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Politically Incorrect Dharma
Politically Incorrect Dharma
Pannobhasa, a.k.a. David Reynolds, till recently P. Bhikkhu, formerly living in Burmese caves and at various places in the USA. For 30 years a Theravada Buddhist monk, and presently an author and teacher contributing some Dharmic philosophy to the plastic Babylon of the west. A Discord server has been set up for the group, and a link may be sent to you upon request. Be happy.
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The Small Discourse on VOIDNESS

A reading of the Cūlasuññata Sutta (M121) of the Pali Canon, which despite some dry language is one of the most profound Theravada Buddhist texts, describing the systematic cultivation of Emptiness, leading to liberating insight, leading to full Enlightenment. With some (explanatory and helpful, I hope) commentary.
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Happiness Kicks Butt

A teaser from the second book, in progress: Philosophical Dharma: Writings of an Incendiary Buddhist Monk. It is mostly edited, and should be out within a week, so long as the technical hitches are no more than last time. (The illustration is of Amartya Sen, winner of the Nobel Prize in Economics, who wrote such a pathetic chapter on happiness in one of his books that I drew the mustache and beard on him to make myself feel better.)
https://politicallyincorrectdharma.blogspot.com/2021/06/happiness-kicks-butt.html

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Yours truly doing a video on the beginningless subject of dukkha, which will be out before long I trust...(that's a tomato plant in the pot there; not sure why I'm looking at my thumb, but I figure I was probably making a point...)
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The Book is Live

All right my good fellows, after a veritable ordeal of technical complications (partly because I've never published a book on Amazon before and wasn't entirely sure how to do it the first time), the book Essays in Theravada Buddhism: Writings of an Incendiary Monk by Pannobhasa Bhikkhu (John David Reynolds) is now for sale on Amazon, in paperback and ebook formats (sorry, no leatherbound hardbacks with gilt page edges). If you do purchase the book and enjoy it, then a positive review, so they say, would be of the greatest help in furthering "the cause."

The next book (Philosophical Dharma, just as philosophical if not more so, though not so restricted to Theravada) is more than half-edited, and will be going up on Amazon probably within the week, the gods willing.

Anyway, the link is here, and I do hope people consider this to be worthwhile: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B096ZHKY9D

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An illustration from the second book, in progress. It's of the altar in the congregation hall at Migadawun Monastery, in upper Myanmar (my room was in the same building). The two vases are 85mm artillery shells, a common sight in military Burma. The Buddha image itself is of lacquerware.

With regard to the first book, it is almost ready. The ebook version is soon to be on sale, although there has been an issue with the wrong ISBN number being printed on the copyright page of the paperback, so once again I am required to go back and fix it after the current review process is finished. (They won't let you change anything while the book is officially under review.) I am learning through a great deal of trial and error on this first book, and the second (in progress as I say) should go more smoothly. Be happy.
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Marxist Academics vs. Bad Boys of Buddhism

I generally tend to shy away from putting videos of Brian and me here on SubscribeStar, although one of you sent me the academic article mentioning both of us as enemies of Social Justice PseudoBuddhism, and so I suppose I should expose you all to our discussion of it. Both of us have been facing challenges lately, although I do have the advantage of my sweetheart Deide supporting my heart.
https://www.bitchute.com/video/QvhaBwl7q5Yh/
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One of Many Middle Paths

A teaser from the new book. (The photo is probably copyrighted though, so I avoided it there, but not here.)
https://politicallyincorrectdharma.blogspot.com/2021/06/one-of-many-middle-paths.html

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Question and Answer 10: Mindfulness, Love, Free Will (etc.)

