Be Thin

Not physically. The Buddha doesn’t care about your physical shape.

Have a thin ego. Your sense of self is the membrane and interface between the world and consciousness. Consciousness is impersonal. It has no investment in who you think you are. But, since few people in our world are much aware of consciousness at all, and you still have to interact with them, you need a persona to navigate the world.

But consciousness is appealing. It is joyful and beautiful, the site of pure bliss, and your persona will be more appealing the more consciousness shows through it. After he awakened, the…

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Uppity gay, Buddhist, author, historian.

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William B. Turner

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Uppity gay, Buddhist, author, historian.

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