Tuesday, February 07, 2006

I've been floored today..

..by the flu that is.

Goose bumps come and go, I'm running a slight temperature and my coughing sounds like the growling of a horny bear. Felt it coming yesterday evening but had two early meetings starting this morning at 7.30. I felt sick but decided to go anyway.

The persons that I welcomed didn't get my best attention so in retrospective I had better canceled the meeting via mail at 12pm risking they show up anyway. Flights are cancelled for the rest of the week and I have redirected my mobile phone to my secretary.. Bye bye world. I'm not here..

I believe I am in some kind of complaining mood but this Blogger infrastructure is really anoying me big time. Can't post, some of your Blogs won't even appear anymore, not to mention me replying to something at all. Perhaps my laptop cought a virus as well.

Didn't feel like studying too. And my little tour through the visible parts of Bloggsville didn't cheer me up either. So many worries, religious bashing and negative feelings last days. Wish I never told you I would be Blogging a litte less coming period :-)

My friends, I am still here. Let me try to cheer you up with a little Buddhism bashing humor (think I could be the first to do that world wide? Wonder if the Llamas will protest, burn Dutch flags and come and get me now?):

Once there was a monk who was an expert on the Diamond Sutra, and as books were very valuable in his day, he carried the only copy in his part of the world on his back. He was widely sought after for his readings and insight into the Diamond Sutra, and very successful at propounding its profundities to not only monks and masters but to the lay people as well.

Thus the people of that region came to know of the Diamond Sutra, and as the monk was traveling on a mountain road, he came upon an old woman selling tea and cakes. The hungry monk would have loved to refresh himself, but alas, he had no money. He told the old woman, "I have upon my back a treasure beyond knowing -- the Diamond Sutra. If you will give me some tea and cakes, I will tell you of this great treasure of knowledge."

The old woman knew something of the Diamond Sutra herself, and proposed her own bargain. She said, "Oh learned monk, if you will answer a simple question, I will give you tea and cakes." To this the monk readily agreed. The woman then said, "When you eat these cakes, are you eating with the mind of the past, the mind of the present or the mind of the future?"

{here goes pic of old Buddhist lady I can't upload} No answer occurred to the monk, so he took the pack from his back and got out the text of the Diamond Sutra, hoping he could find the answer. As he studied and pondered, the day grew late and the old woman packed up her things to go home for the day.
"You are a foolish monk indeed," said the old woman as she left the hungry monk in his quandary. "You eat the tea and cakes with your mouth."

(Story Courtesy of Dan Bammes)