The Dharma of Westworld

the dharma of westworld

The Dharma of Westworld Westworld is a recent 10-epsiode science fiction TV show on HBO that is based on the original book and film by Michael Crichton.  In this world, android AI robots have advanced to the point where they are nearly indistinguishable from humans and are called “hosts”. They’re made for a Western-themed park where the “guests” (those who pay to get in) can have the ultimate them park experience with little to no consequences for their actions.  In this world, guests can act out their darkest fantasies which includes murdering the robots (who die in a spectacularly human … Continue reading

Forgiveness in Buddhism

Forgiveness in Buddhism We all know basically what forgiveness is (or at least we think we do) and is encouraged by conscientious parents of their children. In this article, we’ll take a brief look at forgiveness and what we can do to develop a more forgiving mindset when it comes to dealing with others. What is Forgiveness? According to Merriam-Webster.com forgiveness is defined as follows: To stop feeling anger toward someone who has done something wrong; to stop blaming To stop feeling resentment against an offender (e.g. to forgive one’s enemies) To give up resentment of (e.g. forgive an insult) … Continue reading

Karma in Buddhism

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Karma in Buddhism Karma is originally an Indian word which has been borrowed by English, but many people don’t really know what it means.  In this article, I’ll define what Karma means in the original context of Buddhism. Karma in the Buddhist context is NOT a kind of fate nor is it some kind of cosmic justice system where everyone gets what they deserve.  This is not a correct view, nor does it make much sense when exposed to the scrutiny of Buddhist logic. I’ve also noticed that some people confuse karma with the effects (or fruits) of karma when … Continue reading

Dalai Lama’s Little Book of Buddhism Review

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Dalai Lama’s Little Book of Buddhism Review Book Title: Dalai Lama’s Little Book of Buddhism Author: His Holiness the Dalai Lama Publisher: Hampton Roads Publishing Year Published: Revised edition 2015 Pages: 224 Paperback Price: $ 9.95 Kindle Price: $7.96 This book contains quotations by the Dalai Lama, which were collected and edited by Renuka Singh with a Foreword written by eminent Buddhist teacher Robert Thurman. There are many quotes out there attributed to the Dalai Lama that he never said, so it’s good to have a definitive guide of stuff that he actually said.  These quotes really display the Dalai … Continue reading

Buddhism and Mental Illness

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Buddhism and Mental Illness As I write this there are millions, if not billions of people on this planet who are suffering from some form of mental illness.  But what exactly is mental illness and how does one approach it from a Buddhist perspective?  That is the crux of this article which will examine the various perspectives on mental illness among the various Buddhist traditions. What is Mental Illness? So how do we define mental illness? In the newly released DSM-5, mental illness is defined as: “A mental disorder is a syndrome characterized by clinically significant disturbance in an individual’s … Continue reading