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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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If you like this teacher, +Terry Lightfoot, I strongly recommend watching if you haven't already.

In my view, Dzongsar Khyentse Rinpoche is among the top teachers currently alive.
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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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Finally, the Karmapa cautioned against complacency. There is always the danger that we will fool ourselves into believing that we are Buddhist practitioners when we are not.

The difference between the Foundational Vehicle and the Mahayana is not a question of lesser or greater value between the two, he explained, but rather a question of our own capacity to practice the Dharma, and how much responsibility we are able to assume. If we are unable to carry all the responsibility of the Mahayana, we should practice the Foundational Vehicle. And even that is too difficult for many people.

Dharma practice is not about external appearances but about what is happening in our minds. Referring to a popular Chinese text, the Diamond Cutter Sutra, His Holiness pointed out that though this is classified as a Mahayana sutra, whether it becomes a Mahayana practice or not will depend on the state of mind of the individual.

“Whether we are Hinayana, Mahayana or even Buddhist, depends on the state of our mind when we practice and not on the texts we use,” he commented. ”We need to continually correct and revise our minds and examine ourselves.”

~Karmapa: Love and Compassion - Transforming our Relationships for the Better
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There are always problems to face, but it makes a difference if our minds are calm. On the surface we may get upset, but it makes a difference if we are able to stay calm in the depths of our minds.
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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.


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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+Denis Wallez well said, I could not agree more.
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what is tantra?

[image: © Jhamsang, "Total Transformation of the Buddha"]
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sex, weirdness and… associated excuses
rare, 'secret' rituals and practices
facing one's deepest fears
realising the unity of sacred & mundane
a fast, risky, all-or-nothing plunge
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Rare is the person who actually engages in ethical deliberation regarding their diet.

"We act as though we carefully deliberated and came to this or that conclusion, but really the process works in reverse. We develop a moral belief for whatever reason, and then build a rationalization around it, like some pretty but flimsy facade."
Would you eat an alien species called a trablan? What if it was dumb as heck?
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+Cameron Brickey, I teach that veganism is often a form of 'righteousness' (feeling superior to other humans, more than protecting other beings), and that one should be extremely mindful of intentions behind it.

I also teach that if one cares about sentient beings, one ought to focus on 'waste' in the wealthier societies… Even wasting vegetables is wasting resources that could have been wholesomely used by other beings. Veganism doesn't automatically protect against that: paying attention to waste does!

I don't teach black & white conclusions, and I explained some details in the post (and comment thread, 164 comments so far) of
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Karma is about tendencies… karma is also a root of ignorance… This great video (8'26'') explains why, without buddhist terms! It also makes clear why "right effort" is integral to a path of cessation of ignorance…

And in this time when even 'clever' people start asserting ignorant, selfish, racist, sexist bullshit and voting for the most stupid politicians ever seen just by virtue of noise level (from Brexit to Trump), it might be time to discern when to use certain modes of thinking / processing and when to refrain from doing so.

And of course, whose opinions are most familiar to you? Your own! And who do you think is right, by default, whenever a disagreement arises? No self-serving bias there, at all ;-)

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Just found a 'buddhist' website stealing content… then asking for dana for themselves (of course not for the people they siphoned content from)… while lying about asking for permission from content creators.

Taking what is not given, and speaking falsely.

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+Denis Wallez Sometimes I wonder if the internet is all second arrows :)
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Notre chroniqueur Laurent Bigot se demande si la France – et l’Occident – est capable pour la paix des mêmes efforts que pour la guerre.
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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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«Intentions do matter.»
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

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'."
Buddhist teacher, philosopher and counsellor
Listening & responding with compassion, loving-kindness, sympathetic joy and equanimity… Cutting through veils of ignorance (notably ignorance of logic and of causality)
    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. []
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    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. []
  • 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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