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  • hardie karges 9:04 am on July 19, 2017 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , cockroach, dharma, , , subway   

    Buddhism, and the Cosmic Cockroach of Divine Retribution… 

    img_0545Hollywood is not the glamour capital of the world, as many people imagine. In fact, it’s pretty slummy, though a vast improvement over a decade or two ago. Remember Kramer’s apartment building during his trip out west (actually just right across town) in the old Seinfeld TV show? Yep, like that (that dive goes for $100 a night, now, BTW, a sure sign of impending gentrification)…

    So to see a cockroach or two in the Metro station at Hollywood and Vine is no surprise, especially considering the amount of fast food that gets tossed by the wayside by the area’s homeless, who are apparently equally bin-less, in mind if not in fact. But the elderly lady on the mezzanine level seems particularly entranced by the one she’s found trying to make a run for it, far out of his comfort zone down by the tracks, big and juicy, and slow on the getaway. Actually the lady’s probably younger than I, but you know… (More …)

     
    • tiramit 6:13 pm on July 19, 2017 Permalink | Reply

      “(the) mind’s ear, hearing what it’s feeling, substituting imagination for the lack of investigation.” This is a teaching in itself. I’ve never been to Hollywood and the thought that it is not at all what it seems holds my attention for a moment, thanks.

    • davekingsbury 3:34 pm on July 20, 2017 Permalink | Reply

      That’s the way to do it! I share your horror at the vendetta. Great post, by the way, as good as David Sedaris. Better, actually, because it has a message …

  • hardie karges 8:47 am on January 20, 2017 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , dharma, Terence McKenna   

    Buddhist Dharma Chat: Looking for Something… 

    img_1670You’ve heard it all before: “Like looking for a needle in a haystack. Don’t cry over spilled milk.” Etcetera etcetera. And then there’s the Buddha’s most famous saying: “Let that sh*t go.” Yuk yuk. Of course the Buddha didn’t really say that, but it can be inferred. Many things are inferred in the name of the Buddha, but some probably miss the mark. The Facebook page ‘Buddhist Wisdom’ just changed their name to ‘Healing Humanity’. Huh? How do you spell m-a-r-k-e-t-i-n-g?

    The Buddha himself was not infallible, either, of course, as a human, but his paradigm and his belief system was and is powerful, so that’s what has meaning to me. Buddha’s Big Deal was, in a nutshell, the recognition of the prevalence of suffering, and the means to avoid it via the middle path, mediating extremes and doing good, and especially—don’t do bad…

    Everything else, whether karma, past lives, rebirth, samsara, shunyata, anatta, anicca or whatever else are all sorta-maybe-kinda-almost-you know-like a-more or less-don’t-bug-me-I’m-meditating. No, Buddha was not about renunciation of all things all the time. He was all about renunciation of the wrong things at the right time… (More …)

     
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