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Buddhism Reading The Mind
Good or Bad. Right or Wrong. Fun or Boring. Easy or Difficult. Beautiful or Ugly. Every day, we’re surrounded by judgments, whether on the television or in our own minds. Our culture is strongly attached to categorizing and comparing.

Yet we’re also told that it’s not politically or even spiritually correct to judge. Accept difference, see similarity, no one is better or worse than anyone else. Some kid’s baseball games no longer keep score for fear of being the “losers.” We’re no longer stiff; we’re just “flexibility-challenged”.

Buddhism - Making your Mind an Ocean
“To enter the spiritual path,you must begin to understand your
 own mental attitude and how your mind perceives things. If
 you’re all caught up in attachment to tiny atoms ,your limited,
 craving mind will make it impossible for you to enjoy life’s
 pleasures. External energy is so incredibly limited that if you
 allow yourself to be bound by it,your mind itself will become
 just as limited .When your mind is narrow,small things easily
 agitate you.
 Make your mind an ocean.”

Ebook - Buddhism - The Buddhas Life and Teachings
 Therefore Viveka comes from understanding both ourselves and others, compassion for those who suffer themselves or cause us pain, and a balance of confidence in our own abilities and humbleness in the face of the greatness of the vast universe. We know there are others out there that are more skilled or gifted than each of us are, yet we also acknowledge our own strengths. We can recognize a master’s exquisite painting while still feeling the joy in our simple drawing of a flower.

 A person who is negative, puts people down, and carries around anger all the time has bad energy – we choose not to spend time with them because it’s simply not healthy for us. We don’t have to tell other people “that’s a bad person”. We know they aren’t good for us and it will become self-evident for others who use their discernment. Viveka gives us clear perception and the ability to make good choices without having to be better or worse than anyone else.

Zen Buddhism
 The wife of a man became very sick. On her deathbed, she said to him, "I love you so much! I don't want to leave you, and I don't want you to betray me. Promise that you will not see any other women once I die, or I will come back to haunt you." For several months after her death, the husband did avoid other women, but then he met someone and fell in love. On the night that they were engaged to be married, the ghost of his former wife appeared to him. She blamed him for not keeping the promise, and every night thereafter she returned to taunt him. The ghost would remind him of everything that transpired between him and his fiance that day, even to the point of repeating, word for word, their conversations. It upset him so badly that he couldn't sleep at all. Desperate, he sought the advice of a Zen master who lived near the village. "This is a very clever ghost," the master said upon hearing the man's story. "It is!" replied the man. "She remembers every detail of what I say and do. It knows everything!" The master smiled, "You should admire such a ghost, but I will tell you what to do the next time you see it." That night the ghost returned. The man responded just as the master had advised. "You are such a wise ghost," the man said, "You know that I can hide nothing from you. If you can answer me one question, I will break off the engagement and remain single for the rest of my life." "Ask your question," the ghost replied. The man scooped up a handful of beans from a large bag on the floor, "Tell me exactly how many beans there are in my hand." At that moment the ghost disappeared and never returned.

Fundamentals of Buddhism
 During a momentous battle, a Japanese general decided to attack even though his army was greatly outnumbered. He was confident they would win, but his men were filled with doubt. On the way to the battle, they stopped at a religious shrine. After praying with the men, the general took out a coin and said, "I shall now toss this coin. If it is heads, we shall win. If tails, we shall lose. Destiny will now reveal itself." He threw the coin into the air and all watched intently as it landed. It was heads. The soldiers were so overjoyed and filled with confidence that they vigorously attacked the enemy and were victorious. After the battle, a lieutenant remarked to the general, "No one can change destiny." "Quite right," the general replied as he showed the lieutenant the coin, which had heads on both sides.


