buddhist university

Life has been very interesting for me lately. I’ve gone through a variety of feelings, emotions, states of being. Today, I’m taking the time to reflect on what has happened to me and taking the time to rebalance. I fully understand that emotions occur without much control; they are the outcome of various biological processes in the body that lead to certain states of mind. When strong emotions occur, it can be very difficult to not let them to take over and control us, which has happened to me to a certain degree. I have been reading a book called The Misleading Mind that offers techniques to understand and react to emotions on a more objective level though. I appreciate this because it is something I have always struggled with and want to be able to do. Something as trivial as an emotion should not have the power to completely affect my entire being and change me into a type of person that I am not. While this is going to be a lifelong journey, I look forward to the lessons I learn by dealing with my emotions more mindfully. I want to maintain the inner peace I have cultivated over the last 6 months, and continue to grow and expand as I live my life. 🙏

CAN LSD BE USED AS A HELP IN MEDITATION?

LSD can be used as a help, but the help is very dangerous; it is not so easy. If you use a mantra, even that can become difficult to throw, but if you use acid, LSD it will be even more difficult to throw.

The moment you are on an LSD trip you are not in control. Chemistry takes control and you are not the master, and once you are not the master it is difficult to regain that position. The chemical is not the slave now, you are the slave. Now how to control it is not going to be your choice. Once you take LSD as a help you are making a slave of the master and your whole body chemistry will be affected by it.

Your body will begin to crave LSD. Now the craving will not just be of the mind as it is when you get attached to a mantra. When you use acid as a help, the craving becomes part of the body; the LSD goes to the very cells of the body. It changes them. Your inner chemical structure becomes different.

Then all the body cells begin to crave acid and it will be difficult to drop it.

LSD can be used to bring you to meditation only if your body has been prepared for it. So if you ask if it can be used in the West, I will say that it is not for the West at all. It can be used only in the East - if the body is totally prepared for it. Yoga has used it, tantra has used it, there are schools of tantra and yoga that have used LSD as a help, but then they prepare your body first. There is a long process of purification of the body. Your body becomes so pure and you become such a great master of it that even chemistry cannot become your master now. So yoga allows it, but in a very specific way.

First your body must be purified chemically. Then you will be in such control of the body that even your body chemistry can be controlled. For example, there are certain yogic exercises: if you take poison, through a particular yogic exercise you can order your blood not to mix with it and the poison will pass through the body and come out in the urine without having mixed with the blood at all. If you can do this, if you can control your body chemistry, then you can use anything, because you have remained the master.

In tantra, particularly in “leftist” tantra, they use alcohol to help meditation. It looks absurd; it is not.

The seeker will take alcohol in a particular quantity and then will try to be alert. Consciousness must not be lost. By and by the quantity of alcohol will be raised, but the consciousness must remain alert. The person has taken alcohol, it has been absorbed in the body, but the mind remains above it; consciousness is not lost. Then the quantity of alcohol is raised higher and higher. Through this practice a point comes when any amount of alcohol can be given and the mind remains alert. Only then can LSD be a help.

In the West there are no practices to purify the body or to increase consciousness through changes in body chemistry. Acid is taken without any preparation in the West. It is not going to help; rather, on the contrary, it may destroy the whole mind.

There are many problems. Once you have been on an LSD trip you have a glimpse of something you have never known, something you have never felt. If you begin to practice meditation it is a long process, but LSD is not a process. You take it and the process is over; then the body begins to work.

Meditation is a long process - you have to do it for years, only then will the results be forthcoming.

And when you have experienced a shortcut, it will be difficult to follow a long process. The mind will crave to return to using the drugs. So it is difficult to meditate once you have known a glimpse through chemistry; to undertake something that is a long process will be difficult. Meditation needs more stamina, more trust, more waiting, and it will be difficult because now you can compare.

Secondly, any method is bad if you are not in control all the time. When you are meditating you can stop at any moment. If you want to stop, you can stop this very moment; you can come out of it. You cannot stop an LSD trip: once you have taken LSD you have to complete the circle. Now you are not the master.

