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July 11, 2008
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Thanks all, for your replies.

July 11, 2008
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The INSIGHT From the Dalai Lama for SATURDAY/SUNDAY, July 12/13 2008.

"Although meditation can sometimes mean sitting in a particular formal posture and stilling the mind, it can also include continuously familiarizing ourselves with positive thoughts. This is where we regularly read and recite the texts of scriptures and prayers."

July 15, 2008
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The INSIGHT From the Dalai Lama for MONDAY, July 14 2008.

"Buddhist texts speak of four principal obstacles that one must overcome for meditation to be successful. [The fourth], at a more subtle level, . . . is mental excitement, or agitation, which stems from the fluctuating, changeable nature of our mind."

July 15, 2008
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The INSIGHT From the Dalai Lama for TUESDAY, July 15 2008.

"With love that is simply attachment, the slightest change in the object, such as a tiny change of attitude, immediately causes you to change. This is because your emotion is based on something very superficial. Take, for example, a new marriage. Often after a few weeks, months, or years the couple become enemies and finish up getting divorced. They married deeply in love - nobody marries with hatred - but after a short time everything changed. Why?"

July 15, 2008
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The INSIGHT From the Dalai Lama for WEDNESDAY, July 16 2008.

"Good human qualities-honesty, sincerity, a good heart-cannot be bought with money, nor can they be
produced by machines, but only by the mind itself. We can call this the inner light, or God's blessing, or human quality. This is the essence of mankind."

July 15, 2008
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Hey Tez

Thanks for posting these. Thank you for being you. Your inner light shines very brightly.

July 15, 2008
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God's blessing?

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Explain more about Tuesday's.

Please.

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July 15, 2008
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>> "With love that is simply attachment, the slightest change in the object, such as a tiny change of attitude, immediately causes you to change. This is because your emotion is based on something very superficial. Take, for example, a new marriage. Often after a few weeks, months, or years the couple become enemies and finish up getting divorced. They married deeply in love - nobody marries with hatred - but after a short time everything changed. Why?"

Why...... I'll tell why. Keep eating the same food every day, you get tired of it too. You want something new to eat. Even if you were eating $40 meals every day in a 5-star restaurant, one day you'll get tired of them and just want to eat Ramen noodles. You'll discover they're 10 times tastier than the same restaurant meal you've been eating for the last 6 months.

Its just how it is.... we want something new. We get tired of old things.

BUT, people who are more likely to get tired, are those who cant be happy alone. You have to be happy alone.

And the parents of my landlords were a happy couple until the day they died. It can work but, you know, you can be happy with somoene long term, only if you're happy with yourself long term.

And even THEN, its ok to want to divorce and be on your own. Divorce is nothing to be criticized. If I get tired of eating a certain food, is it wrong of me to stop eating it and go for something new? Nope... thats just human nature.

I'm not saying everyone should divorce and that divorce is perfectly ok, but, its not something "bad". When you need to leave someone, you just have to do that. Nothing's bad gonna happen if you do. Staying together is a choice just like not staying together.

Divorce is a big bad word with negative connotations. I got divorced from KFC last week and from that strawberry popcicle I had eaten every day for the last 3 months. It was sad but I had to do it.

July 15, 2008
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What I dont like is someone (Dalai Lama) telling me how I should think, and achieve peace of mind.

The biggest obstacle to peace of mind? The dark heavy cloud on our head that we are not enough.

These kinds of teachings just make it worse.

You're ok as you are, Tez. You dont need to do ANY thing to change and become better. You're just fine as you are. Sense the power and liberation of these words? Its true, you really are ok as you are. So what you got an anger problem? Everyone gets angry.. me too. I slammed down the mouse a couple of times as I mentioned. Arghhhh, I wanted to break the mouse so to save it I slammed it in a controlled fashion. Anger sucks, but. anyway. I'm trying to deal with it.

Yesterday I realized that I can let any small thing make me angry. Arghhhh... so that was a small realization.

We're ok as we are. We know as much as the Dalai Lama. His words are actually his own voice trying to make sense of his own life. Thats how advice is anyway. Its usually things that we feel strongly about, things that we've discovered. Like he has a journey of his own, each of us have our own. Our realizations will not match with his and vice versa.

