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A Bumble Bee

A Bumble Bee

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Lotus Precepts“The precepts contain the totality of the teachings of the Buddhadharma. This is not immediately apparent, and it may take us ten to twenty years of practice before we really see it and actualize it in our lives. But it is all there. Totally engaged and thoroughly appreciated, the precepts continue to be a bottomless source of wisdom, helping us to embrace our full human potential, our Buddha-nature. These precepts are the most complete and far-reaching facet of the dharma I could possibly share.” 

1. Affirm life. Do not kill.
2. Be giving. Do not steal.
3. Honor the body. Do not misuse sexuality. 
4. Minifest truth. Do not lie.
5. Proceed clearly. Do not cloud the mind.
6. See the perfection. Do not speak of others’ errors and faults. 
7. Realize self and other as one. Do not elevate the self and blame others. 
8. Give generously. Do not be withholding. 
9. Actualize harmony. Do not be angry. 
10. Experience the intimacy of things. Do not defile the Three Treasures. 

Except from “The Heart of Being: Moral and Ethical Teachings of Zen Buddhism” by John Daido Loori

I had a really cool night. I video chat in to my old sitting group. We sat together and then talked the precepts. Really cool stuff. I love my little mini sangha. 

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Quotes

ImageI was struck this morning by how enriched my life has become by being willing to be draw on the wisdom of others. I spend a lot of time listening to the life experiences of others, letting their example guide me. Slowly but surely…  

This morning I was reminded by a friend, “I’ve had much to worry about in my life, most of which never happened.” 

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This is delightful documentary from the 70s.

[youtube:http://youtu.be/G6KyQIo9Q7M%5D

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Buddhist Humor: Zen Chicken

Hahah 😉

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How the West Misunderstands Buddhism

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I thought this was beautiful and a thoughtful examination of money and a possible new future.

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