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Post by zavk » Tue Jan 20, 2009 12:32 pm

Hello friends,

Some of you may have seen me around at E-Sangha where I post occasionally. I'm glad I was invited to this forum. Looks like there'll be some interesting discussions here. My (formal) practice derives from the Theravada tradition, although I find many Mahayana teachings illuminating and have certainly learned much (I think) from them. I teach at a university and am also researching into the politics surrounding the discourses and practices of 'spirituality' in contemporary society--i.e. I take the hypothesis that there are certain dominant and pervasive conceptions of 'spirituality' that overlook, ignore and diminish the transformative and emancipatory possibilites of what 'spirituality' can be;hence, I'm arguing for the need to contest such conceptions of 'spirituality' so as to open up the space for more ethically- and politically-enabling conceptions of spirituality to express themselves. It seems to me a forum such as this is a manifestation of the ethico-political impulse that drives the pursuit of spirituality.

Thanks for starting this, retro. Pleased to be here.
With metta,

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Post by genkaku » Tue Jan 20, 2009 12:44 pm

Welcome zavk. Hope you find something useful here.

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Post by Ben » Tue Jan 20, 2009 1:05 pm

Welcome Zavk, I'm very happy you could make it here!

“No lists of things to be done. The day providential to itself. The hour. There is no later. This is later. All things of grace and beauty such that one holds them to one's heart have a common provenance in pain. Their birth in grief and ashes.”
- Cormac McCarthy, The Road

Learn this from the waters:
in mountain clefts and chasms,
loud gush the streamlets,
but great rivers flow silently.
- Sutta Nipata 3.725

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Post by bodom » Tue Jan 20, 2009 1:30 pm


To study is to know the texts,
To practice is to know your defilements,
To attain the goal is to know and let go.

- Ajahn Lee Dhammadharo

With no struggling, no thinking,
the mind, still,
will see cause and effect
vanishing in the Void.
Attached to nothing, letting go:
Know that this is the way
to allay all stress.

- Upasika Kee Nanayan

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Post by Cittasanto » Tue Jan 20, 2009 9:42 pm

Blog, Suttas, Aj Chah, Facebook.

He who knows only his own side of the case knows little of that. His reasons may be good, and no one may have been able to refute them.
But if he is equally unable to refute the reasons on the opposite side, if he does not so much as know what they are, he has no ground for preferring either opinion …
He must be able to hear them from persons who actually believe them … he must know them in their most plausible and persuasive form.
John Stuart Mill

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Re: Hi friends

Post by retrofuturist » Tue Jan 20, 2009 9:45 pm

Greetings and welcome, zavk!


Retro. :)
"Do not force others, including children, by any means whatsoever, to adopt your views, whether by authority, threat, money, propaganda, or even education." - Ven. Thich Nhat Hanh

"The uprooting of identity is seen by the noble ones as pleasurable; but this contradicts what the whole world sees." (Snp 3.12)

"One discerns wrong view as wrong view, and right view as right view. This is one's right view." (MN 117)

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