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Then he left him to go to many other places for more Zen enquiry.
However, he could not find any place that fitted him.
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vertical line Posted on Mar.01.2008 @ 11:01PM EDT by 9999999
No
one
is
there
to
put
it
all
together.
All
the
king's
horses
all
the
king's
men
can
never
put
(Justin)
back
together
Again.
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Mar.01.2008
11:02PM EDT 
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vertical line We want
the
Ice
from
(Rustic)
to
ease
our
pain
Not
the
Fire
to
cleanse
the
false
and
free
us.
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Mar.01.2008
11:04PM EDT 
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vertical line In order to know (the great) Reality, you must be sane. In order to be sane, you must be out of your mind.
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Mar.01.2008
11:05PM EDT 
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vertical line If you cannot find the truth right where you are, where else do you expect to find it?

dogen^^
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Mar.02.2008
12:17AM EDT 
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vertical line excellent posting HA :D:D:D
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Mar.02.2008
01:15PM EDT 
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vertical line The
Universe
is
your
Ashram
the
planet your
Stupa
Humanity
your
adherents
Truth
your
God
Love
your
being
Dissolving
your
teaching
Nothing
your
self
as
you
melt
into
all.
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Mar.02.2008
01:15PM EDT 
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vertical line the mind is a prison..with nobody in it
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Mar.02.2008
01:16PM EDT 
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vertical line A flower falls, even though we love it; and a weed grows, even though we do not love it


^^d0GeN^^
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Mar.02.2008
01:17PM EDT 
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vertical line If you understand, things are just as they are... If you do not understand, things are just as they are....

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Mar.02.2008
01:18PM EDT 
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vertical line (**) loves you...

So he is out to destroy you.

He knows you are your own
Worst enemy
So to destroy you
Is to save you.

Your ego must be smashed
Or you will surely die.
Yet words are like
Sledge hammers with greased handles.
They're difficult to guide
To their target,
Dangerous,
Liable to hit anything.
(**)  loves you.
You can trust him.
Just put your head right here.
That's it.
Nothing to worry about...

Why do you hesitate?
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Mar.02.2008
01:18PM EDT 
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vertical line you can only be lost if you are trying to get somewhere
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Mar.02.2008
01:19PM EDT 
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vertical line The man of wisdom is devoid of ego even though he may appear to use it. His vacant or fasting mind is neither doing anything nor not doing anything. He is outside of volition, neither this nor that. He is everything and nothing.

it can be said 10,000 different ways, but it doesnt matter, and it doesnt matter that it doesnt matter
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Mar.02.2008
01:20PM EDT 
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vertical line If you but cease from useless conceptualizing, you will be what you are and what you have always been.

Seeing truly is not merely a change in the direction of seeing, but a change it its very center, in which the seer himself disappears.

The only ultimate understanding is that nothing is, not even he who understands.

Ceasing to conceptualize means ceasing to perceive objectively, which means perceiving non-objectively. It is to see the universe without choice or judgment and without getting into subject-object relationship. What happens then? Nothing, except that you are what you were before you were born: everything.
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Mar.02.2008
01:20PM EDT 
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vertical line Enlightenment is total emptiness of mind. There is nothing you can do to get it. Any effort you make can only be an obstruction to it.

Self-Realization is effortless. What you are trying to find is what you already are.



enlightenment, emptiness of mind, self realization---such dirty words--better just shut up
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Mar.02.2008
01:23PM EDT 
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vertical line "Whoever has come to know the world has discovered the body, and whoever has discovered the body, of that one the world is not worthy."

"There are many standing at the door, but those who are alone will enter the bridal suite."

"If you bring forth what is within you, what you have will save you. If you do not have that within you, what you do not have within you [will] kill you."

"Those who know all, but are lacking in themselves, are utterly lacking."

"When will the rest for the dead take place, and when will the new world come?"
He said to them, "What you are looking forward to has come, but you don't know it."

"When you make the two into one, and when you make the inner like the outer and the outer like the inner, and the upper like the lower, and when you make male and female into a single one, so that the male will not be male nor the female be female, when you make eyes in place of an eye, a hand in place of a hand, a foot in place of a foot, an image in place of an image, then you will enter [the kingdom]."

