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Meez [Jul. 9th, 2007|11:44 pm]
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Buddha and Sexism [Jul. 8th, 2007|11:08 pm]
[mood |sleepysleepy]

After Reading about "Buddha and Sexism" from the group "Buddhists"
Some think that Buddha although "enlightened" may have been sexist because of the "Eight Heavy Duties" required only of the nuns (basically making them inferior in every way to the monks) and that he said that any religion allowing women would not last as long (as rice with worms) However, many apparently believe that Buddhism has other passages where women WERE equal and nuns taught monks, etc. (goes against the 8 Duties/Rules) so that must mean that the Sexist followers later changed what Buddha taught to include their own sexists rules.
In addition, something called the Lotus Sutra was a story where the "Dragon kings daughter" although female achieved enlightenment without several reincarnations (although before she went to heaven she changed into the form of a male) but that (somewhat like believe in Jesus changed the Old Testament rules) anyone in any form CAN achieve enlightenment in this lifetime with true practice and belief. Interesting......

It seems that Jainism has many things similar to Buddism but Women in it have more equality (among other differences)

Its interesting that just like Christians who many believe corrupted what would be the true teachings of Christ (Jesus having Mary Madgalene at his right side and as one of the Apostles) to the later subservience of Christian nuns, the Buddhists may have done that as well by their sexism coloring the true enlightened teachings of Buddha regarding women's equality. It is a mystery for both however what the original intentions were.
This may seem less important to some, but I first started searching this thread after finding out that Buddha left his wife and newborn son. I have been looking into Buddhism having received a book "Buddhism for Mothers" and liking many of the teachings. However, with Buddha leaving and the part of the philosophy of having "no attachments", it struck me as a sort of "mid-life crisis" stereotypical male "freak-out" sort of reaction to leave his new baby and make it something other - to justify it as something noble.
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Truth [Oct. 15th, 2006|12:24 am]
Philosophical principles of Anekantvad (Non-absolutism or
multi sidedness) and Syadvad (Relativity of truth) are supposedly
unique only to the Jain school of thought.

This is why I say that there is nothing that is
absolutely "true" from two different observers.
What you state as "truth" is just your version of
Even time that is accepted by everyone as "absolute"
is relative:
The special theory of relativity was proposed in 1905
by Albert Einstein in his article "On the
Electrodynamics of Moving Bodies". Some three
centuries earlier, Galileo's principle of relativity
had stated that all uniform motion was relative, and
that there was no absolute and well-defined state of
rest; a person on the deck of a ship may be at rest in
his opinion, but someone observing from the shore
would say that he was moving. Einstein's theory
combines Galilean relativity with the postulate that
all observers will always measure the speed of light
to be the same no matter what their state of uniform
linear motion is.[1]

This theory has a variety of surprising consequences
that seem to violate common sense, but that have been
verified experimentally. Special relativity displaces
Newtonian notions of absolute space and time by
stating that distance and time depend on the observer,
and that time and space are perceived differently,
depending on the observer. It yields the equivalence
of matter and energy, as expressed in the famous
equation E=mc2, where c is the speed of light. Special
relativity makes relative time, that we would have
imagined to be absolute based on everyday experience.
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Enlightenment II, Science Skepticism? [Jan. 12th, 2006|11:31 am]
those previous words (see first message) were not mine but remembered
from an author describing 18th Century Prussian named
Immanuel Kant's philosophy regarding "What does enlightenment mean"
Many of the thinkers of that time did NOT believe that they
were "enlightened" they thought of it as a process; an attitude of
openness to learning and change.

It also funny because many of the thinkers of the enlightenment were
completely opposed to organized religion. Many were protestants who
were forced to convert to Catholicism or move to another country.
Organized religion that I have heard in general referred to as "the
Opiate of the Masses" (not that I am personally opposed to organized
religion), but I am opposed to any religion that imposes illogical
dogma and discourages members from thinking for themselves.

I have been thinking that perhaps my fears to do certain things in my
life are because of a "self-imposed trap" of "traditionalism" on
myself. That I am programmed by my upbringing/society to do things the way that
others or "traditional wisdom" says they should be done.

