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Offline Karma Sonam

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Re: What are you reading?
« Reply #30 on: December 28, 2009, 06:17:59 am »
The never ending days of being dead by Marcus Chown.  Basically a quantum physics book for the lay person that explores the concepts of exsistence, time, multiple universes, etc  Very Buddhist.  I've spent most of m y time reading it and drawing parallels with teachings. :D
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Re: What are you reading?
« Reply #31 on: December 28, 2009, 03:38:21 pm »
I am reading 'Food For The Heart' - the collected teachings of Ajahn Chah. It's been extremely inspiring for me

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« Reply #32 on: December 29, 2009, 04:51:13 pm »
Just starting Gandhi: An Autobiography


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« Reply #33 on: December 30, 2009, 07:09:35 pm »
Zurchungpa's Testament. Its been recommended to me many times. And its good. I am also reading

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Re: What are you reading?
« Reply #34 on: January 09, 2010, 02:24:16 pm »
Tibetan book of Living and Dying _ Sogyal Rinpoche.  My grandfather is in the last stages of terminal lung cancer and I am going to see him as soon as the roads defrost, so I thought I would read it before I went.
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Re: What are you reading?
« Reply #35 on: January 09, 2010, 05:15:35 pm »
Re-reading Harper Lee's To Kill a Mockingbird (1960) twenty-five (thirty?) years after my first encounter.  Seeing things I didn't notice before.  It is a flawed work, but not without its charms.

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« Reply #36 on: January 10, 2010, 06:21:48 pm »
Tibetan book of Living and Dying _ Sogyal Rinpoche.  My grandfather is in the last stages of terminal lung cancer and I am going to see him as soon as the roads defrost, so I thought I would read it before I went.

Sonam, I'm really sorry to hear about your grandfather. I pray that by the power of the Buddhas' blessings and your help to him, his transition may be as smooth as possible, that he may gain a higher rebirth, and that your heart and your loved ones' hearts may be soothed by the enlightened ones' compassion.

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Re: What are you reading?
« Reply #37 on: January 14, 2010, 12:42:49 pm »
Reading Turbo Tax Premier instructions for reporting 2009 taxes for my wife and I.

(If only we could go to a flat excise tax system in this country life would improve sooooooooo much!)   The US IRS and State Revenue systems are the underlying cause of sooooooo much dukkha it is not believable!

It ruins my cross-country skiing and snow-shooing.  It interupts my snow-man building and my driveway shoveling.  I now have two home remodeling projects in the backlog now because of it! 

Oh well!  Life is suffering, stress, and dissatisfaction.  Time to suck-it-up!

(Time for my walk.)
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Re: What are you reading?
« Reply #38 on: January 30, 2010, 10:37:23 am »
Ron, I feel ya' with that one. My tax situation became really complicated a couple of years ago, so I broke down and hired someone to do it for me. Best investment I have ever made. I tell her, "I believe it's my civic duty to pay taxes, but I don't want to pay for any wars." And she does a great job.

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Re: What are you reading?
« Reply #39 on: January 30, 2010, 11:06:00 am »
Ron, I feel ya' with that one. My tax situation became really complicated a couple of years ago, so I broke down and hired someone to do it for me. Best investment I have ever made. I tell her, "I believe it's my civic duty to pay taxes, but I don't want to pay for any wars." And she does a great job.

Hi, Monkey Mind. 

Yep!  Have thought about going native by using a tax accountant.  But those are the same folks I want to put out of business by implementing a flat tax system.  

It's a conspiracy I tell ya!  A conspiracy!   :wacky:  The world is not being run by The Secret Society of Masons, but by The Tax Accountancy!   There!  I've outed them!

I moved from reading tax reporting instructions to reading electrical wiring schematics and construction drawings.   I mention this just to stay on topic.

I got the two tax-estimate-delayed projects completed.  You might say that I let go of that which was causing my suffering (the tax reporting) till February. This allowed me to get right on the home project backlog.  

