ATTN JMS: Enlightenment through laughter

B5JMS Poster b5jms-owner at
Tue May 7 06:29:29 EDT 1996

Subject: ATTN JMS: Enlightenment through laughter
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+  1: May  3, 1996: Raymond Francis Fitzpatrick <fitz at>
+  3: May  5, 1996: Stephen Langasek <langasek at>
*  4: May  6, 1996: jmsatb5 at (Jms at B5)


From: Raymond Francis Fitzpatrick <fitz at>
Lines: 7

I'm interested in finding out more about the Buddhist sect you described in 
a S2 
ep about laughter being a key factor in enlightenment. I can't find any 
refrence to it real life, although not for lack of trying. Point me in 
the right direction?



From: Stephen Langasek <langasek at>
Lines: 14

Louis-Dominique Dubeau wrote:
> I'm a Zen Buddhist myself and never heard about a Buddhist sect that uses
> laughter as a mean of enlightenment.  JMS, probably invent this sect as he
> invented the monastic order Theo belongs to.  This is a wise decision.

There's nothing invented about the Dominicans.  They've been around for hundreds of 
years already (you may know them from Spanish Inquisition fame?--yet another sign of 
the elemental truth of Monty Python, incidentally).

The opinions expressed above are not necessarily those of my employer...
But they *should* be, dammit!


From: jmsatb5 at (Jms at B5)
Lines: 9

Nuts...I'll have to go drag out my Zen books on this's a
reference I came upon for "the laughing buddha," which features a very old
painting of same, and the thoughts on laughter and enlightenment.  That
might be a good reference point for starting off, at least.


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