includes both science and spirituality”, while Hess noted how New Agers have “a penchant for bringing together the technical and the spiritual, the scientific and the religious”.Although New Agers typically reject rationalism, the scientific method, and the academic establishment, they employ terminology and concepts borrowed from science and particularly from the New Physics.

The occult knowledge is an aggregate of learnings going back to our ancient past. Its purpose has been to show people ways to liberate their soul. To accomplish this, a seeker needs to first clear their perception that’s been occluded by falsity and lies.

The New Age entertains itself with misconceptions, as Buddha is God, and contrived and convoluted views of the world. Often very elitist, and uncaring of human suffering and ethics. They frequently choose animal suffering as their platform.

Also, they believe New Age is a psychology and erroneous views as Positive attraction.

Instead of becoming our own saviors, we are still waiting for one to arrive. This is the same thing the narcissist does to us by putting us in the trance called ‘future faking.’

Shinran said that it is sad in these times people are still looking for auspicious signs.

There is always and excuse for why this stuff doesn’t work. Like Astrology chart is not always accurate. Sometimes it takes time for the stars to work. May we are not winning the lottery because our Pyramid we put the ticket under is not pointing due north in an exact manner.

Psychology todaysays: In a sense, New Age gurus are akin to postmodernists within academia (see my earlier Psychology Today on the faux-intellectualism of postmodernism). They dispense meaningless drivel that masquerades as profound truths whilst in reality it is a mere exercise in obscurantism. Watch how I can easily become a New Age guru. Given my scientific work in evolutionary psychology and my Middle Eastern background, I am an evolutionary quantum hakim (EQH) and as such I channel cosmic energy using the EQH frequency. Because of my ability to tap into this ancient vibrational field, I have received the following three universal truths:

1) Compassionate intentional is the illumination of the cosmic soul.

2) The transfiguration of cosmic consciousness is the astral oneness.

3) Harmonic convergence is the quantum energy of biofeedback singularity.

The prescription for being a New Age guru is the following: 1) Create verbiage that appears profound but that is otherwise meaningless. People will attribute their inability to understand your sentences to their own failings rather than to your charlatanism; 2) Be charismatic and self-confident in your delivery, and perhaps deceive yourself as to the veracity of your words.

Gad Saad Phd

Not all New Agers are bad, they want something good and some are good people. But they believe in things that distract away from reality. On the other hand New Agers are narcissistic because they want to be special, the Universe is about them. They come off as “know it all’s” with all the answers and believe the the Cosmos pours divine knowledge into their heads.

The New Ager is also very materialistic. There are so many items and books to buy. Clothes, knickknacks, dream catchers, amulets, talismans, and much more.

The James Randi Educational Foundation (JREF) offered a prize of US$1,000,000 to anyone able to demonstrate a supernatural ability under scientific testing criteria agreed to by both sides. Based on the paranormal challenges of John Nevil Maskelyne and Houdini, the foundation began in 1996, when Randi put up $1,000 of his own money payable to anyone who could provide objective proof of the paranormal. The prize money grew to $1,000,000, and had formal published rules. No one progressed past the preliminary test, which was set up with parameters agreed to by both Randi and the applicant.

Even today no one has won or even came close to winning the Jackpot.

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The Final Dharma:Mappo

The three part Dharma periods include, True Dharma, when the Buddha’s Dharma is correctly practiced and people correctly, obtain enlightenment.
Them, there is the age of Counterfeit Dharma, Where very few could obtain Enlightenment.
Then there is the final Dharma, Mappo, where only the teachings remain, when no seems to be Enlightened and there is no Buddha in the world.
The Buddha, Gautama Sidartha saw the age of Mappo in the world and prepared the Pure Land teachings in preparation for the Dharma ending age.
The Final Dharma is characterized the Five Defilement s. Anger, greed, hate, killing, and stealing.
Tao Cho refused to acknowledge this as mere historical events. It is as the end of time in our own religious experiences and awakening. This allows all beings to realize their fundamental ignorance. Tao Cho and thought that say the vows and entrusting ourselves to move away from our ego centeredness to out entrusting in the Nembutsu to move toward Shinjin and be saved. The Mahayana insists on observance of precepts, adherence to meditative practices, and the cultivation of wisdom. Although Tao Cho was proclaiming a new path suited for the age of mappo, still advocated the use of traditional practices.
Honnen opened the door for Men and Women, Noble and lower class to embrace Buddhist teachings. This ended discrimination of certain groups. He also expressed the primary concern for compassion of all people, the ultimate manifestation of true compassion. This was the primal concern of Amida’s Primal Vow.
Fundamentally Buddhist history became witness to the truth had been seen by The Buddha and the Pure Land Sutra’s he taught.
Shinran Shonin, pushed this sense in history more radically into the existential realization of the human condition. He saw the particular evils of the human condition revealing the very ground of self existence.
He saw them evils manifest in the humane condition in a variety of ways.
The realization of samsara and existences in the Saha world. He had seen the profound Karmic Evil is not final, but the deeper and wider forms still working in Amida’s primal vow. This delivers the suffering of all beings who embrace the mind of faith experiencing existing realities of how the world really works.
For Shinran knew this was not a particular point in history but a fundamental reality in life. It is a he fundamental reality in life.
Taking place in past, present, and future.

In the Shozomatsu Wasan, it states:

Through out the three periods of True, counterfeit, and Final Dharma
Amida’s vows has been spread.
In the world at the end of the Counterfeit Dharma in the final dharma age,
All good acts enter in the palace of the Dragon.

It is true that not everyone is ready for Buddhism yet. But to say that therefore we should teach a religion that is false but easily understandable just so that everyone can practice it is not ridiculous. Namo Amida Buddha, Namo Amida Butsu, the nembutsu is for everyone.
Buddhism aims at the truth and if not everyone has the capacity to understand it yet, they perhaps will be ready for it in a life of true faith. However, there are many who, with just the right words or encouragement, are able to increase their understanding. And it is for this reason that Buddhists gently and quietly strive to share the insights of Buddhism with others. The Buddha taught us out of compassion and we teach others out of compassion.
We usually see altruism, concern for others before oneself, as being the opposite of selfishness, concern for oneself before others. Buddhism does not see it as either one or the other but rather as a blending of the two. Genuine self-concern will gradually mature into concern for others as one sees that others are really the same as oneself. This is genuine compassion and it is the most wonderful attribute in the glow of the Buddha’s teaching.
As it is, “Wisdom with out compassion is dangerous, compassion with out wisdom is reckless? The Amida Buddha manifests the the equality and harmony of both wisdom and compassion and the Buddha mind is void because the Buddha does not dwell in the element of extremes.

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