I am proud to report that the projects have accomplished their purpose.  We are greener and meaner.  Now we can see into the garage when backing into it from the bright white sunlight reflecting off the fresh New Hampshire snow thanks to my garage bay lighting expansion (Went from one sixty watt incandescent bulb in the garage door opener to four twenty-five watt halon bulbs with 240 Effective Watts of luminescence.)  and a truly amazing automatic lighting relay and timer system to turn them on and off.

Thanks to project #2 my old body is now much warmer showering due to my newly installed thrifty nifty shower room hot air ceiling blower.  Due to this thrilling addition we no longer have to turn up the heat in the entire house just to warm the bathroom shower.   This thing puts out so much heat that my hair is dried while I am brushing it if I leave it running while combing what is left of my hair before the bathroom mirror. 

These projects are so energy efficient, so green, that in thirty years, well after I am dead and my flesh consumed by creatures responsible for decomposition, the corruptors: ants, worms, beetles, fungus, bacteria, that I will have saved enough money to pay my estate taxes in 2040.

Just doesn't seem fair, does it? :smack:
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What Makes an Elder? :
A head of gray hairs doesn't mean one's an elder. Advanced in years, one's called an old fool.
But one in whom there is truth, restraint, rectitude, gentleness,self-control, he's called an elder, his impurities disgorged, enlightened.
-Dhammpada, 19, translated by Thanissaro Bhikkhu.

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Re: What are you reading?
« Reply #40 on: January 30, 2010, 11:35:29 am »
I am still working on Zurgchungpa's testament, Dudjom Rinpoche's Big Red Book, and the Nectar of Manjushri's Speech, and I just finished Guru Rinpoche his life and times and keeping with that theme, I am now reading Lady of the Lotus-Born, and Dakini Teachings.Also started the Dark Red Amulet. Kinda on a Namthar kick lately, going to read Masters of Meditation and Miracles next and try to get ahold of a copy of the Life of Shabkar

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Re: What are you reading?
« Reply #41 on: January 30, 2010, 12:12:42 pm »
Just finished Buddha's Brain, by Rick Hanson, PH.D. He's both a meditation teacher and a neuropsychologist, and the book builds a nice bridge between mindfulness practice and what's neurologically going on in the brain. I highly recommend it.

Currently reading Freedom, by Daniel Suarez. Followup to his book called Daemon. Good, nerdy sci-fi action.

Next up: Sit Down and Shut Up, by Brad Warner. I'm attending a retreat with him in 2 months, and have already read Hardcore Zen. I like his no-nonsense approach to Soto Zen, and can relate to the generation from which he hails.

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Re: What are you reading?
« Reply #42 on: January 30, 2010, 12:24:11 pm »
I'm still reading "The Buddha and His Teachings" by Narada (I just get through one or two chapters per night), and I just started reading "A Path with Heart" by Jack Kornfield. I thought I should check it out since Daniel Ingram at http://www.interactivebuddha.com/ called it a masterwork. Hopefully it is. :)
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Re: What are you reading?
« Reply #43 on: January 30, 2010, 02:29:00 pm »
The Long Walk, by Slavomir Rawicz.

A tale of a polish cavalry officer taken prisoner by the Russians in WW2 and sentenced to 25 years in a Siberian labour camp for a crime he did not commit.
He escapes with 6 others and walks through Mongolia and across the Himalayas to India and freedom, thousands of kilometres.
A tale of the indomitable human spirit against adversity.
I first read it when I was at school, and that's a long time ago !
A good read.

 

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Re: What are you reading?
« Reply #44 on: January 30, 2010, 06:40:24 pm »
hmmmm...

Just finished:
Fear and Yoga in new Jersey
Enlightenment for idiots - a novel
Breathing space - twelve lessons for the modern woman (expressing my female side :-) )
The miracle of mindfulness
Diver
Bottom time
Deep descent

Dipping in and out of:
Insight meditation - the practice of freedom
Beyond War - the human potential for peace
The kindness of strangers
The lucifer effect - why good people turn evil
Yoga anatomy
Asana Pranayama Mudra Bandha

Just starting:
At Hells Gate - a soldiers journey from war to peace
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In the queue:
Ordinary Men - reserve batallion 101 and the final solution in Poland
The Lollipop Shoes
Paulo Coehlo -A Warriors Life
Britain on the couch
and piles more!


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