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Journal: Bouddhisme engagé et actions justes - partie 1 - pourquoi agir ?

Journal by neutrino38

Préambule : tout ce qui suit ne peut pas Ãtre considéré comme enseignement. Il s'agit simplement de réflexions personelles sur la vie en générale et sur ma compréhension limitée du Dharma. Je suis un simple pratiquant et je m'excuse par avance des erreurs et imprécisions qui pourraient figurer dans ce texte.

La Voie (le Dharma) nous propose un chemin pour faire cesser la souffrance. C'est la quatriÃme noble vérité. Il s'agit d'apprendre à ne plus Ãtre atteint par la souffrance par un entraînement de l'esprit essentiellement basé sur la méditation. Une des caractéristique de la méditation et le "lÃcher prise" et le "non-agir" qui permet d'acquérir un calme intérieur et une lucidité mais aussi d'échapper progressivement à la loi des causes et conséquences (karma).

A force d'entrainement, la réalisation permet aux Bouddhas de se libérer de la vie ordinaire (samsara). Logiquement, un Ãtre réalisé serait incapable d'action, totalement transparent et heureux car la moindre de ses actions le re-lierait inévitablement au samsara et ses conséquences. On pourrait donc croire que la Voie nous enjoint à nous détacher du monde. Il n'en est rien car on tomberait alors dans l'indifférence qui l'un des trois poisons, causes de la souffrance.

Comment comprendre alors les mots d'action éveillée (ou juste), accomplies et bouddhisme engagé ?

La premiÃre observation est que le chemin de certains pratiquants consiste à s'en tenir exclusivement à l'entrainement par la méditation dans un cercle de pratique (sangha), de débarasser leur vie du superflu et de se tenir à l'écart des tentations. C'est le chemin proposé par la Voie des Anciens (Theravada). Cela conduit parfois à ce qu'un grand cercle de laÃques soutiennent matériellement financiÃrement, avec beaucoup de dévotion et de révérence, un sangha de moines qui, dégagés des obligations matérielles, cherchent par la pratique la réalisation à l'écart du monde. C'est la pratique ou la vie ordinaire mais pas les deux.

Ce chemin-là nous livre deux enseignements trÃs précieux :

  1. il faut commencer par faire le ménage chez soi avant toute chose. Vouloir sauver le monde en n'étant pas bien dans ses baskets est illusoire. Si l'on est en grande souffrance soit-mÃme, on doit d'abord s'occuper de soi. Sinon, on risque de "contaminer" ses propres actions à cause d'une vue faussée par notre propre souffrance.
  2. Au moment de mourir, on perd tout. Il faut savoir se dépouiller de ses biens et ses réussites avant de souffrir de leur attachement. Quelque que soit la noblesse et/ou la réussite dans nos actions, il nous faudra laisser cela derrirÃre nous.

Pourquoi agir alors ? Comment agir ?

Certains pratiquants ne se satisfont pas de cette démarche de réalisation centrée sur une Sangha. Cela choque notre sens de la justice et du bien commun. Pour ceux là (dont je fais partie), une pratique spirituelle ne peut Ãtre séparée de l'amélioration de la société. La Voie du Grand Véhicule (Mahayana) propose précisément de qu'une fois avoir acquis une certaine stabilité soi-mÃme, on commence à s'occuper des autre avec le but de soulager puis de supprimer la souffrance pour tous les vivants. Objectif immense à tel point qu'un de mes enseignants l'appelle Le Véhicule Démesuré.

Ce chemin nous propose une nouvelle figure : le boddhisatva. Si nous comparons la vie ordinaire à un labyrinthe, un Bouddha est un Ãtre qui a trouvé l'unique sortie. Il qui se tient au seuil et transmets ses instructions à ceux qui lui sont proches (ses disciples). Eux-mÃme
transmettent à leur tour aux gens un peu plus loin. Le bouddha ne peut bouger et sa mort est sa sortie définitive de labyrinthe.

