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Columbia, MO

Intentional Community needing people

Hello, We are an intentional community several miles from Columbia, but within driving distance. We are organized as a 501-d, an income sharing community. We are getting close to being self-reliant for food and shelter. We rarely interact with the general public, and no visitors are allowed. We are hermits, and have basically seceded from American culture. We have no television, and stay away from commercialized web sites and pop culture. If you are interested in finding out more about us respond to this message, and we will make arrangements. Dennis Smith  (Apr 18, 2011 | post #1)

University of Missouri

Intentional Community looking for people

Hello, We are an intentional community several miles from Columbia, but within driving distance. We are organized as a 501-d, an income sharing community. We are getting close to being self-reliant for food and shelter. We rarely interact with the general public, and no visitors are allowed. We are hermits, and have basically seceded from American culture. We have no television, and stay away from commercialized web sites and pop culture. If you are interested in finding out more about us respond to this message, and we will make arrangements. Dennis Smith  (Apr 18, 2011 | post #1)

Buddhism

Zen: bridging ordinary and religious life

Absolutely an excellent article!!!!  (Oct 23, 2010 | post #1)

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Reliance on Buddhist Scripture?

From an article at http://www.buddhis tchannel.tv/index. php?id=61,7360,0,0 ,1,0 For those that do not know that Buddhism can be practiced without reliance on Buddhist scripture here is the deal... "Zen is the essence of Buddhism: the mind-to-mind transmission of compassionate wisdom without reliance on scripture." go to the above web site for the whole article....  (Aug 31, 2010 | post #1)

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Q&A: Can anyone be like Jesus and Buddha; or, were they m...

You do not get it, I am not interested in your take on Buddhism. Isn't there some scripture that tells you not to hound someone about your conversion to Buddhist scripture. If I post something you are free to post your ideas, but you do not recognize that it is your belief system within your own mind that is convincing you of your self-righteousness, and judgment. Still your mind- meditate, and then live with an open mind, not this scripture based reality you have narrowed your view down too. I am repeating, it is not going to work. Your viewpoint is myopic, and close to psychotic. Though you can not get along with other people is not my problem. You are becoming a religious nut job. So i am asking you again, to cease from trying to save me and the world. It will do quite nicely without your isolated point of view.  (Aug 31, 2010 | post #7)

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Q&A: Can anyone be like Jesus and Buddha; or, were they m...

Hello, please do not take this the wrong way, but you need some counsel. You are what is known as a true-believer. You have an answer for everything said about the Buddha. You rely on scripture. I hear no personal experience in your posts. I would appreciate it if you want to take part in a discussion that you you tell others of your personal experience with Buddhism not just quote scripture, and act like they are and Buddha is God. You have gone to an extreme religious position, and believe everything you say. I don't so quit trying to convert me to your way of being a Buddhist. You are like the Jehovah Witness of Buddhism, and I do not need counsel or you teaching me what Buddhism really is. So stop it.  (Aug 30, 2010 | post #5)

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Walking in Zen, Sitting in Zen by OSHO

from the online pdf book at... http://www.message frommasters.com/Be loved_Osho_Books/Z en/Walking_in_Zen_ Sitting_in_Zen.pdf I love the statement that the ”man of Zen walks in Zen and sits in Zen” for the simple reason that meditation cannot be just a part of your life. You cannot make a fragment of your life meditative; it is not possible to be meditative for one hour and then non-meditative for twenty-three hours. It is absolutely impossible. If you are doing that, that means your meditation is false. Meditation can either be a twenty-four-hour affair or it cannot be at all. It is like breathing: you cannot breathe for one hour and then put it aside for twenty-three hours, otherwise you will be dead. You have to go on breathing. Even while you are asleep you have to go on breathing. Even in a deep coma you have to go on breathing. Meditation is the breath of your soul. Just as breathing is the life of the body, meditation is the life of the soul. The people who are not aware of meditation are spiritually dead.  (Aug 27, 2010 | post #1)

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Q&A: Can anyone be like Jesus and Buddha; or, were they m...

