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-[[India]]n [[Ayurveda]] [[Medicine]] in [[San Francisco]] Bay Area - Are Computers and E-Mail Really Making Us More Productive? ​ Or Do They Harm Our [[Health]]? ​  What About [[genetic]] Engineering?+Is [[technology]] dangerous
  
-Excess Use of Computers ​Disturbs [[vata]], [[pitta]], and [[kapha]] [[dosha]]: The [[Buddhist]] [[Ayurvedic]] Concept of Technology...+Are Smart Phones, iPads/​Tablets,​ iWatches/​Wearable Tech, Texting, SnapChat Apps, Computers, and E-Mail Really Making Us More Productive? or More Human? ​ Or Do They Harm Our [[Health]]?   What About [[genetic]] Engineering?​
  
-We at the [[Medicine Buddha Healing Center]] no longer use e-mail for personal or professional use since we see it as a hindrance to our personal spiritual cultivation ​and sadhana practice+Excess Use of Computers Disturbs ​[[vata]], [[pitta]], ​and [[kapha]] [[dosha]]:  
 +The [[Buddhist]] [[Ayurvedic]] Concept of Technology...
  
-So for [[Ayurveda]],​ please call us directly at 510-292-6696 or print off and send us your e-mail by U.S. Postal Mail to [[Medicine Buddha Healing Center]], [[Michael Reid Kreuzer]], [[Telegraph Avenue and Dwight Way]] area, [[Berkeley]],​ California 94703/TDC.+=="​Electric Brains"​ and Other Menaces ​-- The Future of Humankind==
  
-Sorry, but we are no longer accepting e-mails from anyone since more than 90% of them are bad taste junk mails, viruses, worms, or other spam that takes up an inordinate amount of our [[time]]. The small amount of actual valid messages from our [[Ayurveda]] clients and students is small. Hence, we feel that e-mail is not a sufficiently useful tool for our small [[non-profit]] [[Healing]] Center and [[Ayurvedic]] School to continue using it. So we kindly request that you instead call us at 510-292-6696 or that you print out your e-mail, put it in an envelope and send it to us by [[good]], old-fashioned,​ reliable, efficient, "Snail Mail"​. ​ Thanks for your patience. +A Lecture ​by the [[Venerable]] [[Buddhist]] [[Tripitaka]] [[Master]] [[Hsuan Hua]]
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-We feel that to continue using e-mail, just because everyone else does, is not a sufficient reason. We no longer wish to “keep up with the Jones’s.” We do not believe in “technology for technology’s sake”. In so-called “progress” for the sake of “progress”. +
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-The lecture below from the [[Venerable]] [[Master]] [[Hsuan Hua]] let’s you know how we feel. Even though it was first spoken in 1985, more than ever it still applies to us 22 years later. This is especially true now that so many e-mails are de[[liver]]ed without your permission with graphic embedded web-pages of pornography,​ Viagra or member enlargement ads, dating sites, dumb jokes, scams, [[greed]]y advertising,​ often for dubious products, get-rich-quick schemes, real estate scams, or quasi-legal services. This is no longer a societal “[[good]] taste filter” as had existed with “snail mail” paper-mail. +
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-"​Electric Brains"​ and Other Menaces -- The Future of Humankind +
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-A Lecture by the [[Venerable]] [[Buddhist]] Tripitaka ​[[Master]] [[Hsuan Hua]]+
  
 University of British Columbia University of British Columbia
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 (Published in www.DRBA.org [[Vajra Bodhi Sea]]: A Monthly Journal of Orthodox [[Buddhism]],​ July, 2000, pp. 23-26) (Published in www.DRBA.org [[Vajra Bodhi Sea]]: A Monthly Journal of Orthodox [[Buddhism]],​ July, 2000, pp. 23-26)
  
-[[source]]: http://​www.drba.org/​future_of_man.htm+[[Source]]: http://​www.drba.org/​future_of_man.htm
  
 +"In this era, when technology and materialism flourish, we want to take a careful look at the thinking of the [[time]]s and ask ourselves whether or not this is a [[good]] age to live in. science has made great advances in technology and that certainly counts as good. But we should also realize the truth of the saying, anything taken to the ultimate point transforms into its opposite.
  