Le bodhisattva est au seuil de la réalisation mais il garde un pied dans la vie ordinaire. Dans le labyrinthe, le bodhisattva a également trouvé la sortie mais il replonger volontairement pour guider des personnes plus loin en leur tenant la main ... quitte à se perdre à nouveau.. Il déploie son activité dite "éveillée" à l'intention de tous. Mieux il fait de l'action vers les autres son propre chemin d'éveil.

Pourquoi agit-il ? Car il a vaincu les voiles de l'indifférence et que sa clarté de vue va lui permettre de voir oà sont les vrais nécessités mais également d'évaluer instinctivement les conséquences des actions.

TrÃs trÃs inspirant! Je suis inspiré en tout cas et me considÃre comme aspirant bodhisattva. Le mot bouddhiste engagé est pour moi la traduction correcte d'aspirant boddhisattva. Quoi de plus inspirant que de voir Thich Nhat Anh faire la navette entre les vietnamien est les franÃais pendant la guerre du Vietnam ou l'actuel Dalai Lama - qui se dit simple moine refuser la violence et demander l'autonomie du Tibet. Mais plus encore, le fait de savoir qu'il existe un moyen d'agir à la fois pour son bien et celui des autres, concrÃtement et au quotidien est un puissant moteur dans ma vie.

Facile à dire ... mais comment fait-on concrÃtement ?

Suite au prochain épisode. En attendant, que tout vous soit propice.

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Journal: The Trolls 81

Journal by Tom

Wow, it's been 15 years but I've finally got my own personal troll! :-)

I must apologize to everyone I've ever called a troll now that I've seen a real one. Yeah, there are trollish comments, but this... it's a different league. If you ever wondered who these brain-damaged morons were who set up geocities homepages with blinking purple text on blue background with red dots in Comic Sans - that kind of different league.

Now it does make me wonder about trolls in general. Has there been a study on this? I really wonder if psychologists have tackled this because quite honestly, you cannot be mentally stable and post in this and this content at the same time. So I do wonder if trolls on the Internet (the real trolls, not the people occasionally posting something stupid) do have a mental problem. It definitely looks like it. Probably insecurity issues, definitely an exaggerated need for attention, might be related to borderline syndrome or schizoprenia.

And, of course, the Internet provides:

As someone who has had to deal with family members suffering from mental illness, let me tell you that it's not funny. So despite the fact that they are, in fact, obnoxious, aggravating assholes, these sad little fucks also need help and their miserable little existence is not something you'd want to trade for yours, no matter how much you think your life sucks. Trust me, with a mental illness on top, it'll suck more.

Obviously, we can't offer therapy to people who usually comment anonymously and will often go to great lengths to avoid being tracked down. What we can do, however, is get a better understanding for how they act this way (they can't help it, mental illness is stronger than your conscious mind) and that the best thing we can do for them is to not continue the feedback loop. "Don't feed the trolls" - old wisdom there.

The last link in that list contains a few more ideas.

Now that I'm at the end, I kind of regret the smiley face at the top. But I'm leaving it in because this journal entry is a bit of a journey, even if it is short. Thanks to some Internet resources, a bit of research and connecting the dots, I've come a short way, changing my mind a little on this particular sub-sub-sub-part of life.

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A short additional statement on how to treat trolling. From what I've gathered from the resources above, a few comments (both here and in the various spammed threads) and my own life experience:

First, don't feed the trolls. Most of them seek attention, so if you stop giving it to them, they become frustrated and go away. Notice that they seek attention, not validation. A rebuke or an angry rant or even a shootout of personal insults satisfies them as much as anything else. Much like the old PR saying "there is no negative publicity", it is all about the attention itself, not about its content.

Second, stand your ground. Do not leave the site or stop commenting just because you're being trolled. It takes a bit to do that, yes. Trolls consider it a "victory" if they shut you up, either by simple flooding or by frustrating you enough to disappear. In their twisted minds, it gives them validation and somehow proves that they were right.

