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«Intentions do matter.»
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Légalité (variable) n'est pas moralité

Visiblement, la France continue son retour en arrière judiciaire… Délit d'intention, surveillance de masse, procédures supposées "contradictoires" mais avec juge et partie identique, absence pratique de recours en cas d'abus, État policier sans contrôle judiciaire (donc principe de séparation des pouvoirs passé à la trappe), principe de précaution à géométrie variable… tout en prétendant qu' il suffit que ce soit légal (ou même simplement pas explicitement illégal) pour être moral —erreur de base en philosophie ! Une majorité de candidats au bac le sait, mais l'électeur moyen l'a oublié !

Les risques de telles dérives sont compris, et supposément dépassés, depuis l'abolition de la chasse aux sorcières, et la fin de l'inquisition… On est en plein retour au Moyen-Âge, mais tout le monde s'en fout. Tout comme au Moyen-Âge la foule était heureuse de voir des sorcières pendues ou noyées, le peuple actuel tombe dans l'indifférence et le repli sur soi.

Et ce n'est pas simplement par inattention… puisque la presse, la Cour européenne des droits de l’homme, le Défenseur des droits français, le Conseil d'État et le Conseil constitutionnel expriment et vont continuer d'exprimer des réserves, des mises en garde contre les excès, des censures, etc.

Mais non, nouveau président supposément intelligent et brillant, nouveau gouvernement et quelle démarche ? « Soyons de gros bœufs, ça plait au peuple ! »

Impossible politiquement de sortir de la logique, alors même que l'efficacité de toutes ces mesures répressives n'a jamais été démontrée, que vigipirate n'a jamais servi à rien sauf à installer depuis 1995 (!) l'armée dans l'espace public et la confusion entre guerre et paix (ça permet de vendre des armes dans le golf, sans se poser trop de questions ?)… Au moindre incident par une poignée de malades mentaux, certains bien-pensants pousseraient immédiatement des cris, dénonçant le "scandale" de la fin de mesures qui ne servaient pourtant à rien, qui n'auraient en rien empêché ledit incident, et ces cris ne seraient pas pour protéger les français mais simplement par ambition personnelle, tout le monde le sait… Mais le peuple continue malgré tout d'avaler les attaques contre la liberté comme si cela allait de soi ; « France, pays des droits de l'Homme » ? Bonne blague !

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Seeing, and accepting, things as they are

"Seeing things as they are" is another way of describing the disappearance of veils over reality, of distortions that blind us… of describing the "cessation of ignorance", also known as Awakening. But it's regularly misunderstood, in one of these ways that make Buddhism look like a pessimistic path.

Recently, I was asked to comment on a remark, which essentially asserted that wanting something amounts to not accepting things as they are, which is bad, so 'wanting' is bad. And 'wanting' is supposedly unwholesome if it's future-oriented, karma-creating (by putting things in motion), and/or manipulative (engaging with reality to change it).

The problem with such a remark is that one cannot reasonably speak of seeing, let alone accepting, "things as they are"… just to then reject 'wanting' as bad. 'Wanting', if present, is included in the things! And even if one asserts that's it's conditioned by ignorance (which is an easier assumption to make "in general" than to show "in the specific situation at hand"), then ignorance itself is included in the things, and the denial of ignorance is not a promising strategy!


From a Buddhist perspective, the rejection of 'wanting' amounts to a lack of compassion: « oh you're not a buddha yet? Well, it's unacceptable to be any lesser being… » Most depressing message ever; and way too much aversion for imperfections!

Seeing things as they are is tied to the cessation of ignorance, which is itself tied to the cessation of lust and of aversion. Aversion against 'wanting' is a sign of not seeing things as they are: conditioned, unfolding, leading to dukkha maybe but also providing lessons along the way…

The classic case asserts that it's OK to want Awakening, but it's not just some self-serving fallacies, as if magically the general judgement didn't apply to whatever the 'religion' defines as 'good'! It's deeper than that: it's OK to see your karma come to fruition; it's OK to be a practitioner on the path, or crossing, not yet on the other shore; it's OK to make mistakes, even if one might hope you'll pay attention enough to learn from them; do your best, for sure, but your best is conditioned and if you're to cultivate unconditioned compassion for others, you also need to learn to accept your own flaws (and to let them go, as in: to realise that your flaws are not your 'essence', and they don't prevent you from trying again and again, they don't prevent you from cultivating qualities… in fact, they rarely prevent you from amending, at least partially, what you've done).

If future-oriented, manipulating reality, or setting tendencies and views into motion (karma) were inherently unwholesome, then the Buddha shouldn't have taught… Apparently, teaching wholesome views would be unwholesome ;-)


But "accepting things as they are" is neither static nor passive, and it doesn't imply not to wish things to be different… It does not mean "everything is perfect as it is, get used to it" (crimes, terrorism, exploitations of fellow humans, depletions of resources…).


I tend to explain this with the analogy of a map.

It's all very well to know where your destination (let's say 'buddhahood') is on the map… but it's relatively pointless if you don't know as well where you currently are! Once you know where you are, then and only then the map becomes useful / helpful, to reach your destination.

