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by humbled
Mon Jun 21, 2010 1:54 am
Forum: Leonard Cohen's music
Topic: Are Leonard Cohen's lyrics influenced by Buddhism?
Replies: 163
Views: 36105

Re: Are Leonard Cohen's lyrics influenced by Buddhism?

Perhaps you need to spend a bit more time practicing that Buddhist form of compassion yourself, Humbled, and accept the Jew in Leonard Cohen. HollyDove First of all I don’t aspire to that type of compassion. Second, I have no more problem with Cohen being a Jew than I do him being a Muslim but base...
by humbled
Sun Jun 13, 2010 10:23 pm
Forum: Leonard Cohen's music
Topic: Are Leonard Cohen's lyrics influenced by Buddhism?
Replies: 163
Views: 36105

Re: Are Leonard Cohen's lyrics influenced by Buddhism?

To All: Trying to equate the idea of compassion in Buddhism with that of Judaism is, to put it as kindly as possible, egregiously incorrect. The compassion of Buddhism is a complete, universal, catholic compassion that of Judaism (or hi-western mythology in general) is diametrically opposite. This i...
by humbled
Tue May 04, 2010 2:37 am
Forum: Comments & Questions
Topic: Late Discovers of Mr. Cohen
Replies: 30
Views: 5855

Re: Late Discovers of Mr. Cohen

There are probably a number of reasons you haven’t heard of Cohen. First, most people either LOVE his music or HATE it -- I don’t know anyone who can “take it or leave it.” Most people just do not like his music or voice. Since his music is eclectic it doesn’t fit into any neat category and most son...
by humbled
Thu Apr 22, 2010 2:17 am
Forum: Leonard Cohen's music
Topic: Are Leonard Cohen's lyrics influenced by Buddhism?
Replies: 163
Views: 36105

Re: Are Leonard Cohen's lyrics influenced by Buddhism?

Tine Does: Isaiah 14:14 I will ascend above the tops of the clouds; I will make myself like the Most High ." This is the blasphemy. In western religion you can try to imitate God you cannot equate yourself with God. Where in Hinduism one prayer is Shiva Hung! I AM Shiva. I am God. This is the "party...
by humbled
Fri Apr 16, 2010 1:21 am
Forum: Leonard Cohen's music
Topic: Are Leonard Cohen's lyrics influenced by Buddhism?
Replies: 163
Views: 36105

Re: Are Leonard Cohen's lyrics influenced by Buddhism?

Sorry thought you were asking about the general mythological base. :oops: As it relates to the song: Cohen is saying (to me) don’t wait for the perfect in all these cases. In the case of the HD it is don’t wait for God to intercede for you to God…go for it! Don’t wait for the “perfect union” with Go...
by humbled
Fri Apr 16, 2010 12:43 am
Forum: Leonard Cohen's music
Topic: Are Leonard Cohen's lyrics influenced by Buddhism?
Replies: 163
Views: 36105

Re: Are Leonard Cohen's lyrics influenced by Buddhism?

Hi Remote: I was directing it at Holydove but wanted anyone who cared to reply so I resisted directing it to her. To answer you: The reason I specifically pointed to the obvious Holy Spirit based metaphor is because that idea is western in nature. This is why it just could not fit in a song that was...
by humbled
Thu Apr 15, 2010 5:31 pm
Forum: Leonard Cohen's music
Topic: Are Leonard Cohen's lyrics influenced by Buddhism?
Replies: 163
Views: 36105

Re: Are Leonard Cohen's lyrics influenced by Buddhism?

Hi, I was wondering if you see any similarities in the mythologies of the Christ figure and the Buddha. Even the age when they began teaching is very close. There is a range if you look across Christian writing but mostly it is given as 33 years. I believe the Buddha was 35 years old, is that correc...
by humbled
Thu Apr 15, 2010 7:05 am
Forum: Leonard Cohen's music
Topic: Something Positive - Something Negative
Replies: 43
Views: 15929

Re: Something Positive - Something Negative

4b: Are you acquainted with the neurological condition know as Synesthesia? It can occur naturally in a very few and can be induced in some people via hallucinogenics. If you are not I think you would find it fascinating. If you are not familiar with Daniel Tammet (formerly world record holder for m...
by humbled
Wed Apr 14, 2010 9:03 pm
Forum: Leonard Cohen's music
Topic: Are Leonard Cohen's lyrics influenced by Buddhism?
Replies: 163
Views: 36105

Re: Are Leonard Cohen's lyrics influenced by Buddhism?

Hi, Based on the last two posts it appears the idea is to move this back to the post title topic. So I will refrain from answering the questions recently brought up. I will help lead it back to the topic by saying simply that I think understand a bit better why people see a Buddhist influence when I...
by humbled
Tue Apr 13, 2010 4:37 am
Forum: Leonard Cohen's music
Topic: Are Leonard Cohen's lyrics influenced by Buddhism?
Replies: 163
Views: 36105

Re: Are Leonard Cohen's lyrics influenced by Buddhism?

Remote1: Thank’s for the reply. Yours and holydove’s replies were what I expected. If you’ve had the experience of web forums that I have had you know that on most forums my last post would have gotten me flamed with “you have totally misrepresented…”, “that’s the only way you can win an argument…” ...
by humbled
Mon Apr 12, 2010 10:56 pm
Forum: Leonard Cohen's music
Topic: Are Leonard Cohen's lyrics influenced by Buddhism?
Replies: 163
Views: 36105

Re: Are Leonard Cohen's lyrics influenced by Buddhism?

Actually there is a method to my madness or maybe madness to my method. I really want to get feedback on a bit of a different track but wanted to be stark enough in starting it so that people could see where I was trying to get. From my experience I knew I could count on members here not to take the...
by humbled
Mon Apr 12, 2010 2:35 am
Forum: Leonard Cohen's music
Topic: Are Leonard Cohen's lyrics influenced by Buddhism?
Replies: 163
Views: 36105

Re: Are Leonard Cohen's lyrics influenced by Buddhism?

One thing to take into account, if you want to get serious about the idea of Buddhism informing Cohen’s lyrics, is some things just don’t fit. For example Cohen speaks of love in both senses passion/lust, and romantic love. If you want to insist on a strict Buddhist interpretation you have to view t...
by humbled
Sun Apr 11, 2010 5:10 am
Forum: Leonard Cohen's music
Topic: Are Leonard Cohen's lyrics influenced by Buddhism?
Replies: 163
Views: 36105

Re: Are Leonard Cohen's lyrics influenced by Buddhism?

Tine: The idea of dualism comes from the idea that all is illusion. It is a manifestation of that illusion. There are three ways you can go. You can choose one “side” over another: good vs. evil, light vs. dark, live vs. die. In choosing one over another you are living in the illusion. You have chos...
by humbled
Tue Mar 30, 2010 5:33 am
Forum: Leonard Cohen's music
Topic: Something Positive - Something Negative
Replies: 43
Views: 15929

Re: Something Positive - Something Negative

IMM, sorry my mistake.

And let me just change this:
To return your thread that I feel we hijacked just a little bit…

To this:
To return your thread that I feel I hijacked just a little bit…

and bow out of the discussion.
by humbled
Tue Mar 30, 2010 12:29 am
Forum: Leonard Cohen's music
Topic: Something Positive - Something Negative
Replies: 43
Views: 15929

Re: Something Positive - Something Negative

B4real: To return your thread that I feel we hijacked just a little bit… Cohen is a master in using symbolism. I think that is what I get most from his work. He often highlights paradox (your positive/negative). I think he does this because paradox is a sign that you have bumped up against the limit...

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