My question is:
1) Is dharma alone enough to make life worth living
BuddhaSoup wrote:As a follow up to the post above, yes, pursuit of Dhamma can make life very meaningful. My son and I.
gregkavarnos wrote:And if you hink it's bad in the US come and visit us here in Greece for a barrel of laughs!
Well a loaf of bread and a liter of milk costs about $2.60, so that's $949 a year. A cheap rent is about $200 per month, so that's $2,400 per year. So we are already at $3,400 per month and we still haven't connected the electricity, water and a land line phone (and you are already suffering from malnutrition).kirtu wrote:Okay - a million billion years ago I was in Crete for two weeks on a NATO exercise and noticed how inexpensive life was. So now, are there any really inexpensive islands that a person could really hunker down on for $2000-3500 a year?
Thrasymachus wrote:Even the Dalai Lama laments that Buddhism has no answer for our social system and its problems, so he advocates to combine Marxism with Buddhism.
Thrasymachus wrote:I think one of my biggest problems is poverty. I never made good money from any job, certainly not enough to move out. My family has the television blasting loudly from when they wake up at 7am almost everyday till past 12pm. Thus when I am home, I cannot think straight and I have never had a place I could be comfortable my whole adult life. It effects you badly when you are constantly bombarded with electronic distraction. Even when the tv is briefly off, I cannot think straight or find the desire to read or meditate. I would really need like one or two weeks tv free to decompress and build up my mental acuity. TV is like the anti-dharma, it really messes up your brain's neuroplasticity and mental composure. When you are conditioned by it, it makes you uneasy when you are alone with your thoughts. In this way even the few moments I am free of its background pollution, I cannot take advantage.
I feel like I have to do ten different things before I can live something closer to the authentic life I would like and that dharma is closer to number 10. I think earning money is closer to number one, despite my anti-capitalist beliefs, because money really matters in terms of mood, self-esteem and being able to alter your life conditions. But on the other-hand, I am not willing to do it what it takes to prioritize money over everything else to make enough money. You have to knock other people down and replace them to get a spot on the ladder of financial success.
I feel like I am not fit for this world and its social hierarchy of values, because to adjust to it, you have be an asshole and I don't want to be that. You have to be selfish, vain and shallow or else you are maladapted. I never meet someone I could feel comfortable with, that I feel could be a good example of conduct or empathy. All I ever meet was toxic people, the only product of our narcissistic, greedy society and the only reason I bother to associate with them is because of past established rapport and so I am not totally alone. I am not saying I am much different, but I don't want to be toxic, while everyone else who I confront about it always wants to make excuses why they should be greedy, addicted to drugs, tv, shopping, etc. I am just too tired of having nothing meaningful to do and no one meaningful to connect with.
@BuddhaSoup: I just finally did some web searching and found a Vajrayana Buddhist Center one town over. I decided to email them and maybe move out of my comfort zone, even though I have grave reservations. I have gotten sick of not fitting in everywhere I go, and it is hard for my keep trying.
I thought that video, was cute, amusing, clever and fun, but it does not relate to what I wrote about. You and probably others should watch the excellent documentary:
Ancient Futures - Learning from Ladakh
It is about a Tibetan people in India who undergo a rapid modernization in the late 20th Century -- that is, their traditional way of life is being destroyed with the tools of monetization and trade from further afield in India and internationally.
The alienation and lose of purpose is not something I or Eisenstein make up, it is real. When you monetize everything, you feel you only need a relationship to money and you lose community. You lose community and you lose, comfort, happiness, health, a sense of identity, purpose and stability. So it matters, it is just me whining or making something up. Maybe others can live on the level of who they will frak next at the bar, their next cigarette, the next piece of cake, sucking up to get a promotion, lusting over the next product, but I can't, that paradigm cannot sustain me.
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