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Buddhism and the Blues — 4 Comments

  1. I particularly appreciate: “At its core, Buddhism is a system of inquiry into the nature of what is.” For me, this is the beauty to be discovered… thank you for a wonderful post, I look forward to reading more!

  2. Once again the newspapers are telling us again this week what psychologists have known for decades: that “spiritual” people or people with “faith” are happier and live longer (see http://www.examiner.com/health-news-in-national/friendship-and-well-being-from-church-to-your-genes and http://www.dailymail.co.uk/femail/article-1358421/The-tantalising-proof-belief-God-makes-happier-healthier.html etc). But I wonder how far that applies to Buddhists – especially agnostic Buddhists? Are we spiritual? Does faith in nibbana count? In any case, it seems that “friends in religious congregations provide a sense of belonging which consequently gives a feeling of acceptance and happiness.” From what I’ve read in a couple of articles, it seems that just attending Little Bangkok Sangha events will result in a longer life. 🙂 But I guess the Buddha knew this, when he stressed the importance of kalayanamitr.

  3. I particularly found the statement “Western psychology pretty much holds to the belief that things like attention and emotion are fixed and immutable” interesting, …a very mechanistic view of consciousness….reading about A.I.(artificial intelligence), Marvin Minsky emphasizes that the most difficult human skills to reverse engineer are those that are unconscious. “In general, we’re least aware of what our minds do best,” he writes, and adds “we’re more aware of simple processes that don’t work well than of complex ones that work flawlessly.” So, why think when no thought is required ? Answer: habit. Dukka/suffering= habitual thinking.