Teachers | Buddhas | Enlightenment . . . and all that Jazz

“If you meet the Buddha on the road, kill him”

What I understand this quote to mean (please correct me if I am wrong) is that a Teacher can only show the way; the pupil most do the work. What the Buddha “saw” is what He saw; I will “see” it only with practice. A Buddha (Teacher) does not wants us to follow him blindly but to be Buddhas ourselves. Or to paraphrase H Gunaratana, your own practice (stillness) will get you to see, your own experience (seeing) is all that counts. Actually we are all Buddhas (enlightened) ourselves; we are never apart from the Source. It is the ego who pulls the wool over our eyes with explanations and dissertations and makes us act like nincompoops. Random thought is a trap that puts us to sleep; we just need to wake up.

Ultimately, “It” is within ourselves and all around us, right here, right now. All we need to do is “just see it”. Simple!


Death, My Guide | Death, My Advisor | Surprise!

I was recently enjoying the YouTube video “A Chorus Line”, and the dancing impressed me so much that I decided to learn more about the dancers. When I arrived at the biography of Gregg Burge, on Wikipedia, I sadly found that he had died of a brain tumor at the age of 40. His dancing had been described as ‘spectacular’, and after seeing his leaps and moves on his number “Surprise” I agree . . . spectacular!

The rest of the superb performers had changed drastically. Time takes its toll, and Death comes whenever our appointment is due. Life is but a moment in time, and then it vanishes. Death helped me to see . . .

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I thought that I would be able to explain what I internalized upon finding out about Mr Burge’s death and the others’ change, but I am at a loss for words; this happens when we try to explain the unexplainable. But perhaps you’ll ‘see’ it between the lines if you pay attention, stop babbling  to yourself, and use your inner eye.

There is only here and now, and it never comes again. And we die but we don’t. It is a dream. Our nightmares materialize when our ego holds the baton. Random thought is a trap. Enjoy the dance! Enjoy the dream! Death is coming . . . perhaps today. Let it be your best day ever.

Buddhism | Who are we?

Dogen Zenji

It cracks me up when I hear somebody say, “I am a Buddhist”. Because, to my knowledge, it was the Buddha who said. “Don’t say ‘I am this or I am that“.  And with reason, for as soon as we say, “I am this” (Buddhist or whatever) we create a separation from anyone who is “that”. We destroy Unity. Don’ we?

What the great sages have always taught is an intelligent way of life, a life with presence and morality. We don’t have to be anything in particular, but just “be” and do unto others as we would have others do unto us. We don’t need a membership to anything.

You Should be Dancing | Bee Geez | A Chorus Line

I was in the process of  doing a choreography for “You should be dancing” by the Bee Geez and, of course, I had checked John Travolta on “Saturday Night Fever” for ideas. I also checked “A Chorus Line”–superb dancing and performances. And then I found the blog of Carline; she has an incredible collection of musicals in it, from “42nd Street” to “Ziegfeld Girl”, with videos in many of them.

If you like dance or musicals you’ll love this site: Hollywood Musicals Enjoy! Dancing is a way to touch the Spirit.


Amazing Sunset | Louis Dallara Photos

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Hyperinflation, will it start in six to nine months? | Everything is Interconnected

Apparently hyperinflation (monetary inflation occurring at a very high rate) is imminent:

Though the debate between inflationists and deflationists continues to persist, well known economist and statistician John Williams of Shadow Stats ignores deflationist warnings and reports to clients that a flight from the user dollar will be triggered in a matter of months“.

If  Mr. Williams is right the first signs will appear soon. Nobody can be certain of how fast the dollar will collapse, if it does, but it seems inevitable. The main cause is the creation of fiat money by the Federal Reserve for the great recent economic bailout. That money has no backing of gold or silver and the result is the devaluation of the dollar and, therefore, inflation.

Like pretty much everyone else, save the upper echelons of the New World Order conspirators, we really can’t say for certain how serious of a threat hyperinflation is, especially considering that the debate on whether or not inflation or deflation will be the flavor of the day is evenly split at 50/50. It’s anyone’s ball game at this point.”

It is hard for me to visualize the U.S., an only super power, going down due to a bankrupted economy but I guess it could happen. After all, even a super power has a beginning and an end, just like everything else. The Roman Empire fell.

Am I recommending you to worry about the future of our economy? No! We don’t know what exactly will happen. Besides, to worry is useless. As the Christ said, “. . . tomorrow will take care of itself.” But I think it behooves us to do our research, be aware, and be prepared.

It is also good to consider that the situation we are in could be partly our fault. We have this insidious tendency to disregard the obvious. Or to paraphrase Emily Dickinson, we believe what we don’t believe. As an example many of us believe that our votes still make a difference. And in minor matters maybe they do, but the fact is that most of our politicians are mere puppets in the hands of corporate america and the central banks (Federal Reserve)–they run the country. Politicians help us believe what we don’t believe.

We could consider also that this troubled economy stems from the greed of an ego-oriented society.  The ego-trap (Is that a good name for it?) generates the greed that fosters the desire for economic dominance. Our main problem, therefore, is our blindness. We fail to see that everything is interconnected. We fail to see the Unity.

What I quote in this post is from the links below, and you can go from there.

Hyperinflation Will Start in ‘Six to Nine Months’

What is money when the system collapses?

The author is Mac Slavo at http://www.SHTFplan.com/

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