Anything that makes a slave of you is ultimately not going to help spiritually, because spirituality basically means to be the master of oneself. So I wouldn’t suggest shortcuts. I am not against LSD, I may sometimes be for it, but then a long preliminary preparation is necessary. Then you will be the master. But then LSD is not a shortcut. It will take even longer than meditation. Hatha yoga takes years to prepare a body - twenty years, twenty-five years, then a body is ready; now you can use any chemical help and it will not be destructive to your being. But then the process is far longer.

Then LSD can be used; I am in favor of it then. If you are prepared to take twenty years to prepare the body in order to take LSD, then it is not destructive. But the same thing can be done in two years with meditation. Because the body is more gross, mastery is more difficult. The mind is more subtle so mastery is easier. The body is further away from your being, so there is a greater gap; with the mind the gap is shorter.

In India the primitive method to prepare the body to be ready for meditation was hatha yoga. It took so long a time to prepare the body that sometimes hatha yoga had to invent methods to prolong life so that hatha yoga could be continued. It was such a long process that sixty years might not be enough, seventy years might not be enough. And there is a problem: if the mastery is not achieved in this life then in the next life you have to begin from abc because you have a new body. The whole effort has been lost. You do not have a new mind in your next life, the old mind continues, so whatever is attained through the mind remains with you, but whatever is attained through the body is lost with every death. So hatha yoga had to invent methods to prolong life for two hundred to three hundred years so that mastery could be attained.

If the mastery is of the mind then you can change the body, but the preparedness of the body belongs to the body alone. Hatha yoga invented many methods so that the process could be completed, but then even greater methods were discovered: how to control the mind directly - raja yoga. With these methods the body can be a little helpful, but there is no need to be too concerned with it. So hatha yoga adepts have said that LSD can be used, but raja yoga cannot say LSD can be used, because raja yoga has no methodology to prepare the body. Direct meditation is used.

Sometimes it happens - only sometimes, rarely - that if you have a glimpse through LSD and do not become addicted to it, that glimpse may become a thirst in you to seek something further. So to try it once is good, but it becomes difficult to know where to stop and how to stop. The first trip is good, to be on it once is good; you become aware of a different world and then you begin to seek, you begin to search, because of it - but then it becomes difficult to stop. This is the problem. If you can stop, then to take LSD once is good. But that “if” is a great one.

Mulla Nasruddin used to say that he never took more than one glass of wine. Many friends objected to his statement because they had seen him taking one glass after another. He said, “The second glass is taken by the first; ‘I’ take only one. The second is taken by the first and the third by the second. Then I am not the master. I am master only for the first, so how can I say that I take more than one? 'I’ take only one - always only one!”

With the first you are the master; with the second you are not. The first will try to take a second, and then it will go on continuously; then it is no longer in your hands. To begin anything is easy because you are the master, but to end anything is difficult because then you are not the master.

So I am not against LSD, and if I am against it, it is conditional. This is the condition: if you can remain the master, then okay. Use anything, but remain the master. And if you cannot remain the master, then do not enter into a dangerous road at all. Do not enter at all; it will be better.

Where the consumed dragon king has gone to hide.

The focus of the real dread rears to the surface once again, and the ones who suffer for it are submerged in the swelling undertow. There are a set of choices to be made, to be discarded, and the self that cannot commit to either ends up lost in its regrettable self-unawareness.

Kaneki’s revelation, as it were, probably comes at the price of feeling as though a part of his very existence was excised. This is him confronting the unvarnished absurdity and simplicity of his existence in its most primitive form. The boy who bleeds black is not anybody’s king, not his own prisoner, but a fool that wants to delay death and serve life to another as he always had been. A fitting image, it should seem, for him to know that no fetters can make him forget that he’s painfully, ineluctably human.

Hence why it’s an admirably labyrinthine setup, to have him descend into this underworld as something closer to a demon followed by his horde of tempted, desperate fallen where gods were born to rise.

