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FRIEND: - Hello, dear! I am your friend. I like to talk with you, would 
you
like it.

ME:- Of course, I like to hear you. 

FRIEND: - Do you have eyes, my friend?

ME:- Yes!

FRIEND: - Can you see with eyes? 

ME:- Of course, I can. Why not?

FRIEND: - What do you think? Can you see only one picture for your 
lifetime or various pictures?

ME:- Oh! No. I have seen various pictures scenes since my birth and now I 
am looking at you but before that, it was another. I know after I read
this, I will see another picture. It is changing every moment. 

FRIEND: - Do you believe it?

ME:- Yes, I believe it.

FRIEND: - OK. How do you see a picture, image, or sceneries with eyes? Can 
you explain it?

ME:- Mmm…, please tell me it. I like to hear you. 

FRIEND: - I like to tell it. Please listen and think it carefully.

ME:- OK

FRIEND: - Can you see pictures, when eyes are dead? 

ME:- Oh! Are you joking? How do I?

FRIEND: - That is right. Although there is any picture or image, you 
cannot see it without eyes. Therefore, to see something, eyes are the
first requirement. Do you agree with me? 

ME:- Yes. I do.

FRIEND: - There must be something to see like picture, Scenes, Waterfalls, 
and Stars. It is the second requirement for see something with eyes. Do you
understand?

ME:- Yes. Of course. 

FRIEND: - Although you have eyes and there is something to see, you
can't see it without consciousness of your eyes. Therefore, we cannot 
see when our eyes are expired. When eyes, picture, and consciousness are 
contacted together, you can see that picture.

ME:- Oh! That is nice. You explained it well.

FRIEND: - Now. What do you think about them? Are they constants? 

ME:- Mmm…I think, yes. They are constants. 

FRIEND: - I'm sorry to say that, they are not constants. Both eye and
picture are changing every moment. Consciousness is changing too.

ME:- I can't believe it. Can you explain it? 

FRIEND: - Yes, I can. Now I am asking a question from you. Are there eye 
patients in this world?

ME:- Yes.

FRIEND: - Are all of them born eye patients?

ME:- No. Sometimes there are eye patients, who lost their clear vision 
after several years from their birth. In addition, most of people lose 
their eye vision when they are become elders. Most of old people are eye
patients.

FRIEND: - You are right. In addition, although you are not an eye patient, 
your eyes will lose from you and decay in the cemetery after you died. If 
eyes are constants, how is it changed? Therefore, you have to accept that
the eye is changing and it will lose you one day.

ME:- OK. I accept. I have to. You proved it well. 

FRIEND: - Do you see now your ancient's buildings as well as they saw? 

ME:- Oh! No. I can see only foundations of most of them and they are ruins
now.

FRIEND: - Why?

ME:- They were destroyed with time. 

FRIEND: - Did your ancients see those buildings, which are ruins at 
present?

ME:- Why not? They saw their buildings as I can see these new buildings.Because of those are new buildings at that time, which are ruins at present.

FRIEND: - That is why I said; the picture is also changing. When we are looking at a waterfall, mountain, river, flower, animal, person, clouds,sky and stars, they are continuously changing though we like or not. We cannot see exactly the speed of changing. However, definitely the entire world is changing rapidly. Do you agree with me?

ME:- You are clever. Now I realized it.

FRIEND: - We can see various things. You can see not only one picture but also any picture when it is before your eyes. When we are seeing a flower, consciousness is changed to see the flower. Then we can see the flower.When we see an animal, we cannot see that flower anymore. It was because of the consciousness is changed again for the animal. Therefore, we can see various things because of this changing of consciousness. Now, do you understand that changing of consciousness too?

ME:- That is right. I agree with you. 

FRIEND: - This is truth for every organs of your life. 

ME:- What did you say?

FRIEND: - I will explain it. You have six organs. They are eyes, ears,
nose, tongue, body, and mind. You can see, hear, feel, and think using 
them. In addition, now you know that how you can see something with eyes. When you see something, your eyes, picture, and consciousness of eye are contacted together. All of these three are changing every moment. When you listen to radio, your ears, sound (voice), and consciousness of ears are contacted together. All of these three are changing every moment. When you feel some perfume, your nose, odors, and consciousness of nose  are contacted together. All of these three are changing every moment. When you feel some taste, your tongue, tastes, and consciousness of tongue are  ontacted together. All of these three are changing every moment. When you feel some touch, your body, tactual objects, and consciousness of  body are contacted together. All of these three are changing every moment.
When you think something, your mind, mental objects, and consciousness of mind are contacted together. All of these three are changing every moment. Do you understand that?

