Wednesday, October 12, 2011

FOREIGN SUPERMARKTS


One of the great joys/challenges of doing what I do is negotiating foreign supermarkets. Or markts as they seem to be called in many countries in Europe.

My friend Robin has an apartment in Amsterdam that he rarely uses and has kindly allowed me to stay here. It's like having my own swingin' bachelor pad in the city. But a bachelor needs to eat breakfast. So I had to go hunt down some foodstuffs.

The big supermarket chain in The Netherlands, or at least here in Amsterdam, is Albert Heijn. You don't pronounce the J. It's smaller than most US supermarkets but about the same size as the ones in Japan. At least in Japan, though, I could read the packages. Here I had to guess. I figured that "roomboter" in a yellow package was probably butter. I was right! I also got some cereal and some halfvoole melk, which I believe to be 2% milk. I'm guessing "halfvoole" is "half whole" and therefore half the usual fat of whole milk, therefore 2%. Deductive reasoning! Or something...

They say — somebody says anyway, I can't remember who (which may be relevant) — that one way to avoid becoming senile in your old age is to never get into a rut. You've got to keep changing your habits and not get stuck in routines, apparently. If this is true I ought to be in good shape. It's pretty intense when even basic things like figuring out what's edible become problematic. I suppose our ancient ancestors had to do a lot of that, though.

Friday I'll be in Paris. Then the following week I'm in Berlin. Leonard Cohen took Manhattan first and then Berlin. But I'm starting with Paris.

The rest of my schedule is at this link. There are still a bunch of things you can participate in. So if you're in Poitiers, Berlin, Munich, Bielefeld, Östringen, Essex, Antwerp or Manchester your plans are already made!

See ya!

(Here is a video of some cats I stayed with in Nijmegen, Netherlands)

307 comments:

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Doug said...

I'd say Harry's avatar is spud-tacular.

Harry said...

Couldn't agree more, begorrah.

Regarrahs,

Harrah.

(CAPTCHA: headdy)

Doug said...

Gesundheit?

an3drew said...

"Voynichation said...

and
how
love
them
i"

awww

you

sweet

little

bodhisattva

rip

their

guts

and

hang

them

out

to

dry

i

do !

you are sorta getting there, the rest is closer than usual

an3drew said...

a


lie


is


neither


white

nor

hot


but


a

lie


for


the

trouble


it


brings

or


avoids !
















a


lie


is


neither


white

nor

hot


but


a

lie


for


the

trouble


it


brings

or


doesn't !

an3drew said...

a


lie


is


neither


white

nor

hot


but


a

lie


for


the

trouble


it


brings

or


not !

an3drew said...

let's


shed

a


l


i


t


t


l


e



t


e


a


r


for


the



horizontal


outwitted


by


t


h


e


v


e


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Anonymous said...

I'm a little shocked that so many at treeleaf are ready to ban praxis. Brad struggles with the woolier commentors here but resists the urge to censor. I feel Brad's instincts are sound. Jundo is having problems telling the truth.

Doug said...

If Harry can switch avatars, so can I.

(actually just switched to using Google account, buy hey)

Anonymous said...

Jundo said:
"Now, I have been told by someone I trust that some or all of this "Praxis" thing may be an attempt by some folks connected there to create a "Chet II" incident just to "get us". I hope that is not true."

Shame on you Jundo. You know very well it's not about "us". It is about YOU.

Harry said...

People conspiring to create a single internet identity so as to attack Treeleaf from 'over here'?

That's pretty whacked out thinking. Why would someone even openly speculate something as silly as that? (Yeah, that's probably why).

Jundo, seriously, calm down dude and consider refraining from wildly and carelessly casting accusations. Your head is not in a good place around this trivial internet nonsense.


Regards,

Harry.

an3drew said...

"I'm a little shocked that so many at treeleaf are ready to ban praxis.'

you

cannot

sustain

the

illusion

of

doing

something

useful

and

be

open

an3drew said...

i

suppose

that's

what

religion

is

about

really

the

illusion

of

doing

something

useful

and

it's
all

a
bloody

waste

of

time !

an3drew said...

what's jundo

fighting

for

what

are

you

fighting

for ?

Carrottop said...

Anon @ 10:28, why is that so shocking?

A blog post back or two there were people here practically BEGGING Brad to ban An3drew.

This kind of thing happens.

