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Denis Wallez
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Waiting for this photo to be considered 'unfit' and 'alarming' by the many French politicians who continue to (pretend to) think that religious symbols and veils and modesty on the beach are signs of oppression of women… and that there's nothing more urgent and crucial (if you care about terrorism, or about the cause of women…) than to ban such signs.

There's been a lot of pictures of nuns by the sea, but it's not just nuns who come with symbols by way of clothing, and veils…
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I've always thought "Catholic wedding" when seeing traditional wedding gowns and veils, I hadn't actually considered that people of all religions would wear them. Is that actually so, today? 
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Pour notre chroniqueur, l’obligation faite aux musulmanes de se dévoiler sur les plages françaises et de se voiler au Maroc est une même atteinte à leur liberté.
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Mercie beaucoup je vous souhaite une bonne journée de joie
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Still a few more days to register to the French version of "Developing mindfulness in daily life", on the 10th and 11th September 2016!
Cf. http://en.dharma.house/retreats/retreat4.htm

Testimonies from previous participants are available at http://en.dharma.house/testimonies.htm

Other retreats, up to Christmas, are now also open for registrations: http://en.dharma.house/retreats.htm
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« And what this shows is that, even if you can back up a decision with compelling and reasonable-sounding arguments, it doesn’t mean it isn’t ridiculous. Like banning a bathing suit. »
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The next thing In discussion is body hair. Government already has restrictions on beard, they can start scanning other parts of the bodily hair. It will give them something to do.

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Dzongsar Khyentse Rinpoche holds no punches in this extensive call for reform in a central practice of Tibetan Buddhism.
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Thanks for the link! :-)
Watched it and loved it. I think I've seen it before, but forgotten it; I noticed I had "liked it previously. So the re-watch was good. My brain does that these days..
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This year we'll use the resources of 1.6 Earths.
By 8 August, we had already used up all the Earth's resources for the year.
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+BupSahn Sunim​​​​​ - I prefer Wikipedia's definition: "Economics is a social science concerned with the factors that determine the production, distribution, and consumption of goods and services." [1]

As Marx observed, the "relations of production" - the social relationships that people must enter into, in order to survive, to produce and reproduce their means of life, are never truly voluntary [2]. Nor are they ever truly harmless, I would add. Not only are there unequal power relationships between producers and consumers (or buyers and sellers) but our economic activities also displace and destroy countless non-humans who are incapable of consenting or dissenting.
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[1] https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Economics

[2] https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Relations_of_production
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The Distortions We Bring To The Study of Buddhism
by Dzongsar Jamyang Khyentse Rinpoche

Transplanting anything from a foreign culture is a difficult process which may corrupt what is being imported. Buddhism is certainly no exception; in fact, among imported foreign goods, dharma is perhaps the most prone to corruption. Initially, to understand dharma even on an intellectual level is not at all simple. Then once we have some understanding, to put dharma into practice is even more subtle, because it requires that we go beyond our habitual patterns. Intellectually, we may recognise how our narrow-minded habits have brought about our own cycle of suffering, but at the same time we may also be afraid to engage wholeheartedly in the process of liberating these habits of ours.

More reading here: http://buddquotefortheday.blogspot.com/2016/08/the-distortions-we-bring-to-study-of_28.html
The Distortions We Bring To The Study of Buddhism by Dzongsar Jamyang Khyentse Rinpoche Transplanting anything from a foreign culture is a difficult process which may corrupt what is being imported. Buddhism is certainly ...
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That was brilliant :)

Thanks for sharing it +Denis Wallez​​
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L’ordonnance du Conseil d’Etat précise que « l’arrêté litigieux a ainsi porté une atteinte grave et manifestement illégale aux libertés fondamentales que sont la liberté d’aller et venir, la liberté de conscience et la liberté personnelle. »


Il aura fallu attendre / atteindre le conseil d'État, avant que la raison se fasse enfin entendre?

Pour défendre nos valeurs, contre ceux qui détournent le mot "valeurs" pour simplement dissimuler leur racisme…

Pour rejeter la logique stupide qui consiste à empêcher les victimes du racisme/sexisme de sortir, au nom de les protéger contre le racisme/sexisme —une logique à l'envers qui justifie aussi d'enfermer les femmes pour les protéger des prédateurs, de blâmer les victimes de violence par leur tenues trop courtes, etc. Il faut condamner le raciste/sexiste/agresseur, pour trouble à l'ordre social, pas sa victime!