ME:- Oh! Yes. It is clear. However, I must think it again. However, I
agree with you, all of these organs and others are changing every moment. 

FRIEND: - Therefore, we can see various pictures, hear various sounds, feel various odors, feel various tastes, feel various tactual objects and feel various things with mind.

ME:- That is right.

FRIEND: - Very Good. If there is any constant everlasting world, are these six organs constant too?

ME:- Of course. When I am in a constant unchangeable world, these organs are constants too.

FRIEND: - OK. You said that these eyes, ears, nose, tongue, body, and mind are constants in that world. Are picture, sound, odors, tastes, tactual objects and mental objects constants too?

ME:- Yes, all of these are constants.

FRIEND: - And consciousness?

ME:- All friend. It is the eternal and everlasting world. 

FRIEND: - Are there happiness? 

ME:- Of course. We can enjoy there well. We can eat, drink, dance, sing, and do everything we like. It is forever.

FRIEND: - Oh! My dear, when your eyes, pictures and consciousness are constants forever, how do you see various pictures in that world? If all of them are constants forever, you cannot see various pictures. In addition, you cannot hear various sounds, you cannot feel various odors, you cannot feel various tastes, you cannot feel various tactual objects, and you cannot think various mental objects too. Can you?

ME:- Oh! No.

FRIEND: - Then, how do you live there happy life? How do you enjoy? Only you will have a still image before eyes. It is boring world. We cannot grow up from childhood without changing. We grew up because of this changing of our body. Will there be an everlasting world with happiness? 

ME:- Sometimes, the human beings will be constants and others will not constants. I mean eyes, ears, nose, tongue, body, and mind are constants,but others are changing. We are waked up there as a young person not as a child.

FRIEND: - OK. You said, "I can eat there well". Isn't it? 

ME:- Yes, I said that.

FRIEND: - If you are constant person in that eternal world, you cannot
grow up. If you are not growing up there is not any need to eat or drink. 
When we are eternal, we will not feel hungry or thirsty. Therefore, when  your body is not decayed, why do you eat foods? If the body is eternal,the foods will not change and will not absorb nutrition from foods to your body. Therefore, they will go out from your body as well as you ate them. It is a joke. It is a superstitious. None can protect this body from  decaying. None can keep this body without foods.

ME:- Yes, I agree with you. These eternal world will be very boring. 

FRIEND: - Can there be a constant world in future? 

ME:- Oh! No. It is a dream of someone. It is a wrong and confused vision. If there is a constant world, I don't like to live like a mad person
forever. All of things are changing. None can stop it. 

FRIEND: - Very good. You are clever thinker. If someone can stop the
changing, he must be a constant person. If he is a constant person too, of course he can see only one picture, only one sound, only one feeling too. Therefore, he cannot hear all prayers of this millions of people. He cannot see all of people. He cannot count at least a one hair of your head. Therefore, Can someone stop this changing?

ME:- No

FRIEND: - Therefore, what do you think about this world? 

ME:- This world is changing. All of things, which are originated, are
changing and lose.

FRIEND: - All right, you won. See you later.

This is the truth of this world. We must realize it. If you have some 
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FRIEND: - Hello, dear! I am your friend. I like to talk with you, would 
you
like it.

ME:- Of course, I like to hear you. 

FRIEND: - Do you have eyes, my friend?

ME:- Yes!

FRIEND: - Can you see with eyes? 

ME:- Of course, I can. Why not?

FRIEND: - What do you think? Can you see only one picture for your 
lifetime or various pictures?

ME:- Oh! No. I have seen various pictures scenes since my birth and now I 
am looking at you but before that, it was another. I know after I read
this, I will see another picture. It is changing every moment. 

FRIEND: - Do you believe it?

ME:- Yes, I believe it.

FRIEND: - OK. How do you see a picture, image, or sceneries with eyes? Can 
you explain it?

ME:- Mmm…, please tell me it. I like to hear you. 

FRIEND: - I like to tell it. Please listen and think it carefully.

ME:- OK

FRIEND: - Can you see pictures, when eyes are dead? 

ME:- Oh! Are you joking? How do I?

FRIEND: - That is right. Although there is any picture or image, you 
cannot see it without eyes. Therefore, to see something, eyes are the
first requirement. Do you agree with me? 

ME:- Yes. I do.

FRIEND: - There must be something to see like picture, Scenes, Waterfalls, 
and Stars. It is the second requirement for see something with eyes. Do you
understand?

