Wednesday, January 17, 2018

MARC: "The Yes Brain" (UCLA workshop)

The Yes Brain with Dr. Daniel J. Siegel, MD and Dr. Tina Payne Bryson, PhD
  
The Yes Brain (amazon.com)
Join us at MARC for a talk inspired by Dr. Dan Siegel and Dr. Tina Payne Bryson's latest book, The Yes Brain.
 
When facing challenges, unpleasant tasks, and contentious issues such as homework, screen time, food choices, and bedtime, children often act out or shut down, responding with reactivity instead of receptivity.

This is what New York Times bestselling authors Daniel J. Siegel and Tina Payne Bryson call a "No Brain response." But our kids can be taught to approach life with openness and curiosity. Parents can foster children’s ability to say yes to the world and welcome all that life has to offer, even during difficult times. This is what it means to cultivate a "Yes Brain."
 
When kids work from a Yes Brain, they’re more willing to take chances and explore. They’re more curious and imaginative, less worried about making mistakes. They’re better at relationships and more flexible and resilient when it comes to handling adversity and big feelings.

They work from a clear internal compass that directs their decisions, as well as the way they treat others. Guided by their Yes Brain, they become more open, creative, and resilient.

 
ABOUT THE INSTRUCTORS
Daniel J. Siegel, MD is an internationally-acclaimed author, award-winning educator, and renowned child psychiatrist. He is the executive director of the Mindsight Institute, an educational center devoted to promoting insight, compassion, and empathy in individuals, families, institutions, and communities. Dr. Siegel's books include Mindsight, Pocket Guide to Interpersonal Neurobiology, The Developing Mind (2nd ed.), The Mindful Therapist, The Whole-Brain Child, Brainstorm, and his latest book, Yes, the Brain. 

Tina Payne Bryson, PhD is the co-author (with Dan Siegel) of two New York Times bestsellers -- The Whole-Brain Child (Random House Delacorte, 2011), and No-Drama Discipline (Random House Bantam, 2014) -- each of which has been translated into over 20 languages.  She is a psychotherapist and the founder/executive director of The Center for Connection in Pasadena, California, where she offers parenting consultations and provides therapy to children and adolescents..

MARC (Mindful Awareness Research Center)
MARC offers several workshops throughout the year that are designed to be experiential and educational. MARC workshops introduce the latest topics related to mindfulness and well-being. Past workshops include Why Mindfulness Matters: A Scientific Perspective with Dr. Sue Smalley; Mind Body Medicine: From Genes to Behavior with Dr. Michael Irwin; An Integrative Journey to the Mind with Dr. Daniel Siegel; The Cognitive Neuroscience of Mindfulness Meditation with Dr. Philippe Goldin; Positivity Resonates with Dr. Barbara Fredrickson, and many more.

WHEN & WHERE
*NOTE: In support of the UCLA Healthy Campus Initiative, current UCLA students (non-Extension) may sign up for this workshop for FREE. To register, please use the "UCLA Student" discount from the pulldown menu and use your UCLA email address.

Vipaka: RESULTS of Karma (sutra)

Dhr. Seven, Amber Larson (trans.) based on Ven. Thanissaro (AN 8.40), Wisdom Quarterly
"Meditators, the taking of life -- when pursued, indulged in, and developed -- is something that leads to rebirth in the hells, [or depending on one's other karma] leads to rebirth as a common animal, leads to rebirth in the realm of hungry ghosts.

"The slightest of all the results ripening (fruiting) from the taking of life is that, if one is reborn as a human being, it leads to a shorter lifespan.
"Think about how sh*tty this is for me."
"Taking what is not given -- when pursued, indulged in, and developed -- is something that leads to rebirth in the hells, [or depending on one's other karma] leads to rebirth as a common animal, leads to the realm of hungry ghosts.

"The slightest of all the results ripening from stealing is that, if one is reborn as a human being, it leads to the loss of one's wealth.

