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July 18, 2008
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The INSIGHT From the Dalai Lama for SATURDAY/SUNDAY, July 19/20 2008.

"One aspect of compassion is to respect others' rights and
to respect others' views. That is the basis of reconciliation. The human spirit of reconciliation based on compassion is working deep down, whether the person really knows it or not. Our basic human nature is gentleness; therefore, no matter how much we go through violence and other bad things, ultimately the proper solution is to return to human feeling and affection. So affection or compassion is not only a religious matter, but in our day-ta-day life it is quite indispensable."

July 18, 2008
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On the 18-Jul-08 you wrote:

"But to not engage because one is 'lower' on the totem pole than another is just disrespectful."

I totally agree with this statement. The Buddha for 45 years couched his sutras at all levels to suit the levels of understanding and knowledge of his audience. This is why there is such a diversity in the many teachings that he left behind. He certainly was a master teacher.

To grasp the Buddha's teachings at any depth requires much more than mere intelligence. It requires basic insights into life, an open mind, and the strong desire to do so. It also requires commitment and dedication to the task or understanding that which at first glance seems beyond human comprehension. Buddhism is not for lazy people who want everything spelt out for them 'on a platter'.

July 18, 2008
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The fruit of Buddha's teaching is Dalai Lama. Got a big ego, loves being referred to as "his holiness" and gives TRITE advice like

- be compassionate

- the main purpose of human beings is to attain happiness. Really? Wow, guess I needed Da Lying Lamer to tell me that.

- our basic nature is gentleness? Parallel to christianity's "man is sinful in nature" philosophy.

- proper solution is to return to human feeling and affection? WOW. Thats awesome. Once again, I need Da Lying Lama Boy to tell me that. Ha, Tez isnt even reading this, lolllll.

- AND he also allowed torture to exist under his rule of law in the 50's.

Da Lying Lamar.... lollll.... omg.. too funny.

Oh and his last name ofcourse, is... SoGay. From Gaytso.

July 18, 2008
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thanks OM, i could go to another site and throw the question in a buddhist forum and see what they got to say but im not bothered enough. I hate registering, busy as i am!

July 18, 2008
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too funny, someone anonymous vandalized the brown recluse spider article on Wikipedia:

>> This spider has been known to eat your brain and make you poop it out later in the day. This usually happens within an hour or two of the bite. It can bite you anywhere except your hands and and makes the wound swell very bad. The only cure known to man is that you must sumerge your wound in lizards urine.

July 19, 2008
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thank you Tez.

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July 19, 2008
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Soofoo

you wrote

"It is a Buddhist belief that all attachment leads to suffering"

I can testify in my life that this is true and also somebody then mentioned that attachment is not love.

HUH Well, I cannot agree more. I wished I had this insight years ago because it would of caused me TONS of less emotional suffering.

This is soooo true, to practise is not this easy, It depends on how I am wired or programmed

Anyway, this was insightfull for me

Thanks

July 19, 2008
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Guest-Guest and others who would try to save others from their false belief. Why bother?

One of the great gifts we humans have inherited is a beautiful interactive Universe, in which things go around other things in continous cycles of various dimensions of time, space and mass.

As one cosmic wit said when he was asked where he came from, "Well I think I went on this picnic with Dad and came home inside Mum." I certainly do not know where the edge of that cycle of birth, life and death began. Adam and Eve seems to me to be a reasonable mythical explanation as long as we do not try to put a precise date on it. But then again, I do not read Hamlet to obtain an accurate history of Denmark. I read it for its profound insights into the human psychological condition.

As I find myself dropped into the midst of this cosmic mystery by the fact that my parents experienced a blissful moment on a sunny day behind some shrubs at a picnic ground, I just try to make some sense of it all.

I find the scientific method to be a great tool in this attempt to understand the Universe; by recording my experiences as accurately and honestly as I can and then reflecting upon the recorded evidence in order to find some comfortable explanation for how the various dots might be joined together.

However, because my limitations as a finite body within an infinite system, my scientific understanding will always be limited. This means at the edge of my knowledge lies this great zone of mystery. I simply do not know where I am going after I have breathed my last human breath.

A lot of people are happy to let the matter rest right there; enjoy the day and let tomorrow remain the concern of tomorrow.

That is not a bad solution until you happen to be born into an addictive family. I grew up in a series of riddles that tended to consume my whole life perspective; would Dad come home drunk, would Mum belt me if the chaos got too much for her, would we have enough to pay the bills next week, etc. Scarey stuff when you are eight years old.

So I grew up a bit distorted. And when I looked to the science and technology of psychology to relieve and remediate my pathology, the cupboard was rather bare.

Then I discovered this little formula, called the twelve steps, for which there is not all that much scientific explanation, except that it works for me.

And the first three steps are: 1. As a finite being I cannot control my pathology. 2. Out there in the infinite parts of the Universe is a force or a mental energy which can help me. 3. It will save me if I give it my permission to alter my life.

