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Michael Feist

New York, New York, United States

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  • Fluent in English
  • 26, Male
  • Member since 2013
  • Bodhisattva
  • Autonomous
  • From Philadelphia - ish
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About Me

CURRENT MISSION

How can I cause people to gain entry into the unsurpassed way and quickly aquire the body of a Buddha?

ABOUT ME

I'm a traveler. My friend, once said, "Mike, you don't look like a New Yorker." I said, "what do I look like?" Her response was, "I don't know. I don't know where you belong."

That about sums it up, it's not been time yet for me to settle down. That's why I opened up an account here. For now I'm staying in New York and plan to remain here for a few more years. In the meanwhile I'd like to meet people, make connections and build relationships of the friend variety so that when the time comes for me to move along, I'll have some people to call on.

Soon I plan to walk to California. Maybe bring my bike. Ideally, I would like to have a semi-plan for where I'll stop and who I'll meet/stay with along the way. If me staying on your couch in the future is not comfortable for you, my other plan is to inquire as to whether it'd be okay to pitch my tent in your yard. I figure that would be safer for me than staying in random parks along the way.

I don't know if I'll have any money on this journey when it comes to be, but I'm a hard worker and will pitch in where ever I can. I have some jack-of-all-trades experience.

I'll also be looking for anyone who can help me find work along the way, day jobs or short term jobs to earn some pocket cash.

PHILOSOPHY

Life is.

My life is focused on the question, "How can I enhance or improve the educational system in USA in my lifetime?"

Why I'm on Couchsurfing

HOW I PARTICIPATE IN COUCHSURFING

Soon I will have my own apartment and change my status to couch available. Until then, I am here to meet with and hang out with anyone in the NYC area.

COUCHSURFING EXPERIENCE

I've couch surfed among friends and family in my life. I am already connected with a range of Buddhists accross America and some worldwide as well. Nam Myoho Renge Kyo.

Interests

Mai Ji Sa Ze Nen, I Ga Ryu Shujo, Toku Nyo Mujo Do, Soku Jo Ju Bushin?
At all times I think to myself, "how can I cause living beings to gain entry into the unsurpassed way and quickly acquire the body of a Buddha?" -Lotus Sutra.

Depression is just unfocused self pity. -Bill Wilson.

Music, Movies & Books

Eternal sunshine of a spotless mind. The RZA. Tarantino. Modest Mouse. Transiberien Orchestra. Elekeu Roho. The Foo. Ghostface. The Wu. Blackstarr. Zeppelin. K-Os. KRS1. Nirvana. RedHotChiliPeppers. Brian Jonestown Massacre. Tesla. Hendrix. Beatles. WEEN. Eminem. De La Soul. Bill Withers. Alkaline Trio. Rowling.

The following is a list of various quotes from books, movies and music that really hit me:

California is nice, yeah? A nice place?
California, California's like, uhh. Yeah. California is like a beautiful, wild, girl on heroin. Who's high as a kite, thinking she's on top of the world. Not knowing she's dieing, even if you show her the marks.

I once knew an episcopalian lady in Newport, road island, who asked me to design and build a doghouse for her great dane. The lady claimed to understand god and his ways of working perfectly. She could not understand why anyone should be puzzled about what had been or about what was going to be.
And yet, when I showed her a blueprint of the doghouse I proposed to build, she said to me, "i'm sorry, but I never could read one of those things."
"give it to your husband or your minister to pass on to god," I said, "and, when god finds a minute, I'm sure he'll explain this doghouse of mine in a way that even you can understand."

She fired me.

When it occurred to me that the animals are swimming around in the water in the oceans in our bodies and anoth had been found another ocean on the planet given that our blood is just like the Atlantic And how

The universe is shaped exactly like the earth if you go straight long enough you'll end up where you were

Everything that keeps me together is falling apart,
I've got this thing that I consider my only art of fucking people over
My boss just quit the job says he's goin' out to find blind spots and he'll do it
The 3rd Planet is sure that they're being watched by an eye in the sky that can't be stop
When you get to the promise land your gonna shake that eye's hand

"You can always count on a murderer for a fancy prose style. Ladies and gentlemen of the jury, exhibit number one is what the seraphs, the misinformed, simple, noble- winged seraphs, envied. Look at this tangle of thorns.”

