Thursday, May 28, 2015

How shall we meditate now? (video)

Wisdom Quarterly EDITORIAL BOARD; Ven. √Ďanamoli (Wheel 17, BPS.lk), Amber Larson, Dhr. Seven, Crystal Quintero; Mindah-Lee Kumar (enthusiasticbuddhist.com); DemocracyNow.org
Ancient Buddhist-Afghanistan: Mes Aynak, Bamiyan, Hadda, Ajina Tepe... (film/video)
The Dhammapada is great Buddhist reading. Are you there, God? It's me... (Bex Finch).
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Some fake quotes are very nice.
The new editor elect, Pat Macpherson, has made changes at Wisdom Quarterly. He has decided to return the format to quarterly posts. That certainly works for the Dharma editors (see below), but it has caused much consternation among the features editors who want to cover many breaking stories on a daily basis.

There are over 67 stories in the kitty that could go to press today, so what's the hold up? (Send related comments and complaints marked "Dear Mr. Macpherson" in the comments section). There is much to cover like discussions of Vesak, the thrice blessed Buddhist holiday, the synthetic drought in California, needless man-made flooding in Texas, new U.S. Army whistle blower Chelsea Bradley Manning and heroic Edward Snowden and WikiLeak's Julian Assange revelations, as well as those of nuclear whistle blowers, crimes against humanity by the U.S.-sponsored military industrial complex in more foreign wars and covert campaigns than the American public can keep track of...

Macpherson wants ads among the posts.
Buddhists in Burma are abusing the Muslim Rohingya minority, the boat people of Europe are drowning, Israel is becoming more draconian but the U.S. State Department and its propaganda arms in the popular media are trying to make it illegal and "anti-Semitic" to criticize the "State of Israel" (what the illegal occupation officially calls itself in ancient Palestine under the U.S.-groomed war criminal Netanyahu) or in any way compare its actions to Nazi Germany and their former leader.

Freedom of speech must be stopped (MW).
The Pacifica Radio Network (e.g., KPFK, KPFA) is struggling to keep revealing the truth, but Sonali Kolhatkar and Mitch Jeserich keep broadcasting. Coast to Coast keeps pumping the airwaves with supernatural and extraterrestrial discussions as well as the occasional whistle blower. The NSA is not being stopped by new laws but just shifting its known storage space from a government espionage agency to the hands of private for-profit companies who gladly turn information over to the NSA, CIA, FBI, NSC, the Pentagon, and other alphabet-agencies whenever asked.

(The Enthusiastic Buddhist) Whatever else is true or untrue, believable or unbelievable, uplifting or downcasting, there are still these four ennobling truths, the contemplation of which leads to freedom from all suffering: The Four Noble Truths at the heart of Buddhism.

(The NSA and other spying agencies will still secretly spy and keep all the records they want, breaking laws along the way, because they are not only under the de jure but also the de facto "behind the scenes or "shadow" government that runs country and NATO and the MIC). Oliver Stone is still trying to get the word out that most of what we have been told about "American history" is propagandistic distortions. Did he speak to whistle blower historian Douglas Dietrich to get even deeper in the weeds? Probably not. And why worry about politics when there is a much, much bigger picture to contemplate as explained by maverick historian, anthropologist, and forbidden archeologist Michael Cremo?

A funny Buddhist is good to find.
There is still an Occupy Movement even if it does not call itself "Occupy" Everything. Kyle Cease is coming to town. Thich Nhat Hanh is ill. Our beloved Buddhist-Afghanistan is being ground to dust by the Empire (with China waiting in the wings to take out its first bite and destroy the amazing Mes Aynak). Impoverished Buddhist-Hindu Nepal as the earth slips out from under it is crumbling and Mt. Everest is closed. There is a massive and deadly heatwave in India. Enlightenment beckons. But how shall we meditate -- and when and where? Here, and now, by just doing it.
DAILY BREAKING NEWS
DemocracyNow.org