To elucidate, the ghouls that attempted to ambush Ayato leave him with what I perceive to be a far more ominous tidbit to chew on than the translation lets on:

“The Naagaraji destroyed everything.”

(Screw it, I’m eschewing the deliberately incoherent patois for clarity’s sake.)

If the abstruse speech of the underground dwellers is to be trusted, then “Naagaraji” is likely a nod at the Nagaraja, the three serpent god-kings that belong to a hierarchy of what is called the Eight Great Dragon Emperors responsible for the different dimensions of the creation of the universe in Buddhist and Hindu mythology. Their mother was Kadru, who gave birth to a sum of one thousand deities.

Of the three, a particular one that is revered by the name of Vasuki stands taller than the rest of his siblings. This is because the name in Japanese is transliterated as 和修吉, which is read as washukitsu. His mark on the world was left through the prodigiously noble act of allowing himself to be coiled around Mount Mandara to be used as a churning tool in the Sea of Milk in order to assist with collecting an immortality elixir.

The second worthy of interest is his eldest brother, Ananta (or Shesha), whose name means “endless” or “infinite.” What must be regarded as equally vital when considering these points is that both of those words translate to 永遠 (read as eien) in Japanese. It is said in the legends that Ananta resides among the seventh abyssal plane of Patala, the subterranean realm illustrated to be more exotic and beautiful than Svarga (heaven) itself. Accounts vary, but either Ananta or Vasuki possesses one thousand heads.

Perhaps it’s obvious by now what it is that I’m trying to get at here. This is the cogency of Ishida’s subtle yet resounding storytelling devices.

  • "A thousand minus seven.” A god, likely depicted by Ananta, removed from his resting place; he will soon return home.
  • That which Ananta symbolizes, eternity (永遠), and Nagachika written as 永近 — the first characters are identical and the second are direct opposites, wherein the former means “faraway,” the latter means “nearby.” More impressively, doubles as a homophone for 地下, the word for “underground.

Kaneki realizes that there was never hope of exceeding his mortal flesh, that he is dying. But, in his misfortune of being faced with the choices of protecting Touka and his child, or saving Yoriko to secure Touka’s total happiness, he is ready to be lured into making the same mistake from years ago — to do both — which would necessitate expediting his death timer despite Nishiki’s warnings. However, a great deal of cannibalism has the chance to delay it, to offer Kaneki a small window of that “immortality” that can only be a god-king’s right.

Hesse’s Demian revolves around the titular Max Demian causing the self-awakening of Emil Sinclair, the coming to terms with his liberty and purpose to live for himself. It’s all but canonically established that Hide is still alive. If Hide is analogous to Demian and Kaneki to Sinclair, then Hide’s job is not done; he will truly disappear after he manages to slam the progressive failure straight out of Kaneki’s torpid being, after Kaneki is able to live again.

Sprinting non-stop with the rampant tinfoiling, it’s possible that Hide’s reappearance will mean that he is to be devoured by Kaneki in this reality (rather than in his delusions or skewed memories) so as to ensure the extension of his lifespan as much as his body could permit it — through this, Kaneki will definitively break free of his eggshell, and they can figuratively, literally become two as one:

“Everything that has happened to me since has hurt. But sometimes when I find the key and climb deep into myself where the images of fate lie aslumber in the dark mirror, I need only bend over that dark mirror to behold my own image, now completely resembling him, my brother, my master.”

Observing the narrative of Tokyo Ghoul from this angle, it makes every measure of sense now in retrospect that Furuta vaunts the honoring of his “Washuu roots” when introducing the mysterious, mystical “dragon”—

—for it’s what Hide could be if he were a Washuu in disguise.

This, of course, doesn’t preclude the possibility of involving Shirazu (given the framing of the above scene) in Furuta’s scheme, though Kaneki’s misfortune and despair would be amplified to a dizzying degree by Hide’s revival as a draconic beast seemingly standing for the enemy. To surpass a god of limitless power is to swallow him whole and become his new vessel, ultimately contained in his own transcendence.