-"In this erawhen technology and materialism flourishwe want to take a careful look at the thinking ​of the [[time]]s and ask ourselves wh[[ether]] or not this is a [[good]] age to live in[[wp>​science]] has made great advances in technology and that certainly counts as [[good]]But we should also realize the truth of the sayinganything taken to the ultimate point transforms into its opposite.+In the case of technological advancesgood things also beckon misfortune. Let’s look at televisionfor example. I know people will object ​to my analysis ​of the TV, saying “[[Dharma Master]], you’re a throwback to another age. You’re an anachronism. You’re out of step with the times. “Nonetheless,​ in my opinion, the television ​is a menace ​to human lifeThe television is a man-eater. Did you know that? Look at children these daysInstead ​of doing their schoolworkthey sit in front of the TV set.
  
-In the case of technological advances, [[good]] things also beckon misfortune. Let’s look at television, for example. I know people will object to my analysis of the TV, saying “[[Dharma]] [[Master]], you’re a throwback to another age. You’re an anachronism. You’re out of step with the [[time]]s“Nonetheless,​ in my opinion, the television is a menace to human lifeThe television ​is a man-eaterDid you know that? Look at [[child]]ren these days. Instead of doing their schoolworkthey sit in front of the TV set.+They’re glued to the screenand it eats up their very life-force"​ ([[ojas]] in [[Ayurvedic]] Sanskrit or [[qi]] in [[Chinese Medicine]])"The children might as well be deadbecause they will never [[learn]] ​the basic principles of being good peopleThey will learn only how to stare dully at the television." (now at their digital devicesiPads/​tablets,​ iPhones/​Android,​ iWatches)
  
-They’re glued to the screen, ​and it eats up their very life-force"​ ([[ojas]] in [[Ayurvedic]] Sanskrit or qi in [[Chinese Medicine]])"The [[child]]ren might as well be dead, because they will never [[learn]] the basic principles ​of being [[good]] peopleThey will [[learn]] only how to stare dully at the television.+"And what does the TV teach them? Every kind of strange ​and freakish behavior you can imagineThey learn precious little ​of valueThe kids very quickly ​learn to enact the evil and harmful lessons they watch. In no time at all, they learn all the bad things that people can do.
  
-And what does the TV teach them? Every kind of strange and freakish behavior you can imagineThey [[learn]] precious little of valueThe kids very quickly [[learn]] ​to enact the evil and harmful lessons they watch. In no [[time]] at allthey [[learn]] all the bad things that people can do.+Before television came into the world, the people-eater was radioRadios sucked up humans’ life-forcePeople used to stick a radio in their ear and completely ​[[forget]] everything else. Radios made us forget about eating, [[sleep]]ing, and the ordinary events of life. Now the television has confused us to the point of not knowing whether we’re coming or going.
  
-Before television came into the world, the people-eater was radio. Radios sucked up humans’ life-forcePeople used to stick a radio in their ear and completely ​[[forget]] everything else. Radios made us [[forget]] about eating, [[sleep]]ingand the ordinary events ​of lifeNow the television has confused us to the point of not knowing wh[[ether]] we’re coming or going.+Computers have followed along right after the television. In [[Chinese]], the word for computer translates literally into “electric brain”In the future there will be electric ​[[eye]]s, as well as electric ​[[ears]], electric ​[[tongue]]selectric [[nose]]s, electric [[bodies]]. Every one of the [[six organs]] will have disposable modules, likes cassettes, and will gain an electric boostEyes, ears, nose, tongue, body, and [[mind]] will be computerized. Even the mind will tie in organically with “know-it-all computer ​[[memory]] banks.
  
