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From the annals of samsara

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From the annals of samsara

Postby Ben » Fri Jan 13, 2012 12:22 pm

“No lists of things to be done. The day providential to itself. The hour. There is no later. This is later. All things of grace and beauty such that one holds them to one's heart have a common provenance in pain. Their birth in grief and ashes.”
- Cormac McCarthy, The Road

Learn this from the waters:
in mountain clefts and chasms,
loud gush the streamlets,
but great rivers flow silently.
- Sutta Nipata 3.725

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Re: From the annals of samsara

Postby Hickersonia » Fri Jan 13, 2012 12:42 pm

I too have seen some really odd Buddhism ads on Facebook starting around the time I began researching it (using Google, mostly). Some ad company must see it as a fad or something and is pounding on it as such. :-/

Aside from the per-view revenue, they aren't making any money off of me...
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Re: From the annals of samsara

Postby Ben » Fri Jan 13, 2012 12:51 pm

That is good to hear, Hickersonia.
I tend to click on the x button in the top right hand corner and that generates a report box where you can say why you want to hide ads from that company. With Buff Buddhism I chose 'against my views'.

One of my concerns with ads like the above is that for some it (mis)informs or confirms their view of what Buddhism is (to them).
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“No lists of things to be done. The day providential to itself. The hour. There is no later. This is later. All things of grace and beauty such that one holds them to one's heart have a common provenance in pain. Their birth in grief and ashes.”
- Cormac McCarthy, The Road

Learn this from the waters:
in mountain clefts and chasms,
loud gush the streamlets,
but great rivers flow silently.
- Sutta Nipata 3.725

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Re: From the annals of samsara

Postby Dan74 » Fri Jan 13, 2012 1:08 pm

I guess "Buddhism" is in commercial sense a brand, ie something that one can make money of. And to these guys, that's what matters. Zen fares much worse...:shrug:
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Postby Khalil Bodhi » Fri Jan 13, 2012 1:18 pm

Wow! That's a new low.
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Postby Modus.Ponens » Fri Jan 13, 2012 6:41 pm

Train with us and become like this!!

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He turns his mind away from those phenomena, and having done so, inclines his mind to the property of deathlessness: 'This is peace, this is exquisite — the resolution of all fabrications; the relinquishment of all acquisitions; the ending of craving; dispassion; cessation; Unbinding.'
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Postby chownah » Sat Jan 14, 2012 1:54 am

Mostly the only ones concerned about this are the faculty and the cheerleaders.
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Postby Ben » Sat Jan 14, 2012 3:02 am

“No lists of things to be done. The day providential to itself. The hour. There is no later. This is later. All things of grace and beauty such that one holds them to one's heart have a common provenance in pain. Their birth in grief and ashes.”
- Cormac McCarthy, The Road

Learn this from the waters:
in mountain clefts and chasms,
loud gush the streamlets,
but great rivers flow silently.
- Sutta Nipata 3.725

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Re: From the annals of samsara

Postby chownah » Sat Jan 14, 2012 4:25 am

The term "faculty" in American English means the academic staff of a school....after posting it dawned on me that British English has a different definition.
What I meant was that it is mostly people who are very attached to the establishment and who perhaps are overly concerned for its reputation that worry about such things. It is the people who buy into "school spirit" that are overly concerned about a schools reputation and it is my view that it is people who are overly concerned about the purity of the usage of the term Buddha or of the establishment of Buddhism that are overly concerned about the topic.

For everything that can be imagined there will be somone who will treat it without respect and some who will be overly respectful....and everywhere in-between. Commercializing the word "Buddha" is to be expected....I consider it at least to be a way for the word to at least enter into some people's heads who probably would never have it there otherwise....if just one of those people thinks, "wait a minute....I've heard of that Buddha guy before but never really understood...maybe I should read something about him..." then the commercialization will be a boon for that person........most people will just go along like they always do and it will mean nothing to them....it doesn't help them but I don't really think that it will hurt them....or Buddhism.....I don't think that anyone with the tiniest bit of inclination to spirituality will be swayed away by commercialisation......I guess.....
My reaction is to smile and feel smuggly condescending (just joking....sort of).
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Postby Ben » Sat Jan 14, 2012 4:55 am

Thanks for the clarification Chownah.
“No lists of things to be done. The day providential to itself. The hour. There is no later. This is later. All things of grace and beauty such that one holds them to one's heart have a common provenance in pain. Their birth in grief and ashes.”
- Cormac McCarthy, The Road

Learn this from the waters:
in mountain clefts and chasms,
loud gush the streamlets,
but great rivers flow silently.
- Sutta Nipata 3.725

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Postby Ben » Sat Jan 14, 2012 6:21 am

“No lists of things to be done. The day providential to itself. The hour. There is no later. This is later. All things of grace and beauty such that one holds them to one's heart have a common provenance in pain. Their birth in grief and ashes.”
- Cormac McCarthy, The Road

Learn this from the waters:
in mountain clefts and chasms,
loud gush the streamlets,
but great rivers flow silently.
- Sutta Nipata 3.725

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Postby Ben » Sat Jan 14, 2012 12:15 pm

“No lists of things to be done. The day providential to itself. The hour. There is no later. This is later. All things of grace and beauty such that one holds them to one's heart have a common provenance in pain. Their birth in grief and ashes.”
- Cormac McCarthy, The Road

Learn this from the waters:
in mountain clefts and chasms,
loud gush the streamlets,
but great rivers flow silently.
- Sutta Nipata 3.725

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Re: From the annals of samsara

Postby sattva » Sat Jan 14, 2012 7:57 pm

After reading the posts and thinking about it, I think it is more probably that the longing for the Truth leads us to look, even in unlikely places. Perhaps we come across things here and there that have a nugget of the truth in them, but we won't stop until we find that which answers or we believe will answer and put an end to that longing once and for all. :anjali:

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Postby Ben » Sun Jan 15, 2012 2:46 am

“No lists of things to be done. The day providential to itself. The hour. There is no later. This is later. All things of grace and beauty such that one holds them to one's heart have a common provenance in pain. Their birth in grief and ashes.”
- Cormac McCarthy, The Road

Learn this from the waters:
in mountain clefts and chasms,
loud gush the streamlets,
but great rivers flow silently.
- Sutta Nipata 3.725

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