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Sunday, November 4, 2012

New Blog Home

The Muddy Water Zen blog now has a new home over at Scoop.it


The new Scoop.it platform allows for faster and easier posting and also provides better following and sharing options for readers.

Check out the new blog at Scoop.it/t/mwz and subscribe via RSS or bookmark today!

This blog site will only remain as a redirect to the new blog and will no longer receive content updates.




2012 Lecture Series - Lecture 4 Promo

Lecture 4 Promo

Sunday, October 28, 2012

Dharma Talk - Politics



Talk Given By: Bup Mee Sunim
Sunday, October 28, 2012
Duration - 19:14
Episode # 110

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Sunday, October 21, 2012

Dharma Talk - Fear



Talk Given By: Hae Doh Sunim
Sunday, October 21, 2012
Duration - 19:56
Episode # 109

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Monday, October 15, 2012

Taego Zen Center supports Buddhist Global Relief



Hae Jin Sunim and the Taego Zen Center recently supported the 2012 "Walk to Feed the Hungry", a Buddhist Global Relief project founded and chaired by Bhikkhu Bodhi, now in its 3rd year.

The walk took place in New York, NY at Riverside Park on October 13, 2012 and participants walked 3.6 miles, raising over $15,000 to alleivate hunger in Africa, Haiti, Asia, and the United States.

Taego Zen Center

Find more information and learn how to get involved with the Buddhist Global Relief.

Click on the thumbnail below to view more photos from the walk!

BGR Walk 2012



Sunday, October 14, 2012

Dharma Talk - Simple Gifts



Talk Given By: Rev. Bup Seong Bup Sanim
Sunday, October 14, 2012
Duration - 12:25
Episode # 108

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Friday, October 12, 2012

Samsara Opens Today in Royal Oak!



For a while now we’ve been awaiting the arrival of Ron Fricke’s new movie Samsara — a spiritual sequel, of sorts, to the masterful Baraka. Now, by way of The Telegraph, comes a new short interview with Fricke and producer Mark Magidson  about Samsara, which they call a “guided meditation based on the themes of birth, death, and rebirth — with no words.” Enjoy, and for more information about the film, click here.


Main Art Theater, Royal Oak

Samsara will be playing for 1 WEEK ONLY from 10/12 - 10/18

Showtimes are 1:15, 4:15, 7:15, 9:40 each day. 

Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Bhikkhuni (A Short Thai Film)



On the issue of Women and Buddhism - 

An important message, thoughtfully expressed without anger, righteousness, or moral outrage. Film runs about 11 minutes with English subtitles. Highly recommended for all to watch.


Thanks to Full Contact Enlightenment and Dharma Cowgirl

Sunday, October 7, 2012

Dharma Talk - Frying Bacon in the Nude



Talk Given By: Rev. Hae Kyong Bup Sanim
Sunday, October 7, 2012
Duration - 14:02

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Thursday, October 4, 2012

The Sutra Story



The Sutra Story is a 10 episode animated series produced by the Jodo Shinshu sect of Japanese Pure Land Buddhism and then later dubbed into Chinese for broadcast in Taiwan. All 10 episodes in the series have been subtitled into English and uploaded to Youtube.

Above is the first episode - "Upali's Becoming a Monk

The Other episodes you can find on Youtube include:

2. Mahakasyapa: The Start of Compiling the Sutra
3. Prince Virudhaka's Anger: The End of the Shakya
4. Panthaka Brothers: A Lesson from a Broom
5. A Lesson from the Buddha
6. Life of Shakyamuni Buddha: From his birth to his Nirvana
7. The Buddha Speaks of Amitayurdhyana Sutra
8. King Ajatashatru
9. The Buddha Speaks of Amitabha Sutra
10. The Buddha Speaks of the Infinite Life Sutra

Tuesday, October 2, 2012

2012 Training and Ordination Slideshow



This slideshow highlights some of the memorable moments of the 2012 Taego Order Haengja Training and Ordination held at Seonam-sa in South Korea in September 2012.

