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On Knowing the Natural Limits of Pleasure and Desire

So man in vain futilities toils on Forever and wastes in idle cares his years- Because, of very truth, he hath not learnt What the true end of getting is, nor yet At all how far true pleasure may increase. … Continue reading

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PSBMS: Guarding the Mind and the Desires

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Reasonings on the Lotus Sutra: Desires in Nichiren’s Buddhism and in Epicurus

Nichiren Daishonin is a 13th-Century Japanese monk who emerged from the Tendai lineage as a reformer of Buddhism. He instituted a peculiar upaya: the practice of chanting Nam Myoho Renge Kyo to the gohonzon, an altar containing a scroll that replicates and … Continue reading

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The Natural Limits of Pleasure

A recent thread on the Epicurean Philosophy discussion group has brought about discussion on the important distinction. This distinction is important for many reasons. It helps us to clearly understand the science of happiness, but also protects us from the … Continue reading

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Review of Sam Harris’ Waking Up, Part III

Part II On Harris’ Insight into Katastematic Pleasure Harris refuses to label abiding pleasure as such, however in his approach to happiness he does make a case for it while discussing the logic of retreating from the world. If there exists … Continue reading

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Ninth Taoist Contemplation: Control of Desires

 Nothing is enough to someone for whom what is enough is little. The thankless nature of the soul makes the creature endlessly greedy for variations in its lifestyle. Vatican Sayings 68-69 Goods that are difficult to acquire make one cause damage. – … Continue reading

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