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SARCASM AND IRONY AS PHILOSOPHY

Sarcasm is not [always] wrong speech and is often a systematic shortcut for philosophical analysis. Sarcasm can be found among philosophical discourse such as when Socrates pleaded with Euthyphro to teach him what the latter knows (quite clearly making fun of the guy for the benefit of the audience) and … Continue reading

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BE AN ISLAND HAVEN UNTO YOURSELF

“Rely on no-one, be your own island haven; let the truth be won. Alone, this way please tend, when there’s no wise, prudent friend; – this truth defend! Refrain from evil, going alone is graceful; fools are unartful. Search all domains, none is dearer than your-aim; others are the same. … Continue reading

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LET POLITICS PASS YOU BY

    EXPLANATION Of course these days Buddhists project their 21st century obsessions onto Buddhism and call it engaged-Buddhism, but Buddha wasn’t silent on politics. He said that monks and serious mediators should not get involved in politics [1] and only talk of the Dharma or keep silent [2]. Elsewhere … Continue reading

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KILL THE BUDDHA

EXPLAINATIONLinji Yixuan (臨濟義玄) was the founder of the Linji school of Zen and he was highly iconoclastic, leading students to awakening by hitting and shouting in order to free them from words or concepts. As well as the shouting and hitting he also said many things that would have shocked … Continue reading

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LOVE ALL BEINGS LIKE YOURSELF

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