Tuesday, March 29, 2005

Seek not the Buddha

A renowned Zen master said that his greatest teaching was this: Buddha is your own mind. So impressed by how profound this idea was, one monk decided to leave the monastery and retreat to the wilderness to meditate on this insight. There he spent 20 years as a hermit probing the great teaching.

One day he met another monk who was traveling through the forest. Quickly the hermit monk learned that the traveler also had studied under the same Zen master. "Please, tell me what you know of the master's greatest teaching." The traveler's eyes lit up, "Ah, the master has been very clear about this. He says that his greatest teaching is this: Buddha is NOT your own mind."


"To walk another's path is to walk a false path." -Hoshi Ishida, HC


If you meet the Buddha on the road, kill him.


Tuesday, March 15, 2005

Time Space Blog NOW!

You ever notice how when you have a lot of things you HAVE to do, you suddenly realize you have a lot of things you WANT to do?

I want to play more DotA. I want to spend more hours on my PS2. I want to watch a stack of anime cds on my desk. I want to read my ebooks. But I don't have time.

This is obviously an effect of having a paperwork intensive job.. but at least it's the job that gives me money to spend in the first place.


The stuff that I spend my "fun" budget on can be divided into two categories. Either it takes up time or it takes up space.

In the former there are my VCDs and DVDs, dating, and gaming (and food!). Anything consumable, or at least the stuff that isn't meant to be displayed.

In the latter you have the toys and other collectibles.. gizmos, cellphones and PDAs, go in here too. Also jewelry and cars.

The bigger realization is that as we get busier in life, the shift goes from the time-consumers to space-consumers. It's a matter of limiting reagents. Having money to spend is great, but if you don't have the time to enjoy it, what's the money for?

Toys, apparently.


Getting Jonas and Oli to play DotA until 4 AM merits special mention. Also, a rampaging Nerubian Assassin is an aweful sight to behold.


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Monday, March 07, 2005

Dude, where's my hair?

I got a haircut last Saturday.

I've been growing my hair for the past two years. I haven't had a haircut in all that time. But, all things must come to an end, and when Raven went to Bench Fix to straighten her hair, I decided that I might as well get a haircut there. The cut is actually a bit shorter than I would have liked, something appropriate for ROTC. But I guess that means I can afford to not get a haircut for longer.

According to my sister, I look normal now.

The second question people ask is Why? As in, did I have a fight with Raven? Nothing so dramatic. I just wanted a change of pace. Also, I short hair is more appropriate for the heat of summer. Which reminds me... april 16, ha!!!

Mobilis in mobili

Losing the last round of DotA makes me want to play more. Too bad it looks like I'll be busy this weekend..



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