Dad said...

Blogger an3drew said...

"i suppose that's what religion is about really the illusion of
doing something useful and it's
all a bloody waste of time !"

NOW you're getting it, grasshoppah!

Mr. Potato Head said...

Are you mocking me, Harry? I don't actually enjoy having a potato for a head and torso, so cut a guy some slack. It's not like I chose this body of mine.

It's damned near impossible to sit properly.

Harry said...

I'd like to sincerely apologise to potato-headed people everywhere.

Really, what was I thinkin'?

Regards,

H.

an3drew said...

"a blog post back or two there were people here practically BEGGING Brad to ban Andrew."



years ago i was on a a particularly rough and violent ug krishnamurti board and a dutchman there (who hated ug krishnamurti, i think he was a jk fan) couldn't stand me, but since ug himself was such a rough diamond they couldn't in all conscience kick me off, but the dutchman had lent money to the board owner so he put the "hard word on", the owner actually closed the message board rather than betray his principles which was fair enough i suppose !

this

dutch

man

paid

me

the

highest

compliment

of

my

life

"i

was

worse

than

ug

krishnamurti!"

an3drew said...

even


just


to


read


my


stuff


frightens

people


because


it


draws


them


into


a


level


of


deconstruction


they


are


not


used


too !

Voynicher said...

". So he or she, cream or no, is doing more good out there every day than any lawyer or stockbroker or president of the United States can ever do in their lifetime"

A Treeleafer comparing Jundo to a
cop on the take.

a

stupid

analogy

attempting

to

wipe

the

shit

off

your

shoes

and

making

a

bigger

mess.

Voynicher said...

An3drew

wake

up.

this

is

reality

an3drew said...

voynicher, in your own words

"a

stupid

analogy"

For An3drew said...

An3drew et al

Have I missed something? My 'The Horizontal Autist' was written without anything Treeleaf in mind.

Did someone take it as a comment of some sort?

Voynicher said...

UG Krishnamurti:

"All gurus are welfare organizations providing petty experiences to their followers. The guru game is a profitable industry; try and make two million dollars a year any other way."

Voynicher said...

No comment taken. The words speak
for themselves.

i do not experience the world like
An3drew, nor he like i. your
lumping is a form of violence.

CitiZen's Arrest said...

HARRY!

Thanks for losing the hoodie.

Anonymous said...

Mr Potato Head originated at the Hasbro toy company, which is in the town next to mine, Pawtucket RI. In 2000 the state of Rhode Island appointed Mr. PH 'tourist ambassador' and put up 47 life size Mr/Mrs PH's around the state.

Gawsh, I'm sounding like Mysterion with the link & all :(

Zen.

anon #108 said...

Hmm. Dunno. I kinda liked the bug-eyed hoodied Harry:

Q "What is the Buddha-nature...?"
A "Three heads and eight arms"

Mr Potato Head was one of the only toys I can recall playing with and enjoying as a kid. I didn't have many toys. In fact, I can only recall a clockwork train I never ever played with, a robot that scared the shit out of me, and a couple of 'corgi' toy cars that I bought with my pocket money. I don't recall any birthday parties, either - not one. You all should feel very sorry for me.

Anonymous said...

we do

Anonymous said...

I guess parents in America had Dr. Spock and Mr. Rogers to learn from. Who was it in the UK? Oh yeah, Charles Dickens. Sorry 108 :(

Doug said...

Ironically enough, my 4 year old daughter has a plush Charles Darwin doll we got at London's Natural History Museum. :-p

Mr. Pitiful said...

What! Mr. 108: Are you a Prince or something??

Growing up I had only a spoon, to eat with, to dig with, to use to fashion small mud effigies of "toys" I might play with before it rained, and I cried myself to sleep over their loss.

Did I mention I had to sleep in a rolled up newspaper in the middle of the street?

anon #108 said...

That's AWFUL, Mr Pitiful! Poor poppet.

OK...Here's a link to Bradley Warner's talk what he gave in Bonn, Germany to the AZI people there. Another bunch of fucking idiots. I'm KIDDING!!! ~ ~ ~ Or AM I???

http://www.zen-bonn.de/audio/Teisho_Brad_Warner_08_10_2011.mp3

Doug - I don't know that you should be admitting to corrupting your daughter with Charles Darwin dolls, not a religious web-site. You could teach her to stick pins in it, maybe?

