A series of upcoming talks starting in September. The talks are about my personal experiments with truth. Subscribe to get invites to events and links to recordings.

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“Since everything is but an apparition, having nothing to do with good or bad, acceptance or rejection, one may well burst out in laughter.”
Longchenpa

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  1. The Schedule

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I will try to host talks every until I leave into a retreat of sorts. I will know the exact date of my departure in early . So for now, it looks like there will be at least 4 upcoming talks hosted on Zoom and I will have a schedule posted shortly. Listen to these as my experiments with truth. In all that I have done, I have tried to make teaching a core component of my practice. So I humbly approach this as a student practicing through teaching. …


Thoughts on race, identification, and discrimination

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Photo by Jachan DeVol on Unsplash

I think we have many people hurting and trying to be available to them is maybe the best that I can offer. So in response to how I’m coping, I am feeling sad, deeply so. I do not feel any anger or frustration but I feel it from many of my connections and so I am deeply looking and listening to their suffering, letting them be heard and seen.

I see myself in George Floyd as a person who listens to the authorities and I see myself in the police as I have discrimination in my heart. As I don’t identify with a particular race I think it leaves me floating in the liminal space in social conversation. I can feel, in my deepest being, that I am those police, the murdered, the inflamed, and the oppressor. And I see that causes are not singular nor are they conveniently caused only by the action before it nor due to a single group; instead all of us are connected to every action that happens in a way that is foreign to our intuition and desire for an easy answer. We are like a vast ocean and we create waves where we cannot see them nor our role in them, so it follows that we have helped create each and every wave, even if we are unaware of doing so. So in the same way, we are also strangely responsible for everyone involved in the most recent events without separation, without preference, without discrimination. So I am feeling deeply connected to the vast unknowable conditions, those seen and unseen that have led up to this event which includes even the chirping of birds outside my window, even looking at the seemingly harmless way we discriminate between an apple over a pear. …


Thoughts on discrimination, race, and compassion in light of recent events

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I think we have many people hurting and trying to be available to them is maybe the best that I can offer. So in response to how I’m coping, I am feeling sad, deeply so. I do not feel any anger or frustration but I feel it from many of my connections and so I am taking in their suffering, letting them be heard.

I see myself in George Floyd as a person who listens to the authorities and I see myself in the police as I have discrimination in my heart. As I don’t identify with a particular race I think it leaves me floating in the liminal space in social conversation. I can feel, in my deepest being, that I am those police, the murdered, the inflamed, and the oppressor. And I see that causes are not singular nor are they conveniently caused only by the action before it nor due to a single group; instead all of us are connected to every action that happens in a way that is foreign to our intuition and desire for an easy answer. We are like a vast ocean and we create waves where we cannot see them nor our role in them, so it follows that we have helped create each and every wave, even if we are unaware of doing so. So in the same way, we are also strangely responsible for everyone involved in the most recent events without separation, without preference, without discrimination. So I am feeling deeply connected to the vast unknowable conditions, those seen and unseen that have led up to this event which includes even the chirping of birds outside my window, even looking at the seemingly harmless way we discriminate between an apple over a pear. …


How to be at home in the world

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Overview:

The root of discrimination is embedded within our ego formation. In order to have a self, we must create a distinction between self and other and this is where discrimination begins. Our intellect is trained to discriminate, primarily between what it should move towards, pleasure or anticipation of pleasure, and what it should move away from, pain or anticipation of pain. So we cannot feel home in the world if we cannot get past this illusion. This othering creates the necessary conditions for our general dis-ease, and so we don’t feel at home in the world unless we setup the situation to maximise pleasure. Since we maximized it with things that are conditioned we suffer from getting what we don’t want (when things change) and getting what we do want (the thought that those things could not be)). In this talk, Christian Fanli Ramsey gives a peek into his life to show how we can begin to cultivate a sense of non-discrimination which is foundational to our happiness. …


2020 Updates on Diet, Meditation, Technology, and Truth.

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I’m providing an update as many people have asked me how I’ve updated my schedule since becoming a zen monastic student. The most significant changes are that I am meditating and leading meditations much more (3–6 hours a day) as well as only eating one meal a day, still raw foods only. I’ve included my typical schedule below.

