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  Gudo was the emperor's teacher of his time. Nevertheless, he used to travel alone as a wandering mendicant. Once when he was on his way to Edo, the cultural and political center of the shogunate, he approached a little village named Takenaka.... continue...

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vertical line Posted on Jun.21.2007 @ 10:29AM EDT by stephen

One of the stumbling blocks to ending personal suffering is the western idea of entitlements. All through our culture, politics and lifestyle the idea of rights and individual freedoms are heralded. We have the right to pursue happiness, wealth, fame and fortune. This seems that we are taught to believe that happiness is something to be caught, held captive and digested. It sets up the feeling that we are incomplete and something outside our being is needed to stop suffering. Just because you are offered tea does not mean you must drink, just because you have a right to pursue does not mean you must chase and just because you are told; you need not believe. MU


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Jun.21.2007
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vertical line This stalker stalks my posts.
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vertical line And feeds.
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vertical line And then fakes it but not in the open. And there's more - the so-called idea of entitlement isn't a western one nor is it restricted to western or eastern culture, north and south, because oh yes, monkeys do it, even the shy ones.
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Quote: "And then fakes it but not in the open. And there's more - the so-called idea of entitlement isn't a western one nor is it restricted to western or eastern culture, north and south, because oh yes, monkeys do it, even the shy ones. "
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The Buddha would say that we should be different than the monkeys in that we have been given this precious human life. MU

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Jun.21.2007
11:58AM EDT 
vertical line I would say: The Buddha would say no such thing. And thank God. But the monkey would say: Don't blame us precious monkeys, we're precious we are. We're monkeys.
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Jun.21.2007
12:12PM EDT 
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Quote: "I would say: The Buddha would say no such thing. And thank God. But the monkey would say: Don't blame us precious monkeys, we're precious we are. We're monkeys. "
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Maybe the Buddha was wrong. Maybe some in human form are monkeys. MU 

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Jun.21.2007
12:29PM EDT 
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Happiness seems to me a decision and simply that, and we do appear to set ourselves up to believe we are incomplete and need something ‘outside our being’ to stop suffering. And I guess what is important is the question ‘is there anything outside our being?’ where can I go that I am not already at, in, with? Am!

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Reply from justin
Jun.21.2007
12:37PM EDT 
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This forum is handy for challenging the mind, the act of writing to a person for all intents and purposes does not exist (it is a computer) via this method thought paths may be followed to the origin. Something not always done with other media. These just seem to grow and sprout by themselves they just arrive spontaneously when asked; maybe I do not ask enough. And again if the answer was not realised the question might not be asked. If i follow everything to the origin i really know bugger all. Underneath all the blankets of knowledge i am naked and just am.

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Quote: "I would say: The Buddha would say no such thing. And thank God. But the monkey would say: Don't blame us precious monkeys, we're precious we are. We're monkeys. "
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Maybe the Buddha was wrong. Maybe some in human form are monkeys. MU 

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Hey, first it's The Buddha would say and now it's maybe The Buddha was wrong. Maybe there are no maybes. Maybe it's just you.
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Jun.21.2007
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vertical line Listen to the toon, he knows y'know, what he's talking about:

MU N KEE
SEE
MU N KEE
DOODEE

MU N KEE
SEE
MU N KEE
DOODEE

(self-repeating refrain)
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Jun.21.2007
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vertical line Another ungrateful American... ho hum
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Jun.21.2007
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vertical line I'm a nurse, I can help! I can start an IV of self-denial... if I have an order.
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Jun.21.2007
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vertical line ... but first 12.2 miles on the stationary bike. Don't go anywhere! I don't.
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Jun.21.2007
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vertical line MU N KEE
DOODEE
DANDY?
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Jun.21.2007
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Quote: " Don't blame us precious monkeys "
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