“Aesthetics and Mystical Vision” – Alan WATTS

In this recording from 1972, Alan Watts lectures on mystical vision via art, aesthetics, and Buddhist and Daoist philosophy. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ar7pw4Gd1XM Functional Art (0:10)Creating Works of Nature (23:49)Meaning and Insanity (48:43) “You and I have all conspired with ourselves to pretend that we are not really God, but of course we are. That is perfectly obvious.… Continue lendo “Aesthetics and Mystical Vision” – Alan WATTS

The Questions of Milinda and the Dangers of Wisdom – CIORAN

If we have laid violent hands on our desires, persecuted and smothered our attachments and our passions, we shall curse those who have encouraged us to do so, first of all the sage within ourselves, our most redoubtable enemy, guilty of having cured us of everything without having rid us of the regret for anything.… Continue lendo The Questions of Milinda and the Dangers of Wisdom – CIORAN

“Are all things empty? – Nagarjuna & The Buddhist Middle Way” – Filip HOLM | Let’s Talk Religion

In this episode, we explore the teachings of the Buddhist philosopher Nagarjuna and his school, known as Madhyamika, or "The Middle Way". https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gWZ-OnmKl70 Sources/Suggested Reading: Siderits, Mark & Shoryu Katsura (Translated by) (2013). Nagarjuna's Middle Way: The Mulamadhyamakakarika. Classics of Indian Buddhism. Wisdom Publications. Westerhoff, Jan (2009). Nagarjuna's Madhyamaka: A Philosophical Introduction. Oxford University Press.… Continue lendo “Are all things empty? – Nagarjuna & The Buddhist Middle Way” – Filip HOLM | Let’s Talk Religion

“Be friends with death” – Alan WATTS

Alan wrote over 25 books on subjects such as personal identity, the true nature of reality, higher consciousness, the meaning of life, and the non-material pursuit of happiness. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1pKyavcNi7c Here are some qoutes form Alan Watts about death. "Death is another form of life.""Death is the only that is promised in life. Don't allow the… Continue lendo “Be friends with death” – Alan WATTS

History of Yoga: The Path of my Ancestors | documentary

History of Yoga: The Path of my Ancestors is a 6000 year journey into origin, evolution & development of yoga. The story explores the elements of Yoga in Harappa Civilization, Veda, Jainism, Buddhism, Sufism, Hath-Yogic practices of medieval times & other peripheral doctrines. The film ends in 19th century where modern science acknowledges the potential… Continue lendo History of Yoga: The Path of my Ancestors | documentary

“Money, Sex, War, Karma: Notes for a Buddhist Revolution” (introduction) – David R. LOY

Now that Buddhism has come to the West, how are they changing each other? Half a century ago the British historian Arnold Toynbee predicted that their encounter would be a major event in world history. According to one account he even claimed that the arrival of Buddhism in the West “may well prove to be… Continue lendo “Money, Sex, War, Karma: Notes for a Buddhist Revolution” (introduction) – David R. LOY

Loneliness – Dzongsar Khyentse RINPOCHE

God means the last stage of a path, the extreme point of solitude, an insubstantial point to which we must necessarily give a name and attribute a fictitious existence. In a word, it performs a function: that of dialogue. Even the unbeliever aspires to converse with the "the one and only", as it is not… Continue lendo Loneliness – Dzongsar Khyentse RINPOCHE

On Pain – Alan WATTS

“A student came to his master with a question, ‘it is terribly hot and how should we escape the heat?’ in other words, this was a symbolic question asking about the whole problem of the heat of suffering. and he answered, ‘go right down to the bottom of the furnace.’ ‘ but in the furnace,’… Continue lendo On Pain – Alan WATTS

The Silent Mind – Alan WATTS

One who talks all the time can never hear what others say. And one who thinks all the time has nothing to think about except thoughts. Alan Watts examines the value of silent-mindedness or the practice of meditation in Hinduism and Buddhism. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-7HuicMQTl8 […] Fundamentally, meditation is not so much an exercise as it is… Continue lendo The Silent Mind – Alan WATTS

Should We Stop Having Babies? Antinatalism Explored | Einzelgänger

Is it better never to have been? Some people believe it would indeed be better if no sentient life came into existence. Antinatalism is the philosophical viewpoint that procreation is morally wrong. And therefore, we should avoid it. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hJ_8fw6-S8A Some antinatalists think only humans should stop having children; others believe that all sentient beings would… Continue lendo Should We Stop Having Babies? Antinatalism Explored | Einzelgänger