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August 26, 2018

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“Now, Kalamas, don’t go by reports, by legends, by traditions, by scripture, by logical conjecture, by inference, by analogies, by agreement through pondering views, by probability, or by the thought, ‘This contemplative is our teacher.’ When you know for yourselves that, ‘These qualities are skillful; these qualities are blameless; these qualities are praised by the wise; these qualities, when adopted & carried out, lead to welfare & to happiness’ — then you should enter & remain in them. - ( this is non-religion ) Helps us separate the wheat from the chaff. (((bow)))

What n yeti said about marines is interesting because I was reading a book about Jainism recently by a scholar of both Jainism and Buddhism and he made the point that its no coincidence that both Buddha and Mahavira were kasatryias, the warrior caste, and how the mpnastic discipline is similar to military discipline.

Beginning(?) with the Dhammapada, It is an individual question and learning and growth. Is it not? To see the world of the Buddha blossomed into a world lotus is religion. Every birth must discover it's own awakening. The garden is perpetually planted by season.

"I would argue that a retired battle hardened Marine would stand a better chance of becoming enlightened than most of today’s college graduates."

After recovering from cancer, I started getting more involved with charity, and currently work with an organization that assists veterans among other things.

I have heard some contemporary Western monks disparage "Zen Marines" for being gung ho about their practice, but in my opinion there are important parallels between the requirements of military life and Zen, such as discipline, ethics, and fearlessness among other qualities.

Most people in Western society today are poorly disciplined and not well prepared to renounce anything, and approach Buddhism like a Chinese buffet, picking and choosing the bits that conform to their cravings, but lacking acceptance for other parts of the religion, namely karma, rebirth, and the mystical.

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