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Re: Not yes NOR no!

Postby Ayu » Mon Jun 17, 2013 6:58 am

I know many sacred places and i can't give a number one. The sanctity comes from inside and is projected outside.
Everywhere where my teacher stays it seems to be a sacred place.

But very sacred seems to be the mud flats of the Northsea.
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How often do you practice some sort of meditation a day?
Because, if our mothers, who have been kind to us
From beginningless time, are suffering,
What can we do with (just) our own happiness?
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Re: Not yes NOR no!

Postby Nilasarasvati » Mon Jun 17, 2013 11:11 pm

On a cushion? At least once a day for at least one hour.

Off the cushion--oooh I wish there were so much more. Aspirations, please! :soapbox: may I be reborn as dikes in the Netherlands!

Wow, btw. The mud flats look so vast :applause:




What organ of your body is your likeliest cause of death?
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Re: Not yes NOR no!

Postby Ayu » Tue Jun 18, 2013 12:39 am

What organ of your body is your likeliest cause of death?

Ah-hahaha, this is the buddhist type of humor. :jumping:

Most probably the cause of death could be my brain.

About what did you have to laugh yesterday?
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Re: Not yes NOR no!

Postby Nilasarasvati » Tue Jun 18, 2013 2:12 am

My own crappy jokes. :emb:

Who is your all time greatest celebrity crush?
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Re: Not yes NOR no!

Postby Ayu » Thu Jun 20, 2013 3:21 pm

I think, it is noone - but please explain "celebrity crush". I don't know this word and my dictionary is helpless too. :reading:

Where would you like to be right now?
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Re: Not yes NOR no!

Postby Nilasarasvati » Thu Jun 20, 2013 5:06 pm

I would like to be right here...I am so convinced that I have to! My life is so damn important.

Celebrity Crush: famous person you think is very sexy, maybe even you fantasize about :emb:

And if somebody wants a new question,

Where's the oldest location you have been where you have ancestors buried? I.E. "A cemetary from the 1700s"
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Re: Not yes NOR no!

Postby Ayu » Fri Jun 21, 2013 7:01 am

Nilasarasvati wrote:Celebrity Crush: famous person you think is very sexy, maybe even you fantasize about

Ah, I understood it right! :twothumbsup: When i was 12 years old it was Jan Michael Vincent. :D
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_World% ... st_Athlete

Nilasarasvati wrote:And if somebody wants a new question,

Where's the oldest location you have been where you have ancestors buried? I.E. "A cemetary from the 1700s"

The oldest grave i ever saw was from my grandmother who died in 1954. The other ancestors graves are vanished in time, space and worldwar 2.

How do you care for your friends?
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Re: Not yes NOR no!

Postby Nilasarasvati » Fri Jun 21, 2013 6:23 pm

Oh I love this question. I'm very affectionate. I massage and hung them a lot, male and female. I cook all the time, so I always offer them food...I make them tea. I mother them.


If you could timetravel where and when would you go? Top 5 places and the top 5 people you'd meet!
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Postby Ayu » Sat Jun 22, 2013 10:32 am

Top 5? :tongue: Like in the book "High Fidelity" from Nick Hornby?

Timetravel to:
1) India 2500 years ago to meet Buddha Shakiamuni.
2) to Sweden 1900 to meet the family of my father
3) to Italy 1810 to listen to a concert of Paganini
4) 1150 to Germany to meet the christian mystic Hildegard von Bingen
5) and 1969 to Woodstock to listen to Janis Joplin.


What are your top 5 foods?
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Postby Nilasarasvati » Sat Jun 22, 2013 6:22 pm

Top five foods!

1. Phở http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pho
2. som tam http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Green_papaya_salad
3. Mapo Doufu http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mapo_doufu
4. Pasta e Fagioli
5. Mole Negro http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mole_%28sauce%29

MMM.

Thank you for asking that question. Now I have to make lunch!

What is the oldest mala you have and still use? Where did it come from? What is it made of?

If you don't have a mala,
What was the first Buddhist book you ever read?
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Re: Not yes NOR no!

Postby Ayu » Sun Jun 23, 2013 11:27 am

Nilasarasvati wrote:What is the oldest mala you have and still use? Where did it come from? What is it made of?


Ay, this is a story!
I got the Mala in 1992 when i was no Buddhist. I did some Hindu-meditation that time, but we didn't use malas.
My husband visited some tibetean buddhist pujas and lessons in a group of the "diamond way" of Ole Nydahl. Somehow they persuaded him to take refuge. So he took it, but he wasn't really convinced inside.
One week later he made up his mind and in a momentum of defiance he was about to throw the things he has been given at the refuge ceremnony into the garbage. The mala and the Puja-text were already inside of the garbage can as i jumped to rescue them. Somehow it was obvious for me that these things were blessed and that it was an impossible deed to throw them away.
So they were in my drawer for years. The Mala is from fair Sandalwood. In 2008 i started buddhist meditation and began to use it for counting Mantras. As time passed it lost it's wonderful smell and some beads broke or split a little bit. It became dirty from using and i washed it sometimes. The thread got thin at one point and it is near to tear.
Now I don't want to break it and i put it back into a drawer as a memento.
I've got a new mala now.


