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Mingyur Rinpoche
the teacher of unbreakable stability

By Padma Dorje (Eduardo Pinheiro) Translated by Christa Maas

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Quotes by Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche

Holder of the ultimate recognition, a bold, dramatic and utterly sweet-intense teacher for all us barbarians in this degenerate time.
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Deschooling Society quotes

Impactful quotes from a seminal work on freedom from institutional education.
CODINGHORROR

I Was a Teenage Hacker

Twenty-four years ago today, I had a very bad day. On August 8, 1988, I was a senior in high school. I was working my after school and weekend job at Safeway as a cashier, when the store manager suddenly…
BUSINESSINSIDER

'The happiest man in the world' explains
what makes someone truly happy

VIDEO: “One of the ultimate drama is to feel lonely in the midst of many.”
Mugwortborn

EPISODE TWELVE: I am Buddha

I have not a single doubt that I am Buddha. This certainty is not a result of reading texts, such as the Uttaratantra, where it says that my defilements are temporary and not my true nature; I am not one of those people who has the wit to rely on logic and reasoning, I am too suspicious of this self who is doing the relying. No, I believe I am a Buddha because my masters have told me I am a Buddha, again and again. I am one of those lazy beings who enjoys affirmation from others, especially affirmation from my masters. But keep in mind that my masters also said all beings are Buddha.

Wikipedia

Kōan

The style of writing of Zen texts has been influenced by "a variety of east Asian literary games": The extensive use of allusions, which create a feeling of disconnection with the main theme; Indirect references, such as titling a poem with one topic and composing a verse that seems on the surface to be totally unrelated; Inventive wordplay based on the fact that kanji (Chinese characters) are homophonic and convey multiple, often complementary or contradictory meanings; Linking the verses in a sustained string based on hidden points of connection or continuity, such as seasonal imagery or references to myths and legends.
ERIK-PEMA-KUNSANG-A-LIVE

Erik Pema Kunsang Among Masters

A blog about the autobiography of Erik Pema Kunsang, a translator of Buddhist insights, narrated by the author.
YouTube

Snuff Box

Boyfriend sketches
YouTube

Hakone - Yosegi

Hatajuku (Hakone), Mr Yamada Shiroyuki, yosegi craftman (wooden mosaic).
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The World Shown

It’s not—as Stalker claimed—that all the world’s a prison; it’s just that a lot of what’s being shown on the world’s screens—televisions, cinemas, computers—is fit only for morons. Which is another reason why, in the long years since I first saw Stalker, I am as badly in need of the Zone and its wonders as any of the three men on the trolley as they sit there and the blurry landscape clangs past. The Zone is a place of uncompromised and unblemished value. It is one of the few territories left—possibly the only one—where the rights to Top Gear have not been sold: a place of refuge and sanctuary. A sanctuary, also, from cliché. That’s another of Tarkovsky’s virtues: an absolute freedom from cliché in a medium where clichés are not only tolerated but, in the form of unquestioning adherence to convention, expected. Geoff Dyer, ZONA.

NYTIMES

Philip K. Dick
Sci-Fi Philosopher

The writer’s sprawling, 8,000-page “Exegesis” harks back to the future with the second-century Christian Gnostics.
DEEPMIND

The hippocampus as a 'predictive map'

In our new paper, in Nature Neuroscience, we apply a neuroscience lens to a longstanding mathematical theory from machine learning to provide new insights into the nature of learning and memory. Specifically, we propose that the area of the…
WIKIPEDIA

Soviet submarine K-19

K-19 was one of the first two Sovietsubmarines of the 658 class (NATO reporting nameHotel-classsubmarine), the first generation nuclear submarine equipped with nuclear ballistic missiles,…
YouTube

Unaware
Allen Stone

Live From His Mother's Living Room
CRITERION

Rashomon

A riveting psychological thriller that investigates the nature of truth and the meaning of justice Rashomon is widely considered one of the greatest films ever made.

A public mind map

This is the personal website and portfolio of Padma Dorje, Eduardo Pinheiro, a translator and programmer who lives in Porto Alegre (a crazy weather city on the southernest state of Brazil), and who is interested in Buddhism1In particular, the madhyamaka (prasangika, svatantrica, yogachara-svatantrika), vajrayana (specially the connection between the peculiar uses of language and hagiographies), dzogchen (and by extension the nyingma tradition; also the relationship between dzogchen, Zen Buddhism and Taoism), polemics such as Gedun Chopel's criticisms to realism, shentong-rangtong, the absurd notion of a "non-engaged" Buddhism (that comes through the notion of "engaged Buddhism"), Buddhist meta-ethics, Buddhism and sexuality, Buddhism and Philosophy, Buddhism and consumerism, Buddhist politics, Greco-Buddhism, "twilight language" of vajrayana etc., anglophile and yankee culture2Americana, science fiction (classic, surrealist, new wave, cyberpunk), counterculture, beat generation, ethnic tensions and art, blues, swinging London, Victorian England, satire, wit, William Blake, Finnegans Wake, Aldous Huxley, Vonnegut, K. Dick, Samuel R. Delany, J. G. Ballard, Asimov, Heinlein, Cory Doctorow, XKCD., Japanese aesthetic theory3Wabi-sabi, iki, Shakuhashi., nuberu bagu4Hiroshi Teshigahara, Shohei Imamura, Masahiro Shinoda., theory of humor5Humor analysis, stand-up, the comedian's life, faux pas, onto-epistemic theory of humor, anti-humor, non sequitur, nonsense, ritual clown, onomasti komodein, parrhesia and humor; Woody Allen, Louis C.K., Steven Wright, Garry Shandling, Richard Pryor, Larry David, Seinfeld, Dr. Katz, Stephen Colbert, Jon Stewart, Kids in the Hall, Monty Python., ethnomethodology and gonzo, attention economy6Time commodification, attention pollution, mind kipple, existential externalisms, ADHD culture, conscious consumption, heuristics and technological disabilities., usability, direct democracy, self-organized criticality, game theory, property theory (specially intellectual property)7Pirate Party, immaterial goods, non-competing goods, assumed profits, micropatronage., corporate "personhood" and accountability, crypto-anarchism8Cypherpunks, bitcoin, neutrality, anonimity, war of general computing devices., distopias91984, Brave New World, Utopia, Candid, Brazil, Soylent Green etc., linguistics10Psycholinguistics, evidential markers, epistemic moods, mirative, auto-antonyms, cultural impact of the Sapir-Whorf hypothesis. and philosophies of mind11Self-deception, privileged access, artificial intelligence, zombies, arguments against functionalism, epiphenomenalism and emergentism., language12Private language arguments, division of linguistic labor, semantic contextualism, anti-essentialism, indirect language, irony. and of science13Anti-realism, causation vs. correlation, epistemology of statistics, downfalls of physicalism and reductionism., as well as "metaphilosophy"14philosophical racism, nature of philosophical problems, anti-philosophy (mostly as a "good" thing)..


