Wednesday, August 07, 2019

Redemption

I try to read at the park sometimes, but I need to keep an eye on my daughter and sometimes it's just too many interruptions. I've been not taking a book to the park and not looking at my phone, and I guess I get to reflecting. Had 2 thoughts today.



1. I remember a while back when Brit Hume said that Buddhism doesn't have redemption. There is a Buddhist text on redemption but it certainly doesn't buy into the hooey that Hume was thinking about, like you get to go to heaven if you're done a little good and repent or whatever. When it all went down I saw a celebrity Buddhist say he thought Buddhism had redemption.

I would say that Buddhism is more focused on preventing negative actions that would need redemption. Angulimala has some making up for murder to be done. Humans can really turn it around and that is an amazing thing.

Redemption is a good idea. It bubbles up from true remorse and the desire to try and right wrongs. Why not try to focus on trying to make up for mistakes.

Plus it helps you realize that there are a lot of things that can't be undone. Not to put more pressure on people, but as an extra incentive to be careful and thoughtful.


2. The neutral stage of metta is the hardest and most useful. If we don't love or hate someone, it's easy to drift away. This stage challenges us most to push for metta to someone who isn't in our grid of like or hate.

Metta isn't about thinking, it's about spreading a feeling further if possible. Provoking a positive mental state into new areas. Thought and feelings go together, so you can't separate them.

Tuesday, August 06, 2019

Joy synonyms



amusement
bliss
charm
cheer
comfort
delight
elation
glee
humor
pride
satisfaction
wonder
alleviation
animation
delectation
diversion
ecstasy
exultation
exulting
felicity
festivity
frolic
fruition
gaiety
gem
gladness
gratification
hilarity
indulgence
jewel
jubilance
liveliness
luxury
merriment
mirth
prize
rapture
ravishment
refreshment
rejoicing
revelry
solace
sport
transport
treasure
treat
good humor
pride and joy
regalement

Monday, August 05, 2019

Stephen Batchelor quote

"I see the aim of Buddhist practice to be not the attainment of a final nirvana but rather the moment-to-moment flourishing of human life within the ethical framework of the Eightfold Path here on earth." from Tricycle.

That is in part based on his rejection of rebirth, of which he states: "Given what is known about the biological evolution of human beings, the emergence of self-awareness and language, the sublime complexity of the brain, and the embeddedness of such creatures in the fragile biosphere that envelops this planet, I cannot understand how after physical death there can be continuity of any personal consciousness or self, propelled by the unrelenting force of acts (karma) committed in this or previous lives."

Also in article:

Edward Conze drew the conclusion that “Buddhism hasn’t had an original idea in a thousand years.”

And

"Western enthusiasm for things Buddhist may still be a Romantic projection of our yearnings for truth and holiness onto those distant places and peoples about which we know the least."

And

"It [secular Buddhism] is neither a reformed Theravada Buddhism (like the Vipassana movement), a reformed Tibetan tradition (like Shambhala Buddhism), a reformed Nichiren school (like the Soka Gakkai), a reformed Zen lineage (like the Order of Interbeing) nor a reformed hybrid of some or all of the above (like the Triratna Order, formerly the Friends of the Western Buddhist Order)"

And

"It is in this sense that my secular Buddhism still has a religious quality to it, because it is the conscious expression of my “ultimate concern”—as the theologian Paul Tillich once defined “faith.”"

There's much more in the article, but I've quoted enough. Quite appealing to me.