Bup Hae (Candace Palopoli), Bup Woo (Timothy Sheehy), and Bup Woon (Jason Jay) all successfully completed their monastic training program and were ordained as novice monks in the Taego Order on September 26, 2012. After returning home, they were all installed as clergy members of Muddy Water Zen on September 30, 2012.

Sunday, September 30, 2012

Dharma Talk - The Breaking Point



Talk Given By: Hae Doh Sunim
Sunday, September 30, 2012
Duration - 12:06
Episode # 106


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The Muddy Water Zen “100 Dharma Talks” compilation set is now available for purchase on DVD-ROM for only $5 (+ shipping). 

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Wednesday, September 26, 2012

3 New Monks!


The Overseas Parish of the Taego Order and Muddy Water Zen are proud to announce the ordination of 3 new novice monks!

Bup Hae Sunim (Candace Palopoli)
Bup Woon Sunim (Jason Jay)
Bup Woo Sunim (Tim Sheehy)

were all ordained as novice monks Wednesday, September 26, 2012 at Seonam-sa Monastery in South Korea. 

Here is a short video of Ven. Bup Hae undergoing the Yeonbi ceremony (http://bit.ly/SR4phy) during the ordination. 

More videos, pictures, and stories of all 3 new monks to follow shortly!


Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Thai girl inspires Buddhist nun programme




Not many women are ordained as Buddhist nuns, and even fewer are allowed to join religious orders.

It is common practice for Buddhist boys to become monks as part of their adult development. 

Not many women, however, are ordained as Buddhist nuns, and even fewer girls are allowed to join religious orders.

Yet one young girl's calling in Thailand is making a difference.

Al Jazeera’s Florence Looi reports from Bangkok.

At Seonam-sa Monastery




The Abbot of Muddy Water Zen, Hae Doh Sunim, along with MWZ member Kim and Chung Gong Sunim at Seonam-sa Monastery near Suncheon, South Korea.

At this time the 3 Haeng-ja from MWZ, Bup Woon (Jason Jay), Bup Hae (Candace Palopoli), and Bup Woo (Tim Sheehy) should have finished their final training by completing 일보일배 (1 Step, 1 Bow) and will ordain as novice monks tomorrow morning (Korea Time).

The MWZ contingent will all return back home this coming Friday along with our 3 newly ordained monks. 

This coming Sunday we will hold a special installation service where all 3 will be inducted as staff clergy at MWZ and a celebration will follow after the service with a potluck lunch and dessert. 

All are invited and welcome to attend.



Monday, September 24, 2012

Seven Korean monasteries seek UNESCO World Heritage


The Presidential Council on Nation Branding began its research and investigation for the application of the UNESCO World Heritage Site at 7 monasteries in Korea.

The seven monasteries includes Beopjusa Monastery, Tongdosa Monastery, Buseoksa Monastery, Bonjeongsa Monastery, Magoksa Monastery, Seonamsa Monastery (Taego Order Training Temple), and Daehungsa Monastery. All of these monasteries boast a history of over 1000 years and various important historical and cultural assets within their domain.

The Council met on August 10th at the Ministry of Cultural Assets for a meeting regarding the strategies for the application of the UNESCO World Heritage Site at the 7 monasteries in Korea.

Seonamsa monastery holds National treasure 400,  the beautiful Seungseon bridge and 15 other important treasures.

Journey of a Dream



Journey of a Dream is now available for purchase on DVD! Check out the trailer above!

Journey of a Dream is a heavy metal story of a Tibetan refugee.  It is a feature length documentary that will take audiences on an epic, global journey into heavy metal music, exile, Buddhism and Tibetan roots.