 After winning several archery contests, the young and rather boastful champion challenged a Zen master who was renowned for his skill as an archer. The young man demonstrated remarkable technical proficiency when he hit a distant bull's eye on his first try, and then split that arrow with his second shot. "There," he said to the old man, "see if you can match that!" Undisturbed, the master did not draw his bow, but rather motioned for the young archer to follow him up the mountain. Curious about the old fellow's intentions, the champion followed him high into the mountain until they reached a deep chasm spanned by a rather flimsy and shaky log. Calmly stepping out onto the middle of the unsteady and certainly perilous bridge, the old master picked a far away tree as a target, drew his bow, and fired a clean, direct hit. "Now it is your turn," he said as he gracefully stepped back onto the safe ground. Staring with terror into the seemingly bottomless and beckoning abyss, the young man could not force himself to step out onto the log, no less shoot at a target. "You have much skill with your bow," the master said, sensing his challenger's predicament, "but you have little skill with the mind that lets loose the shot."

 It is because we fail to understand the Four Noble Truths that we have run on so long in this cycle of birth and death. Here in the Four Noble Truths are the truth of suffering, the truth of the cause of suffering, the truth of the end of suffering and the truth of the path that leads to the end of suffering, we have the foundation of the teachings of the Buddha for understanding and practice. The idea of cause and effect is at the heart of the Buddha's teachings and is at the heart of the Four Noble Truths. Now in what sense? Specifically there is a starting point, the problem of suffering. This problem arises from causes. Finally just as there is suffering and the causes of suffering, so too there is an end of suffering and a cause for the end of suffering. In this case it is a negative process. In other words, when the causes of suffering are removed then suffering ends. If you look at the Four Noble Truths you can see that they divide quite naturally into two groups. The first two, suffering and the cause of suffering belong to the realm of birth and death

 The Four Noble Truths comprise the essence of Buddha's teachings, though they leave much left unexplained. They are the truth of suffering, the truth of the cause of suffering, the truth of the end of suffering, and the truth of the path that leads to the end of suffering.

 THUS has it been said by the Buddha, the Enlightened One: It is
 through not understanding, not realizing four things, that I,
 Disciples, as well as you, had to wander so long through this round of
 rebirths. And what are these four things? They are the Noble Truth
 of Suffering, the Noble Truth of the Origin of Suffering, the Noble
 Truth of the Extinction of Suffering, the Noble Truth of the Path that
 leads to the Extinction of Suffering.


Posted on 02 Sep 2015 by Confound

What is Confound? Philosophy.
Have you ever thought about what we are as human beings? How we got here, what we’re comprised of, why we’re here? Yes you have, and I bet you’ve refused to think of any of it at one point. That’s normal. People ignore what they don’t understand because it’s easier to just exist than to question why we exist, because if anybody and everybody know anything it’s that we know absolutely nothing. That’s where Confound steps in. People have asked what does Confound mean? Well the definition is “To cause to become confused or perplexed.” Now our mission is not to confuse you by any means, but you will become confused thinking about the unanswerable. And people have become depressed and suicidal trying to find “the answers to life.” But if I give you any advice through it all, I’d say think about it, question it, observe it, seek answers, but never let it get a hold of your own reality. Stick to your beliefs, but more importantly learn to accept. When you let questions consume your whole being you go insane, simple as that may sound it really isn’t. Never seek answers. There are no answers to life. It may sound like we’re trying to seek answers here and that’s partially true, but this is Philosophy, if you don’t quite understand what that is take a look below:

Love and pursuit of wisdom by intellectual means and moral self-discipline. 
Investigation of the nature, causes, or principles of reality, knowledge, or values, based on logical reasoning rather than empirical methods. 
A system of thought based on or involving such inquiry: the philosophy of Hume. 
The critical analysis of fundamental assumptions or beliefs. 
The disciplines presented in university curriculums of science and the liberal arts, except medicine, law, and theology. 
The discipline comprising logic, ethics, aesthetics, metaphysics, and epistemology. 
A set of ideas or beliefs relating to a particular field or activity; an underlying theory: an original philosophy of advertising. 
A system of values by which one lives: has an unusual philosophy of life. 
So? We investigate, we understand how we live and why we live the way we do. We try to understand and analyze why things are the way they are and the purpose behind it all. This is the purpose of Confound. Never revolve your life around the answer to the question WHY because there is not an answer, there is only different ways of logical reasoning. Your job is to pick a belief that fits your life that you understand, that makes complete sense to you, and evolve it in discussion and defend why you believe the things you do. The questions of Philosophy have no answers, but it's the process of the debate that has value.

“Believe nothing, no matter where you read it, or who said it - even if I have said it - unless it agrees with your own reason and your own common sense.”

