Keeping Your Cool in the Chaos. Another book with an inspiring title. It took me 3 chapters to recognize that the books sucks, well I did read the whole book just to see if it would start to suck more. Fuck, why are all those Americans so paranoid ? well most off them seem to me pretty Angst driven in their daily life. Why Why would somebody who writes a book about Dharma (compassion), wants to talk so much about violence, terror and the like ? Is Mister Angst trying to cool him self down ? You create your own environment, roughly speaking in a Buddhist mindset. Basically this book is as with Mister Dharma Punx book an ego trip. “Look how enlighten and Nirvanaminded I am. I deal with my little world in a Buddhist Way”. Fuck, go and tell that to the people in the Middle east, or preach on a market in Baghdad for 15 minutes then talk about “Keeping Your Cool in the Chaos”. What Chaos is mister Angst talking about then ? Stress at the Mac Donalds counter ?.
The Dharma goes one step further and suggests that the ultimate recognition is to realize there is no “I” at all, that “I” is a construct of the mind.
What is the answer when we ask ourselves the age-old question “Who am I?” Are we our education? Our beliefs? Our jobs? Our families? Our thoughts? Society would say yes. But is it true? This is one of the main inquiries of this book.
The Dharma says we are not any of these things. We are not the small self, the little “me, me, me” of conditioned personality imprisoned by our attachment to and identification with people, experiences, and material possessions.
If we are not the small self with its constant striving, filled with desires and fears, thinking constantly about acquiring and then protecting what we have acquired, what is the truth of who we are?
We will get to that. But first we must take a long, deep look at who we have been trained to be.
Well Mister Angst has some training and work todo then.
At Amazon: City Dharma: Keeping Your Cool in the Chaos
Several weeks ago I digged into Dharma-Punk, the book from Noah Levine . And what sounds like and is a great idea for a book and also for an educated mindtrip appears an ego ridden book.
Mister Levine should load the script in a texteditor and do a word count for the word “I” or “My”. Or do a “cat /home/noah/documents/mybook | grep “I” | wc -l ” when he is using some kind of unix.
(Excerpt from an interview with Noah Levine) “Over the years I’ve come to see the intention or foundation of both punk rock and Buddhism as so similar, as being this energy of dissatisfaction. The Buddha was dissatisfied with the ordinary suffering of life and wanted to find freedom from that suffering. I think that the punk movement is founded on that same dissatisfaction—that all of this oppression and inequality and political corruption sucks!
So the first part of my life was focused on rebelling outwardly. As I’ve gotten involved in spiritual principles it feels very much like this inner rebellion—that outward dissatisfaction is a core dissatisfaction that’s in me—is turning that energy inward, to purifying the greed and hatred and delusion within myself, and doing what I can to alleviate it in the world and help others…”.
Buddhism is more then calling the yourself an “spiritual revolutionary,” Sure he has “wisdom” and “compassion” tattooed on his hands and images of Buddha and Krishna on his arms, but is that what counts ?
They sell the book at Amazon: Noah Levine – Dharma-Punk
The German Spiegel website is running an article about “straight edge”, a punk movement from the early eighties. Basically the Straight Edge idea’s are:
At least I can fucking think
I can’t keep up
Can’t keep up
Can’t keep up
Out of step with the world
These principles simply stand for respect for your own mind and body as well
as for the opposite sex and your fellows. A clear mind should allow humans to perceive the
world around them better and to recognice and to fight against deplorable
states of affairs in their social surroundings. This can be of ethic-moral,
ecologic or politic nature or can simply include problems from your very own
Interesting to see that a idealistic movement gets some attention after 20 Years,
specially in a time where most of the youngsters going mostly over the edge.
It took me 2 Days to read this nice Zen related book from Osho. In Zen: The Path of Paradox, Osho suggests Zen as a possible bridge between East and West, and between the scientific and the spiritual. “Without science,” Osho said, “the East has lost much; without meditation, the West has lost much. I am trying to bring together East and West, because together they will create the whole.” Osho encourages the reader to throw off the accumulated “knowing” of a lifetime–to let go of physical, mental, and emotional tensions, to relax into the flow of an extraordinary discourse and become receptive to the present moment and the potential within.
Two men were arguing about a flag flapping in the wind. “It’s the wind that is really moving,” stated the first one. “No, it is the flag that is moving,” contended the second. A Zen master, who happened to be walking by, overheard the debate and interrupted them. “Neither the flag nor the wind is moving,” he said, “It is MIND that moves.”
Tao is referred to in many ways in the Tao Te Ching. There are different shades of meanings in the various translations of this great work, which, with over 100 translations, is perhaps the most translated Chinese text in the English language. Here is one translation of the first stanza, describing Tao:
The Tao that can be told is not the eternal Tao;
The name that can be named is not the eternal name.
The nameless is the beginning of heaven and earth.
The named is the mother of ten thousand things.
Ever desireless, one can see the mystery.
Ever desiring, one can see the manifestations.
These two spring from the same source but differ in name;
this appears as darkness.
Darkness within darkness.
The gate to all mystery.
At Amazon: Tao Books
The concept of Tao is based upon the understanding that the only constant in the universe is change, (ie. I Ching, the “Book of Changes”) and that we must understand and be in harmony with this change. The change is a constant flow from non-being into being, potential into actual, yin into yang, female into male. The symbol of the Tao, called the Taijitu, is the yin yang confluently flowing into itself in a circle. More in Wikipedia or at the Amazon bookstore: Tao Books