For An3drew said...

untitled


it wasn’t that long ago a blood-dry surf
reclaimed the sea
a snail wept its foot
Annaliese Michel broke the bread of herself
poor soot
hem-scratched to the brine
and the fringes of Fayette
Maine tucked-up flotsam-
Emeline’s love-froth
in the earth

Doug said...

@Anon108: I'm way ahead of you. ;-)

Nothing brings the family together like a religiously-intolerant bonfire.

Voynicher said...

ForAn3drew

Dylan Thomas;
"And over the sea wet church the size of a snail
With its horns through mist and the castle"
and
"the knock of sailing
boats on the net webbed wall"

You have plagiarized some images,
not that there is any wrong with
that.

Anonymous said...

I'm confused.

The FAKE Praxis said...

Dear "Jundo":

I see that you posted a direct reply to something I posted here yesterday.

Do you need me to produce other examples of you posting on here, arguing and trying to refute, within the last 4 months or so?

I can't believe that I've somehow found myself in an inter-forum back-and-forth with some guy who claims to be a real-deal zen master! And I'm looking better than he is! Amazing.

- The Fake Praxis

PS - You're ugly and probably stink like garlic, sweat and urine.

For An3drew said...

"No comment taken. The words speak
for themselves.

i do not experience the world like
An3drew, nor he like i. your
lumping is a form of violence."

I'm not sure if you were the poster An3drew was referring to when he mentioned @4.45 someone's reply to the poem.

I have no idea what you mean by 'lumping'.

If you think that the poem was based on the assumption, or was attempting express, that I could experience the world like Andrew, then you have a very limited grasp of poetic expression, amongst other things.

Written words don't speak for themselves, especially the sort of words in poems. Readers make them speak. Something along the lines of Blake's fools not seeing the same tree as a wise man.

Rather than your morally outraged posturing in 'violence', I prefer think in terms of intimacy and creative play.

Voynicher said...

The mirror speaks for itself.

For An3drew said...

To Voynicher

"You have plagiarized some images,
not that there is any wrong with
that."

Er, no I haven't. What, did you google the poem I wrote and found one with the words 'snail' and 'sea' in proximity?!

If there is any similarity, it's perhaps in the rhythm and tone.

For An3drew said...

Voynicher

Perhaps it's the air in here - but you smell a bit Jundo - or Treeleafy.

'The mirror speaks for itself'

Well the metaphor's having a go, at least!

Relax some, and have a good one.

an3drew said...

Go suck a cock. Go suck a thousand cocks.

You are not worth the effort.

Horiz said...

To avoid confusing An3drew, I'll use this handle instead rather than 'For An3drew' - as the above was addressed to Voynicher and not An3drew.

Anonymous said...

I don't know who is who. Up is down. Black is white.

Did Jundo post here and I missed it? I'm sure he has but I can't be troubled to run through all the posts and check it. I'm terribly busy.

Voynicher said...

" What, did you google the poem I wrote and found one with the words 'snail' and 'sea' in proximity?!"

No, I googled the 2 women who died
of starvation.

What's with "?!" Is that a poetic
thing or an autist thing?
Question asked without any
prejudice or violence.

Praxis said...

*********************
*********************

"People conspiring to create a single internet identity so as to attack Treeleaf from 'over here'?

That's pretty whacked out thinking. Why would someone even openly speculate something as silly as that? (Yeah, that's probably why)." ~ Harry

*********************
*********************

Hello Harry,

To me it appears to be some kind of ad hominem strategy. I think Jundo finally had nothing left so he resorted to discrediting my character, making me appear to be some disgruntled former Treeleaf member (Chet?) or worse, a whole group of Treeleaf haters who are out to "get them."

Suddenly everything I said over there is irrelevant, I was just try'n to "get them."

I would say that it was a clever tactic, if it weren't a case of losing by winning.

The Treeleafers seem to have bought it though, hook, line and sinker.

Horiz said...

To Voynicher who wrote:

"No, I googled the 2 women who died
of starvation.

What's with "?!" Is that a poetic
thing or an autist thing?
Question asked without any
prejudice or violence."

It's a hardly worth mentioning it kinda thing.

Glad to find you were intrigued enough to google the women. Sad echoes, yet shared.

Anonymous said...

Praxis,

You're a clever and entertaining guy. I dig your style, son. You were running circles around those yokels.

anonymous anonymous said...

