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Just for fun. :) So this thead is for a Buddhist Giveaway. I'll let this run until 12 pm PST (2400 hrs) Sept. 5. There's also a Taoist Giveaway so check that out too if you're interested.

 

 

I'm going to have Amazon ship a brand new copy of the following book to whomever wins. I'll even have it shipped internationally should someone outside the U.S. be the winner. The only exception being if that person lives somewhere that Amazon doesn't deliver.

 

 

 

 

The Diamond Sutra Explained by Master Nan Huai-Chin

 

 

 

Think of a number between 0 and 200. The person closest to the number I'm thinking of will win the book.

 

Post your guess.

 

The winner can PM me once it's over for his/her shipping address.

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Funny enough have just bought this book and is in the post Amazon have informed me so have no need of it.

 

But thanks for the game.

 

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http://thetaobums.com/topic/26671-master-nan-huai-chin-dead-at-94/

 

1. I've read your letters. You guys want to learn from me. I've never said I was enlightened. I've never believed I was spreading Buddhism. Furthermore, I've never had any sect or students. It's been like this for more than a few decades. Everything I know are the in the books. If you read into it and get any funny ideas about me and what I said, it's you who are responsible for being duped and tricked.

2. There is saying, "rely on the law but not on people. rely on wisdom, not knowledge." If you have questions, go read the classics. Why do you have to find a person to worship and rely on? I'm 90 years. I'm tired. I have no energy to deal with so many people.

3. The college I setup is to to investigate some knowledge and to do research together. We do not take any more new students. The students that we have are just to do research together, and they were selected with some basic criteria and good serendipity. Anyone who says they have taken classes and learned here -- well, those are their words, not mine.

4. You guys have read too many novels and fanciful stories. Breaking your arm to learn Buddhism? Jumping in the ice river or off the top floor when I don't meet you? Kneeling until I meet you? That is psychological blackmail. Is this reasonable to common sense? Are you really learning Buddhism? Why do you use such threatening measures? It's self deception. I'm a 90 year old man. Why do you have to threaten an old man to learn the Tao? You guys are cultivated intellectuals, how can you do something like this?

5. I've never wanted to be a master. I never wanted to take students. I have no organization called Nan sect. I opposed sects and religions my entire life. That's the business of society.

6. You think that once you have a teacher you will become a Buddha? If you experience the esoteric knowledge in person you will reach the Tao? That's ridiculous. You guys always talk about saving others and building merit. Your own life is a mess! Start from becoming a normal person. Get a real job. Be plain and simple and do things by the rules. Don't blame heaven or people. Only using self-reflection and living a honest life is the foundation of merit. Otherwise you will just become a slacker with fanciful dreams and a burden to society. Cultivation begins with changing your psychology and habits, with meditation as mere support. Merit is the beginning of wisdom.

7. You want to become a buddha after learning from me? I'm 90 already, and I still haven't seen a real Buddha or immortal yet. Stop being superstitious. All the books I wrote are only book knowledge and intellectual. Don't get tricked by those books. Lwen Yu Summary is my main effort. There are many places to learn Zen. Go over there to meditate. I've never promoted Buddhism. When I did have Zen classes, those were just organized by colleges, and the people were screened vigorously. We just did some research together. Afterwards, everyone still had to go back to live normal lives, to rub against the difficulties of life to strengthen their heart, and to improve their habits. Everyone must walk their own paths.

You want help from other people? Help yourself! If you really believe in cause and effect, start by using proper motivation and personal inspection is the intelligent way to begin. This is cultivation's heart. Your eyes are always looking outward, blaming heaven and earth, relying on gurus and saints and teachers to worship. This is self-deception and playing a joke on the world.

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167 and have that book already so if I 'win' let the next nearest have it.

Nice idea for a thread BTW.

:)

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I'm happy to announce the winner of the Buddhist Giveaway is Steve. He hit the bullseye! The number I had chosen was 88.

 

 

I've sent a PM to request his shipping info (plus phone number and gate access code: Amazon wants to know all that stuff) and will be placing the order with Amazon today.

 

 

 

Congrats to Steve and thank you to everyone who participated.

 

 

 

May everyone have a wonderful weekend. :)

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I'm happy to announce the winner of the Buddhist Giveaway is Steve. He hit the bullseye! The number I had chosen was 88.

 

 

I've sent a PM to request his shipping info (plus phone number and gate access code: Amazon wants to know all that stuff) and will be placing the order with Amazon today.

 

 

 

Congrats to Steve and thank you to everyone who participated.

 

 

 

May everyone have a wonderful weekend. :)

 

I'm thrilled and very appreciative - so generous of you!

 

_/\_

 

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Free e-version of The Words of My Perfect Teacher for anyone interested.

 

Review

 

XXXXXXXXXX

 

Enjoy. :)

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Free e-version of The Words of My Perfect Teacher for anyone interested.

 

Review

 

XXXXXXXXXXXX

 

Enjoy. :)

 

I bought my copy from legitimate sources. Is that how you represent Buddhism by posting links to bootleg copies?

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I gave my copy away at a retreat before reading it...

I'll pick up another copy someday.

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