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Jimmy Khann

>>Dharma  - 
The Five Precepts

The five precepts that Buddha have given us to live a happy and healthy life.

1. Do not kill or harm any living beings.
2. Do not lie or take what’s not given.
3. Do not commit sexual misconduct.
4. Do not lie or give false speech.
5. Do no drink alcohol or do any drugs.

This is the five precepts. To live a happy and healthy life.

I will explain further.

1. Imagine beings have levels of conspicuousness. The higher the scale the more karma.

A bug is probably like a 3 units of consciousness, scaling to reptiles 8, then mammals 30, then animals with high intelligence 40, then humans around 70 to 90.

As so if we kill a bug is not as equivalent to killing an animal.

2. When we seal from others, karma will return the favor, as so people will seal from you or as a consistence will lose your savings or invest in the wrong business that will make you loose as much as you have stolen.

3. One should not commit sexual misconduct, because a world full of lust is a world without love. Forcing someone to have sex with you without their consent is sexual misconduct.

When one have an agreement on a relationship, one karma is tied with that person. By cheating this also sexual misconduct.

As so blackmailing someone to perform sexual acts is also a form of sexual misconduct.

4. A small lie is not as bad but still have karmic effects. But a big lie can destroy lives and start wars.

Small Lie: Guy1 said to guy3 that guy2 don’t like guy3. As so guy3 will go beat up guy2, because he believed guy1 lie. As a result guy3 committed bad karma but guy1 also get bad karma too.

Big Lie. Hitler used Jews as a scapegoat and created many lies that they were the problem to start the genocide.

5. Some drugs that can save lives are okay, if it’s helping with medical conditions. But some drugs are dangerous.

The reason why we should avoid alcohol and psychedelic drugs is because alcohol and psychedelic drugs can destroy the mind.

The mind is the forerunner of your life. If you cannot control your mind you cannot control your life.

By not being able to control the mind one may have mental instability. This will lead one to committing karma which you did not intend to do.

If the mind is not abused, cultivated and meditative, wisdom will naturally arise. This one of the reason why we should not drink alcohol nor do any kind of drugs.

BUT there is a catch to these precepts.

Any one of these precepts can be broken to save one’s own life or save another life or lives.

I hope this may be of use for you to understand more about Buddhism. It’s not just something to think about it’s a way of life.

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Guns in America is a complicated issue for many reasons. However, the AR-15 is the weapon of choice for Domestic Terrorists and others who wish to kill and harm people quickly and efficiently. It serves no other purpose other than to accomplish this. Banning this gun will show that we can act on ...
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Ed Preston

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Love is one of the most used words in the English language. How do YOU define it? Is it a warm, fuzzy feeling that you can have equally about yourself and others; or is it outwardly focused attention and admiration, a life skill developed by millions of years of human evolution for the specific purposes of bonding us together?
"The greatest happiness of all is to love yourself so deeply that you become love." "Your love is incomplete if it doesn't include you." You've surely heard and seen plenty of statements like that...
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Real Buddhists speak of maitri and karuna.
Meaning lovingkindness and compassion.
These have formal meanings.
They are not the same.
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Kevin Gaither

>>Discussion  - 
People can easily and understandably become upset or frustrated. Sometimes, life doesn’t unfold the way we plan. Sometimes, people do not react the way we think they will react. However, people can use the idea of being upset or angry as a weapon to control others.

This is not about the reason for being upset; it’s about being upset with the purpose to get others to back down or shut down or to control a situation or people. This is the same reasoning children have a tantrum. Their parents don’t want their children to be upset, and so immediately react to rectify the situation. The child has become the one with the power.

Who wants someone else to be upset? Not many are malicious, wishing ill on others. Mostly, people don’t want to see someone upset, which is where the source of power of this weapon lives. Someone that is upset tends to shake things up a bit. The mind wants to preserve the status quo. It wants to remain static in an ever changing world. It prefers to be lazy as opposed to adapt, evolve or even just to listen. When someone becomes upset, all of these habits are jeopardized.

