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Here are a few excerpts from David M. Bader's Zen Judaism: For You, a

Little Enlightenment. - sent in by Gil Friend

-- Be here now. Be someplace else later. Is that so complicated?

-- Though only your skin, sinews, and bones remain, though your blood and

flesh dry up and wither away, yet shall you meditate and not stir until you

have attained full Enlightenment. But first, a little nosh.

-- Accept misfortune as a blessing. Do not wish for perfect health or a

life without problems. What would you talk about?

-- Let go of pride, ego, and opinions. Admit your errors and forgive those

of others. Relinquishment will lead to calm and healing in your

relationships. If that doesn't work, try small-claims court.

-- There is no escaping karma. In a previous life, you never called, you

never wrote, you never visited. And whose fault was that?

-- The Torah says, "Love they neighbor as thyself." The Buddha says there is

no "self." So maybe you are off the hook.

-- If there is no self, whose arthritis is this?

-- Wherever you go, there you are. Your luggage is another story.

-- Do not let children play contact sports like football. These only lead

to injuries and instill a violent, war-like nature. Encourage your child to

play peaceful games, like "sports doctor."

-- The journey of a thousand miles begins with a single oy.

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