Study of Buddhism

“Everything changes; everything is connected; pay attention.”

I found a great book from my library catalog called Buddhism 101. It’s got simple, straightforward language and provides a complete survey of Buddhism. While it’s not a deep study, it would be a great starting point for those that interested in studying or practicing Buddhism. You can read this fairly quickly, then take your study to deeper levels once you find something that interests you. I took thorough notes on the section about Buddhist doctrine below. I wanted to internalize it for myself since I am thinking about practicing Buddhism. I need to have a basic knowledge to start with, and I plan on spending a lot more time learning about it. Continue reading “Study of Buddhism”

Transcript of “Joe Rogan Experience #1283 – Russell Brand”

Here’s another transcript. Started cleaning it up a little bit about half way through.  Great conversation between Joe Rogan and Russell Brand.  Continue reading “Transcript of “Joe Rogan Experience #1283 – Russell Brand””

The Value of Belief Systems

Beware of “missing the forest for the trees”.

I love YouTube’s transcript feature. It makes grabbing interesting quotes from speakers so much easier. Here is a transcript of the interview between Brett Weinstein and Rebel Wisdom about the recent Weinstein v. Dawkins debate in Chicago, with a quote from Brett that I found particularly interesting.  Continue reading “The Value of Belief Systems”

Church is a community that allows people to feel like they belong to a group that is also striving toward a common transcendental goal that matters.

–Ben Shapiro

Here’s my food for thought today: “It’s not just about being a member of a community, it’s about being a member of a community that is striving toward a common goal that is both transcendental and it matters.”

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The spirit and the dogma of a religious tradition are always in conflict, because on the one hand, dogma provides structure, and the spirit provides transformation.

– Jordan Peterson

I’m attempting to be more mindful about the podcasts/video that I’ve been consuming by taking high-level notes. I haven’t gotten to a point where I can start deconstructing, critiquing, applying to my life, or even taking an opinion on anything just yet, but I thought I’d use this space to take down notes. I have a feeling that after a while I (you) would probably start to see some themes that resonate. Continue reading “The spirit and the dogma of a religious tradition are always in conflict, because on the one hand, dogma provides structure, and the spirit provides transformation.”

Against Consumerism

Life isn’t about the things that you buy, it’s about the experiences that you have, the character you build for yourself, what you can learn about our world, and the mark you can leave behind.

This is a stream of consciousness exercise. Let’s see what comes out. Don’t expect anything earth-shattering, here. Continue reading “Against Consumerism”

Group Study: The Existence of God

This is the beginning of a 2-part series (within each part there will be separate for/against threads). Here are the topics:

  • 1.A) Give me your best argument FOR the existence of god.
  • 1.B) Refute/Give me your best argument AGAINST the existence of god.
  • 2.A) Assuming god exists, give me your best argument that Christianity IS true.
  • 2.B) Assuming god exists, refute/give me your best argument that Christianity IS NOT true.

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