Surprise! — Great Middle Way

It is often thought that the Buddha’s doctrine teaches us that suffering will disappear if one has meditated long enough, or if one sees everything differently. It is not that at all. Suffering isn’t going to go away; the one who suffers is going to go away. —Ayya Khema

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Why are things not self and what is your true self? – Lama Shenpen Hookham — Essence of Buddhism

At 4 min 30 sec, Lama Shenpen Hookham clarifies the teaching of anatta (nonself) in Buddhism: Lama Shenpen Hookham – Nonself (Anatta) vs True Self And when we talk about nonself – what is not self – I think it’s a big problem in the way Buddhists talk about “no self” to be honest. I […]

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Muh Hat. The attention grabber complete with kitty ears.


When I was living on the streets I decided to do something special for myself one day. I went shopping at Capilano Mall 3 blocks from the shelter. I had been trying to save money but I was extremely depressed, buying this definitely cheered me up. Although! I felt very childish buying kitty ears toque with attached kitty mitts. I never would have thought it would make me suck a peacock, but I liked it. I’ve never had so many complements on a piece of clothing in my life… catching girls taking pictures of me on the train and sometimes up to 5 times a day people stopping me to tell me how much they love the hat. It definitely kept me warm as well in zero degree temperatures while I struggled my way out of shelters and from a ice cold R.V. to the beautiful home I have today.

Diz iz muh hat.

Todays news in my city: Crow steals knife from Vancouver crime scene leaving police without evidence.


A crow in Vancouver left police in hot pursuit after it swooped upon a crime scene and picked up key evidence – a shiny knife – from behind police tape.

Canuck the crow, described as Vancouver’s most notorious bird, reportedly perched on top of a burnt-out car that a crime suspect had earlier set alight, and watched as the suspect drew out a knife when the police arrived.

The suspect was shot by police, receiving non fatal wounds, and he was arrested, as reported by the Vancouver Courier.

The crow – which has a distinctive red tag on its leg – reportedly then swooped in and picked up the knife from an area cordoned off by police.

“A cop chased it for about 15 to 20 feet, and then the crow dropped it and took off,” reporter Mike Howell told CBC News.

“It was really strange. In my 20-plus years reporting from crime scenes, I’ve never seen anything like that crow trying to take a knife.”