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15572RE: [Meditation Society of America] Sharing, Caring, and The Buddha

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  • sean tremblay
    Sep 2, 2007
      Ego or not a wise man once said, all that it takes for evil to florish is for good men to do nothing.

      Aideen McKenna <aideenmck@...> wrote:
      Thanks for both links, Ted.
      I love the way you talked about the functions of a belt.  Until quite recently, I was living in a “Bible Belt” & although I’ve found out that a Canadian Bible Belt is a flabby elastic band compared to those in your country, it seemed plenty tight & unpleasant enough.  I wrote frequent letters to the editors of the town’s 2 papers.  I don’t know whether they had any effect.  Sometimes I think that letters like yours & mine only serve to increase the paranoia, the siege mentality, of the people who only want to further tighten the belt.  So now & then, I’d give up the effort, but then there’d be another flare-up of hate disguised as Christianity & I’d find it too difficult to resist another written call for love & tolerance.  Like you, I have trouble keeping my mouth shut.  I’m not sure how much of that has to do with my own ego – maybe quite a lot.  On the other hand, surely one can’t just say nothing when the crazies are taking over the asylum…?  I dunno.  Anyway, yours was a dandy letter.

      From: meditationsocietyof america@yahoogro ups.com [mailto: meditationsocietyof america@yahoogro ups.com ] On Behalf Of Ted
      Sent: September 2, 2007 7:34 AM
      To: meditationsocietyof america@yahoogro ups.com
      Subject: [Meditation Society of America ] Sharing, Caring, and The Buddha
      Greetings all!

      I have recently become acquainted with a teacher on the Facebook
      Sangha named Lin Zi Quan who has written some exemplary works. One of
      them, entitled "Clearing the Misconceptions, " that provides some
      wonderful insight into Buddhism. This article is found here:

      http://www.freewebs .com/jingxinyuan mgc/dustingthemi rror.htm

      This person has a Taoist/Buddhist background and great insight. Enjoy!

      Second item:

      A letter I wrote to our local newspaper, the Lufkin Daily News, was
      printed today. I wish to share this letter. I would also like to ask
      what you all think of the propriety of writing letters such as this
      might be and if any have written to your local paper.

      Find the letter here:

      http://www.lufkinda ilynews.com/ opin/content/ news/opinion/ stories/2007/ 9/2/letter_ gresham.html

      Alternately, visit www.lufkindailynews .com , choose "Opinion" and then
      the letter: LETTER: Cinching up the Bible belt

      The book of Philippians offers these words: "whatever is true,
      whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is
      lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or
      praiseworthy— think about such things." (NIV) Selah.

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