The way in which we react in these moments is crucial. We, of course, have the option of backing down from what we’re saying or doing. Often, this is the wisest course because mostly it’s not worth a confrontation or engagement with someone. However, this option teaches others that if they simply get upset or appear angry they eventually get their way. This lesson can be difficult to break once it becomes routine.

This dynamic can be highly destructive in families and small communities. We can see this same dynamic within groups of animals within nature. The loudest, most bombastic creature doesn’t rule purely by physical prowess, but more by intimidation and fear. If the pack leader had to prove his prowess to everyone within the pack, he would probably weaken and become defeated. This is a tactic.

We can also be very mindful in moments where people use this weapon of being upset. This is not easy. We must first know our thoughts and our feelings. These can easily be inflamed in these situations. Then, our reaction to the person who is being upset becomes the focus of attention in the engagement. This is a deflection and is highly common as it is very instinctual.

Whenever we expose this weapon in others or ourselves, we must be unshakable, yet remain open and aware. This can require so much effort if we’re not confident in our presence and actions. To remain still while still open and aware is something we must continuously reinforce within ourselves. As we face more intense situations, gradually our confidence will improve. We’ll be able to practice in the heat of someone being upset, or someone projecting their pain and suffering onto us.

Once the mind acquires a target, all the senses focus on that target and all the defensive mechanisms begin preparing to fire. The mind is very good at dismantling something or someone, determining the weaknesses of the target. This skill can either work for us & others or against us & others. Again, these are deeply ingrained, nearly instinctual responses. By understanding the weaknesses of others, we can work through these weaknesses or we can exploit them.
In these most difficult moments, we must return to patience, compassion and understanding. These help stabilize the mind, diminishing the chance of becoming inflamed as defensive arrows begin flying in our direction. The arrows are designed to pierce the stability of our presence, to shake us up and expose our own defensive mechanisms. Often, these arrows keep being fired until the desired effect is reached. We can even back down or retreat, and this can make the situation worse. The mind can go into auto-pilot, firing all of the arrows until the quiver is empty.

When dealing with someone in the throes of being upset, we have to become the true spiritual warrior. Our quiver is filled with patience, compassion and understanding. It is so easy to set up the person that is attacking us as our own target. Certainly, it is easy to do, considering the amount of pain and suffering that is being spread. However, by setting up the target, we’re setting ourselves up for continuing the cycle of pain and suffering. We keep these alive whenever we retaliate, whenever we don’t see what’s actually happening.

We can apply patience, compassion and understanding for not just the person that is being upset, but for ourselves simultaneously. This is how we respond. We break the cycle, not continue it. We open up, not shut down. We don’t let someone gain control over our hearts and minds. We become the light of our presence and awareness. We can do this.

When the weapon of being upset is being used, we must retain our presence and awareness and apply patience, compassion and understanding. These arrows, these painful words don’t have to damage us. We can remain constant; we can weather this storm. This situation is impermanent; the arrows are mostly words masquerading as actions. These arrows are covered in sorrow, fired with pain and burning with suffering. We can be the peace and calm that is desperately needed. And, only we can supply this. The quiver of peace and calm is infinite, whereas the quiver of anger and retaliation is always limited. We can do this.
People can easily and understandably become upset or frustrated. Sometimes, life doesn’t unfold the way we plan. Sometimes, people do not react the way we think they will react. However, people can use the idea of being upset...
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"Who wants someone else to be upset?"
Psychopaths, sadists and terrorists.
And there are many tens of millions who support terrorism and jihad.

 Pew poll: 60 million Muslims support ISIS

 5M in Turkey
 24M Nigeria
 10M Indonesia
 16M Pakistan
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>>Environment & Economics  - 
The Ganges River of South Asia is of enormous importance and it has been in complete crisis for years.
The levels of heavy metal pollution and human waste are beyond astonishing.
This is a true and global class ecological disaster.

