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Wednesday, November 10th, 2004
10:51 am - "Water which is too pure has no fish" - Bulletproof Monk
So I was walking up my friends house last night and I was thinking about the Buddhist Philosophy inherent in the Matrix. I never thought about it before because I was never familiar WITH Buddhist Philosophy. But it gives me a new perspective on the movie. So now I have to watch it again.

Like the part where Morpheus is telling Neo that some people cannot be unplugged from the Matrix because they refuse to give up their attachment to it. A lot of people nowadays cannot give up their attachments in this life. I def. have to go watch that movie again!!

That's all.
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Tuesday, November 9th, 2004
10:46 am - Daily Buddhist Wisdom courtesy of beliefnet.com
"If you want others to be happy, practice compassion. If you want to be happy, practice compassion."

-His Holiness, the Dalai Lama

by the way i finally got to see Seven Years in Tibet... that movie was amazing!!!

current mood: content
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Tuesday, November 2nd, 2004
11:21 am - I don't think we're ALL the Children of Adam
I was reflecting on this the other day. People (Christians, Jews and Muslims) saying we are the children of Adam. Now the books of the Torah and the Prophets (commonly referred to as the Old Testament) is pretty much a basic history (whether factual or not is inconsequential) of the Jewish people. Now maybe you could say we "developed" from the original hebrews through migration, etc. That is possible. But one verse in the Torah stands out.

Cain had just killed his brother Abel. And so the story unfolds:

"Afterward the LORD asked Cain, "Where is your brother? Where is Abel?" "I don't know!" Cain retorted. "Am I supposed to keep track of him wherever he goes?" But the LORD said, "What have you done? Listen--your brother's blood cries out to me from the ground! You are hereby banished from the ground you have defiled with your brother's blood. No longer will it yield abundant crops for you, no matter how hard you work! From now on you will be a homeless fugitive on the earth, constantly wandering from place to place." Cain replied to the LORD, "My punishment is too great for me to bear! You have banished me from my land and from your presence; you have made me a wandering fugitive. All who see me will try to kill me!" (Genesis 4:9-14; New Living Translation)

So now the question begs to be asked. Who was Cain afraid of finding and killing him? If it was just him, his brother, his mother and father then who was he afraid would find him while wandering the Earth? From there another example with Cain arises:

"So Cain left the LORD's presence and settled in the land of Nod, east of Eden. Then Cain's wife became pregnant and gave birth to a son, and they named him Enoch. When Cain founded a city, he named it Enoch after his son." (Genesis 4:16-17; NLT)

If Cain, Adam and Eve were all that was left, where did Cain find a wife? The fact is that God more than likely, if the Bible is more than a faith guide, created more people than just Adam and Eve. So in fact we are NOT all the children of Adam.

I mean yeah down the line we've all mixed with others so we probably all have a common lineage somewhere. But as I said, the "Old Testament" is merely a work of Jewish History and Religious Mythology.

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11:00 am - Music Finally Online!!!!!
Go here to check out our soundclick site: http://www.soundclick.com/bands/5/illgrafix.htm

and here to hear the song we have posted so far:

when you listen to the song... you have to click on lo fi... the hi fi hasnt cleared yet for some reason....

and to see a memorial for my son click here:

Good times!!
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10:15 am - BOONDOCKS!!!!!!

current mood: amused
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Saturday, October 30th, 2004
10:22 am - The Prophets Were Schizos
I really think that the Prophets were Schizophrenic. They walked around hearing voices and seeing things that they thought really existed. I mean Moses saw a bush on fire and heard the voice of God in it? I have a friend who was recently diagnosed with Schizophrenia and much the way he acts it seems is the way they acted.

Like I wouldn't be surprised to hear my friend one day say "God has given me a message to free the tribes of Israel" or something like that.

On top of that Schizos suffer from a symptom called Hypergrafia which is "excessive writing." My friend does this all the time. He's constantly writing SOMETHING, usually rhymes or speeches haha.

But all the Prophets were about writing things down. Hence why we have all these religious books.

I dunno. I'm bored and rambling and this is the kinda stuff I come up with.

On a happier note, the birds are Buddhas.

G'day... Namaste!!

current mood: calm
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Tuesday, October 26th, 2004
4:43 pm - Cyberspace convo
x imosi x (4:27:05 PM): you know cyber space is actually the closest to explaining the buddhist philosophy on no-self
x imosi x (4:28:07 PM): dig it
x imosi x (4:28:26 PM): but seriously though about cyber space
x imosi x (4:28:39 PM): its honestly a good representation of the buddhist ideal of life being illusionary
x imosi x (4:29:01 PM): because on here you are talking to me.... and you see what i am sayin... but honestly i am nowhere
x imosi x (4:29:12 PM): like it has no physical components
x imosi x (4:29:15 PM): it doesnt really exist
jessiduh (4:29:23 PM): true
x imosi x (4:29:24 PM): its all information being transcribed
x imosi x (4:29:32 PM): through a mainframe
x imosi x (4:29:40 PM): and the same with existence
x imosi x (4:29:52 PM): all of this is just information being transcribed thorugh a mainframe (i.e. the mind)
x imosi x (4:30:05 PM): we only know things exist because our sense say they do
x imosi x (4:30:14 PM): and our senses are an extension of our mind
x imosi x (4:30:22 PM): no mind and we wouldnt sense things... therefore nothing would be real
jessiduh (4:30:29 PM): true
jessiduh (4:30:31 PM): :-)
x imosi x (4:30:36 PM): so when we die, they cease to be real to us until rebirth or attaining nirvana
x imosi x (4:30:49 PM): and if they cease to be real then they must be illusion
jessiduh (4:30:53 PM): mmm hmmm
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12:10 pm - new community
hey everyone i started a new community called jesuswasabuddha

check it out and join and gimme some feedback!!!
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11:39 am - boondocks!!
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11:03 am - be steadfast
Your soul is STEADFAST. You are a fiercely loyal
person who would never cross a loved one.
People always know they can rely on you and
your dependability is well-known. You're
probably a little on the quiet side, but your
faithfulness is never doubted, and you always
back up your kith and kin whether they want or
need it or not. You are a dependable and
trusted soul.