Video of victims lecturing child molester
"Sexual misconduct -- when pursued, indulged in, and developed -- is something that leads to rebirth in the hells, [or depending on one's other karma] leads to rebirth as a common animal, leads to rebirth in the realm of hungry ghosts.
  • [What is "sexual misconduct"? According to the texts, it is at its most basic having sex with any of the ten forbidden persons: someone too young to consent, under the protection of relatives or caretakers or community, already engaged, betrothed, promised, married, forbidden by law.]
"The slightest of all the results ripening from sexual misconduct is that, if one is reborn as a human being, it leads to rivalry and revenge. 
  • [NOTE: "False speech" (the fourth precept) refers to four verbal acts: perjury, divisive tale-bearing, harsh speech, and frivolous chit chat.]
Ahhh, I didn't know I would live after death!
"Perjury [bearing false witness] -- when pursued, indulged in, and developed -- is something that leads to rebirth in the hells, [or depending on one's other karma] leads to rebirth as a common animal, leads to rebirth in the realm of hungry ghosts.

"The slightest of all the results ripening from perjury is that, if one is reborn as a human being, it leads to being falsely accused.
 
In the Realm of Hungry Ghosts (Dr. Gabor Mate)
"Divisive tale-bearing -- when pursued, indulged in, and developed -- is something that leads to rebirth in the hells, [or depending on one's other karma] leads to rebirth as a common animal, leads to rebirth in the realm of hungry ghosts.

"The slightest of all the results ripening from divisive tale-bearing is that, if one is reborn as a human being, it leads to the breaking of one's friendships.
 
"Harsh speech -- when pursued, indulged in, and developed -- is something that leads to rebirth in the hells, [or depending on one's other karma] leads to rebirth as a common animal, leads to rebirth in the realm of hungry ghosts.

"The slightest of all the results ripening from harsh speech is that, if one is reborn as a human being, it leads to unappealing sounds.
 
"Frivolous chit chat -- when pursued, indulged in, and developed -- is something that leads to rebirth in the hells, [or depending on one's other karma] leads to rebirth as a common animal, leads to rebirth in the realm of hungry ghosts.

"The slightest of all the results ripening from frivolous chattering is that, if one is reborn as a human being, it leads to words that are not worth taking to heart.

I don't know if I believe in rebirth. If only there were some way to know in this life! (MI)

 
"The taking of intoxicants [that occasion heedlessness] -- when pursued, indulged in, and developed -- is something that leads to rebirth in the hells, [or depending on one's other karma] leads to rebirth as a common animal, leads to rebirth in the realm of hungry ghosts.

"The slightest of all the results ripening from taking intoxicants is that, if one is reborn as a human being, it leads to mental derangement."

Meditation on Equanimity (video)

Theravada Teacher Gary Sanders (via Robert Beatty); Dhr. Seven (ed.), Wisdom Quarterly


Gary Sanders: The Practice of Equanimity
The Buddhist term upekkha -- one of the four Divine Abidings or Brahma Viharas -- is commonly translated as "equanimity," a spacious stillness of mind/heart that allows us to be with things as simply they are right now. Portland Insight Meditation Center Meditation Instructor Gary Sanders starts this program with a guided equanimity meditation, followed by mindful movement, then ends with a Dharma talk on the practice of developing this equanimous state.

Women's March II (Sat., Jan. 20-21, 2018)

Women's March; Crystal Quintero, Ashley Wells, CC Liu, Dhr. Seven (eds.), Wisdom Quarterly

As the 2018 Women's March (womensmarch.com) we stand together in solidarity.

We are in solidarity with our allies, partners, and children for the protection of our rights, our safety, our health, and our families recognizing that our vibrant and diverse communities are the strength of our country.

The 2018 Women's March is a planned rally and follow-up to the 2017 Women's March, scheduled to take place on January 20 and 21.