ME:- Yes. Of course. 

FRIEND: - Although you have eyes and there is something to see, you
can't see it without consciousness of your eyes. Therefore, we cannot 
see when our eyes are expired. When eyes, picture, and consciousness are 
contacted together, you can see that picture.

ME:- Oh! That is nice. You explained it well.

FRIEND: - Now. What do you think about them? Are they constants? 

ME:- Mmm…I think, yes. They are constants. 

FRIEND: - I'm sorry to say that, they are not constants. Both eye and
picture are changing every moment. Consciousness is changing too.

ME:- I can't believe it. Can you explain it? 

FRIEND: - Yes, I can. Now I am asking a question from you. Are there eye 
patients in this world?

ME:- Yes.

FRIEND: - Are all of them born eye patients?

ME:- No. Sometimes there are eye patients, who lost their clear vision 
after several years from their birth. In addition, most of people lose 
their eye vision when they are become elders. Most of old people are eye
patients.

FRIEND: - You are right. In addition, although you are not an eye patient, 
your eyes will lose from you and decay in the cemetery after you died. If 
eyes are constants, how is it changed? Therefore, you have to accept that
the eye is changing and it will lose you one day.

ME:- OK. I accept. I have to. You proved it well. 

FRIEND: - Do you see now your ancient's buildings as well as they saw? 

ME:- Oh! No. I can see only foundations of most of them and they are ruins
now.

FRIEND: - Why?

ME:- They were destroyed with time. 

FRIEND: - Did your ancients see those buildings, which are ruins at 
present?

ME:- Why not? They saw their buildings as I can see these new buildings.
Because of those are new buildings at that time, which are ruins at 
present.

FRIEND: - That is why I said; the picture is also changing. When we are 
looking at a waterfall, mountain, river, flower, animal, person, clouds,
sky and stars, they are continuously changing though we like or not. We 
cannot see exactly the speed of changing. However, definitely the entire 
world is changing rapidly. Do you agree with me?

ME:- You are clever. Now I realized it.

FRIEND: - We can see various things. You can see not only one picture but 
also any picture when it is before your eyes. When we are seeing a flower, 
consciousness is changed to see the flower. Then we can see the flower.
When we see an animal, we cannot see that flower anymore. It was because 
of the consciousness is changed again for the animal. Therefore, we can 
see various things because of this changing of consciousness. Now, do you
understand that changing of consciousness too?

ME:- That is right. I agree with you. 

FRIEND: - This is truth for every organs of your life. 

ME:- What did you say?

FRIEND: - I will explain it. You have six organs. They are eyes, ears,
nose, tongue, body, and mind. You can see, hear, feel, and think using 
them. In addition, now you know that how you can see something with eyes. 
When you see something, your eyes, picture, and consciousness of eye are
contacted together. All of these three are changing every moment. 
When you listen to radio, your ears, sound (voice), and consciousness of 
ears are contacted together. All of these three are changing every
moment.
When you feel some perfume, your nose, odors, and consciousness of nose 
are contacted together. All of these three are changing every moment. 
When you feel some taste, your tongue, tastes, and consciousness of tongue
are contacted together. All of these three are changing every moment. 
When you feel some touch, your body, tactual objects, and consciousness of 
body are contacted together. All of these three are changing every moment.
When you think something, your mind, mental objects, and consciousness of 
mind are contacted together. All of these three are changing every 
moment.
Do you understand that?

ME:- Oh! Yes. It is clear. However, I must think it again. However, I
agree with you, all of these organs and others are changing every moment. 

FRIEND: - Therefore, we can see various pictures, hear various sounds, 
feel various odors, feel various tastes, feel various tactual objects and
feel various things with mind.

ME:- That is right.

FRIEND: - Very Good. If there is any constant everlasting world, are these 
six organs constant too?

ME:- Of course. When I am in a constant unchangeable world, these organs
are constants too.

FRIEND: - OK. You said that these eyes, ears, nose, tongue, body, and mind 
are constants in that world. Are picture, sound, odors, tastes, tactual 
objects and mental objects constants too?

ME:- Yes, all of these are constants.

FRIEND: - And consciousness?

ME:- All friend. It is the eternal and everlasting world. 

FRIEND: - Are there happiness? 

ME:- Of course. We can enjoy there well. We can eat, drink, dance, sing,
and do everything we like. It is forever.

