Monthly Archive: July 2018

Wärmetod des Gefühls

Man muß sich fragen, was der heutigen Menschheit größeren Schaden an ihrer Seele zufügt: die verblendende Geldgier oder die zermürbende Hast.
Analyse dieser Motivationen vor, ich halte es aber für sehr wahrscheinlich, daß neben der Gier nach Besitz oder nach höherer Rangordnungs-Stellung, oder nach beidem, auch die Angst
eine sehr wesentliche Rolle spielt, Angst im Wettlauf überholt zu werden.


Avarice and detachment

And just as perfectionism nurtures the anger that sustains it, we may also say here that the prohibition of needs (not simply from their satisfaction but even from their recognition within the psyche) must contribute to the impoverishment of life that underlies the urge to hold on. It may be pointed out that hoarding implies not just avarice, but a projection of avarice into the future – a protection against being left without. Also the avoidance of commitment can be considered as an expression of not giving.


Missbrauch im Buddhismus

Der Brief beschreibt unmissverständlich und in klaren Bildern physischen, emotionalen, sexuellen, finanziellen und spirituellen Machtmissbrauch. Ziel der Verfasser ist es, Sogyal Rinpoche als auch Rigpa Mitglieder auf das über Jahrzehnte entwickelte und gut verschwiegene machtmissbrauchende Verhalten Sogyal Rinpoches aufmerksam zu machen. Wenn es um den Vorwurf von Missbrauch und Gewalt geht, ist Transparenz und offene Debatte das oberste Gebot.

Egoism versus Altruism

In the humanitarian sciences, the notions of “egoism” and “altruism” are usually treated as the opposites. An altruistic self-sacrifice for the common good is always treated as heroic action and is highly appreciated. The most classical examples are the lives of M. Gandhi, A. Schweitzer, Theresa and some others. Therefore altruism has an untainted reputation while egoism is sometimes considered to be one of the “worst”. As A. Waterman puts it, “the pursuit of self-interest is thought to yield a sense of alienation.

Self-image and biases

A person may have a self-schema based on any aspect of himself, including physical characteristics, personality traits and interests, as long as they important to his self-definition. Once people have developed a schema about themselves, there is a strong tendency for that schema to be maintained by a bias. This is a systematic pattern of deviation from norm or rationality in judgment. Some cognitive biases are a “by-product” of human processing limitations.