"If you seek the deeper meaning it tends to lead to a black hole. Where as those who never seek it at all go blithely along their path."

That statement is true if you let it be. But anything is true if you believe it. Philosophy is about opening up your mind, you will see a black whole, but enlightenment comes with acceptance to all things unanswered, and to live peacefully knowing that we don’t know. I always wondered how people could go through life and not wonder what its all about, and believe me there are a lot of them who do just that. How can you not look for a deeper meaning to life and philosophize everything that goes on when you live it?

Posted on 01 Sep 2015 by Confound

Who are the Top 50 Social Media Power Influencers for 2013?


You could answer that question by saying, of course, they are the people who most influence the biggest brands or have the best selling book or who have been around the business a long time.


But social media is a very democratizing form of communications and to assess influence you really need to know who is first among equals.


That means assessing who has a real following – real in the sense of real people and not just bots, real also in the sense that the following is active in social media and not just a passive consumer.

Being able to get to that essence, of people whose peers are actively involved with them, is why I chose Peek Analytics as the tool to measure influence.


There are also some basic criteria for involvement – experts must be creating their own content, and it has to be about social media. See more on the criteria here.


On the scoring, Peek Analytics gives people a score called Pull. If an individual has a Pull of 10x, that means that the audience the individual can reach is at least ten times greater than what the average social media user can reach.


If you want to measure your own Pull, you can do that by following this link.

Some observations on the upper part of the list….


The Top 10 Considered

In the top ten this year all the influencers have a pull of between 2,000 and 3,000. This represents influence among a group of peers, whether those peers are in Washington, Palo Alto or Peterborough.


#1. Leaders are more motivational.  We are seeing a lot more inspirational messaging via Twitter from this group than we did last year – almost as if social media is relegated (or elevated depending on your taste) to motivational relationships. This is becoming an essential part of being a social media leader.


#2. It is more gender balanced. The Top 10 this year is equally divided between men and women. Last year it was skewed towards men.


#3. It is easier to access. There is a bigger spread of scores here in the top 10 that in the remainder of the top 50 (1000 – 2000). Those scores are interesting for two reasons.

The first is that it still looks as though once you hit the top flight either you automatically get more (and more active) followers or your position reflects an ability to cultivate that type of group.


But secondly the data also shows that the 40 people from 11 – 50 are very tightly grouped and any of them could rise quickly.


#4. There are more self-starters. And finally the top ten last year was skewed towards people who had a strong institutional base – an employer who allowed them time to do social media. The group below are much more skewed towards self-starters who have made social media their business, or who are advising on how to make social media your business.


The Top 10….

# 1. Sean Gardner. Sean, who also writes at Huffington Post, comes in at number 1. Sean blends social media insight with inspirational messaging, a trend we’re seeing across social. @2morrowknight.

#2. Ann Tran. Number 1 on the women’s list, Ann writes primarily about social media in the travel and hospitality vertical @anntran_

#3. Jessica Northey. It’s a trend this year, leading influencers whose base is in a specific vertical. For Jessica it is music. She also says she’s moving away from blogging towards Google +. @jessicanorthey.

#4. Mari Smith. Mari is a leading Facebook marketing expert and one of the top 10, overall, from last year. She’s also the author of The New Relationship Marketing.@marismith.

# 5. Aaron Lee. Aaron has been strong on Twitter for a long time now, and has a useful website with professional-grade advice but which can also inform people at the beginning of their social media careers. @askaaronlee.

 #6. John Paul Aguiar. An eclectic mix of blog advice, Twitter and other social tools, John is in business to help people make money from social. @johnaguiar.

#7. Liz Strauss. Liz runs She’s currently taking on the challenge of cancer. Best wishes. @lizstrauss.

#8. Warren Whitlock. Host of Blog Talk Radio’s Social Media Profit Show, like John, Warren’s focus in on social media for profit. @warrenwhitlock.

#9. Ted Coine. Along with Shawn Murphy, Ted runs the Switch and Shift blog. @tedcoine

#10.  Pam Moore. Covering Facebook, Google + and the business of social.@pammktgnut.


This is The Forbes Top Ten

Posted on 19 Aug 2015 by Confound

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