How to Solve Our Human Problems: The Four Noble Truths by Kelsang GyatsoTheres a certain style to writings on Buddhism or meditation-type topics that drives me crazy. Ive struggled to identify what it is exactly about the style that bothers me and Ive settled on the fact that its simultaneously specific yet vacuous. Geshe Kelsang Gyatsos writing is no exception as he regularly throws out broad statements that Im unable to get much meaning out of. Am I supposed to just accept what he says and keep reading?
There is no less suffering in the world today, and there are no fewer problems. Indeed, it might be said that there are now more problems and greater dangers than ever before. (location 61)I almost threw my Kindle across the room after reading that. How can he just say that?? We live in the most peaceful and most prosperous time ever! How can I read a whole book predicated on a wrong idea? He brings this idea up again at location 173. In the absence of any clarification from the author, Im left to struggle with what the author must really mean with these wrong things hes saying. I can only conclude that hes speaking metaphorically?
During deep sleep, and at the end of the death process, the inner winds dissolve into the centre of the heart channel wheel inside the central channel, and then the very subtle mind, the mind of clear light, becomes manifest. (location 974).See what I mean? It seems to talk about a very specific process and yet doesnt tell me much. What is amazing to me is that the author wrote that sentence thinking that it would help me learn how to solve my human problems! Instead I am left wondering if the heart channel wheel is just some Buddhist concept Ive not been exposed to yet or if it is more metaphors.
Buddhas teachings are the supreme scientific method to solve human problems. (location 120)How can he just write that!! Does he know that scientific method has a specific meaning? I feel like he could have used any noun in that sentence and had it mean the same thing. I am going to try it out, okay?
Buddhas teachings are the supreme peanut butter method to solve human problems.Jeah that seems to make about as much sense to me.
One more issue I had with this book - at location 1059 the author casually describes casting a spell to determine if his friends baby is his reincarnated mother. A spell!
I find myself getting agitated just re-reading these quotes. This is the exact opposite effect that Buddhism is supposed to have on you. Thats partly what I find fascinating about the topic and why I keep struggling with it despite how unpleasant I find it (see also: yoga).
ALSO, in spite of the authors best efforts I did manage to glean something from this book. The idea that the book seems to center on is that the world is perceived entirely in our mind and therefore we can control it. Another idea is that we can always find external forces to blame our unhappiness on it is much harder to find external forces that will make you happy. From that you get to: you are in charge of your own mental state.
As someone whos struggled with stupid Depression their whole life this idea really resonated with me. Every external factor Id attributed my unhappiness to has been phased out of my life yet unhappiness persists. This leaves me with the unsettling revelation that the constant in this equation is me! The idea that Buddhism could offer me a way to change my attitude and see things in a positive light is a really compelling one. I just wish I could find a book that explains how to change my attitude in a way I could understand.
The Psychology of Problem-Solving
Belle and Sebastian: How to Solve Our Human Problems Part 2 – soft and sweet in the middle
That suits the suppleness of the band, alternating their singing here in a melodic relay. Sarah Martin fronts a charming, charging Same Star , a song of romantic insistence. The squelch and squeal of the Stevie Jackson-led Cornflakes or the yawning woodwinds and wry, curling lyrics of A Plague on Other Boys may be notes towards something significant, when Part 3 is released next month, or just humble offerings to our wilderness of playlists. Summer may be coming to an end, but festival season continues right through the autumn season in Ireland. Book a short break at one of the many fantastic Irish festivals on offer this autumn.
Buddha long ago pointed out that though humans universally seek happiness it consistently eludes them, and though they seek to avoid suffering it falls upon them like rain. The root of the problem, he taught, is a deep ignorance about the nature of happiness and suffering and their causes. In How to Solve Our Human Problems, Geshe Kelsang explains with characteristic clarity how we can easily apply this teaching to our modern day lives and begin to experience the taste of true, lasting happiness. I highly recommend it to anyone seeking happiness or greater meaning in their lives. Buy this book from Tharpa Canada.
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The first in a trio of new mini-albums from Belle and Sebastian finds the Glaswegian indie-pop greats speaking to our times. At its best, it grows into a divine six-minute prog-disco suite. Back then, the prospect of the notoriously secretive Belle and Sebastian even performing live—let alone enthusiastically in front of thousands of people tossing around oversized corporate-branded beach balls—seemed to be as much of a soft-focus fantasy as the misty-eyed daydreams cataloged in their achingly intimate songs. But not only did Belle and Sebastian gradually blossom into one of the most generous and gregarious acts on the festival circuit, their records have become increasingly engineered to ensure the party rages on. Between now and February, the band will release three mini-albums under the banner of How to Solve Our Human Problems , a strategy that hearkens back to the trifecta of stellar EPs they released over the course of Nothing seems to happen.
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On the eve of launching Belle and Sebastian 's project How to Solve Our Human Problems , leader Stuart Murdoch explained his band's decision to release a series of three interlocked EPs instead of a long-player with this: "I think these days when an LP comes out, it's kind of disappointing. Nothing seems to happen, and I thought, 'We've got to do something different. Consequently, all three Human Problems EPs feel cut from the same cloth, all buzzing to a stylish good vibe pitched halfway between '60s modernism and '70s disco. Perhaps there are moments that drift, such as the mellow bachelor pad neo-instrumental "Everything Is Now," but they're designed that way, offering color and texture to music that already had a surplus of both. Like any good EPs, the mild throwaways wind up as endearing as the major items on Human Problems , since they keep the plus minutes of music cooking and provide plenty of room for such fetching accents as oboes and analog synths. Taken as a whole piece, though, the striking thing about How to Solve Our Human Problems is neither the finely honed sense of craft -- evident in both the compositions and sharp production -- nor how the group now excels in churning out a disco epic like the six-minute "Sweet Dew Lee.