What does Buddhism have to do with anything?
Mindah-Lee Kumar (enthusiasticbuddhist.com); Ven. √Ďanamoli (Three Cardinal Discourses of the Buddha, Wheel 17, BPS), Dhr. Seven, Amber Larson, Crystal Quintero, Wisdom Quarterly
Shakyamuni, the historical Buddha Gautama, as first represented in human form in Afghanistan, Gandhara, Indo-Pakistan, Central Asia, and ancient Greece in Hellenized lands like Bactria and Scythia (WQ).
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The Four Noble Truths, the fourth of which is the Noble Eightfold Path, are fundamental Buddhist teachings in all Buddhist traditions. They are equally important among all Buddhist schools because they form the core of all Buddhist teachings. Buddhists may mistakenly be criticized for always talking about "suffering" (unsatisfactoriness, disappointment), which exists and is stated in the First Noble Truth, but that ignores the Third Noble Truth that says "all suffering may be brought to an end."

Generosity (nongreed) brings happiness. - the Buddha
How do we explain that the majority of Buddhist teachers we come across are the most peaceful and happy people we meet? Surely there is much more to Buddhism than recognizing and talking about suffering (dukkha). That there is a problem is just the first step to finding a cure or solution to the problem we face. There is freedom-from-all-suffering (nirvana). There is enlightenment (bodhi). There is a great deal of happiness and bliss (sukha and piti) to experience.

Golden Buddha, Burma (flickr.com)
In this video above Mindah explains how the Buddha taught the Four Noble Truths to show humans and angels (devas, godlings, fairies, bright spirits) how we can move from a state of unrest to final liberty and peace and happiness, which is known as nirvana (Pali, nibbana). First, like any good physician would do before prescribing a course of treatment, the Buddha (sometimes called the Master Physician) diagnosed the problem we face living in the universe. Then he points out its cause (Dependent Origination and its weak link which we can directly do something about, craving). Then he points out that there is such a thing as complete liberation, emancipation, deliverance, freedom from ALL suffering.

Pilgrimage to India, Nepal, Oct. 2015
Finally, in the Fourth Noble Truth, he shows the path to freedom, the path to purification, the path to enlightenment and nirvana. Why do we feel less than 100 percent happy almost all of the time? There is something we can do. Karma is the hopeful message that it is in our hands right NOW.

Suggested reading: There is an excellent article by the comedic, enlightened, British Theravada Buddhist monk living in Australia, Ajahn Brahm, where he is abbot of a Buddhist monastery and a nunnery: "Joy At Last To Know There is Happiness in the World" or no happiness.
 
"My religion is very simple. My religion is kindness" - Dalai Lama (art by Mindah-Lee Kumar, Australia, fineartamerica.com).

Lost Buddhist Kingdom, Afghanistan (video)

Alliance for the Restoration of Cultural Heritage, ARCHinternational.org); Dan Rather Reports; Buddhaghosha (youtube.com); SMA; Dhr. Seven, Amber Larson, Wisdom Quarterly




The Buddha Shakyamuni
The Buddha was born to the west in Afghanistan (ranajitpal.com), not Nepal, not India, not Ukraine. Archeological evidence of this, apart from textual support to be found in the sutras, is surfacing. The oldest known Buddhist texts yet discovered, the Gandharan scrolls, are from this area, not India, not Nepal. Not only are the world's largest Buddhist statues also found in this faraway frontier land (Bamiyan), once a great hub on the Silk Route, an entire lost Buddhist kingdom (Mes Aynak) has been discovered and has yet to be excavated.

The Buddhist "kingdom" or 10,000 acre Buddhist temple-complex and city has been known about since the 1960s. But political and religious pressure has meant that not much attention has been drawn to it. Afghanistan and most of Central Asia from the Indian border to Iran and up to Ukraine is now aligned with Islam.

