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dim brightness (chapter 7 of tao te ching – translated by ursula le guin)

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Heaven will last,
earth will endure.
How can they last long?
They don’t exist for themselves
and so can go on and on.
 
So wise souls
leaving self behind
move forward,
and setting self aside
stay centered.
Why let the self go?
To keep what the soul needs.
 
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Written by Hayk

September 20, 2011 at 7:01 am

is dalai lama a dictator?

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What you might not know is that Dalai Lama is considered a “religious dictator” (against his “competitor” Dorje Shugden‘s worshippers) by some.

In the West, he is mostly beloved/admired for his intense charism and Hollywood connections, projecting an image of an avuncular “Santa Claus.” Western fans see in him a “secular saint” or a “politically correct god for a godless world”.

Furthermore, admiration for Dalai Lama taps into older Western ideas about Tibet (forbidden to Westerners during 1792-1903 period) as a remote and mystical Shangri-La.

Sleep is the best way to meditate according to Dalai Lama.

Written by Hayk

September 18, 2011 at 9:17 am

7 things entrepreneurs can learn from art of loving

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Eleanor of Aquitane is the origin of courtly love. Courts of Love, troubadours and de Troyes bore her influence.

Philosopher Fromm presents love as a skill that can be learnt/nurtured, not unlike entrepreneurship.

Ideally, I (entrepreneur) feel towards you (idea):

  1. intense desire/attraction;
  2. full dedication without (material) expectations in return;
  3. no sense of rigid ownership;
  4. love for what you’re now – support in your desire to grow;
  5. need to constantly communicate/interact;
  6. your right to go your way with my love/support still with you, despite me/my feelings;
  7. joy for moments shared together.

Love is the highest feeling humans can attain.

Written by Hayk

September 14, 2011 at 6:48 am

soul food (chapter 2 of tao te ching – translated by ursula le guin)

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Everybody on earth knowing
that beauty is beautiful
makes ugliness.
 
Everybody knowing
that goodness is good
makes wickedness.
 
For being and nonbeing
arise together;
hard and easy
complete each other;
long and short
shape each other;
note and voice
make the music together;
before and after
follow each other.
 
That’s why the wise soul
does without doing,
teaches without talking.
The things of this world
exist, they are;
you can’t refuse them.
 
To bear and not to own;
to act and not lay claim;
to do the work and let it go:
for just letting it go
is what makes it stay.
 

Written by Hayk

September 12, 2011 at 6:51 am

good and evil – lessons from zen and nietzsche

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The image is of young “mud-addict” enjoying himself at Reading Rock Festival, taking place on 26-28 August in Leeds (UK).

Is he good/evil/crazy/stupid?

Bodhidharma, founder of Zen Buddhism, is credited saying:

Buddhas don’t keep precepts. And buddhas don’t break precepts. Buddhas don’t keep or break anything. Buddhas don’t do good or evil. To find a buddha, you have to see your nature.

Nietzsche despised classic philosophers; he identified qualities of “new philosophers”: imagination, self-assertion, danger, originality, and “creation of values.” He thought will to power (realization of human potential) is what matters and is beyond good and evil.

Written by Hayk

September 7, 2011 at 7:17 pm

success in life according to coolidge, einstein and gilberto

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Coolidge, 30th American president, said:

Nothing in the world can take the place of Persistence. Talent will not; nothing is more common than unsuccessful men with talent. Genius will not; unrewarded genius is almost a proverb. Education will not; the world is full of educated derelicts. Persistence and determination alone are omnipotent. The slogan ‘Press On’ has solved and always will solve the problems of the human race.

Einstein thought imagination is our biggest weapon, music is life, and curiosity is our biggest gift. Brazilian music-legend Gilberto, father of bossa nova,  claimed, to become successful, one needs to develop in isolation.

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September 6, 2011 at 6:26 am

goedel vs escher vs bach – life and self

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This isn’t a review of Goedel Escher Bach (GEB) but a vivid recommendation for all polymaths/curious types.

The book not only details interesting life episodes of Kurt Goedel, M.C. Escher, and J.S. Bach, but also exposes the unifying framework of mathematics, art and music, while attempting to contextualize the “self” as a result of a strange loop.

Is “This sentence is false” true or false?

All chapters start with dialogues of Achilles and the tortoise and “What the Tortoise Said to Achilles“, so interwoven as to feature musical pieces, mathematical theories or art.

More GEB resources here and here.

Written by Hayk

September 5, 2011 at 5:56 am