Friday, June 22, 2018

FREE: DisclosureFest (DTLA, June 23)

DisclosureFest.org; Dhr. Seven, Ananda M., Jen, Ashley Wells (eds.), Wisdom Quarterly



Welcome to this colony, ETs!
We're holding a FREE Disclosure Music Fest and Mass Meditation in the park in DTLA, near Chinatown. It's a mindful, musical, yoga, vegan, space disclosure, past life regression, sound bath, art walk, healing arts festival with drum circles, fire ceremonies, goddess circles, Indigo-Starseed children's space, astrology, guest speakers, Ayurveda, and light activations in the center of the biggest little city in the world, Los Angeles. Downtown will become the center of a worldwide community via a massive 2:00 PM livestream guided mass meditation.

DISCLOSURE: After the opening fire ceremony by Yogi Nandhi, David Wilcock (Edgar Cayce reborn) with Corey Goode and Emery Smith (UFO and Secret US Space Program whistleblowers) at 12:20 PM on the main stage and 5:15 PM on the second stage with others including radio's Jimmy Church. See full schedule

MASS MEDITATION: Downtown will become the center of a global community via our massive 2:00 PM livestream meditation.


Dharma Meditation Initiative - MARC.ucla.edu - Disclosure Project - PasaD - Punx

Hahamongna Nature Safari (June 23)

Dorothy Wong, Robin Down; Xochitl, Dhr. Seven, Ananda M. (D.M.I.), Wisdom Quarterly
Hahamongna Watershed Park, Upper Arroyo, City of Pasadena surrounding JPL

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Community meeting and Workshops: "Healing Coyotes and Wildlife" with speakers from Poison-Free Malibu and the National Park Service.

Discover the treasures of Hahamongna and the wildlife and waterways in the Upper Arroyo, a healthy ecosystem the feeds the LA River.

Learn organic and earth-friendly methods of dealing with rodents and other wildlife. Rat poison poisons everyone.
  • Saturday, June 23 at Arroyo Seco Native Plant Nursery:
  • 8:00 AM: Hahamongna Bio-Blitz Watershed Photo-Safari
  • 9:00 AM: Brunch
  • 10:00 AM: Wildlife Speakers and Workshops
Bring cameras and smartphones. More information: Dorothy Wong (626) 622-2595 or Robin Down (818) 269-4943. More

Dharma Meditation Initiative, Los Angeles

Enlightenment by Ear (sota-panna)

Bhikkhu Bodhi (ATS) Wheel #367 (BPS), Dhr. Seven, C. Quintero (eds.), Wisdom Quarterly

When the Buddha taught, he did not get right to the point. First he prepared his audience with a "gradual instruction" (ānupubbī-kathā). A key recurring topic was:
 
The practice of giving, which is universally recognized as one of the most basic human virtues, a quality that testifies to the depth of one's humanity and one's capacity for self-transcendence.

In the teachings of the Buddha, the practice of giving claims a place of special prominence, one which singles it out as being in a sense the foundation and seed of spiritual development, that of being able to let go.

In the Pali (the exclusively-Buddhist language) discourses, we read time and again that "talk on giving" was invariably the first topic the Buddha discussed in his "gradual instruction" of the Dharma.

Whenever the Buddha delivered a discourse to an audience of people who did not yet regard him as their teacher, he would start by emphasizing the value of giving, of letting go, of caring for others and sharing with them for the good of all.

Only after his audience had come to appreciate this virtue would he introduce other aspects of the teaching, such as virtue in general, the law of karma (that what we think, say, and/or do subsequently bears fruit (and mental resultants), and the benefits in renunciation (internally letting go and gaining a greater perspective on the things that trap us and hold us in bonds).

P.S. The secret to enlightenment is satipatthana to realize the khandhas are anatta.
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And only after all of these principles had made their impact on the hearts/minds of his listeners would he expound to them that unique discovery of the awakened ones, the Four Noble Truths and the unheard of anatta principle that all things are, in an ultimate sense, impersonal although we regard them as "I, me, and mine."
  • The eye of wisdom arose = sotapannaship.
    Hearing the Dharma after their hearts/minds had been duly prepared, listeners often entered or won the stream [entered by ear, entered by hearing the truth], that is, realized the first stage of enlightenment.
Strictly speaking, giving does not appear on its own among the factors of the Noble Eightfold Path, nor does it enter among the other "37 Requisites of Enlightenment."

