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Dharma Hacker – An Overview

Dharma Hacker

What is a Dharma Hacker?

A Dharma Hacker takes a balanced approach. Eastern philosophical aesthetics combine with modern technological influences. See it as the yin and yang of modern existence, the combination of right and left brain, the intersection of technology and the humanities, etc.

Dharma has many different meanings. The one associated with Buddhism is the one being considered here. Particularly how it represents a pathway to various teachings, truths and natural laws. It’s a kind of pathway to enlightenment. It also involves practice of the mind, ultimately to harness it and not be subject to its whims.

Hacking as it is being referred to here (not the dark side), has its roots in software programming. It often takes a quick fix approach through simple coding workarounds or solutions. These often end up enduring. Nowadays startups apply it to growth and even culture, innovation, life and productivity are open to hacking. Hacking is a very experimental approach. You learn by doing and observing outcomes, progressing quickly with what works, discarding what doesn’t. This is very much in tune with Buddhist philosophy.

The personal journey to mastery

In the context of InnerVentures and seen through the lens of a Dharma Hacker, the focus is at a personal level, as opposed to an organisational level. In an increasingly busy, information abundant, faster paced and complex world, the Dharma Hacker foremost but not only looks inward for solutions and progress. Mindfulness practice through meditation is one of the key tools at our disposal.

Yet it is not just inward we must look as we are not islands. We have friends and also colleagues at work where we spend much of our time. We must look to what impact our inner journey has on our friends and colleagues and on the world we try to create. Organisations where a lot of this plays out and which have become so vast and influential in the world must also be looked at in terms of what impact we can make on the way they are run.

And increasingly we should look at what role technology can play as we contemplate the progress on our journey, positive and negative. There is seeming incongruity between technology that creates much of the distraction the modern world is subject to but a deep interdependence too. We create the technology that creates much of the ills but by the same token, as the creators we can master it too and have it drive positive outcomes. Technology is not going away and must also play its part in our progress if we learn to master it.

Technodelics and the use of technology like VR (Virtual Reality) and Apps can help with meditation for instance and are being put to work already. Bots and AI (Artificial Intelligence) can help guide us through tracking and understanding our emotional states and how our thoughts and ultimately reality are defined by this, since our thoughts create our reality.

Posts in the Dharma Hacker category and in the page created to capture all these posts will cover this evolving landscape.

8 thoughts on “Dharma Hacker – An Overview

  1. […] or business focused. Or you can apply it at an individual level too as I do – my Dharma Hacker post post explains this. As Herbert Otto […]

  2. […] am not one to be be speeding things up just for the sake of it. As a DharmHacker I actually think stopping, slowing down and reflecting frequently is crucial for effective decision […]

  3. […] believer in the power of the mind. As a keen follower of Buddhist philosophy over many years (a DharmaHacker really) I am convinced of the role the mind plays in guiding our reality. As the saying […]

  4. […] the Dharma Hacking in the title? There is more here on what it is but essentially it is based on the the interplay between humans finding our way, […]

  5. […] On the path to the cloud, just as in life (as the Buddha would have us understand), one must submit our most cherished assumptions to rigorous questioning. We would make better decisions if we were clearer about the foundations of our own thinking. Cloud technology is a vast subject and this post tackles just a few assumptions, in the spirit of the DharmaHacker. […]

  6. […] and Homo Deus, among others, makes a powerful commencement speech in this recent video. As a Dharma Hacker I subscribe to the view that we are hackable. It’s how its done and to what end that is […]

  7. […] So much of what determines progress happens in the mind and how we manage our attitude. Mastery is at an early stage and we are merely Dharma Hackers. […]

  8. […] Dharma Hacking is a term I coined and a philosophy for the modern day experience. When technology pervades so much of our daily lives, we cannot, should not ignore it. We just should not get caught up in it as the passage above refers to it. Its precisely what I said at the beginning, when technology like social media becomes the means to the end, to the construction of selves that have no real meaning, then its not good use of technology and leads to suffering. That doesn’t mean it’s all bad and if you use technology to help you understand and evolve your lived experience, then it can be a force for good. As you’ll see if you follow the link, that is the essence of Dharma Hacking. […]

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