Third, if you see someone else being trolled, give them support. Doesn't take much - a single sentence is more than enough. Someone under attack by a real troll is being flooded. The troll will commonly post under multiple aliases or otherwise attempt to appear as more than one person. Psychological experiments such as Solomon Asch's show how we humans as social animals experience conformance pressure. So give that other person support by showing him that the flood he's getting is no the only opinion around. It doesn't matter if he consciously knows it's just one troll, the pressure is subconscious.

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I'd like to have comments disabled on this journal entry, for obvious reasons, but you can't publish a journal entry with comments disabled, so... 1000:1 bet that he's stalking the journal as well and will add his drivel below?

Also, if the formatting looks atrocious, turn off beta and revert to classic. Seriously.

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Journal: Keystone XL Pipeline Will Raise Gas Prices for US Consumers

Journal by PopeRatzo

Unintended consequences:

http://www.consumerwatchdog.org/sites/default/files/resources/keystonexl_cwd.pdf

There is no shortage of available crude oil, domestic or imported, in the
United States, and for the last few years there has been a glut at the nationâ(TM)s
largest crude oil terminal in Cushing, Oklahoma. Canadian tar sands oil
would be processed for greater use in the U.S. only as other imported or domestic
sources are reduced. Replacing Mexican oil with Canadian oil would
only trade the closer source for the more distant.

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Journal: Energy Industry Under Attack from Green Terrorists 5

Journal by PopeRatzo

"Just the other day, Duke Energy CEO Jim Rogers said, 'If the cost of solar panels keeps coming down, installation costs come down and if they combine solar with battery technology and a power management system, then we have someone just using [the grid] for backup.' What happens if a whole bunch of customers start generating their own power and using the grid merely as backup? The EEI report warns of 'irreparable damages to revenues and growth prospects' of utilities."

Solar Panels Could Destroy U.S. Utilities

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Journal: Ohio Sec'y of State Installs "Experimental" Patch on Voting Machines 1

Journal by PopeRatzo

Days before the US presidential election, the Ohio Secretary of State (Republican) directed that an "experimental patch" be installed on voting machines in 39 Ohio counties. Federal law makes it illegal to make any changes in hardware and software to election equipment without it being tested and certified by the Federal Elections Commission. [NOTE: if Brad Blog is not "notable" enough of a source for you, this story is being reported in many other media outlets.]

You Slashdot readers are supposed to know a little something about software and patches and security. What do you think? This sound like "best practices" to you? By the way, John Husted, the Ohio Secretary of State who ordered this "patch" installed, is the guy who tried to stop early voting in Ohio and then told his county clerks to ignore the federal courts when they issued an injunction to put those early voting dates back in place. He's also one of the Republican officials who claimed that the proposed voter ID laws and purges of voter rolls would "deliver" Ohio to the Romney campaign.

I'm a little curious about what any sysadmins who read this and support Romney think of this move.

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Journal: Militarizing the Olympics

Journal by PopeRatzo

Jeremiah Cornelius has covered this story, but if you haven't read this article about a journalist who infiltrated the G4S security firm, the private company to whom the security for the London 2012 Olympics has been outsourced, go take a look. It just gets worse and worse.

It's a pretty stunning story, not just the plan to evacuate London, not just the 200,000 body bags that were ordered, but the level of incompetence that G4S has shown thus far.

Ben Fellows, the filmmaker and journalist who went undercover as "âoeLee Hazledean", has recently revealed his true identity when the complete blackout on his story by the mainstream media, and other irregularities, have made him fear for his life.

The great Swedish alt-blogcasters Red Ice Radio also have some pretty shocking coverage (warning: includes some rather out-there material, but still interesting). In their 2 1/2 hour special, they get opinions from some pretty impressive people, but also from some, shall-we-say "less conventional" characters like David Icke. But even those interviewees have some fascinating insights (I happen to think Icke is not nearly as loony as he is portrayed). Depending on your tolerance for challenging consensus reality, YMMV.