India's dying mother
by Justin Rowlatt
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Lance Smith

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"We will not have great questions decided by irrelevant agencies. Our husbands shall not come to us, reeking with carnage, for caresses and applause. Our sons shall not be taken from us to unlearn all that we have taught them of charity, mercy and patience. We women of one country will be too tender of those of another to allow our sons to be trained to injure theirs." 
-- from Julia Ward Howe's Mother's Day Proclamation, 1870

Most folks don't seem to know that the history of Mother's Day traces it's roots to the Anti-War and Feminist Movements.  I ramble on a bit about it here -- once again.
With Love -- and Peace,
Brother Lefty
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A great new resource!
The Atlas of Emotions is a fantastic new interactive online resource for understanding the human inner emotional landscape. The Dalai Lama reached out to Paul Ekman and other affective researchers …
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>>Politics  - 
Top Quotes From The Quran For Current Politics
By Pastor Dave Wood

"O ye who believe! Fight those of the disbelievers who
are near to you, and let them find harshness in you,
and know that Allah is with those who keep their duty"
Qur'an, Sura 9:123

Top Ten Quran Verses for Understanding ISIS (the Islamic State) 290,731
Published on Sep 7, 2014

Jihadists fighting for ISIS (the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria) claim that they are following the commands of Allah and Muhammad. Yet Westernized Muslims, politicians, and the media claim that ISIS is violating the principles of Islam.

Who's right? In the following video, David Wood presents the top ten Quran verses for understanding the beliefs and actions of ISIS.


More quotes:

A man came to Mohammed and said, "Instruct me as to such a deed as equals Jihad in reward." Mohammed replied, "I do not find such a deed." Source: Bukhari Vol 4 Bk 52 Nbr 44
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Justin Whitaker

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Heya Buddhisty friends: please help me out by completing this very short poll and sharing it as far and wide as possible. A thousand thank yous in advance!  
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>>Politics  - 
"We should NEVER allow this question to be put."
--Catherine Guilyardi, Islamic apologist

Because the "problem" is defense of free speech, NOT the Islamist / Islamic State murder of journalists.

"Muslims should not expect non-Muslims to abide by their own belief systems."
--Douglas Murray, free speech advocate and therefore "right-wing fanatic"

Douglas Murray DEFEATS The BIASED Al Jazeera Panel On The Charlie Hebdo Shooting
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Denis Wallez

>>Discussion  - 
Inter-dependence is often seen in terms of present: « what I do now will affect others, and vice versa. » But this of course also existed in the past, and via people meeting, and sometimes ending up having babies together…

Selflessness is often seen in terms of present choices: « I am not my past, I am free to change my behaviour and to develop qualities, who do I want to be (the neurotic wreck clinging to some views and certainties as 'my identity', or an embodiment of generosity, loving-kindness, patience, etc.)? » But this of course also is true of the present: I am not limited to my present! If I make a mistake now, it immediately becomes the past and I'm not the past, so I'm not now either: I am basically not a point in time, but a process. Constraints and tendencies are appropriated from the past, and present actions link to intentions which usually link to a desired future. Freedom from 'personal' intention, to do "what's wholesome for all" rather than "what I want", is rare (even if it is also achievable and a spiritual goal).

Suffering and unsatisfactoriness is described by the Buddha, and it notably includes being separate from the loved, and being associated with the hated. Loneliness is part of that. Loneliness is rooted in separation. It is therefore no surprise that selflessness and interdependence participate in the cessation of suffering.
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Jimmy Khann

>>Dharma  - 
You don’t have to be a monk to be close to Buddha

Buddha have said: Even if one should seize the hem of my robe and walk behind me, if he is covetous in his desires, fierce in his longings, malevolent of heart, with corrupt mind, careless and unrestrained, he is far from me. Because he does not see the Dhamma, and not seeing the Dhamma, he does not see me.

Even if one lies far away, if he is not covetous in his desires, of a kind of heart and pure mind, calmed, then indeed, he is near to me and I am near to him. Because he sees the Dharmma, and seeing the Dhamma, he sees me.

