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Is nothing sacred?

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Is nothing sacred?

Postby cooran » Tue Mar 03, 2009 7:10 am

O.K. ~ there's the World Financial Crisis. there's the War in Iraq and Afghanistan. there's Climate Change.

But now, the unthinkable has happened.

Sri Lankan Test Cricketers attacked in Lahore - many injured
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/south_asia/7920260.stm

The world as we know it will never be the same again. :cry:

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Re: Is nothing sacred?

Postby Ben » Tue Mar 03, 2009 7:24 am

Its disgraceful.
We live in a wicked world.
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Re: Is nothing sacred?

Postby retrofuturist » Tue Mar 03, 2009 7:30 am

Greetings Chris,

It's disgraceful... especially sad because the Sri Lankan cricket team are full of lovely, polite and sporting young men.

Indirectly, Pakistan cricket is going to be a victim too... they could hardly get anyone to tour Pakistan as it was. Now nobody will go there.

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Re: Is nothing sacred?

Postby cooran » Tue Mar 03, 2009 7:52 am

Hello Ben, Paul, all,

I think many in my congregation at Dhammagiri will be shocked - at least half of them are from Sri Lanka - many of them with parents and siblings still there. Hardly a month passes without one or more of them returning to Sri Lanka to visit relatives or attend weddings etc.

But ... this raises the query as to whether playing in India is safe as well? If terrorists are going to target sporting teams to drive wedges between countries .... who is safe?

They may have made a very wrong move ~ with the way Cricket is honoured in those countries ....

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Re: Is nothing sacred?

Postby nathan » Tue Mar 03, 2009 8:25 am

But whoever walking, standing, sitting, or lying down overcomes thought, delighting in the stilling of thought: he's capable, a monk like this, of touching superlative self-awakening. § 110. {Iti 4.11; Iti 115}

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Re: Is nothing sacred?

Postby retrofuturist » Tue Mar 03, 2009 10:13 pm

"Do not force others, including children, by any means whatsoever, to adopt your views, whether by authority, threat, money, propaganda, or even education." - Ven. Thich Nhat Hanh

"The uprooting of identity is seen by the noble ones as pleasurable; but this contradicts what the whole world sees." (Snp 3.12)

"To argue with a person who has renounced the use of reason is like administering medicine to the dead" - Thomas Paine

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Re: Is nothing sacred?

Postby David N. Snyder » Tue Mar 03, 2009 10:21 pm

Terrible news. Pakistan is sure going down-hill at the speed of light. The assassination of Bhutto, Taliban take the Swat valley, and now this attack on the Sri Lankan team . . .

Hard to imagine the Dhamma once flourished there . . .
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Re: Is nothing sacred?

Postby pink_trike » Tue Mar 03, 2009 10:41 pm

These are interesting times. We haven't seen anything yet. No, nothing is sacred in these times of:

:toast: :rolleye: :guns: :jedi: :pig: :spy: :alien: :coffee: :soap: :zzz: :cookoo: :tantrum: :evil:
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Mind is Empty
Emptiness is Clear Light
Clear Light is Union
Union is Great Bliss

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Re: Is nothing sacred?

Postby nathan » Tue Mar 03, 2009 11:04 pm

Self purification and self renunciation are naturally, more preternaturally and most preternaturally Sacred in relation to all else. This is the only sacred path to sanctuary.
But whoever walking, standing, sitting, or lying down overcomes thought, delighting in the stilling of thought: he's capable, a monk like this, of touching superlative self-awakening. § 110. {Iti 4.11; Iti 115}

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Re: Is nothing sacred?

Postby Tex » Thu Mar 05, 2009 3:30 am

"To reach beyond fear and danger we must sharpen and widen our vision. We have to pierce through the deceptions that lull us into a comfortable complacency, to take a straight look down into the depths of our existence, without turning away uneasily or running after distractions." -- Bhikkhu Bodhi

"No man ever steps in the same river twice, for it's not the same river and he's not the same man." -- Heraclitus


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