dirk Schmidt

Oakland, California, United States

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  • Fluent in English; learning German, Sanskrit (Saṁskṛta), Tibetan Standard, Tibetan, Central
  • 34, Male
  • Member since 2007
  • student
  • B.A., Philosophy, Rice U. - M.A., Philosophy and Religion...
  • From Waterloo, Iowa
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About Me


Linux Padawan...


i suck at video games, but i can build a pretty good fire. Thoreau use to be my favorite author. i like football (soccer) and ultimate frisbee. i don't watch TV. i'm usually vegetarian, but i still love sushi. i live in the city, but i prefer the country. but in the country i get bored, and wish i was in the city... what can i say, i'm complex...


some strange mixture of Utilitarianism, Buddhism, Moral Relativism and Skepticism...

Why I’m on Couchsurfing


i've surfed 2 couches in København, Danmark, and have hosted once so far...


Music and music, Philosophy and Buddhist Studies, Permaculture, riding my bike, Classical Asian Languages (Tibetan and Sanskrit), amateur photography , GNU/Linux and Open Source Computing, Vipassana... and Loving Kindness, but only when i feel like it...

Music, Movies, and Books

Garfield's translation of Nāgārjuna's Mūlamadhyamakakārikā (Fundamental Wisdom of the Middle Way), "The Lost Gospel of Judas Iscariot" by Bart Ehrman (very good, readable Gnostic scholarship), and "The Mind & The Brain" by Jeffrey Schwartz (Psychology + funky Quantum Consciousness theory of free-will), Daniel Dennett for the materialist perspective, Tich Nath Hanh, novel-wise anything by Ernest Hemingway, The Stranger, Life of Pi, Me Talk Pretty One Day, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night, etc.

wolf parade, akron/family, clap your hands say yeh, animal collective, the faint, arcade fire, pinback, black rebel motorcycle club, del mccoury, bob dylan, bright eyes, elliott smith, fugazi, the shins, godspeed you! black emperor, iron & wine, led zeppelin, modest mouse, mountain goats, neutral milk hotel, okay, radiohead, sufjan stevens, the toadies, two gallants, taj mahal, the faint, rogue wave, supersystem, ambulance ltd., beck, the black keys, blur, jane's addiction, the blood brothers, jurassic 5, m83, the magnetic fields, soul coughing, nirvana...

Big Lebowski, Royal Tennenbaums, Zoolander, those sorts of things...

One Amazing Thing I’ve Done

climbed trees in Nepal to escape rhinoceroses...

Teach, Learn, Share

the word apathy is my new favorite. here's why:

apatheia, as used by the Greek Stoics, originally embodied a sense of freedom from the passions (patheia), which were seen as the root of suffering.

there was a distinction between patheia (passion or feelings resulting from incorrect judgment), propatheia (instinctive feelings, i.e., trembling from fear), and eupatheia (feelings resulting from clear, objective judgment; equanimity).

the resultant state of mind, freed from the afflictive emotions, was termed ataraxia (not disturbed). that is, irregardless of external conditions, the mind remained clear and balanced...

Countries I’ve Visited

China, Czech Republic, Denmark, Germany, India, Mexico, Nepal, Norway, Thailand, United States

Countries I’ve Lived In

India, United States

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