"Have you found the beginning, then, that you are looking for the end? You see, the end will be where the beginning is.
Congratulations to the one who stands at the beginning: that one will know the end and will not taste death."

"After all, what goes into your mouth will not defile you; rather, it's what comes out of your mouth that will defile you."

"This heaven will pass away, and the one above it will pass away.
The dead are not alive, and the living will not die. During the days when you ate what is dead, you made it come alive. When you are in the light, what will you do? On the day when you were one, you became two. But when you become two, what will you do?"

"Lucky is the lion that the human will eat, so that the lion becomes human. And foul is the human that the lion will eat, and the lion still will become human."

Jesus, Gospel of Thomas
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Mar.02.2008
01:23PM EDT 
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vertical line he moon and the paper
Are the same white
The pupil of the eye and the ink,
Both black.
This mysterious meaning
Remains a circle,
Beyond the possibility
Of understanding.

- Obaku Sokuhi (1611-1671)
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Mar.02.2008
01:24PM EDT 
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vertical line no path to travel
nobody to care
who is pointing to what?
its absolutely everywhere

2/21/08
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Mar.02.2008
01:25PM EDT 
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vertical line "The person old in days won't hesitate to ask a little child seven days old about the place of life, and that person will live.
For many of the first will be last, and will become a single one."

"If your leaders say to you, 'Look, the (Father's) kingdom is in the sky,' then the birds of the sky will precede you. If they say to you, 'It is in the sea,' then the fish will precede you. Rather, the (Father's) kingdom is within you and it is outside you.
When you know yourselves, then you will be known, and you will understand that you are children of the living Father. But if you do not know yourselves, then you live in poverty, and you are the poverty."

"Those who seek should not stop seeking until they find. When they find, they will be disturbed. When they are disturbed, they will marvel, and will reign over all. [And after they have reigned they will rest.]"

Jesus, Gospel of Thomas
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Mar.02.2008
01:25PM EDT 
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vertical line "Biting into an apple as I sit before peonies - that's how I'll die."

- Shiki
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Mar.02.2008
01:25PM EDT 
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vertical line "Clear water has no taste.
The tongue has no bone.
In complete stillness a stone girl is dancing."

- Seung Sahn
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Mar.02.2008
01:25PM EDT 
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vertical line "This slowly drifting cloud is pitiful!
What dreamwalkers we all are!
Awakened, the one great truth:
Black rain on the temple roof."

- Dogen
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Mar.02.2008
01:26PM EDT 
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vertical line "There is neither creation nor destruction,
Neither destiny nor free-will;
Neither path nor achievement;
This is the final truth."

- Ramana Maharshi
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Mar.02.2008
01:26PM EDT 
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vertical line “Whoever finds his life will lose it, and whoever loses his life for my sake will find it.”
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Mar.02.2008
01:26PM EDT 
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vertical line “Nothing is left to you at this moment but to have a good laugh.”
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Mar.02.2008
01:27PM EDT 
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vertical line “We eat, excrete, sleep, and get up; This is our world.
All we have to do after that – Is to die.”

- Ikkyu
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Mar.02.2008
01:28PM EDT 
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vertical line "Things are always changing, so nothing can be yours."

- Shunryu Suzuki

"Earth, mountains, rivers, hidden in this nothingness.
In this nothingness, earth, mountains, rivers revealed.
Spring flowers, winter snows.
There's no being or non-being, nor denial itself."

-Saisho

"The Way is not about knowing... or not-knowing.
Knowing is only delusion,
and not-knowing is merely blank consciousness."

-Nan-Ch'uan

Not knowing how near the truth is,
People seek it far away, what a pity!
They are like him who, in the midst of water,
Cries in thirst so imploringly.

-Hakuin


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Mar.02.2008
01:29PM EDT 
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vertical line Here is a way to look at it:

It is a little like falling in love.
You spend time with someone.
You watch them, you observe them.
But you do not yet know them.
So you continue to observe them.
You don’t have expectations,
because you don’t know them well enough yet to have expectations.
You just keep on observing.
Some days you have pleasant days when you observe them
and some days you are having an unpleasant day while you observe them.
But you continue to observe them.

