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I Ching

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What is Buddhism About?

Buddhism doesn't begin with a creator God who made
the world, nor is it very concerned with what
happens to us after we're dead. Buddhism begins in
fact with the basic truth that all human beings
suffer. To the Buddha, every other matter was of
secondary importance, and he suggested we consider
the case of a man who has been shot by an arrow.
The poor man lying there with the arrow plunged
deep into his flesh isn't going to begin asking
who made the arrow, what kind of feathers it has,
how long it is and questions like that. For him
the most important thing is to get the arrow out.

Basically the question is: How can you achieve
release from suffering? The Buddha found that
there are certain steps that can be taken.
Buddhism therefore offers its followers things
that they can do rather than things for them to

One thing Buddhists try to do is to lead good
lives by not causing suffering to others. They
also actively try to do good, be kind and helpful,
and if possible, put others first. They study the
teachings of the Buddha and test them out in their
ordinary lives. Finally, many Buddhists meditate.


You must have seen pictures of the Buddha sitting
with his legs crossed, his back and head very
straight and his eyes half-closed. He looks very
calm. When people are meditating, they are not
frantically caught up in all the pictures and
thoughts that are milling about in their heads.
Rather, they are peacefully allowing these to
settle down. They do not, however, allow their
minds to go blank. In fact, they stay very alert
and watch everything that comes into their minds.

By doing this day after day for a very long time,
a person is first able to achieve great calmness
and clarity. He or she then begins to see into the
true nature of the world: To see things as they
are rather than as they appear. they see, in fact,
that everything is unsatisfactory and tainted with
suffering and that everything is impermanent and
subject to change. Finally they see that nothing,
including human beings, has any sort of underlying
soul or essence. They realize, in short, that
everything passes away and that nothing has any
sort of permanent self.

Proceeding in this way, it is possible for anyone
with enough persistence and determination to gain
for themselves the same enlightenment that the
Buddha discovered beneath the Bo tree at Budh
Gaya. Then they too can find peace and become
free, no longer touched by the pains and sorrows
of human existence.

From Buddhist Festivals by John Snelling: 1987
Rourke Enterprises, Vero Beach, FL pp. 12-15 ISBN
0 86592 980 7

I Ching

Date:    Sun, 23 Nov 1997 09:19:51 -0700 
From:   Robert Hastings <rsh@VIMANA.COM> 
Subject: I Ching - the most cost effective oracle

Twenty two years ago, I was a young man with some
young-man type difficulties, and I was depressed
and suicidal.  I was in my trailer, drunk and
morose, with a .45 pistol in my mouth.   I
decided, before pulling the trigger, to throw an I
Ching.   Hexagram 61 came up - with this message:

Wind blows across the marsh The superior man
weighs litigation carefully and stays all

I can't comment on the mechanisms or ultimate
validity of I Ching, but obviously I took the
advice, and have some fondness for it. As you
might expect, the hexagram launched an epiphany
and as depressed as I've been after that, suicide
has never been an option.

I've reflected on I Ching a bit, and have done a
bit of oracular taxonomy on it.   I Ching has the
following properties:

1) It is a self-reflexive system, that is, it
reflects the user's state, not the state of
external entities (e.g.: OUIJA reflects the state
of dead people, and to paraphrase an article from
GNOSIS, "Just 'cause your dead, it don't mean
you're smart").

2) It is a disintermediated system, that is, you
throw I Ching for yourself, you don't hire an I
Ching practitioner to do it, as in palmistry.

3) It is mostly a symbolic system, not a direct
communication system (i.e.: Most channeling
directly deals with specific dates and events, I
Ching requires interpretation, and you're never
sure you're 100% right on.

4) It requires no special equipment (other than a

5) It's old, old, old - there's no doubt that it's
been around the block and is time tested, unlike
your commercial shopping mall style oracles (e.g.
alleged Nordic/Celtic Runes on Scrabble chips).

6) It's canonical, that is, there aren't 5 or 6 I
Chings running around with wildly variant methods
and interpretations, as in Tarot. Although I've
seen a couple English translations with slightly
different cultural twists, they agree on the
number of hexagrams, the formation thereof, the
two methods of hexagram generation, the strong
line variations, etc.

7) It's noncommercial.   I don't think anyone sees
I Ching as a business opportunity for their NewAge
(rhymes with sewage) product line.

8) It has TWZ embedded in it.

9) It's cost effective: even if it only keeps you
from drunkenly blowing    your brains out once,
the book paid for itself.

I can't say that I "believe" in I Ching, but I do
find its cultural and theoretical underpinnings
more satisfying than other oracular systems. And
no, I haven't tried other systems, and haven't
used I Ching in years.

Because it's a reflexive symbol system, it seems
to me that I Ching requires *neither* faith or
proof.  The salient questions are:

1) Do users get something out of it? 2) Does it
promote delusional thinking?

The answer to 1 is obvious, or nobody would use

The answer to 2 is no.  I Ching deals in pretty
prosaic life situation stuff, which doesn't excite
feeble minds to get grandiose with it. Sure,
there's a few exceptions, this Terence guy may be
a good example ;> .

Because it's disintermediated, control trips or "I
Ching cults" don't arise around it.   I can't
think of anyone who ran their lives throwing
hexagrams for very long - most folks use it for
some period and grow away from it.

Anyway, when you add up all the features of I
Ching, it has the reliability, availability and
maintainability that make it more durable and a
better bargain for today's value conscious shopper
than than any other sport utility vehicle in its

(from  NOVELTY mailing list) --------

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