Philosophy

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The right motivation to do anything according to the Buddha, Krishna and Plato

Important philosophical coincidences regarding virtue and motivation The correct motivation or the reason why one does things is fundamental, because it not only determines the result but also transforms the individual and establishes it within a moral and even cosmic order. In the philosophies of India few things have deserved more discussion than the proper way of acting or even if one should act or not

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What is Zen and how does it free us from suffering? DT Suzuki explains

Zen is a discipline that points us the way to freedom Within the current of the Great Vehicle (Mahayana), Zen ( chan , in Chinese) is one of the Buddhist schools that have stimulated different populations, especially for its simplicity and aesthetic sensitivity. We make here a brief introduction to some of the operating principles of Zen, following the great teacher DT Suzuki, one of the main responsible for introducing Zen in the West

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Happiness is the natural state of mind

From Lao-Tse to Buddha to Rousseau and even Nietzsche, great thinkers have concluded that happiness is the natural state of the human being Thus spoke Zarathustra Nietzsche, in a kind of prophetic streak, puts the phrase "we invented happiness" in the mouth of the last men. These are the men who, for Nietzsche, do not dare to free themselves from the old slave morals and seek comfort, a form of entertainment that prevents them from facing their own nature

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This is the most subtle and insidious form of attachment

Detachment from material things is simple, detachment from the error of the absolute reality of one's identity is much more difficult Attachment is, to a large extent, the source of unhappiness. In this coincides most of the traditions that are grouped within the term "dharma". Sticking to things is the fundamental symptom of ignorance, for all things are impermanent

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The story of the Buddha and the tigress: the maximum detachment lesson

A story of the jatakas that is also a profound lesson about detachment and trust in the dharma About 40km from the center of Kathmandu is Namo Buddha, a small town that commemorates one of the most famous stories of the past lives of Shakyamuni Buddha or jatakas. In this place there is also a stupa - which represents the enlightened mind of the Buddha - and the Thrangu Tashi Yangtse monastery, built thanks to the initiative of the master Khenchen Thrangu Rinpoche

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5 essential questions that are asked less and less (and that science has not been able to answer)

5 great questions of a philosophical nature that need to be raised Modern science has a very clear paradigm: materialism. Roughly , only what can be measured is real and only what comes close to a paradigm accepted by the bulk deserves to be investigated, and spend large amounts of dollars to have respectable results (generally, results that can become a technological development or some profitable product)

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This is the symbol of yoga: do you know what it means?

The yantra of Shiva and Shakti contains a precious symbolism Although it is not an official symbol, because yoga is far from having an official version - being an extremely complex and diverse philosophical psychophysical practice - many yoga practitioners, particularly hatha yoga, recognize this symbol of interlocking triangles as The symbol of yoga

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The death of the self: the royal way in all spiritual traditions

Among the constants that appear in the different mystical traditions, the annulment of the individual self has a preponderant place in a path of wisdom and integration Among the constants that appear in the different mystical traditions, the annulment of the individual self has a preponderant place in a path of wisdom and integration

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Love and wisdom / emptiness and compassion: the universal principles of philosophy

The philosophical pillars found in East and West For Western tradition, philosophy, as defined by the Greeks, consists in a love of knowledge for knowledge itself, not as something utilitarian or ulterior. But the love of wisdom, as the mystics would emphasize, is also the wisdom of love, or the application of knowledge to life, an intelligence not only of the brain but of the heart

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Does the suspension of all points of view lead to enlightenment?

The enigmatic philosophy of Nagarjuna, the founder of Mahayana Buddhism Certainly there is nothing more common than a point of view; As an opinion, everyone has one. For one of the great Buddhist philosophers, the great founder of the Madhyamaka school (the middle way), Nagarjuna, rather than finding the right perspective and defending our point of view, it is about eradicating all perspectives and all identification with it as if This one had intrinsic value

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The problem that leisure has stopped being a game and has become pure entertainment

Modern society has stopped playing, focusing only on work and entertainment We live largely in the entertainment society while, perhaps paradoxically, we live in a society where work invades time, eliminating traditionally demarcated borders. According to the Korean philosopher Byung-Chul Han, one of the great references of our time, we have forgotten to play

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The 10 non-virtuous acts you should skip to avoid negative karma according to Buddhism

These are the 10 non-virtuous acts that every Buddhist should avoid In the Buddhist system, which can be considered as a kind of soteriological economy, there are 10 actions that make the individual wander endlessly in samsara, the wheel of suffering and confusion. These 10 acts are part of the fundamental teachings, something like the ABC that all Buddhist monks learn

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Buddhist psychology to increase your energy level

A bit of Buddhist psychology for energy conservation. We all want to have more energy, obviously, because energy is the ability to do anything and even, as the poet William Blake wrote, "energy is eternal delight, " the very pulsation of the universe. There are countless more or less obvious recommendations for more energy: exercise, food, meditation and so on

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Does existence only make sense as an aesthetic phenomenon?

Does life only deserve to be lived if we are able to perceive beauty and lead our own existence as a work of art? Recently we wrote here about nihilism, which has become the philosophical position of our time (because what prevails is the absence of a philosophical position). Nihilism is largely the result of the fall of the great religious systems and the belief in absolutes that previously gave meaning to life

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What is nihilism and why is our time essentially nihilistic?

Nihilism is possibly the philosophical stance by 'default' of our time Western nihilism - which today extends across the planet as the defining character of our time - can be dated, as a term that enters philosophical consciousness, since the beginning of the nineteenth century, in the controversies led by the German theologian Friedrich Heinrich Jacobi against the "philosophers", from Spinoza to Kant and Fichte, among others

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Buddha against Nietzsche: a philosophical confrontation

Bertrand Russell imagines Buddha and Nietzsche in a debate about compassion and suffering In his book History of Western Philosophy , British philosopher and mathematician Bertrand Russell imagines a debate in the sky between Nietzsche and Buddha, no doubt a high-flying encounter. Russell puts words in the mouth of these two great thinkers and denotes a certain predilection for Buddha, as well as a certain dislike for Nietzsche

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The exercise to develop the imagination that Kierkegaard learned from his father

Kierkegaard's father dealt with his son's health problems in the most wonderful way The Danish philosopher Sören Kierkegaard was an extremely peculiar man and his genius largely comes from an infinite commitment to himself. Part of what made him unique undoubtedly came from his relationship with his father.

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The extraordinary final test that has to be done to become a shaolin master

The novices of the Shaolin monastery must perform feats of concentration and will The BBC has a short documentary about the tests that Shaolin monks who want to graduate as teachers in China must pass. The shaolin temple is home to kung fu, the spiritual martial art that has been celebrated in recent years, after being discovered and portrayed in Hollywood movies

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What is being really original? Nietzsche explains

The originality in Nietzsche is a critical look, an ability to go beyond tradition and morals Friedrich Nietzsche, the philosopher of the hammer, who raised the transvaluation of all values ​​and who fervently opposed the herd mentality, seems to be one of the most qualified people to talk about originality. In

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What is being 'natural'? Can we be anything other than 'natural'?

Everyone wants to be natural, but what does that mean? Since the development of Stoic philosophy in Greece, one of the most influential ideas of Western civilization has been the notion of conforming to nature or of "being natural", since nature is ordered by the Logos , by divinity. This same idea is still hugely popular, particularly from the environmental movement and the 60's counterculture