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  •  Compassion and unattachment (1+ / 0-)
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    pontechango

    go together quite naturally, imo, when selfish desire is the main thing one is trying to get beyond.  I think you're putting it well.  Just being a mature, responsible person entails a certain amount of putting selfish desire aside.  It's not as complicated as some of the California/mystical types make it out to be.  Not to say it's trivial, just basic, the kind of thing that is so foundational that getting good at it really changes things.

    "Happiness is the only good. The place to be happy is here. The time to be happy is now. The way to be happy is to make others so." - Robert Ingersoll

    by dackmont on Thu May 02, 2013 at 03:59:57 PM PDT

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    •  I have a question (4+ / 0-)

      there's a stream of constant derision of California buddhists I was previously unaware of, yet a great number of quite respected buddhists are here, including some of the oldest buddhist temples and meditation centers in the west.  What is this all about?

      Touch all that arises with a spirit of compassion

      by Mindful Nature on Thu May 02, 2013 at 04:38:52 PM PDT

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        AoT, Mindful Nature

        You already replied, but just in case anyone else is following this, here's my clarification (and mea culpa for using a misleading term).  Glad you called that out.

        "Happiness is the only good. The place to be happy is here. The time to be happy is now. The way to be happy is to make others so." - Robert Ingersoll

        by dackmont on Thu May 02, 2013 at 09:43:57 PM PDT

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