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Looking for spiritually-minded friends! [17 Nov 2006|08:49am]

Hi Everyone, I just joined this group and wanted to introduce myself. I am a 30-year-old Denverite and I'm looking for some good people to support each other in a spiritual journey. I identify mostly with Buddhism, and practice a few different kinds of Buddhist meditation, but I draw from other traditions as well. I'm excited to have found this group, and I would also love to communicate with people outside of this posting! Aside from spirituality I have lots of other interests - I am very passionate about life and get excited about lots of things. Come introduce yourself to me! Thanks, everyone :)
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Buddhist lecture online [08 Jul 2006|08:06pm]

Tonight there is another Webcast from Berkeley Buddhist Monastery in Berkeley, California. Here is the link:


It starts at 6:45 pm Pacific Time, so in just a little bit. Please come listen if you have time.
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Sit for Change - Please Read(fundraiser for charities) [29 Dec 2005|07:17pm]
I'm participating in a meditation marathon and ask for your support. The Sit for Change campaign is an innovative fundraiser for charities focused on human rights, families, and the environment including Amnesty International, Save the Children USA, Grist, Sierra Club and Shambhala Mountain Center. Please visit the link listed below for more information.


Any support would greatly be appreciated, thank you.

(P.S. You can give online, easily and safely, or fill out a donation form and send through mail. You'll also get a receipt for tax purposes immediately.)
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New Community-- Prayer For India! [05 Jul 2005|12:33pm]


Greetings one and all,

This community is being established for those who desire to pray for India, have a heart for India, who are Indian (living anywhere), are missionaries in India, or just want to check out what God is doing in that large region. The purpose of this community will be cultural exchange between regions of India (anything from Divali to Desi food recipes to religious/cultural study to Bollywood), understanding, keeping up with news and needs of India, and correspondences between all affiliated with India in some way.

I look forwards to seeing what God will accomplish as we all gather together with one purpose.
--- all welcome to join ---

++will be cross-posted++
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[14 Jun 2005|03:32pm]

Hi everybody. I joined not too terribly long ago and thought that it would be nice of me to post an introduction.
My name is Alden and i'm 17 years old. I'm a painter/writer/vocalist...yea, all that good stuff is on my user info page.
I'm really very interested in East Asian Studies, and I guess that's what first pulled me into religion. My parents are both religious and believe that religion is a strong part of a persons life. I had delved into so many things, I was just so exhasuted and trial and error. Then, my freshmen philosophy teacher gave me a book about Mahayana Buddhism. I loved everything that it had to offer, and fell in love with it. I've been practicing ever since.
As many do I'm sure, I have a question. Let's say you live in a town that isn't exactly "diverse" in the religious oppritunities it offers. Where do you go for your temple meditation?
Nice to meet everyone.
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i was listening to this... [26 May 2005|04:28pm]

i don't know if it's pertinent, but i thought i'd post this "song." it's really interesting, sort of like an imitation (serious or in jest, that i can't tell) of buddhism and topics for meditation. if you wanted, perhaps you could meditate over some of these. others are just amusing. :)

"the essence... or... jist.

it is not in the thinking of things to do, it is in the counting of things that you have already done.
and it is not in the things that you staple together, it is in your desire to staple.
and it is not in the speaking on the telephone, it is in how loud you are speaking.
and it is not in the cable tv, it is in the cables themselves through which they send the crap into our homes.
and it is not in the smiling, it is in the teeth beneath the smile, and also the tongue.
and it is not in the baying for blood, it is in the actual baying, the quality of the baying.
and it is not in the plastic bottle, it is in the color of the lid of the plastic bottle.
and it is not in her actions or words, it is in how much her actions or words annoy you.
and it is not in your threshing machine, it is in how much your workers are afraid of the threshing machine.
and it is not in the chocolate factory, it is in the very fact that there is a chocolate factory.
and it is not in the chair, it is in the list that does exist somewhere of all the people who have sat in the chair.
and it is not in pineapple chunks, it is in pineapple rings.
and it is not in rocket fuel, it is in the drinking of rocket fuel.
and it is not in jokes, it is in the need for jokes.
and it is not in time exactly, it is in the sand in the hourglass.
and it is not in books, it is in the sober atmosphere of the library.
and it is not in banging on the big bass drum, it is in the inaudible swishing of the conductor's baton.
and it is not in the devil you know, it is in the devil you don't know.
and it is not in the pie filling, it is in the pastry.
and it is not in the rubbish, it is in where you put the rubbish."
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intros, intros... [22 May 2005|05:07am]

