• Gollum The Hungry Ghost

    Updated: 2013-01-10 17:39:59
    Gollum in ‘Lord of the Rings’ in pursuit of the One Ring is almost the perfect personification of a hungry ghost. Consumed by greed, his essence of being is nothing but craving, at the expense of everything else, including his life eventually, as he plummets into the lava of Mount Doom while reaching for it. [...]

  • Excess

    Updated: 2013-01-10 17:35:26
    The richer tend to pay too much for too little for branded goods, though they do generally get stuff with better quality too. This makes some sense. The poorer tend to pay less for what is already good enough. This makes adequate sense. But there are those whom despite their wealth or poverty, want the [...]

  • Super Short Story (162): Biography

    Updated: 2013-01-10 17:27:13
    Super Short Story (162): Biography She thought of writing her biography until she heard a biographer’s comment that an autobiography is probably the most inaccurate version of one’s own life. Makes sense, unless… she chooses to be brutally honest with herself. But that would demand brutal honesty about others too. Even if she can stand [...]

  • Super Short Story (161): Virtual World

    Updated: 2013-01-10 17:15:42
    Super Short Story (161): Virtual World As he spent too much time gaming, surfing and watching videos, whenever he looks away from screens, the real world looks really virtual - more so than the virtual ones that have become more real.

  • Super Short Story (160): Clock

    Updated: 2013-01-10 17:10:58
    Super Short Story (160): Clock Having said he likes Johnny Hates Jazz’s song ‘Turn Back The Clock’, she demanded to know why he wants to ‘do that’, whether it’s because he regrets meeting her. He replied, ‘So that I wouldn’t tell you I like the song!’

  • Meditation, Medication and Psychological Disorders.

    Updated: 2013-01-05 03:01:00
    : , . skip to main skip to sidebar Search This Blog Loading . Buddhism in the News Loading . Friday , January 04, 2013 Meditation , Medication and Psychological . Disorders The mind is likened to a pond of water . Restless thoughts are like pebbles thrown into the water . They send out a ripple of activity , disturbing the tranquil surface . When the water is constantly agitated with restless thoughts , we cannot see clearly to the bottom of the pond , which represents our inner wisdom . When we stop the restless thoughts , we calm the waters , enabling us to see clearly to the bottom—where our wisest , most enlightened self resides . Dr . Neal F . Neimark , . M.D James Meditation calms the waters in my mind like a powerful medication , and unlike some of my psychiatric medications ,

  • Gathering What Material?

    Updated: 2013-01-03 04:40:58
    From the movie ‘Being Flynn’: Jon: I’m doing the same thing here as you are, [spending night in homeless shelter] gathering material [for writing]. Nick: I’m not gathering material. This is my [working] life. [He works there as an administrator.] Jon: Life is gathering material. My take: Life is for gathering material, but what material? [...]

  • Alternative Sayings (1) & (2)

    Updated: 2013-01-03 04:27:53
    Traditional saying: 路遥知马力,日久见人心 With the far road, the horse’s strength is known. With many days, the person’s character is seen. My alternative saying: 路遥知自力,日久见自心 With the far road, your strength is known. With many days, your character is seen. Traditional saying?: 英雄难过美人关,美人难过金钱关 Heroes have difficulty crossing the obstacle of beauties [lust]. Beauties have difficulties crossing [...]

  • Some Zombie Dilemmas

    Updated: 2013-01-03 04:07:23
    What’s terrifying about zombies is their relentless mindless hunger – sounds familiar? Think consumers’ herd mentality on Black Friday. There may be more, but here are four recurring dilemmas from observation of zombie flicks. 1. Should you take human-like zombies down, especially when they were your friends? 2. What if there is a cure for [...]

  • Cinderella’s New Decision

    Updated: 2013-01-03 03:42:59
    ‘Remember how much I loved Cinderella? It’s what messes little girls up!’ Says Lola in ‘Lola Versus’, on waiting for her prince to come. Instead of waiting for someone who offers a perfect fit for you, how about becoming ‘more perfect’ to better fit the ideal person in mind? If you take the Buddha as [...]

  • The Storytelling Paradox

    Updated: 2013-01-03 03:21:08
    Important cautionary tales should be told, be it in writing or even film, but they might offer evil suggestions too. Which is more worth it? Sharing the possible good or evil effects? It’s a matter of focus – for the storyteller and listener.

