New RSD on spiritual path to Buddhism

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Lately I have been reading all the threads making the same new message RSD is trying to spread. PATH OF UNREACTIVNESS State VIBE etc.


[edit] Dalai Lama story

Interesting that I randomly had a chance to go see the Dalai Lama speak in Chicago. This is the very first time I have seen him live, and it was a good time. (I also couldn't help but joke to my friends that I am the first person I ever heard of who got "ripped off 150$ by the Dalai Lama), but those were the only tix left. I was determined to get my money's worth. This guy, the Lama, was laughing almost constantly. He was poking fun at himself but in the most supremely confident way. He spoke in short sentences and said things like, "My head is bald like yours (pointing to a man in the audience, to his possible embarrassment), but perhaps that is because bald people with shiny head like ours maybe is the wisdom... shining out." Then he giggled, quite pleased with himself, and pleasing to we, the audience.

The topic of the day was about what to do to secure a sense of inner peace in such a turbulent world. He discussed many topics related to anger as a cure for violence and war. As he was really riffing and mesmerizing the crowd of 10000, he suddenly stops, places his robes fully over his whole torso, then shivers, saying, "Ooo. Chicago cold. And I am from Tibet even!" Then he giggled wildly again before returning to a full, life-changing set of lessons.

This guy has game. Nothing phases him. I know this because the next riff was how he went into the story about when Mao confronted him and exiled him from Tibet. He goes into this heart-wrenching story with the same light-hearted spirit that he told the bald-guy jokes, yet he set wisdom in every paragraph to us.

It wasn't that he was making light of his personal tragedies, or those of his people, or of the fierce and totalitarian nature of the long dead communist dictator's rule. It was simply that he has such boundaries, such a grip on his own reality - and as some people say, "frame control." Even the most vicious episode of personal attack in his history, he could dodge and block with his self-esteem and mission in life entirely, totally unscathed.

One thing amazing to me is that this guy has been around so long he actually met Mao personally. 1959.but that was way way way before I was even born, and the Lama was talking about it as if it happened last week.

So long ago, Mao insulted him to his face, and said that the Lama is "permitted to fly the Tibetan flag only if flown next to the Chinese flag" in his own country over which he is considered not just supreme executive of, but to his people, the literal reincarnation of the Buddha himself. Then Mao basically said "all religions are a joke."

The Dalai Lama said he thanked him, turned his back, smiled, and rode back to his mountain nation entirely at peace, "because I had compassion for myself, for Mao, and knew what to do next."

When asked about the "compassion for Mao" part of his way of handling conflict, he said,"You do not just sit there having compassion for the enemy as he burns your house down. You run! Which I did!" Then he laughed again hysterically.

He punctuated the end of this entertaining story with an observation: that Mao indeed could have hurt him physically, but never, in any circumstance could he have taken the Dalai Lama's self-esteem or mission in life. Not to say you ought to run from every trouble, or back out of competition with other males. It is that there are ways of you WINNING by not giving in to clenching your fists and sticking out your chest at the other guy. You might turn your back as the Lama did, and say something to the woman that is brilliant, funny, and effective at eliminating any chance of her interest in the invading guy. For one, you could tell her you don't know why, but he strikes you as remarkably similar to Mao, the communist dictator.

This guy, the Dalai Lama, is a solid man. And this is the perfect attitude when you are confronted with conflict from other men. It doesn't matter whether they are louder than you, dance better than you or dress better than you as long as you realize: a muscle-bound bully CAN physically beat you up, but NO man you are in competition with can EVER forcibly take your self-esteem, your thoughts, or your mission in life, including if that mission is to get the right woman for you into your life.

Okay, this guy ran from a fight, but a fight not worth it. And he WON, because he is happy, and the enemy is not. In the end he said he didn't even consider Mao his enemy, but the emotion of anger itself. So the real enemy actually defeated Mao and his general, but not the Dalai Lama.

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