-Computers have followed along right after the television. In [[Chinese]],​ the word for computer translates literally into “electric brain”. In the future there will be electric [[eye]]s, as well as electric ears, electric [[tongue]]s,​ electric noses, electric bodies. Every one of the six organs will have disposable modules, likes cassettes, and will gain an electric boost. [[eye]]s, ears, nose, [[tongue]], body, and [[mind]] will be computerized. Even the [[mind]] will tie in organically with “know-it-all computer [[memory]] banks.+Is this a good time to be a person? Impossible! This is a dark age in human history.
  
-Is this [[good]] [[time]] to be personImpossibleThis is a dark age in human history.+In this benighted era, our [[wisdom]] has been stolen away by [[materialism|material things]]. Nobody has any natural wisdom ​to speak of. Our inherent brightness has been replaced by products and goods And once we substitute things for wisdom, then people will grow up blank, like idiots. Wisdom will become outmoded. People will no longer serve any useful function. Mark my words: in the future, people will become obsolete. Would your say this is serious problem or notLook into itPeople will soon be rendered useless!" ​ (Please see the movie [[The Matrix]], and other such Sci-Fi)
  
-In this be[[night]]ed era, our [[wisdom]] has been stolen away by material things. Nobody has any natural [[wisdom]] to speak of. Our inherent brightness has been replaced by products and [[good]]s And once we substitute things for [[wisdom]], then people will grow up blank, like idiots. [[wisdom]] will become outmoded. People will no longer serve any useful function. Mark my words: in the future, people will become obsolete. Would your say this is a serious problem or not? Look into it! People will soon be rendered useless! +"For instance, some unethical scientists now are busy inventing miraculous monsters. You say it's human? It’s not really human. You say it's an animal? It’s not exactly an animal either. Since they graft human genes onto animal bodies and alter human genes with animals strains, this mutual [[GMO|genetic ​modification]] produces a freakish, mutant, hybrid that resembles neither parent.
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-For instance, some unethical scientists now are busy inventing miraculous monsters. You say it's human? It’s not really human. You say it's an animal? It’s not exactly an animal either. Since they graft human genes onto animal bodies and alter human genes with animals strains, this mutual [[genetic]] ​modification ​produces a freakish, mutant, hybrid that resembles neither parent.+
  
 Anything taken to the ultimate point, transforms into its opposite. Now people can be born with horns, or elephant-like trunks. In my opinion, a human born with a nose like a pachyderm is more a goblin than a person. These goblins and freaks are all within the realm of possibility today. Anything taken to the ultimate point, transforms into its opposite. Now people can be born with horns, or elephant-like trunks. In my opinion, a human born with a nose like a pachyderm is more a goblin than a person. These goblins and freaks are all within the realm of possibility today.
  
-Furthermore,​ the range of computers has grown out of control. Within the next two centuries, telephones and the like will be totally obsolete. Televisions and computers will have disappeared. Every person’s physical body will contain the capabilities of these machines. Nobody will have to bother dialing a telephone or punching a [[touch]]-tone. A person will only need to beam out the number of the [[desire]]d party from his own built-in phone, with its antennae located in the [[eye]]brows, perhaps, or from his h[[air]], and the other person will receive the call the same built-in way. Hello! ​[[good]] ​morning! That’s how easy it will be to place a phone call.+Furthermore,​ the range of computers has grown out of control. Within the next two centuries, telephones and the like will be totally obsolete. Televisions and computers will have disappeared. Every person’s physical body will contain the capabilities of these machines. Nobody will have to bother dialing a telephone or punching a touch-tone. A person will only need to beam out the number of the [[desire]]d party from his own built-in phone, with its antennae located in the eyebrows, perhaps, or from his hair, and the other person will receive the call the same built-in way. Hello! ​Good morning! That’s how easy it will be to place a phone call.
  
