Who do you think you are?

Talk about extremes of topics!

Yesterday it was gliding, tomorrow it is going to be a celebration of Pharaoh’s 14th birthday and today it is about you!

Kadam Morten Clausen is a Buddhist teacher. Now I would be the first to stick up my arm and say that my understanding of Buddhism is pretty poor. But in the days many years back when I spent time exploring a number of Asian countries I found the culture surrounding Buddhism very appealing. (And I write as someone who is not a religious believer.)

Back to Morten Clausen.

The Kadampa Meditation Center in New York, where Kadam is a resident teacher, describe him as follows:

Kadam Morten Clausen is the Eastern US National Spiritual Director of the New Kadampa Tradition and Resident Teacher at the Kadampa Meditation Center New York City, and also Bodh Gaya Center in Bayside, Queens. For over 30 years he has been a close disciple of Venerable Geshe Kelsang Gyatso, who gave him the title “Kadam,” indicating that he is a senior lay teacher of the Kadampa Tradition.

Kadam Morten met his teacher, Geshe Kelsang, while attending university in England. He taught widely throughout the UK and helped develop many Kadampa Centers in England. Kadam Morten has been teaching in the US for more than 20 years and has established centers throughout the New York area, as well as Washington DC, Virginia, and Puerto Rico. In addition to his local teaching responsibilities, he teaches and guides retreats regularly throughout the United States and Europe.

Kadam Morten is greatly admired as a meditation teacher and is especially known for his clarity, humor and inspirational presentation of Dharma. His teachings are always practical and easy to apply to everyday life. Through his gentle and joyful approach and his peaceful example, he has helped many people find true happiness in their hearts.

So what’s this all about when I say that today’s post is about you?

Enjoy the following, recently published on the Big Think site:

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Science and Buddhism Agree: There Is No “You” There

11 thoughts on “Who do you think you are?

  1. There’s a lot of positive things to be said about Buddhism. At its heart it is panpsychism, and the beauty of that (apart from not forwarding the ludicrious notion of a personal, mindful “god”) is that it places full responsibility onto the individual in the present moment.

    1. John, there you go using another word that had me reaching for the (online) dictionary! “Panpsychism”.

      In philosophy, panpsychism is the view that consciousness, mind or soul (psyche) is a universal and primordial feature of all things. Panpsychists see themselves as minds in a world of mind.

      Hadn’t come across that before but just love the idea!

      Many, many years ago when I was pulling myself out of an interesting ‘hole’, with the assistance of a professional psychotherapist, I came across the following:

      A self-affirmation

      For today, I am in charge of my life.
      Today, I choose my thoughts.
      Today, I choose my attitudes.
      Today, I chose my actions and behaviours.
      With these, I create my life and my destiny.

      It reached out to me so powerfully that I made this affirmation into a number of laminated cards, one of which is pinned to the noticeboard behind my chair.

  2. I won’t even begin to say I totally understand this concept but I get the gist of it. We do change year to year. We do it physically as well as mentally. Very interesting read, Paul!

  3. I believe dogs to be Buddha, yes. Do they know it? It’s more like, ‘Do they care?’ Which, if you’re Buddha, you do not. Ego-less. Why they are such excellent examples, teachers, the best of friends. Aloha, Paul.

  4. Loved this post! Yes, I had to reach for the dictionary too. 😦 I’ve never thought of Buddhism as a religion but rather a philosophy. If it is a religion, none of them are going around killing people because they don’t agree. I’d vote for that. I feel that this idea is closer to the target than anything else we have found. I studied Science of Mind for many years and that brought a great understanding. After the severe nerve damage caused by Bells Palsy, I have also read everything I could wade through on neuroplasticity in order to heal my brain. Since I know the mind is non local the whole thing feels right to me. I read some odd books for a woman. Thanks for sharing this. Signed, One odd duck. 🙂

      1. Quantum physics says the mind is in the entire body and when you separate one cell from it, it will respond to the thoughts and feelings of the rest of the body and mind. I do not express it as well as Bruce Lipton, Gregg Braden, or Lynn McTaggart. All worth reading in the field of quantum physics.

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