Lets ask ourselves, are there things that we currently do "just
because" of traditionalism? - or things that we have not done, or
will not do (that might be beneficial & fun for us!) just because we
are afraid of them because they might challenge traditional "wisdom"?
Doesnt it seem "wiser" to examine actions based soley upon their own

Reading about the Enlightenment brings me to many parallels of today.
The Government is becoming more oppressive, people are starting to
question. People are starting to talk back.

Today I came upon an article (gift from my sweetie) that struck me as
related to these connected thoughts.
It was from a column called "Consumed" entitled "Cold Call" By ROB
WALKER of the Ny times Magazine, January 8, 2006, link -

It pretty much says that: "Packages of Airborne, found in the cough-
and-cold aisle of major chains like CVS, Rite Aid and Wal-Mart,
proudly proclaim that the product was "Created by a School Teacher!"
This seems a little odd. Don't we want to fight our seasonal ailments
with things created by, for instance, doctors and scientists?
Apparently not all of us do: Airborne is extremely successful, and
its creation by someone without the slightest medical expertise or
qualification is almost certainly a factor in its success."

I thought this was very funny & odd & wonder what it says about our
fellow consumers and the general attitude of the country now - in not
believing "officials" because we have been lied to so many times

Are we all becoming more "skeptic" of what is "official knowledge"
and looking to more believable sources (normal people of respected
professions such as teachers who are now required to be more highly
educated than in past years but still accessible as one of
our "peers"?)

ps. the word/meaning of "skepticism" is from the ancient school of
Pyrrho of Elis that stressed the uncertainty of our beliefs in order
to oppose dogmatism.
"Dogmatism"! (see how its all related?! :)

pps. It is exciting because the Enlightenment was a period where people passed
on & copied manuscripts. Many things were too controversial to even be published
for fear of being burned as a "heretic". They were passed in salons of known
friends & educated groups and from person to person. Sound familiar? Anything
like the medium of email and web groups? (I love it!)

ppps. Does anyone know why the stock market is so high? Are we in an economic
upswing because of war? high oil prices? Is Big business racking in the dough
from a good holiday season? Whats going on?
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Enlightenment [Jan. 11th, 2006|10:52 am]
[mood |hopefulhopeful]
[music |Bad Radio ;)]

This morning i was listening to a book on cd about the enlightenment 1680-1800 & I am very excited about this book because it just started & is already pretty fascinating and relevant. It went on to describe this period as so important because it is upon many of these ideas that our Revolution and subsequent government were developed. Also to understand why certain systems were brought up for certain ideals, that may or may not now be currently upheld. With intelligent design, the dispute over separation of church & state is again coming to the forefront and a government that accepts all religions was one of the ideas of the enlightenment. I am not much for history but I love philosophy which is often historical (of course) and the book was describing how Kant said that "enlightenment" is man's release from his self-imposed trap of immaturity. Laziness and cowardice are the reasons why so great a portion of mankind, has an inability to make use of his understanding without direction from another. Man's gaining of resolution and courage to use reason without direction from another. Sapere aude! "Have courage to use your own reason!"- that is the motto (I cant find an exact translation of aude as Kant was Prussian but Sapere means "to know") This sounds like what Jason has often said to me about himself and I agree that it also seems true. :) H

These are a couple of things that I am thinking of doing:

Vacillate- A Conversation on Contemporary Femininity reception on Jan 19th, 5-9pm Dates: 01/10 - 02/11/2006 Gallery Z A group exhibition curated by Cat Ganim, featuring works by Umberto Crenca, Melanie McMorkle, Veronica Ochoa, Jason Roberts, and Thomas Terciera. A conversation on contemporary femininity, held at Gallery Z, 259 Atwells Ave. Opening Admission: Free http://www.galleryzprov.com/ 259 atwells ave prov, ri 02903 401 454 8844

Unmasking the Indifferent Fate Jan 12, 5:30-9:00 Reception Dates: 01/12 - 02/11/2006 Arts & Buisness Council of Rhode Island Unmasking the Indifferent Fate presents non-traditional portraiture, using color, mark-making and distortion in unusual ways. Held at the Space at Alice, 186 Union St. Reception held Telephone: 401-421-0254 http://www.cornishlp.com/projects/spaceatalice.html Admission: Free