Gandharan Buddhist texts (gardendigest.com)
India, a largely Hindu country with a significant Muslim minority of over 100 million, has even less interest in Buddhism's real history being revealed. But Nepal, which is completely under the influence of its neighbor India that surrounds it on all accessible sides, has the most to lose as it claims the world heritage sites of Lumbini and Kapilavastu. But politics will fall by the wayside, and the truth will eventually be known that the Buddha was a Scythian, a Shakyian from Central Asia, who lived in three seasonal capitals.

The remnants of Kapilavastu, the Buddha's hometown according to Dr. Pal, Bamiyan.
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Gandhara-style Buddhist statuary, Lahore Museum
Certainly Bamiyan (where the CIA and ISI's "Taliban" destroyed priceless statues) was one, and Mes Aynak (seen here) and Kabul (the present capital, whose name echoes Kapil) seem to have been the other two. Dan Rather investigates because of controversial Chinese mining interests threatening to destroy the 10,000 acre archeological site, the largest Buddhist temple complex in the world. Is the Communist officially atheist Chinese government, steeped in capitalist greed, not interested in preserving its Buddhist history? Not at all as officials prefer the money and political prestige to be bought on the rare earth and precious metal markets. There is gold, lithium and other minerals (for batteries, cell phones, and computers), copper and more to be had! What is Buddhist archeology compared to that?
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Campaign to save Mes Aynak, Afghanistan (ARCHinternational.org/mes_aynak)
Gilded Buddha statues with looted heads excavated at Mes Aynak (AP/Afghan Treasures)

Afghanistan's ancient Buddhist heritage (PBS)

Brent Huffman; PBS NewsHour; K Films; Amber Larson and Dhr. Seven, Wisdom Quarterly
Medhill University's Prof. Huffman, the director behind the new documentary “Saving Mes Aynak,” tells the story of one of Afghanistan’s greatest Buddhist archaeological treasures and the threats it faces from a Chinese mining company (NewsHour.PBS.org/art)
Experts: How to preserve ancient Mes Aynak ruins while mining
ARCH (Alliance for the Restoration of Cultural Heritage)
Mes Aynak near Kabul, the capital of Afghanistan, is one of the largest copper and gold deposits in the world, located 20 km south of Kabul in Logar Province. The huge site looms as a potential revenue source for Afghanistan, a country deeply in need of economic growth, hectored by years of war under U.S. occupation. But Mes Aynak is also a vast Buddhist temple complex with over 20 ruin locations, including numerous 5th-6th century Buddhist monasteries and nunneries, a fortress, and evidence of even older Bronze Age settlements buried beneath the rubble of ancient copper mines. Archeologists from around the world hold that Mes Aynak represents a cultural heritage site of immense importance. More

Central Asia: Kalmykia, Ukraine upper northwest of map, India, Nepal in lower south east.

Saturday, May 16, 2015

Pre-Summer Concert with Muse (WEBCAST)

Pat Macpherson, Pfc. Sandoval, CC Liu, Dev, Wisdom Quarterly; KROQ.com


*May not be available for some mobile devices or tablets. Set times are PST.

B-LIGHT STAGE TWO
12:00 pm – Doors open (not the band, the entrance)
12:30 pm – DJ Jeremiah Red
2:00 pm – X Ambassadors
2:30 pm – James Bay
3:00 pm – Saint Motel
3:30 pm – Big Data
4:00 pm – All Time Low

MAIN STAGE
4:00 pm – DJ Jeremiah Red
5:00 pm – Cold War Kids
5:35 pm – Vance Joy
6:10 pm – AWOLNATION
6:50 pm – Walk The Moon
7:30 pm – Panic! At The Disco
8:10 pm – Death Cab For Cutie
8:50 pm – Florence + The Machine
9:30 pm – Of Monsters And Men
10:10 pm –  MUSE 

WEBCAST of the entire show live at kroq.com/webcast.

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

"The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy" (BBC)

Pat Macpherson, Amber Larson, Dhr. Seven, Ashley Wells, Seth Auberon, Wisdom Quarterly
The greatest book ever: The Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy (moviepicturedb.com).
(BBC Radio/HG2G) "The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy" Fit the First 1.1 (see 1.2+ beyond).

