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  1. Oct 2019
    1. Suzuki interpreted the episodes of spiritual awakening depicted in Zen public cases as proof of humankind’s ability to suddenly break through the boundaries of common, everyday, logical thought to achieve a nondualistic, pure experience in which distinctions such as self/other and right/wrong disappear. He characterized this experience as an expression of the irrational intuition that underlies all religions and all acts of artistic creation, regardless of culture or historical period, and that achieved its highest expression in the secular arts of Japan. Suzuki, therefore, interpreted Zen not as a form of Buddhism but as a Japanese cultural value with universal relevance.

      Suzuki provides interesting insight. This demonstrates that Japan had their own unique take on the entire concept of Zen.

    2. When the Ming dynasty (1368–1661) in China began to collapse, many Chinese Zen monks sought refuge in Japan.

      This provides a sound reasoning for the spread to Japan.

    3. Although Zen Buddhism in China is traditionally dated to the 5th century, it actually first came to prominence in the early 8th century, when Wuhou (625–705), who seized power from the ruling Tang dynasty (618–907) to become empress of the short-lived Zhou dynasty (690–705), patronized Zen teachers as her court priests. After Empress Wuhou died and the Tang dynasty was restored to power, rival sects of Zen appeared whose members claimed to be more legitimate and more orthodox than the Zen teachers who had been associated with the discredited empress. These sectarian rivalries continued until the Song dynasty, when a more inclusive form of Zen became associated with almost all of the official state-sponsored Buddhist monasteries. As the official form of Chinese Buddhism, the Song dynasty version of Zen subsequently spread to Korea, Japan, and Vietnam.

      The exact time that Zen was introduced into China is not exact. It appears to have formed over a series of years and involved many different people. This is in contrast with the common myth that Bodhidharma introduced it a one specific moment in time.

    4. Zen, Chinese Chan, Korean Sŏn, also spelled Seon, Vietnamese Thien, important school of East Asian Buddhism that constitutes the mainstream monastic form of Mahayana Buddhism in China, Korea, and Vietnam and accounts for approximately 20 percent of the Buddhist temples in Japan.

      China, Japan, Vietnam, and Korea are areas where zen was traditionally found.

    1. NOW, WHERE DOES THAT LEAVE US? Well, the consensus, I believe, among most Zen teachers and students who have looked at the topic is ... even if the lineage is not literal, it is the something beyond words that matters. It is our practice here and now that is most vital. It stands for something beyond time, so it is not so important that these people really existed or not. It is rather like Moses may have not been a historical personage ... but, still, in our hearts we can feel "Let My People Go!".

      This makes a great point. With so much confusion and contradictory information, one has to assume dharma transmission exceeded and circumvented the narrow pathways outlined in various lineages.As everyone has Buddha nature, everyone can be a pathway.

    1. “Originally it was little black-hat hacker crews who were at war with each other — they would take docs, like documents, from a competing group and then claim they had ‘dox’ on them,”

      Black hat hackers were/are considered the "bad" side of hacking, yet the "Robin Hood" heros by others.

      Essentially it is intelligence - public, private, or a combination. Often this information is in an gathered in unethical manner.

      Ultimately, the intention and the end result of doxxing really determines the result. I don't know if the true result of actions that result in someone loosing their job or receiving death threats really helps anyone. If a Nazi sympathizer looses their job do they become more desperate and radicalized? I doubt they suddenly become enlightened and start treating others with respect from being doxxed. If a environmentalist receives death threats are they going to fundamentally change they way they think or feel about the worlds ecological systems? Are either of these results positive? I'd argue that they are not. An eye for an eye and everyone is blind.

      M. Lewis

    2. few individuals have been misidentified in recent weeks, including a professor from Arkansas who was wrongly accused of participating in the neo-Nazi march.

      Unfortunately, this type of behavior can work both ways. The Nazi's essentially doxxed the Jewish people living in Germany many years ago. Today groups on the left and right use this tactic to call people out to be fired, death threats, etc. I have mixed feeling on this. Hate groups are essentially terrorist groups, but in many parts of the world - and unfortunately here - human rights activists are also considered terrorists. Doxxing is at best a band aid solution to larger societal problems. You can chase those problems under the rug or under hoods, but they are still there, yet I do see some sense to the argument of calling people out for their actions.

      Unfortunately, doxxing's potential for misuse and abuse is massive. With social/credit scores, facial recognition, and AI - one better hope those in charge, or their computers, think highly of you.

      M. Lewis

    1. Know Your Meme must sometimes take down posts due to cease-and-desist letters from copyright holders due to the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA).

      Some cease and desist letters are sent for reasons that are questionable, mistaken, or false. With our current system, this can place an unfair burden on content creators as they are unable to defend themselves against well funded claimants.

      M. Lewis

    2. However, within copyright law exists the doctrine of fair use, which allows for use of a copyrighted work in the creation of new work without permission, as long as the use fits within certain parameters.

      This is very important for 1st Amendment rights. Without this protection people would be greatly restricted when they try to legally criticize, parody, or comment on current events and media. For example, a news story or politician could be parodied by listing facts to point out their lack of honesty.

      M. Lewis

  2. Sep 2019
    1. So the answer is none. Can you just say that for the record? There has been no killing that the FBI can link to black Lives Matter or similar black activist groups, to your knowledge.

      The exchange highlighted in the article McGarrity and Pressley asserted that there has been, "...no killing that the FBI can link to Black Lives Matter or similar black activist groups..." Perry's line of questioning often cut short McGarrity's response. There was in fact 5 police officers killed and 9 other police officers wounded in Dallas Texas on July 7, 2016 by Micah Xavier Johnson who was upset following incidents in Ferguson, MO This mass shooting occurred at a BLM march - that was overwhelmingly peaceful otherwise.The Police Chief David Brown, who is African American , recounted an interrogation of the shooter and said, "The suspect said he was upset about BLM. The suspect said he wanted to kill white people, especially police officers"


      This is just one example. This is not to imply the BLM movement is not peaceful or needed- as it overwhelmingly is, but this argument is not accurate when it implies or infers an absolute value of zero people ever perpetrating violence on behalf of or in the name of BLM.

      It is important to be truthful if we are to be able to achieve true change.All the above being said, I do feel BLM is an important movement and it has already brought to light current systemic racist polices. To that point, society has benefited from the BLM movement.

    1. The FBI said it has stopped using the "Black Identity Extremist" tag and acknowledged that white supremacist violence is the biggest terrorist threat this country faces.

      The term was broadened to, "racially motivated violent extremism," which could still permit abuse. But, at least it is a start.

      Here is link to a WSJ article about the issue: https://www.wsj.com/articles/fbi-abandons-use-of-terms-black-identity-extremism-11563921355

      -M. Lewis