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Zen Spot #145 - Mindfulness, meditation, Batman and Robin January 20, 2015 21:24

 

"Atomic batteries to power. Turbines to speed."

I've been learning to chant at a local Buddhist service--and the experience feels confusing and dogmatic. 

For some reason, during the most recent service's silent meditation, my mind kept replaying episodes of the 1960's Batman television series.  A singular, memorable detail from the series is when Batman and Robin jumped into the Batmobile right before it launched from the Batcave.

Batman would say, "Atomic batteries to power". Robin would say, "Turbines to speed"...and Wayne Manor would soon be in the rear view mirror. For some reason, during the service, I found myself wanting to chant the quotes.

Hmmmmmmmmm.....

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  2. The truth of the origin of suffering
  3. The truth of the cessation of suffering
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  3. Right action
  4. Right speech
  5. Right livelihood
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