Demonstrations and marches are expected nationwide, primarily on January 20th. Emerging themes of the 2018 events are voting and women running for office. More
 
  • Women’s March L.A. 2018
  • Saturday, Jan. 20, 9:00 AM
  • Pershing Square Park, DTLA
  • 532 South Olive St. Los Angeles, CA 90013 
  • O.C. 2018: Hear Our Vote 
  • Saturday Jan. 20, 9:00 AM
  • Downtown Santa Ana (address TBA), Santa Ana, Orange County, CA 92711
  • 2018 Women's March on NYC Tickets, Sat., Jan 20, 2018 at 11:00 (eventbrite.com) Women's March Alliance presents 2018 Women's March on NYC on Saturday, Jan. 20, 2018 in New York City, NY.
  • Here's what you need to know about the 2018 Women's March events (freep.com) If you plan to go to one of the Jan. 20-21 rallies, or just want to know what's happening, here's the skinny about 2018 Women's March events. 
  • Women's Marches and Meetups (facebook.com/ womensmarch2018) In 2018 the Women's March will convene and mark the beginning (information and resources)...
  • Women's March (Home) (facebook.com/ womensmarchonwash)

Tuesday, January 16, 2018

"Kubla Khan" by Samuel Taylor Coleridge (BBC)

LISTEN: Kubla Khan: A Vision in a Dream (The Forum on BBC.co.uk)
High in the Himalayan foothills of Kathmandu, Nepal is the famous Boudhanath stupa.
 
Sri Lankan Buddhist stupa
I maintain "Kubla Khan" is a Buddhist poem, which is to say, a poem based on Buddhist features of a real place and person. Coleridge knew of it because he read about the mysterious East and its ancient treasures.

They were recorded in a travel book he was reading when he wrote "Kubla Khan" titled Purchas's Pilgrimes by the English cleric Samuel Purchas about his pilgrimages in Asia. Purchas traveled and reported what he saw back to the English-speaking world.

The "dome of ice" is a clear reference to a sparkling white stupa (Buddhist reliquaries, burial mounds, kurgans popularized by the Scythians/Shakyans of Central Asia based on burial mounds going back millennia in Central and North Asia, even up to portions of Ukraine). They are now built all over Asia.

There really was a Kublai Khan, a Mongol ruler (son of Temujin, "Greatest Warrior," known to all as Genghis Khan), who built a great city (or set up fabulous temporary city of yurts) called Xanadu (Shangdu) but then abandoned it for a better center of trade from which to rule in Beijing, China. (Why did the Chinese lose to Mongol invaders? They may have been weakened by germs from working in nightsoil paddy fields).
POEM: Kubla Khan
Or, a vision in a dream. A Fragment.
In Xanadu did Kubla Khan
A stately pleasure-dome decree:
Where Alph, the sacred river, ran
Through caverns measureless to man
   Down to a sunless sea.
So twice five miles of fertile ground
With walls and towers were girdled round;
And there were gardens bright with sinuous rills,
Where blossomed many an incense-bearing tree;
And here were forests ancient as the hills,
Enfolding sunny spots of greenery.

But oh! that deep romantic chasm which slanted
Down the green hill athwart a cedarn cover!
A savage place! as holy and enchanted
As e’er beneath a waning moon was haunted
By woman wailing for her demon-lover!
And from this chasm, with ceaseless turmoil seething,
As if this earth in fast thick pants were breathing,
A mighty fountain momently was forced:
Amid whose swift half-intermitted burst
Huge fragments vaulted like rebounding hail,
Or chaffy grain beneath the thresher’s flail:
And mid these dancing rocks at once and ever
It flung up momently the sacred river.
Five miles meandering with a mazy motion
Through wood and dale the sacred river ran,
Then reached the caverns measureless to man,
And sank in tumult to a lifeless ocean;
And ’mid this tumult Kubla heard from far
Ancestral voices prophesying war!
   The shadow of the dome of pleasure
   Floated midway on the waves;
   Where was heard the mingled measure
   From the fountain and the caves.
It was a miracle of rare device,
A sunny pleasure-dome with caves of ice!

   A damsel with a dulcimer
   In a vision once I saw:
   It was an Abyssinian maid
   And on her dulcimer she played,
   Singing of Mount Abora.
   Could I revive within me
   Her symphony and song,
   To such a deep delight ’twould win me,
That with music loud and long,
I would build that dome in air,
That sunny dome! those caves of ice!
And all who heard should see them there,
And all should cry, Beware! Beware!
His flashing eyes, his floating hair!
Weave a circle round him thrice,
And close your eyes with holy dread
For he on honey-dew hath fed,
And drunk the milk of Paradise.