  • Super Short Story (159): Trust

    Updated: 2012-12-28 18:39:30
    Super Short Story (159): Trust She knows who not to trust - actors who are paid to promote products in ads. It’s knowing who to trust that is tricky - as some are not paid but bluff too. Then again, actors are sometimes truthful, when not acting at all. just as non-actors are sometimes ‘unknown [...]

  • Super Short Story (158): Cat

    Updated: 2012-12-28 18:32:34
    Super Short Story (158): Cat She considers herself an animal-lover. But she loves cats especially, and feeds strays daily with affection, with cat-food made from other animals though. For some reason that she’s probably not mindful of, this doesn’t seem to bother her a bit, since she eats animals herself, (or maybe she doesn’t give [...]

  • Super Short Story (157): Knick-Knacks

    Updated: 2012-12-28 18:20:36
    Super Short Story (157): Knick-Knacks She likes to look at interesting knick-knacks that she wouldn’t buy, because she only likes to look at them, and that’s enough already. She’s one happy window-shopper. She realised that window-shopping with mindful appreciation without wanting to have and hold is able to save her much money, when there is [...]

  • Super Short Story (156): Lego

    Updated: 2012-12-28 18:09:39
    Super Short Story (156): Lego He has a love-hate relationship with Lego bricks. They allow for flexibility, for building his own toys, yet they are also restricted by rigidity, limited by their numbers, shapes, sizes and colours. They are building blocks allowing creativity, but only in a pixelatedly blockish way.

  • Super Short Story (155): Friday

    Updated: 2012-12-28 17:57:13
    Super Short Story (155): Friday He lost track of time and before he knew it, Friday was about to be gone. He wasn’t even aware it was Friday. He thought it was Thursday. The case of the missing Friday. Although it had never happened before, it made him shudder to think about how many more [...]

  • We Are Recycled Consciousness.

    Updated: 2012-12-27 07:12:00
    : . skip to main skip to sidebar Search This Blog Loading . Buddhism in the News Loading . Thursday , December 27, 2012 We Are Recycled Consciousness . We are recycled consciousness expressing itself in infinite forms . Science tells us that we are social creatures . We need others to survive in this world of suffering . Buddhism explains this bond as interconnection and co-arising . We are all one . To quote the Heart Sutra , form is emptiness and emptiness is form . Thich Nhat Hanh uses the example of waves in the . ocean We are all apart of a great , infinite , ocean of consciousness . In other words , we all share a similar human consciousness that interconnects us . As individuals , we are the wave that arises from the wider ocean of consciousness . We are both the wave and the ocean

  • Buddhism for Returning Veterans of War

    Updated: 2012-12-26 02:17:00
    : skip to main skip to sidebar Search This Blog Loading . Buddhism in the News Loading . Tuesday , December 25, 2012 Buddhism for Returning Veterans of War UPDATE According to Claire Michalewicz , with Shambhala Sunspace the British military is not sending 4,000 of its soldiers to Bodh Gaya , as was reported in The Daily Mail news publication . It’s completely untrue , 8221 an army spokeswoman told me , explaining that the Ministry of Defence had no official plans to send troops to Bodh Gaya , the religious site in India where Gautama Buddha is said to have achieved enlightenment . A Buddhist army chaplain is arranging a pilgrimage there for up to 20 soldiers next year , but they’ll be paying for the trip . themselves By Giridhar Jha , MAIL , TODAY December 10, 2012 Patna , India The

  • Sandy Hook Elementary Massacre: A Buddhist's Response.

    Updated: 2012-12-19 21:46:00
    : : . skip to main skip to sidebar Search This Blog Loading . Buddhism in the News Loading . Wednesday , December 19, 2012 Sandy Hook Elementary Massacre : A Buddhist's . Response As the horrible mass shooting of children in Connecticut echoes around the world , millions are trying to fathom such senseless violence . Of course , the initial reaction is to ban assault weapons in America for the average citizen , which I support . No one needs a machine gun to hunt for food . In places like Europe that have strict gun control laws , you just don't see the kind of mass shootings and rampant violence that you do in America . Sure , there are a smattering of examples but they are few and far : between The FBI's Uniform Crime Reports for 2009 list 10,224 homicides in U.S . that involved a gun

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