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December 02, 2009

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J

Hi Barry, thanks for your answer yesterday to my long question yesterday! I find that individuals who view compliments and criticism differently may find archeological findings especially painful. Why does one make us soar why the other makes us plummet?

Thanks for the Chogyam Trungpa quote too! He's not for weenies. He is very good at cutting through spiritual materialism.

Steve

Thanks for this post

adam

Oh shit! It's all shit! Now bring me the flowers! :)

BuddhaFrog

The problem with flowers is that they don't seem to last as long as the shit they grow in.

Genju

on the days when i'm particularly discouraged i long for the time when i didn't know where the smelly rubbish came from. now... can't get around it when the excavation hits a smelly pocket of ego-poop!

mama p

my teacher said very sweetly to me recently: "you don't necessarily think you're going to *like* nirvana, do you?"

nope, no; i guess not, eh?

(though i DO ***love*** what comes out of those old middens. i'm most curious about skara brae: http://www.orkneyjar.com/history/skarabrae/
enjoy!)

Barry Briggs

Hi J - Yes, Trungpa's sword was very sharp!

You're welcome, Steve. Thank you!

Adam & BuddhaFrog - You guys are too funny. LOL!

Genju - What a fine nose you have!

Mama P - Thank you for the cool link - what a beautiful site. Oh, I think Suzuki Roshi once said something along those lines, also - "What do you want enlightenment for? You might not like it!" (or something).

Thanks, again, everyone!

Alice

Chogyam Trungpa - the one who single-handedly threw me head first into the septic tank I'm in now! Pretty poopy in here!

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