Hamlet Dates: 01/27 - 02/26/2006 Trinity Repetory Company Hamlet a timeless tale of murder, passion, treachery and revenge. Trinity Rep is proud at long last to bring Shakespeare's masterpiece to the stage. Long heralded as the best-known play in the English language. Held at the Chace Theater, 201 Washington St. Get your tickets now! http://www.trinityrep.com/ (401) 351-4242 $15 tickets – to any performance, subject to availability, 2 hours before curtain at the Box Office (not available for phone or web purchase) Students: $15 tickets to any performance (I.D. required)

The Lonesome West Presented By: Gamm Theatre by Martin McDonagh directed by Judith Swift In a remote Irish village as comical as it is dangerous, brothers Valene and Coleman Connor share an undying hostility for their mundane lives - especially each other. From potato ships to plastic saints, nothing is sacred and everything is an excuse for violence. Only Father Welsh, the young and depressive priest, tries to reconcile the pair before their petty squabbles spiral out of control. But could God himself stop this latter-day Cain and Able from their vicious carnage? Hilariously volatile and morbidly engrossing, McDonagh’s depiction of the rural “murder capital of Ireland" will have you laughing until it hurts. www.gammtheatre.org 401-723-4266 Ticket Prices: $16, $23 & $26; depending upon date and

first fri & sat 1/27/28 sold out! 1/26-2/26 http://www.arttixri.com/performance_info.cfm?PID=911
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Using your brain iz fun :) [Dec. 20th, 2005|01:58 pm]
[mood |cheerfulcheerful]

I just had the best conversation with the guy at the organic food store. I asked him what he thought about stop & shop having an organic section. On the one hand it is good because it makes more people aware of organic food, but on the other hand it might hurt small organic stores like his, however he said that it might make people who might otherwise not go to his shop, aware of organic food & as a result might bring him more customers because the things that they carry are more specific (less general/wholesale type things) as well as they have more expertise than any stop & shop worker might on many related areas.
It was a very good, but quick conversation & just made me very happy how enjoyable it is to converse with intelligent people. I find talking with people about things like that very enjoyable & the realization comes a lot from a recent awakening as a result of meeting this guy Jason.

Jason may be a faint light at the end of the twisted dark labrynthian tunnel of these recent months. I say faint only because I dont expect any one person to be my saving grace and bathe me in light. Not really "faint" because so far I HAVE been amazed by my attraction to, fascination with, and exhaustive delight in conversing with him. It is more that he is a spark that allows me to find my own strength. I am thus far enamored of him and he seems sufficently in awe of me (as my mom is always telling me should be the case) heh

It makes me smile & think to myself finally that any other guys that Ive met, such as my ex & other "crushes" that didnt want to pursue more, were just too stupid to see what was right in front of their faces. I know that I am not perfect, but I think I am a quality person. It really was their loss, not mine.

Also, I am just enjoying knowing Jason and not having any expectations for what might happen. I really feel like I have grown as a person soooo much in these past months. It has been a torturous process (and is still on-going) but I feel like any metamorphosis without a lot of pain wouldnt really be one.

** Disclaimer, lets see how long this "high" lasts! haha
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My Summary (not opinion) on Intelligent Design [Dec. 20th, 2005|11:35 am]
[mood |contemplativecontemplative]

My understanding, (not opinion) regarding the debate on Intelligent Design is that it is obviously related to "survival of the fittest".
Intelligent design basically says that life is so amazingly beautiful and complex, and that Evolution is true, but that it is that way because God made it so. That the world is too amazing, the way things work together too beautifully engineered that there must be some higher power at work orchestrating the process.
That it is not just pure scientific nature, chance & happenstance.
However, for those who oppose intellgent design there are two types: ones who dont believe in it, and ones who believe it but dont believe that due to its
origins of God as the designer, and due to "separation of church & state", that it should not be taught in schools. They believe that only things that can be scientifically proven should be taught in Science class and because there is not actual scientific proof of God as the designer then you might as well teach students that a giant flying spagetti monster is responsible for affecting life on earth. (did you read the site? www.venganza.org)

However, there are even those SCIENTISTS (as in the article that I sent you - not the website) that would like to argue that there IS scientific proof of
intelligent design (& thus proof of GOD), but their argument exists on the premise of what I said above that life is too beautifully engineered and complex - that there must be some higher power orchestrating the process.