Anon don't fawn all over that guy, it's embarrassing.. He probably isn't even Praxis and the treeleafers certainly aren't yokels.

mysterion is the only yokel around here.

Anonymous said...

"Anon don't fawn all over that guy, it's embarrassing.. He probably isn't even Praxis and the treeleafers certainly aren't yokels.

mysterion is the only yokel around here."

Whatever you say, Jundo.

Anonymous said...

instead of 'home leaving'

pr'haps 'blog leaving' is the coin of this realm, indra's internet

at treeleaf

it might be treeleaving is in store

after all, zendergardners do grow and one can only repeat a grade or be held back for so long elezentary, my dear Watson

leaving

leaving well enough alone
_________________________

Now about this particular hardcoreblog/comment section? even with a moderator I feel like I've arrived at the intergalactic bar from Star Wars

who are these people these odd beings? this glimpse of life I don't encounter in my day to day

The actual blogposts are quotidian. I've developed a taste for it, the running stream of subconsciousness (comments section) and the simple statements of quite ordinary facts, observations, and experiences as relayed by Brad

Exzenplifies the clockworks of mind quite well.

Voynicher said...

"who are these people these odd beings? this glimpse of life I don't encounter in my day to day"

a glimpse of nothingness, best seen
holding the hand of the Absolute
on the other side of Nothing

Itchy said...

a glimpse of somethingness, best seen
holding the hand of your Mom
on this side of Everything

Anonymous said...

a glimpse of this

imagine this

an3drew said...

replying to that dylan thomas quote, my reply is here

Anonymous said...

258

an3drew said...

posting as a self-educating process

this board has been amazing for me, really sorted out and improved my grasp of some areas that i am weak and and also am strong in, it can be and actually has been the same for some of you if you approach it the right way, like "what has this to teach me?"

an3drew said...

enlightenment is a card house !

an3drew said...

so i am saying that enlightenment is just not possible and by extension jesus and buddha never existed but hui-neng could have !

so

i

really

could

be

the

seventh

patriarch

i

am

abit

gobsmakced

but

i
suppose

it's

not

really
a
big

deal !

an3drew said...
This comment has been removed by the author.
an3drew said...
This comment has been removed by the author.
an3drew said...

i


think


enlightenment


is


like


holy


a


nice


idea


but


it


just


doesn't


and


can't


happen

in


practice !

265 said...

 

Voynicher said...

"What time is it day I may sleep hour on hour
or all the time, what
a consideration, you pretty good, what a question forwards in a circle the other way around it may have gone, the thought of what to do a tree sits and birds come there's a word for each leaf, and each wall and a word for nothing"

Voynicher said...

Regarding the straight line to
infinity and visual processing.

Perhaps that works for you. Blind
normals have to take a different
"self" educating path.

As for enlightenment both Gudo and
Brad have stated that it's no big
deal - fireworks for your zen
flavored ego.

Voynicher said...

The mirror works both ways for
Jundo and Praxis.

Shams said...

What mirror?

A darvish pointed to a reflection of the moon in bucket full of water and exclaimed "look how beautiful the moon is!"

al-Hallaj replied "unless there's a boil on your neck, why not just look up at the moon in the sky?

Anonymous said...

What's comes before knowing a pleasant visual form, no matter what you call it?

Voynich said...

The held up for Praxis and Jundo is
a metaphor for seeing the aspects
in ourselves that we split off and
hide from consciosness which we
react strongly to in others.

The mirror in the boil meataphor
involves diect seeing into our
self nature. Why look at a
reflection of what is, like online
words, when reality is right before
your eyes?

What comes before knowing a
pleasant visual form? - a surge of
dopamine.

An3drew the 7th Patriarch said...

you

blind

normals

are

all

the

same!

Zen Flavored Ego said...

"Nirvana and Samsara are identical, the what's the point of practice?"

Easy, how will you know if Nirvana
and Samsara are identical if you
don't practice? Do you just take
someone's word for it?

Mysterion said...

Don't limit words and then argue over those limits.

cruex said...

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a

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b

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.

Anonymous said...

Don't limit words and then argue over those limits.

Time to make the donuts!

Kukushima the 7th Patriarch said...

"Feels like standing at a graveside. Or looking out at the backyard after a tornado blew through."