Overview

Food

My diet is evolving again, from 3 raw whole plant-based meals per day to just one which contains a variety of mushrooms, nuts, sea vegetables, seaweeds, leafy greens, and other vegetables. …


Bending the duality between breadth and depth

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Photo by 🇨🇭 Claudio Schwarz | @purzlbaum on Unsplash

When we consider how we should build our career or achieve some goal, we often fall to the dualism of going broad or deep. The idea is that one has to choose. Consider a capital T. We have used the T to talk about people who have breadth and depth. The top stroke of the T is the breadth and the vertical stroke is the depth. We usually mean we have depth in one subject area and breadth means we have studied across several subject areas. …


How to not only save the planet but gain wisdom from your journey

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Photo by Dose Juice on Unsplash

In the face of climate change, our society is starting to slowly upgrade our collective ecological and ethical thinking around animal consumption and some of us may be looking for ways to cut back. This article presents answers to common questions around switching to a plant-based diet, redefining what we mean by “good”, and a method to help us rebuild our relationship with food.

I, myself, have practised veganism (raw whole plant-based) for a few years now. I say practice because I don’t identify myself as part of a vegan group although it’s ok if you believe I am. I only eat raw land and sea vegetables, roots, nuts, seeds, fungi, algae, and some grains. I do not consume any processed foods (beyond cutting, mashing) other than fine tea which I will be giving up for loose leaf soon. I also do not use any heat. For sea vegetables like kombu and wakame, I soak them with filtered faucet water and the same for the grains I eat. I also do not eat fruit as a general rule. Yet I do not feel limited, enjoy my diet deeply, do not feel hungry all of the time, nor do I have powerful hedonic food cravings, and I physiologically (blood reports), consciously, and ethically feel better. …


The experiment is over but yet we are still eating animals…

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Photo by Jonas Nordberg on Unsplash


The experiment is over but yet we are still having this conversation…

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Photo by okeykat on Unsplash

When we commodify animal life, it means we must destroy all of the animal's possibilities except the ones that provide us with tasty food in the most efficient manner. So that means the cow isn’t viewed as a life, in fact, it’s worthless to us alive unless it is a female because we can get milk out of it by inducing pregnancy and taking away its baby and thereby depressing it. Instead, a cow is your new cool jacket or new boots from x brand, or it’s your tasty lunch that helps distract you from your neuroticism. We limit their lives primarily because many of us are driven by taste and sensual experiences which is not the root cause, the root cause is that our constant seeking for an enhanced experience and feeling unsatisfactory with unadulterated life. Scaled up the results are mass destruction of the environment and a crippling of the minds of human beings in an unprecedented way. This is driven by our inability to be with ourselves and dealing with “straight life”. There isn’t anything sane about destroying the planet for cheap momentary pleasures and avoiding suffering. In fact, it’s actually worse than that, the case is that this is actually madness. We are literally living in a state of collective madness, it’s collective because there is a consensus around the madness which couches it in normality. But normal behaviour isn’t equal to truth. Yet our arguments show that we are unable to see this difference. We are unable to see clearly. …


Why we must grow out of our on imprisonment

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Photo by Jackie DiLorenzo on Unsplash

We can imagine we are hillclimbing and we’d like to climb to the top of the hill that maximises beings flourishing. We can also imagine that since the invention of social media and messaging apps along with similar agricultural age algorithms (i.e. processed foods) we have been sitting on the top of a small hill. Let’s call this hill, the hill of the cheapest pleasures. The analogue and digital algorithms have been in symbiosis to help us get here. We, like the algorithms, like the feeling that we are going up, making progress, but as it turns out, we are at a local maximum, filled with unlimited cheap pleasures and any step away will feel like we are going down; a digression. …

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Christian 郑梵力 Ramsey

Human-Centred Machine Learning @IDEO, co-author of Applied Deep Learning. Contemplative at San Francisco Zen Center. www.linkedin.com/in/christianramsey

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