Traditional Buddhist blessing and healing chant

Just as the soft rains fill the streams,
pour into the rivers and join together in the oceans,
so may the power of every moment of your goodness
flow forth to awaken and heal all beings,
Those here now, those gone before, those yet to come.

By the power of every moment of your goodness
May your heart’s wishes be soon fulfilled
as completely shining as the bright full moon,
as magically as by a wish-fulfilling gem.

By the power of every moment of your goodness
May all dangers be averted and all disease be gone.
May no obstacle come across your way.
May you enjoy fulfillment and long life.

For all in whose heart dwells respect,
who follow the wisdom and compassion, of the Way,
May your life prosper in the four blessings
of old age, beauty, happiness and strength.

The Jew Has Left the Building

“What is your name?”
“Jacob”
“really?”
“yes”
“are you jewish?”
“no”
“really?, are you sure?”
“yes”
“you know I dont mind if you are. you can tell me”
“I'm not jewish”
“but you have a jewish name”
“yes I know.”
“you know, all the guys in the telecom group wanted to know”
“really?”
“yes”
“huh. what if I am?”
“So you are?”
“no”
“really man, its ok – you can tell me I wont mind. Are you?”
“no, I'm not.”
“are you parents?”
“no”
“really? what religion are they?”
“they aren't religious really”
“hmm. and you? what religion are you?”
“buhddist”
“what! You worship a statue?!”
“no”

Families Vs. Christians — Who Will Win?

Families Vs. Christians — Who Will Win?

“A parent who is Wiccan or pagan would be deeply offended by the characterization of their religious path as being likely to have had 'tremendous evil come from occult involvement.' A parent in a court-mandated program might not be able to object without suffering severe consequences, such as being ostracized or publicly ridiculed. Wiccans, Pagans, Druids, Santeros, Gnostic Christians, Qabbalists and Sufis are all considered to engage in mystic or occult religious practices… Those of us who practice 'occult' or non-mainstream religions are law-abiding, productive taxpayers and voters who simply wish to be afforded the same respect and tolerance that is the right of every American citizen.”

Kind of like trying to tell a muslims here in Cairo that, “No, I'm actually not a Christian”, to which they kind of give a startled look, and then ask what you are. When you reply “I'm a Buddhist”, they look incredulous and say, “But they worship a statue man!”.

But they are not close minded, and we have the wrong idea and Islam.

Yeah, right.