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  • hardie karges 7:38 am on May 13, 2018 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Aryan, Buddhist Studies, catuskoti, , , emptiness, , , , , , , shunya, tetralemma,   

    Buddhist Studies: lists of lists, definitions defined and translations translated… 

    IMG_2290If there’s anything more annoying, as a Buddhist Studies MA student, than having to memorize lists of lists after lists full of lists from the annals of the ancients, it’s having to plow through the re-definitions of all those terms from the mouths of the moderns (is ‘anals’ a word?). This is not high scholarship. This is the business of busy-work, the intellectual equivalent of keeping that shovel moving to justify your union job, or to keep your position as the arbiter of privilege in the fan-boy chat-pages of Facebook…

    Yet that’s what they all do, in the Western Lands, at least, and even in the temples, too, as if only one new definition ‘changes everything’, so that the Pali/Sanskrit word ‘dukkha‘ is no longer merely ‘suffering’ but ‘stress’, ‘anguish, ‘dissatisfaction’, or maybe even just ‘a spot of unpleasantness’ so easily resolved by following that Yellow Brick Road known as the 8FP, Eight-fold Path, when the reality is not so easy at all… (More …)

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  • hardie karges 7:41 am on February 11, 2018 Permalink | Reply
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    Buddhism: Meeting of East and West, Aryans and Dravidians, Nobles and… 

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    Buddhist shrine in Sri Lanka

    …us, of R1 genome, y-DNA, that is, not mitochrondial, we the barbarians from the north, land of ice and snow, with broken hearts and bad manners, satisfying ourselves with whomever whenever wherever, animal instincts and animal appetites, with an inclination toward wheels, and gears, and wine, and dark beers, anything to make the boring food go down easier, trail food, and whatever gets you through the night…

    But it must have something incredible to watch, erstwhile Aryans, light-skinned and beefy, from creamy milk, rolling in over the high plains, toward India, literally rolling, in chariots and carts pulled by horses and oxen, herding cows and goats and wayward children, lording it over the local slim swarthy dark-skinned Dravidians, so-called, for lack of a better name, in what must have been the world’s first great culture clash, the likes of which wouldn’t be seen again until the American genocide, this just the preamble to that constitution… (More …)

     
  • hardie karges 6:54 am on November 19, 2017 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Aryan, , , caste, , , , Germanic, , Harappa, Indus Valley Civilization, , , Mohenjo-Daro, , , ,   

    Did Russians Hack Buddhism in the 5th Century BCE? Here’s the deal… 

    IMG_1559NO, this is not click-bait; this is Buddhism, and I’m dead serious. OKAY, so maybe they weren’t Russians exactly, and MAYBE I have a lively imagination, and am an excitable boy from way back, AND you can’t just talk casually about the ‘Aryan invasion’ of India way back when, ever since Hitler crapped on us all with his inimitable armies, half-empty promises and his half-baked theories, BUT there is an element of truth to his Aryan (c)rap…

    Hitler just never did his homework really, all bark and no wood, jumping to conclusions and tilting at windmills, and absolutely no desire to make amends with his lessers of men. But now we have genomic research, which lends a strong measure of empirical (not imperial) truth to what used to be wild speculation, whether it be eye-witness testimony clouded by memory, or no-witness history clouded by time…  (More …)

     
  • hardie karges 7:19 am on September 24, 2017 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Aryan, , , , , , , Hindu, , Noble Truth, , , ,   

    First Noble Truth of Buddhism: It’s a Heartache… 

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    …and that’s about as accurate as any translation of the Pali word dukkha as any other, certainly better than the ‘stress’ or ‘discomfort’ or whatever currently making the rounds in Buddhist blurbs online and elsewhere, anything but ‘suffering’, the traditional and still most accurate definition. We’re talking about a metaphysical level of suffering here, after all, or at least existential, the kind that envelops you in its inimitable embrace, and lets you know exactly where you stand, or fall, which is usually somewhere nearby and knowable, so treatable…

    The newer ‘stress’-full definition of dukkha suggests a modern post-capitalist phase that the Buddha himself could hardly have imagined back in the classic Upanishadic era of pre-colonial India, actually post-colonial if you count Aryans as intruders, and not the high-class homeboy Brahmins that they usually like to see themselves as. They brought as many chariots, horses, cows and racism as they ever brought religion, more like high plains cowboys than the meditative masters that we now see them as (though they did have good drugs—I hear)… (More …)

     
  • hardie karges 11:28 am on August 5, 2015 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Aryan, , Gael Garcia Bernal, , Jon Stewart, Maziar Bahari, Persian   

    Rosewater and Julep, Movies and Reality, USA and Aryan Iran… 

    Imagine a place out on the steppes of Asia, the stepping stones to Europe, maybe the Caucasus, or somewhere farther east, out on the outskirts of the civvies and the cities, say maybe 5-6000 years ago, with the climes warming up and paths leading north, where a group of people probably only a few thousand strong, not so urban, but not so stupid, playing around with wheels and ales and axles and weapons, found a will and a way in this world, spreading outward until they gradually lost contact with each other and their languages became harder to understand, eventually to become the Celts of Europe and the Persians of Asia and the Greeks of the Mediterranean, and the Hittites who never really left, now North Europeans, South Europeans, Indians, Iranians, and… Armenians, who never really left…

    …speaking related Indo-Aryan-European languages, Aryan the same word as Iran, long before it meant ‘Nordic’, swastika a Hindu symbol, Persian sharing words with English and Spanish, “Swas Ti Ka” meaning “hello” in Thai via Sanskrit, long before Hitler crapped on us all, long before Muslims felt like they had to fight for their lives to survive Western colonization, long before Jews decided they weren’t really Middle Easterners at all, more like Europeans in fact, with all that represents…

    Chaos theory: but for a few butterflies fluttering by at random times places and faces altering time-lines and wait times, we might still be one tribe today, speaking mutually intelligible dialects of the same language and fighting over politics, not—wait a minute—threatening the future of the world. After all, are we really that much different? Indians, Persians, Greeks, Romans, French, English and others all have proud histories, major snafus, and a common background. Is their death wish really that much different from our death wish? Are we really any more reliable with a Bomb than they are? (More …)

     
  • hardie karges 8:50 am on November 1, 2008 Permalink | Reply
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    When hippies flooded into India during the 60’s, 

    the Indo-European migration came full circle, complete with epicycles. Not only did the original tribes expand from some unknown center reaching India and Europe, but Gypsies changed their minds and went to Europe from India. Then, of course, the hippies left their tracks and traces, albeit more symbolically than numerically, going to India from Europe. The original language spread even farther than the people themselves, Sanskrit splitting into as many languages or more than its Roman cousin and spreading vocabulary even farther into the South Pacific. Unfortunately oil and water are slow to mix, but seem content to languish in their potential for a spicy vinaigrette, or, in other words, racism. Any pretense to some other social distinction is pure fiction. India’s caste system is based on skin color, pure and simple, as if that were some sort of genetic threshold. I suspect it has more to do with solar exposure than pure genetics, regardless. Thus the original Dravidian-speaking inhabitants were pushed further south and further down the social stratum in favor of the Aryan newcomers, a system which will likely continue into eternity.

     
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