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Bronco commented on the blog post 'The Theory Of Trike...'
"It's nice to be nice to all of life... Buddha's 9 dimensions of mind. Universal vision, hearing, smell, taste, touch. 6th dimension, or 6th sense. The integration of all the senses. Culminating in the lucid universal awareness. 7th…"
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Lotophage commented on the blog post 'Victim of this, Victim of that...'
" There is a better path..."
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Lotophage commented on the blog post 'Victim of this, Victim of that...'
"Making a science of suffering and it's continuance... The More Ignoble Truths. "
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morgan zo callahan commented on the group 'Full Moon Poetry Society'
"Hi, Kirk. Does this convey the Spanish well? Any suggestions for understanding this poem better?  Thanks. Al pampero by Rafael Obliged Courageous son of the plains and guardian of our skies to snatch your flight  is…"
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Lotophage commented on the blog post 'Victim of this, Victim of that...'
"Guilt pangs and pains and troubled conscience are the instant, carry-it-with-you Karma of religious practice. Suffering is indulged in by those who care what society thinks of them and their state. With no cultural, peer mirror to gaze into, no…"
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Mark Drew commented on the blog post 'Sufferin Succotash! Time for a Break!'
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Lotophage commented on the blog post 'Sufferin Succotash! Time for a Break!'
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they bleated it dry I suppo…

they bleated it dry I suppose, :) 

can plants hear? I wonder.

I send in too...wrote them…

I send in too...wrote them today, since I have had a tiny thing with my phone, I write on it, and it fell into a puddle, I lost all my haiku,  more than 8 months of photos and videos, 

now I will use the cloud share, and create a backup. Sharing this info, because it makes sense to backup work...email it to your selves if nothing else...

 x-treme haiku, ...googled it?   

what is it btw? i thought all haiku were extreme, ...

 
 
 

 



 

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Beware the Charismatic Guru

John Snelling

Cultic gurus do not liberate their followers but entrap them.

The following article by John Snelling (1943-1992) was first published in 1982. As reports of abusive teacher-student relationships in Buddhist communities continue to surface, Snelling’s essay remains just as relevant today. We hope that its republication here, along with the suggested readings that follow, will provide further food for thought. —Ed.

Of course, in following a spiritual path—as in anything in life—one needs information, support, and the guidance of experienced people. We could call those who supply these essentials teachers—though perhaps spiritual friends is a better term. Traditionally in both East and West such people have lived modestly and often in seclusion, avoiding the public gaze. Some, however, on account of their very rare gifts and achievements, attained fame and sizeable followings. The Buddha is an example from the distant past, Sri Ramana Maharshi from more recent times.

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Monks in Ferguson

Joshua Eaton

Six Tibetan monks join Ferguson demonstrators to support justice for Mike Brown.

Tensions continued to escalate in Ferguson, Missouri over the death of 18-year-old Michael Brown, an unarmed black teenager shot and killed by a white police officer, Darren Wilson, on August 9. His death set off days of protests and a heavy-handed, militarized police response that has sparked national outrage.

But Ferguson residents got a pleasant surprise on Sunday: A visit from a group of Tibetan Buddhist monks.

“Ferguson was a very heated issue in our backyard,” explained Patty Maher, who is hosting the monks during their stay in St. Louis. “Sunday was their day off. . . . We didn't know what to expect, but they gladly went. And as you saw, their presence was profound.”

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What Were They Thinking?

Rita M. Gross

A Buddhist-feminist scholar responds to an all-male panel on the “risks and benefits” of opening Buddhist leadership to women

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