Most probably it has been excluded from these groupings because the practice of giving does not by its own nature conduce directly and immediately to the arising of insight and the realization of the Four Noble Truths and nirvana (moksha, final liberation, complete freedom).

Giving (dana), letting go, relinquishing functions in the Buddhist discipline in a different capacity.

It does not come at the apex of the path, as a factor constituent of the process of enlightenment (awakening), but rather it serves as a basis and preparation that underlies and quietly supports the entire endeavor to free the mind from the defilements.
 
Nevertheless, though giving is not counted directly among the factors of the path, its contribution to progress along the road to liberation should be recognized. The prominence of this contribution is underscored by the place the Buddha assigns to giving in various sets of practices. 

In addition to appearing as the first topic in the graduated exposition of the Dharma, the practice of giving also figures as:
  • the first of the three bases of meritorious deeds
  • the first of the four ways of benefiting others*
  • the first of the ten "perfections" or paramis.
  • *The four "ways of showing favor" are generosity, kind speech, beneficial actions, and unbiased impartiality (A.IV.32; A.VIII.24).
The perfections are the sublime virtues cultivated by all aspirants to enlightenment. These ten are cultivated to the most exalted degree by those who follow the way of the Bodhisattva aiming at supreme buddhahood. More

What's so good about noble friends? (sutra)

Dhr. Seven (ed.) Upaddha Sutra (SN 45.2), "Half (of the Purified Life) Discourse," based on corrected trans. of Ven. Thanissaro (accesstoinsight.org), Crystal Quintero, Wisdom Quarterly


Getting to hear the Dharma is the start.
Thus have I heard. On one occasion the Blessed One was living among [his family clan] the Shakyians [Scythians and Indo-Scythians, see ranajitpal.com for this revelation].

"Now there is a Shakyian town called Sakkara. There Ven. Ananda went to go see the Blessed One and, arriving, bowed respectfully, sat to one side of the Blessed One, and exclaimed:

"This is half of the purified life,* venerable sir: noble friendship, noble association, noble companionship!**"
  • [*The way leading to the supreme, namely, to nirvana. **As AN 8.54 points out, this means more than associating with noble ones, for it includes LEARNING (hearing the Dharma) from them and emulating the noble qualities they evince.]
Ananda reflected and figured it out.
"Do not say so, Ananda, do not say so! Noble  friendship, noble association, noble companionship is the WHOLE of the purified life.

"When a meditator has noble friends, noble associates, noble companions, such a person person can be expected to [hear the Dharma and] practice and develop the Noble Eightfold Path [leading to enlightenment and nirvana].
 
"How does a meditator with noble friends, associates, and companions [get to hear] pursue and develop the Noble Eightfold Path?

"In one case a meditator develops right view dependent on withdrawal [seclusion from unwholesome, defiled states], dependent on dispassion, dependent on cessation, resulting in letting go (relinquishment).

"One develops right intention... right speech... right action... right livelihood... right effort... right mindfulness... right concentration dependent on withdrawal, dependent on dispassion, dependent on cessation, resulting in letting go.

"This is how a meditator with noble friends, associates, and companions develops and pursues the Noble Eightfold Path.
 
"Through this line of reasoning, one may know how noble friendship, noble association, noble companionship is actually the whole of the purified life:

The Buddha as our best noble friend
I've done a lot of bad things, sir! - Listen.
"It is depending on [the Buddha] as [the ultimate] noble friend that
  • beings who are subject to rebirth gain release from rebirth
  • beings who are subject to aging gain release from aging [and sickness]
  • beings who are subject to death gain release from death
  • beings who are subject to sorrow, lamentation, pain, distress, and despair gain release from sorrow, lamentation, pain, distress, and despair.
"It is through this line of reason that one may directly realize how noble friendship, noble association, and noble companionship is in fact the whole of the purified life." 