“Journey of a Dream is [a] dynamic yet intimate glimpse into both the chronically misunderstood culture of heavy metal, and the tireless and inspiring Tibetan youth movement, which fights for a land and a culture that has been hijacked for generations. You’ll be seduced by the majestic Himalayas, moved and enlightened by the passion for cultural perseverance, and like it or not, you’ll even do a little headbanging. Now that’s a night at the movies!” 
CBS Minnesota

Sunday, September 23, 2012

Dharma Talk - Sense Perceptions



Talk Given By: Bup Chon Sunim
Sunday, September 23, 2012
Duration - 14:53
Episode # 105

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Friday, September 21, 2012

Seeking Heartwood




At the end of 2010, I took my savings, left my life behind, and set out to understand and film a subject that has made an impression on me I've never been able to shake off: Buddhism.

I've been driving all over America in my old Honda, going from meditation center to meditation center, monastery to monastery, and teacher to teacher. I've spent my waking life observing American Buddhists, studying the ancient texts, meditating, and filming. All in an effort to uncover the core of what the Buddha actually accomplished and how he taught it. Ultimately, to understand how this 2500 year old tradition is still relevant to the human condition today.

See more info at www.seekingheartwood.com and please consider contributing.

Beautiful Monk Encyclopedia



Available at a bookstore near you! (In Japan, anyway… of course …) “Bibouzu Zukan” (“Beautiful Monk Encyclopedia”) features 41 monks who may change the way you think about robes, shaved heads, and monotonous chanting.
You can read about the monks’ bios and hobbies, and browse their pictures, too. There’s no English version yet, but the translation job should be interesting to whoever does it. If it’s any clue, the subtitle on the cover says: “From good-looking, to healing types, to ‘creamy’ types!”
The author decided to write the book inspired by a memorable encounter with a monk she met on a school trip to a temple while in high school. Apparently he was very handsome and also “transcended gender in a saintly way”.
The author comments that whiles temples used to be central to communities, these days people just associate them with funerals—so why not try to associate them with hot young men instead? From the monks’ perspective, there may actually be quite a few of them who will welcome interested ladies. Being a monk has traditionally been a family business, and there are fewer successors these days due to fewer people sticking with it as well as finding mates.
The first printing of 10,000 copies has almost sold out, and the number of young women visiting temples with the book is reportedly on the rise. 

The Role of Spiritual Practice in the Modern World




Google Tech Talks
April 5, 2007

ABSTRACT

For the past 50 years, people have begun to recognize that advanced technology and material abundance do not provide meaning in their lives. This talk discusses how spiritual practice provides the balance needed to live a life of understanding and harmony.
Before retiring from the corporate, high-tech world in 1990, Les Kaye worked at IBM for over 30 years, as an engineer, salesman, manager, and software developer. In the mid-sixties, while working and raising a family, he started to practice Zen Buddhism. He was ordained as a Zen monk in 1970 and was recognized as a Zen teacher in 1986. Today he is the abbot of the Kannon Do Zen Center in Mountain View. His book Zen at Work includes stories of how his meditation practice enhanced the quality of his life and work at IBM.

Google engEDU
Speaker: Les Kaye

Monday, September 17, 2012

발우공양 - Meal at Seonam-sa


This picture was posted earlier today on the Taego Order's official website and offers an article detailing the ongoing Haengja training. While Bup Woon does not appear in this picture above, he is mentioned in the article attached to this photo.

Hae Doh Sunim (along with 3 other travelers) departs for South Korea this coming Saturday, as they will be present during the Haengjas ordination next Wednesday, September 26, as their monastic training concludes and they become novice monks!

Stay tuned for more pictures and information as it becomes available.

Dharma Talk - Effort and Energy



Talk Given By: Bup Mee Sunim
Sunday, September 16, 2012
Duration - 18:43
Episode # 104

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Thursday, September 13, 2012

New Podcast



Our sister temple, Grand Rapids Zen Center & Buddhist Temple now has a Dharma Talk Podcast which is available for you to subscribe to for free in iTunes. Now you can get a double dose of Dharma   teachings! Subscribe today!

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Grand Rapids Zen Center & Buddhist Temple

At Bup Ryun Sa in Seoul




Bup Hae (Candace Palopoli) and Bup Woo (Tim Sheehy) have safely arrived in Korea and made it to the Taego Administrative HQ, Bup Ryun Sa, in Seoul, South Korea. They have now departed Seoul and should have arrived at Seonam-sa to begin their monastic Haengja training.

