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Refrigerator magnets August 23, 2012

Posted by Samuel Snoek-Brown in Art, Kitchen & Bath, Smiley.
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Refrigerator magnets. At Kagyu Changchub Chuling Buddhist center, Portland, OR.

Here’s a riddle: Am I so happy because I’m a Buddhist? Or am I a Buddhist because I’m so happy?

Either way, I am always delighted when, between sitting meditation and oral teachings, I slip into my Buddhist center‘s kitchen for a cup of tea and find that someone has arranged the refrigerator magnets into a smiley face!

We Buddhists do love to smile! 🙂

English: Pu-tai, a chinese monk who, for his c...

English: Pu-tai, a chinese monk who, for his contented nature, was and is well known as the “Laughing Buddha”. To laugh is – following many Zen Masters – the most ancient meditation. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama brings togeth...

His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama brings together Buddhists and Western scientists every two years. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Reader-submitted web smiley: the Buddha on happiness March 22, 2012

Posted by Samuel Snoek-Brown in Reader submission, Smiley, Web smileys.
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The Buddha on happiness. (Allegedly.) Submitted by my friend Dylan S.

I’ve spent ages trying to track down three things: 1) if this is a legit Buddhist parable, 2) in what text this parable might appear, and 3) who made this image. I’m drawing blanks on all three.

But I do know where I got it — my friend Dylan sent it to me via Facebook. “I’m sure you’ve seen this,” he wrote, “but it screamed you.”

Scream with glee!

I have seen the quote before (it was making the rounds on Facebook, in various memes or just as a quote, a couple of weeks ago), but I’d never seen it attached to a smiley face. And what a great visual metaphor! The road to happiness!

See you on the path, happy readers. 🙂