Kevin Rudd receives praise from Dalai Lama

From: NEWS.com.au – Kevin Rudd didn’t only win over Australians with his apology to Aboriginal people: he earned the praise of one of the world’s most respected spiritual leaders – the Dalai Lama.

The Dalai Lama was so tickled-pink with the new prime minister’s commitment to reconciliation, Mr Rudd’s office received a letter outlining the Buddhist leader’s approval.

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Buddhist monk offers teachings with tea

From The Oregonian – Almost every weekday, Adhisila sits under a tent at Northeast Tillamook and North Williams, carving tiny Buddhas from soapstone and offering tea and snacks to bicyclists on their afternoon commute.

Adhisila — Adhi for short — may conjure images of the sadhus of India, holy men who sometimes sat at crossroads awaiting spiritual debates with passers-by.

But he’s different. “There’s no challenge here,” he says with a laugh, his voice soft and welcoming. “Just have a cup of tea.”
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“Stop Complaining”

I was doing a search for some jokes, and while I found some, this one below kind of hit me. I hate to admit it, but I complain a bit, whether it’s my job, the struggle of everyday life, etc. And after reading the story below, I knew I needed to post it.

There once was a monastery that was very strict. Following a vow of silence, no one was allowed to speak at all. But there was one exception to this rule. Every ten years, the monks were permitted to speak just two words. After spending his first ten years at the monastery, one monk went to the head monk. “It has been ten years,” said the head monk. “What are the two words you would like to speak?”
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I have the same dream Ozzy!

As you may or may not know, one of my biggest musical inspirations has always been Ozzy Osbourne. I first heard Ozzy when I was 9 years old, that was ummm…. 23 years ago or something. His metal antics aside, frequently Ozzy has said or done something that is mind blowing. I get that overwhelming feeling each time I hear the song “Dreamer”.

Reminiscent of John Lennon’s “Imagine”, Ozzy wrote and recorded this anthem for a generation that missed out on Lennon. While Ozzy cannot replace John Lennon, he wrote a song just as comparable in my mind. I hope the song inspires you, as it does me, each and every time I hear it.
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Community says prayers for children

From The Press Register – Chanting and incense smoke were in the air at the Chanh Giac Buddhist temple Thursday as Vietnamese families prayed for four children who police say were killed Monday by their father.

Many in the Bayou’s Vietnamese community — a third of the population here is Asian-American — said Thursday that they believe Lam Luong lied out of fear when he confessed to tossing the children off the Dauphin Island Bridge.
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Potatoes, Eggs and Coffee Beans

Ed. Note – This little story came across my e-mail. The author is unknown at this point, so if you read it and it’s yours let me know please. Either way though, it’s a great read and I really wanted to post it so here it is, hope you all like it.

Author Unknown – Once upon a time a daughter complained to her father that her life was miserable and that she didn’t know how she was going to make it.

She was tired of fighting and struggling all the time. It seemed just as one problem was solved, another one soon followed.
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