Disinformation, and the people who believe it

A friend of a friend posted this false image on her Facebook page, and several people responded with profane comments about AOC. Finally someone else who actually put some thought into it posted this Snopes page showing that AOC never said anything like this. The fact is, the entire commentary was fabricated. Per Snopes:

“The source of the fabricated article, Taters Gonna Tate, is part of a network of sites and social media accounts operated by Christopher Blair, who produces a high volume of junk news and misinformation, much of it inflammatory, which he presents as ‘satire.’”

The sad thing is that some people don’t think, and they seem to want to believe propaganda like this. Two things are going through my mind after seeing this racism and hatred. First, we really need to focus on the state of education in the United States, both IQ and EQ. Second, I think a lot of people have pent-up anger because no matter how hard they work, they don’t have much money, because in America the rich are getting richer and the poor are getting poorer, and the middle class is disappearing.

Buddhism is not going to help you alvin July 11, 2019 - 5:54pm

“More important than Buddhism, or Zen, or anything, is waking up. The Buddha was not a Buddhist. He was a ‘wake up’ person and what he woke up to is something everybody already has. Buddhism is not going to help you. Waking up is going to help the whole world.”

~ Zen Master Dae Kwang (from KwanUmZen.org)

You should never go to Alaska as a young man alvin July 8, 2019 - 4:27pm

“John Muir, the famous naturalist, wrote in his journal that you should never go to Alaska as a young man because you’ll never be satisfied with any other place as long as you live. And there’s a lot of truth to that.”

~ Tom Bodett

(sorry, i don’t remember where i saw this quote)

When the clutter of compulsive thought is cleared away ... alvin July 2, 2019 - 7:31pm

“When the clutter of compulsive thought is cleared away, the light of awareness becomes powerfully bright.”

~ Tina Rasmussen

(Ms. Rasmussen co-wrote the book, Practicing The Jhanas, which is one of my favorite meditation books.)

When we look up at night and view the stars ... alvin June 25, 2019 - 11:37am

“When we look up at night and view the stars, everything we see is shining because of distant nuclear fusion.”

~ Carl Sagan

Quotes about work and Zen (practicing Zen at work) alvin June 23, 2019 - 9:54am

For many years I struggled with how to combine two of my main interests, Zen and work. I have read that the Zen mind is the mind before thinking, so it seems like Zen and work must be totally unrelated. Over time I came to understand phrases like, “When working, just work.”

This article contains a collection of quotes that have been helpful to me in understanding the relationship between Zen and work. Please note that I don’t wrap each quote in double quotes, and I also try to attribute each quote to the correct author/speaker. If you’re interested in how to combine Zen and work, I hope you’ll find them helpful.

Spirits are very fragile

“Spirits are very fragile. Easy to break, but not impossible to repair.”

~ from a Monk episode

“Truth waits for eyes unclouded by longing”

“Truth waits for eyes unclouded by longing.”

I keep running into various versions of this quote (from sources like the Tao, Ram Dass, and Zen books), so I thought I’d share it here. All sayings like this mean that if you become like a clear mirror and view the world exactly as it is — not how your desires (and fears) want it to be — you’ll see the truth.

I would rather have questions that can't be answered than ... alvin June 16, 2019 - 2:32pm

“I would rather have questions that can't be answered than answers that can't be questioned.”

~ Richard Feynman