theravada buddhist

Suffering exists, but not the sufferer.
The deed is done, but there is no doer.
Peace exists, but no one who is at peace.
There is no walker, but there is a way.
—  Buddhaghosa, 5th century Theravada Buddhist monk

anonymous asked:

thousands of years of Chinese imperialism? lol what are you talking about. you're probably not even Chinese, you say you're European in your response to a different ask. and you also support migrants from lower IQ/violent/islamist countries flooding Europe as well? pretty insane. the reason why SEAsia is a basket-case compared to China, Korea, and Japan is due to their own austro-asiatic/indian influences, their more theravada/buddhist cultures of monasticism, and lower IQs than NEAsians. not im

you have internalized the whole “west is best” narrative (ironically enough, since you always make petty complaints about media representation or diversity in western countries…) maybe you want to mold the west to become more cosmopolitan, which is honestly ridiculous because most of human history, at least for East Asians, did not include massive groups of different cultures living together. China was always homogeneously Confucian (w/ a legalist undercurrent in govt. administration), lol

And the award for the worst and dumbest ask I’ve got in 2016 goes to…what is this mess even…?

(Also you guys this is kinda what I mean where there are fools who believe East Asian cultures are superior and shit on SEAsia/South Asia. This is the first time I’ve seen this combination include a dash of European far-right style racism and Islamophobia tho. A first for everything?)

Sorry, back to you anon. Lmfao, go on, try and find where I EVER said I was white or English. Because, amazingly, there are non-white people who live in Europe. Including Chinese people. Why, because there were British colonies in Asia! Also, I’m sorry to burst your bubble, but Europe is not 100% Pure Whiteystan and the UK hasn’t been so, at least since the Romans. Do I need to pull up that old post that talked about how modern Europeans are a huge mix of ancient hunter gatherers, Middle-Eastern farmers and Eurasian nomadic herders? Oh my god. Humans have been intermarrying since forever. Shocking, I know. 

The rest of the shit you wrote proves how you understand approximately 0% about how ethnicity is constructed and how the Han Chinese ethnic group was formed in particular. You really have a hard-on for racial homogenity, well I’m sorry I don’t because a lot of my family is Southern Chinese (+ a Vietnamese great-great grandma) and history says Qin Shi Huang and the successive Han dynasty expanded into what is now Southern China and genetic studies actually show there is a gradual difference the further away you get from the Yellow River! Amazing, right?  Because Sinicisation! Forced assimilation! Because there were other people actually living there before the invaders came from the North and I guess they ended up marrying the invaders! Not terra nullius, alas. Next thing, you’ll tell me Zheng He was actually Han Chinese. Also, inbreeding is bad. Just saying. Yep, thousands of years of imperialism. I mean, it’s not strange at all that China dwarfs so many of its surrounding countries in size. Also, I’m mystified who you can just completely ignore how China has minority groups, who aren’t Han. So does Japan have non-Yamato Japanese. I mean, especially given how the borders of China stretch to Central Asia too. But yeah, whatever, go marinate in your fantasy of East Asian racial homogenity. 

I don’t how it is logically possible that China was Always Homogeneously Confucian given that Confucius himself lived around 400ish-500ish BC and what we recognise as the earliest recorded Chinese dynasty is the Xia, which is supposed to have existed in 2000 BC. Or we can go with Shang, given there’s more evidence for that. Still, unless Kong Zi was a time traveller… And lol sure, let’s pretend Confucian ideas were all 100% fantastic and that the misogynist view of women didn’t contribute to dumb as hell things like foot binding. Sure. Go on about how East Asia is sooooo much more superior than South and SEAsia and the Centre of Civilisation even though Indian Buddhism influenced East Asia culturally till today, SEAsia has several major UNESCO heritage sites and China didn’t consider it beneath the Middle Kingdom to trade with these regions for centuries

Also that whole Races Have Different IQs thing is so last century. I mean, people realised that those studies never corrected for socio-economic factors like poverty and access to healthcare and education etc. And the scientific consensus is that race doesn’t even have a basis in biology. Genetics just don’t work that way, unfortunately. 

Thanks for making a fool of yourself. This ask was so wild I actually sort of had fun with this.


What Nyarlathotep says here seems to be a reference to the concept of the three poisons from Buddhism:

The three poisons or the three unwholesome roots, refer to ignorance/delusion, attachment/desire/greed, and aversion/hatred/anger. They are considered to be the cause of suffering.

