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PostPosted: Tue Nov 27, 2012 1:02 am 
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Ever heard of "How many angels can dance on the head of a pin?"well,how many Bodhisattva can dance on the head of a pin?

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PostPosted: Tue Nov 27, 2012 1:06 am 
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PostPosted: Tue Nov 27, 2012 3:15 am 
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PostPosted: Tue Nov 27, 2012 5:35 am 
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For how long? An incomprehensibly immense number of incalculable kalpas.

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PostPosted: Tue Nov 27, 2012 2:13 pm 
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Depends on how big the pin head is.
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PostPosted: Tue Nov 27, 2012 8:52 pm 
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Red Faced Buddha wrote:
Ever heard of "How many angels can dance on the head of a pin?"well,how many Bodhisattva can dance on the head of a pin?


One, then he has to pull a pin out of his foot.


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PostPosted: Thu Nov 29, 2012 5:38 am 
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A funny thing happened. I went to Dharamsala and after some waiting, got a brief audience with the Dalai Lama. I bowed deeply, produced a pin and asked him to dance on it. It seems my Tibetan is rather worse than I thought, and expert speakers of the language have since told me that what I actually said was something closer to suggesting an act that, while not actually anatomically impossible, would nonetheless have been exceedingly uncomfortable were anyone to actually attempt it. I remember the door bursting open and the security guys charging in.

When I regained consciousness, I was in a cell in McLeod Ganj jail and bandaged from head to foot. There is nothing here a Westerner would call food and they keep putting yak butter in my tea. They think it's funny, I suppose. I've had some time to think about karma these last few months and I have concluded that the karma that follows from asking questions like "How many bodhisattvas can dance on the head of a pin" is very bad indeed.

Please send money. Or food. Maybe a nail file?

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PostPosted: Thu Nov 29, 2012 4:06 pm 
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Amazingly, there is a wikipedia page on this: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/How_many_a ... f_a_pin%3F

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