Only 13 more days until ordination!

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

The Collected Works of Korean Buddhism



The “Collected Works of Korean Buddhism,” a 13 volume series of teachings by the three great Buddhist masters of Korean Buddhism; Wonhyo (617-686), Jinul (1158-1210) and Hyujeong (1520-1604) was published in English last month.

The project began in December of 2006 with the support of the Ministry of Culture and took 5 years and eight months to complete.

From Dr. Robert Buswell:

It gives us great pleasure to announce the release of the English Edition of The Collected Works of Korean Buddhism. This edition, completed in July 2012, consists of thirteen volumes of English translations of selected texts from the Hanguk Bulgyo Jeonseo 韓國佛教全 書. The thirteen volumes of this anthology collect the whole panoply of Korean Buddhist writing from the Three Kingdoms period (ca. 57 C.E.‒668) through the Joseon dynasty (1392‒1910). These writings include commentaries on scriptures as well as philosophical and disciplinary texts by the most influential scholiasts of the tradition; the writings of its most esteemed Seon adepts; indigenous collections of Seon gongan cases, discourses, and verse; travelogues and historical materials; and important epigraphical compositions.

For a the full table of contents of the thirteen volumes, and download link, please see:


Tuesday, September 11, 2012

At the Airport!



Bup Hae (Candace Palopoli) and Bup Woo (Tim Sheehy) depart today to journey to Seonam-sa (the Taego Order training monastery) in South Korea to participate in intense monastic training as Buddhist monk postulants. They will join Bup Woon (Jason Jay) who arrived at Seonam-sa one week ago.

All 3 Haeng-ja (novitiates) will ordain as novice monks (sami and samini) on Wednesday, September 26 before returning home the following Friday.

We wish Bup Woo and Bup Hae a safe journey on their long flight to South Korea and safe travels as they make their way to Seonam-sa.

Please keep all 3 in your thoughts and good intentions and wish them the best!

Sunday, September 9, 2012

2012 Haeng-ja Opening Ceremonies



The 2012 Taego Order Haeng-ja (Postulant) training officially begun this past Wednesday at        Seonam-sa Monastery near Suncheon, South Korea.

Muddy Water Zen Dharma Student Bup Woon (Jason Jay) arrived in Korea earlier this week to participate in the full training program.

This is one of the largest Haeng-ja groups with 131 total postulants (96 men, 35 women).

In the video above of the opening ceremonies, you can briefly catch a view of Bup Woon at about the 1:12 mark (don't blink!) The video also shows the President of the Taego Order, Ven. In Gong speaking, as well as Seonam-sa Abbot Seol Eun.

2 other MWZ Dharma Students (Bup Hae/Candace Palopoli & Bup Woo/Tim Sheehy) will depart home on Tuesday, to join Bup Woon in training at Seonam-sa and they all will ordain as novice monks (Sami and Samini) on Wednesday, September 26 after more than 20 days of monastic training.

More updates to follow as they become available!

Haeng-ja Class #37

Seonam-sa Abbot Seol Eun Sunim (Center)

Taego President In Gong Sunim

Opening Ceremonies

Screen Grab from Video


http://www.bzeronews.com/news/articleView.html?idxno=27387 (in Korean)

http://www.nbn-news.co.kr/news/articleView.html?idxno=20259 (Video/Picture Source)


Dharma Talk - The Fire of Desire



Talk Given By: Hae Doh Sunim
Sunday, September 9, 2012
Duration - 24:40
Episode # - 103


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Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Walk to Feed the Hungry


The Buddhist Global Relief (BGR) Walk to Feed the Hungry will take place on Saturday, October 13 in Kensington Metropark in Milford, MI. 


http://www.firstgiving.com/BuddhistGlobalRelief/bgr-walk-to-feed-the-hungry-michigan


SMBC - "Father" Doesn't Exist

A great cartoon from SMBC


Being With Dying

Burma's Buddhist Chauvinism



Burmese opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi extols Buddhism as a source of personal strength, allowing her to endure 15 years of house arrest at the hands of Burma's generals. Buddhist precepts such as loving kindness and compassion can also guide Burma's democratic transition, she says, by fostering reconciliation with the military.