However, "too complex & efficiently engineered to be natural" is sort of a contradiction isnt it? That is how nature works. They might say if something is amazing, then that is God at work, but I would say that Nature is amazing. I am not saying that I dont think that God is responsible, I am just saying that things being "amazing" is still not proof. That is my understanding right now.

In addition, those Scientists who seem to be pushing for Intelligent Design to be taught in schools, I believe might be taking advantage of the Right Wing's attempt to keep God in Education. They are not objective as they happen to have authored several textbooks and educational video tapes on that very subject ;) (What a coincidence!? hehe)

A note - Angels & Demons by Dan Brown. It is a best-seller so the plot is a little simplistic but the things it talks about are related to this and it is very very entertaining story.
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Uncanny considering my past [Dec. 11th, 2005|09:28 am]
I guess I am #1 attempt from this summer :(

Your Suicide.. by Konstantine
Your Name/Username
Favorite Number?
Favorite Color?
How will you commit suicide?You will starve yourself to death
How many tries will it take?76
When will you commit suicide?March 14, 2032
What will your suicide note say?This broken heart will never mend, so never shall I breathe again
Quiz created with MemeGen!
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Distractions are just as good as the real thing, but more passing [Nov. 19th, 2005|06:24 pm]
[mood |gloomygloomy]

ah some entertainment to distract my tortured, discontent, cynical soul ;)

I have been waiting for them to have another one, as I heard the first was sooo amazing & I missed it. It does not happen that regularly.
It is Music, Movies & acts of Insanity.
It is an extremely Unique Multi-Variety Act (in a factory)
Depending upon how late it goes, I am not sure if we will be able to go to Toast in somerville after...

BoHo Sideshow at PAN9 When: Saturday Nov 19, 2005 at 9:00 PM
Where: Pan9 Factory http://www.pan9factory.org day-of-show directions Allston, MA

Pan9, for those unfamiliar, is an Allston art space that hosts private salons showcasing acts that don’t
fit the mold of the Boston Art/Theatre/Music© scene. We've presented a lot of incredible acts: the Dresden
Dolls (1st show here), Fluttr Effect (house band), Ad Frank, Valhalla Kittens, Uncle Monsterface, Beat
Circus, Neptune, Daredevil Chicken Club, and many others.

The Noise said about us: "Not unlike Andy Warhol's New York avant-garde Factory, this factory is an eclectic mélange of musicians, dancers, live painters, singers and poets... PAN 9 throws a party about once a month. PAN 9 does not advertise. PAN 9 has no web site. You pretty much either just know about it or you don't. Now you do" - http://www.thenoise-boston.com/features/244.asp
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On Intelligent Design [Oct. 28th, 2005|11:40 am]
looking at the http://venganza.org site..its really so funny!

I just argue that there are some that believe there is "scientific evidence" for ID & to really be "open-minded" it is important to examine all sides of an argument - not to discount something as "ridiculous" without even first investigating & understanding it. & just to be devils advocate since the popular opinion is to rage against ID's stupidity.
I am almost tempted to get this biochemist's videos (but not quite enough) link to Behe's site: http://www.arn.org/authors/behe.html just so I could understand his argument better & argue better) But at the same time, Its almost as if he has a financial incentive to push that idea.. because then his books & videos would get sold to schools. (a HUGE market) I actually agree that they shouldnt teach ID as an "alternate theory" but rather make sure to discuss Darwin's theory completely (which includes a discussion of its holes & weaknesses) and be careful to not make statements that tread on religious beliefs in particular.
I hate when people think they know it all & dont consider otherwise.
Remember even the smartest started with the premise that they "know nothing"
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