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Member Contributions : Golden Chain
Posted by Merin Kyo Den on 2013/8/11 8:41:41 (1461 reads)
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I am a link in Lord Buddha’s golden chain of love that stretches around the world.
I must keep my link bright and strong.
I will try to be kind and gentle to every living thing, and protect all who are weaker than myself.
I will try to think pure and beautiful thoughts, to say pure and beautiful words, and to do pure and beautiful deeds, knowing that on what I do now depends my happiness and misery.
May every link in Lord Buddha’s golden chain of love become bright and strong and may we all attain perfect peace.


-- Buddhist Prayer

Happy Sunday everyone.

~Merin~

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Member Contributions : An Anecdote from my Youth.
Posted by Merin Kyo Den on 2013/8/8 7:13:46 (1324 reads)
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I don't know why, but something that happened to me in my youth just popped i my head again as it does from time to time. Now I'm not one to live in the past. What's gone is gone, but in everything there is a lesson or a spark of something greater. This is one of my sparks. After it, I was never the same. Anyway.......


When I was a teenager I used to spend as much time in the city as possible. I practically lived on 48th street in the music district. One day I was grabbing a bite in McDonalds when I witnessed a homeless man being thrown out. The manager insisted he was scaring away customers. The homeless man, just wanting to sit and eat in a little warmth (It was around November) Pleaded with him saying he was a paying customer and just wanted to eat his food and leave. I watched as the stream of humanity just looked on and walked away. Not one person came to his defense, until………

A very well dressed man interrupted the manager and insisted he be allowed to stay. He even invited the homeless man to sit with him. He was adamant about it. Now, as if some spell or veil had been lifted, people started to rally around this homeless man. They saw him. Whereas before he was just a shadow, now he was a man, and one in need of help at that. The manager was now on the spot and acquiesced.

I can’t put in to words the profound impact that act of selflessness and kindness had on me. He had nothing to gain, at least in any corporal sense. But I’d like to think he gained a better sense of what it is to be truly human, and humane. I don’t know if he did or didn’t, but I certainly did. And I carry it with to this day. I have never forgotten that one act. I'm sure the man that did it had no idea he'd sparked something in a young and scruffy looking boy with a guitar strapped to his back. It just goes to show you that no matter how insignificant you may think you are. No mate how small you may feel, you can and do have an impact on the persons around you that is much greater than anything you could ever imagine.

We are all connected; we are all one in the force.

In humility,
Merin

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Member Contributions : President's call isn't worth getting out of bed.
Posted by admin on 2012/11/9 21:17:53 (1666 reads)



If, before election day, Barack Obama still maintained any illusions about the possibility of working with Congressional Republicans in a second term, he's got to be over that now, because...

When Obama tried to do the gracious thing--calling Republican leaders John Boehner and Mitch McConnell after accepting Mitt Romney's concession--not to gloat, but probably planning to say something like, "I look forward to working with you," both of those "leaders" REFUSED TO TAKE HIS CALL.

From the New York Times:

After his speech, Mr. Obama tried to call both Mr. Boehner and the Senate Republican leader, Mitch McConnell, but was told they were asleep.

Yeah, yeah, it was after midnight, and it had been a long day, and they're not so young any more, and they were "asleep." But even if the person answering the phone was Boehner's or McConnell's spouse. And even if it was a flunky or a bodyguard or a high-ranking aide, who had instructions not to wake the guy up: It was the President of the United States calling, for Pete's sake.

That is a snub, a willful insult, a deliberate, in-your-face political slap of epic proportions. And I hope that President Obama sees it for what it is and understands that nothing has changed for those guys, and that there is no way to work "with" them, because their immature, despicable, rude, disrespectful election-night behavior says it all.

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Member Contributions : Website Upgrades
Posted by admin on 2012/4/6 17:03:50 (1921 reads)

We ran into a couple roadblocks a day or two into making the transition this week.

All in all, it's a success as it seems that everyone is able to post and view messages in forums.

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Member Contributions : Tummo is a Buddhist inner fire meditation
Posted by admin on 2012/3/30 15:09:41 (2531 reads)

Tummo is a Buddhist inner fire meditation

This is a mashup of the best evidence on tummo that I have found squashed into a 15 minute video.

I hope someone likes it or finds it useful :)




http://www.news.harvard.edu/gazette/2002/04.18/09-tummo.html

"During visits to remote monasteries in the 1980s, Benson and his team studied monks living in the Himalayan Mountains who could, by g Tum-mo meditation, raise the temperatures of their fingers and toes by as much as 17 degrees. It has yet to be determined how the monks are able to generate such heat."

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