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Philosophical Dharma
Pannobhasa Bhikkhu, a.k.a. David Reynolds, at Kusalakari Monastery, French Camp, Ca. A Theravada Buddhist monk and author contributing some Dharmic philosophy to the Babylon of the west.
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"The Monkey Messiah" (at Po Win Daung, in NW Burma/Myanmar)

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Evola's Pagan Imperialism: The God-Emperor

More of the strange ideas of a fascist philosopher and Buddhist scholar, this time regarding God-Emperors, spiritual supermen, and a cultural elite so superior in spirit that they channel higher forces from above into this world.
https://politicallyincorrectdharma.blogspot.com/2020/10/evolas-pagan-imperialism-god-emperor.html?showComment=1603244761448#c2203715415514707336

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I got a very nice comment on the blog today, from a person named Mandy:"Thanks for this blog. I c...

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ATTENTION EVERYONE: It has come to my attention that there is an option here on SS for a link to a Discord server here on the channel. So, if anyone is interested I can set one up so fellow subscribers can communicate more easily with me and with each other. Feel free to reply in the comments to this post or send me an email. Also, if anyone would like a weekly meetup session I would consider any suggestions for a convenient time and day of the week. Be happy and have a nice day.

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my home for more than eight years: Wun Bo Wildlife Refuge Monastery, in NW Myanmar/Burma
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Evola's Pagan Imperialism: the Pagan Aspect

More on Buddhist scholar Julius Evola's strange little monument to fascism, especially with regard to spiritual matters.
https://politicallyincorrectdharma.blogspot.com/2020/10/evolas-pagan-imperialism-pagan-aspect.html
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A Sample of Modern Burmese Buddhist Poetry

This is an old post that I posted on my older, more blatantly Buddhist blog more than eight years ago, but it is very nice and well worth reading. One thing I really liked about it is that it reminded me of the starry-eyed idealism and enthusiasm I felt as a young monk.
https://thebahiyablog.blogspot.com/2012/09/a-sample-of-modern-burmese-buddhist.html
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strange but true
(the gif is also a nice reminder of the goop that comes out of the human body sometimes)
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Julius Evola's Pagan Imperialism: an Introduction

The beginning of a discussion of a strange little book by Evola, who is significant in the history of western Buddhism because 1) he wrote The Doctrine of Awakening, a book explaining and praising Theravada Buddhism and 2) the renowned English monk ven. Nyanavira converted to Buddhism and was inspired to ordain as a bhikkhu after reading it. Evola also happens to have been a rather extreme fascist; although fascism, unlike Marxism, has had considerable respect for spirituality.
https://politicallyincorrectdharma.blogspot.com/2020/10/julius-evolas-pagan-imperialism.html

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Our meal offering at the monastery today, consisting of traditional foods made by a kind Burmese ...

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the Shwedagon at night
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Why Would a Buddhist Monk Vote for Donald Trump? (2020 edition)

Best not to pay too much attention to politics, but still, cultural Marxism threatens western Buddhism as well as western civilization. In western Dhamma halls today there may be more emphasis on gay rights, white privilege, and Black Lives Matter style Marxism than on Gotama Buddha.
https://politicallyincorrectdharma.blogspot.com/2020/10/why-would-buddhist-monk-vote-for-donald.html

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Belly Meditation

A post I wrote a few years ago about a very nice meditation retreat I attended at Tathagata Meditation Center in San Jose, California. The retreat was led by venerable Sayadaw U Pannasami (pictured), of the Mahasi tradition. TMC really is the best meditation center I have seen in the USA, though I admit my experience is limited.
https://thebahiyablog.blogspot.com/2016/01/belly-meditation-part-1.html

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Brass Buddha image at Taungpulu Kyauk Hsin Tawya, central Myanmar, based upon the Mahamuni image of Mandalay (except without the think encrustation of gold)

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A Very Strange Preface to a Buddhist Book

This is the strangest preface to a book I have ever read, written by a fellow who claims to be the founder of Buddhist Youth International, in India. Worth consideration, I think, as a kind of psychological case study, for those with the patience to read it.
https://politicallyincorrectdharma.blogspot.com/2020/09/a-very-strange-preface-to-buddhist-book.html

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(another camping pic, above Shasta Lake)

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A friend/supporter from New York came to the monastery recently and we went camping in the Siskiy...

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Reflections on the New Ananda Temple Which May Never Be Built

A little essay on venerable U Kosalla, abbot of a Burmese monastery in California, and his desire to build a magnificent temple...which a few neighbors vehemently oppose.
https://politicallyincorrectdharma.blogspot.com/2020/09/reflections-on-new-ananda-temple-which.html

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Reconciling Karma with Materialism: Fitting It All Together

The second part of my attempt to explain how karma/kamma actually makes events happen in an assumed material world, with some discussion of how everyone in a mass event could have similar enough karma to be involved in it. It may be that someone else has attempted to explain how kamma, a mental state, can condition physical systems in a radical, metaphysical way, but I haven't seen it; so I attempt it here because Buddhism shouldn't simply be dogmatic, but should try to understand how Buddhist philosophy relates to modern science.
https://politicallyincorrectdharma.blogspot.com/2020/09/reconciling-karma-with-materialism.html

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At Kyauk Hsin Tawya in upper Burma, where I lived for almost four years.
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Reconciling Karma with Materialism: The Many Lives of Schrödinger’s Cat

 I have already attempted elsewhere to explain the Buddhist idea of karma in a way that even a hard-headed scientific realist could accept... But that was mainly regarding what karma itself is (the momentum of our mental energy, which serves as a kind of autopilot to those of us who are not fully awake, rather similar to Schopenhauer’s conception of Will), merely touching on some of the more obvious ways in which it can reach fruition in a godless material world...  

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Part of an alms round in Wun Bo.
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The Autopilot

An essay I wrote years ago explaining a fundamental yet mostly understood aspect of karma: "habit energy." I post it here by way of intro to a two-part blog miniseries coming up on how karma works from a more or less scientific perspective.
https://thebahiyablog.blogspot.com/2015/04/the-autopilot.html
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At Po Win Daung (a huge complex of medieval cave temples), in upper Burma

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