"French elections have been the lab of a fundamental political change in Europe, and at the global level as well. As a sort of Cartesian "clear and distinct" idea, it is now emerging that federalism and nationalism are the new main…"
"yes. along the centuries the most basic foundation of Power has been the one of keeping separated good and evil, right and wrong, positive deeds and crime. Very often (always) singling out the the sexual side of evil. The "uneasiness in…"
"classical economic theory is useful only for mainstream academics. In fact it failed to prevent (or even explaining) relevant phenomena, like the burst of the financial bubbles. At present it is reasonable to think that given a mix of factors…"
"great geopolitical vision! Remarkably clear. And rather optimistic about the new equilibria that are going to be established. May we and our offsprings keep some peace and a minimum of stability while these gigantic processes unfold. Unfortunately…"
"Thank you David, great understanding of the situation, and great wisdom. The wind has changed, in a direction which is opposite to the one we like. Therefore these are interesting times to live. I would add that we have to look at blame, fear…"
"I like very much the governamentality construct (M Foucault). A hidden-structural power keeps in control minds-bodies and reproduces the conditions for the subjugation of multitudes (the latter is a spinozian term). But, if this is true we cannot…"
"yes. this is a really crucial issue. In many different places the facilitation of ethnic/local communities' autonomy and of groups' coalescence has been for a long time considered as a factor contributing to the promotion of…"
"yes, for sure, more boundaries and less cosmopolitan life. This will entail more stringencies in local relationships and bonds, less individual freedom, increased power of local (also at the micro and meso level) parties, cliques and mafias. All…"
"experiments on rats within a cage of variable dimensions show that reciprocal aggressiveness rises up when the cage is shrunk.
our planet is shrinking fast, in relative terms: i.e. the number of humans is increasing at an unbearable pace. the…"
"Nobody knows how things will unfold in the middle (let's say 2 - 3 years) and the long term (2050). Maybe somebody, somewhere, has powerful tools (algorithms, models databases..) and is able to get close to reliable forecasts. But it is…"
On the day that England and Wales voted to leave the European Union, I am starting this group as a place for political comment. The aim is to create a space where all and any issue of current affairs in the world can be discussed from a spiritual perspective.See More
"yes, it's good to send peans to the goddess, but well knowing that she'll be always stronger than us, much cruel, never appeased. She'll be always able to have our dogs gone crazy and have us devoured. Because of a small, so human,…"
"exceptionally clear and useful. This contribution keeps together many views on such a fundamental topic (see in particular A. Chah's three levels of mindfulness: mechanistic, clear knowing and wisdom) and offers an extraordinary chance for…"
"I've always been fascinated by Taoism and started practicing thai chi in 1998 with a Chinese master in Rome. I practiced very regularly up to 1996, when many things changed in my life. I abandoned the master (after a trip to China in…"
''The relationship between student and teacher is like a dance…
In relating with the teacher, your critical input and your surrendering work together. They’re not working against each other. The more input you get from the teacher and the phenomenal world and the more you develop, at the same time, the more you question. So there is a kind of dance taking place between the teacher and yourself. You are not particularly trying to switch off…
I sometimes can’t believe how defective I am!! Whilst despairing of myself the other day I remembered a Shinran teaching that I found some time ago. It really made me think and reinforced my resolve to practice. It is a Pureland teaching about the depth of our sin preventing us from being genuinely good. Our efforts to be decent, caring beings are always based in and therefore contaminated by our self centredness, greed hatred and delusion. This is due to the…
WORKSHOP 1: SNOW UPON A SILVER PLATE [ 銀盌盛雪]: PRINCIPLES OF BUDDHIST PSYCHOLOGY & THEIR PSYCHOTHERAPEUTIC APPLICATION
In this workshop we shall introduce and review important aspects of Buddhist psychology including the conditioned and unconditioned mind, object relatedness, skandha process, the unity of path and goal, bodhichitta,…
The power of intentions is a topic that comes up regularly for me and always provides me with food for thought. In a recent service I was struck by the gravity of the Bodhisattva vows that we sing as part of our liturgy. ”Innumerable…