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Behold Buddha Buds Being

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Interesting at first when seeing Behold Buddha Buds being, Knock all miracle stories away All savour thoughts are hearsay; Witness instead the Dhamma Upholds an even hammer, Wise and foolish succumb Even fields in consortium; But it's not just condition arise Nor is it a view to compromise, A practice not in defeat But returning to the calm seat; Birth, aging, sickness and death The bodies inhabitants bereft, Soul or not has no worries We're left here sharing stories; There it is, a bud,  Of human power could, Beyond the traps of advert Encourage practice, reduce hurt; Now they do like mocking buds Branches civilized shrouded shoulds, Still there flowing and directing Wise approaching or avoiding; But this is a practice inside Not one that is outside, Nothing to show anyone else The proof is an internal bell; Ring it rings or vision Another proof with indecision, Letting go to even part Oxen man leav

The Fly, Hand and Poo

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The fly landing on my hand After jovial excrement dancing Doesn't know the difference Between me and shit; We're all food to the fly We're all food to the fly No difference between me And shit; The fly salutes me and then The fly salutes the shit By rubbing it's little front legs Grateful for another tasty lick; All food for the glorious golden Metal colored and painted body Of the noble fly who vomits And pukes on me and the poo; Made of food the shit and I Made of food for the fly Made of food we all are we Dung, urine and all our fleshy goodness; Go away fly you've touched me And you've touched shit Shit is a better place to rest and dine Not my hands, face, arms or legs; The fly goes away as I attempted A self gratifying picture of us both I figure we are now friends I and my insect muse must document This occasion. Image:  https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Ch.megacephala_wiki.j

A Kinder, Gentler Strike Against Humanity

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A Kinder, Gentler Strike Against Humanity The Times They Are a Toughing It has always been tough here on earth. Make no mistake about that. From historical accounts to the sculpted busts of our gods and heroes. It's all been tough and we humans drug up the toughness to the point of reflection in this toughness. In the United States we are so full of vanity, dissolution and delusion. We are not too far from the rest of the planet in this, but we have a special twist. We believe that, yes, everyone suffers but we can fix it. Just give us some time. On the other hand we have people suffering here in our own country because we have been sold an idea that we can achieve anything if we work hard, follow the rules, lie, cheat, make friends, lose friends, go to church or temple or prayer house or the movies and buy all kinds of crap that we do not need. It has always been and always will be a tough existence. Our existence is a kinder and gentler strike again

Not Darkness and Not Light

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Holding your hand You are shaking and I am afraid That this will be your last day As I know you Your tombstone, I threaten, Will read, not "Done," But it will read, "I'll be back." I've always known that death would come to me And I was lonely in this understanding But you let me understand that  I had a friend, a love, a cosmic companion, Yet here you are  Shaking Eyes blank Skin cold Breath amiss and leaving Shutting down Dying, All of my power to hold and grasp and keep you Is futile You are slowly dying and I miss you Even before you pass, Enough! You've returned And you are as opinionated as ever, My cosmic companion has returned, Not interested in another body  You push this one along a little longer, It's not darkness, nor is it light, It's the wool over my eyes And I like it That I am able to spend one more day, hour, minute and second With you, I know I

The Cat's out of the Bag

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Dimka, "Grey Smoke" This is Dimka. Her name is a Russian variant word that means "grey smoke". She appeared to us about three years ago. We found her out front of our little townhouse in the rainy part of August 2016. It was cold and very wet. She was shivering and hungry.  Dimka at the front door 2016 We already had an indoor only cat. I told my wife that if this outside cat hangs around for 5 days we will adopt her. I made a little shelter outside for her to sleep in. As it turns out she had the attention of both of my next door neighbors.  a.k.a. Mosby, "Gray Ghost" George was my neighbor to the right. He did not like cats. He did however find interest in Dimka. George had bought food for her and named her after Civil War General  John S. Mosby  because of her grey coat. John S. Mosby was known as the "Gray Ghost" (Incidentally the word for guest in Russian is ghost). Joan was my neighbor to the left. She wa

Dear Humanity or 4th of July Muse

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Dear Humanity; We are absolutely ready to move on and build spaceports, rocket ships and mine the solar system for valuables. In the meantime why not take care of the labor force here on Earth.  It's July 4th and we thought we would send you our patriotic message. We hear the music, fireworks and gunshots. You don't think that we hear the fear too! We sure do. It's also a rhythmic ripple on the water of life. We've lived long enough not to be afraid of it all. So you shall reap that fearlessness too! Butterfly Isn't it amazing what we bring to the table. Our raw abilities and the skills we have acquired are amazing. We don't need a great leader for this we need a great nation of leaders to step up and step out of the greedy box. You think that your place in this universe is fixed? Think again. This fragile planet is not going to sustain us for too long. She is the egg. We want to make sure that this mother and her