Interestingly the next step is in fact the scientific method; the fearlessly honest inventory of how I am now living my life, so that I may discover the relevant cause and effect relationships at work in my life.

So for me, the spiritual and the scientific are like two hands working together to help me make sense of my human condition and to help me cure my codependent illness.

As to wheter you share my belief, it is nice to be surrounded by like minds, but I really cannot see the point of trying to prove a mystery.

When I was about 10, I proudly announced to my Mother that I now knew that Father Christmas did not exist. My Mother did not even break stride. She just said, "Fine, when you stop believing in him, he stops coming; end of story."

July 19, 2008
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The INSIGHT From the Dalai Lama for MONDAY, July 21 2008.

"If one assumes a humble attitude, one's own good qualities will increase. Whereas if one is proud, one will become jealous of others, one will look down on others,and due to that there will be unhappiness in society."

July 20, 2008
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"Without using the word attachment: whats the difference between what you feel for your students, verses your real loved ones? "

The difference is that I don't expect them to be in my life for a long period of time. I expect them to move on, away, and not even think about me. I don't expect anything in return, materialistically, or emotionally, from them. I'll probably never know if I've impacted their lives and I accept that. I don't expect to be a part of their lives- their wedding, their children being born, that kind of thing.

I love my students. But with my step son, things were a 180, and his loss is overwhelming and nearly unbearable. It has rocked the foundation of my very being, and right now due to his death, I am lost.

Dang , an insight for every day? I'm still working on attachment lol. I think a need an insight per month. ha.

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July 20, 2008
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Free.

Thanks for your very touching and moving post.

"Enlightenment for a wave in the ocean is the moment the wave realises that it is water." - From 'Living Buddha, Living Christ' by Master Thich Nhat Hanh.

I think that the pain caused by attachment is really the pain of being 'forcibly' detach against our will from that which we cherish dearly.

But how can a wave in the ocean be forcibly detached from another wave? How can you and your stepson ever be separated? You are inseparable! Feel his presence even as you read this.

What you have lost are the complex acoustic pressure waves that were caused by his larynx in generating that 'entity' we label as his voice. You have also lost the electromagnetic radiation reflection source whose complex moving light reflections were received by your retina and then converted by your neural networks into a mental object that you mistook as being your stepson 'out there'.

But you have never lost him - only physical and mental phenomena. Your mind is very powerful and is restricted by itself alone.

Our minds are like the ocean waves that imagines themselves to be separate and isolated from other ocean waves that wax magnificent for a short period and then wane. Yet the ocean rises, abides and subsides in a myriad of wave shapes and forms. Why should one wave grieve the subsiding of another? What can possibly 'separate' them after the realization of their true nature?

July 20, 2008
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A lot of opinions on our existence hear. Who's right & who's wrong.
No thanks to religion for me. I've a number of reasons for why I feel that way, but don't care to waste time by getting into it.
I'd prefer the 12 steps any old day of the week as they've succeeded in helping so many for so long where psychology & religion have failed.

Wiz, I'd never heard the first three steps put in such a way.
I likes it & it does seems to put them in an even better perspective for me. Thanks.

July 21, 2008
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Hey Tez,

Thank you for continuing to post these. I like reading these insights because it puts the emphasis on the individual, rather than on relying on an external source for problem solving. It urges to look inside for the answers we have spent a lifetime, suffering, looking for outwardly. It doesn't foster the helpless against... whatever. It empowers.

G_dude!! You little nut.

July 21, 2008
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Yes, BevDee, I would agree with your points that you've made.

July 21, 2008
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The INSIGHT From the Dalai Lama for TUESDAY, July 22 2008.

"A consciousness that conceives of inherent existence does not have a valid foundation. A wise consciousness, grounded in reality, understands that living beings and other phenomena - minds, bodies, buildings, and so forth - do not inherently exist. This is the wisdom of emptiness. Understanding reality exactly opposite to the misconception of inherent existence, wisdom gradually overcomes ignorance."

July 21, 2008
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Bevdee! what kinda empowerment do you needdd. Just talk to me, I'm empowering. I also have spare energy bars. I got lots of empowerment for everyone.

July 21, 2008
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>> wisdom gradually overcomes ignorance.

I thought it was the other way around. Saying a big WHATEVER usually defeats any possible threat of wisdom.

July 21, 2008
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Tez wrote:

>> Why should one wave grieve the subsiding of another?

Nothing but excuses and justifications of being unable to love and experience true grief of the loss of a loved one, made by those who cannot love.

July 21, 2008
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>> The difference is that I don't expect them to be in my life for a long period of time. I expect them to move on, away, and not even think about me. I don't expect anything in return, materialistically, or emotionally, from them. I'll probably never know if I've impacted their lives and I accept that. I don't expect to be a part of their lives- their wedding, their children being born, that kind of thing.

>> I love my students.

You probably loved your students 1/20 of what you had with your step son. Its thus wrong to say "I love my students and I loved my step son".

Its not the same kind of love. Its not even "just different". Its mild and mellow and much less intense. If you added 4 years to the time you would be teaching them for, you would feel very sad and, you would be brought to tears there as well at the end when they'd leave.