Sometimes, slowly time brings revelations,
Waiting, softly for someone to believe..
That the ghost we've hidden or left to die
Have now arisen and will arrive to say what has happened, .... to me!
And who would have thought that you'd be the one
That I would have found here waiting. Lost in this night until you arrived and always to blind to see.

the entire album Beethoven's Last Night by Trans-Siberian Orchestra

It's a kind of funny story

I want to create music to make positive growth occur.

I must not fear. Fear is the mind-killer. Fear is the little-death that brings total obliteration. I will face my fear. I will permit it to pass over me and through me. And when it has gone past I will turn the inner eye to see its path. Where the fear has gone there will be nothing......Only I will remain.

Funny the way it is, not right or wrong,
Somebody's heart is broken it becomes your favorite song....

Standing on a bridge, watch the water passing underneath it must have been much harder when there was no bridge just water,
Now the world is small, wonder how it used to be with mountains and oceans and winters and rivers and stars....

Things have been so crazy and hectic
I should have gotten back by now...

Your head is humming and it won't go incase you don't know,The pipers calling you to join him

Oh take this veil off from my eyes,
My burning sun will someday rise,

There's something in your heart and its in your eyes, its the fire, inside ya,
Let it burn
you don't say goodluck, you say don't give up
its the fire, inside ya' let it burn

In the sun the willows give you shade
How they hang like a guillotines blade...

Drugs give me drugs give me drugs,
I don't eat it but I'll sell what ya got, take the cash and I'll keep it,

I can not disguise all thw stomach pains and the walking of the kings,
When you do come out and you whisper up to me in your life of tragedy

I've got shakey little figures that hold on to your grip you've got wrapped around my world, so tight that I can't breath

I want your love and all your lovers' revenge.

Sometimes I feel so happy, sometimes I feel so sad
Sometimes I feel so happy but mostly you just make me mad,
Baby you just make me mad,
Linger on your pale blue eyes

The sea was red and the sky was grey; I wondered how tomorrow could ever follow today. The mountains and the canyons started to tremble and shake as the children of the sun begin to awake.

Well, I live in the city but don't fit in You know it's a pity the shape I'm in Well, I got no home and I got no choice Oh, Lord, have mercy on a country boy Well, they damned the river, they damned the stream They cut down the Cyprus and the Sweetgum trees There's a laundromat and a barbershop And now the whole meadow is a parking lot

Meet the ones you love/
And love the ones you meet

One Amazing Thing I've Done

Meditations of varying degrees.

Teach, Learn, Share

And he said, "But stop Shariputra, I will say no more. Why? Because what the Buddha has achieved is the rarest and most difficult-to-understand Law. The true entity of all phenomena can only be understood and shared between Buddhas. This reality consists of the appearance, nature, entity, power, influence, inherent cause, relation, latent effect, manifest effect, and their consistency from beginning to end."

Later he continues, "Because of the befuddlement of ordinary people, though I live, I give out word that I have entered extinction. For if they see me constantly, arrogance and selfishness arise in their minds. Abandoning restraint, they give themselves up to the give desires and fall into the evil paths of existence. Always I am aware of which living beings practise the way, and which do not, and in response to their needs for salvation I preach various doctrines for them.
"At all times I think to myself: How can I cause living beings to gain entry into the unsurpassed way and quickly acquire the body of a Buddha?"

This is an excerpt from the Lotus Sutra. In this sutra the Buddha, in this case Sidhartha, teaches that there are no limitations or restrictions on who can achieve enlightenment. Buddha actually means Enlightened One. When he says "and quickly acquire the body of a Buddha" he's refering to attaining the life condition of enightenment. Everyone has the innate condition already within their life to be ultimately joyful and compassionate and wise. In this lifetime in fact, as well.

Countries I've Visited

Ireland, United States

Countries I've Lived In

United States

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