FRIEND: - Oh! My dear, when your eyes, pictures and consciousness are 
constants forever, how do you see various pictures in that world? If all 
of them are constants forever, you cannot see various pictures. In
addition, you cannot hear various sounds, you cannot feel various odors, 
you cannot feel various tastes, you cannot feel various tactual objects, 
and you cannot think various mental objects too. Can you?

ME:- Oh! No.

FRIEND: - Then, how do you live there happy life? How do you enjoy? Only 
you will have a still image before eyes. It is boring world. We cannot 
grow up from childhood without changing. We grew up because of this
changing of our body. Will there be an everlasting world with happiness? 

ME:- Sometimes, the human beings will be constants and others will not 
constants. I mean eyes, ears, nose, tongue, body, and mind are constants,
but others are changing. We are waked up there as a young person not as a 
child.

FRIEND: - OK. You said, "I can eat there well". Isn't it? 

ME:- Yes, I said that.

FRIEND: - If you are constant person in that eternal world, you cannot
grow up. If you are not growing up there is not any need to eat or drink. 
When we are eternal, we will not feel hungry or thirsty. Therefore, when 
your body is not decayed, why do you eat foods? If the body is eternal,
the foods will not change and will not absorb nutrition from foods to your 
body. Therefore, they will go out from your body as well as you ate them. 
It is a joke. It is a superstitious. None can protect this body from
decaying. None can keep this body without foods.

ME:- Yes, I agree with you. These eternal world will be very boring. 

FRIEND: - Can there be a constant world in future? 

ME:- Oh! No. It is a dream of someone. It is a wrong and confused vision.
If there is a constant world, I don't like to live like a mad person
forever. All of things are changing. None can stop it. 

FRIEND: - Very good. You are clever thinker. If someone can stop the
changing, he must be a constant person. If he is a constant person too, of
course he can see only one picture, only one sound, only one feeling too. 
Therefore, he cannot hear all prayers of this millions of people. He
cannot see all of people. He cannot count at least a one hair of your
head. Therefore, Can someone stop this changing?

ME:- No

FRIEND: - Therefore, what do you think about this world? 

ME:- This world is changing. All of things, which are originated, are
changing and lose.

FRIEND: - All right, you won. See you later.

This is the truth of this world. We must realize it. If you have some 
favor to learn more about truth and think independently.


Don't let your wisdom to drop in to dustbin of Old wrong visions.

Be an independent happy person. I wish you to be a happy wise great person 
joining with us..



Yours Loving,
FRIEND

If you are afraid of suffering, if you do not like suffering,
do not commit evil deeds, openly or secretly!
If you commit evil deeds now or after, there will be no escape from the bad consequences, despite how hard you will try. 

-Lord Buddha
Kumaraka Sutta (concerning a group of children)
Kuddaka Nikaya

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Mark Gelula

>>Being With Dying  - 
 
This existence of ours is as transient as autumn clouds.
To watch the birth and death of beings is like looking at the
movement of a dance.
A lifetime is like a flash of lightning in the sky,
Rushing by, like a torrent down a steep mountain.
—from the Lalitavistara Sutra

I've been using this meditation on "The Four thoughts that Turn Us from Samsara". Reflecting on these transient states, particularly as I sit with the dying, develops powerful thoughts about how I can spend my life, to benefit others and to not waste my life.
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The sun's light is not destroyed, but merely deflected by the clouds and mists. The pure mind possessed by all sentient beings is also like this, in simply being covered by the layered clouds of discriminative thinking, false thoughts, and views.
If one can just distinctly maintain awareness of the mind and not produce false thought then the Dharma sun of nirvana will be naturally manifest. Therefore, it is known that one's own mind is inherently pure.
- Hung-jen (605-651) courtesy of dailyzen.com

I often tell my clients that the phrase " just do it" minimizes the challenges and struggles of life. I am not sure if anyone “can just distinctly maintain awareness of the mind". I am sure that the attempts to maintain awareness of the mind is the heart and soul of cultivating mindfulness. Discriminative thinking, false thoughts, and views are with me everyday and every night. When I am able to catch myself thinking in any of these ways I return to a distinct awareness of the mind. Then life comes along and yanks me out of my reverie to deal with some unpleasant task. It occurs to me that if I know my mind is inherently pure what do I do with all this other stuff that keeps getting in the way? I wonder if the answer is in the metaphor of the clouds ability to deflect the sun's light. The light is still there even though it is not visible at the moment. My false thoughts only deflect the Dharma sun of nirvana. The light is always there and when it is revealed I experience a reconciliation with my discriminative thinking. Even better I come away with a new piece of wisdom that will stay with me always.
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Joan Halifax
owner

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Danny Fisher

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[According to the NY Times] none of them could identify one of the Five Precepts.  I did laugh at the "casting of a hex for not enough money" part. Missed that part of the Pāli Canon. =) 

Many of these criminals are suffering worse than most. Some are mentally ill, some addicted to a hard drug like heroin or alcohol or are just addicted to a quick dollar no matter the cost to oneself. They are not the disease, they are symptom. Lack of mindfulness is the disease.

