contain  multitudes
tzal.org

Sogyal Rinpoche
and the Crazy Wisdom Tradition

Four ways of dealing with Rinpoche's scandals.
tzal.org

Quotes by Shechen Rabjam Rinpoche

An indomitable teacher of the old translation tradition.
BUDDHAWEEKLY

The Psychology of Buddhist Prostrations

The Humble Bow, a Meaningful Method // Many modern Buddhists are hesitant to practice ancient physical methods—prostrations, mudras, physical offerings;
Vimeo

What the Buddha Taught?

Short Dzongsar Khyentse Rinpoche video.
JAKUBMARIAN

The “432 Hz vs. 440 Hz”
conspiracy theory

Would you believe that there is a conspiracy theory about the way we tune musical instruments? And that this theory even involves the Nazis, chakras, and whatnot? No? Then sit down and enjoy perhaps the most ridiculous conspiracy theory of all times.

chronicleproject

Chögyam the Translator

"...he used to amazing effect the fact that no one expected him to speak syntactically perfect English. Subtle, complex, and mind-opening ambiguities, as well as multiple shades and layers of meaning emerged easily from his often slippery sentence structures." // "Trungpa Rinpoche spoke our language, with simplicity and directness. The kind of students he attracted never imagined they would learn his language, let alone recite liturgies or study commentaries in Tibetan. It had to be in English, and there seemed to be little effort needed, since he taught so completely in our language."
KICKSTARTER

What is Masklessness?

DJKR/Khyentse Norbu answers
thisiscolossal

Four Years Documenting Crumbling
Subterranean Stepwells in India

Like gates to the underworld, the massive subterranean temples were designed as a primary way to access the water table in regions where the climate vacillates between swelteringly dry during most months, with a few weeks of torrential monsoons in the spring.
COLLECTORSWEEKLY

Abandoned Suitcases Reveal Private
Lives of Insane Asylum Patients

If you were committed to a psychiatric institution, unsure if you’d ever return to the life you knew before, what would you take with you? That sobering question hovers like an apparition over each of the Willard Asylum suitcases.
NEWYORKER

Do Our Bones Influence Our Minds?

The only tangible truth: each thing influences everything in every conceivable way. (Or... actually, let's not limit it to the conceivable.) // In the mid-nineteen-nineties, a young French geneticist and physician named Gerard Karsenty became curious about a mysterious protein, called osteocalcin, that is found at high concentrations in the skeleton. He worked with mice that had been engineered to lack the substance, expecting to find problems with their bones. But their skeletons appeared essentially normal, he says, a result that left him “deeply depressed.”

consc.net

Consciousness and its Place in Nature

This paper is an overview of issues concerning the metaphysics of consciousness. Much of the discussion in this paper (especially the first part) recapitulates discussion in Chalmers (1995; 1996; 1997), although it often takes a different form, and sometimes goes beyond the discussion there. I give a more detailed treatment of many of the issues discussed here in the works cited in the bibliography
SLASHFILM

The Philip K. Dick Movie Adaptation Primer

Our Philip K. Dick movie adaptation primer takes you inside the many film adaptations based on the prolific science fiction writer behind Blade Runner.
QZ

Six companies are about to merge into
the biggest farm-business oligopoly in history

Monsanto and other agriculture companies want to get bigger.
PBS

Have you read the 200 'best American novels'?

Over the summer, The American Scholar published two lists of the 100 best American novels from 1770-1985.

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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