Tag: Philosophy

Six Quotes From Rinzler’s “The Buddha Walks Into A Bar” We Need To Start 2021

When Buddha walks into a bar and sits next to you, you don’t just get booze. You get a life lesson.

 

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When I first picked up, “The Buddha Walks Into a Bar: A Guide to Life for a New Generation” by Lodro Rinzler, I wasn’t really sure what to expect. I had always been fascinated by different belief systems and appreciated their differences and similarities. Diversity is beautiful, no matter what form it comes in, giving those who listen a chance to learn and grow. After utilizing my one free purchase on Audible last month for this book, (as well as buying the Kindle version, since I could not find it in print near me), I felt armed and prepared with an open mind to learn more about Buddhism.

 

 

Now, this isn’t just some textbook about Buddhism. On January 10, 2012, Rinzler published this book on how newer generations can apply simple Buddhist practices into their lives to make a positive impact. In turn, practitioners can see how this positively affects the world. After listening to the first chapter, I knew I was in for so much more: a revelation.

 

I was first diagnosed with PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder) in June 2020. In the past, I always considered myself a strong person: someone who knew how to properly compartmentalize traumatic experiences to just “get over them.” In the past, I would consider myself a spiritual person. While meditation and journaling helped, it wasn’t enough. When I suffered an ectopic pregnancy at the beginning of last year, I not only lost a baby but hope. 

 

 

But after picking up this book, I wasn’t prepared; I wasn’t prepared to find hope and comfort in the words that I read. Rinzler’s philosophies on death, suffering, happiness, kindness, and life resonated with me. With a fresh, new, and wickedly funny perspective, Rinzler lets readers know these spiritual practices can be added to anyone’s routine. Even if that means forms of active meditation, such as when the person meditating just acknowledges what he, she, or they are doing in the present moment. After a year like 2020, we all need a little more happiness and peace of mind.

 

What were the quotes that gave me my revelation and some comfort, you ask? Check out what I would like to call, “The Big Six,” below. 

 

 

1. “You may not have spent years meditating or received instruction from all the best teachers in all the various philosophical schools. That does not mean you can’t open your heart to the world and make a difference. You don’t have to wait until you’re enlightened. You don’t have to ask anyone’s permission. You just have to offer yourself, as you are, and allow your vulnerable heart to transform the world.” 

― Lodro Rinzler, The Buddha Walks into a Bar . . .: A Guide to Life for a New Generation

 

2. “Many internal storylines are not rooted in our basic sanity or wisdom, but rather in our confusion.” 

― Lodro Rinzler, The Buddha Walks into a Bar . . .: A Guide to Life for a New Generation

 

3. “At the point where you find yourself closing down from communicating openly in a relationship, you have a choice about how you would like to proceed. One way forward is to lay fresh layers of protection around your vulnerable heart. You are dampening the other person’s ability to hurt you, but you are also less able to communicate your own love genuinely. You are essentially preparing yourself for an inevitable breakup. The alternative is loosening up your expectations and reconnecting with that curiosity you were able to offer at the beginning of the relationship. You commit to exploring where you are stuck, where you have put up that protective shielding, and how you can open yourself more to your partner. This is a way to deepen a relationship, by recommitting to applying gentle curiosity toward learning about your lover.” 

― Lodro Rinzler, The Buddha Walks into a Bar…: A Guide to Life for a New Generation

 

 

4. “So much of our pain comes from looking at our life in a “me” versus “the world” mentality.” 

― Lodro Rinzler, The Buddha Walks into a Bar . . .: A Guide to Life for a New Generation

 

5. “You let your motivation shine, and other people are attracted to your passion and commitment.” 

― Lodro Rinzler, The Buddha Walks into a Bar . . .: A Guide to Life for a New Generation

 

6. “Patience from a Buddhist perspective is not a “wait and see” attitude, but rather one of “just be there”… Patience can also be based on not expecting anything. Think of patience as an act of being open to whatever comes your way. When you begin to solidify expectations, you get frustrated because they are not met in the way you had hoped… With no set idea of how something is supposed to be, it is hard to get stuck on things not happening in the time frame you desired. Instead, you are just being there, open to the possibilities of your life.” 

― Lodro Rinzler, The Buddha Walks into a Bar…: A Guide to Life for a New Generation

 

 

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Peacock’s ‘Brave New World’: A Review

A television adaptation of Aldous Huxley’s 1932 novel Brave New World is currently on NBC’s new streaming service Peacock, and it is a fresh take on a tired genre. Often compared to George Orwell’s 1984, Huxley’s Brave New World is also considered to be a work of political prophecy, and is, in my opinion, at least, far more worrisome, mainly because of a single widely known phrase: “opium of the people”.

Originally said by Karl Marx, the “opium of the people” he was referring to was organized religion, criticizing it for how it reduced the immediate suffering of the oppressed with a pleasant illusion, keeping them in their low status and preventing them from seeing that they’re being oppressed in the first place. While in Huxley’s Brave New World religion is an extinct practice, the “opium of the people” is replaced with something new, and a far more literal interpretation of the metaphor: soma, which is a pharmaceutical drug that the population take regularly to chemically alter their brains and make unpleasant thoughts disappear.

Aldous Huxley himself | Image via Cannes

The show largely follows the same plot as the book, where a woman by the name of Lenine Crowne and a man by the name of Bernard Marx take a vacation to what are considered the “Savage Lands”, which are the few areas on the globe where the authority of the World State does not reach, and where the people still live by our current practices, including but not limited to monogamy, family, currency, and religion, which are all considered to be primitive and outdated by the people of New London. There, Bernard and Lenine meet a woman named Linda and her son John, and through a series of events I won’t spoil for you, John ends up in New London, and must learn how to adapt to living in a strict social hierarchy where any privacy is forbidden and love is considered a sickness.

Compared to George Orwell’s 1984, I personally consider Huxley’s Brave New World to be a far grimmer depiction of our future. In a society where emotion is chemically castrated, art is dead and virtues such as generosity and sacrifice are non existent. It is an empty society, one of no culture and one that holds no values. In this way, Brave New World is not so much a political prophecy but a societal one, and one that the show adapts to television quite well, not overburdening the audience with copious amounts of exposition but instead devoting enough time to the characters for them to organically address Huxley’s themes of societal segregation, rampant consumerism, the incompatibility of happiness and truth and, of course, the dangers of an all-powerful state.

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CAMBRIDGE UNIVERSITY PRESS MAKES OVER 700 TEXTBOOKS FREE!

In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, Cambridge University Press has made textbooks free to access in HTML format until the end of May on Cambridge Core. 700 and counting published books are available on Cambridge Core to assist students and readers in their academic courses and pursuits. The following subjects are provided: economics, law, politics, science, and much more! Please do not wait to take advantage of this!

 

Cambridge University Press made this public via Twitter with a tweet that reads, “We are committed to supporting our global community of teachers, researchers and learners during the coronavirus pandemic. From free textbooks and research, to advice, guidance, blog and more, visit our website”.

80 more books and journal articles related to coronavirus are also be provided for free. If we are going to be quarantined for a while, it is best that we take advantage of those published writings on coronavirus and get educated!

 

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