tphd:

NOT COINCIDENTALLY, I STOPPED THINKING OF MYSELF AS “CLEVER” AROUND THE SAME TIME I STOPPED VALUING CLEVERNESS

IT USED TO MATTER, BUT THEN SUDDENLY IT DIDN’T

A DEEP CONVICTION I MUST HAVE BEEN CARRYING A LONG TIME FINALLY BORE OUT INTO THE LIGHT: THAT NO ONE WAS TRULY AND ACTUALLY CLEVER ON EARTH, THAT REAL CLEVERNESS REQUIRED A KIND OF PERCEPTUAL FREEDOM WE’D NEVER REACH, TRAPPED AS WE ARE IN BODIES WITH ONLY FIVE, MODERATELY ACUTE SENSES AND LIMITED STORAGE CAPACITY

I REASSESSED OUR COLLECTIVE POTENTIAL AND ROUNDED US DOWN

PARTLY BECAUSE OF THIS AND PARTLY BECAUSE OF THE ESSENTIAL TEDIUM OF THE PRACTICE, I DISMISSED IT

CLEVERNESS IS A DISPLAY AND THUS NOT ONLY REQUIRES AN AUDIENCE BUT, WORSE, BECOMES THE KIND OF PERFORMANCE THAT IS EXPECTED

A PERSONALITY LIKE A JOB YOU’VE ACCIDENTALLY HIRED YOURSELF TO PERFORM

THE GOOD NEWS

THERE ARE PARTS OF YOURSELF THAT YOU AUTOMATICALLY THROW AWAY IN AN EMERGENCY

AND HALLELUJAH IT IS POSSIBLE TO LIVE IN THE FIRST PART OF THE 21ST CENTURY OF THIS EARTH AS IF YOU’RE PERPETUALLY IN AN EMERGENCY

BECAUSE YOU ARE


IT’S LIKE MAKING YOUR NEW HOME

IN THE MIDDLE OF A BUSY STREET


THE MAIN THING IS TO LIVE

AND KEEP MOVING


CARRY NOTHING UNNECESSARY

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Ken Johnson’s Ball and Cone

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John Wesley

John Wesley

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impossibletheater:

The Maitreya Loving Kindness Tour is a tour of relics from famous Buddhist teachers, including those of Shakyamuni Buddha himself (seen above). These relics are said to be what’s left behind after someone who has reached enlightenment is cremated. Something is going on here…normally, the only thing left after being cremated is ash.

added that last link there…but it does’t seem like they actually replicated these relics. so i guess i have three questions..: (1) do the buddhists have a specific cremation technique? they claim this only happens to their most enlightened practitioners. (2) are there any cremationists who say that they’ve seen something like this before? (3) are there any enlightened buddhists who were cremated but left behind no relics?

impossibletheater:

The Maitreya Loving Kindness Tour is a tour of relics from famous Buddhist teachers, including those of Shakyamuni Buddha himself (seen above). These relics are said to be what’s left behind after someone who has reached enlightenment is cremated. Something is going on here…normally, the only thing left after being cremated is ash.

added that last link there…but it does’t seem like they actually replicated these relics. so i guess i have three questions..: (1) do the buddhists have a specific cremation technique? they claim this only happens to their most enlightened practitioners. (2) are there any cremationists who say that they’ve seen something like this before? (3) are there any enlightened buddhists who were cremated but left behind no relics?

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Miriam Elia

Her take on a 1960s Ladybird book No 38

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