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    TDE Weekly E-Newsletter- 3 July 2002 ~ May You Be Well & Happy ~ TDE Weekly Newsletter ~ 03/07/02 We should be busy as a bodhisattva, not to be busy for a
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      TDE Weekly E-Newsletter- 3 July 2002

      ~ May You Be Well & Happy ~
      TDE Weekly Newsletter ~ 03/07/02

      We should be busy as a bodhisattva, not to be busy for a worldly life.
      To give visible materials to others is to give invisible blessings for yourself.

      Master Cheng Yen)
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       Realisation: How to Enjoy
           the World Cup Twice as Much

           The secret to having a better time      chasing ball on TV 4 years later!

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      Realisation: How to Enjoy the World Cup Twice as Much
      (Rejoicing in Merit in the World Cup Season)

      Zeph: I don't watch football or much sports in general because it disturbs my mind.
      Lynn: What do you mean?
      Z: Well, you have to take a side to really enjoy the game- and your heart goes up and down with your team and its opponents' near misses and goals! In fact, it is a subtle interplay of greed and hatred for the audience!
      L: Haha... it need not be that way for you- even though it might be so for most audiences and the footballers themselves.

      Z: How else? It's competition- civilised war with rules- about victory and defeat! Just look at the tears of ecstasy and agony for the players and supporters! Samsara in a stadium!
      L: Well, that's the general way things are- not ideal of course. But there is an alternative way to enjoy the World Cup and sports in general.
      Z: I'm listening...

      L: I call it "How to Enjoy the World Cup Twice as Much"! Instead of taking a side while watching a match, why not rejoice for each and very goal scored by both teams?
      Z: Where's the "kick" then?
      L: The "kick" is doubled! Get the kick from both teams' rejoice when they score! Get a kick from impartially seeing the beauty of each goal! Why feel down for near misses by the team you favour and the goals the other team score? Why is it necessary to lessen our happiness when it can be doubled? Why put ourselves through ups and downs of pleasure and displeasure, gain and loss when the calm equanimity of true sportsmanship is better? Of course, wanting to see the game in the first place already involves some craving, but you can always enjoy the beautiful game in a more beautiful way!
      Z: Interesting... I can't help but agree with you. Let me practise this in 4 years' time for the next World Cup!
      L: May the best team win. Our anguish and excitement in front of the TV screen has no part to play in really helping them. Just sit back, relax and watch the action! And watch your mind too! See how it goes! Does it gets disturbed? Does it get carried away by the ball?...
      Z: Haha... football meditation! Cure for soccermania and footballitis! Better late than never!

      - zeph@... &

      Excerpt: There are No Sentient beings to be Saved!

      The Buddha says, "While saving the infinite, illimitable, innumerable sentient beings, realise that in reality there are no sentient beings to be saved."

      No sentient being has a permanent or absolute self. There are no absolute coordinates that can define selfhood or individuality. Our notions of having separate selves are delusions that spring from misunderstanding who we really are. To say that the noton of individuality is based on delusion is not to say hat there is no such thing as awareness. Ultimately the delusive awareness that believes it is a individual self will come to understand that it is not an individual, but that of a much greater whole; ultimately it will understand that it is a Buddha.

      The Buddha taught that sentient beings suffer because they do not realise that their "selves" are empty. A bodhisattva seeks to save them by helping them realise that, while they do not have an absolute self-nature, they do have an absolute buddha nature. Their buddha nature rests in nirvana. Sentient beings attain nirvana when they free themselves from the delusions of having a separate self. The apparent contradiction between not having a self and having other selves is one of the most important themes of the Diamond Sutra.

      -Describing the Indescribable: A Commentary on the Diamond Sutra
       (Venerable Master Hsing Yun)
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