Believe that you have all the answers to your problems and you can fix them and that, ofcourse, you are "enough". Thats really very important.

You're ok as you are. Dont change. Its impossible to be perfect, its impossible to follow every good advice. You're good as you are.

Now. I'm having a problem nowadays with spending money. Feeling regret over not saving enough money and.. I have to deal with this. I know the answer is within me.

Well this is how I feel about Dalai Lama and the holy teachings. One, its impossible to achieve them. Two, I know as much about life as Dalai Lama. Sounds arrogant eh? Its not like that....

July 15, 2008
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hi Tez

>> Perhaps my greatest realization was that emotional arousals like anger require feeding to maintain that state of emotional arousal. < < What if... you were in a state of mind, that you never had to worry about how to be in the right state of mind and what to do? What if everything came naturally and you never had to put on the microscope and the tweezer to try to control your thoughts? Wouldnt that be nice. You'd be ok as you are and you know.. anyway. >> Even the Dalai Lama admits to getting angry still. But he said that with him it only lasts a minute and a half nowadays. Of course you can be sure that the Dalai Lama always thinks and acts appropriately after he realizes that he is angry. < < Everyone gets angry and most (not all) people can handle their anger well just like Dalai Lama. I'm surprised actually to hear that he gets angry. I wonder what kind of things make him angry hm.. we will never know. Its probably personal ("OMGG, why do I have such a small _. Whyyyyy. Arghhhhh." oops! kidding :.d.. I am BAD..sorry :p. I know. Oh well). Anyway.. the thing is also this. When you reach that celebrity place in the world, you'll never talk about how that pothole in the road made you so angry that you threw out your new iPod. They'll keep those details to themselves.. it would be a lot of trouble for them if they ever talked about the real nitty gritty details of their lives. I guess I'm critical about the Dalai Lama. I'm allergic to any idols or "prophet-like" figures like that. The people I idolize are confident people with a great peace of mind and who know how to keep the chaos level in their minds low. People who are happy and going on their business like things in nature: a honey bee, a bird.. things like that. They're unspoilt and free from that curse called "fear". Because! You learn best from someone when you see it in action. when you see somoene without fear and enjoying themselves, its infectious. Likewise, fear and anxiety is infectious. I'm gonna go watch some videos of dalai Lama, lets see..... And Tez, once again, you know as much as the Dalai Lama. You have it inside you, the solutions to your problems. We have it ourselves, all of us.

July 15, 2008
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watching this and giving an ear to Dalai Lama finally and analyzing him to see what its all about.

Dalai Lama - The Four Noble Truths Part 1/4

July 15, 2008
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he's against "radical athiests".

"generally speaking, it is better to have some kind of religious training rather than radical or extreme athiest [sic]"

:.d.... whoa. Hmmmm. watching it more. Its 1.5 hours.

July 15, 2008
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Tez,

Would this be a good thread to ask you to do a chronology of Siddhartha? As in when he was born, events in his life, when he died....or do you have a website(s) that you might prefer over others that you could direct me to?

Thanks!!

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July 15, 2008
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Thought analysis at around 19:00

*scratches neck*

"gosh, this is boring. Oh well" (19:30)

(looks at someone in the crowd, and smiles and grins)

"OMG, look at all these people sitting. Wow. The crowd is unending!" (ends at, 20:00)

"you know this is too funny. I have NO frikking idea why all these people are here. lollll. Either they're stupid.. or I did a real good job of myself myself appear wise. Anyway, it feels nice. I like it." (20:03)

"Ah.. I hate myself. Whatever. Lets see .. hmm.......did I sync my iPod last night or not. Is this Global warming crap real or fake? I dont know. I have no idea."

"That light in the auditorium seems to be brigher than the rest. hmmm. Gonna squint my eyes to test it." (20:10)

"think I got a cavity on my right molar. Gotta have it checked out which I havent done since three months. Good god, I cant take care of my right molar, how can I take care of global war and peace? Anyway,.. whatever" (20:15)

"These glasses are giving me a headache. Wish I could take them off for a while but then, people will think I'm tired. I have to appear perfect. Oh well." (20:22)

Not kidding. These are moments when he was feeling inside that the spotlight is on the translator, so its time for me to be myself. Know what I mean? Its moments like these when you're not censoring yourself.

so.. how was my inner analysis. If you watch that time in the clip you'll see I'm exactly right. Start watching from 19:00.

