Archive for September, 2007

Flight of the Conchords

September 23, 2007

You have to watch this. These are two Kiwi comedians who are making it big in USA with their show Flight of the Conchords. Go to YouTube and watch all their clips. Very funny stuff.

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Craig and Lara’s new baby

September 19, 2007

Dunno what the little fella’s name is. Craig, let us know.

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Coming Home

September 17, 2007

I am currently at the San Francisco airport waiting for my flight back to New Zealand. I’ve had a great time here in USA and seen a much better side of America – mainly from visiting a Kiwi in northern California.

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I’m making a slide show which I’ll post on this site shortly.

I’m signed onto a wireless network and they have a curious picture on their front page. Check it out:

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What are they doing?????

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The Dhammapadda

September 5, 2007

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There is no finer introduction to the Buddhist approach to life than to read the first few lines of a scripture called the Dhammapadda. These are supposed to be the original words of Siddhartha Gautama, who became known as the Buddha and lived more than 2,500 years ago.

There are many translations of the Dhammapadda; here is one:

All that we are is a result of what we have thought. What we think and feel today is a result of our previous thought and our thoughts and feelings of the future depend on what we think today. If a man thinks bad thoughts, suffering will follow him, just as certainly as the wheel of a cart follows the ox that pulls the cart.

All that we are is a result of what we have thought. What we think and feel today is a result of our previous thought and our thoughts and feelings of the future depend on what we think today. If a man thinks pure thoughts, suffering will not follow him, happiness will.

“He hurt me, he abused me, he attacked me, he robbed me”; in those who harbour such thoughts, feelings of hatred will arise.

“He hurt me, he abused me, he attacked me, he robbed me”; in those who do not harbour such thoughts, feelings of hatred will not arise. Hatred is not overcome with hatred; hatred is overcome by love alone. This is universally correct.

This quotation contains the essence of the Buddha’s approach to life: what you have thought mainly determines what you think and feel now: if you think bad thoughts, you will suffer through your feelings, but if you think pure thoughts you will be happy.

They gave me a hat…

September 3, 2007

We saw some cowgirls in town and I thought they were just putting it on for show, but others thought they were authentic Wyoming cowgirls. Rian, the course leader, decided I needed a cowboy hat so he bought me one…. (he’s very wealthy – he lives next door to Larry Ellison and other billionaires in Woodside, California.) We had a lot of fun with the hat.

Pictured with Anita from Dayton, Ohio, another course participant:

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