Well, here it is folks: A long and detailed Q&A session with lots of good queries. Questions include: learning meditation from YouTube; the Navakavada “movement”; western vs. eastern monasticism; head coverings; Free Will; science vs. metaphysical idealism; mindfulness of body and mind; the ascetic lifestyle; falling from a high incarnation; enlightened laypeople; morality of enlightened beings; magick; subtleties of karma; recollection of Buddha/Dhamma/Sangha; venerable Vimalaramsi; geographical relocation for preppers and conservative Buddhists; the origins of Mahayana; “love is acceptance”; the origin of Dharma; Buddhist use of weapons; venerable Wirathu; Buddhists in South Carolina; barbecue sauce; enlightened insects; liking bad habits; the Brian Ruhe Show; mindfulness of breathing; no-mind in Zen; publishing my books; my largest challenge after disrobing; how I met my sweetheart; and attainments for laypeople vs. attainments for monks.
https://www.bitchute.com/video/csnSwsRtWidW/
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Just a teaser until the Q&A is ready (it's in the can)
https://www.bitchute.com/video/vnMDUaDWzTyo/
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Bronze Age Mindset: A More or Less Buddhist Response

A review/critique of a weird book (with a theme of Nietzschean accelerationism) that is very popular in some "alt-right" circles.
https://politicallyincorrectdharma.blogspot.com/2021/06/bronze-age-mindset-more-or-less.html

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Attention Folks, Q&A Time Again

As I scramble to edit books, keep the blog and everything else up to date, and continue to acclimate to a secular world (my credit card application is still in limbo and I still do not have a driver's license or even a pair of long pants), I have received enough questions that the time for another Question and Answer video is drawing near. So, any of you with questions to ask regarding Dharma, Buddhism in general, meditation, Burma, me, whatever, are welcome to ask, and the video will be made, insh'allah, this week.

(By the way, the first book of the five collections of essays is almost ready to launch. The picture included here is a detail of one of the illustrations, which I consider to be evocative. I think those little trees are bodhi trees too.)

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Book Update

Hello everyone, and thank you for your patience with my silence and introversion as I work on editing books. The first volume, "Essays in Theravada Buddhism: Writings of an Incendiary Monk," is almost ready for publication, with pretty much all that remains to do before it is uploaded onto Amazon being to write the Introduction to the whole book and to design the book cover---which I think will feature some version of the trademark burning monk.

I am learning as I go with this project, so it will presumably get easier as I work on subsequent volumes. One thing that I have done from the beginning of my blogging career is to ignore the tab key when writing, starting the indentation of a new paragraph by hitting the space key five times...which now is causing irregularities in the indentations when the right margins are justified. I can leave them irregular like they are now, or I suppose I could spend a few hours going through the whole book and removing the initial five spaces and replacing them all with regular tabs. At present I'm leaning towards leaving them irregular, as a means of adding a personal touch.

As always, feel free to offer feedback on this process. I hope that some of you, especially those who haven't read the old Nippapanca Blog much, will read these books, the first one of which is turning out rather well, if I do say so myself, and I just did.

Oh, one question: Does anybody know the law regarding the quoting of copyrighted material? I do quote other books sometimes, and will eventually quote in their entirety the lyrics to a song by Alanis Morissette, so I am wondering.
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Bronze Age Mindset: Nietzsche vs. Darwin

Part 2 will be more comprehensive. This one mainly just deals with Bronze Age Pervert's lack of understanding of biological evolution.
https://politicallyincorrectdharma.blogspot.com/2021/06/bronze-age-mindset-nietzsche-vs-darwin.html

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Attention Again Folks

Well, during this time of relative silence I have been diligently working to get most of the essays on my old Nippapanca Blog (those found worthy) edited into the form of books so I can self-publish them on Amazon (which does appear to be my most realistic option at present). It turns out that what I have could easily be turned into five (5) thickish volumes. One will be on specifically Theravada Buddhist philosophy, with some translations. One will be on somewhat more eclectic philosophical Dharma. One will be on general Buddhist ethics and practice. One will consist of personal remembrances and reflections of my own path (including some old current events posts). And one will be essentially eclectic (though always from a more or less Buddhist perspective) philosophical social commentary--though on the old blog there was little of the politically incorrect ranting I have done on the new one.

So I am fishing for suggestions here. I'm trying to think of titles at present. I've been considering "Writings of a Buddhist Radical" as a title, with five different subtitles: "Strictly Theravada," "Philosophical Dharma," "Buddhist Ethics, Buddhist Practice," "A Seeker's Journey," and "Philosophical Social Commentary." I am navigating this essentially solo at present, and so I welcome feedback. Maybe "Technical Theravada"?