When The Conditions Are Right, This Will Happen

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Buddha Land - Wat Pasantidhamma The Dhamma The word "Dhamma" (Dharma) is a cousin to our word for Earth (Terra). As far as science is concerned the conditions were right and Earth happened. This is the Dhamma that we understand. When the conditions are right, this will happen. That's what Dhamma is. Dhamma is the foundation, the piles, the pile caps, the grade beam and the truth. So when the conditions are right things happen.  Right does not mean good or bad. Right means fecund, fertile or ready. If the conditions are right you will have an accident. If the conditions are right you will save money. If the conditions are right your life will end. All of this is Dhamma! The Four Noble Truths The Noble truth of suffering is based on the conditions are right for suffering truth. The first truth is that There Is Suffering. The second Truth is that there are Causes to Suffering. The third truth is that All Suffering Ceases (When the Conditi

Little Bee and the Thistle

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Little Bee and the Thistle Intro I work outside. Most of my years I've worked outside. I've had some inside jobs: Computer Technician, Web Help Desk, Estimator, Barista, Server, Bartender, Computer Store Manager and Book Store Manager.  Some jobs that I've had helped me to transition into the office: Job Admin, Assistant Superintendent and Superintendent. Those were transitional because I was working in the field as a Lead Carpenter, Form Carpenter or Carpenter Foreman. My experience has led me to appreciate many types of work. It has also led me to understand that it's better to work outside than inside. The Find When I arrive to work I see the transitional sky from night to day. I see the water of the Elizabeth River. I feel the wind or cool breeze. I see the thistle plant and a tiny bee. The bee is a tiny thing. She's maybe 2mm or 1/4" long. My eyes are not so strong at close range but I can make out her d

I love Norfolk and Portsmouth, Virgina

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Downtown Norfolk's Harbor Park We are pretty fortunate here. The Elizabeth River divides the land but the ferry, the tunnels and bridges keep us together. I have to be near the water. It's what drives me. Downtown Norfolk and Portsmouth's downtown are easily accessible from each other. Hotels line the waterfronts and you literally have access to nearly a thousand restaurants. You have a mall, movie theaters, condominiums, apartments and houses.  Norfolk and Portsmouth are living cities. Some downtown's are ghost towns on the weekend. Atlanta and Richmond are examples of this.  I've had an apartment in Downtown Norfolk and I currently have a house in Portsmouth. Portsmouth has its ups and downs but I enjoy the waterfront, the festivals, the Farmers' Market and the museums.  I marvel at what holds it all together. Sometimes I think that our local government is smoking crack. Other times I think they really care. That's life.  T

Consider The Lilies in the Field

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Alex Nuttall Sleeping Consider the lilies in the field they neither toil nor spin. -- Matthew 6:28, Luke 12:27 I've read the Christian Bible, various translations, several times. The above is from two different New Testament books. I like what the message is.  The message is to let you, the reader or listener know that it's not necessary to struggle because God has it all under control. As a Buddhist I am not concerned with the glory of God. At the same time I'm also not concerned with deprecated other people's faith. In fact if you do a bit of research you'll find that Christians have uncovered many other faiths and practices because their own learning is based on research, discovery and contemplation. Many early Hindu, Chinese and Buddhist texts were brought to the Western world by Christian missionaries.  As the missionaries were salesman (women) their job was to convert as many people as possible. It also was to understa

It Doesn't Matter What Other People Do.

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It Doesn't Matter What Other People Do. It doesn't matter what other people do... Period!  Recently we had another set of shootings in Virginia Beach. One man killed, at the time of this writing, 13 people and injured 3 others. This is an extreme example of real human behavior. Yet to my own spiritual life and well being it doesn't matter what that man did. It matters what I do. I could not sleep so I started this post after meditating because I was mulling over shootings, family illnesses, parental health (my parents), spousal health, children's health, grandchildren's health, work, co-workers, bosses, jobs, money, bills, housing, cats, my feet, my work boots, my truck. This endless list continues. I then shifted the focus from them and that to me. I've been a terrible employee, father, son, spouse, grandson, brother, friend, co-worker and citizen many times because of the things I have done. My careless and selfish behavior has led