Why would anyone want the baggage that Jesus, or the Buddha, has gathered over the centuries. Even if these two men actually existed, their followers made them into religious icons to be worshiped and followed, and yet that is not what they originally were like or taught. The Bible is a collection of true believers myth making. The earliest Buddhist writings come 500 years after Buddha's death. The religious dispensation of human development id hopefully coming to an end, along with nationalism, racism, and gender bias. We do not need archaic/ancient texts to guide us, and cloud our minds with myths that plainly are not helping us get along. It is high time that each individual take responsibility for their own thoughts and actions. Religion is dying, and i am glad. If you need guidance look within your own mind and being, everything you need resides there. Stop believing other people about "who" you are. Find out for yourself.  (Aug 25, 2010 | post #1)

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Meredith Monk's tower of music

You can find some of her music on myspace for free to get an example of her genre. I think she needs to get a real job, and contribute to real issues that we all face. Making your living doing what she does , for me, is a cop-out. There are thousands of better musicians and vocalists all over the world who do not need to specialize in making their living by being artistic. It is a subtle form of self-deception, and i think she embodies it.  (Aug 25, 2010 | post #1)

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Stephen Batchelor, Atheist Buddhist?

I am using the word myth, as a story similar to poetry. It is not supposed to meet the requirements of scientific rigors. :) It is my understanding that Buddhist practice relieves one of believing in the myths and stories that revolve in ones mind. If one gets caught up around these type of stories, and believing in gods, then one is constantly defending their beliefs, like the story of Santa Claus living at the North Pole. :) The Pali canon was written 500 years after Buddha's death. The Hindu Vedas were written long before that, and probably the first organized religious writings we have. Belief in gods and God, is a form of belief. In Buddhist practice we rid ourselves of beliefs because they are erroneous, and self-created in our minds. It doesn't matter how, or what scriptures one comes by believing. The true believer always quotes the scripture that supports their particular god/God. This is what i mean by myth. And I am not discouraging doing it, it is something that usually the believer grows out of. Even Mother Teresa grew out of hers.  (Aug 25, 2010 | post #8)

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Going It Alone Making It Work as an Unaffiliated Buddhist

Hello hello, Glad you can see that it does take the person to make the effort on their own to come to their own realization. No one can do this for you. After one learns what the Buddha taught it is time to put it into practice, otherwise the "teachings " will become an impediment to dropping unnecessary thought forms that cause a deluded view of the world. If you need to be ordained , why not do it yourself. Or I can do it for you from here. YOU ARE NOW ORDAINED! :) The only thing you can do differently from being ordained is perform marriages. I have a feeling this is not your intent. So if I may ask what is your reason for desiring to be ordained?  (Aug 25, 2010 | post #3)

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Going It Alone Making It Work as an Unaffiliated Buddhist

This is a very good article.....please read it and comment so we can discuss this very important topic. http://www.urbandh arma.org/pdf/BDSpr ing10Unaffiliated. pdf  (Aug 24, 2010 | post #1)

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Stephen Batchelor, Atheist Buddhist?

I think you are refering to Buddhist folklore, myth. Not that all of it isn't but these stories are highly mythical.... from wikipedia..... The Jātaka Tales (Sanskrit ज&#2 366;त क) (also known in other languages as: Burmese: ဇ&#4 140;တ ်&#4 112;ေ ာ&#4 154;, pronounced [zaʔ dɔ&#7 68;]; Khmer: ជ&#6 070;ត ក cietɑk; Lao: ຊ&#3 762;ດ ົ&#3 713; sadok; Thai: ช&#3 634;ด ก chadok) refer to a voluminous body of folklore-like literature native to India concerning the previous births (jāti) of the Buddha. The word most specifically refers to a text division of the Pali Canon of Theravada Buddhism, included in the Khuddaka Nikaya of the Sutta Pitaka. Jataka also refers to the traditional commentary on this book.  (Aug 24, 2010 | post #6)

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Finding refuge in Buddhism

Buddhism is catching on in America very fast. Religion in general, especially Christianity is losing believers everyday and the church is floundering. People are looking for answers. I am glad that this man is ordained in the sect he is, but it is still religion, based on beliefs. This sect recites and chants a certain phrase and believes in its' magical power, because it comes of an ancient Buddhist Sutra called the Lotus Sutra. You can chant and practice repeating any mantra, especially if it has no meaning in your original language, and reaped enough times will clear the mind of its' roof noise. But what is left. Usually what happens is that religious notions of good and bad, and indoctrinations of all kinds follow this emptiness. What the Buddha did was maintain this emptiness of thought, and when thoughts arise just let them float of through. If this is practiced then there is a chance of real awakening rather than just joining another church, even if it is Buddhist.  (Aug 23, 2010 | post #2)

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Stephen Batchelor, Atheist Buddhist?

Hello Hello, Could you explain what school of Buddhism teaches "there is no God that we ourselves cannot become."? I have not heard this before.  (Aug 23, 2010 | post #3)