Years and years ago, when I was first just starting out on my own particular Buddhist quest, I bounced around a lot, dabbling in different types of Buddhism both individually and with others. Nothing really stuck, of course, and I often felt alone, even if I wasn’t. I often had this weird sensation that my particular experiences, opinions, thoughts, whatever, were somehow so different from the “normative Buddhist experience,” that I would wonder if I was even supposed to be a Buddhist at all.
We … agree that petitioners have not carried their burden of showing that the risk of pain from maladministration of a concededly humane lethal injection protocol, and the failure to adopt untried and untested alternatives, constitute cruel and unusual punishment.
I really do believe that it is when we believe that we have no choice when we believe that we have no ability to change our behavior that we give up our choice, we give up our free will. As long as we remind ourselves that we can change our our destiny, we still have the power to do it. When we deflect this responsibility to some other, omniscient force, we’re done. Game over. They’ve won. So you can worry all you want about people invading your privacy. Just remember that you’re the one who’s letting them in.
After the torch route was shifted to the other side of town, one of the torch bearers (an American woman from the Bronx) unfurled a Tibetan flag. She was promptly removed from the relay by the SF Police, literally pushed off into the crowd, and had her flag confiscated.
As you probably know, I’ve been busy. Whew, have I been busy. It seems as though it never ends. To re-cap: moving-working-dissertationering-packing-unpacking-etc.-etc. has consumed vast amounts of my energy as of late. And I’m exhausted. It’s been pretty pointless keeping up with the blog, as you can tell by the fact that my last entry was just huge quotes from someone else. Oh well. As long as the Level 8th Buddhist is hard at work correcting everyone on the Internets, I can rest easy!
Within Shin, there developed a rhetoric distinguishing between self-power and other-power. Although this has been applied in a polemic fashion, I think that more effectively it points to the limitations of the ego’s own ability to transform itself. The ego cannot get outside of itself to provide any leverage point from which to make changes. Everything that the ego does is involved in the ego’s own projects. This doesn’t mean that the ego is bad or is wrong, but rather it simply needs to be recognized for what it is. It is that which holds our social identity together.