There's no such thing as like what this idiot Dalai Lama is talking about: "love with attachment is a bad thing" - nah, its not, if you're not attached to anything yet, you're not really in love with it.

Dont listen to Da Lying Lama. Really. I'll give you more insights. He uses big words.

What I suspect he also uses someone to help him with english. The guy has no clue what he's talking about. He argh... I will make another thread about this.

He's an abusive idiot, worshipped by people who have no or little direction in life of their own, who have little control of their own happiness. So.. they have no choice but to look up to someone who gives an illusion of knowing everyting.

July 21, 2008
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Thanks for your positive view on things! I couldnt resist bringing out the truth about Dalai Lama when he was being advertised as someone "nice". I was actually shocked to hear in this whole episode what an evil and msotly, artificial person he is.

Sorry to hear you had a dysfunctional home. There's no bigger crime I believe, than people having kids when they are not fit to do so. This is the biggest problem in the world.

This:

>> 2. Out there in the infinite parts of the Universe is a force or a mental energy which can help me. 3. It will save me if I give it my permission to alter my life.

is not true. Science doesnt support any energy existing in the Universe that is helping humans when they ask it to help them.

In the same post you said:

>> I find the scientific method to be a great tool in this attempt to understand the Universe;

Mm...... well. So where's the scietific method to support the existence of this "helpful" energy? mmm.. I dont think so!

I'm glad though it worked for you so thats nice.

>> So for me, the spiritual and the scientific are like two hands working together to help me make sense of my human condition and to help me cure my codependent illness.

I will tell you, you are fine. All you need to do to be well is believe strongly that you are well. I know its kinda cyclic, so it sounds impossible. I'm in the same boat as you hehe.

I'm sorry your mom belted you, thats so wrong. My mom used lots of stuff on me too, hands, fists, hair pulling, bamboo sticks, shoes, hockey stick (broke when she hit me with it). A vicious evil woman, she is. I'm ok now, I keep these mofos under control now. I dont allow anyone to give me crap.

Here:

>> "Fine, when you stop believing in him, he stops coming; end of story."

She didnt care, she was happy she'd have to stop giving you presents. Thats why she didnt care. A bad mom who shouldnt have had kids.

My mom too, shouldnt have had them, but its ok, I'm surviving.

July 21, 2008
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I'll make a "truth about "dalai lama" thread later mmmm...... yea. Might make a blog about it too. I think he needs one.

July 21, 2008
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This Dalai Lama (real name: Tenzin Gyatso) belives he's the 14th reincarnation of the original Dalai Lama

Look at the other looney stuff he says. From Wikipedia:

>> Tenzin Gyatso, though, has stated that there is a chance that he will not be reborn although if he is reborn it will not be in a country run by the People's Republic of China.

I could creep into Tibet after this Dalai Lama dies. Hopefully they'd recognize that I'm DA 15th Lying Lamer. I'd get a sex transplant, go to New Orleans and flash my fake assets for everyone, right after giving a "spiritual" talk on live TV. That would stop this nonsense for once and for all.

And check this out too?

>> However, if there are several possibilities of the reincarnation, in the past regents and eminent officials and monks at the Jokhang in Lhasa, and the Minister to Tibet would decide on the individual by placing the boys names inside an urn and drawing one lot in public if it was too difficult to judge the reincarnation initially.[29]

Hear that? Village people cant decide who the hell the next Dalai Lama is. So they draw lots, literally.

Check this out too, he knows this is all nonsense and its not going to go on forever:

>> In the mid-1970s His Holiness, Tenzin Gyatso, The Fourteenth Dalai Lama, told a Polish newspaper that he thought he would be the last Dalai Lama.

And this:

>> These statements caused a furor amongst Tibetans in India. Many could not believe that such an option could even be considered. It was further felt that it was not the Dalai Lama's decision to reincarnate. Rather, they felt that since the Dalai Lama is a national institution it was up to the people of Tibet to decide whether or not the Dalai Lama should reincarnate.[32]

Looks like they can hatch a new Da Lying Lamer if they feel like it.

More LOL stuff:

>> The Qianlong Emperor was said to have instituted a system of selecting the Dalai Lama and the Panchen Lama by means of a lottery which utilised a golden urn with names wrapped in barley balls.

BALLS. Hear that. They're going to wrap the names on some balls. Ok Barley balls, but its still balls.

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Dalai Lama= the 14th hatchling of the original Dalai Lama, who was born 700 years ago. Reminds me of this

July 21, 2008
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Tez, you said:

"Buddhism is not for lazy people who want everything spelt out for them 'on a platter'. "

I don't think Buddha ever intended for this to become a religion but man made it so. Let me ask you this though: What would a murderer have to do?

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guest_guest,

The Dalai Lama is just a man, a human like you and me. He is limited by his own thoughts and exalted by his own thoughts. Therefore, there is much room for error. Doesn't make it right, but he is in fact just another man.

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