contain  multitudes

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Understanding the Lion:
The In-joke of Psychoanalysis

On the possibility of Communication and Ethics: A little sketch on Wittgenstein's lectures on Aesthetics, Psychology and Religion”

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Saturday Afternoon

Something I wrote after I fortuitously met a WW2 veteran in 2006.
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Sogyal Rinpoche
and the Crazy Wisdom Tradition

Four ways of dealing with Rinpoche's scandals.
Vimeo

What Trungpa Rinpoche Accomplished

Khyentse Yangsi Rinpoche reflects on Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche's life and teachings
Mathieu Ricard

Inappropriate to behave in an ordinary way

Whatever you do—walking, eating, sitting, and so forth—abandon laziness, indolence, apathy, negligence, and distraction. Master the habitual patterns that make you resist any change in your body, speech, and mind, even in the most insignificant activities. Once you have embarked on the path of liberation, it is inappropriate to behave in an ordinary way: observe your mind all the time with vigilance and lucidity. If you have committed a negative act, regret it and promise never to do it again. Be glad if you have committed none. ~ Shechen Gyaltsab Padma Namgyal
Medium

Final Heart Advice

from TSELE NATSOK RANGDROL Born 1608 Tibet

YouTube

The Dalai Lama on Capitalism,
Socialism, and Income Inequality

Tenzin Gyatso, the 14th Dalai Lama of Tibet, gives his perspective on macro-economics.
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…
42FLOORS

Cargo Cults

So let me tell you a little story about Papua New Guinea. Located in the southwest Pacific, Papua New Guinea had been, for most of its existence...
NY Books

The Illusions of Psychiatry

The pharmaceutical industry influences psychiatrists to prescribe psychoactive drugs even for categories of patients in whom the drugs have not been found safe and effective. What should be of greatest concern for Americans is the astonishing rise…
NEWSTATESMAN

How science
is telling us all to revolt

By Naomi Klein. // Is our relentless quest for economic growth killing the planet? Climate scientists have seen the data – and they are coming to some incendiary conclusions.

QM

How Nature Solves Problems Through Computation

The evolutionary biologist Jessica Flack seeks the computational rules that groups of organisms use to solve problems.
Facebook

God mode on samsara

Absolute bodhichitta (and the endless merit accumulation it entails) must be the god mode cheat code of samsara. You still can play the game, but it is not really playing, is it?
RawStory

Ayn Rand is the disease

A clinical psychologist explains how Ayn Rand seduced young minds and helped turn the US into a selfish nation
BOSTON

Broken lives of Fukushima

In 2011 a massive earthquake and tsunami wrecked the Fukushima nuclear plant, resulting in a meltdown that became the world's worst atomic crisis in 25 years. About 160,000 people living near the plant were ordered to move out and the…

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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