-Somebody may be thinking at this point, ​[[Dharma]] [[Master]], that’s the craziest talk I’ve ever heard.+Somebody may be thinking at this point, Dharma Master, that’s the craziest talk I’ve ever heard.
  
-Well, I ask you to consider this. How many people would have believed you if five hundred years ago you had said, “In five hundred years, there will be [[air]]planes, television, and radios”? Everyone would have considered you insane. But all these inventions are commonplace now.+Well, I ask you to consider this. How many people would have believed you if five hundred years ago you had said, “In five hundred years, there will be airplanes, television, and radios”? Everyone would have considered you insane. But all these inventions are commonplace now.
  
-We should recognize that advances in [[wp>science]], and in material benefits are not necessarily ​[[good]] for humanity in the long run. They are incomplete, imperfect benefits, [[wisdom]], on the other [[hand]], is the most thorough-going benefit for all the world. Thinking and attitudes born of morality and virtue are thoroughly ​[[good]] for us all. The [[Buddha]]’s Four Measureless Attitudes of kindness, [[Compassion]], joy, and even-[[mind]]edness ​are totally advantageous to all creatures. When we base ourselves in thoughts ​such as these, then we can go a[[head]] ​and put technology to work for us. There’s no fear that we will [[forget]] the funda[[mental]] aspects of humanity: our own bodies for example. In the future people will  [[forget]] entirely what people look like. We will all become like animals. I’m not s[[cold]]ing ​you, this prediction is a [[cold]], +We should recognize that advances in science, and in material benefits are not necessarily good for humanity in the long run. They are incomplete, imperfect benefits, [[wisdom]], on the other hand, is the most thorough-going benefit for all the world. Thinking and attitudes born of [[morality]] and [[virtue]] are thoroughly good for us all. The [[Buddha]]’s ​[[Four Measureless Attitudes]] of [[kindness]], [[compassion]], [[joy]] ([[mudita]] - [[sympathetic joy]]), and [[equanimity]] (even-mindedness, ​[[upeksha]]are totally advantageous to all creatures. When we base ourselves in [[thought]]s ​such as these, then we can go ahead and put technology to work for us. There’s no fear that we will forget the funda[[mental]] aspects of humanity: our own bodies for example. In the future people will  [[forget]] entirely what people look like. We will all become like [[animal]]s. I’m not scolding ​you, this prediction is a cold, hard fact."
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-The superior person,+"The superior person,
 Even in poverty, Even in poverty,
-Maintains his integrity;+Maintains his [[integrity]];
 The petty person stops at The petty person stops at
-Nothing to strike it rich.+Nothing to strike it rich."
  
-That’s how the world turns. ​[[good]] ​taken to the ultimate point turns bad. Evil, once it reaches an extreme, turns [[good]]. A person who is [[poor]] to the bitter extreme of poverty can suddenly strike it rich, while rich people can lose every penny over[[night]]. Once born, we are tiny infants, but we grow up, grow old, get sick, and die. That’s the cycle of creation and [[destruction]] rolling on in the world. It is a natural process of progressive,​ cyclical change. A process of [[metabolism]],​ and transformation. If we recognize the state, then getting rich won’t especially appeal to us any longer. And if we should lose our wealth, then we will see things according to the proverbs.+"That’s how the world turns. ​Good taken to the ultimate point turns bad. [[Evil]], once it reaches an extreme, turns good. A person who is poor to the bitter extreme of poverty can suddenly strike it rich, while rich people can lose every penny overnight. Once born, we are tiny infants, but we grow up, grow old, get sick, and die. That’s the cycle of [[creation]] and [[destruction]] rolling on in the world. It is a natural process of progressive,​ cyclical change. A process of [[metabolism]],​ and [[transformation]]. If we recognize the state, then getting rich won’t especially appeal to us any longer. And if we should lose our wealth, then we will see things according to the proverbs.
  
