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Leland Somers
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1. There are many forms and formats for Buddhist though and practice.

2. None of them teach an almighty creator god since that would fly in the face of a principle doctrine which is that everything arises from a plethora of causes. All things constantly arise and pass away. Permanence is an illusion.

3. There are a growing number of people who are in fact atheist Buddhists, generally known as "secular Buddhists" I am one of them.

4. Karma is NOT necessarily tied to the old doctrine of "rebirth" in any literal sense. There are many, purely non "spiritualized" ways to think of rebirth.

5. "Spiritual" beliefs are not necessarily about "ghoulies and ghosties
And long-leggedy beasties And things that go bump in the night,.."

6. One of the leading exponents of Secular Buddhism is Stephen Batchelor who wrote: Confession of a Buddhist Atheist - a book I highly recommend.
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Banking is a form of parasitism and all bankers are parasites feeding off the real work and increase in value created by those who produce needed goods and services. Parasites have to be destroyed.
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It would be impossible to make peace with someone who's only wish for you is that you didn't exist. That is the dominant view in the Middle East about Jews. It has been for generations, it is not new and it is not because of Israel which is little more than a smoke screen to hide behind when you are fundamentally a hater of Jews because your religion tells you you should hate them and kill them if possible. (Monotheistic religion always breeds the desire to convert or eliminate everyone who doesn't agree with you - it is blatant among millions of Christians in the USA as with Muslims around the world.)

If people do not understand this, then their perception of reality is that of a clinically insane person - out of touch with external reality.

This conflict has been going on since I was 8 years old. It will be going on long after I'm dead and gone. The unpleasant fact is that RELIGION POISONS EVERYTHING, and the most toxic religious poison is monotheism in any form.

Theistic religion is rooted in our fundamental lack of moral, intellectual and ethical evolution. Monotheistic religion is little more than the desire to have a strong daddy to take care of you and the other people who don't agree with you. It is actually like an addiction in many ways. Addictions are always dangerous to the addicted and to everyone around them. Religion in the Middle East is a perfect example of religion at its purest and most perverse.
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Good video. The apartment looks really nice - great views from the hill. Beautiful countryside. Good idea to have your wife be the camera person. Hope you find this a good place to live and get your creative juices flowing. Best wishes to both of you.
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Glad you're appreciated the video! Thank you for your wishes! The views from the hill are really nice.
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I've never seen a cockroach with a gun. I live in Florida,I would have seen one if there are any.
 And the real issue is not high capacity magazines for guns, it is the low capacity brains of gun nuts.
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Ding, ding, ding! We have a winner! Best answer I have read today. Thank you sir.
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The white shirt, sleeves rolled up, black jeans, cuffs rolled, tennis shoes - a throw back to the 1950s - not the hair though. Looking good - as usual.
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The bank is not the government (at least technically) and is not bound by the 1st Amendment - it applies to government and government agencies. BTW "have a blessed day" could just as easy be a Wiccan blessing - as a matter of fact it is. Most people don't know shit from shinola when it comes to religion anyway, ins spite of all the nonsense to the contrary.
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Besides a a couple of speedos, what else do you pack. Just kidding. Hope you do well and enjoy your time in China.
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Response: Chainsaw. Best of luck.
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Cats should be kept indoors. They, collectively, kill hundreds of millions of birds every year - and not because they need food, obviously. I used to have a cat that was outdoors and stopped that when one morning there were three dead birds and four mice laid out at the house door. UGH.
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Since Bush, stupid is one of the highest and most sacred American values. This is just another example.
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In a police nobody's INNOCENT. That is the principle behind the NSA.
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  • Holland High School
  • Jordan Seminary, Michigan
  • Mt. St Mary's Seminary, Cincinnati Ohio
  • Graduate Theological Union, Berkeley California
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  • Holland Police Department
  • Blue Cross of California
  • GATX Capital Corporation
  • Morrison & Foerster LLP
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Clearwwater Florida
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Holland Michigan - San Francisco California - Vallejo California - Crockett California - Berkeley California
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