The Hitchhiker's Guide
Don't panic. While the editors workout a post-non-apocalyptic dispute about the nomination of the new features editor, Wisdom Quarterly: American Buddhist Journal wishes its reader a fine experience through space, at least the local galaxy (Buddhist world-system within systems, countless worlds upon worlds, side by side like bubbles in space or the akashic aether).

Most English-speaking people have heard of this work, but few may realize that it began as a fantastical BBC Radio program that in many ways was better than the first book in the increasingly misnamed "trilogy."

Hitchhikers and hotheads, you should always know where your towel is (mediakick.org).
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The Path of Purification (P)
It is Douglas Adams' brilliant first attempt to blend comedy and sci-fi genres, but it ventures deeply into the true nature of life, the universe, and everything.

The epic story concerns a book, the Hitchhikers's Guide, "the standard repository of all knowledge and wisdom" (like the Pali canon, Vedas, Sumerian Gilgamesh, Egyptian heiroglyphs, or those Bedouin stories and books). Its four protagonists involved in an unimaginable adventure are earthling Arthur Dent, alien friend and writer Ford Prefect, earthling love interest and astrophysicist Trillian (Trisha Macmillan), and former galactic president and runaway dissident Zaphod Beeblebrox.

It is more philosophical than formal philosophy, more spiritual than most spirituality, more scientific than that PBS show on astrophysics, or as Edie Brickell (and New Bohemians) would say:

The Path of Freedom (V. 1.1)
"I'm not aware of too many things
I know what I know, if you know what I mean
Philosophy is the talk on a cereal box
Religion is the smile on a dog 

I'm not aware of too many things
I know what I know,
if you know what I mean, doo'yeah
[Shove me] in the shallow waters
Before I get too deep
What I am is what I am
Are you what you are or what?

...I know what I know, if you know what I mean
Philosophy is a walk on the slippery rocks
Religion is a light in the fog...
 
You haven't lived until you've hitchhiked in sexy, Scandinavian, alien Russia (nuffy.net).

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Taylor Swift .porn (video)

Pat Macpherson, Pfc. Sandoval, Wisdom Quarterly (Associated Press, Mail, Inc.); Bart Baker
Hey, Vickie (Karlie Kloss), it's my party! I'm the star here! Where did you get those wings? Swift sings center stage, Dec. 2, 2014, Victoria's Secret event (Joel Ryan Invision/AP).

Heart to Heart with Taylor Swift (Wonderland)

(Bart Baker) "I Knew You Were Trouble" as it rings true to the world and parody makers.
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NEW YORK, USA - The Taylor Swift, Microsoft, and Harvard University [all elite corporations] are among those buying up .porn and .adult Web suffixes as a pre-emptive move before those domain names become available to everyone this summer.
 
Swift attends the SNL 40th Anniversary Special in New York, where she presumably failed to get most of the jokes, so sang some hits (Evan Agostini/Invision/AP).
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I am SO hot. Look, everybody!
The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) is making Internet address suffixes beyond the usual .com or .org available for people and businesses to use. While some are in Chinese or other languages besides English, others could include the likes of .music, .app or, of course, .porn.

Representatives for Taylor Swift, Microsoft, and Harvard could not immediately be reached for comment. According to the site, Microsoft has bought not only Microsoft.porn but Office.porn and Office.adult as well. Will Tadolf Swiftler also be buying dummy.porn, Hitler.porn, or badinfluenceonourkids.porn?

"Tadolf Swiftler"
No one who knows is saying but speculation is rampant. And what will Swifty be putting up on her .porn site? Her Victoria's Secret material (shown above), behind the scenes n*p slip photos from her SNL appearance that time, private photos her many disgruntled ex-boyfriends took of her in compromising positions which were then taken from her laptop/Blackberry or cloud storage site?
 
