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So this chill guy named Brian that I know says I should laugh.
Whats that have to do with being Buddhist?
He never tells me.
He must be too serious to give me any teachings about this important matter.
He likes to say things that sound like tick, though. That made me laugh.
He drinks bourban......( I bet he watches Cowboy movies)
Oh well....I'll see what this 'Vastmind' can dig up out of
the Buddha Bag.
Why Laughing is a serious teaching
H.W.L. Poonja was a jovial man who loved to laugh,
even while explaining that enlightenment means awakening to the
realization that your true nature is indistinguishable from the
indefinable source of the universe......emptiness.
"Poonjaji, why is your emptiness so much more fun
The Guru replied,
"My emptiness rejects nothing.
stillness and activity,
and sorrow and joy,
laughter and tears."
And then he burst out laughing.
Sometimes just changing your face and your body language
can create more space in your mind.
Laughter is a real aid to bring about that spaciousness.
---Short story by James Baraz, meditation teacher, ODE mag. 2009
*smile and laugh
*cultivate wholesome, happy emotions