Highlights

Unfortunately most of the contents of this website are still in Brazilian Portuguese only.

Saturday Afternoon, about the day I met a WWII veteran in the park.

Slavoj Žižek: Hipster Quackery, on obscurantism and distortions of Buddhism.

Understanding the Lion (the in-joke of psychoanalysis), on Wittgenstein's lectures on psychology.

Tarkovskiy's Stalker, on my favorite movie.

Software and services I endorse, all the tools I use and recommend.

All the website's English content can be found (categorized) at the sitemap.


Technology

This website was developed based on Simplenote's PHP API, allowing for easy updating even with a mobile device (good for little fixes). Speed on server side is kept high due to a PHP parsing that "compiles" dynamically all the contents and structure (category tree, keywords), writing it all in simple html, which eliminates the need of database requests and much logic operation during normal page load.


Definition of "tzal"

Tzal (rtsal in wylie transliterated tibetan, sometimes written as tsal or tzal, sometimes even as tsel, skt. prabala) means external energy, skill, working, functioning, existential dynamics, power, potency, external projection, creativity, reflection, powers of manifestation, dexterity, adroitness, strength, feat, stunt, talent, act, prowess, capacity, potential, manifestative power of the ultimate mind. Capacity of energy to project itself externally just as a crystal illuminated by a ray of light has the capacity to project infinite rainbow colored rays around itself.15Source: rtsal, at Rigpa Wiki. This discussion is also interesting.


1. ^ In particular, the madhyamaka (prasangika, svatantrica, yogachara-svatantrika), vajrayana (specially the connection between the peculiar uses of language and hagiographies), dzogchen (and by extension the nyingma tradition; also the relationship between dzogchen, Zen Buddhism and Taoism), polemics such as Gedun Chopel's criticisms to realism, shentong-rangtong, the absurd notion of a "non-engaged" Buddhism (that comes through the notion of "engaged Buddhism"), Buddhist meta-ethics, Buddhism and sexuality, Buddhism and Philosophy, Buddhism and consumerism, Buddhist politics, Greco-Buddhism, "twilight language" of vajrayana etc.

2. ^ Americana, science fiction (classic, surrealist, new wave, cyberpunk), counterculture, beat generation, ethnic tensions and art, blues, swinging London, Victorian England, satire, wit, William Blake, Finnegans Wake, Aldous Huxley, Vonnegut, K. Dick, Samuel R. Delany, J. G. Ballard, Asimov, Heinlein, Cory Doctorow, XKCD.

3. ^ Wabi-sabi, iki, Shakuhashi.

4. ^ Hiroshi Teshigahara, Shohei Imamura, Masahiro Shinoda.

5. ^ Humor analysis, stand-up, the comedian's life, faux pas, onto-epistemic theory of humor, anti-humor, non sequitur, nonsense, ritual clown, onomasti komodein, parrhesia and humor; Woody Allen, Louis C.K., Steven Wright, Garry Shandling, Richard Pryor, Larry David, Seinfeld, Dr. Katz, Stephen Colbert, Jon Stewart, Kids in the Hall, Monty Python.

6. ^ Time commodification, attention pollution, mind kipple, existential externalisms, ADHD culture, conscious consumption, heuristics and technological disabilities.

7. ^ Pirate Party, immaterial goods, non-competing goods, assumed profits, micropatronage.

8. ^ Cypherpunks, bitcoin, neutrality, anonimity, war of general computing devices.

9. ^ 1984, Brave New World, Utopia, Candid, Brazil, Soylent Green etc.

10. ^ Psycholinguistics, evidential markers, epistemic moods, mirative, auto-antonyms, cultural impact of the Sapir-Whorf hypothesis.

11. ^ Self-deception, privileged access, artificial intelligence, zombies, arguments against functionalism, epiphenomenalism and emergentism.

12. ^ Private language arguments, division of linguistic labor, semantic contextualism, anti-essentialism, indirect language, irony.

13. ^ Anti-realism, causation vs. correlation, epistemology of statistics, downfalls of physicalism and reductionism.

14. ^ philosophical racism, nature of philosophical problems, anti-philosophy (mostly as a "good" thing).

15. ^ Source: rtsal, at Rigpa Wiki. This discussion is also interesting.


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