Each day you are coming to know them better
even though you may not be aware that you are coming to know them better.
Then one day suddenly and unexpectedly, you have fallen in Love.
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Mar.02.2008
01:29PM EDT 
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vertical line "Who am I?"
Whoever is asking.
because I am
who I am
when I am not

-wei wu wei
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Mar.02.2008
02:20PM EDT 
vertical line "What constitutes complaining? One dictionary defines it as "An expression of pain, dissatisfaction, or resentment." I would add that it's a statement of dislike, blame, or judgment that we whine about repeatedly. Why say it once when we can indulge in our misery?"

-Thubten Chodron

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Mar.02.2008
02:24PM EDT 
vertical line Hmm... The link didn't post right... Too many "http://"'s...

Corrected (hopefully)
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Reply from ______
Mar.03.2008
09:45AM EDT 
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once after you're born
and once before you die.
~Basho
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Mar.03.2008
09:58AM EDT 
vertical line Burning down the house
A language to enrich the things
I see
Blazes
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Mar.04.2008
08:47AM EDT 
vertical line It is found again.
What? Eternity.
It is the sea
Gone with the sun.

~Rimbaud
L'Éternite

?. . . . . .

Everything seen... ?         
The vision gleams in every air.

Everything had... ?         
The far sound of cities in the evening. In sunlight, and always.

Everything known...?         
O Tulmult! O Visions! These are the stops of life.
??Departure in affection, and shining sounds.

~Rimbaud
Departure


                                                 
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Mar.06.2008
01:04AM EDT 
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vertical line Thought is something dead and can never touch anything living. It cannot capture life, contain it, and give expression to it. The moment it tries to touch life, it is destroyed by the living quality of life.
~ug

The only way for any one who is interested in finding out what this is all about is to watch how this separation is occurring, how you are separating yourself from the things that are happening around you and inside you.
~ug

When you are no longer caught up in the dichotomy of right and wrong or good and bad, you can never do anything wrong. As long as you are caught up in this duality, the danger is that you will always do wrong.
~ug
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vertical line There is nothing to practise. To know yourself, be yourself. To be
yourself, stop imagining yourself to be this or that. Just be. Let
your true nature emerge. Don't disturb your mind with seeking"

~nisargadatta
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Mar.06.2008
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Where are the flowers?

But in the spring time, see how they bloom!

-Ikkyu
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Mar.06.2008
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vertical line "If you love the sacred and despise the ordinary,
you are still bobbing in the ocean of delusion."

-Linji
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Mar.06.2008
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vertical line Change your mind
Like you would change a baby's diaper

With love and tenderness
But thoroughly

Gather the debris of old thoughts and attitudes
And habits of stale beliefs

And just drop them in the hamper

Gently wrap your mind
With a fresh, clean cloth

There will always be more to clean
And time for another changing

~Chim-Chim
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Mar.09.2008
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vertical line Just because you're naked
Doesn't mean you're sexy,
Just because you're cynical
Doesn't mean you're cool.
You may tell the greatest lies
And wear a brilliant disguise
But you can't escape the eyes
Of the one who sees right through you.

In the end what will prevail
Is your passion not your tale,
For love is the Holy Grail
Even in Cognito

So better listen to me, sister,
And pay close attention, mister:
It's very good to play the game,
Amuse the gods, avoid the pain,
But don't trust fortune, don't trust fame,
Your real self doesn't know your name
And in that we're all the same:
We're all incognito.
~Dickie Goldwire
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Mar.11.2008
08:37PM EDT 
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vertical line 1. From our perception of the world there follows acceptance of a unique First Principle possessing various powers. Pictures of name and form, the person who sees, the screen on which he sees, and the light by which he sees: he himself is all of these.         

2. All religions postulate the three fundamentals, the world, the soul, and God, but it is only the one Reality that manifests Itself as these three. One can say, 'The three are really three' only so long as the ego lasts. Therefore, to inhere in one's own Being, where the 'I', or ego, is dead, is the perfect State.         

3. 'The world is real.' 'No, it, is a mere illusory appearance.' 'The world is conscious.' 'No.' 'The world is happiness.' 'No.' What use is it to argue thus? That State is agreeable to all, wherein, having given up the objective outlook, one knows one's Self and loses all notions either of unity or duality, of oneself and the ego.         

