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January 31, 2011

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jamie

There was a Taiwanese buddhist priest who used to borrow the fax machine in our office to fax blessings to his followers at £250 a pop. Quick bit of calligraphy and he'd stand there for hours pushing the same bit of paper through over and over again...

Richard J

Obligatory Gibbon quote:-

'I have somewhere heard or read the frank confession of a Benedictine abbot: "My vow of poverty has given me ten thousand crowns a year; my vow of obedience has raised me to the rank of a sovereign prince." I forget the consequence of his vow of chastity.'

Wisdom Moon

I'm afraid the Dalai Lama is not saintly: he instigated armed resistance against the Chinese, was paid by the CIA as well as persecuting practitioners of Dorje Shugden, as you mentioned.

Learn the truth about the Dalai Lama:

http://www.westernshugdensociety.org/dalai-lama/

jamie

"he instigated armed resistance against the Chinese"

I thought you guys approved of that kind of thing.

Phil

Quick bit of calligraphy and he'd stand there for hours pushing the same bit of paper through over and over again

All rather Marxist. Tibetan Buddhists have known about automation for centuries - prayer wheels and prayer flags let you call down blessings with little or no effort. But it's only when you have automation plus labour that you can turn a profit at the same time.

ejh

'I have somewhere heard or read the frank confession of a Benedictine abbot: "My vow of poverty has given me ten thousand crowns a year; my vow of obedience has raised me to the rank of a sovereign prince." I forget the consequence of his vow of chastity.'

I can't do the precise quote, but in one of Derek Birley's books there's a line from a Thirties amateur cricketer who was asked whether he had considered turning professional and replied that he couldn't afford the loss of income* that this would bring about.

[* i.e. from cricket]

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