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    I took a piece of the rare cloth of Ch'i,
    White silk glowing and pure as frost on snow,
    And made you a fan of harmony and joy,
    As flawlessly round as the full moon.
    Carry it always, nestled in your sleeve.
    Wave it and it will make a cooling breeze.
    I hope, when Autumn comes back
    And the North wind drives away the heat,
    You will not store it away amongst old gifts
    And forget it, long before it is worn out.
    - Lady P'an
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    @rookie54 said
    I took a piece of the rare cloth of Ch'i,
    White silk glowing and pure as frost on snow,
    And made you a fan of harmony and joy,
    As flawlessly round as the full moon.
    Carry it always, nestled in your sleeve.
    Wave it and it will make a cooling breeze.
    I hope, when Autumn comes back
    And the North wind drives away the heat,
    You will not store it away amongst old gifts
    And forget it, long before it is worn out.
    - Lady P'an
    that floated past like a cloud...
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    27 Oct '18 12:43
    Among the Cliffs

    The path up the mountain is hard
    To follow through the tumbled rocks.
    When I reach the monastery
    The bats are already flying.

    I go to the guest room and sit
    On the steps. The rain is over.
    The banana leaves are broad.
    The gardenias are in bloom.
    - Han Yu

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    27 Oct '18 12:51
    The monkey is reaching
    For the moon in the water.
    Until death overtakes him
    He'll never give up.
    If he'd let go the branch and
    Disappear in the deep pool,
    The whole world would shine
    With dazzling pureness.

    Hakuin
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    27 Oct '18 15:02
    However deep your
    Knowledge of the scriptures,
    It is no more than a strand of hair
    In the vastness of space;
    However important appears
    Your worldly experience,
    It is but a drop of water in a deep ravine.

    Tokusan
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    @ghost-of-a-duke said
    However deep your
    Knowledge of the scriptures,
    It is no more than a strand of hair
    In the vastness of space;
    However important appears
    Your worldly experience,
    It is but a drop of water in a deep ravine.

    Tokusan
    this is my place in this universe...
    hallelujah!!!
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    28 Oct '18 12:00
    @rookie54 said
    this is my place in this universe...
    hallelujah!!!
    As the theists are avoiding this thread, let's ponder the wisdom of Freud:

    'Religion stems from the individual's experience of having been a helpless baby totally dependent on its parents. The infant sees its parents as all-powerful beings who show it great love and satisfy all its needs. This experience is almost identical to the way human beings portray their relationship with God.

    Religion as a mass-delusion that reshapes reality to provide a certainty of happiness and a protection from suffering.'
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    @ghost-of-a-duke said
    As the theists are avoiding this thread, let's ponder the wisdom of Freud:

    'Religion stems from the individual's experience of having been a helpless baby totally dependent on its parents. The infant sees its parents as all-powerful beings who show it great love and satisfy all its needs. This experience is almost identical to the way human beings portray their rel ...[text shortened]... delusion that reshapes reality to provide a certainty of happiness and a protection from suffering.'
    This same man also said: "The great question that has never been answered, and which I have not yet been able to answer, despite my thirty years of research into the feminine soul, is ‘What does a woman want?’"

    As well as: “When one does not have what one wants, one must want what one has.”

    And: “The more perfect a person is on the outside, the more demons they have on the inside.”

    And finally, this "towering intellect" even came up with this hilarious gem: "The discovery that she is castrated is a turning-point in a girl's growth."
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    @Suzianne

    Darn, a theist snuck in...
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    @suzianne said
    This same man also said: "The great question that has never been answered, and which I have not yet been able to answer, despite my thirty years of research into the feminine soul, is ‘What does a woman want?’"

    As well as: “When one does not have what one wants, one must want what one has.”

    And: “The more perfect a person is on the outside, the more demons they have o ...[text shortened]... ith this hilarious gem: "The discovery that she is castrated is a turning-point in a girl's growth."
    aside from the last quote you've attributed to freud, which i do not understand,
    those others seem rather useful, if not downright profound...

    i've had nearly fifty years of various relationships with various women and i have learned only that they are all different, all want something different, rarely take no for an answer, and are mostly quite hypnotizing to me...
    heck, i'll not try to lump all women into the all women box, it don't work...
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    @ghost-of-a-duke said
    Darn, a theist snuck in...
    i believe in a God...
    i have room to believe in several Gods...
    tis organized religion of which i am suspicious...
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    At dusk
    I often climb
    To the peak of Kugami.
    Elk bellow,
    Their voices
    Soaked up by
    Piles of maple leaves
    Lying undisturbed at
    The foot of the mountain.
    - Ryokan (1758-1831)
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    At the bottom of great doubt lies great awakening. If you doubt fully, you will awaken fully.

    Hakuin
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    @ghost-of-a-duke said
    @Suzianne

    Darn, a theist snuck in...
    Damn , a labeller keeps sneaking in
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    @rookie54 said
    i believe in a God...
    i have room to believe in several Gods...
    tis organized religion of which i am suspicious...
    just suspicious?

    It's black and white my friend,
    Anyone that doesn't have independent thought at the heart of their paradigm should always be heavily scrutinized
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