Eimhin shortt

Thousand Stars Project
Birr, Ireland

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Eimhin shortt
Posted about 4 years ago
Buddhist Ballance...
"There are states that are the basis & source Equanimity! Frequently pointing careful and rational attention to them, is feeding the emergence of unarisen equanimity" What kind of states are these?
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Posted about 4 years ago
Awareness Awakens!
Bhikku Samahita, do you teach? How can one develop Joy? And is a will to liberate all beings by material facilitation of their development to be considered compatible, or incompatible with the route to realisation of enlightenment? Can enlightenment be simultaneously an inner and outer path... as in: can it be achieved while one is part of the world or must one leave the world first and return to it? Thank you for your patience.
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Posted about 4 years ago
How can we empower kids to reshape the education system? *A TEDActive Education Project Question*
One thing keeps popping up and so I would like to share this in the hope that it is actually useful. Some of you may have heard that in the east they talk about direct transmission of the dharma or enlightenment. They say that hearing fine theoreticalisations of 'the way' (whatever way that may be) is useless unless the source is enlightened. In Parma Itlay there are scientists working on mirror neurons (for those of you who want to understand this I recommend furthre research). It is true that we have an interior neuronal copy paste mechanism that is internally representing the outer percieved world and those in it to a tee, even in so far as me watching you pick up an apple gives me the exact same neurological response in the motor cortex as if I were picking up that apple. Luckily the nerve-response tells the brain that its ok not to initiate action because that isn't me. So tying these two together we see why Harvard is a better university than many others, because the lecturers have a comprehensive and experiential knowledge of what they are talking about and this comes across in the neuronal response. This is what makes it a good university. The knowledge as text on paper, or as directed by someone who only learned it from text on paper is of a much diminished quality compared to when it is taught by someone who has gone through the experiential process of developing it. We always encourage students to 'go to the source', get the original text etc. Of course this makes sense...one should hear it 'from the horse's mouth'. Now given this light from neurology we see why video based learning is best, we can capture the source and reproduce it. Now saying that this is the case does not imply that I believe people will do it out of inspiration in the morning, however, this is the case and it is right that we should act on it. Good luck with all of your efforts, I wish the project well in all sincerity, the world needs it.
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Posted about 4 years ago
How can we empower kids to reshape the education system? *A TEDActive Education Project Question*
just because they have not been provided information for their minds to order does not mean that their capacity to order information is not immense; this is something we should understand and work on. We do not make use of the efficiency that is latent in childrens mind's. I agree that children don't 'know' much, but they have a faculty for knowlege that education more oft than not diminishes.
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Posted about 4 years ago
How can we empower kids to reshape the education system? *A TEDActive Education Project Question*
And there in a nutshell is the answer, thanks Theresa :) I believe that allowing young people to participate in their own platform where they can exchange their own ideas will foster 'crowd induced innovation' of these ideas whatever the area of interest being discussed in a group. In an online scenario like this the cream will rise and support will garner around certain notions of percieved fairness, improvement and so on. The problem so often seems to be that education fails to educate and students have no voice, still labouring under the victorian era's ageistic perception that 'children should be seen and not heard'. Young minds, as older minds, order information as a basic function. The information comes from the outside and so to expect them to have opinions that resonate with our informed and lofty ideas is somewhat short sighted. we need to value the contribution as it is made, making an effort to translate it into our own terms. As for 'new ways to understand the learning process'...just how many ideas about education do we need before implementration of what is blazingly obvious. Children at home playing computer games are not stimulated by current modes of education. The teacher must become the conduit of information, not the source, and children should be educated through those means by which they percieve the world. Sticking to the intellect as the primary focus of education is ridiculable. I remember when I finally learned how to learn in an event where it suddenly became clear to me (autodidactically) that I could create something, picture an outcome and work towards it, this was an actual experience of creativity without being told to create. How the education system had failed after 17 years in teaching me this I am at a loss to explain. More likely the case is closer to Ken Robinson's assertion that we have this creativity naturally but are educated out of it. We also need community integration as part of education...
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Posted about 4 years ago
Juan Enriquez: The next species of human
This man is advocating adherence to a political system of self-interest. It really is lamentable. I bet he is a trillionaire too, you can see he is driven, but we can't be driven by him, not to this sorry story he is promoting. He basically says that those arrogant enough or with enough cash can claim outvolution of 'fellow man' and then it well be their right to continue as they are now, trying to dominate all of nature by perpetual insistence on their seperation from it. We have to find compassion in this current mess and act on it, this is quite the opposite. The Christians teach that God made man in his own image, and now man tries desperately to remake the world in his own. It would appear consequent of a misconception between prioritising the beauty of 'life the world and everything' and substituting for it 'the wonder of man'. Leonardo da vinci said "He who sees the ratio sees himself only, he who can see the infinite in all things sees God". Surely at this point the human can see him or her self, inside and out, we have spent the last 500 years analysing this individually centered existence and it has lead us to this point where we now understand that our fundamental motivation is whats causing planetwide imbalance. It would appear that we are not seperate from nature. There is a concept in Chinese philosophy called 'accomodation'. One of the sages wrote 'balanced rule does not depend upon imposition of will and control over others, rather it is as easy as accomodating to what the people do naturally of themselves'. People have a lot to give and through the current process of decentralised capability, they are becoming empowered and they are expressing this through a wish to free people from the constraints of the materialistic self-centred accumulative growth ideology. In Donovan's tune, the Lord of the Dance didn't impress the pharisees and the scribes, the dance went on because he danced for the fishermen. There is wisdom in this.
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Posted about 4 years ago
Conciousness does matter.
I reccomend to everyone intersted in this subject to seek out A B Purani's set of lectures on Sri Aurobindos 'Life Divine' . These lectures were delivered in the US originally and are a concise explicade of the vast work. Consciousness research is happening in an understated manner in the US already with testing being done to ascertain the effectiveness of meditation in dealing with stress related illness. Granted its monetarily motivated since the US economy spends billions each year providing health care for stressed out patients, but at least its a start. The yogis in the east are capable of things we can not believe possible through intuitionally directed practice, but still they have not the intellection and material 'know-how' that exists in the west. For progress in these fields 'the twain' shall have to meet, establish dialoge, and become more open to each others modality of perception so that we can make mutual use of our respective natural heritage and move toward a balanced future.
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Posted about 4 years ago
The day that we solve all our problems, is the same day we give up our boarders and unite as one species trying to save the planet.
True, and culture is a unifying condition. I have faith that people who distance themselves from the accumulative individually centred model will be the changemankers of tommorrow. We are a global family and our percieved and mediatrically encouraged notions of seperation from nature are slowly giving way to the weight of that increasingly shared belief. Keep working, on your self , do not forget about your local community, and the world will come. I wish we share in some good luck in this respect, it would appear that we need it.
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Posted about 4 years ago
What is love? Should the morals/values of life be revolved around spreading and teaching the ideas surrounding love?
Sri Aurobindo pointed toward matter and spirit as either sides of one measure. Perhaps this is what you mean with conditional and unconditional love. There seems to be a relation of self involved. The degree to whch someone is attatched to their own 'selfhood' or ego will thus influence the degree of the conditionality of their love. Unconditional love does not really apply to parents, at least not all parents, but then thats obvious. The point I would like to make is that parental love can often be an unprecedented attatchment to the child as extension of 'self'. But perhaps thats just the possessive form, I can only speak from experience.