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→→→→ vertical line TOPIC: IN A NUTSHELL
vertical line Posted on May.20.2007 @ 08:00PM EDT by Pendragon

The very purpose of our life is happiness, the very motion of our lives is toward happiness.


-His Holiness the Dalai Lama


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Reply from En Shin
May.21.2007
12:33AM EDT 
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vertical line So if we are to follow the bodhisatva way, we must come to value the search for happiness of others as we value our own search, and place their finding of happiness on a par with our own happiness.  The motion of our lives toward happiness is essential to our nature, and to the nature of all sentient beings.  We all shun pain.  We should work to understand this about our fellow travelors and therefore endeavor to avoid causing them pain.

Thanks, Pendragon.  The words of the Dalai Lama are always illuminating.

Peace,

En Shin
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Reply from boymonk
May.21.2007
02:25AM EDT 
vertical line I was at the gyn today, work'n out, not thinking about anything in particular, and on the deltoid machine I had a thought related to this thread. I wasn't thinking about this forum or anything, it just kinda popped in there. In fact I don't remember what I was thinking about at the time. Anyway, I had the thought that you can't uproot the source of dissatisfaction in another person, that everyone has to do that for themselves. So, though you can maybe pretty up the garden and help make favorable conditions for growth, it is only maintenance in an endless cycle. Pull the one weed that you can out by the roots, as for the rest of the weeds, do what you can but do not trust to hope of pulling an others roots! Better to pull their chains instead, HEHE!
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Reply from ______
May.21.2007
05:11AM EDT 
vertical line See, you aren't listening to the Dalai Lama again. You aren't following that bodhisattva path.
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Reply from kelvintan
May.21.2007
07:01AM EDT 
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 My

 Purpose Ending Numerous Deaths. Reincarnating  Again Gets One Nowhere

 in this Huge Recycling Bin called Samsara

Still Trying To Let Go

With Metta

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Reply from Lynnoh
May.21.2007
11:12AM EDT 
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Reply from Woodsman
May.21.2007
02:12PM EDT 
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vertical line For some, happiness = money  Of course the end of happiness, as money, is never looked at. We bury all the difficult emotions, and cover them with money talk.
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Reply from Lynnoh
May.21.2007
04:27PM EDT 
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Quote: "For some, happiness = money  Of course the end of happiness, as money, is never looked at. We bury all the difficult emotions, and cover them with money talk. "
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Reply from Lynnoh
May.21.2007
04:38PM EDT 
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vertical line going to buy matches
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Reply from boymonk
May.21.2007
04:54PM EDT 
vertical line I do love nutshell teachings though, even though they can be hard to crack, yuck yuck yuck...
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Reply from Woodsman
May.21.2007
05:59PM EDT 
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vertical line It isn't, what you think about.
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Reply from Woodsman
May.21.2007
10:38PM EDT 
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vertical line The squirrels don't even like me.  But, I still say, "Hi. Want a nut?"
God defends us, through dislike.
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Reply from Woodsman
May.21.2007
11:08PM EDT 
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vertical line To think, a squirrel, ever had a thought, such as... "What am I?"
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Reply from En Shin
May.22.2007
01:01AM EDT 
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vertical line We don't know the nature of squirrel consciousness (although animal communicators tell us that they are sentient and aware, similar to us in many ways, very different in others.)  As arrogant and self-centered humans we have for centuries patted ourselves on the back with the notion that only we are self-aware, we are different from all of creation, we are special.  Much of recent science, from behavioral studies of animals to quantum mechanics, has severely undercut this self-flattery.

We don't know to what extent squirrels, or other animals, reflect on their own existence, but we certainly don't know that they do not.  We do know that squirrels recoil from pain, just as we do, se we can assume that their experience of pain is similar to ours.  Thus, knowing what pain is like to us, we should recoil at causing it for another.  No, we cannot remove pain entirely from another's life, anymore than we can from our own.  But we can take responsibility for our actions, be mindful of their consequences, and be tender toward our fellow beings.

The following verse is from the Dhammapada, the Dandavagga, On Violence:

All tremble at the rod. All fear death. Comparing others with oneself, one should neither strike nor cause to strike.

All tremble at the rod. Life is dear to all. Comparing others with oneself, one should neither strike nor cause to strike.

Whoever tries to seek happiness through hurting others, cannot find happiness.

Whoever tries to seek happiness without hurting others, can find happiness.

Speak not harshly to anyone. Those thus addressed will retort. Painful, indeed, is vindictive speech. Blows in exchange may bruise you.

If, like a cracked gong, you silence yourself, you have already attained Nibbana: no vindictiveness will be found in you.


Peace,

En Shin
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Reply from boymonk
May.22.2007
03:01AM EDT 
vertical line "What am I?"

A squirrel is that, derrrr!
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Reply from Woodsman
May.22.2007
09:36AM EDT 
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vertical line I could have wrote, a blade of grass, or dirt, something inert...  derr daderr
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Reply from stephen
May.22.2007
11:12AM EDT 
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Quote: "To think, a squirrel, ever had a thought, such as... "What am I?" "
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That is because a squirrel knows what it is and we do not know what we are. MU

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Reply from ______
May.22.2007
11:34AM EDT 
vertical line Squirrel - no ego.
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Reply from En Shin
May.22.2007
06:45PM EDT 
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vertical line Quote: "Squirrel - no ego."
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Are we sure?
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Reply from Woodsman
May.22.2007
09:07PM EDT 
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vertical line chipmunks have big egos
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Reply from Woodsman
May.22.2007
09:26PM EDT 
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vertical line at least the one I saw today seemed to, he made me walk around him! the little nervette!

oop, I'm sorry, they have none, I looked, the other way, and he let me pass, eventually.
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Reply from ______
May.23.2007
09:43AM EDT 
vertical line Yeah noh - thinking it's safe as milk - see? Compared to a heavy goods vehicle the size of a small town, then the answer would have to be.
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Reply from Lynnoh
May.23.2007
11:55AM EDT 
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vertical line Quote: "Yeah noh - thinking it's safe as milk - see? Compared to a heavy goods vehicle the size of a small town, then the answer would have to be."
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Reply from whatzen
May.23.2007
12:12PM EDT 
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Quote: "chipmunks have big egos "
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Only when they have big nuts

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Reply from Lynnoh
May.23.2007
12:15PM EDT 
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Reply from Lynnoh
May.23.2007
12:17PM EDT 
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Quote: "chipmunks have big egos "
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Only when they have big nuts

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where did you get that from?

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Reply from Lynnoh
May.23.2007
12:18PM EDT 
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vertical line from ego.... hahahahaha !
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Reply from Woodsman
May.23.2007
01:08PM EDT 
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vertical line I feed the chipmunks, so they can have big nuts, and egos. I like the nuts better, than the egos.
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Reply from whatzen
May.23.2007
03:13PM EDT 
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vertical line I like my ego with nuts. Or without. Can I have hot fudge and a cherry?
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Reply from Lynnoh
May.24.2007
12:53PM EDT 
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vertical line why..the ice cream is chocolate already.... is that not enough?
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Reply from Lynnoh
May.24.2007
01:25PM EDT 
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vertical line mmmmmmmm ice cream cone mmmmmmmmmmmmmm
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Reply from ______
May.25.2007
05:41AM EDT 
vertical line In the cone - views and viewing of and by an icon.
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Reply from Woodsman
May.26.2007
02:01PM EDT 
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vertical line Bad apple! Bad!
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Reply from Woodsman
May.26.2007
02:11PM EDT 
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vertical line Oh, I thought he read 'core', wrote I meant, it's behind uts.
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