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Issue #1354 - Tuesday, February 18, 2003 - Editor: michael
Fractal Buddha - lots of beautiful fractal images! This one is titled - blood and blue    


In [email protected]   

Dan wrote:  

There is a saying in Zen:
  Great doubt, great enlightenment.
  Small doubt, small enlightenment.

To prematurely decide you are certain
  is a grave self-limitation.

Any possibility of doubt should be
  explored and taken to the extreme.

Doubt is an excellent gift - to
  dismiss doubt or to see doubt
  as dispensible is erroneous.

In fact, doubt and enlightenment are
  the same thing, just viewed from
  different angles.  Only taking
  doubt to the extreme allows the
  opening in which doubt is revealed
  as merely the shadow side of truth.

For doubt you could substitute:  evil,
  panic, sorrow, loss, or despair.

These are the experiences people don't
  want in the human repertoire, what
  they want eliminated by enlightenment.

In fact, nothing is eliminated by

I prefer the term "revelation" to "enlightenment,"
  as in "revelation of truth."

Revelation of truth is clear seeing of what is, as
  is, without any avoidance.

The word enlightenment seems to have become
  pretty well contaminated with the connotation
  of having some perfect state which somehow
  makes one indifferently blissful regardless
  of what is going on around oneself.

Nothing could be further from the truth.

Enlightenment is more like "cutting through"
  than it is like "having a perfect state of bliss."

But that's just my ignorant opinion, and I could
  be wrong :-)


Book Reviews  

"The Edge of Uncertainty - Dilemmas on the Buddhist Path" 144 pages by - Peter Fenner Published (2002) by - Nicholas-Hays, Inc. collecting-new.htm  

Enlightenment - gradual or sudden? In this book Mr. Fenner discusses the various forms of Buddhist practice and the costs associated with the search for enlightenment. He presents a straightforward look at the differences between orthodox and unorthodox Buddhist practice from Tibetan traditions to Zen. In his own words - "This book explores a set of dilemmas that invariably arise when one considers the full range of philosphies and practices contained within Buddhism."   I found this book to be a most interesting and well written look at what could be considered the heart of the matter in terms of Buddhist pratice and philosphy. An excellent read!  


"Flim Flam! - Psychics, ESP, Unicorns and other Delusions" by - James Randi (The Amazing Randi) Published (1987 - ninth printing) by - Prometheus Books tale_continued.html  

"Unusual claims require unusual proof." Mr. Randi (in this book) doesn't attempt to disprove the existance of such things as paranormal powers. Rather, he takes to task those who use sloppy science and wishful thinking to 'prove' those claims.   Both books should be available in your local library and at booksellers near you.  

  Another one from Dan on the Direct Approach list:  

> A hermit-monk built a hermitage
> at the foot of the mountain where
> Nansen had his monastery.
> Someone told the hermit:
> __Now there is Venerable Nansen,
> why don't you go to see him and
> pay respect to him ?
> The hermit said:
> __Don't tell me about Nansen,
> I don't pay respect even there are
> a thousand Buddhas.
> Someone told Nansen this story.
> Nansen ordered Joshu to go
> to << check >> the hermit.
> Joshu entered the hermitage
> and began to go from east to west
> and from west to east. The hermit
> didn't pay attention to him.
> Joshu said:
> __The poor brigand is humiliatingly defeated!
> Joshu recounted the story to Nansen.
> Nansen said:
> __I've always suspected this guy.
> The next day he told his attendant
> to bring three cups and a tea pot
> and the two came to the hermitage.
> Upon arriving, Nansen threw the cups
> and the tea pot on the ground and said:
> __Hey! Yesterday! Yesterday!
> The hermit asked:
> __What is yesterday ???
> Nansen hit the attendant on the back
> and said:
> __Don't fool me! Don't fool me!
> Then the two men went back to the monastery.
> ;-))
> KKT  

Joshu and Nansen in Haight-Ashbury, 1972:

Back at the monastery, Nansen said to Joshu,
  "You know, on second thought, the LSD
   that hermit sold us actually must
   have been pretty good."

  "Yeah, you're right, Nansen," said Joshu,
   "that was a pretty wild trip.  But you know,
   I went back and forth through his pad,
   and couldn't find his stash."

