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    Billion-bhat Buddha Boom Goes Bust Paid Member

    A Buddhist monk in Thailand who earned millions of dollars for charity by energizing amulets with “supernatural powers” said he would stop the practice as he was no longer able to concentrate. The monk, Luang Poh Koon Parisutho, vowed to stop reciting incantations on the amulets and ordered the entire stock in his temple to be sold at discount prices. Luang Poh said he has lost his concentration since his nephew and business manager, Boonrieb Chanpheng, was shot and injured by unknown assailants. Most Thais wear Buddha amulets around their necks in the belief that the tiny images, made of clay, bone, ivory, or gold, bring good luck and prosperity. Amulets blessed by Luang Poh are in great demand, and people from all over Thailand flock to his temple, in Nakorn Rachasima province, some 130 miles northeast of Bangkok.More »
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    Memoirs of a Lingerie Monk Paid Member

    Hindus traditionally divide life into three stages: youth, householder, and finally, on retirement from a full life, spiritual seeker. In the enthusiasm of this last half-century’s discovery of Eastern mysticism and meditation, my generation often reversed this progression.More »
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    Little "Aha!"s Paid Member

    Ram Dass says of his latest book, One-Liners, "It's a kind of spiritual brandy, a distillation of the lectures I've given over the course of the past decade or so. At my lectures, I like to say that my name, Ram Dass, means 'servant of God,' but that 'R-A-M' is also an acronym for 'Rent-a-Mouth': that is, my listeners and my readers rent my mouth to tell us what all of us already know. What I say comes not from me, but from the consciousness common to all of us. And the quotes in this book are the little 'aha!'" More »
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    Zoo-logical Zen Paid Member

    The following are untamed outtakes from Zen Master Raven: Sayings and Doings of a Wise Bird. Essential NatureOne early morning, Woodpecker flew in for a special meeting with Raven and asked, ''I've heard about essential nature, but I'm not sure what it is. Is it something that can be destroyed?" Raven said, "That's really a presumptuous question." Woodpecker ruffled her feathers a little and asked, "You mean I shouldn't question the matter?" Raven said, "You presume there is one." Mosquito More »
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    Closing the Circle Paid Member

    The following is an excerpt from his recent book, The Art of Setting Stones. More »
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    Thinking Like a Mountain Paid Member

    In the 1950s, poet Gary Snyder worked as a fire lookout in the Cascades of Washington State. Perched at 8,129 feet on Crater Mountain’s Desolation Peak, Snyder practiced calligraphy, sipped green tea, and learned to sit as the days flew by. The following is excerpted from John Suiter’s Poets on the Peaks. More »