The three poisons are the primary causes that keep people trapped in the cycle of rebirth known as samsara. The three poisons lead to the creation of karma, which leads to rebirth in the six realms of samsara. Ignorance is the root poison from which attachment and aversion are said to arise. 

In the contemporary Mahayana and Theravada Buddhist traditions, the three kleshas (mental states that cloud the mind and manifest in unwholesome actions) of ignorance, attachment, and aversion are identified as the root or source of all other kleshas.

The three poisons are similar to the Western psychological concepts of narcissism, desire, and anger.

In art they are represented as a pig (ignorance), a bird(greed), and a snake (anger) on the wheel of life.

Try to be mindful, and let things take their natural course. Then your mind will become still in any surroundings, like a clear forest pool. All kinds of wonderful, rare animals will come to drink at the pool, and you will clearly see the nature of all things. You will see many strange and wonderful things come and go, but you will be still. This is the happiness of the Buddha.
—  Ajahn Chah, (1918 - 1992), Thai Theravada Buddhist Teacher
Some Basics of Buddhism

*disclaimer I am a Theravada Buddhist. I have not read the majority of the discourse, nor have I worn the cloth. I am writing this from the perspective of a lifelong Buddhist in the Burmese/Chinese traditions who has some formal religious education and has formal been a yogi in the past. Also I might be an atheist? Idk. I’m still figuring things out. 

  1. “There is no God in Buddhism” is true-ish. There is no notion of a supreme deity that either created the world, controls it, or has the power to do so. Depending on your cultural practices there may be spirits, ghosts, deities, etc. For example, many Buddhists in Myanmar believe in Nat, also called devi in Pali, who inhabit our world as powerful but unseen spirits or deities. 
  2. We hold as sacred Buddha, his teachings (Dharma), and the monks and nuns (sangha). 
  3. One of the main things we are taught are the Four Noble Truths, and about karma, and meditation.
  4. The Four Noble Truths are that (1) life brings suffering, (2) suffering is a part of life, (3) it is possible to end suffering, (4) there is a path to ending suffering (aka reaching Enlightenment), namely Buddhism.
  5.  Karma is a highly misunderstood, possibly the most highly misunderstood, aspect of Buddhism. The law of karma is literally the notion of cause and effect. For example, you study hard for a test, then you get a good grade on a test. Bam! Good karma. You did something good, and the result was good. Or on a larger scale, you convince the US government to stop funding Israel, and less Palestinians are murdered 5 years from now. Also good karma. You did something good,and the result was good. It is not the notion that Buddha or the universe is rewarding you. 
  6. Meditation is super important. It is a major part of the path to enlightenment. Meditation is meant to help a person realize the universal truths of the world, and realizing these truths cease their sufferings. Basically that nothing is permanent of either our consciousness or our bodies, only our karma (our actions and their results) carry over to future lives. Therefore, to end suffering we must be good, so good that our karma does not effect the world in a negative way. 
  7. The whole multiple lives thing is also a mess in Western understandings. Because your physical being and consciousness are impermanent, the only thing that continues on is your karma. So what is reincarnated into new lives is the results of whatever you did in this life. For example, you are a doctor who saved the life of a woman who eventually goes on to give birth to a child who died two days after saving the woman. What you did for that woman did not stop with your death. That energy is partially reborn in that child. 
  8. There are three ways of attaining bodhi or Enlightenment, according to the ability and capacity of each individual: namely as a disciple (sraavaka), as a Pratyeka-Buddha and as a Samyak-sam-Buddha (perfectly and Fully Enlightened Buddha). We accept it as the highest, noblest, and most heroic to follow the career of a Bodhisattva and to become a Samyak-sam-Buddha in order to save others.

anonymous asked:

Hello mama! I'm a white girl who's been a practising Theravada Buddhist since I was thirteen (so about ten years now). Even though I feel it's against the teachings, there's a lot of people saying that white people cannot be Buddhist without being culturally appropriative, and it's making me feel so ashamed to identify as Buddhist that i have a hard time even meditating without hating myself. Are my feelings justified and should I be ashamed? I don't want to hurt anyone :c


(Sea bear has known plenty of people who are not of the cultures traditionally associated with Buddhism who practice Buddhism. You go ahead and you practice your religion to your heart’s content, darling.)