Every Day Homicide On the Edge of Grass and Pavement

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Butterfly on the Edge of Grass and Pavement Every day in my hometown area there are homicides. There are shootings. Multiple homicides reported from different cities in the Hampton Roads / Tidewater area.  We don't want to spend money on inexpensive housing, education or work development so we spend money on homicide.  We don't want to spend money on financial education, sex education, artistic education so we spend money on homicide investigation, cleanup and prisons . I used to have some guns. I don't have any now. I always carry a knife for close quarters defence. I'd rather get up close and personal. Furthermore I'd rather not kill anyone so I will just do some very painful things until my aggressor changes his mind. To take a human life is the worst thing a human can do. Maiming an aggressor... that's the aggressor's choice. Most humans do not realize how unique our existence is. Instead of understanding this th

Time Travel

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Time Travel One day I hopped on a bicycle at work. When I checked how much at the time, how many kilometers a day I traveled, the answer was about 7. That's a lot of time that I spent walking and not doing other things.  The bicycle was like a time machine. In ten minutes I could travel 4 times the distance! It was an amazing experience.  Time travel is just that. How far can you go in a period of time. Not necessarily going from time to time. The concept of going from time to time is unimportant. The time you spend is the only factor that matters in your life. At a certain point your body will no longer support your journey. Time will be over. It doesn't matter that there have been eons or kalpas before, during or after any of your activities. Those times are speculative perceptions of someone else or maybe a conclusion you have made. Those times are not your experience. They are inconclusive. They are neither provable nor are they dismissive fol

I'm Such A Snob and I Know It

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I'm Such a Snob and I Know It I know I'm a snob. It's part of my makeup. It's many years of conditioning. I know the truth of my snobbery. I don't like half-assed efforts and I am wont to loath pretension. Take this watermelon. I love watermelon. My wife loves watermelon. We love watermelon. It's an outstanding and nutritious food. Unfortunately some people fear this because it's associated with race. They fear progress, nutrition, health, compassion and the power within because they would rather be mindless victimised dolts.  I don't care about perception of the loud few because I care about the Universal truth of the many. It's a lot of paradox but let's deploy anyway. I like meeting intelligent and happy people. I'm not interested in any qualities beyond that. You might be symmetrical, attractive, rich, healthy and all of that in cleverness but if you aren't happy you are not intelligent. Really! 

The Difference Between Good Employees and Bad Ones

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The Difference Between Good Employees and Bad Ones It might be obvious but it's not. You will spend a lot of money on bad employees. You'll spend a whole lot. I dare say you will spend triple on them what you do on your good employees. When I bring this up the response is usually, "We get rid of them." But the truth is that you don't get rid of them that's why they are still employees.  As an employer you look at them as numbers and meat and they look at you as fodder and milk. The difference between a bad employee and a good one is that both employees get paid the same paycheck with the exception that the bad employee enjoys the privilege of doing what he or she wants and the bare minimum of what you need to keep the business going.  Again we are not talking about the person you fired.  We're talking about the person who you pay to do a job that you can't do and you hate and you wish didn't have to

Dimka, The Morning Meditation Preceptor

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Dimka Resting During Meditation  Don't give me the anthropomorphic fallacy!  When I meditate she is always at my side. Dimka also is kind enough to start my day by eating my paperwork when I don't want to get out of bed. I wake to the sounds of paper tearing. She only does this after I refuse her kind advances of meowing, purring and licking. This regularly happens about 3:30 in the morning. When you make promises to your self the universe obliges with perfunctory care.    

Norfolk Sketch 2005

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How to Beat Everyone!

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31. Jan 2019 By Alex Nuttall - Bio To Happiness We Go! You want to win because that's the kind of crap you're fed daily. You eat it up. Yum. But don't be alarmed because you have to eat anyway. Be selective. How to Beat Everyone! -- Body Builder -- Portsmouth VA We not only have to eat but we are constantly eating for every breath we take. We eat for every sound we hear. We eat for every sensation we feel. We eat every smell. We eat every thought we have. We eat all perceptions. Constantly, we are eating. So to beat the rest in the fete of fecund fun we must select what it is that we are eating. We select all the actions we take so that we feed on the items that are healthy, skillful and positive to our well being. This craving and eating includes our on-purpose actions (volitions). These are the actions that we skillfully hone in order to find... Oh, what are we trying to do? Happiness is the goal. Eating never solves this. It can di