Free Day-Long Meditation Retreat (June 30)

Ananda M. (Dharma Meditation Initiative), Jen B., Dhr. Seven, Ven. Aloka, Wisdom Quarterly

Ven. Aloka, Thabarwa Meditation Center, LA
This is how we'll begin the summer in view of the Angeles National Forest foothills. This relaxing retreat will include three forms of meditation, massage, essential oils, guided visualization, crystals, yoga, vegan lunch, community hugs, Q&A, and personal sharing.

Can breathing lead to ecstasy?
We constantly run out of time at our Thursday evening meditations when no one thinks s/he will enter a deep meditation then does. Everyone wishes we could stay longer and go deeper.

This day-long spa vacation will allow us to sit, recline, relax, eat, enjoy, move, breathe ecstatically, with multiple meditations.

Bliss is guaranteed. So is a direct experience of profound serenity, singing bowls, pyramid energizing, mindfulness movement exercises, and development of boundless loving-kindness.

Magic bowls, crystals, plant oils...all help.
Dharma Talk: "How did Prince Siddhartha let go and gain Enlightenment?" by Irish-Native American Meditation Guide Seven alongside California Buddhist nun Ven. Aloka.

Space limited. Price: $20 (includes lunch, drinks, and sweets) or FREE to volunteers who apply. Everyone welcome, no experience necessary. RSVP

Dharma Meditation Initiative - marc.UCLA.edu - Dharma Punx

Thursday, June 21, 2018

Voices of Women in Sacred Music (video)

Prof. Anne Harley, Scripps College (voicesofthepearl.org), YouTube, John Schneider ("Global Village," June 21, 2018, KPFK 90.7 FM); Dhr. Seven, Ashley Wells (eds.), Wisdom Quarterly
The Buddhist Therigatha is 2,600 years old.
On today's episode of Global Village, John Schneider hosts some incredible female musicians. The first is Yale-educated Anne Harley talking about ancient Buddhism in Dunhuang (Central Asia as it abuts Western China with its own Research Academy). She talks about Buddhist nuns of the two dominant schools and Abbess Hildegard of Bingen, a Western mystic, poet, composer, and musician. Hildegard opened scholars' minds as to how much women contributed to spirituality through music. Are women capable of enlightenment and mysticism (direct experience of the divine)? These women prove they are. LISTEN (Global Village - Thurs, June 21, 2018, 11:00 AM)

 
Professor of Music Anne Harley (Scripps)
Voices of the Pearl, in newly commissioned song cycles,  traces the tenuous lineage of women who dared to encounter the unmediated divine.

Their efforts span time, religion, nation, and culture. This project commissions, performs, and records musical works from composers across the world, setting text by and about female esoterics from world traditions throughout history, reclaiming these lost voices and the tradition of female spirituality.

By juxtaposing and performing four to five cycles by living composers, a full-length evening of portraits is created of female esoterics, traversing time and geography.
 
Ayya Tathaloka, California Theravada nuns
The performance of several different cycles over the course of an evening focuses audiences' attention on the musical portraits of women negotiating the intersection of heaven and earth, in a variety of world traditions: Christian, Jewish, Muslim, Taoist, Buddhist.
  • [The section on Buddhist nuns is particularly striking as it sets to music rare and ancient Buddhist texts known as the Therigatha or "Verses of the Nuns," which are songs about individual enlightenment experiences of theris or female-elders, an "elder" being anyone with ten or more rains retreats in the robe. Harley gathered these texts from "female monks" in Theravada Thailand, the are fully ordained nuns. But "nun" has another, lower-status meaning of the Maechi or White-Clad Ten Precept Nuns, like Srirasmi Suwadee is treated, who are not fully ordained.]
Goddesses (devis) can teach and sing.
The female esoteric practitioner is twice marginalized in the world’s traditions. First, the mystic’s direct contact with the divine threatens the hierarchical [and patriarchal] structures of organized religion, so they are sometimes labeled heretical.

