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This is a wonderful, dare I say "shortcut," for spiritual peeps.

Hooker with a Penis is a great song.

Question of the day.

Greed's literal definition is marked by selfishness, but can someone be greedy (desiring to accumulate wealth or material objects, to have more) without being selfish?

Can greed and compassion go hand and hand? Or are they mutually exclusive?

If the latter, how would you define a charitable over-consumer?

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We (I) need more "in the moment" flow charts. This is one of the best ideas I've seen. That's not hyperbole.
Sanctuary of Now

Bringing your attention to the moment, allows you to escape unpleasant thoughts and/or worries.

To bring your attention to the moment, try focusing on the way the wind feels as it passes through your nostrils, or the way the light lands on that leaf outside.

Human beings evolved to see a singular Universe in bits and pieces.

Because the Universe is a whole and not a collection of random parts, these bits and pieces relate to each other in calculable and quantifiable ways. They form patterns, ecosystems, environments. Every single bit has a relationship with all the pieces. Nothing exists that does not depend on everything else for its existence.

The Universe, reality, is a relationship.

People are excellent at deconstructing the Universe into bits and pieces. We're less adept at seeing the Universe as the whole, the singularity.

How funny must Halloween seem from a Pantheist's point of view? We're normally spirit (matter) dressed up as human beings, and one day out of every year we're spirit (matter) dressed up as human beings dressed up as monsters.

It's a good thing we don't have to take one mask off to put another on!!

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Perception is everything.
For those parents that think sugar makes your kids hyper, worry not, sugar does not make kids hyper.

Good luck figuring this one out!

Every-Minute Zen

Zen students are with their masters at least ten years before they presume to teach others, after all learning all one can isn't as easy as learning how to ask a girl out or how to ride one's bicycle. These are lessons that take the span of a decade to master.

Nan-in was visited by Tenno, who, having passed his apprenticeship, had become a teacher. The day happened to be rainy, so Tenno wore wooden clogs and carried an umbrella. After greeting him Nan-in remarked: "I suppose you left your wodden clogs in the vestibule. I want to know if your umbrella is on the right or left side of the clogs."

Tenno, confused, had no instant answer . He realized that he was unable to carry his Zen every minute. He became Nan-in's pupil, and he studied six more years to accomplish his every-minute Zen.

A Mother's Advice

Jiun, a Shingon master, was a well-known Sanskrit scholar of the Tokugawa era. When he was young he used to deliver lectures to his brother students.

His mother heard about this and wrote him a letter:

"Son, I do not think you became a devotee of the Buddha because you desired to turn into a walking dictionary for others. There is no end to information and commentation, glory and honor. I wish you would stop this lecture business. Shut yourself up in a little temple in a remote part of the mountain. Devote your time to meditation and in this way attain true realization."

Note: This koan is fascinating because it presents an opinion on two seemingly opposing lifestyles and invites the reader to choose a side. Will you accept this invitation?
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