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Journal: The Job Creators 14

Journal by PopeRatzo

As any Libertarian will tell you, there's no reason a CEO shouldn't be paid 2000 times the amount of an average worker, because they're worth it.

Keep that in mind when you read the story of Progress Energy CEO Bill Johnson. It's a tale of how mistreated the 1% are in Obama's America:

When Duke Energy announced its merger with Progress Energy last year, the two companies agreed that Progress CEO Bill Johnson would assume the same position at the combined company. So he did: On June 27, Johnson signed a three-year contract to helm Duke. When the merger went into effect on July 2, he assumed the position of CEO.

        And then, on July 3 at midnight, Johnson resigned

As the article tells us, Bill Johnson was forced out by the board after the merger, but just imagine the job he did in that one day as CEO when you read about his compensation package for that 24 hours:

Despite his short-lived tenure, Mr. Johnson will receive exit payments worth as much as $44.4 million, according to Duke. That includes $7.4 million in severance, a nearly $1.4 million cash bonus, a special lump-sum payment worth up to $1.5 million and accelerated vesting of his stock awards, according to a Duke regulatory filing Tuesday night. Mr. Johnson gets the lump-sum payment as long as he cooperates with Duke and doesnâ(TM)t disparage his former employer, the filing said.

Under his exit package, Mr. Johnson also will receive approximately $30,000 to reimburse him for relocation expenses.

Well, thank God for that $30k in "relocation expenses". Renting a U-Haul isn't cheap.

Like the saying goes "The rich are different than the rest of us. They are completely without shame." I want to know what the board of directors was doing the day this benefits package was approved.

But remember, according to Mitt Romney, Bill Johnson is a "job creator". Except, during the 24 very busy hours that Johnson was CEO, he laid off 900 workers. I wonder how much that comes to per laid-off worker?

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Journal: Dédicace aux éclaireurs de la nature

Journal by neutrino38

Nous voici les éclaireurs ... formons tous la grande ronde ...

La nature nous appelle ... Répondons pour le bien du monde ...

Soyons calmes st soyons clairs ... Les fruits murissent doucement ...

Parcourons les chemins fiers .... parmi les vents du changement ...

Autour du feu et des pierres ... Chantons pour tous les vivants ...

Voyez ce signe dans l'air ... Suivez le inlassablement ...

Nous irons jusqu'aux étoiles ... on y arrivera surement ...

(fredonner une derniÃre fois l'air en ralentissant à la fin)

(silence ... namasté).

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Journal: Wyoming prepares for the End Times with proposed purchase of aircraft carrier 4

Journal by PopeRatzo

I had to double-check to make sure this wasn't an Onion article. It appears that a Wyoming state legislature has advance (yes, there was a vote) to prepare for the worst. They want to create a task force to prepare Wyoming for the total social and economic collapse of the United States (aka, the Zombie Apocalypse).

The best part of the story, and the part you just can't make up, is that the preparations include the formation of a Wyoming Navy . As reported in the Wyoming news source m.trib.com,

The task force would look at the feasibility of Wyoming issuing its own alternative currency, if needed. And House members approved an amendment Friday by state Rep. Kermit Brown, R-Laramie, to have the task force also examine conditions under which Wyoming would need to implement its own military draft, raise a standing army, and acquire strike aircraft and an aircraft carrier.

Of course, an aircraft carrier costs about $6billion, but first there's the little issue of Wyoming being landlocked. The purchase of a submarine was not mentioned.

Read more in-depth analysis here.

Is anyone surprised that the amendment creating this task force was written and sponsored by Republicans? It's worth noting that Wyoming, the least populous state in the US gets back $1.11 for every $1.00 it sends to Washington in federal taxes.

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