i'm sorry, i realized that i joined here and never posted a proper introduction.
i'm 18 years old, an aspie musician/future linguist living in northeastern usa, off to college next year. i studied buddhism off and on since 7th grade when we did a bit of world religions, but it became a serious interest as i entered high school. it was general mahayana that caught my eye, but i have focused and broadened since. (i would say i was a zen practitioner, but i don't always do well enough with meditation...) about a year and a half ago, i would have said i was dead set on becoming some kind of anchorite, but for several reasons, i have decided that it may not be for me. we'll see where the path takes me...
so, for now, i hope i can be an asset to the community... i don't have as much life experience as many of you, but i'll try to be a source of information when i can. certainly, i also hope to glean as much as i can from your wisdom. :)
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Please contribute your URL. (first callout) [14 May 2005|01:04pm]

*For the 3rd time in 18 months I've lost my HD. Since my project is about collaboration, I'm turning to you*
What's the best website you know of? (I don't necessarily mean favorite ... for sentimental reasons I'd prolly say http://indymedia.org but it's not the best I know.

I will post cummulative results.

My bid: http://opendemocracy.com

p.s. I'm not sure how or why or when, but anaishikawa fell off my reading list, which is why I've been absent. Apologies and regards

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[12 May 2005|07:06pm]

Hello, I'm Libby and I'm 17 and very interested in Buddhism. Please tell all.
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[19 Apr 2005|03:24pm]

X-posted to other Buddhist communites I'm a member of. Hope it's ok to post this here? Spread the word if you're in any other communities you think might be interested.

I've created two new communities you might be interested in, for more specific postings:
dukkhapervades 'Buddhist Depressives'
engagedbuddhism 'Engaged Buddhists: Inner peace, outer peace'
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Howdy [05 Apr 2005|03:06pm]

I've been looking for somewhere to 'babble' about stuff like this. I'm 29 and live in Calgary Alberta. I've been interested in spirituality (for want of a better phrase) for about 9 or 10 years. I started off with yoga and moved to a little Thai Chi. Then got introduced to meditation and then went the natural path to Buddhism.

I'm a 2nd Degree Reiki healer (I have the Japanese Hiragana for Reiki tattooed on my left shoulder) and I also have a new tattoo from a few months ago whilst travelling around the US. I got Aum Mane Padme Hum tattooed in purple across my lower back. And yes, it hurt like hell getting it done there ;)

Anyway, I've only just stumbled on here so will do some reading to catch up on things and I'll be posting soon but thought I'd introduce myself.

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Just a note [13 Mar 2005|10:13am]

Hey all,

Just wanted to introduce myself and greet everyone. I'm Roo and really interested in different forms of spirituality. Sadly, I just haven't had the time to really get to study everything and read all the books that I've collected over the months. Look forward to getting to know you all.


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greetings [01 Mar 2005|09:50pm]

[ mood | calm ]

hello everyone, I just joined this community and thought that I would introduce myself. my name is Julie, I am 23 years old, and I live in Chicago, IL. I go to Columbia College and I'm majoring in Illustration. I used to be a Graphic Design major and still have somewhat of an interest in that as well. I have become interested in Buddhism in the past 7 or 8 months, and I feel that the spiritual path for me definitely involves Buddhism as its center. I'm not learning as quickly as I could be, because I have trouble finding the time to really delve into all the books on Buddhism and Zen that I have acquired over the past severl months, but the more I find out, the more I love it. I was raised Catholic, but Buddhism just calls to me- I have never found another belief system that chimes so closely with my inner harmony.

I'm joining this community to get more perspective and knowledge on Buddhism and perhaps a little help along the way. This looks like a great place, and I can't wait to meet and start talking with some members. That's all for now, but I will be back and posting soon!

peace and love~


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Buddhist Symbols Needed [18 Dec 2004|12:15pm]

Can anyone help me?

I'm looking for either the Chinese or Japanese symbol for "The Middle Way" or "The Middle Path".

