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December 31, 2012

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Yes, and the Dalai Lama also said that Westerners shouldn't convert to Buddhism since, after discarding the religion they were raised in they "get bored, quit, and then they have no practice." Remarks like that, and reading several of his books shows me that he's more concerned with social action than with mind realization. He's a nice guy, but anyone that popular with Anglo liberals--well, there's something missing there.


 
Few cross over the river. Most are stranded on this side. On the river bank they run up and down. But the wise person, following the way, crosses over, beyond the reach of death.

Free from desire, free from possessions, free from attachment and appetite, following the seven lights of Awakening and rejoicing greatly in his freedom,

In this world the wise person becomes a light, pure, shining and free.

Dhammapada

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