To check what brands, groups, and celebrities have bought their domain names, visit icmregistry.com/domaincheck.

Monday, March 23, 2015

Ajahn Jumnien coming to West Coast

Pat Macpherson, Wisdom Quarterly; Alan Flum (forestretreat.org)
The Buddha reclining into parinirvana (flickr.com).
[This is a] lovely article about Ajahn Luang Por Jumnien:
He is truly a remarkable teacher who teaches the Dharma deeply and generously shares his personal experience to aid [in directly experiencing enlightenment and liberation].

For those interested, Ajahn Jumnien will be coming to the the U.S. in June 2015. He will teaching in Southern California and in the Pacific Northwest. For more information, visit forestretreat.org.

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Cute animal pictures! (Animal Realm)

Pat Macpherson, Amber Larson, Ashley Wells, Crystal Quintero, Wisdom Quarterly
Excuse me. - Excuse me. - Beg your pardon. - Can somebody turn on the hot water again?

Bunnies, they're not just for Easter (Esther, estrus) anymore. Maternal love is forever.
As I was telling you, Douglas... - Yes, do tell! It's quite fascinating what we've been through.
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1 "plane"=countless worlds
There comes a time in your life when you walk away from the drama and the people who create it. You surround yourself with people who make you laugh, focus on the good, forget the bad, love the ones who treat you right, pray for the ones who don't. Life is too short to be anything but happy. Falling down is all part of life, it's true, but getting back up is real living.

The Buddha outlined 31 Planes of Existence, general levels where rebirth (relinking) can take place. But each "plane" may have countless worlds expression it, like the innumerable, uncharted, unimaginable diversity (papanca) of just the "animal plane" or tirrachana yoni -- to say nothing of the  "human plane" (manussa loka) spread throughout the visible galaxy and beyond. We were never alone, nor is there any end to the worlds into which one may fall. But the end of rebirth (enlightenment) is possible when one sees the dangers, false promises (of satisfaction), and other faults with all conditioned worlds (ti-lakkhana) and wearies of the merry-go-round (samsara).

"Are you tired of the tide? Aren't you tired of the tide? Roll in a rockpool. Come, let's hide. Build a tower of strength and watch it weaken. Construct high hopes as the brightest beacon. Watch the seagulls eat the trash you contemptuously ditch. Do you know a seagull? Do you know a wreck? Do you know a raging wind? Tower of strength takes to the sea, oh oh oh!" (RP)

Mom, what are they looking at? Why do they stare with those boxes. Why is the sky blue?
I'm getting the hang of this. If I double-click my paw, it seems to come alive.
My mother is the furry, but I would follow her anywhere just to be licked clean again.
There-there, we're all mammals, and I sympathize with you. But now tell me about the fish.
Pull my...uh, on second thought, don't. But do tell me how you could possibly be so tiny!
Eight is enough when eating, but when it comes to sleeping, the more the merrier!
"The animal realm (tirrachana yoni) or womb is super-diversified!" said the turtle.
Please, Chinese zookeeper, don't torture me in that isolation cage. I'll confess to anything!
I saw a sandcrab, I saw a sandcrab! I better save him before he drowns in this salt foam!
"Tom 'n Jerry," it's good TV. I just don't know who in the world this rat thinks he is!
Momma? Momma? Momma? - I don't know how to break this to you, Kitty, but...
Momma? - Yes, dear, what is it? -  I love you, meow, meow. - Rrrrrrrrrrr.

Hey, so this is what evolution looks like! You know we're related, according to these guys.
Humans fight, build, bombs and pollute the planet all day long. With our bigger brain, we just swim, eat, make love, and play. Who, then, is the smartest species on this big blue Earth? Read the Hitchhiker's Guide.
Mommy, am I a panda or a black-and-white mitten? Zoos won't torture me, will they?
Oh, finally, I'm out of that dark, dank hole and back in the sun and open air! Never again.
Good karma is hard to come in subhuman worlds (apaya), but motherhood is available.