Meaning: A person that is compassionate, mindful, generous and kind is closer to Buddhahood because this is the teaching of Buddha.

A person that is not compassionate, hateful, frivolous and selfish is far from Buddhahood because this is not Buddha’s teaching.

Keep this in mind. Any one can be close to Buddha.
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+Kevin Gaither Judge not with ignorance but with discernment.
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Listen to two dharma talks I recently delivered on Delusion and Non-delusion. Delusion and Deluded Mind This first talk covers the Buddhist psychological description of how delusion manifests in h…
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Metta for Sri Lanka. Our compassionate and loving thoughts are with the people of Sri Lanka during this difficult time. The abbot, Bhante Devananda is coordinating donations to help the victims.

We welcome cash, checks
Indiana Buddhist Temple, 7528 Thompson Road, Hoagland IN 46745. All donations are tax exempt under the IRS regulations.

or online donations.
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Fawwa Faaw

>>Dharma  - 
Amazing Images Of Buddhist Temples that will make you say wow. its awesome and amazing images shared by hope you will like them
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+Fawwa Faaw is it possible to use in handouts for prison sangha I visit in WI DO C? Just one page readings for inmates
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“Free speech is the whole thing, the whole ball game.”
--Salman Rushdie 1992

Intimidation and marginalization of social groups is a first stage to claiming political power and social dominance.
I now see large number of Nazi Brownshirt type actions in some parts of the United States and in much of Europe.

These are different than peaceful protests.
They are meant to shut down political opponents.

Western Europe is beginning to look more like Germany in the 1930s, and free speech is effectively shut down in Germany by Mother Terrorista Angela Merkel. Chancellor Merkel is removing Twitter accounts and Facebook accounts that criticize Islam. Nineteen Thirty Four is knocking on the door.

There are physically aggressive protests against general political rallies in the US, including at least one attack inside a recent major Chicago rally that had to be cancelled. At Chicago the podium was seized.

In Seattle a few hours ago numerous Molotov ( incendiary ) cocktails were thrown at police and five non-aggressive police were injured.
Blue lives matter.

These are in fact revolutionary times. Also ugly times.
It will be difficult, but we must defend free speech and free assembly because these are critical to all free societies.

"The greatest privilege that comes with free speech is the right to use your voice for those who don't have one."
--Ricky Gervais

“Free speech is the whole thing, the whole ball game. Free speech is life itself.”
--Salman Rushdie 1992, quoted by Mark Steyn

Orwell quotes:

"If liberty means anything at all, it means the right to tell people what they do not want to hear."

"Threats to freedom of speech, writing and action, though often trivial in isolation, are cumulative in their effect and, unless checked, lead to general disrespect for the rights of the citizen."

"During times of universal deceit, telling the truth becomes a revolutionary act."

Spill Ink Not Blood!

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‘Are They Going To Kill Me?:’ Trump Supporter Talks About Being Injured During Melee
April 29, 2016 7:51 PM

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COSTA MESA  ( A political blogger who was injured during an anti-Trump rally in Orange County Thursday spoke out today about the unruly mob.

Cole Bartiromo of Mission Viejo  is also a Trump supporter. He says he became quite fearful when a mob turned on him.
“Suddenly, out of nowhere, ” says Bartiromo, “I felt this thud in the front of my head.”
He needed six stitches to close his head wound.

Bartiromo told Gile he only got in the middle of the melee to document it, not to participate.
Within moments, he says someone knocked off his Trump hat, hurled slurs at him and then slugged him.

“And I started panicking,” Bartiromo says, “Getting scared, thinking ‘When are they going to stop? Are they going to kill me?’ I mean, these aren’t rational people.”

A Costa Mesa Police officer and a horse with the Huntington Beach Police Mounted Unit were also assaulted in the fracas.
Thousands of anti-Trump protesters staged a demonstration Thursday night outside the Orange County Fairgrounds where Donald Trump was addressing thousands of his supporters.

