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Date : November 2006 (3)

She admitted it

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Published on: November 29, 2006

My wife just keeps me around for my precious bodily fluids.

Remembering who I wanted to be

Categories: Buddhism, Journal
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Published on: November 17, 2006

I was picking my daughter up at school the other day and noticed a bumper sticker on one of the other cars in the lot that read “Remember who you wanted to be”. I hadn’t thought about it in a long time but who I wanted to be most of all when I was a kid was Yoda. He wasn’t the rebel, he wasn’t the hero, he wasn’t the scoundrel or the villian. When I was eleven years old the person I most wanted to be was quiet, peaceful and wise.

Years later, it was pretty clear that Yoda and his philosophy was modeled after Buddhist and Vedantist thought. This was most obvious when I was watching the Empire Strikes Back with a group of Vedantist monks while staying at the Vedanta Society of Southern California. We clustered around a tiny color television in a small back room and watched as Yoda explained the Force to Luke. Huge smiles broke across the faces of the monks and one exclaimed “Do you hear that? That is Vedanta!”

A decade has passed and my spiritual disciplines are honored more in the breach than in the observance but I think of the little Jedi master more frequently. I’ve tried a number of times to re-establish myself in my meditative practice. I think I’ll do better if I take a page from the little green Jedi’s book and stop trying and start doing.

Apropos

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Published on: November 4, 2006

Remember remember
the fifth of November
Gunpowder, treason and plot.
I see no reason
why gunpowder, treason
Should ever be forgot…

Apropos for this election season. If we have the same questionable election results, the way we have in the last two presidential elections, it might not be totally out of the question for a few thousand Guy Fawkes masks to show up on the steps of Congress on Nov 5, 2008.

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