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Virgin Mary — The Patron Saint Of #MeToo.

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A friend of mine by sending me a detailed exposition of ‘Determinism’ got me thinking about ‘Free Will’ again.

As I talked about in this post, I firmly believe that God violated ‘Free Will’ when he gave ‘us’ Jesus without ever consulting any of us — NOT even (poor) Mary.

And that got me thinking. Poor Mary. She had NO choice. She was NOT given a chance to say ‘No’!

Wow. How times have changed?

But, we don’t bring this up. It should be.

But, I am an equal opportunity skeptic. I was brought up a DEVOUT Buddhist by my adoptive parents — my adoptive father a big muckety-muck in International Buddhist circles.

As a child I was brought up to think what an amazing person Gautama Buddha was. Then, in my 40s, as a DIVORCED dad of two, I suddenly realized something. Gautama Buddha was a Deadbeat Dad! He abandoned his 1-day old son and snuck away at night with a male servant. They never heard from him for 7-years. Classic Deadbeat Dad. Buddhists get very mad at me when I bring this up. But, it has to be said.

So ….

Why do we cut slack?

And that then brings up …


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Would The Buddha Really Have Said “When You Love A Flower, You Water It Daily”?

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I saw this on Facebook Friday, December 16, 2016.


As soon as I saw this it struck me, immediately and viscerally, as incongruous.

Why?

I really don’t remember hearing much about the Buddha, i.e., Gautama Buddha, talking about love! That is true and in my youth I was very immersed in Buddhism and would have remembered if ‘love’ was a major plank of the Buddha’s teaching.

Got me thinking. Gautama Buddha and love! Hhhhmmmm.

This was a man who walked away from his newly born son, supposedly his only child, without a backward glance or any regrets — within 24 hours of the son being born! This was a man who walked away from his doting wife. Why? Because he fretted that life was misery. I only started seeing this aspect of the Buddha over the last 15 – 20 years. I do not see him as what you would call an affectionate person.

Then there is his WHOLE thing about ATTACHMENTS. Love is the ultimate form of attachment.

And then on further reflection I realized that it is very unlikely that the Buddha would have said: “When You Love A Flower, You Water It Daily”.

Three reasons.

  1. This would have created an attachment to a ‘thing’, i.e., the flower, that by nature would soon die. That was anathema to the Buddha. So, that was strike one.
  2. The Buddha was BIG into flowers — as ‘things’ that should be used when meditating, and doing so by focusing on how a fresh, beautiful flower would soon die, wither away and become unsightly. Strike two.
  3. The Buddha would have known that you don’t water a flower per se, and that any amount of watering would not permit it to last ‘that long’. Strike three.

I could be wrong. But, this does not sound like a saying from the Buddha. Enlighten me IF I am wrong. I am all ears.

Thanks. Merry Christmas.


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Think – Today: What Natural Foodstuff Is Said To Never Spoil?

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foodstuffThere is one naturally occurring, though animal-related, foodstuff that is said to never spoil — with or without refrigeration. That is pretty amazing. However, it is recommended that is not given to infants less than one year old. What is this foodstuff?


Think first, then research, then THINK again. Think for the pleasure of thinking.


Yesterday’s ‘Think’: “Number of Buddhas” — Per Buddhist tradition, particularly per the ‘Theravāda School of Buddhism‘, as practiced in Sri Lanka, Burma, Thailand, Cambodia and Laos, the last Buddha, i.e., ‘Gautama’, c. 653 BCE to 480 BCE, was the 28th recognized Buddha. There were 27 Buddhas before him and others to come! The belief is that a new Buddha arrives on the scene when the teachings of the previous Buddha are no longer being observed. So, now you know. 28 Buddhas so far. If we assume that they were, on average, 2,000 years apart, that would say that we have had a succession of Buddhas for 56,000 years. WOW. Impressive.


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Think – Today: How Many Buddhas Have There Been?

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Not a trick question by any means. Did YOU really think that there has only been ONE Buddha? The last one? Gautama Buddha. Oh, dear! So, I ask again, how many Buddhas have there been?


Think first, then research, then THINK again. Think for the pleasure of thinking.


Yesterday’s ‘Think’: “Electoral College” — the U.S. ‘Founding Fathers’, after much deliberation and soul-searching, put it into ‘the system’ to serve as a ‘circuit breaker’ if things went awry during the election. Two hundred and fifty years ago the U.S. electorate was very different to now. There was NO Twitter, FaceBook, Fox News or CNN. A lot of the population lived in isolated, rural areas. They did not have access to up to-date or reliable news about politics. As such the Founding Fathers were worried that the rural populace might, inadvertently, elect a drunkard or criminal as President. (Sex molester were more rare in those days.) The Electoral College was there to override the popular vote IF they, an august body, believed that the people got it wrong. Akin to why the Democratic Party uses ‘Super Delegates‘. The Electoral College still has the power to overturn the vote — though they have never done so. 


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Meditation For The Day — The Buddha & Moderation.

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