Nesting Buddhas and insubstantiality

[ by Charles Cameron — from the Buddha’s Diamond Sutra via matrioshka dolls and koans to Sun Tzu and Wittgenstein ] . From Karl Brunnhölz, The Heart Sutra Will Change You Forever, in today’s Lion’s Roar: Besides being a meditation manual, we could also say that the Heart Sutra is like a big koan. But […] Read more »

Yesterday’s learnings in science and religion

[ by Charles Cameron — theo-ecology, with a side of spaghetti ] . First, a Nobel laureate makes a distinction that should be of interest to all who study war — as also to those who “ain’t gonna study war no more”. Lucy Hughes-Hallett begins a New Statesman book review titled Chernobyl and the ghosts […] Read more »

How Buddhism gets around in Burma these days

[ by Charles Cameron — Aung San Suu Kyi and U Thein Sein dance a quick pas de deux, but what comes next? ] . Aung San Suu Kyi to Burma army: Deny me presidency and I'll become effective prime minister. https://t.co/hHHrj9EXkB pic.twitter.com/fW3WE76Nsr — Kenneth Roth (@KenRoth) April 6, 2016 and: Thein Sein, the ex-president […] Read more »

Aesthetics of love & death

[ by Charles Cameron — relics of a catacombs martyr, St Valentine and more ] . ** There are times when the DoubleQuote format is confining, and the comparative method it is based on could be uswed effectively with more than two examples. Here consider also: The Tamil Tiger martyr Jenny, as discussed in a […] Read more »

Juxtaposition: chess in Wahhabism and Buddhism

[ by Charles Cameron — on the focus of similarity — sameness or differences? ] . As I said recently, juxtaposition does not imply eqivalence. It is only too easy these days to see a headline like Chess is ‘haram and a waste of time,’ says grand mufti of Saudi Arabia and view it purely […] Read more »

Nuclear sites and religion, flags and clouds

[ by Charles Cameron — Oak Ridge, Albi, Bushehr, a Sinan mosque, clouds formation, the Karmapas ] . Cheryl Rofer very kindly suggested a DoubleQuote to me today, comparing and contrasting the Highly Enriched Uranium Materials Facility, Oak Ridge: and the Cathedral of Albi — heart of the district in which the Albigensians / Cathars […] Read more »

Hourani / Ignatius, Clint Watts / Buddhism, Hindutva / Dhimmitude

[ by Charles Cameron — some unexpected and enlightening juxtapositions ] . Three textual DoubleQuotes: The first, as you’ll see, consists of two brief excerpts from David Ignatius‘ Atlantic piece, How ISIS Spread in the Middle East, which is worth your attention as a follow up to Graeme Wood‘s What ISIS Really Wants, and mentions […] Read more »

Warrior / Spirit

[ by Charles Cameron — is “conflict resolution” in conflict with “conflict” — and if so, what’s the appropriate resolution? ] . [left] Strozzi-Heckler’s book, now in its fourth edition; [right] one of a series of figures called Yoga Joes. ** Craig Davies at a site called Art-Sheep has a post titled Classic Green Army […] Read more »

Buddhism and Islam: please note disclaimers

[ by Charles Cameron — on monk Wirathu, also the trickiness of images-with-quotes on social media ] . The quote from Wirathu (upper panel, above) is a direct quote from a NYT interview with him: You can be full of kindness and love, but you cannot sleep next to a mad dog,” Ashin Wirathu said, […] Read more »

Comparative safety: NSA and Burma

[ by Charles Cameron — clear proof that blasphemy is more provocative than ironic protest ] . It is apparently safer for the Electronic Frontier Foundation to put headphones on the US bald eagle as featured in the seal of the National Security Agency… … than it is for a Kiwi bar-keeper to put headphones […] Read more »