4. If one has form oneself, the world and God also will appear to have form, but if one is formless, who is it that sees those forms, and how? Without the eye can any object be seen? The seeing Self is the Eye, and that Eye is the Eye of Infinity.       

5. The body is a form composed of the five-fold sheath; therefore, all the five sheaths are implied in the term, body. Apart from the body does the world exist? Has anyone seen the world without the body?         

6. The world is nothing more than an embodiment of the objects perceived by the five sense-organs. Since, through these five sense-organs, a single mind perceives the world, the world is nothing but the mind. Apart from the mind can there be a world?         

7. Although the world and knowledge thereof rise and set together it is by knowledge alone that the world is made apparent. That Perfection wherein the world and knowledge thereof rise and set, and which shines without rising and setting, is alone the Reality.         

8. Under whatever name and form one may worship the Absolute Reality, it is only a means for realizing It without name and form. That alone is true realization, wherein one knows oneself in relation to that Reality, attains peace and realizes one's identity with it.         

9. The duality of subject and object and trinity of seer, sight, and seen can exist only if supported by the One. If one turns inward in search of that One Reality they fall away. Those who see this are those who see Wisdom. They are never in doubt.          

10. Ordinary knowledge is always accompanied by ignorance, and ignorance by knowledge; the only true Knowledge is that by which one knows the Self through enquiring whose is the knowledge and ignorance.


Ramana Maharshi -- 40 verses on reality
   
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Mar.13.2008
01:03PM EDT 
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vertical line If the first person, I, exists, then the second and third persons, you and he, will also exist. By enquiring into the nature of the I, the I perishes. With it 'you' and 'he' also perish. The resultant state, which shines as Absolute Being, is one's own natural state, the Self.

ramana
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vertical line All the leaves are brown
and the sky is gray
I went for a walk
on a winter's day

- The Phillips
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Mar.13.2008
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vertical line All insights, however extraordinary they may be, are worthless, because it is thought that has created what we call insight, and through that, it is maintaining its continuity and status quo.


To be an individual and to be yourself, you do not have to do a thing. Culture demands that you should be something other than what you are. What a tremendous amount of energy we waste trying to become that! But if that energy is released, living becomes very simple. Then what is it that you cannot do?


There is no such thing as death at all for this body. The only death is the end of the illusion, the end of fear, the end of the knowledge, which we have about ourselves, and the world around us.


The demand to be prepared for all future actions and all situations is the cause of our problems. Every situation is so different; and our attempt to be prepared for all those situations is the one that is responsible for our not being able to deal with situations as they arise.


The belief in reincarnation is born out of the demand that something will continue after your so-called death. It is the same mechanism, which wants to know what will happen after death. For some reason that mechanism, that movement of thought, does not want to come to an end. But, if you want to know if there is anything beyond, you have to die now.


Even the idea that you should control your thought in order to be in a thoughtless or peaceful state is created by thought, so that it can maintain its continuity through some petty little experience, through some thoughtless state you are interested in.


Meditation is a self-centred activity. It is strengthening the very self you want to be free from. What are you meditating for? You want to be free from something. What are you to meditate on? Alright, thought is a noise, sound. What is sound? There is a continuous flow of thoughts, and you are linking up all these thoughts all the time, and this is the noise you can't stand. Why can't you stand that noise?
~UG Krishnamurti
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vertical line Your friends they stand beside as you were flying Oh you were flying oh so high But then some day people look at you for what they call their own They watch you suffer Yeah they hear you calling home But then some day we could take our time

candlebox
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vertical line My the love and compassion you see and fell. Be felt all around the world.                        Rory J. Corsiglia
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vertical line Meet my son Jesus                                                                                     - Joe Somebody 
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Quote: "Meet my son Jesus                                                                                     - Joe Somebody  "
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alrighty then.

the crap you say johny cat.

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Quote: "Meet my son Jesus                                                                                     - Joe Somebody  "
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alrighty then.

the crap you say johny cat.

"
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Coulda named him Billy Bob
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Just me and my guitar, the other sits there napping
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Mar.14.2008
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vertical line Just me and my monkey. Thank you for leting me be myself again. Sly Stone. My you be as happy as you fell. Rory Boy, Billy Bob, John boy Joe Black, Jackie Chan, Jet Li.     You are you I'm I together we make the world. Rory J. Corsiglia ,Zen ror.
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