European germs wiped out Aztecs of Mexico

Sarah Gibbens (National Geographic); Xochitl, Pfc. Sandoval, S. Auberon, Wisdom Quarterly

Did you wash your hands, Angela? - Yes.
From 1545 to 1550, Aztecs in what is today southern Mexico experienced a deadly outbreak.

Anywhere from five to 15 million people died. Locally, it was known as cocoliztli, but the exact cause or causes has been a mystery for the past 500 years [when the filthy invaders landed].
 
Now, a new study published in the journal Nature Ecology and Evolution, suggests the outbreak could have been caused by a deadly form of salmonella.
 
Salmonella enterica -- subset Paratyphi C to be exact -- was present in the DNA of ten different individuals buried at the only known burial site, Teposcolula-Yucundaa, associated with cocoliztli
 
While that specific strain of salmonella is much rarer today, Vågene says it would have spread similarly. Any food or water contaminated with the strain would have turned deadly once ingested.

According to study author Åshild Vågene from the Max Planck Institute, the strain is a bacterial infection that causes a type of enteric fever nearly identical to typhoid.

Extracting ancient DNA 
Historians and archaeologists have long suspected that a blood-borne illness was responsible for cocoliztli. Depictions by both Spanish and indigenous artists show the infected with nose bleeds and coughing up blood. More
  • Gut bacteria linked to cataclysmic epidemic that wiped out 16th... (Ars Technica) Gut bacteria linked to cataclysmic epidemic that wiped out 16th-century Mexico... In the wake of the Spanish conquest of the Aztec Empire in 1521, waves of epidemics slammed Mexico.
  • Scientists find possible cause for mystery epidemic that wiped out Aztecs (Washington Post) ...mystery epidemic that wiped out Mexico 500 years ago...The study, published Monday in Nature Ecology and Evolution...led by researchers from the Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History, Harvard University, and the Mexican National Institute of...
  • Possible cause of colonial-era Mexican epidemic identified (Daily Mail) How salmonella destroyed the mighty Aztecs: Ancient teeth reveal how nearly ALL of Mexico was once wiped out by one of the most devastating food... An outbreak of a mystery disease in 1576, and second wave in 1576, killed around 7 million to 17 million people...
  • Megadeath in Mexico (discovermagazine.com) Native populations in the Americas lacked immunities to common European diseases like smallpox, measles, and mumps. Within 20 years of Columbus's...

Monkey Mind: non cogito ergo sum (video)

Yongey Mingyur Rinpoche (video); Nick Berk, Dhr. Seven, Ananda M., Wisdom Quarterly

Discursive thinking is a bad idea when trying to meditate (1843magazine.com).
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Sometimes I have a mind of my own.
The Monkey Mind is a terrible thing, a menace to serene meditation. There is no need to make it stop.

It is enough to let it be, to tolerate it cheerfully (free of annoyance), to cultivate forbearance (the highest virtue), to be comfortable in spite of its otherwise maddening nonstop activity. It is enough to let it run its course without feeding it one way or the other.

I am king of the monkeys.
What is one way, what the other? One way we feed the Monkey Mind is by trying to stop it. The other is feeding it by adding to it, commenting, reacting, arguing...

What is the BASIC meditation instruction? In a positive sense it is focusing on the breath, being with the breath, knowing the breath -- not by thinking but by direct peaceful experience. When we hold perfectly still, we can sense all other movement.

When we grow quiet in spite of the fact that the Monkey Mind is still going, we realize: That's not us. Let us not get sucked in by its nonsense. The venerable Yongey Mingyur Rinpoche explains it very well and very concisely:

How to deal with the Monkey Mind

Alan Watts: Zen state of "No Mind" (video)

Spiritual Entertainer Alan Watts (KPFK); Nick Berk, Ananda M., Dhr. Seven, Wisdom Quarterly


Stop thinking so much, man, and just move.
Alan Watts on Mushin, empty mind/heart or the "State of No Mind" via Lectures Beyond Beyond.