Wednesday, July 31, 2019

John 13:35

Compare translations:

KJ21 By this shall all men know that ye are My disciples: if ye have love one for another.”
ASV By this shall all men know that ye are my disciples, if ye have love one to another.
AMP By this everyone will know that you are My disciples, if you have love and unselfish concern for one another.”
AMPC By this shall all [men] know that you are My disciples, if you love one another [if you keep on showing love among yourselves].
BRG By this shall all men know that ye are my disciples, if ye have love one to another.
CSB By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.”
CEB This is how everyone will know that you are my disciples, when you love each other.”
CJB Everyone will know that you are my talmidim by the fact that you have love for each other.”
CEV If you love each other, everyone will know that you are my disciples.
DARBY By this shall all know that ye are disciples of mine, if ye have love amongst yourselves.
DLNT By this everyone will know that you are disciples to Me: if you are having love in-the-case-of  one another”.
DRA By this shall all men know that you are my disciples, if you have love one for another.
ERV All people will know that you are my followers if you love each other.”
EHV By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.”
ESV By this all people will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.”
ESVUK By this all people will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.”
EXB All people will know that you are my ·followers [disciples] if you love ·each other [T one another].”
GNV By this shall all men know, that ye are my disciples, if ye have love one to another.
GW Everyone will know that you are my disciples because of your love for each other.”
GNT If you have love for one another, then everyone will know that you are my disciples.”
HCSB By this all people will know that you are My disciples, if you have love for one another.”
ICB All people will know that you are my followers if you love each other.”
ISV This is how everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.”
PHILLIPS When he had gone, Jesus spoke, “Now comes the glory of the Son of Man, and the glory of God in him! If God is glorified through him then God will glorify the Son of Man—and that without delay. Oh, my children, I am with you such a short time! You will look for me and I have to tell you as I told the Jews, ‘Where I am going, you cannot follow.’ Now I am giving you a new command—love one another. Just as I have loved you, so you must love one another. This is how all men will know that you are my disciples, because you have such love for one another.”
JUB By this shall everyone know that ye are my disciples, if ye have love one to another.
KJV By this shall all men know that ye are my disciples, if ye have love one to another.
AKJV By this shall all men know that ye are my disciples, if ye have love one to another.
LEB By this everyone will know that you are my disciples—if you have love for one another.”
TLB Your strong love for each other will prove to the world that you are my disciples.”
MSG “Let me give you a new command: Love one another. In the same way I loved you, you love one another. This is how everyone will recognize that you are my disciples—when they see the love you have for each other.”
MEV By this all men will know that you are My disciples, if you have love for one another.”
MOUNCE By this all people will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.”
NOG Everyone will know that you are my disciples because of your love for each other.”
NABRE This is how all will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.”
NASB By this all men will know that you are My disciples, if you have love for one another.”
NCV All people will know that you are my followers if you love each other.”
NET Everyone will know by this that you are my disciples—if you have love for one another.”
NIRV If you love one another, everyone will know you are my disciples.”
NIV By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.”
NIVUK By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.’
NKJV By this all will know that you are My disciples, if you have love for one another.”
NLV If you love each other, all men will know you are My followers.”
NLT Your love for one another will prove to the world that you are my disciples.”
NMB By this shall all men know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.
NRSV By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.”
NRSVA By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.’
NRSVACE By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.’
NRSVCE By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.”
NTE This is how everybody will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for each other.’
OJB By this will kol Bnei Adam have da’as that my talmidim you are, if ahavah you have one for the other.
TPT For when you demonstrate the same love I have for you by loving one another, everyone will know that you’re my true followers.”
RSV By this all men will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.”
RSVCE By this all men will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.”
TLV By this all will know that you are My disciples, if you have love for one another.”
VOICE Everyone will know you as My followers if you demonstrate your love to others.
WEB By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.”
WE This is how all people will know that you are my disciples.'
WYC In this thing all men shall know, that ye be my disciples, if ye have love together.
YLT in this shall all know that ye are my disciples, if ye may have love one to another.'

Sunday, July 28, 2019

Possession



Not sure what book this is from, got it off Reddit, but I thought it was interesting. Reminds me of doing the 6 element practice.

Wednesday, July 17, 2019

Pearls of Winter



Lisa J. Jisa has written Pearls of Winter (Goodreads). I went to high school with Lisa and she's a friend. We often have spiritual discussions and swap links. She is a Christian and believes God is love. She can see the problems with certain churches and religions and is not a fundamentalist or anything like that. I find interfaith discussion important. In the past she wrote for her newspaper in Arizona. Check out her book.