Hello, if you are reading this, then welcome to my profile. Maybe you would like to know more about me, or maybe your a bastard stalker? Either way, here is some info you might not know about me. I value problem solving, and the ability to see the truth. I am interested in real problems like: How do you double money in the shortest time possible? Or how do you improve the lives of people around the world? Or is it possible for a game mod to help people in real life? Or how do you make a person interested in you with only a short paragraph?

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Posted by nick111 on Jul 11th, 2010

How can a simple question be so complicated? When was the last time you read something and totally forgot about everything else? Why would nick111 write this blog post and tell people to FORGET THIS POST AND NEVER READ THIS PAGE AGAIN.

FORGET THIS POST AND NEVER READ THIS PAGE AGAIN. Ikkyu, the Zen master, was very clever even as a boy. His teacher had a precious teacup, a rare antique. Ikkyu happened to break this cup and was greatly perplexed. Hearing the footsteps of his teacher, he held the pieces of the cup behind him. When the master appeared, Ikkyu asked: "Why do people have to die?"

"This is natural," explained the older man. "Everything has to die and has just so long to live."

Ikkyu, producing the shattered cup, added: "It was time for your cup to die."

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ramagon
ramagon Jul 14 2010, 1:43pm says:

well... i cannot see a good approach, but i think you are telling me to go die

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nick111
nick111 Jul 18 2010, 12:51am replied:

well Zengetsu, a Chinese master of the T'ang dynasty, wrote the following advice for his pupils:

Living in the world yet not forming attachments to the dust of the world is the way of a true Zen student.

When witnessing the good action of another encourage yourself to follow his example. Hearing of the mistaken action of another, advise yourself not to emulate it.

Even though alone in a dark room, be as if you were facing a noble guest. Express your feelings, but become no more expressive than your true nature.

Poverty is your teasure. Never exchange it for an easy life.

A person may appear a fool and yet not be one. He may only be guarding his wisdom carefully.

Virtues are the fruit of self-discipline and do not drop from heaven of themselves as does rain or snow.

Modesty is the foundation of all virtues. Let your neighbors discover you before you make yourself known to them.

A noble heart never forces itself forward. Its words are as rare gems, seldom displayed and of great value.

To a sincere student, every day is a fortunate day. Time passes but he never lags behind. Neither glory nor shame can move him.

Censure yourself, never another. Do not discuss right and wrong.

Some things, though right, were considered wrong for generations. Since the value of righteousness may be recognized after centuries, there is no need to crave an immediate appreciation.

Live with cause and leave results to the great law of the universe. Pass each day in peaceful contemplation.

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