Second, women are often considered by religious traditions incapable, due to their female bodies, to attain an authentic [enlightenment or] direct mystical contact with the divine.
 
[The Buddha said they could and made them "nuns," wandering female ascetics, but that did not stop sexist societies from doubting them and them doubting themselves.] 

Voices of the Pearl traces the tenuous lineage of women who dared to encounter the divine directly. More


Voices of the Pearl: Vol. 1, Secret Book of Sun Bu'er: Step 5: Cultivating the Elixir (養丹)

Artist Song Title Album Label Played
Joan Huang Along the River During the Gingming Festival (Bustling Market) Festive River, East Meets West Cambria Music 11:01 AM
Anne Harley, Steve Thachuk Voices of the Pearl, excerpts Live In-Studio Live In-Studio 11:15 AM
Anne Harley, Steve Thachuk Voices of the Pearl, excerpts Live In-Studio Live In-Studio 11:

Cleanse, Nourish, Heal (Dr. Christopher)

Dr. Christopher (drchristopher.com); Xochitl, Crystal Quintero (eds.), Wisdom Quarterly
 
Cleanse then eat well = heal.
Dr. Christopher’s common sense approach to natural health is based on three vital processes. He taught his students that cleansing is the first and most important stage of restoring a healthy body.
 
The ultimate purpose of cleansing is to prepare the body for natural healing through purification of all the body’s organs down to the cellular level.

This protocol is designed to naturally bring the body to its normal weight range, whether the body is overweight or underweight by first eliminating any accumulation or retention of putrid matter in the bowel.
 
Perspiration is a natural action of the sweat glands. Sweat throws off toxins, which can be restricted by the use of synthetic drying deodorants. Once the body is purified, it is ready to accept the highest vibratory quality foods. Now natural healing can take place as nature intended!

Second, nourishment from live, nutritious, foods supports the body’s natural function by balancing everything from the PH of an overly acidic body to restoring the natural glow of the largest organ of the body -- the skin.
 
Third, healing occurs naturally, sometimes quickly but sometimes slowly, as the body continues to eliminate impurities and strengthen itself through proper nourishment.

One of the signs of healing comes with periodic aches and pains in the areas where the cleansing action is most acute. Patience is required as the body cycles through these three phases. More

Culture Clash’s "Bordertown Now" (Pasadena)

Twenty years after their searing hit Bordertown [Then] premiered, LA’s own Culture Clash returns to the southern border to investigate the state of affairs once again. Re-imagined, remixed, and fully reloaded, Bordertown Now is an irreverent look at the people at the center of one of America’s most hot-button controversies and the walls that divide us all. Infused with their trademark comedic approach, the nation’s premier Chicano/Latino performance trio joins an Obie Award-winning artist and to redefine the boundaries of theater and break down the divisions between cultures. By Ric Salinas and Herbert Sigüenza with new material by Richard Montoya. Directed by Diane Rodriguez. More

It's summer! Beach Trip Meditation (potluck)

Ananda M. (Dharma Meditation Initiative), Ashley Wells, Dhr. Seven, Jen, Wisdom Quarterly


There's nothing to do in summer but have fun.
June 21 is the summer solstice, the longest day of the year, the official start of summer. It's a great time to start meditating. Dharma Meditation Initiative will take a virtual trip to Pasadena's Sandy Beach.


Wear your summer attire and bring a towel and/or yoga mat.

We'll gorge on vegan POTLUCK summer treats -- chips, dips, salad, watermelon, sudsy kombucha in red cups on ice...

Look forward to a balance of guys and gals as well as:
  • serenity relaxation
  • a few yoga stretches
  • deep guided meditation
  • interactive hugs
  • comedy and laughs
  • music
  • mindful expression
  • sharing.
This even is suitable for beginners. Come to have fun, leave on a natural high.

