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Oct. 12th, 2005

  • 7:20 PM
Daniel Lanois
A young Buddhist one day followed the road to the banks of a wide and rushing river. The road ended at the water's edge, and there was no bridge or ferry across the river. The young man sat on a rock and regarded the river, thinking for hours of how he was to cross the water and continue his journey. Finally, just as he was about to give up and return home, he saw on the far side a great teacher, walking along the river's edge.

"Oh great master!" the young Buddhist shouted. "Can you tell me how to get to the other side of the river?"

The old teacher smiled and pointed. "Young man, you are already on the other side!"

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astragali wrote:
Oct. 12th, 2005 11:37 pm (UTC)
When I was in college, we had to do a proposal for formatting a radio religious-themed radio station. I suggested the call letters KOAN, and a guy with a really soothing voice would just read stuff like this all day long. With traffic on the sevens, of course. And news. And giving away something to the tenth caller, but by calling, hadn't we really all won?

My professor pointed out that 1) I'm not nearly as funny as I think I am; 2) I was on the wrong side of the Mississippi for those call letters to work; and 3) Do it again, and this time, don't be lame.
king_cool_paul wrote:
Oct. 12th, 2005 11:39 pm (UTC)
Yeah, see, I'm obviously fucked in the head, because I thought that was a brilliant idea. I would tune that station in and break off the dial so nobody could change it.

Maybe I'll have to start up a podcast or something...
also_huey wrote:
Oct. 12th, 2005 11:47 pm (UTC)
I too. ...except, the radio show may already exist. Listen to Forest, the 'Musical StarStreams' guy.

Back when I worked third shift in Chicago, I'd blast this stuff at the machine room. No matter how sleepy you are, Forest is more sleepy than you.
astragali wrote:
Oct. 12th, 2005 11:58 pm (UTC)
See, I got the idea from my boyfriend at the time, who was French. I'd get all mad at him over something or other, and he would bust out the Buddhism, and I'd be completely disarmed for a minute. This would lead to me losing the verbal thrust-and-parry, all because I stopped to think. I would be reduced to making that Pepe LePew "hunh-HYUNH!" noise at him, thus mocking his accent. Then he would mutter something under his breath in French, I would say "Hey! I understood that!" and he would look at me, realize I was lying and in actuality had no idea what he said, and walk away shaking his head.

nebulous_blue wrote:
Oct. 13th, 2005 12:12 am (UTC)

Nice anecdote. There are all kinds of variations of that same story in Native culture as well.
king_cool_paul wrote:
Oct. 13th, 2005 01:17 am (UTC)
That doesn't really surprise me, somehow. It's just common sense, you know? Only sometimes one needs to have that sort of thing pointed out, yes?

I am drinking lemonade. There is no reason for my telling you that, other than hey! Lemonade!
nebulous_blue wrote:
Oct. 13th, 2005 02:14 am (UTC)

Having things pointed out, hearing things you already know...it's all about reminding yourself, or someone else, about the simple but important things in life.

Lemonade. It's better than a pop tart.
onceupon wrote:
Oct. 14th, 2005 03:05 pm (UTC)
Well, yes.

But (and forgive me for blowing the philosophical mood here) how did the CHICKEN get to the other side of the river?
king_cool_paul wrote:
Oct. 18th, 2005 01:24 pm (UTC)
He was strapped to the duck.

Oooooh. Cross-pollination of bad jokes there. I'm talented.

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