Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Johnathan Livingston Jack Move

Yo Rinpoche:
Some p**k m***********s representin' from Foolsville been talkin' trash on some b***h blog. Wussup with this s**t? Oh yeah... peace and love, like that!

                                                                                        Ain't No Tellin' Which 'Hood

Yeah, I heard about that.

But, I believe it is important in circumstances such as these to retain one's perspective. There are all sorts of cowardly bullies on the Internet.  Even the BBC has now started their Bullyproof campaign, to counteract an epidemic of bullying.

I am lucky. This 'blog has a quarter million readers, but I only get  harassment from one small, little sputtering candle that is in the process of burning out. The move is known in media as "coat trailing," or in NASCAR as "drafting." This free range sociopath is trying to stir controversy to increase their own profile.  Usually, I ignore them, which frustrates their purpose. But, today I am feeling generous.

To answer your question, it doesn't bother me in the slightest. Who cares? You visit the jungles of poisonous plants, you'll meet with mosquitoes. Mosquitoes are deranged. They try to drink your blood, possibly give you an infection, and then they die. You hang on the beach of the ocean of Samsara, the gulls will try to grab the peanut butter sandwich right out of your hand.  The gulls are starving, and desperate. Sad, when you think about it. The candle sputters, the mosquitoes buzz, the gulls scavenge, but they are the very soul of impermanence.

If you had only a short while to go, wouldn't you try to fill your hours with something more meaningful? Go on a weight reduction program or something? Lay off the ganja? Patch things up with the ex? Worst comes to worse, you could actually practice Buddhism. Yes, I know this is America, where talking about practice is somehow seen as the same as practice, but it doesn't really work that way.

There is that, you know? But, my skills are poor and I lack the eloquence to say this properly. It is so much more sensitively expressed by the hauntingly beautiful lyrics of this modern folk poetry -- this gentle celebration of life lived  with vigor -- sent with all my love, you may rest assured:

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10 reader comments:

Anonymous said...

Rinpoche! You are great! I cannot stop laughing!

TENPA said...

Well, it is all so silly isn't it? Flickering pictures on a glass screen? A bunch of bits and bytes? Really nonsense.

Anonymous said...

Friends and enemies are clouds and smoke.
It's relaxing to watch them float across the sky.

TENPA said...

You talking about eBay?

Anonymous said...

Is that deranged cow up to her old tricks again?

TENPA said...

I absolutely refuse to comment on the rumors about the distinguished individual to whom you refer.

Anonymous said...

I think this article unfortunately supports the nonsense you correctly exposed in “Interfaith Interlude” (November 15, 2009) on your blog :

TENPA said...

Its basically the same story, told in a different fashion.

Everybody wants the tiger skin.

Nobody wants the tiger.

Anonymous said...

It is very interesting for me to read that post. Thanks for it. I like such themes and anything that is connected to this matter. I would like to read more on that blog soon.

Anonymous said...

Yo full of BS.