the joke

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The Deli Lama

This cartoon is a shameless pseudo-hack of two jokes, so no, I didn’t think of the punch line, so sue. The first joke really isn’t a joke per se, it comes from a book called “Awakening the Buddha Within” by Lama Surya Das, aka Jeffrey Miller, aka “The Deli Lama” which is what his mom called him after the author in his 20’s, a Jewish boy from New Jersey traveled to Nepal and became a buddhist monk. The part about, “Make me one with everything” is from a joke that goes, “What did the Dali Lama say to the hot dog vendor? Make me one with everything.”

So there. I’ve deconstructed the cartoon and probably sucked all the humor right out of it. But life is suffering, right?

Ikkyū

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CANCEL ALL DEBTS
Robbers never strike at the homes of the poor;
Private wealth does not benefit the entire
           nation.
Calamity has its source in the accumulated
           riches of a few,
People who lose their souls for ten thousand
           coins.
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The Basics Never Change, as evidenced by this from Wild Ways, Zen Poems by Ikkyū (Translated by John Stevens, White Pine Press), who died in 1481 at the age of 87. D. Dorworth
Ikkyū was an eccentric, iconoclastic Japanese Zen Buddhist monk and poet. He had a great impact on the infusion of Japanese art and literature with Zen attitudes and ideals.