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Attention Folks,

The old Nippapanca Blog has just been de-activated (still not totally deleted but I think I'm the only one who can access it now), to facilitate turning it into probably at least 3 books. So I am requesting a little feedback. Let's say I make 3 books out of it; I suppose one should be straight Buddhist philosophy. Another can be more personal, with my own path involved more obviously, and presumably less insistence on orthodox Buddhist philosophy (more eclectic but still emphasizing spirituality and philosophy). So what would the third be: miscellaneous cultural reflections, which I hope would include some of my best writing, including my interpretation of Moby Dick and the Russian movie Stalker? That's pretty much the idea I have at present anyway. Feel free to chime in.

At present my main criteria for choosing essays is: 1) My own opinion concerning an essay's value and my liking of it, and 2) popularity based on numbers of views in the (still existent) stats pages. 3) would include specific requests, or else any volunteer editorial suggestions, which will be more difficult now if you can't access the old blog. So you'll probably have to trust my own judgement, unless there are any old essays/articles/posts that really stand out as something you liked. The precipice article I wrote has received some praise, so that one for example would be sure to be in the first or second volume mentioned above.

Next step for me is learning how to use Amazon's self publishing software.
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the HSIN HSIN MING, or "On Believing in Mind"

This is a test, as a few people have suggested that I do readings of some of my favorite Dharma/philosophy texts, possibly even with some sort of aesthetically pleasing scenery improving the general appearance.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cptcfSw2aSs
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The Journey to the East, Part 2: from Santa Monika Pier to Here

(The next stage in the journey involves me being relatively stationary. The picture, by the way, is of New Mexico right where the Rocky Mountains are supposed to be, but AREN'T)
https://politicallyincorrectdharma.blogspot.com/2021/05/the-journey-to-east-part-2-from-santa.html

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Oh sweet Jesus somebody just sent me a link to a Buddhist sermon with an amazing picture right in the Buddha's lap...looks like maybe I got out just in time.
(The link is in the comments. Happy Buddha Day everybody.)

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OK here it is folks:

Question and Answer 9: with just plain Pannobhasa

https://www.bitchute.com/video/NyFSjNGDa2Gm/
Questions include: memories in the brain; the what and how of mindfulness; offending people; yeses and nos of secular life; bhakti (devotional) yoga; the status of Navakavada; future reincarnation into the past; UFOs; concentration vs. mindfulness; psychedelic drugs; being a samanera; publishing a book; having a beer (or a glass of wine); transition updates; elementary Dhamma instruction; and what I am called now.
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My sweetheart INSISTS that I post this pic of me on my first day as a common human, with ganache cake and ice cream (two different kinds from Publix). These are the first western clothes I have worn in literally THIRTY YEARS, showing off the bruises from fighting with 100 lbs of luggage in New Orleans at 1 am. (The iron alms bowl in the background, btw, was given to me by a Mon monk back around 1994, and it was old then, allegedly previously owned by venerable Pah Auk Sayadaw himself.)

(I am still very busy this week wrangling the DMV and getting services set up to drop back into civilization, in addition to writing. I hope to have the next Q and A done this week. Internet just activated yesterday.)
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The Cult of Anti-Individualism

A post I wrote about how freedom of thought and expression has been steadily migrating rightwards over the past few-to-several decades. The individualism of the new left is really anti-individualism.
https://politicallyincorrectdharma.blogspot.com/2021/05/the-cult-of-anti-individualism.html?showComment=1621455776033#c7932673005109002985

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All right folks, I have finally arrived in South Carolina, have set up my new HQ (pictured), and just now got Internet set up, so I figure it is time for another Q&A video. Even though I'm not a monk no more I still know the same things as before, and am more or less the same person, so I hope my next video, in which I will in all probability be wearing a shirt, will not disappoint. As usual feel free to ask about what interests you in the realm of Buddhism, meditation, mysticism, comparative religion and philosophy, how my transition is going thus far, etc. etc., in the comments below.

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Transitional Update: Pannobhasa Samanera

(A quick and sloppy video from a hotel room in New Orleans, telling how I got here, barely. Please excuse the razor burn etc. on my face but it's part of the purifying ordeal.)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DGxyJYKG1XI
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On Aversion for Samsara

This one was inspired by comments to my Big Announcement.
https://politicallyincorrectdharma.blogspot.com/2021/05/on-aversion-for-samsara.html

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