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    Vast Time: Timescapes Paid Member

                                                            While rotating on its axis at 1,670 kilometers per hour, the planet earth orbits the sun at 108,000 kilometers per hour. Light, traveling at a speed of 300,000 kilometers per second, is energy created by wave motion. Through innumerable births and deaths, all species pass life on to succeeding generations. More »
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    Unfolding Flowers, Matchless Flames Paid Member

    I "Tell me my name,"I asked Sifu, as ashesturn the City of Angels blue.Said he: "Wait untilGautama's birthday." Tip by singed fingertip,the ends of orange punk stickstinge the burning days of L.A.—firefighters in bulletproof vestscatapult through flamesprod mini-malls to fall fasterwithout falling uponthe arms of mothers,fathers, daughters, sons, who,picking through the rubble of barriosoutfit their desire, abandontheir plantation names. II Santa Ana windscarry the haze away,not even Buddha's handcan bring backthose who have losttheir breath and beauty here. More »
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    Meat: To Eat It or Not Paid Member

    What the historical Buddha ate for his last meal has been the subject of much debate. The controversial passage from the  Mahaparinibbana Sutta, the sutta that recounts the Buddha's final days, tells us that on his last night the Buddha rested in the home of Cunda, a metalsmith apparently known to the Buddha. In honor of his guest, Cunda prepared (probably not personally) "hard and soft delicious food, and also a large quantity of sukaramaddava." The difficulty lies in the translation of sukaramaddava. The amateur mycologist Gordon Wasson studied the available literature on the problem and admirably summarized it in his essay "The Last Meal of the Buddha": More »
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    In the Name of Freedom Paid Member

    The buddha body extends throughout all the great assemblies: It fills the cosmos, without end.Quiescent, without essence, it cannot be grasped;It appears just to save all beings.The Buddha, King of the Teaching, appears in the world Able to light the lamp of sublime truth which illumines the world; His state is boundless and inexhaustible: This is what Name of Freedom has realized. The Buddha is inconceivable, beyond discrimination,Comprehending forms everywhere as insubstantial.For the sake of the world he opens wide the path of purity: This is what Pure Eyes can see. The Buddha's wisdom is unbounded—No one in the world can measure it. It forever destroys beings' ignorance and confusion: More »
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    Fifty-Three Temples In and Around Seattle Paid Member

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    A Diamond-Cutter Like No Other Paid Member

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