 Yet Burma's Buddhist tradition also has a nationalistic and at times hateful side, as the violence since June against Rohingya Muslims in the western state of Rakhine demonstrates. A sense of racial and religious superiority among majority Burman Buddhists has poisoned relations with the 40% of the population made up of non-Burman minorities.

 The anti-Rohingya violence, some of it committed by Buddhist mobs and some by the Buddhist-dominated security forces, led to scores of deaths, the burning of settlements and a refugee exodus of 90,000 into neighboring Bangladesh. There, up to 300,000 Rohingya refugees still languish in makeshift camps from the last anti-Rohingya pogrom 20 years ago—part of what the United Nations calls "one of the world's largest and most prominent groups of stateless people."

According to the U.N., the Rohingyas, who number about 800,000, are "virtually friendless," subject to forced labor, extortion, police harassment, restrictions on freedom of movement, land confiscation, inequitable marriage regulations, a de facto "one child" family policy, and limited access to jobs, education, and healthcare. A 1982 law denies them citizenship, based on the presumption that they are illegal immigrants from Bangladesh, even though many have lived in Burma for generations....

Read the full article at the WSJ here. 

TED: Fighting with Non-violence

Statistical Decline of Buddhism?





From Flower Ornament Depository (one of the better Buddhist blogs out there)

In June of 2011 Ven. Dhammika on his blog reported that statistics in Singapore show over ten years from 2000 to 2010 the number of Buddhists dropped from 42.5% to 33.3%. He also noted that similar trends are to be found in Korea, Hong Kong and Taiwan. I think the same thing can be said for Japan. While nominally people might identify as Buddhist, or even as a Shinto adherent, most people only walk into temples when someone has died or they're out visiting a historical site as a tourist.

It has been suggested that as Buddhism is transmitted into the western world a kind of "Western Buddhism"  might very well become a major component of the global Buddhist population. There is of course good reason for this given the statistics available which clearly have shown an interest in Buddhism in the English speaking world....


BSR Archives Volumes 1-22 (1983-2005) Available for free download


The Buddhist Studies Review Journal has volumes 1-22 (1983-2005) available for free download in PDF format from their website at:

http://www.ukabs.org.uk/ukabs/resources/journal-archives/buddhist-studies-review-vols-1-22/

Stop by, download the PDFs and learn a great deal about Buddhism!


Monday, September 3, 2012

Haengja Training at Seonam-sa in South Korea

Bup Woon, Bup Woo, Bup Hae


The first of MWZ's 3 Haengja (postulant monks) Bup Woon Jay (Jason Jay), leaves for Seonam-sa in South Korea this morning for monastic training and ordination as a junior monk!

Bup Woo (Timothy Sheehy) and Bup Hae (Candace Palopoli) will join Bup Woon after next Tuesday for their 2 weeks of training and ordination.

This is a special time for the Overseas Parish of the Taego Order as Bup Hae will be the 1st non-Korean woman to undergo this Haengja training at Seonam-sa.

Bup Chon Sunim and Bup Mee Sunim both completed their training and ordination at Seonam-sa in 2010 and 2011.

They will all undergo intensive monastic training which includes a very demanding schedule and hard physical and mental challenges!

Their training will be held at the historic and traditional Seonam-sa temple, the main training temple of the Taego Order. They will be joined by over 100 other Korean postulants.

Muddy Water Zen Abbot, Hae Doh Sunim, as well as several other family and friends will also fly out to South Korea at the completion of their training to witness and support their ordination.

The entire MWZ contingent will return home on Friday, September 28th. There will be a special installation service at Muddy Water Zen that Sunday, September 30th, where all 3 new monks will join the MWZ clergy and will celebrate with a pot-luck lunch.