  "Not only that," said Nansen, "but we neglected
   to sweep the floor of our monastery, and
   we left the stove burning for the last two days."

   "Damn, I hate when that happens," said Joshu.
   "Not to mention that this crazy glue isn't working
    very well on the tea pot."

  "Well, anyway," said Nansen, "why didn't that
    old fellow just say 'all my troubles seemed
    so far away' when I said, 'yesterday, yesterday'?"

  "I think he was pretty stoned, too," said Joshu.

   Timothy Bleary

From Freyja on the Direct Approach list:  

LOL!   Droppings, love calls, whatever--
are all seen the same
when the PC screen is clear.

When things are seen for what
they are, there is no one
to praise or blame

one can only look within
and dispell one's own

It is false.


In [email protected], Steve Toth wrote:
Sky Pilot

He blesses the boys as they stand in line
The smell of gun grease and the bayonets they shine
He's there to help them all that he can
To make them feel wanted he's a good holy man
Sky pilot
How high can you fly?
You'll never, never, never reach the sky

He smiles at the young soldiers
Tells them it's all right
He knows of their fear in the forthcoming fight
Soon there'll be blood and many will die
Sky pilot
How high can you fly?
You'll never, never, never reach the sky

He mumbles a prayer and it ends with a smile
The order is given
They move down the line
But he'll stay behind and he'll meditate
But it won't stop the bleeding or ease the hate

As the young men move out into the battle zone
He feels good, with God you're never alone
He feels tired and he lays on his bed
Hopes the men will find courage in the words that he said
Sky Pilot
How high can you fly
You'll never, never, never reach the sky

You're soldiers of God you must understand
The fate of your country is in your young hands
May God give you strength
Do your job real well
If it all was worth it
Only time it will tell

In the morning they return
With tears in their eyes
The stench of death drifts up to the skies
A soldier so ill looks at the sky pilot
Remembers the words
"Thou shalt not kill"
Sky pilot
How high can you fly
You never, never, never reach the sky

as sung by The Animals
more or less  

In [email protected], "Michael A. Read" wrote:

If we really want to conquer Iraq we need to force a U.N. resolution
to allow the introduction of American fast food chains such as
McDonald's and require that for significant reductions in U.S.
military strength present in the area at least 10 Walmarts and 2
Super Walmarts be built in Iraq.

Sure there may be some naysayers who look at this as a far more
aggresive move by the U.S. merely because it is so overtly insidious.
We know what happens when American fast food and easy access to
abundant household and personal possesions is made available. Folk
really dont want to fight anymore. Not when meals can be supersized
and there is a two for one sale on jeans down at the Walmart.

They have all that oil and we have all this marketing savvy... seems
a better deal could be worked out than what's abrewing.

The Walmarts could stock a lot of European, British and Russian goods
as well as goods from other countries so there is more incentive for
a joint resolution to pass. Heck most of the goods in American
Walmarts come from outside the US anyway.

just a thought,


--- In [email protected], "Joseph Riley" wrote:

On February 12th, Senator Robert Byrd gave a remarkable speech about
our silence in the face of where America is heading.

I invite you to read the speech at

I know this is a spiritual forum but I know that there are many here
who feel the call of the spirit in resisting this descent into madness

--- In [email protected], "Rusty" wrote:

Well, here I am again. Of course it seems like i should cross the road, but is that what I really want to do? I wonder if there are more enjoyable options..."   : ChickenCrossingRoad.html  
how about some time out?

Rusty   editor's note: this is a humorous look at how famous folk from G.W. Bush to Colonel Sanders might explain the famous joke, why the chicken crossed the road.  

Mace Mealer:  

If you didn't know the answer
you couldn't ask the question.
It's in the questions you can't ask,
where the true mystery lies.

  Readers Write Back  

Kheyala responds to the candle meditation article in last Tuesday's issue:  


Dear Kheyala,   Ouch?   Well, OK, sorry. <grin>   But you have to understand how this here setup works. You see, one night Jerry force fed me donuts and coffee until I agreed to be the color editor. He had consumed so many donuts not to mention several pots of that tepid Canadian donut house coffee, himself, that I was able to actually agree with him. The highlights needed a wacko for Tuesdays. Not a pervert mind you, just a kooky old weirdo.  

Thanks for your response,  


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