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Would Buddha ride a bike?
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TibetanMonkey, the Beach Cruiser Philosopher
2011-08-29 15:45:39 UTC
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I'm sure he would. Actually I think he will actively take advantage of the bike to develop some new wisdom...

“Developing the jhanas is like learning how to ride a (mental) bike. When learning how to ride a bike there are two important things involved: First of all, you see others on the bike and see how much fun they have. You want that too. Secondly, almost everyone you see did learn it, so you are thinking: I can do it too. Third, when you are up on the bike, you learn to intuitively avoid falling – but that takes lot of practice. You know now, that the falling was actually part of the game, and it taught you how NOT to fall. In order to develop the skill to keep your balance your mind had to learn to avoid extreme movements away from the center. You also realized that eventually, once you started to keep going, the balance was easy to hold and the fun bike ride started.”

And what do we do when we have learned how to balance ourselves on a bicycle? We ride along and enjoy the scenery, never “forgetting” what we need to sustain doing to keep our bicycle upright.

http://mybuddhaispink.blogspot.com/2010/11/riding-bicycle-of-meditation.html

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This may not be that practical in the mountains of Tibet, but it surely makes sense on flat land. Nothing beats the beach!

Remember, though, drivers have bad karma for the most part.

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TibetanMonkey, the Beach Cruiser Philosopher
2011-09-01 14:58:42 UTC
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On Mon, 29 Aug 2011 08:39:28 -0700 (PDT), "TibetanMonkey, the Beach
Post by TibetanMonkey, the Beach Cruiser Philosopher
I'm sure he would. Actually I think he will actively take advantage of the bike to develop some new wisdom...
“Developing the jhanas is like learning how to ride a (mental) bike. When learning how to ride a bike there are two important things involved: First of all, you see others on the bike and see how much fun they have. You want that too. Secondly, almost everyone you see did learn it, so you are thinking: I can do it too. Third, when you are up on the bike, you learn to intuitively avoid falling – but that takes lot of practice. You know now, that the falling was actually part of the game, and it taught you how NOT to fall. In order to develop the skill to keep your balance your mind had to learn to avoid extreme movements away from the center. You also realized that eventually, once you started to keep going, the balance was easy to hold and the fun bike ride started.”
And what do we do when we have learned how to balance ourselves on a bicycle? We ride along and enjoy the scenery, never “forgetting” what we need to sustain doing to keep our bicycle upright.
http://mybuddhaispink.blogspot.com/2010/11/riding-bicycle-of-meditation.html
I have never been remotely an athlete -- no good at games or
calisthenics, but I rode a two wheel bike beginning at age 10 through
high school, exploring the city and nearby countryside riding miles
and miles with sheer pleasure. No one in my family ever inquired
where I had been and it gave me great freedom to poke into every
nook and cranny a bike could take me to. I also rode a bike around
Central Park in NYC when I lived close to it for many years, and
then in Prospect Park in Brooklyn. Now at age 81 I ride an adult
trike with electric power to help me when I need it. Never feel less
old and freer than when I am on my bike. The big basket in back
is a great help. Today I packed up two garbage bags full of
dirty laundry and delivered it a few blocks away to a laundromat
to be washed and folded. I always have my cell phone with me to
call for help if needed. The trike gives me independence to do
things for myself as I haven't owned a car for decades. I may be
thought to be eccentric to those who see me hauling things around
on my trike. But actually I get smiles and good wishes and "nice
bike" from many of those I encounter.
Praise may be laid upon you! ;)

You know, you sure sound independent but many women would feel intimidated to go around on their own. Even my local park --certainly not the worst in town-- is full of funny characters and many ladies simply don't go. I as a guy have another challenge: not to be confused with the hobos hanging there. I've said this much before: WE NEED MORE BEACH BUMS AND FEWER BUMS.

I think SAFETY on a bike needs to include keeping our parks clean and safe. I used to go the park to escape the jungle outside but got depressed and I'm back to square one.

