Busy

Just got a huge project dropped in my lap at work. I am really busy right now. I have not died :)

Expect to see some ruby code published here soon. I just got done with a DragonflyCMS/Rails authentication integration snippit – works like a charm.

Just finished Misquoting Jesus: The Story Behind Who Changed the Bible and Why. Really good book. The author does a great job of balancing facts about the uncertainty in the origins of the Bible with a positive take on the message. I’d say it’s a must read for any student of Christianity.

I also just picked up a copy of Living Buddha, Living Christ. I have only read one chapter it in so far, but I am very impressed.

There is one story that I want to recount from it, as it sparked a lot of thought in me.

It seems that one day a person asked the Buddha “How do you and your monks practice your path?”.

To this, the Buddha replied “We walk, we sit and we eat.”

“But everyone walks, sits and eats!”

“However, when we walk, we know that we are walking. When we sit, we know that we are sitting, and when we eat, we know that we are eating”

Being mindful of what is happening in the here and now is very important. Allowing past emotions, or future fears to rule you is counterproductive. By being fully engaged in the present, we are better parents, employees, and citizens.

2 thoughts on “Busy”

  1. Seeing them would be cool – but I want to read them. As I understand it, they are the oldest (and thus closest to the actual words spoken) documents of the time – and include some writings that the Council of Nicea rejected for what ever reasons.

    I guess that my beef with the ‘bible says it, it’s so’ mode of thought is that we really do not know what the original writings said. They were lost in the mists of time. What we are reading is a collection of books that scribes copied and sometimes edited for content, and councils of pontiffs voted for inclusion.

    Does this mean that all of the other writings from that period were ‘less then’ what made the grade? I would think that they failed to make it in because either some one disagreed with the theology in them, or because they did not support some one’s real world aspirations.

    Looking at the Bible as a collection of some of the stories that were told about Jesus, IMHO is more accurate then reading it as the literal words which came out of his mouth.

    This is one of the reasons that I really like the Buddhist teaching ‘<i>Do not believe because some one tells you. Believe because you understand it to be true.</i>’

  2. Thanks for the post on my blog, tsykoduk. I agree with wanting to read the Dead Sea Scrolls for myself! 6,000 years of recorded history in the bible is a long time. To assume without thought or reason that all of it is 100% accurate translation requires more faith than I have, that’s for sure.

    I really wanted to see the DSS at the Pacific Science Center this fall, but it didn’t work out time wise. :(

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