From time to time, I am curious about how people find The Endless Further. One way is through online searches. As I blogged in December, some of the keyword and search phrases used are rather interesting. Here are recent searches I found intriguing:
“is thich nhat hanh a buddha nature”
In a manner of speaking, he is. We all are. That is, we all have buddha nature. Buddha nature is not just limited to sentient beings. Many Buddhists believe that animals and plants also have buddha nature. Thich Nhat Hanh once said, “Anything that can help you wake up has Buddha nature.”
“bob dylan Buddhist” “bob dylan american bandstand”
Bob Dylan is not now, nor has he ever been, a Buddhist. He had a passing interest in Buddhism during the mid-sixties when he used to hang with Allen Ginsberg, who was a Buddhist. Evidently, he did read some, and a few Buddhist notions found its way into his songwriting during that period, but that’s about the extent of it. Dylan never appeared on American Bandstand.
“how to become smarty”
Mel Brooks had an answer for that. Ahem. My answer is: dress like Einstein did.
“can one read the lotus sutra instead of chanting it?”
Absolutely, and that, in fact, is the real purpose of the sutra, to be a text for reading and study. There are a number of good translations. For some reason, I am partial to The Threefold Lotus Sutra by Bunno Kato and Yoshiro Tamura.
“chanting sutra to win difficult lawsuit”
I wish this person lots of luck. Unfortunately, that not how it works. Chanting a sutra or a mantra is not like reciting a magic formula, although some people might like you to believe that. Chanting sutras is a Buddhist tradition. They form liturgy, to be used in ritual services called puja or sadhana. It’s a way of expressing respect for the teachings. Sutra chanting helps embed the teachings of a text in your mind. And it can be a form of vocal meditation.
“the latest dirt on sgi ikeda” “ikeda bad photography” “ikeda is king of japan” “ikeda daisaku honary doctorate degrees mean nothing”
Daisaku Ikeda, president for life of the Soka Gakkai International, has been accused of a lot of things, but never a bad photographer, as far as I am aware. Because of the power and influence he wields in Japan, he has been called a “King” and kingmaker. Some folks feel that he wants the Soka Gakkai to take over Japan, and frankly, I don’t think that’s such an absurd notion. I don’t know what the latest dirt is. There are some rumors he is dead or in a coma. The SGI is very adept at preventing negative material about Ikeda and the organization from ever seeing the light of day. How they do that, I am not sure, but I think someone should check into it. It would make a highly interesting story.
Now, I don’t want to say that academic honors conferred upon Daisaku Ikeda mean nothing, after all, it got him into the Guinness Book of World Records. But . . . I read a report of a recent poetry symposium in Dubai sponsored by SGI-Gulf. The article noted that Ikeda was “recipient of the World Poet Laureate Award.” What it failed to mention, or perhaps what the writer did not know, is that award was given to him by the World Poetry Society, publisher of Poetry World International Monthly, “Under the patronage of Dr. Daisaku Ikeda, President, S.G.I., Tokyo, Japan.” In other words, he underwrites the society financially. You got to hand it to him, it’s a pretty neat trick to give yourself awards and get away with it.
“martin luther king why can’t we all just get along”
Several people were searching for this. Martin Luther King, Jr. did not say that. Rodney King did, during the L.A. Riots of 1992.
“ufo contact from planet acart”
I know nothing about this. I do know, however, that for many years aliens from the planet Roonika having been coming to Earth and have targeted the United States, trying to infiltrate America through our public restroom system. To the right is a photo of one of their landing bases. You see them everywhere. People think they are power stations.
“how do you handle a hungry ghost”
Unless the ghost is on a low-sodium diet.
“Charlie Chaplin” continues to be the Number One search term. So, all you Chaplin fans, I hope you have stuck around to read some of the other stuff here. Sadly, no one has found this blog while engaging in searches related to my favorite comedians, the Marx Brothers. By the way, I have recently learned that the Marx Brothers have been reincarnated as High Lamas in Nepal. They are currently residing at the Paadal Hamsa Jhol (Holy Duck Soup) Temple. Here is a photograph of Their Holinesses during a recent dharma talk given in the temple’s main hall.
It is amazing how they look nearly same as they did in their last life.