Please keep all three of them in your thoughts and wish them well in their travels and training as they take this next step on their paths!

Sunday, September 2, 2012

Dharma Talk - Certainty



Talk Given By: Bup Woo (Tim Sheehy)
Sunday, September 2, 2012
Episode # 102
Duration - 18:43


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Friday, August 31, 2012

The 2012 Lecture Series Continues next Sunday!

The Muddy Water Zen 2012 Lecture Series will continue next Sunday, September 9, with the presentation of the 3rd lecture in the series.

This 3rd lecture is entitled, "Returning to Buddha: History of Buddhism and Abortion in Japan"

The lecture will start at 12:00 PM and is free and open to all who wish to attend.

Muddy Water Zen
2421 Yale Ave.
Royal Oak, MI

Lecture Promo Poster 3

Monday, August 27, 2012

"100 Dharma Talks" Compilation Now Available!


The Muddy Water Zen “100 Dharma Talks” compilation set is now available for purchase on DVD-ROM for only $5 (+ shipping). 

This collection includes all 100 Dharma Talks recorded over the past 2 years and features 14 different speakers, running over 25 hours! It also includes a 16 page full-color information booklet.

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Dharma Talk #101 - Broken Records



Talk Given By: Dae Bup (Brian Miessner)
Sunday, August 26, 2012
Duration - 14:34


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Monday, August 20, 2012

Dharma Talk - Why Become a Monk? (Episode #100)





Talk Given By: Bup Hae (Candace Palopoli)
Sunday, August 19, 2012
Duration - 40:13

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* This Dharma Talk given by Bup Hae was, in my opinion (and probably many others), the single most powerful, genuine, fully authentic, inspirational, brave, courageous, and transformational Dharma Talk yet recorded at MWZ. I thank Bup Hae for openly sharing her story and experience and highly recommend you listen to this talk. There could not possibly be a better Dharma Talk to mark this 100th podcast milestone.

Hapjang,

Bup Mee Sunim

Dharma Talk - A Bag of Nails



Talk Given By: Bup Woon (Jason Jay) IBS USA Seminary/MWZ Dharma Student
Sunday, August 12, 2012
Duration - 9:44


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Wednesday, August 1, 2012

August Retreat

The Muddy Water Zen Blog will be on a month long hiatus during Bup Mee Sunim's August Retreat.

The only exception will be Dharma Talk Podcasts and Lecture Series postings.

Regular blogging will resume September 1st.

성불하십시오
(Sung Bool Ha Ship Shi Oh)

Monday, July 23, 2012

Dharma Talk - A Nonsensical Dream



Talk Given By: Rev. Bup Seong
Sunday, July 22, 2012
Duration - 10:16


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The Riddle of Experience vs. Memory



Using examples from vacations to colonoscopies, Nobel laureate and founder of behavioral economics Daniel Kahneman reveals how our “experiencing selves” and our “remembering selves” perceive happiness differently. This new insight has profound implications for economics, public policy—and our own self-awareness.

Compassion Made Easy

From the NY Times:

ALL the major religions place great importance on compassion. Whether it’s the parable of the good Samaritan in Christianity, Judaism’s “13 attributes of compassion” or the Buddha’s statement that “loving kindness and compassion is all of our practice,” empathy with the suffering of others is seen as a special virtue that has the power to change the world. This idea is often articulated by the Dalai Lama, who argues that individual experiences of compassion radiate outward and increase harmony for all.



 Social psychologists interested in emotions wonder whether this spiritual understanding of compassion is also scientifically accurate. Empirically speaking, does the experience of compassion toward one person measurably affect our actions and attitudes toward other people? If so, are there practical steps we can take to further cultivate this feeling? Recently, experiments were conducted that answered yes to both questions.
In one experiment, designed with the psychologist Paul Condon and published in the Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, people were  to take part in a study that was ostensibly about the relation of mathematical ability to taste perception — but that in actuality was a study of how the experience of compassion affects your behavior....