-So it is most important in this day and age of insanity to not go crazy, and to not [[forget]] what it means to be a person. We must keep in [[mind]] the original purpose and appearance of human beings.+So it is most important in this day and age of [[insanity]] to not go crazy, and to not forget what it means to be a person. We must keep in [[mind]] the original purpose and appearance of human beings.
  
-When speaking of the meaning of human life, I can say frankly, that the most beneficial things I have run across in my entire life are The Six Guiding Principles of the City of Ten Thousand ​[[Buddha]]s.+When speaking of the meaning of human life, I can say frankly, that the most beneficial things I have run across in my entire life are The [[Six Guiding Principles of the City of Ten Thousand Buddha]]s.
  
-The first of these is not fighting. This rule applies unilaterally. I will not contend with anybody. No [[matter]] what criticism you give me, I will accept it without reservation. Call me what you will. A small cat? Fine, I’m a cat. Call me a dog? Okay, I’m a dog. However you perceive me in your [[mind]], that’s what I am. Do you see me as a [[Buddha]]? I’m a [[Buddha]]. Do you see me as a Bodhi[[sattva]]? That’s what I am. Everything is made from the [[mind]] ​alone. I am whatever you conceive me to be.+The first of these is not fighting. This rule applies unilaterally. I will not contend with anybody. No matter what criticism you give me, I will accept it without reservation. Call me what you will. A small cat? Fine, I’m a cat. Call me a dog? Okay, I’m a dog. However you perceive me in your mind, that’s what I am. Do you see me as a [[Buddha]]? I’m a Buddha. Do you see me as a [[Bodhisattva]]? That’s what I am. Everything is made from the [[mind ​alone]]. I am whatever you conceive me to be.
  
-For my own part, I have my goals and purposes for being a person. What are they? Simply not contending with people, no [[matter]] who it is. You may call me what you please, and I will wear that label. I will ac[[knowledge]] ​the name. That will be who I am. I won’t contend with you.+For my own part, I have my goals and purposes for being a person. What are they? Simply not contending with people, no matter who it is. You may call me what you please, and I will wear that label. I will acknowledge ​the name. That will be who I am. I won’t contend with you.
  
-The second rule is no [[greed]]. Whatever you own, is yours. I don’t want it. And anything of mine that you want, I will give to you. I actually will [[hand]] it over. When I give, it’s not like the classic, [[greed]]y Sangha-member ([[Monk]]), who constantly tells people to Give! Give! Give! and who [[mouth]]s ​the platitude, ​Left-home people do not crave wealth; but the more there is, the better. Any ordinary person hopes that people will give to him, yet this [[Monk]] is not at all interested in being charitable towards others. This is a wrong attitude. We should avoid it.+The second rule is no [[greed]]. Whatever you own, is yours. I don’t want it. And anything of mine that you want, I will give to you. I actually will hand it over. When I give, it’s not like the classic, ​greedy ​[[Sangha]]-member ([[Monk]]), who constantly tells people to Give! Give! Give! and who mouths ​the platitude, ​[[left-home]] people do not crave [[wealth]]; but the more there is, the better. Any ordinary person hopes that people will give to him, yet this [[monk]] is not at all interested in being [[charitable]] towards others. This is a wrong attitude. We should avoid it.
  
-As for not seeking, it means don’t look for opportunities to make a killing, or to score a [[fat]] profit. Everybody in the world fights for advantages. If we understand the principle of not seeking, and resting content, with few [[desire]]s,​ then we won’t contend with people any more. Someone who grasps this point truly understands the Six Great Principles.+As for not seeking, it means don’t look for opportunities to make a killing, or to score a fat profit. Everybody in the world fights for advantages. If we understand the principle of not seeking, and resting content, with few [[desire]]s,​ then we won’t contend with people any more. Someone who grasps this point truly understands the [[Six Great Principles]].
  
