Dhammanando... I hope they were helpful.
Dhammanando wrote:I scarcely followed world news at all in 2008.
This is a very enviable position in so many ways. Often time’s world news and politics seem nothing more than the world’s biggest recurring soap opera… with the same themes, characters, and plot lines. Each time one thinks, “Surely we must have learned our lesson. Surely things will be different this time.” Unfortunately, all too often this is not the case.
Jerrod Lopes... Thank you for the warm welcome. Yes... I have already taken to reading some of your recent posts, very insightful. I look forward to seeing you around as well.
...the cause, the germ, of the arising of dukkha is within dukkha itself, and not outside; and we must equally well remember that the cause, the germ, of the cessation of dukkha, of the destruction of dukkha, is also within dukkha itself, and not outside. -- Walpola Rahula, "What The Buddha Taught"