He does clear his throat like me hehe.

Come on peopleeee. this is a normal person.. like you and me. Watching it more.

July 15, 2008
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Not seeing a single happy smug face in the audience. Everyone is rustled (chaotic insides) and more importantly, believes they're not enough.

July 15, 2008
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I've only skimmed through the 1.5 hour lecture, but, is it true that he didnt drink any water during the whole lecture?

If thats true: then thats a big problem. In the end of says his throat is aching. Well you could have drunk water, right?

So if true that he didnt drink any water then thats a red flag about his own mental healthy. I'm not kidding.

This is a simple eastern man, being worshipped as an idol by people.. who believe they are not enough.

The same prophet-follower thing going on.

And people asked him, "are you free from suffering?"

He said, no (and talked about his aching throat). And... on Wikipedia it says that he's consider to have escaped the cycle of rebirth. That means he should be suffering free, right?

He should have given a serious answer to this suffering question.

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I could write a while essay. He's a nice guy, but he's like us, nothing more.

The way he laughed at some westerners asking what the cheapest way of getting englightenment is, shows he's a fun loving guy at heart, ready for a party. At the same time he enjoys the celebrity status.

I can look at it positively too. He struggled through his own life and wants to tell others what he thinks is the solution to everything.

In the end, you have to live life yourself and discover what works for you and what moves you most.. all that. You have as good a chance of living a happy life as he has.

July 15, 2008
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On the 15-Jul-08 you wrote:

"Explain more about Tuesday's. ... Please."

Could you be a little more specific as to what aspect or part you want me to try to explain in terms of my own understanding of it?

There is a lot of depth in Tuesday's quote that requires much contemplation. Issuing such contemplative challenges to us to go deeper into ourselves is the Dalai Lama's specialty.

July 15, 2008
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On the 15-Jul-08 you wrote:

"What I dont like is someone (Dalai Lama) telling me how I should think, and achieve peace of mind."

Neither do I. I agree fully with you on this point. That's why I like the Dalai Lama so much. He never does that.

These quotes are the Dalai Lama's shared insights that some journo hounded him to share with the world - not his dictates.

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You wrote:

"What if... you were in a state of mind, that you never had to worry about how to be in the right state of mind and what to do? What if everything came naturally and you never had to put on the microscope and the tweezer to try to control your thoughts? Wouldnt that be nice. You'd be ok as you are and you know.. anyway."

Wouldn't it be nice. That state of mind is called by the Buddhists 'Nirvarna' (Pali) or 'Nibbana' (Sanscrit) or the state of Enlightenment. But until we reach that wonderful state, we will suffer because of inappropriate thoughts, intentions and actions.

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Even Dalai Lama has not reached Nirvana. I think you told me once of a guy who had reached some point of enlightenment. To that I say.. what is the proof that he has achieved that?

And to this:

>> That state of mind is called by the Buddhists 'Nirvarna' (Pali) or 'Nibbana' (Sanscrit) or the state of Enlightenment.

I say, that state is called .. being ok with yourself and saying a big "whateverrr" and just having fun in the moment, and doing what you want to do.

July 15, 2008
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Everyone else: very important:

1) In that whole 1.5 hours video, Dalai Lama did not drink any water.

2) He had an aching throat at the end, which he spoke of.

Do you guys see the huge red flag? I can write a whole essay on this, how not taking care of your basic needs first, is a big indicator of poor mental health. But this is pretty obvious.. right, I mean.

I'm seroius Tez. What do you think?

July 16, 2008
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On the 15-Jul-08 you wrote:

"I'm seroius Tez. What do you think?"

So am I Guest_guest.

What do I think? Hmmmm! I know you and your 'modus operandi' from old. I think you are looking for an argument in which you want to reduce the terms and conditions of that argument to be within the scope of your level of knowledge and understanding only. Such an argument will not happen with me. Sorry bro. I recognize such a time wasting, 'lost cause' when I see one.

July 16, 2008
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The INSIGHT From the Dalai Lama for THURSDAY, July 17 2008.

"It is ironic that the more serious problems emanate from the more industrially advanced societies. Science and technology have worked wonders in many fields, but the basic human problems remain."

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