-Why don’t we seek? It’s because we don’t want to be selfish. The only reason a person would seek for things is because of selfishness. With no self, there’s no reason left to seek. And free of selfishness,​ one won’t run after personal benefits. These two of the Six Guidelines are inter-related. No selfishness creates the condition for not seeking personal advantages. The two names: no selfishness and no self-benefit sound similar: in fact, they have distinct differences.+Why don’t we seek? It’s because we don’t want to be [[self]]ish. The only reason a person would seek for things is because of [[selfish]]ness. With no [[self]], there’s no reason left to seek. And free of selfishness,​ one won’t run after personal benefits. These two of the Six Guidelines are inter-related. No selfishness creates the condition for not seeking personal advantages. The two names: no selfishness and no self-benefit sound similar: in fact, they have distinct differences.
  
-The last one is no lying. The only reason a person would lie is out of fear; he’s afraid of losing his selfish advantages. This fear moves him to criticize everybody else, saying, All of you are wrong. I’m the only one who’s right. Why does he feel this way? Because he fears he’ll lose his benefits to other people. Somebody who didn’t hanker after personal profits would have no reason to tell a lie. In the final analysis, what’s a lie worth, anyway? If you can truly understand these Six Guiding Principles, then you know what it means to be a person.+The last one is no [[lying]]. The only reason a person would [[lie]] is out of [[fear]]; he’s ​[[afraid]] of losing his selfish advantages. This fear moves him to criticize everybody else, saying, All of you are wrong. I’m the only one who’s right. Why does he feel this way? Because he fears he’ll lose his benefits to other people. Somebody who didn’t hanker after personal profits would have no reason to tell a lie. In the final analysis, what’s a lie worth, anyway? If you can truly understand these Six Guiding Principles, then you know what it means to be a person.
  
 If you don’t understand the Six Guidelines, then you’re simply running in lock-step with the rat-race of this mad age. As long as you flow with the tide of insanity, you’re just another madman, as crazy as the next person. If you don’t understand the Six Guidelines, then you’re simply running in lock-step with the rat-race of this mad age. As long as you flow with the tide of insanity, you’re just another madman, as crazy as the next person.
  
-That’s my message for you all today. I hope the young people among you who hear me won’t go insane; The elderly among you should even more keep a grip on your sanity. The little ​[[child]]ren ​here can [[learn]] along with the adults. ​[[learn]] ​how not to go crazy+That’s my message for you all today. I hope the young people among you who hear me won’t go insane; The elderly among you should even more keep a grip on your sanity. The little ​children ​here can [[learn]] along with the adults. ​Learn how not to go crazy
  
 I always say "​Everything’s okay, no problem!"​ I always say "​Everything’s okay, no problem!"​
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 There’s a bit more to add here. Don’t get scared when you hear me call television, radios, and computers man-eating goblins. No need to be afraid. My hope is that you will clearly recognize these things for what they are. Once you recognize them, then electric gadgets lose their power to confuse you. That’s enough to know. But if you’re confused by them, then they can gobble you down. There’s a bit more to add here. Don’t get scared when you hear me call television, radios, and computers man-eating goblins. No need to be afraid. My hope is that you will clearly recognize these things for what they are. Once you recognize them, then electric gadgets lose their power to confuse you. That’s enough to know. But if you’re confused by them, then they can gobble you down.
  
-The same principle applies to beauty. If the sight of a pretty figure has the power to confuse you, then you’ve been swallowed by a man-eater. If the sight of money confuses you, then you’ve just been devoured by a man-eater. If your purpose is to establish a big reputation, and fame confuses you, then you’ve just been swallowed by the goblin of fame. If [[good]] food confuses you, although you feel you’ve just enjoyed a tasty dish, in fact, the food has eaten you. The food has eaten your spiritual soul, your [[Dharma]]-body. It has eaten up your [[wisdom]], and left you as stupid as can be.+The same principle applies to beauty. If the sight of a pretty figure has the power to confuse you, then you’ve been swallowed by a man-eater. If the sight of money confuses you, then you’ve just been devoured by a man-eater. If your purpose is to establish a big reputation, and [[fame]] confuses you, then you’ve just been swallowed by the goblin of fame. If good [[food]] confuses you, although you feel you’ve just enjoyed a tasty dish, in fact, the food has eaten you. The food has eaten your spiritual soul, your [[Dharma ​body]]. It has eaten up your [[wisdom]], and left you as stupid as can be.
  
