August 23rd, 2010

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QotD: the Diamond Truth

The best doctor of all the doctors, the best medicine of medicines, and the best technology of technologies cannot save you from your life. The best consultants, the best bank loans, and the best insurance policies cannot save you. Technology, financial help, your smartness or good thinking of any kind - none will save you. That may seem like the dark truth, but it is the real truth. In the Buddhist tradition, this is called the vajra truth, the diamond truth, the truth you cannot avoid or destroy.

We cannot avoid our lives at all - young or old, rich or poor. Whatever happens, we cannot save ourselves from our lives at all. We have to face the truth - not even the eventual truth but the real truth of our lives. We are here. Therefore, we have to learn how to go forward with our lives. This truth is what we call the wisdom of Shambhala.

-Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche, Ocean of Dharma.
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Pathologic Internet Usage Assoc w/ Depression in Teens

(but not associated with anxiety)

"People who are susceptible to depression are already more prone to social isolation and withdrawal and therefore more likely to develop problematic Internet usage because the Internet provides an outlet for them," Dr. Christakis observed. "So the findings from the study are highly plausible, and because it was longitudinal and adjusted for baseline levels of depression and Internet use, the findings are both novel and robust."
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