I have found that, in Chinese, the word is "chudan" and means "midsection" when used in karate training, however, I have yet to actually locate the specific character(s) which make up the symbols.

I have found symbols for "The Journey" and "The Way" but nothing identifies either of these as being significant of following the "middle" way we talk about in Buddhism.

If anyone has any advice, I would appreciate it. I've googled, yahooed, excited, lycosed, and dogpiled my fingers off trying to discover these symbols!

Namaste to all Buddhas and Bodhisattavas who are walking the path with me.

(cross-posted somewhat)
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[09 Dec 2004|12:05am]

Article 9, Japan's promise of peace to the world, is under threat again...
Since the symbol originated here in Japan, I'm suggesting to people that the Japanese government might require a peaceful reminder. If you wouldn't mind sending a few birds, write "article 9" on them somewhere with perhaps anything else you'd like to add, and send them to this address:

1-6-1 Nagata-cho, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo 100-8914, Japan

Here's How:

Koizumi calls for revision of Constitution's war-renouncing Article 9

Wednesday, December 8, 2004 at 07:34 JST
TOKYO — Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi reiterated his call for revising the war-renouncing article of Japan's Constitution to make clear the Self-Defense Forces are legitimate in a recent interview with Newsweek magazine.


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Tibetan in America [17 Nov 2004|04:01pm]

I'm currently teaching English to Tibetan refugees in Sera, India.

My friend, Lobsang (a monk-in-training) is curious to spend time in the U.S. or Canada, primarily to learn English in a primarily English-speaking country. Ideally, he would like to devote much (most?) of his energy there learning English (as opposed to trying to find income).

Does anyone have any info on Tibetans visiting/immigrating to USA/Canada or have any useful contacts to whom I could refer him?
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Call for respondents! [15 Nov 2004|10:22am]

I'm writing my term paper for Buddhism on the topic of Buddhist ethics as related to suicide. While I know what the textbook information is, I am looking for the more personal view -- our personal ethic is rarely as cut and dried as scriptural ethic.

I am finishing up my data gathering and am looking for people who are willing to answer a six item questionnaire to be finished on or before this Friday (11/19).

If you would be willing to lend your insight or have any questions, please respond in the comments of this post, or by email to iconnu@gmail.com.

I will need a valid email address for anyone responding to take fill out the questionnaire so that I can send it to you. This is a research paper and not an article, so it is important that I have a consistent format for my references and enough information for my bibliography.

Cross-posted just about everywhere as the larger the sample the better.
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[13 Nov 2004|09:18pm]

hello im new here anyways hi

i have a question, its kinda been bothering me lately.
ive been studying Tibetan Buddhism for about a year now( its getting me t hrough a nasty divorce), i just met a lady who attends a Thai temple. Ive gone there a few times and met with the monks and made offerings. is it "wrong" to study both Therevadan and Tibetan Buddhism? also another question im almost deaf and i know youre not supposed to touch or get too close to the monks but they have heavy accents so i cant really hear and i think its kind of rude to just smile and pretend i hear them. what should i do?i dont want too offend them. im sorry if if this post isnt allowed please delte it if it doesnt belong here.
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hello [18 Jun 2004|02:30pm]

I'm new, both to the community and to buddhism. I've been using it as my mode of spiritual expression for about 4-6 months. I don't 100% ascribe to the cosmology/theology of buddhism, but I like the teachings and practices, and I'm trying to learn more. Most of what I've read talk a lot about the philosophy of buddism (the noble truths, the eightfold path, etc.) but I've had a bit of difficulty finding information about the customs and rituals of practice (forms of meditation, chants and their meanings, statues and their signifigance, etc.) Can anyone either reccommend a source (web preffered... I'm a starving student) or give me the low-down?

also, how does one go about finding the nearest temple? I would like to visit one. I don't think there are any quite near where I live (southern indiana), but I'm in Las Vegas for the summer, and there might be one out here.

finally, I have a question regarding monasticism and the middle way. Perhaps it's only my skewed western perspective, but it seems to me that monks engage in somewhat ascetic behavior. They can't drink, have sex/marry, eat after noon, etc. I understand the principle that these attatchments in life can be distracting, but it still seems to be immoderate, to the denial end of the spectrum. Any thoughts?

And I apologize, but this is getting cross posted in several buddhist forums. It won't be a habit.
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