What is your favorite way to travel? By plane? By feet? (Maybe give top 5 :smile: )
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Re: Not yes NOR no!

Postby Nilasarasvati » Sun Jun 23, 2013 4:58 pm

Ayu wrote:
Nilasarasvati wrote:What is the oldest mala you have and still use? Where did it come from? What is it made of?


Ay, this is a story!
I got the Mala in 1992 when i was no Buddhist. I did some Hindu-meditation that time, but we didn't use malas.
My husband visited some tibetean buddhist pujas and lessons in a group of the "diamond way" of Ole Nydahl. Somehow they persuaded him to take refuge. So he took it, but he wasn't really convinced inside.
One week later he made up his mind and in a momentum of defiance he was about to throw the things he has been given at the refuge ceremnony into the garbage. The mala and the Puja-text were already inside of the garbage can as i jumped to rescue them. Somehow it was obvious for me that these things were blessed and that it was an impossible deed to throw them away.
So they were in my drawer for years. The Mala is from fair Sandalwood. In 2008 i started buddhist meditation and began to use it for counting Mantras. As time passed it lost it's wonderful smell and some beads broke or split a little bit. It became dirty from using and i washed it sometimes. The thread got thin at one point and it is near to tear.
Now I don't want to break it and i put it back into a drawer as a memento.
I've got a new mala now.


What is your favorite way to travel? By plane? By feet? (Maybe give top 5 :smile: )



By foot, then bicycle, then train, then car, then air.

What flowers are your favorites?
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Re: Not yes NOR no!

Postby Ayu » Sun Jun 23, 2013 7:59 pm

- Lavender,
- cherry-tree- & appletree-blossoms,
- flourishing bushes like
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Syringa or
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kerria_japonica
- fieldflowers
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Papaver_rhoeas
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cornflower
- Hibiskus http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hibiscus
:oops: I suppose i have 200 favorite flowers. :tongue:

What kind of (male) physical work do you like to do?
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Re: Not yes NOR no!

Postby Nilasarasvati » Sun Jun 23, 2013 10:34 pm

UGh I love all those flowers! I have many favorites too.

Male physical work?
ummm like stripping? Gay sex? Male physical work doesn't really translate too well :D

I think, however, I know what you mean: I love splitting firewood. I also love to make fires/tend fires.

Which season is your least favorite, and what is your favorite part of that season?
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Re: Not yes NOR no!

Postby Ayu » Mon Jun 24, 2013 5:18 am

Nilasarasvati wrote:Male physical work?
ummm like stripping? Gay sex? Male physical work doesn't really translate too well :D

Sorry, my dictionary and i were overchallenged... How would you name it? Yes, i thought of splitting firewood, carrying pianos, fixing cars...

Which season is your least favorite, and what is your favorite part of that season?

Part of that season? Like Christmas in winter?
The worst season is winter. And the best in this season is when the first big snowflakes fall gently and whiten a dark world and turn it into something bright. The snow also smooths the sounds, loudness vanishes. So with one falling of snow everything becomes bright and calm.

Question:
"How does it feel to be on your own?" (Bob Dylan)
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Re: Not yes NOR no!

Postby Nilasarasvati » Tue Jun 25, 2013 10:26 pm

"I've got to admit! It's getting better! A little better, all the time!"

When does your heart feel heaviest?
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Re: Not yes NOR no!

Postby Ayu » Wed Jun 26, 2013 8:06 am

Hm, if i see a friend suffering and i'm not able to help - this hurts. But heaviest the heart will get as soon as a beloved one leaves forever.

What is your best skill?
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Re: Not yes NOR no!

Postby Nilasarasvati » Wed Jun 26, 2013 2:53 pm

Writing impromptu essays!

I am taking the GRE tomorrow, and Dharma Wheel has definitely helped me practice my skills of analytical writing.

Which of the Beatles was your favorite?
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Re: Not yes NOR no!

Postby Ayu » Wed Jun 26, 2013 5:30 pm

George Harrison, may he be reborn as a king.

Which was your favorite travel?
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Re: Not yes NOR no!

Postby Nilasarasvati » Thu Jun 27, 2013 12:20 am

To Chengdu, China. Although I Was quite insane at the time and didn't appreciate it for what it was...

How long was the longest your hair ever was?
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