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May 28th, 2009

09:55 pm - Anyone alive here???
Made this for youtube. Hope you all like, and I hope I got everything right.

Its kinda long, but I love the music, hope you do to!


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November 12th, 2008

03:34 am - Prayer to be reborn in Dewachen
A video I made and posted on Youtube, hope you all like! It was fun making it!

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May 30th, 2008

02:32 am - Voting
Who are you voting for in 08 and why?

Does Buddhism have anything to do with your pick?

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March 18th, 2008

12:45 am - Please sign this petition.

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February 9th, 2008

03:21 am - Prostrations
I like these two vids alot...plus the nun is adorable!

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November 27th, 2007

01:40 pm - The benefits of attachment ;-)
Being attached to helping others
is still attachment and an obstacle.

Being attached to compassion
is still attachment and an obstacle.

Being attached to lovingkindness
is still attachment and an obstacle.

Being attached to enlightenment
is still attachment and an obstacle.

Being attached to regular meditation
is still attachment and an obstacle.

- I'd sure like to live in a world in which
all people are atteched to helping others,
to compassion and lovingkindness,
to meditation and enlightenment.


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November 23rd, 2007

07:15 pm - Buddhism as religion
I thought I'd throw this out there just for grins.

I find it a little hard to relate to most other Western converts to Buddhism. I have a strong devotional/religious bent, which led me ultimately to Nichiren Shu. In our tradition, the Buddha isn't just some guy who lived 2,500 years ago, but an active presence in our lives, and whose enlightenment, which occurred in the beginningless past, includes the whole universe within it. We express our faith in this teaching through chanting the Odaimoku (sacred title) of the Lotus Sutra. I rarely practice silent meditation. I suspect most other Western Buddhists would find this hard to relate to, and maybe even off-putting. I guess I'm just curious as to how others here really see Buddhism. Is it a religion for you, or is it something else?

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November 15th, 2007

04:59 am - The Buddhist Mythos of the Arising and Passing Away of the World
I was browsing anthropology resources, and stumbled upon this essay.

It's extremely interesting and well researched, and was written by Dr. James J. Hughes, who was a Buddhist monk, and then earned his doctorate in medical sociology.

There's also an interesting section on Family-Oriented Sangha and Mindful Parenting on his site, for those interested. I haven't looked at that section too carefully, but it looks like it would be a good resource.

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November 14th, 2007

11:15 pm - Mod business.
Hey all,
I will be in Japan Nov. 15-24, so all new members waiting approval will have to wait until then.

Please post away while I'm gone!


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November 12th, 2007

02:38 pm - Eight Verses for Training the Mind
I am currently studying a different translation of this text at my center but I thought I would share this anyway. If I can scan the other translation I may post that as well. Thanks.

Eight Verses for Training the Mind

by Langri Thangpa

With a determination to accomplish
The highest welfare for all sentient beings
Who surpass even a wish-granting jewel
I will learn to hold them supremely dear.

Whenever I associate with others I will learn
To think of myself as the lowest among all
And respectfully hold others to be supreme
From the very depths of my heart.

In all actions I will learn to search into my mind
And as soon as an afflictive emotion arises
Endangering myself and others
Will firmly face and avert it.

I will learn to cherish beings of bad nature
And those oppressed by strong sins and suffering
As if I had found a precious
Treasure very difficult to find.

When others out of jealousy treat me badly
With abuse, slander, and so on,
I will learn to take on all loss,
And offer victory to them.

When one whom I have benefited with great hope
Unreasonably hurts me very badly,
I will learn to view that person
As an excellent spiritual guide.

In short, I will learn to offer to everyone without exception
All help and happiness directly and indirectly
And respectfully take upon myself
All harm and suffering of my mothers.

I will learn to keep all these practices
Undefiled by the stains of the eight worldly conceptions
And by understanding all phenomena as like illusions
Be released from the bondage of attachment.

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