What Is Your Soul's Trait?
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Tuesday, October 19th, 2004
4:35 pm - Zen Master for President -- this is awesome!!
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Monday, October 18th, 2004
10:10 am - Boondocks!!!
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Saturday, October 16th, 2004
4:00 pm
So I fasted yesterday and I did ok but after I broke the fast I think I ate too much and it totally kicked my ass haha. Like it gave me an intense headache and my body felt sick and weak. It was weird. So I'm only gonna fast every once and a while.

In other news I got this totally kick ass game called Mancala. It's a boardgame and its all about strategy and its bad ass!! So I suggest anyone who like strategy board games to check it out!!

I also bought the new Mos Def album last night. It's TIGHT. Not like his first album but still pretty good. He experiments with a new sound on this album.

I was depressed though that "Ghetto" isn't on the album.
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Friday, October 8th, 2004
10:51 am
I'm so unhappy with my current station in life. I mean I'm not in love. I have no pets. My home is an abandoned temple. I work a job that pisses me off where I have to deal with EVERYONE'S negative energy which puts me in bad spirits half the time which brings bad karma back to me.

I would just LOVE to hit the road and travel like a dharma bum. I could easily do it. But I get further irritated that what is keeping me here? So-called responsibility. I'm too much of a chicken shit to just up and leave and travel. I think of my comfortable apartment which is empty which I hate. I think of my comfortable job making only about a dollar over minimum wage at 35 hours a week that I hate. I think of this stinking steel city that I live in which is home which I hate.

I'm trapped by my own self.

current mood: crappy
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10:46 am - "I love the image of the Happy Buddha with his hands in the air"
So I was watching CNN this morning and they were talking about Martha Stewart and she is being sent to a MINIMUM-security prison called, get this, Camp Cupcake!!!


Having all that money must be nice. Oh and of course she will have a job at the sleepaway camp... er i mean prison (psh) making 12 cents an hour. SHE'S A MILLIONAIRE. She don't need even 12 cents an hour!!!

Why can't Mumia go to Camp Cupcake?

current mood: irritated
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Thursday, October 7th, 2004
7:10 pm
I went to this used book store in Robinson Township today with Malik. It's called Half Price Bookstore. I LOVE IT!!!! I traded in some old books and got 14 bucks for em. And while there I found a book called Blue Jean Buddha: Voices of Young Buddhists. So I can't wait to start reading it. I could live in that store I swear. It's amazing. Their Buddhist section is rather big.

Malik took two milk crates of books and got 30 bucks and bought Cormega's True Meaning Cd. Not a bad CD.

Tomorrow I may be going to Roger's Fleamarket (its about an hour away) and hopefully can find a Buddha statue. A medium size one. If not anyone know where I can get one??

current mood: bored
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Monday, October 4th, 2004
6:03 pm - i just got an awesome idea!!

now i'm off to find codes for Wu-Tang: Shaolin Style video game
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11:30 am - reflection eternal
so i took a walk last night to Buddha's Shadow (its my spot in the woods where i relax and meditate - ray smith dharma bums style) and while i was sittin there i realized something.... like i don't have a lot of money... i mean i have a good (enough) job to sustain myself... and pay for my apartment and my needs and even some wants but i'm far from well off.... and i was thinking how maybe the hardships that i have in this life don't mean that i am experiencing BAD karma.... i don't think in my past life that i WAS a bad person.... because had i been given wealth and stuff in THIS life... i'd never reflected on the things i reflect on... i wouldn't be the person i am now... so i think i lived a good compassionate life in my past life.... and so i was rewarded by being put into the situation i am in now... so that i could expand upon that compassion, understanding, and enlightenment...

and i also started thinking... why do we assume that people who have wealth and fame and fortune in this life... who are prospering... are being REWARDED.... as they say mo' money mo' problems... i know so many people who are rich and unhappy... who are rich and miserly... that doesn't sound like good karma being repaid... plus why do we get in this mind state that material blessings in this life is GOOD KARMA?!

is that how karma pays us back? by giving us wealth? no karma doesn't give a shit about money... etc.... so i think that people like myself were probably good people in the past life... but maybe they did some wrong things... and so that accounts for our current situation... yes i have a job and some money... not a lot but some... but i also have an enlightened understanding of life and nature... and so i think i'm being rewarded a lot more than someone who has tons of money and cars and fame... etc..

i dunno.... just some reflections....

any thoughts?


current mood: contemplative
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Friday, October 1st, 2004
3:17 pm - a small update
i'm actually 100% exhausted from work... it's been a long rough week there.... but meditation has kept my mind somewhat focused.... i'm not even looking forward to getting my schedule for next week (which starts tomorrow) today because i'm enjoying my day off and i just don't wanna be back there anytime soon.... yuck....

i'll rant more about this later... i'm tired.... and hungry

current mood: exhausted
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2:41 pm - "I stand close to walls like number 4, the Lizard"
hey yall this is my new journal.... if you have been added to this one, my old journal was zensunni

some of you i added from my old friends list... some of you i added because we shared the interest in whitetrash shaolin (big up sensei and madhman!!)... so i hope none of yall mind being added!!
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