If Treeleaf is like a tornado
scene, this place must be a
nuclear meltdown.

Maitreya said...

It's time for me to appear and clear shit up. This is out of hand.

I don't think anyone forsaw me coming back right here, right now, as comment 278 on this blog article about "supermarkt," but it is what it is. I'm back and I'm about to put these false teachers in their place.

an3drew said...

"As for enlightenment both Gudo and
Brad have stated that it's no big
deal - fireworks for your zen
flavored ego."

i was looking at a video of brad's talk in germany last night and was interested to see his approach about god,that is buddhism and christianity are roughly equivalent which i agree with

so enlightenment roughly equals holy

i'm not saying there are no enlightenment experiences or visions of god so to speak

but

there's

no

enlightenment

or

holiness you

could

argue

the
poet

wang

wei

was

enlightened

but

even

so

there's

a
shortfall !

it's

just

too

difficult

and

death

delivers

it

anyway

as

regards

gudo

and

brad

i'm

going

to

pull
rank
as

the

SEVENTH

PATRIARCH !

an3drew said...

"Maitreya said...
It's time for me to appear and clear shit up. This is out of hand."

just

the

usual

anonymous

fiction!

i

am

real
and

not

a

fiction

which

you

all

know

which

is

why

you

get

upset !

so


sorry

there's


no


enlightened


state


for


you


to


retreat


to


but


actually


none


of


you


have


got


to


first


base


anyway !


i'm


not


100


miles


ahead


but


a


million


miles


in


all


directions !

an3drew said...

I

sometimes

jack



off

and

eat


the


gooey


issue


straight


out


of

my


hand !

Anonymous said...

PULP FICTION was just on. I haven't seen it in a long time. Interesting flick.

Voynich the 7th Patriarch said...

Take your meds and be a good boy.

Anonymous said...

Where have you gone, Joe DiMaggio?

Where have you gone, Mr. Potato Head?

an3drew said...

"Voynich the idiot for real said --
Take your meds and be a good boy."

i

do

that's

what

gives

me

the

edge

Andrew's Dad said...

Gay wad eater.

You are NOT real.

"You" are a figment of your own imagination.

You are a fictional character in a make believe world.

an3drew said...

some

real

zen

in

the

style

of

the

old

stories

and

koans

(minus

the

voynich!)

and

you

all

run

like

bloody

rabbits

don't

you !

btw

voynich

doesn't

mean

bullshit

but

bullshit

disguised

as

sense

with

a

certain
competentcy

which

i

guess

you

may

aspire
to !

Anonymous said...

Hey Mysterion,

Do you happen to have a copy of THIS BOOK that I may borrow?

an3drew said...
This comment has been removed by the author.
an3drew said...

“Andrew's Dad said...

Gay wad eater.


You are NOT real.


“You” are a figment of your own imagination.


You are a fictional character in a make believe world.”



look, go right back to the beginning, like you are not my father, whose being fictional ?


until you are not afraid to be yourself on this board you are just pissing in the wind?


you are just going around in circles stuck on this problem of having to fake yourself on here (ed. the hardcore zen blog)


for

god's


sake


anybody


with


half


a

brain


can


see


this !


do


the


old


stories


have


replies like




“ gay



wad

eater? ”


where


are


you

in


hell


being


munched


on


by


hungry


demons


why


not


walk


out


of

the


cave ?

Mysterion said...

Anonymous Anonymous said...
Hey Mysterion,
Do you happen to have a copy of Buddha and Christ: Nativity Stories and Indian Traditions (Studies in the History of Religions) [Hardcover]
Zacharias P. Thundy that I may borrow?

Unfortunately, no. But I'll keep my eyes open on the USED BOOK scene here in the Bay Area.

Thanks for the heads up on this.

Mysterion said...

For 75 years, scholars have suspected that Jesus is a copycat [Hellenized] Buddha. (It is obvious).

Nothing new here, move along, move along...

an3drew said...

let's


call


being


enlightened


or


holy


not


being

a

hypocrite


or


personally


inconsistent!


not


so

glamorous


but


truer !


see !

an3drew said...

anonymous


a


big


step


forward

would


be


to


say


why


you


can't


have


your


real

identity


on


this


blog


you


don't


have


to

give


everything


away


but


indicate


why !


it


would


be


cathartic


for


you


break


down


the


shell

walls


of


the


encasing


prison


you


have


built


yourself


into !

