[Noisebridge-discuss] ATTENTION EVERYBODY: GET A LIFE!
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Fri Feb 25 23:10:33 UTC 2011
...the Master replied, "I started selling a series of self-help books
and personal finance seminars."
On Fri, Feb 25, 2011 at 2:48 PM, Christina Olson <daravinne at gmail.com> wrote:
> The student came before the Zen master, and asked, "What did you do, before
> you were enlightened?" The Master replied, "Chop wood, and carry water."
> But the student was hoping to find something to help him on his own path to
> enlightenment, and asked another question, "Master, what did you do after
> you became enlightened?"
> The Master replied, "Chop wood, and carry water."
> On Fri, Feb 25, 2011 at 2:41 PM, Will Sargent <will.sargent at gmail.com>
>> On Fri, Feb 25, 2011 at 1:59 PM, Christina Olson <daravinne at gmail.com>
>>> From what I've read, the statement is actually nuanced like this: "Do
>>> what you wish: be your own master, make your own decisions and moral code,
>>> do not bow to an outside authority for the sake of it. Recognize,
>>> understand, and accept the consequences of your actions. Choose and act
>>> with awareness. Be at once prepared to receive the benefits and punishments
>>> of your decisions, and if you find an outcome is unpleasant to you, you have
>>> only the power over yourself to change that."
>>> It has a very Buddhist feel to it, but without the drive towards
>>> "enlightenment" as a goal.
>> At least to some Buddhists, the above statement is itself Enlightenment,
>> and "enlightenment" is for people who can't face reality. :-)
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