It was once a general assumption in ethnomusicology that nonliterate peoples, who did not notate their music, did not have ‘theories of music.’ Music theory was accepted as a special accomplishment of the West that allowed ‘us’ to analyze ‘them’. […] I have long felt intellectually uncomfortable with such assumptions, believing, on the contrary, that wherever there is music, there is some kind of theory underlying its production and significance.
So I was raised Catholic but I don't believe in basically any aspects of the religion. I briefly learned about Buddhism in school but not a lot. I was wondering if you could give me a quick explanation because I'm really interested in Buddhism. Thanks :)
Its no different than Catholism in its principles really. This is the
Eight fold path that could be used as the axis to your life.
1. Righteous view: You must have correct understanding about the nature of things
2. Righteous intention: You must shun attachment, hatred and harmful intent
3. Righteous speech: You have to abstain from verbal violence
4. Righteous action: You must refrain from murder, theft and sexual misconduct
5. Righteous livelihood: You have to avoid everything that directly or indirectly harms other people
6. Righteous effort: You have to abandon negative thoughts
7. Righteous mindfulness: You must be aware about your mind, body and the phenomena of the world
8. Righteous concentration: You have to develop awareness
Distance is not for the fearful, it is for the bold. It’s for those who are willing to spend a lot of time alone in exchange for a little time with the one they love. It’s for those knowing a good thing when they see it, even if they don’t see it nearly enough…
Be with her because you actually want to be with her, because you actually see a potential future with her, not because you are used to being with her, not because you’re scared of the thought that being without them will ruin you. The point of being in a relationship is to enjoy each other’s company, is to be there to support each other when they need it most. No one person, defines who you are. They only compliment you.
Once there was a young warrior. Her teacher told her that she had to do battle with fear. She didn’t want to do that. It seemed too aggressive; it was scary; it seemed unfriendly. But the teacher said she had to do it and gave her the instructions for the battle. The day arrived. The student warrior stood on one side, and fear stood on the other. The warrior was feeling very small, and fear was looking big and wrathful. They both had their weapons. The young warrior roused herself and went toward fear, prostrated three times, and asked, “May I have permission to go into battle with you?” Fear said, “Thank you for showing me so much respect that you ask permission.” Then the young warrior said, “How can I defeat you?” Fear replied, “My weapons are that I talk fast, and I get very close to your face. Then you get completely unnerved, and you do whatever I say. If you don’t do what I tell you, I have no power. You can listen to me, and you can have respect for me. You can even be convinced by me. But if you don’t do what I say, I have no power.” In that way, the student warrior learned how to defeat fear.
Sometimes we speak clumsily and create internal knots in others. Then we say, “I was just telling the truth.” It may be the truth, but if our way of speaking causes unnecessary suffering, it is not Right Speech. The truth must be presented in ways that others can accept. Words that damage or destroy are not Right Speech. Before you speak, understand the person you are speaking to. Consider each word carefully before you say anything, so that your speech is “Right” in both form and content.
She gets mad.
She gets jealous.
She gets worried.
She gets curious.
But that’s only because she cares.
You must cease to resist
the slopes of your own.
to the touch of velvet,
with the slow
consistency of cream.
Lather your skin
in the dim of the bulb
or the moon
or the spark of longing
still lingering in the fore,
it shines from your eyes
without your knowing.
Leave your inhibitions
for adventure, expedition,
or perhaps exhibition.
Rivers and valleys and
fountains of youth await you.