"Seeing things as they are" is knowing where you are. It does not equate having reached your destination, it does not posit that it's bad to aim for a destination.

"Accepting things as they are" —or being at peace (nibbana) with things as they are— is about relinquishing the wishful thinking that it'd be better if you were to start your journey from somewhere else: you're starting from where you are, convenient vs. inconvenient is irrelevant… now, get moving (just like the Buddha got into teaching)!


See also http://www.koan.mu/gplus/iHfe1Jgx9ZM

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How to stop polluting our lives?
July 22nd–23rd, 2017

The theory of kamma primarily describes how our present acts will pollute our future. How did the Buddha introduce it?

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Comment arrêter de se polluer la vie ?
24–25 juin 2017

La théorie du kamma décrit avant tout comment nos actes présents vont polluer notre avenir. Comment le Bouddha l'a-t-il présentée ?

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In today’s video I share some practical wisdom I learned from the Buddhist teacher, Ajahn Brahm, which has helped me numerous times in my life when I have had to go through difficult or challenging situations.

I mean, let’s face it, our lives are full of constant challenges; we are always having to do things that we don’t enjoy. Whether it’s going to a job we’re not passionate about, or anything that brings up a lot of resistance in our mind.

So in this video I share with you this wonderful wisdom that we can apply to our life to help us find some peace and happiness, even when our days are filled with seemingly unpleasant experiences.


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« Life is uncertain. We never know what happens next. And yet, despite uncertainty, we continue to search for a place to rest. Trying to find security in a fluid and changing world defines our struggle as human beings — our predicament. »
— Elizabeth Mattis Namgyel, "The Power of An Open Question"

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Watch your "ordinary" mind, now, in your "ordinary" life, with all its unnecessary drama, not just when you're "practising"!

To know just how WILD a mind can get, even the most perfectly "ordinary" mind, all you have to do is to set your own mind free… and watch!

You may not recognise yourself! That's part of setting your mind free… free from yourself, from your past, from your well-planned future on its well-identified track, from your bourgeois / comfortable / predictable life…

You might grow, or you might crash, but you will for sure learn… learn a lot more than by clinging to prejudices and certainties about how life 'should' be: there's no learning while knowledge is fixed!

But since you cannot read the mind of anyone else, how else would you learn about the mind's functioning?

How else would you learn about freedom, about yourself, about engaging with the ineffable richness of experience, or about taking responsibility in a complicated world (which stubbornly refuses to comply to your wishes)?

And how useful would it be, anyway, to know how another mind functions, but not your own? Can you really assume all minds work in the exact same way?

So watching your own mind go wild, when freed from its 'little boxes' and preconceptions, is a path of learning. Going wild without paying attention to the show would most likely be pointless, but going wild 'mindfully' might be the fastest way to learn… Scary as hell, but fast ;P

This is the basis of Buddhist tantra: watching your mind while letting it function 'naturally'… without judging its craziness or imperfections.

In order to lead an 'awakened' life, the politically-correct, society-adjusted, orthodox teacher would suggest that you discipline your mind, make it pliant, cleanse it from all impurities in a systematic fashion, meditate, cultivate wholesome qualities like generosity… but can you really 'fix' your mind without understanding it first? If you work systematically, in fact, yes, you can! But it might take a long time; how long have you got? Do you know when you'll die? No? So… watch your "ordinary" mind, now, in your "ordinary" life, with all its unnecessary drama, not just when you're "practising"!


[ Note: watching your mind go wild doesn't necessarily imply acting it out, neither in speech nor in bodily action… At times, it may imply so, or benefit from doing so, in order to explore the 'unfolding', but be warned: that's a hard path to walk, because the feedback from the world might be pretty violent, and you cannot complain or close down, as you asked for feedback when you set this wheel in motion! ]

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Zen Master Nan-yueh Huai-jang, Abbot of the Po-je Temple, noticed a young man meditating in the main shrine every afternoon. Huai-jang asked him kindly, "My friend, what are you doing here?"

The young man obviously did not like being disturbed and reluctantly answered, "Sitting in meditation."

"Why are you sitting in meditation?" asked Huai-jang again.

Quite perturbed, he nevertheless replied, "To become a Buddha!"

The Master continued to pursue his questioning in a kind manner, "How can you become a Buddha by sitting in meditation?"

This time, the bound man ignored the question to show his disdain for the talkative old monk.

Since Huai-jang could not attract the young man's attention by talking, he found a brick and began to rub it on the floor while sitting nearly. In the days that followed, whenever the young man came to meditate. Master Nan-yueh would return to his task of rubbing the brick. Finally, the young man could no longer suppress his curiosity and inquired, "What are you doing here every day, if I may ask?"

"Polishing the brick." Huai-jang declared.

"Why?" he queried.

"To make it into a mirror," replied Huai-jang.

"How can you turn the brick into a mirror?" the young man asked.

"If the brick can't become a mirror by being polished, how can you become a Buddha by meditating?"


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