Et notre premier ministre (tout comme notre président précédent, candidat à la prochaine présidentielle???), supposé de gauche, trouvait que l'arrêté était acceptable?
Après l'état d'urgence qui a plus servi à arrêter les militants écologiques lors de la COP21 que les terroristes, il ne nous en ratera pas une seule, celui-là!
Tout comme le pire président que la Ve République ait connu, bien sûr (et qui pense quand même avoir des chances d'être réélu???).

Pour combattre le terrorisme, focalisons-nous sur la police des mœurs et du vestimentaire? Suivons l'exemple de l'Iran? Le ridicule ne tue pas.
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Monk (woman) toilet in mandalay river, Myanmar A bhikkhuni is a fully ordained female Buddhist monastic. © Eric Lafforgue www.ericlafforgue.com
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Mais il est très très grave, notre premier ministre ! La honte !

Après le rappel à l'ordre par le Conseil d'État, Valls déclare : « Dénoncer le burkini, ce n’est en aucun cas mettre en cause une liberté individuelle. Il n’y a pas de liberté qui enferme les femmes ! C’est dénoncer un islamisme mortifère, rétrograde. »

Mais il est très très grave, ce monsieur !

Dénoncer le burkini, ce n'est pas éduquer. Ce n'est pas non plus créer des conditions d'émancipation pour les femmes qui subiraient des pressions.

On ne "libère" pas les femmes par la force, en leur imposant de se trouver entre enclume étatique et marteau religieux.

S'il veut s'attaquer à des pressions "rétrogrades" (comme si imposer un code vestimentaire aux seules musulmanes était progressiste ?), ce n'est pas les femmes qu'il faut mettre sous plus de pressions !

On ne s'attaque pas aux victimes pour "libérer" !


Et puis, dans le genre pressions rétrogrades, il pourrait s'attaquer à nombre de messages publicitaires. Ah non ? Là, c'est progressiste, parce que c'est bon pour le business ? Les pub de lessives et de produits ménagers qui s'adressent en premier aux femmes, ça c'est moderne, pas rétrograde du tout… Laïcité à géométrie variable, dignité à géométrie variable ? Foutage de gueule d'un politique minable et irrespectueux de nos lois, de nos valeurs, de nos fondements (qui incluent un renoncement à la chasse aux sorcières, une chasse qui caractérisait l'inquisition, pas les Lumières !).
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Encore quelques jours pour s'inscrire à la version française de "Developing mindfulness in daily life" les 10 et 11 septembre!

Cf. http://fr.dharma.house/retreats/retreat4.htm

Les témoignages (majoritairement en anglais) de participants précédents sont disponibles à http://fr.dharma.house/testimonies.htm

À noter que les autres retraites, jusqu'à Noël, sont désormais ouvertes pour les inscriptions: http://fr.dharma.house/retreats.htm
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When the eightfold path is presented in 3 subgroups, it is traditionally introduced as "virtue, meditation, wisdom" (virtue = action, speech, livelihood; meditation = effort, concentration, mindfulness; wisdom = view, intention)… and it is explained that the virtuous or ethical life serves as the wholesome foundation for a successful practice of meditation…

It is doubtful that meditation without changing practical aspects of one's life leads to much benefit. A bit of calm is not to be criticised, but insights are meant to unfold into practical changes, practical renunciations, practical cultivations… Without the unfolding, the path is aborted right after its inception by the insight.


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The mindfulness technique is being blindly sold and we are buying it hook line and sinker.
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In an information age meditation is too useful to not become productized, yet it can cause a conflict with social engineering. Fascinating topic.
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Daily Words of the Buddha for August 21, 2016

Sabbe tasanti daṇḍassa.
Sabbesaṃ jīvitaṃ piyaṃ.
Attānaṃ upamaṃ katvā;
na haneyya na ghātaye.

Listen: http://host.pariyatti.org/dwob/dhammapada_10_130.mp3

All tremble at punishment.
Life is dear to all.
Put yourself in the place of others;
kill none nor have another killed.