-If [[sleep]] keeps you in a stupor for several centuries, and when you finally wake and see by your wrist watch that it’s already half-past noon, and if then, you simply roll over and go back to [[sleep]], then you’ve been devoured by [[sleep]]. Get the point?+If [[sleep]] keeps you in a stupor for several centuries, and when you finally wake and see by your wrist watch that it’s already half-past noon, and if then, you simply roll over and go back to sleep, then you’ve been devoured by sleep. Get the point?" ​ -- End of Master Hua's Talk.
  
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 For further articles on our perspectives on technology, please see: Jerry Mander'​s 1991 book: For further articles on our perspectives on technology, please see: Jerry Mander'​s 1991 book:
-In the Absence of the Sacred: The Failure of Technology and the Survival of the [[India]]n ​Nations,+In the Absence of the Sacred: The Failure of Technology and the Survival of the Indian ​Nations,
 http://​www.ratical.org/​ratville/​AoS/​theSun.html http://​www.ratical.org/​ratville/​AoS/​theSun.html
  
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 http://​spam.abuse.net/​ http://​spam.abuse.net/​
  
-[[genetic]] Engineering+==Genetic Engineering== 
 +[[Genetic engineering]]/​[[GMO]]
  
-"​[[Buddhism]] and Biotechnology."​ Edited from a Talk De[[liver]]ed ​at "​Spiritual Dimensions of Our Technological Future," ​ AHIMSA Sixth Annual Conference, International House, University of California at [[Berkeley]], Oct. 3, 1998. Unedited version entitled "​Biotechnology:​ A [[Buddhist]]/​Vedantic Perspective"​ published in Ahimsa Voices: a Quarterly Journal for the Promotion of Universal Values5(4), Oct. 1998, pp. 6-7. Also reprinted in Pra[[Buddha]] ​Bharata (Calcutta, [[India]]) v. 105 (June 2000) 315-316. Edited version entitled "[[Buddhism]] and Biotechnology"​ reprinted in Vajra Bodhi Sea: A Monthly Journal of Orthodox ​[[Buddhism]], Jan. 1999, pp. 39-41.+"​[[Buddhism]] and Biotechnology."​ Edited from a Talk Delivered ​at "​Spiritual Dimensions of Our Technological Future," ​ AHIMSA Sixth Annual Conference, International House, University of California at Berkeley, Oct. 3, 1998. Unedited version entitled "​Biotechnology:​ A [[Buddhist]]/​Vedantic Perspective"​ published in [[Ahimsa]] Voices: a Quarterly Journal for the Promotion of Universal Values5(4), Oct. 1998, pp. 6-7. Also reprinted in Prabuddha ​Bharata (Calcutta, [[India]]) v. 105 (June 2000) 315-316. Edited version entitled "​Buddhism and Biotechnology"​ reprinted in [[Vajra Bodhi Sea]]: A Monthly Journal of Orthodox Buddhism, Jan. 1999, pp. 39-41.
  
 "​Ethical and Spiritual Issues in [[genetic]] Engineering."​ Ahimsa Voices: a Quarterly Journal for the Promotion of Universal Values, 5(4), Oct. 1998, pp. 6-7. "​Ethical and Spiritual Issues in [[genetic]] Engineering."​ Ahimsa Voices: a Quarterly Journal for the Promotion of Universal Values, 5(4), Oct. 1998, pp. 6-7.
  