Mysterion said...

I added a second page scan to the Jesus wanna-be Buddha posting.

cheers,

Chas

say it isn't so

an3drew said...

“ For 75 years, scholars have suspected that Jesus is a copycat [Hellenized] Buddha ”


imo

this

map

(ed. 1/6th of the way down)

says

it


all


religion


is


intellectual


property


and


easily


transferrable


and

people


are


not


very


original


basically


easier

to


copy


than

work


something


out !

My Voynich Prison said...

An3drew, Enlightenment is when the
Self reaches right through thr
fiction and grabs the Self

or when the self becomes the no-
self upon the Absolute on the other
side of Nothing

or the moonlight radiates in
reflection off a platupus'
glistening back

or infinity .......

an3drew said...

"mr. voynich prison"

enlightment is being partly out of the prison, we never get completely out and actually as you get older health issues can be a prison more complete than the old one !

a

word

of

advice

i'd

just

forget
the

"self"

vocabularly

it's

not

helpful

Zenleo said...

Considering how caustic this message string can be I hesitate to comment, but seeing my old pal Mr. Potato Head writing with reckless abandon gives me courage, so here goes:

Never wrestle with a pig
You both get dirty and the pig likes it!

A mantra all sides can claim as their own.

Cheers!

Leo

Anonymous said...

The pig defiantly like the mud. That is crystal.

Your host said...

Dear commentators;

Hell hath no limits, nor is
circumscrib'd

In one self place; but where we are is hell,

And where hell is, there must we ever be.

an3drew said...

Hell hath limits and is circumscrib'd

infinities

radiance

permeates all

don't get too

depressed

: o )

an3drew said...

the


southern


cross


on


a


white


blue


sky


of


a

rainy


dusk


gusty


cold


wind


from


the


south


zen


and


sitting


are


senseless !

anon #108 said...
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anon #108 said...

Today's entry on Mike Cross's blog, MINING ASHVAGHOSHA'S GOLD -

"Yesterday in preparing today's comment I was moved by a lingering sense of outrage. Nothing new there, then.

A man to whom the highest status had been accorded, when called upon on a big stage to exercise wisdom, conspicuously failed to exercise wisdom. Instead Alain Rolland, refereeing the Rugby World Cup semi-final match between Wales and France, reached impetuously for the red card, only 20 minutes into the game, thereby killing the enjoyment of millions of rugby fans around the world.

It is customary in rugby for players to show respect to the referee. Hence when the Welsh skipper Sam Warburton was shown the red card he did not make a song and dance of complaining to the referee, but simply walked off the pitch.

But showing respect to a person in a position that commands respect, and really appreciating a person as an individual, are not necessarily the same thing.

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What I am striving, through my anger, to express has been expressed much more eloquently and intelligently by Richard Feynman, for example, in this Youtube clip.

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...he illustrates well my point that showing of respect and real appreciation are not necessarily the same thing at all. Showing of respect is cheap. Real appreciation costs more.

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Coming back to today's verse, the point is that Nanda's action of bowing as Aśvaghoṣa describes it was not done out of respect for the Buddha's uniform, or out of respect for the Buddha's position as top dog in a brotherhood of monks. It was done out of great, deep, real appreciation, because the Buddha had taught Nanda a way of working that Nanda found in his own experience had actually worked for him.

That is why Nanda was able to bow to the Buddha sarveṇa kāyena, with his whole body -- because there were not two Nandas. There wasn't a spiritual Nanda in conflict with a material Nanda. There wasn't a religious Nanda in conflict with an ordinary Nanda. There wasn't an emotional Nanda in conflict with a rational Nanda. There wasn't a mental Nanda in conflict with a physical Nanda. Following the Buddha's teaching had caused Nanda to allow himself to be totally himself."

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- With apologies to MC for the edits.

anon #108 said...

It's not that Mike's comment is a perfect expression of the truth of some particular situation. Or, god forbid, that it proves somebody or other right. As I see it, the point is more that his comment is the comment of a person trying to understand what it might be for a normal human being to have honestly integrated the path of dukkha nirodha - the cessation, or restraint, of suffering - resisting the urge to comply with some easy, but dishonest, received notion of Buddhist 'compassion' or 'right speech'.

Whatever...what he writes is food for a thought or two.

an3drew said...

god

the

cackle

of

schizophrenics !

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