Trying to find Enlightenment one book at a time.

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I have a problem. I love books. I have slowly gathered books about one subject or another. For years, I trolled the used and new bookstores picking up one or two here and there, until I had amassed a large amount of reading material. Some lamented and sat untouched.

I realized the other day. Many of these books follow a pattern. They are mainly autobiographical and are usually first person account. Even my collection of Buddhist books seem to be larger than I would like. I often think I need to move to a Sailboat. So I am forced to conserve space and pick just the cream of the crop. But what criteria would I choose. I could get rid of a few if I choose books I have not read. But than does that mean I have stopped trying to learn. Or I could get rid of the books I have already enjoyed, but I would miss some of those books that have changed me.

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Buddhist Police officers

From Sydney Morning Herald

Buddhism and law enforcement are unusual bedfellows.

Adhering to the principles of non-violence, calmness and love for all human beings is not easy when your day job involves investigating and locking up potentially violent criminals.

But a handful of NSW Police have committed themselves to the ancient philosophy and are applying it in their daily work.

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Blasts rock Tibetan area as China ups security

From Yahoo

Authorities closed the last window into a restive Tibetan region in western China on Monday, tightening its security cordon on the eve of the 50th anniversary of the failed uprising that sent the Dalai Lama into exile.

Beijing is trying to head off trouble around March 10, which marks the start of the 1959 abortive Tibetan revolt against Chinese rule. A peaceful commemoration last year by monks in Lhasa, Tibet’s regional capital, erupted into anti-Chinese rioting four days later and spread to surrounding provinces — the most sustained and violent demonstrations by Tibetans in decades.

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Stressed out? Have a little faith

Some days I really think this works. One of my friends was having a breakdown last night. I do understand her pain, but I sometimes wonder if she has any faith in herself. I have given her a couple of books. She said she has looked at them, but I guess she forgot what I had tried to say to her.

It took me almost 30 minutes to try and calm her down. Of course, I am not the greatest teacher.

My wife ordered some blinds today. They were a little short. Okay 5 inches. I have been working so much she had lost the measurements and didn’t want to bother me to remeasure. I used many poor verbs in regards to these blinds. And they are a little off I needed to put spacers up. Taught me I have along way to go and still hope to make it

Not all my Teachers are Buddhist

The Wild Geese

Horseback on Sunday morning,
harvest over, we taste persimmon
and wild grape, sharp sweet
of summer’s end. In time’s maze
over fall fields, we name names
that went west from here, names
that rest on graves. We open
a persimmon seed to find the tree
that stands in promise,
pale, in the seed’s marrow.
Geese appear high over us,
pass, and the sky closes. Abandon,
as in love or sleep, holds
them to their way, clear,
in the ancient faith: what we need
is here. And we pray, not
for new earth or heaven, but to be
quiet in heart, and in eye
clear. What we need is here.

This is a poem by Wendell Berry he was a Professor for many years and has moved back to his boyhood home in Kentucky. He farms the old way, with horses and such, nurtures the land and talks about it. I think he is one of the most Buddhist Christians I know.

I try not to get stuck on labels. But their are times where the definitions become very much a gray area. If you look further into this man he has many ideas that I think would benefit society. He does not like computers. He wrote a fantastic article I will try to discuss in the post. But if you read the last paragraph of this poem it seems to almost have a Buddhist lean to it. I am thinking that this could be a great way to look around and see other people that do not feel they are Buddhist but can be great teachers to us all.

Charles Darwin ‘may have been inspired by Tibetan Buddhism’

From The Times Online

Charles Darwin’s moral philosophy may have been inspired by the writings of Buddhist monks, according to one of the world’s leading experts on the evolution of emotions.

Research by Paul Ekman, a psychologist whose work has shown how the facial expressions that signal emotion are universal across all cultures, has identified striking similarities between Darwin’s attitude to compassion and morality and that of Tibetan Buddhism.

Darwin, who was born 200 years ago last week, believed that compassion for other sentient beings was the highest moral virtue. This informed other aspects of his world view, such as his passionate opposition to slavery.

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Sometimes your best teachers are not Buddhists

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This week I have started to realize that some of my best lessons came from people that were not Buddhists. I was over at my parent’s house this weekend for a Groundhog day Party, my parents are both from that area in Pennsylvania. They are in such a small town these events are of epic proportions.

After the party was winding down my father was moving a chair and fell. He ended up sprawled on the floor and had received a small cut about his eye. I applied some pressure and got the bleeding to stop and my mother put some butterfly bandages on it.

I guess as I age my parents are getting older. I am approaching my fortieth year on this earth my father is in his 70’s. I guess I never really noticed it as he ages he has always been in great shape. Last year he started taking his first pill and was pissed about it.

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The Swiss are not so “neutral” after all

From The Earth Times

Swiss police forced a Davos shop owner to remove a flag of Tibet from the window of her store, but she managed to keep writings of the Dalai Lama and Tibetan prayer books in the window, the shopkeeper told Swiss radio DRS Thursday. She said the incident happened on Wednesday, the day the World Economic Forum annual meetings got underway in the Swiss resort town. Among the prominent international visitors this year is Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao. China is opposed to Tibetan autonomy.

The store owner, Margit Merz, said Swiss police threatened to confiscate the items if she did not obey. She said she managed to persuade them to let her keep the Daila Lama books and Tibetan prayer books in place, but police insisted that the Tibetan flag be removed.