Some of the demonstrators blocked traffic, threw rocks, held profane signs and vandalized at least two patrol vehicles. The cars were described as “badly damaged.”
More than 300 police officers worked the anti-Trump rally and Gile reports that will cost the fairgrounds, which is run by the state, tens of thousands of dollars.

Seventeen people in all were arrested by Costa Mesa Police for refusing to disperse, authorities said.
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"The only religion I respect is Islam. The only prophet I admire is the Prophet Muhammad."
-- Adolph Hitler, quoted by Ahmed Huber; Kevin Coogan, "The mysterious Achmed Huber: Friend to Hitler"


This video is chaotic gibberish.
Imperial Japan and Winston Churchill have NOTHING to do with Tibetan Buddhism.  The video title has NOTHING to do with Tibet!

This flake needs to see a psychiatrist.  His brain is not working.
I am saddened to think that anyone would see this person as leading a meditation session or being a guide in any formal Buddhist practice.

This video is the proof that Brian Ruhe is someone to avoid, especially for those who are or want to be Buddhist.

There are excellent Buddhist teachings in Vancouver BC.

This horrible nonsense makes real Buddhists look like idiots.  But this is not even related to Buddhism.  This is just delusional conspiracy theory. 
And a completely disordered thought process.
Get clinical help soon!

Adolf Hitler and Tibetan Buddhism
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Many months ago I did a small online campaign to warn people ( Buddhists, residents of Vancouver BC Canada  ) that this guy Brian Ruhe is someone to avoid at all costs.

Apparently he was successful in gaining "students".

Brian Ruhe is "Theravadin" and ANTI Mahayana, not just anti Tibetan Buddhist.
He is completely irrational and his attempts to combine very different topics, like Adolf Hitler, UFOs, Buddhism and so forth simply make no sense.

There are very very few crazy people claiming to be Buddhist teachers.  I have researched several.
Perhaps the most extreme case is "Osho" / Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh, who was never a Buddhist student much less a teacher on any level.
I fought and crushed a Rajneesh suporter who came after me ( and also the Dalai Lama ) on twelve message boards.
Many years after I thought the Rajneesh group was completely extinct.  ( It's not! )
He and I fought for about nine months, and I crushed him.

It turns out that Rajneesh rejected the Law of Karma, that he was a complete nihilist, that he did massive drugs, and that he thought Jews deserved Nazi genocide.

There are a couple other pseudo-Buddhist troublemakers.  Like the fake Shambhala / Maitreya guy Benjamin Creme of England, whom I met briefly in 1983.

As a Buddhist spiritual doctor I have to worry about fake teachers and fake dharma.

The best course of action is to mainly focus on putting forward authentic teachers, texts and teaching events.
I do that a lot, and my Buddhist writing has now been read well over half a million times.

But a youtube thread on Brian Ruhe from eight months back was reactivated, and now I have over 517,000 home page views on Google+, and tremendous outreach and leverage capabilities across Google+.

I am glad to uphold the Mahayana dharma, and to wipe out pseudo-Buddhist nonsense, whether it is a Brian Ruhe, a Rajneesh, or a Benjamin Creme.

Apparently almost no one else does this kind of work, at least not well.
But I am an officer of the Mahayana, and sworn to defend the Mahayana.
Call it a Gryffindor thing.  That may even make sense to a fair number of people here.
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Jimmy Khann

>>Dharma  - 
Let it Grow

As we plant a new seed in our life, it begins to sprout.

Nurture it. Be mindful of it. Practice and exercise it.

If you plant apples don’t expect oranges.
If you plant flowers don’t expect weeds.

If you plant goodness don’t expect wrongfulness. 
If you plant righteousness don’t expect injustice. 
If you plant generosity don’t expect selfishness.

If you plant good karma don't expect bad karma. 

Nurture, practice, exercise and always be mindful of the goodness and joy we create. 

Because that is what liberate our lives. 
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