Have a mind like a mirror, as Taoism says: "The perfect person employs this mind like a mirror: it grasps nothing, it refuses nothing, it receives but does not keep."

Checkmate.
Anything that comes in front of the mirror, it reflects it instantly. When the moon rises, all bodies of water immediately reflect it without hesitation, without consideration. The West has much to learn from the East.

Secret Lives of Flies, Pope, Hawaii (audio)


Wake Up Schools: mindfulness in education

WakeUpSchools.org; Dhr. Seven, Crystal Quintero, Ashley Wells (eds.), Wisdom Quarterly
"Peace in myself, peace in the world." - Nobel Peace Prize nominee Thich Nhat Hanh


Wake Up Schools supports educators to bring the practices of mindfulness and applied ethics into their own lives so they may be happy and free and in turn share these practices with colleagues and students in their school communities. Learn More

Happy Teachers Will Change the World

Happy Teachers Will Change the World: The Film 
Artist and Filmmaker Wouter Verhoeven
Happy Teachers Will Change the World is a film about teachers learning mindfulness, true transformation, and happiness. Share it to help inspire as many teachers as possible to explore mindfulness in their lives and their classrooms. Watch all videos
Happy Teachers Change the World: A Guide for Cultivating Mindfulness in Education by Thich Nhat Hanh and Katherine Weare with foreword by Jon Kabat-Zinn is the first official and authoritative guide to the Thich Nhat Hanh/Plum Village approach to mindfulness in education. Spanning the range of schools and grade levels, from preschool through higher education, the teachings, guidance, practices, and techniques are grounded in the everyday world of schools and universities.
 

Aziz Ansari: I Says I'm Sorry says NOT guilty

Editors, Wisdom Quarterly; Complex News; Aziz Ansari, #MeToo, #Time'sUp; BBC.com
Olympics Team USA child molestation victims face abusive doctor. See video below.


Welcome to the club, sad sack. #UsToo.
Awkward comedian Aziz Ansari (we pronounce it "I Says I'm Sorry"), you have some 'splaining to do. How could you go on a bad date and think that not-no meant yes? You need to go on more dates, mister.

Look, Aziz, I almost made TIME!
Now that you're rich and famous, maybe that will happen. Or you may go the way of Kev Dog Spacey, with his estimated $100 million net worth as a cushion. Or the way of Jimmy James Franco, who doesn't even have a well-formed accusation to speak of even as he, like you, wins awards.

How could this anonymous accuser do this to the #MeToo Movement? While real Weinsteins, Cosbys, Tobacks, and Trumps get off, you're left dangling in the wind. Even Ben Shapiro is on your side. Well, Ben Shapiro would be on your side because he hates the #MeToo and Time's Up Movements we love.
Catherine Deneuve says "puritanism" in American feminism threatens sexual liberty

    
An actress ingenue in Hollywood
All of this stinks. It's as if a false flag operation is underway: a person you barely know has been convinced to try to discredit you with a flimsy story to in fact discredit a serious movement. Or maybe we men think of "normal dating" as one thing, and women across the country are sick of that definition.

Well, thank you for standing up for yourself, and thank you for wearing your #MeToo button in public. Keep being funny; we can't afford the loss of another Louis C.K. We're with Catherine Deneuve and the 100 on this one:
  • Catherine Deneuve criticizes #MeToo Movement as "Puritanical" French actress is among 100 women from entertainment, academia, the arts, and media who signed an editorial Tuesday in French daily Le Monde, criticizing the current #MeToo movement for restricting sexual freedom. “Rape is a crime, but insistent or clumsy flirting is not..." 

Child molestation by Olympics Team USA Dr. Nassar
(BBC) Nearly 100 women testify during a criminal sentencing hearing for ex-Team USA gymnastics sports Dr. Larry Nassar, who pleaded guilty to sexually assaulting dozens of girls. Several women tearfully described how the 54-year-old abused them, imploring the court to impose the maximum sentence. More + VIDEO