Archive for the ‘Buddhism’ Category

#agile2011 On Further Reflection and in Light of the #Verizonstrike

August 20, 2011

Today I was walking around Northern Boulevard under the blazing sun, crossing to the Sport Authority “sales” tent, when I had a kind of “aha.”

At home I’d just read a new blog post by Alistair Cockburn on Agile in Management and Leadership, and was thinking about everything I’d learned at the Agile Conference in Salt Lake City the week of August 8.  I passed a family with two young giggling kids, speaking a Himalayan dialect of some sort to each other, when suddenly occurred to me: the Bhutanese are onto something much bigger with their focus on Gross National Happiness (“GNH”). Might seem kind of obvious, but they’ve given themselves a purpose not based on money.

Previous King of Bhutan, Jigme Singye Wangchuck, crowns his son, Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck, King (REUTERS/Royal Government of Bhutan/Handout)

Previous King of Bhutan, Jigme Singye Wangchuck, crowns his son, Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck, King (REUTERS/Royal Government of Bhutan/Handout)

In case you are not familiar with GNH, here’s a quick summary. The previous King of Bhutan, Jigme Singye Wangchuk, realizing that his country would not soon become the richest in the world (particularly since the nation is one of the poorest), focused his people’s purpose on something else: Gross National Happiness.  The team from the Centre for Bhutan Studies, inspired by the direction, developed a sophisticated survey instrument with Karma Ura and Canadian Michael Pennock for measuring happiness in a population.  It is now the official direction the Bhutanese government, newly democratic, passed as a policy. The Government is taking every step to ensure that the GNH “precedes over economic prosperity.” (more…)

2011 agile coach private session w Lyssa Adkins and Michael Spayd

August 9, 2011

Lyssa Adkins and Michael Spayd now partnering with Alistair and Ahmed Sidkey in ICAgile. Weird. I randomly took Ahmed’s class and randomly sat by him and Mary Poppendieck at the Signators Park Bench session last night. Not sure if meaningful pattern [that all these people, Alistair, Ahmed, Lyssa, Michael – and Dan Meznick – are interconnected and I am observing this fractal] or random condition?

Michael Sahota joined gathering – thinking interesting to take his session. Session madness! 🙂

Rolling out a deeper program of training including apprentice training.  It’s nice there is a path.

Martin Luther King Jr. Quote – Correct Version With Source

May 3, 2011

In case you’ve seen the Martin Luther King, Jr., quote circulating on Twitter and the web, and found out it was slightly edited, here’s the real version.

The full title of this book, published in 1967, is “Where Do We Go From Here: Chaos or Community?

The correct quote: (more…)

Definition of “Blessing” found on Wikipedia

February 6, 2011

I was a little sad to find out that fractals might be “cool” in someone’s world. Disappointed? Yes, because the strength of using such a metaphor might then be dissipated through use. In Bhutan cameras are forbidden in sacred places for this very reason. When it is too easy to take a snap of a shrine or sacred object, the blessing of that object begins to dissipate. In the same way I would be disappointed if fractals are considered to be “really cool” like this blog post claims:

A footnote on this Wiki page on Lineage gives us the background to more thoroughly understand the logic behind the Bhutanese prohibition on cameras:

‘Blessing’ (Wylie: byin-rlabs; Sanskrit: adhiṣṭhāna):

“In the Buddhist context, the term blessing should not be understood in terms of grace as in the case of theistic religions. Rather, it relates to the sense of inspiration receivedwhich transforms or awakens the potentials inherent within an individual’s mental continuum. Thus, the Tibetan word byin-rlabs is interpreted to mean: ‘to be transformed through inspiring magnificence’.”

Padmasambhava (composed); Terton Karma Lingpa (revealed); Gyurme Dorje (translated); Graham Coleman (editor); Thupten Jinpa (editor) with H.H.Tenzin Gyatso (introduction) (2005, 2006). The Tibetan Book of the Dead. First Complete Translation. Strand, London, UK: Penguin Books. ISBN 978-0-140-45529-8, p.448

“Lineage” is the line of Masters from whom we who study Buddhism receive teachings and blessings. It’s helpful to be reminded that this is not necessarily a form of supernatural and magic, but something extraordinary, yet logical. When you turn a sacred word, text, object, whatever into something that is used again and again, you make it every day, ordinary. The meaningful becomes exhausted of its meaning through over-use and over-exposure. When you apply a ceremony, such as only using on special occasions, not allowing it to be photographed, not allowing anyone to touch, and so on, the power of the item to “bless” in the sense of inspiring our minds “to magnificence” (something greater) can remain.  The experience of this is not really magic in the sense of something that happens without cause; it is something mind creates because of how we behave with the phenomenon we wish to define as “blessed,” as inspiring us to be greater.

This is also an idea I wish to hold onto for inclusion in a post I am working on. This will relate to feudalism, process as religion, and other supernatural matters. I actually have seven drafts in the queue:

  • Is Being “Of One Mind” Such a Good Thing? and other pitfalls
  • Leadership, the Supernatural Powers of Kings and the Religion of Process
  • Can we be good without God?
  • Stories? or “No More Stories!”
  • Checklists, Backlog, Specs
  • Dark Side of People and Teams
  • “We Look to Scientists to Settle Them”

Guess which this applies to. I may or may not combine or split apart any of the above. Just where I’ve zoomed in on the fractal for today.

To understand more thoroughly the meaning of the power of the meaningful being exhausted through over-use and over-exposure,