Dhammapada 10.130
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  • International Buddhist College
    M.A. in Buddhist Studies (award for academic excellence), 2012 - 2015
    Theravāda Buddhism, History of Indian Buddhism, Mahāyāna Buddhism, Buddhism and Society, Lamrim Chenmo, Buddhism In Japan, Theravāda Abhidhamma, Chinese Buddhist Thought, Bodhisattva Ideal, Buddhist Psychotherapy, Survey of the Doctrines of the Abhidharma Schools — independent research on "Japanese Buddhism in the Tale of Genji".
  • Chartered Institute for Securities & Investments
    Certificates in Securities & in Derivatives + annual CPD certificates, 2007 - 2012
    FSA-approved Financial Advisor + individual charter (2009–2012)
  • Armée de l'air
    Certificat d'Aptitude Militaire, 2000
    Sergent (R)
  • École Nationale Supérieure des Télécommunications de Bretagne
    M.Sc. in Telecommunications (ingénieur Grande École), 1993 - 1996
    Computer science (major in «Parallel and Distributed Computing»), maths, physics, economics, foreign languages (fluent: English, Spanish) + options (Japanese language, art history).
  • Lycée du Parc, Lyon
    Math'Sup' & Math'spé' M, 1991 - 1993
    major in mathematics; minor in physics — ∫ x.dx = 3/2
  • Lycée Lumière, Lyon
    Baccalauréat C, 1991
    majors in mathematics & physics; minor in biology
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For the time being, my g+ posts are voluntarily limited to Buddhism (as an Eastern mix of philosophy and psychology, not so much as a religion). However, in relation to Buddhism, nothing is considered off-limits!
My primary take on Buddhism is «Might as well be happy, since we're here!» The secondary take addresses how we can cease dissatisfaction in practical terms (considering that mundane life is not an obstacle to the dharma).

Given my other interests and experiences, I might however comment —sometimes at length— on others' posts regarding investment banking, economics, economic policies, politics; computer science, networks; philosophy, psychology;  typography, photography, sculpture; aikido, iaido; music; argentinian tango dancing…

To search through my content, it can be helpful to use the search box at koan.. My energy currently is directed toward opening the bricks-and-mortar manifestation of this endeavour, called dharma house: a face-to-face setup hopefully better suited for an active participation than the passive, TV-like, social media 'streams'.


Some popular original posts included:

The most commented-upon post is: Vegetarianism and lay buddhists
The second most commented-upon post is: Porn

The popular «meditation» series is now accessible via koan.mu/meditation.htm

The «karmic continuation» series is: 1. Capitalism, 2. Dualistic views, 3. "The end justifies the means", 4. Arms race, 5. News (Newtown, MA)

The «Christianity and Zen Buddhism» series: part 1 with annexpart 2part 3 and part 4


I am not a big fan of clinging, and so I quite naturally reject "clinging to traditional translations because they're classical." This includes the usual translation of the four noble truths (classic presentation): cf. the four tasks of the noble one, cf. life is pleasurable and ordinary minds can't get enough of it, cf. "on clinging to a particular translation of the 'four noble truths'."
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Buddhist teacher, philosopher and counsellor
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Listening & responding with compassion, loving-kindness, sympathetic joy and equanimity… Cutting through veils of ignorance (notably ignorance of logic and of causality)
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  • dharma.house
    teacher, philosopher and counsellor, 2016 - present
    The bricks-and-mortar continuation of koan.無! Founded in 2016, it enables deeper and further ways to practice. [http://dharma.house]
  • koan.無
    teacher, philosopher and counsellor, 2011 - present
    Many different labels (teacher, ajahn, 師傅, गुरु, 先生, sir…), only one function: transmission of knowledge and tools, to support further enquiry! Learning never stops. [http://koan.mu]
  • various banks
    investment banker, 1996 - 2012
    Quant'; Head of "R&D"; Head of "model risk"; Trader; Product development lead… but also mentor, coach, trainer, teacher, volunteer, first aider…
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Lyon - Plouzané (France) - Budapest (Hungary) - Paris (France) - Bruxelles (Belgium) - London (United Kingdom) - Chennai (India)
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