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Wikipedia’s List of destroyed libraries

Like Alexandria gets all the press but there are so many that are so much more devastating and more complete and more ruinous to human history and art and science.

For instance:

  • The Burning of Al-Hakam II’s library in 976
    • The library of an openly gay Caliph that housed the work of hundreds of women scientists who have basically all been written off as scribes and secretaries. Al-Hakam II was a huge patron of the sciences, and ultimately that patronage is what got his library destroyed by a petulant young Almanzor.
  • Nalanda, sacked in 1193
    • Nalanda was  a Buddhist university in Northern India. Most of what historians know about it comes from the writings of traveling monks, who unanimously describe it as a sprawling, brilliant place of learning. Thousands of students studied there, and its library held hundreds of thousands of books. It was not in its hey day when burned, but none the less untold volumes of rare and unique work were lost.
  • Imperial Library of Constantinople (1204-1453)
    • The Imperial Library had a bad break. From the Fourth Crusade on anyone and everyone who sacked Constantinople took a shot at burning the library. It was highly selective in the works in kept, and as a result excluded a lot of works known of only in name. In effect all ancient Greek scholarship not translated and kept in the Middle East, Northern Africa or Iberia was lost.
  • The House of Wisdom (1258)
    • Fuck the Mongols. Engineering, Architecture, Smelting, History, Greek and Roman literature, Arabic Literature, Astronomy, Chemistry, Biology, all texts were destroyed. Nasir al-Din al-Tusi saved 400,000 manuscripts, and even then there were enough manuscripts left to turn the Tigris black with ink. The destruction of the House of Wisdom, and other libraries like it, saw a major decline in scholarship in the Abbasid Empire.
  • Maya codices of the Yucatán (1562)
    • We don’t even know what they said. Historians figure they probably recorded matters of history and faith, but we really don’t know. The Conquistadors didn’t ask. Bishop Diego de Landa wrote of burning the codices “We found a large number of books in these characters and, as they contained nothing in which were not to be seen as superstition and lies of the devil, we burned them all, which they regretted to an amazing degree, and which caused them much affliction.”

So next time someone says “Well the destruction of the library of Alexandria suppressed human knowledge so much” first ask them “Which time, cause it burnt like a sonofabitch” and then tell them many, many, worse ones.

ID #35466

Name: Mavis
Age: 19
Country: Australia

Hello! I am first and foremost a Slytherin, and by extension, a huge Harry a Potter fan! I’m a lover of poetry, literature, history, and food. (Seriously I would LOVE to ramble about history!!). I am currently studying a Bachelor of Arts at the University of Sydney and my major is in Politics and International Relations, two things I also am very passionate about. I’m also studying French in university and am scheduled to finish the uni’s course this year. I would love to write in French with my penpal but fair warning that my grammar can be a bit off sometimes! I’m from a Chinese family and am a Buddhist-Anglican raised Atheist. I would love to learn about new cultures and countries whilst (hopefully!) making some new friends~

Preferences: Any age, gender, race etc.
Would highly prefer somebody who is open minded about issues relating to: feminism, social issues, LGBTQ+

The universe, otherside & where we are from

This is something I’ve always thought of from a young age. I remember being 2 and telling my mom stories about where we came from and how this isn’t home. I believe that this life is not real. It’s a dream and therefore it is unexplainable. It is also beautiful, and a great learning experience. There is no other place like this one and we will not know the definite answer until we “die” and cross over to the other side. The other side is where we are from. I used to think it was a literal heaven and this was hell but now I believe that the other side is real life (which is far more beautiful and expansive than earth) and where we are now is just a dream planet, one in which we have fallen into the arms of amnesia upon landing. We forgot everything and because of that we became judgemental, unhappy, and followed a “path to success” that will only lead us to mental failure and materialistic objects. We are driven by money and power. But it is not in our nature. Our human experience is supposed to be full of exploring and genuine freedom. I also believe that our human form is just an earth thing and on the other side we only see souls. (This is a message I just sent someone. If anyone would like to talk about this subject message me!)