By the way, I got some trailers that can carry a large load over a long distance. A trike is only one option.
TibetanMonkey, the Beach Cruiser Philosopher
2011-09-02 20:45:29 UTC
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WHAT TYPE OF CYCLIST WOULD BUDDHA BE? I think beach bum.
I just want to mention that surfers are classical BEACH BUMS. The problem is having bums hanging out by the beach, displacing the beach bums.
I want to emphasize the STATUS factor. There are basically 3 types of cyclists in my humble opinion: BUMS, BEACH BUMS and the BEHOOVING. This gentleman explains why we need to be proper:

With my satirical "get the look" blog entries (Florentine Gigolo, Motorcycle rebel, Really Suave Guys, grown ups) I've been underlining the importance of image for cyclists. As far as drivers are concerned, our minority status and assumptions that we are all greenies, would seem to deny us the right to fantasize, a right that drivers can indulge without raising an eyebrow. It is only right, I would contend, that cyclists get to pretend they are sporty, outdoorsy, classy, hip, or whatever they like, just as drivers imagine they're in Sweden if driving a SAAB, or in the wilderness if driving a Landcruiser, when in fact most of their driving is just done in the burbs. Velorbis have gone out of their way to make this bike stylish, and give cycling cache. The serial number pressed in the seat tube, the lugged and braised German made frame, the all-class head-badge, the true old-school frame construction: wherever you look, you see love. Like mobile phones in Cambodia, or smoking in the 1920s, cycling will catch on as it offers people who currently drive, the opportunity to increase their prestige with this more behooving approach to their moving.

http://behoovingmoving.livejournal.com/30387.html

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I can be either beach bum (casual) or behooving (gentleman), but never bum. I think they are a liability to our species (bipedal cyclist) and should be dismissed until they get the proper bi-gear (bicycle and gear). "Made in Germany" sure sounds very prestigious. "Made in Taiwan" sounds good too!

I'm not as behooving as that guy, but I got an Electra Amsterdam (Taiwanese) with some touches that give competition to the above look. People must be saying, "Check it out, that's His Highness the Wise TibetanMonkey, Nirvana Banana Tantric Master, Beach Cruiser Philosopher, Free Spirit of the Jungle, King of the Apes I, Comandante Banana & Chief of Quixotic Enterprises."

Yeah, that's my full title.

NOTICE HOW THE PSYCHOLOGY OF THE LAND-CRUISER DRIVER IS TO BE IN THE JUNGLE. AND THEY ACT ACCORDINGLY FOR THE MOST PART.

I did chip in with my comment to the above link:

This is a bicycle fit for a wise man. A slow moving bike is something to behold when man and machine come together in Tantric rhythm.

I own a mundane Electra Amsterdam but I've given it some touches of wisdom to make it look close to the originals.

