BEYOND: The Essence Of Life (Documentary)

“Beyond”, is an exclusive documentary featuring photographer Joey L. Set in Varanasi, India. The documentary by filmmaker Cale Glendening follows Joey and his assistant Ryan as they complete their latest photo series- "Holy Men." Almost every major religion breeds ascetics;…

RULES OF LIVING BY THE DALAI LAMA

At the turn of this century, the Dalai Lama issued the following eighteen rules for living. Of the many problems we face today, some are natural calamities and must be accepted and faced with equanimity. Others, however, are of our…

WHAT IS PHILOSOPHY ?

This is itself an important philosophical question, not easy to answer; but let us say that philosophy, among other things, is self-conscious inquiry into the meaning of puzzling and contestable concepts. In ancient times philosophy was known as a search…

FALUN GONG: Combining Meditation & Moral Philosophy

Falun Gong or Falun Dafa (literally means "Dharma Wheel Practice" or "Law Wheel Practice") is a spiritual discipline first introduced in China in 1992 through public lectures by its founder, Li Hongzhi. It combines the practice of meditation and slow-moving…

GENDER REASSIGNMENT IN RUSSIA OF THE 1990’S

Hundreds of thousands Russian people feel they do not belong to their bodies. But happiness of gender reassignment is not available for all of them. An American photographer Liz Safrati took amazing photos back in the 1990s featuring men who…

ERGO: The New Open Philosophy Journal

The new open philosophy journal, Ergo, was “created in response to a need for general philosophy journals that are efficient, open access, inclusive, and transparent.” Traditional philosophy journals move slowly, taking somewhere between 5 and 9 months to tell scholars…

WHAT IS BUDDHISM ?

For more than 2,500 years, the religion we know today as Buddhism has been the primary inspiration behind many successful civilizations, a source of great cultural achievements, and a lasting and meaningful guide to the very purpose of life for…

THE PEACE VASE PROJECT: Promoting World Peace And Ecological Stability

In Tibet, more than a thousand years ago, many great Buddhist masters possessed knowledge to prevent wars, famines and disease. This was accomplished through the construction, consecration and the appropriate placement of special ‘vases’ containing precious objects and substances which…

LETTER FROM AN OLD FATHER TO HIS SON

"If one day you'll see me old, if I dirty when I eat and I can not get dressed...Be patient, remember the time I spent to teach you. If when I speak with you and I will always say the…

THE PHILOSOPHY OF WAR

Any philosophical examination of war will  center on four general questions: What is war? What causes war? What is the relationship between human nature and war? Can war ever be morally justifiable? Defining what war is requires determining the entities…

HOW SHORT LIFE IS …

Guess how many days and hours make up a human life? Assuming that you live till, say, you’re 80, it’s actually not that much: 29,200 days equalling 700,800 hours. Want to know many it’s in minutes and seconds? Well count…

WHY DOES THE WORLD EXIST ? By Jim Holt

"The mystery of being is a permanent mystery, at least given the present state of the human brain."What is it that breathes fire into the equations and makes a universe for them to describe?," wondered Stephen Hawking in A Brief…

WHAT DO WE MEAN BY “EVIL”?

In the hours after the mass shooting in Aurora, Colorado, last week, one word cut through the partisan responses to the massacre, and that word was “evil.” “Such evil is senseless, beyond reason,” President Obama said. Mitt Romney spoke of…

DOES GOD EXIST ?

Can Philosophy Prove the Existence of God? Every culture has had its gods. The ancient agrarian cultures had their fertility gods; the Greeks and Romans had their pantheon; Judaism, Christianity, and Islam have their one god of all. At all…

WHY IS IT OKAY TO BE UGLY BUT NOT STUPID ?

In Western society, we generally don't find it acceptable to criticize people for being ugly. Typically, the stated reason for this is that a person can't help the way he or she looks. At the same time, however, most people…

KILLING AND LETTING DIE

I have several criticisms of James Rachels thought experiment on the moral identity of killing and letting die in his article "Active and Passive Euthanasia". To summarise the thought experiement, two men desire the death of their respective six-year-old nephews…

JOURNALISM & RHETORIC

In Plato's Gorgias, the character of Socrates poses a serious challenge to the possibility of a craft of rhetoric as a craft of speaking about anything. His claim is that the craft one uses when speaking about a subject is…