For outdoorsy types, on Saturday June 23, we take a field trip: Mass Meditation Initiative - DisclosureFest in DTLA, the "Coachella of meditation events."
  • Summer Solstice: Beach Trip Meditation
  • Dharma Meditation Initiative
  • 6:30-8:30 PM, Thursday, June 21, 2018
  • Sequoyah School Rm. 23 @ Neighborhood Church
  • 301 N. Orange Grove Blvd., Pasadena 91103
  • FREE/donation for those who RSVP in time

Summer 77: "White Punks on Dope" (video)

The Tubes live on the Sunset Strip; Seth Auberon, Crystal Quintero (ed.), Wisdom Quarterly

WARNING: Cussing, shocking antics, excesses of the 1970 people would rather forget!

Teenagers had a race for the night time, spent my cash on every high I could find, wasted time in every school in L.A., getting loose, I didn't care what the kids say.

CHORUS: We're white punks on dope. Mom and dad live in Hollywood, hang myself when I get enough rope. Can't clean up, though I know I should. White punks on dope...


("TV-Glotzer" in German*) Nina Hagen's spinon a classic tune, late 70s
 
Other dudes are living in the ghetto (wa-oo-wa-oo-wa-oo-wa-ooooo), but born in Beverly Hills don't seem much better (wa-oo-wa-oo-wa-oo-wa-ooooo).

I go crazy 'cause my folks are so bleeding rich (wa-oo-wa-oo-wa-oo-wa-ooooo), have to score when I get that rich white punk itch. Sounds real classy, living in a chateau (wa-oo-wa-oo-wa-oo-wa-ooooo). So lonely, all the other kids will never know. CHORUS. White punks on dope...

"White Punks on Dope" Nina Hagen version
*GERMAN TV-Glotzer: Alone! The world has forgotten about me. I am hanging around. F*cked it up with everyone. No desire to do a thing. I feel old, like my grandma in a swamp. I turn on the [TV] box: the Daltons, Waltons, everyone. I stare from East to West, 2, 5, 4. No way I can decide. Everything here is so beautifully colorful! I stare at the TV. (She stares at the TV). I stare at the TV. (She stares at the TV). Wow! I am so dead! Was this my life already? My beautiful imagination! My sensors all have had it! I turn on the box, happiness, smooth smooth, fun fun! I stare from East to West, 2, 5, 4. No way I can decide. Everything here is so beautifully colorful! I stare at the TV. (She stares at the TV). I stare at the TV. (She stares at the TV). Yeah! I am going nuts. I won't touch another book. Literature? Puke, puke! Makes me sick. And the medical novels I've read with twelve. Boy, I am so well-read! Hey! And the refreshment waffles have leaked, gag gag. And this f*cking chocolate makes me fatter and fatter and fatter and fatter and, oh dear! I turn on the box -- happiness, smooth smooth, fun fun! I stare from East to West, 2, 5, 4. No way I can decide. Everything here is so beautifully colorful! I stare at the TV...TV TV TV TV is a drug. TV is addictive. TV TV TV TV...

Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Is America a POLICE STATE yet? (video)

Wisdom Quarterly Watch; KFI (kfiam640.iheart.com); Associated Press (ap.org) UPDATED
B'cuz I'm ordering you, motherfather, that's why! If you were black, you'd be dead already.
Ironically: "Racism, what racism?" He's just a cop...who happens to hate blacks. He pulled over to intimidate black boyfriend then assaulted, kidnapped, and falsely imprisoned his own daughter...out of patriarchal entitlement as a cop with a gun using his gun and uniform to do his fatherly duties to for his adult daughter who shrieks in resistance and disbelief. More

I wish I had my Afghan War sniper rifle.
The California State Senate Public Safety Committee has given the go-ahead to a bill that would restrict police officers from using deadly force. State Senator Steven Bradford says the change is needed to help address racism in California.  "It always blows me away when law enforcement fear for their life, only when they're facing black and brown people. We don't have a problem with law enforcement, we got a problem with racism in this country," said Bradford during the hearing on Tuesday. More

Happy birthday, Lana Del Rey, who found a way to say out of trouble with cops. Yikes.
"A badge is not a license to kill" -- demonstrator sign during march (ap.org).
Report: LAPD needs to keep doing more to prevent jail suicides murders by guards
This is so fun! We're licensed to shoot and kill anyone we FEAR, which is any non-white.