-Wise TibetanMonkey, Nirvana Banana Tantric Master, Comandante Banana
TibetanMonkey, the Beach Cruiser Philosopher
2011-09-03 01:06:56 UTC
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Rita - I don't know about "Buddha" - but don't you have a washing
machine??? That sure would spare you those trips to have your laundry
done.
Buddha wouldn't have a washing machine either. He would look for any excuse to go out. And Rita would be bored in the cage. Besides those commercial machines are much better. ;)
The mountains of Tibet would prove more challenging to the mind -
But we have new evidence that Buddha would ride a beach cruiser, even if he had to move to the beach. I can't imagine Buddha climbing mountains.
TibetanMonkey, the Beach Cruiser Philosopher
2011-09-02 18:27:12 UTC
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WHAT TYPE OF CYCLIST WOULD BUDDHA BE? I think beach bum.
On Thu, 1 Sep 2011 07:53:29 -0700 (PDT), "TibetanMonkey, the Beach
Post by TibetanMonkey, the Beach Cruiser Philosopher
On Mon, 29 Aug 2011 08:39:28 -0700 (PDT), "TibetanMonkey, the Beach
Post by TibetanMonkey, the Beach Cruiser Philosopher
I'm sure he would. Actually I think he will actively take advantage of the bike to develop some new wisdom...
“Developing the jhanas is like learning how to ride a (mental) bike. When learning how to ride a bike there are two important things involved: First of all, you see others on the bike and see how much fun they have. You want that too. Secondly, almost everyone you see did learn it, so you are thinking: I can do it too. Third, when you are up on the bike, you learn to intuitively avoid falling – but that takes lot of practice. You know now, that the falling was actually part of the game, and it taught you how NOT to fall. In order to develop the skill to keep your balance your mind had to learn to avoid extreme movements away from the center. You also realized that eventually, once you started to keep going, the balance was easy to hold and the fun bike ride started.”
And what do we do when we have learned how to balance ourselves on a bicycle? We ride along and enjoy the scenery, never “forgetting” what we need to sustain doing to keep our bicycle upright.
http://mybuddhaispink.blogspot.com/2010/11/riding-bicycle-of-meditation.html
I have never been remotely an athlete -- no good at games or
calisthenics, but I rode a two wheel bike beginning at age 10 through
high school, exploring the city and nearby countryside riding miles
and miles with sheer pleasure. No one in my family ever inquired
where I had been and it gave me great freedom to poke into every
nook and cranny a bike could take me to. I also rode a bike around
Central Park in NYC when I lived close to it for many years, and
then in Prospect Park in Brooklyn. Now at age 81 I ride an adult
trike with electric power to help me when I need it. Never feel less
old and freer than when I am on my bike. The big basket in back
is a great help. Today I packed up two garbage bags full of
dirty laundry and delivered it a few blocks away to a laundromat
to be washed and folded. I always have my cell phone with me to
call for help if needed. The trike gives me independence to do
things for myself as I haven't owned a car for decades. I may be
thought to be eccentric to those who see me hauling things around
on my trike. But actually I get smiles and good wishes and "nice
bike" from many of those I encounter.
Praise may be laid upon you! ;)
You know, you sure sound independent but many women would feel intimidated to go around on their own. Even my local park --certainly not the worst in town-- is full of funny characters and many ladies simply don't go. I as a guy have another challenge: not to be confused with the hobos hanging there. I've said this much before: WE NEED MORE BEACH BUMS AND FEWER BUMS.
I think SAFETY on a bike needs to include keeping our parks clean and safe. I used to go the park to escape the jungle outside but got depressed and I'm back to square one.
By the way, I got some trailers that can carry a large load over a long distance. A trike is only one option.
I live two blocks from a beach on the Pacific Ocean. The area is
named Pacific Beach. We do have beach goers and surfers carrying
their boards by the dozens. They are young people and bother no one
except perhaps the lifeguards when they attempt to go in with a high
surf warning.
I just want to mention that surfers are classical BEACH BUMS. The problem is having bums hanging out by the beach, displacing the beach bums. ;)
I want to emphasize this status factor in emphasis. There are basically 3 types of cyclists in my humble opinion: BUMS, BEACH BUMS and the BEHOOVING. This gentleman explains why we need to be proper:

With my satirical "get the look" blog entries (Florentine Gigolo, Motorcycle rebel, Really Suave Guys, grown ups) I've been underlining the importance of image for cyclists. As far as drivers are concerned, our minority status and assumptions that we are all greenies, would seem to deny us the right to fantasize, a right that drivers can indulge without raising an eyebrow. It is only right, I would contend, that cyclists get to pretend they are sporty, outdoorsy, classy, hip, or whatever they like, just as drivers imagine they're in Sweden if driving a SAAB, or in the wilderness if driving a Landcruiser, when in fact most of their driving is just done in the burbs. Velorbis have gone out of their way to make this bike stylish, and give cycling cache. The serial number pressed in the seat tube, the lugged and braised German made frame, the all-class head-badge, the true old-school frame construction: wherever you look, you see love. Like mobile phones in Cambodia, or smoking in the 1920s, cycling will catch on as it offers people who currently drive, the opportunity to increase their prestige with this more behooving approach to their moving.

http://behoovingmoving.livejournal.com/30387.html

***

I can be either beach bum (casual) or behooving (gentleman), but never bum. I think they are a liability to our species (bipedal cyclist) and should be dismissed until they get the proper bi-gear (bicycle and gear).

I'm not as behooving as that guy, but I got an Electra Amsterdam with some touches that give competition to the above look. People must be saying, "Check it out, that's His Highness the Wise TibetanMonkey, Nirvana Banana Tantric Master, Beach Cruiser Philosopher, Free Spirit of the Jungle, King of the Apes I, Comandante Banana & Chief of Quixotic Enterprises."

Yeah, that's my full title. ;)

NOTICE HOW THE PSYCHOLOGY OF THE LAND-CRUISER DRIVER IS TO BE IN THE JUNGLE. AND THEY ACT ACCORDINGLY FOR THE MOST PART.
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