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the necessities of Buddhism

Postby genkaku » Fri Feb 06, 2009 9:52 pm

Funny to think: No one complains when they wake up in the morning and realize they have to go to the bathroom. No one thinks, "I'll let my mother or father or wife or children or brother or friend do it for me ... they're ever so much better at it." Everyone knows that going to the bathroom is something no one else can do for them.

But when it comes to spiritual endeavor, there may be a lot of caterwauling ... creating gods and goddesses, teachers and gurus, temples and holy places, wise texts and wonderful clothes. Heart-felt prayers ascend to the heavens. It is very touching and very human and still ....

Who could possibly go to the bathroom for you in the morning?

Just spitballing.
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Re: the necessities of Buddhism

Postby Element » Fri Feb 06, 2009 10:00 pm

Sadhu. Well spitballed. :thumbsup:
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Re: the necessities of Buddhism

Postby retrofuturist » Fri Feb 06, 2009 10:24 pm

Indeed... well spitballed Genkaku.

All the necessities of Buddhism are internal to ourselves - namely the Four Noble Truths and the Noble Eightfold Path.

You do need some external... I mean, otherwise you wouldn't have the bathroom... but only the amount necessary to do what needs to be done. You don't need 84000 bathrooms, even if you've got teenage daughters.

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Re: the necessities of Buddhism

Postby jcsuperstar » Fri Feb 06, 2009 10:32 pm

is this the kind of stuff thats in you book? :goodpost:
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Re: the necessities of Buddhism

Postby genkaku » Fri Feb 06, 2009 10:48 pm

jcsuperstar wrote:is this the kind of stuff thats in you book? :goodpost:


Worse ... much worse. :)
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Re: the necessities of Buddhism

Postby jcsuperstar » Fri Feb 06, 2009 11:06 pm

genkaku wrote:
jcsuperstar wrote:is this the kind of stuff thats in you book? :goodpost:


Worse ... much worse. :)

i may have to order one then :rofl:
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Re: the necessities of Buddhism

Postby DhammaDan » Tue Feb 10, 2009 2:23 am

Besides the fact that some help one become spiritually inspired (ie faith), I completely agree. Especially when it comes to the material gain that appears to be growing in religion. I find no need for amulets, prayer cloths, etc. Sanghas and Sadhus must be highly respected for giving up what most people always grasp for.
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Re: the necessities of Buddhism

Postby Ben » Tue Feb 10, 2009 2:27 am

jcsuperstar wrote:
genkaku wrote:
jcsuperstar wrote:is this the kind of stuff thats in you book? :goodpost:


Worse ... much worse. :)

i may have to order one then :rofl:


Why order one when you can order an entire box?
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Re: the necessities of Buddhism

Postby Ngawang Drolma. » Wed Feb 11, 2009 11:52 pm

I liked the book :smile:
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