-"​Ethical ​D[[anger]]s ​of [[genetic]] ​Engineering."​ Synthesis/​Regeneration 20, Fall, 1999, pp. 2-4.+"​Ethical ​Dangers ​of Genetic ​Engineering."​ Synthesis/​Regeneration 20, Fall, 1999, pp. 2-4.
  
-"[[genetic]] ​Engineering:​ A [[Buddhist]] [[assessment]]." Religion East and West, June, 2001, pp. 39-47.+"Genetic ​Engineering:​ A Buddhist assessment."​ Religion East and West, June, 2001, pp. 39-47.
  
-"[[genetic]] ​Engineering:​ A Major Threat to Vegetarians." Vajra Bodhi Sea: A Monthly Journal of Orthodox ​[[Buddhism]],+"Genetic ​Engineering:​ A Major Threat to [[Vegetarian]]s." Vajra Bodhi Sea: A Monthly Journal of Orthodox Buddhism,
 v. 23, series 55 (February, 1993), pp. 44-45. v. 23, series 55 (February, 1993), pp. 44-45.
  
-"A Modest Proposal Regarding ​[[genetic]] ​Engineering in Mendocino County."​ Letter to the Editor, Ukiah Daily Journal, January 17, 1999, pp. A6-7.+"A Modest Proposal Regarding ​Genetic ​Engineering in Mendocino County."​ Letter to the Editor, Ukiah Daily Journal, January 17, 1999, pp. A6-7
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 +"​Redesigning the World: Ethical Questions about Genetic Engineering."​ 
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 +"Why Genetically Engineered Food Should Be Labeled."​ 
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 +"Why You Should Be Concerned About Genetically Engineered Food."​ 
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 +We are now greatly decreasing/​eliminating our use of such tech for personal or professional use since we see it as a hindrance to our personal spiritual cultivation and [[sadhana]] practice.  
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 +Excess Use of Computers and Cell Phones Disturbs Vata (Nervous System), Pitta (Digestion and Metabolism),​ and Kapha Dosha (Immune System): The Buddhist Ayurvedic Concept of Technology... 
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 +As a Buddhist Monk, I rarely use e-mail for personal or professional use since it is generally a hindrance to my personal spiritual cultivation and practice. 
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 +So for Ayurveda or Buddhist related topics, I kindly request that you instead please call me. 
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 +Sorry, but we are no longer accepting e-mails from anyone (unless WE e-mailed you first and requested you to e-mail us back) since more than 90% of them are bad taste junk mails, viruses, worms, or other spam that takes up an inordinate amount of our time away from our spiritual practice. ​ The amount of actual valid messages from our Buddhist Ayurveda clients and students is small. Hence, we feel that e-mail is not a sufficiently useful tool for our small non-profit Buddhist Healing Center and Ayurvedic School to continue using it. So we kindly request that you instead call us (only during the hours above) or that you print out your e-mail, put it in an envelope and send it to us by good, old-fashioned,​ reliable, efficient, "Snail Mail"​. ​ We will try to respond within 30 days, however even this is not for sure. Thanks for your patience. 
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 +We feel that to continue using e-mail, just because everyone else does, is not a sufficient reason. We no longer wish to "keep up with the Jones’s."​ We do not believe in "​technology for technology’s sake". In so-called "​progress"​ for the sake of "​progress"​.
  
-"​Redesigning ​the World: Ethical Questions about [[genetic]] Engineering."+The lecture below from the Venerable Master Hsuan Hua lets you know how I feelEven though it was first spoken in 1985, more than ever it still applies to us decades later. This is especially true now that so many e-mails are delivered without your permission with graphic embedded web-pages of pornography,​ Viagra or member enlargement ads, dating sites, dumb jokes, scams, greedy advertising,​ often for dubious products, get-rich-quick schemes, real estate scams, or quasi-legal services. There is no longer a societal ​"good taste filter"​ as had existed with "snail mail" paper-mail.
  
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-"Why You Should Be Concerned About [[genetic]]ally Engineered Food." 
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