At least we are not alone. Last year a couple of criminals dressed as mormon missionaries in order to facilitate their house robberies. http://www.lasvegassun.com/news/2014/jan/08/trial-delayed-men-who-posed-mormon-missionaries-ro/ 
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It is better to live alone......

It is better to live alone; there is no fellowship with a fool. 
So one should live alone, do no evil, and be carefree like the elephant Matanga roaming alone in the forest.

තනියම ඉන්න එකමයි ශ්‍රේෂ්ඨ. පින් පව් විශ්වාසයක් නැති අඥානයින් සමඟ ආශ‍්‍රයක් ඕනෙ නෑ. තනියම ඉන්න කොට පව් කෙරෙන්නෙ නෑ. රැලෙන් වෙන්වෙච්ච මාතංග හස්තියා රැලත් සමඟ ඉන්ට උත්සාහයක් නැතුව, 
වනාන්තරේ තනියම ඉන්නව වගේ තනියමයි ඉන්ට ඕනෙ.

(කොසඹෑ නුවර දී පන්සියයක් තෙරවරුන් අරභයා වදාළ ගාථාවකි )

Ekassa caritam seyyo
natthi bale sahayata
eko care na ca papani kayira
appossukko matanga' ranneva nago.
(Dhammapada -Naga wagga )

ඒකස්ස චරිතං සෙය්‍යෝ – නත්ථි බාලේ සහායතා
ඒකෝ චරේ න ච පාපානි කයිරා – අප්පොස්සුක්කෝ මාතංගරඤ්ඤේ’ව නාගෝ

                       (ධම්ම පදය නාග වර්ගය ) 
෴පූජණීය කිරිබත්ගොඩ ඥාණානන්ද ස්වාමින් වහන්සේ ෴

By-ගෞතම ශ්රාවක දරුවො සිංගප්පූරුව

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Maia Duerr

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The YES List... what to do when you have no idea what to do...
Lately I've been thinking a lot about despair and hope... how do we move from one to the other, how do we not lose hope when so many terrible things are going on -- from our own neighborhood to all...
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Suraj Chaware

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Happy guru pornima
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Joan Halifax
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>>Dharma  - 
 
The Three Jewels: interview by Sean Murphy of rJoan: http://www.upaya.org/newsletter/view/2014/07/08
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Brian Byrnes: The Bowery and the Buddha

Drawing on his experience bearing witness to homelessness in one of Bernie Glassman’s recent street retreats in New York City, Joshin shares insights into the traditional ceremony “The Gate of Sweet Nectar, ” in which he participated daily during the retreat and may date back to the Buddha’s time. The ceremony calls in all of our ancient wisdom, all aspects of us, and all beings that are forgotten in this world. Joshin relates how by letting go of prejudices and inviting everyone in for the ceremony and accompanying meal he, other participants including the homeless, and even hedge fund managers formed the...

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"I urge the Buddhists in these countries to imagine an image of Buddha before they commit such a crime. Buddha preaches love and compassion. If the Buddha is there, he will protect the Muslims whom the Buddhists are attacking." - His Holiness the +Dalai Lama 

#truth
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There is much talk later about immigrants.in the news. And yet, every human being is an immigrant -no one has a permanent home . When we cling too rigidly to that which is impermanent we will always suffer

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"The Wilderness" -Outside the Desert Retreat House- Since January more than 50,000 children from Mexico and Central America have been detained at the United States border as they illegally attempted to enter this country...
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I think we could do a lot to help those in Mexico, Central and South America by stopping the Drug Wars and stop exporting weapons (and reasons to use them) to them or anyone. Export education, foster trade exports from those countries and start a domestic worker program [in the US]. The last one could be up by the end of the year which would go a long way towards integrating those new families to "mainstream" US. We're not going to fix anything by using detention centers as a solution. Solutions are easy if there's the will which very sadly there isn't.

But we can't fix our mistakes by breaking more rules. It's not right and not fair to all those that work very hard to follow immigration rules and comply. Many of my friends and people I deeply respect came to this county this way and most are on their way to becoming US citizens. 

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