Sunday, September 21, 2014

The Buddha's HORSE (cartoon)

Dhr. Seven, Amber Larson, Crystal Quintero, CC Liu, Wisdom Quarterly; Charlie the Unicorn (youtube.com); G.P. Malalasekera (Dictionary of Pali Proper Names)
The Shakyas (Indo-Scythians) of Sakastan with their territory west of ancient India
(gAmINgElItE27) "Charlie the Unicorn" Episodes 1, 2, 3, and 4 all together at last!
 
If Siddhartha's white pony, Kanthaka, were alive today, he would probably be a fan of the misadventures of grumpy Charlie and his cheerful friends, who show him so much he was not expecting.

The horse on which Prince Siddhartha Gautama left his father's kingdom, accompanied by his attendant Channa, was named Kanthaka.
 
The Buddha had a white pony?
Central Asia and horses, the tradition continues even today. Here Ashol-Pan the Mongolian-Kazakh falconer wanders about like a nomad near the Altai mountains (BBC.com)
  
A warrior needs a healing horse
It is said that when Kanthaka was saddled for the journey, the intelligent animal realized the importance of the hour and neighed loudly for joy.

But the devas muffled the sound of his neighing as also that of his footsteps as he galloped through the streets. Ordinarily these sounds could be heard throughout Kapilavastu (Pali Kapilavatthu), the capital of Shakya-land.
  • Shakya-land, or Sakka-land, is the name we are giving to the territory, or janapada, controlled by the Shakya Clan, the Prince Siddhartha's extended family. A cursory review of ancient maps of the area suggests that the Shakyas were known as the Sakkas (see, for example, the Sakka Sutta in the Pali canon) and their territory was later called Sakastan. Dr. Ranajit Pal has suggested that the Buddha's mother was from Seistan Balochistan, a province between modern Iran, Afghanistan, and Pakistan. They were Indo-Scythians -- pastoral, nomadic, noble "warrior" caste clan members enriched by the commerce out of India along the Silk Route up into Central and Northern Asia, where Buddhism soon traveled prior to reaching ancient Greece, China, and most of the rest of Asia.
Equestrian activities are crucial and beloved in Afghanistan and throughout Central Asia even today, here seen during a friendly game of goat polo (buzkashi). The ancient Indo-Scythians of Sakastan had games like archery to build up young men's warrior abilities (wiki)
 
All heroic figures get white horses?
Kanthaka was 18 cubits long from neck to tail and proportionately broad, white in color, like a clean conch shell.

On this journey of renunciation, the prince's attendant and charioteer Channa held on to Kanthaka's tail. The horse had the strength, had it been necessary, to jump the ramparts of the city, 18 hands high, at one bound, with both the prince and Channa on his back.

The Indus river of Scythia/Gandhara
Just outside Kapilavastu the prince stopped the horse, in order to take a last look at the city. A cetiya (pagoda, memorial, Indo-Scythian monument) was later erected on this spot, which is called the Kanthaka-nivatta-Cetiya.
 
The horse traveled 30 leagues between midnight and the following morning, as far as the river Anomā. (The actual river Siddhartha crossed to leave Shakya-land was more likely the Himalayan-fed Indus River or one of its tributaries dividing ancient Gandhara, modern Afghanistan and Pakistan, which were until recently the northwest frontier of India).
  • Based on historical disinformation a rather minor river in Nepal is today called the Anoma. However, one imagines the future Buddha's journey actually began somewhere in the vicinity of Bamiyan, Kabul, and Mes Aynak, Afghanistan. The prince then headed east for "India," the Kingdom of Magadha in particular, one of the major territories of 16 loosely confederated republics and kingdoms that would have formed what is now called India but which were then independent rival territories.
Mythic Christ (not Jesus) got a white donkey
It is said that Kanthaka could travel around the whole cakka-vāla (around the world or the Shakya territory, as if Kanthaka were a "mount/vahana" (a flying vehicle or vimana, rather than an ordinary animal) in one night. With one leap the horse cleared the river, which was eight fathoms [1 fathom is 6 feet x 8 = 48 feet] wide. On arriving on the other bank, the Bodhisattva gave orders to Channa that Kanthaka should be taken back to Kapilavastu.

But Kanthaka kept looking back at his kind royal owner -- who had lived together for 29 years we are led to believe, as legend has it that Yashodara (Princess Bimba), the Bodhi tree (Ficus religiosa in Bodh Gaya), and the prince were all born on the same day. So when the Bodhisattva finally disappeared from view, Kanthaka died of a broken heart. He was immediately reborn in the World of the Thirty-Three (Tāvatimsa), a kind of Valhalla, conceived of as an Indo-Scythian heaven with Sakka as its king. In that world he is called Kanthaka-devaputta (Kanthaka, "son of god," but "son of god" is just a title that means "born among the devas," J.i.62-5; Mtu.ii.159f., 165, 189, 190; VibhA.34, etc.; Buddhacarita, v.3, 68; vi.53ff).

Siddhartha parting from Kanthaka and Chandaka, Gandhara art, Indo-Scythia (wiki)
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The changing sands of kingdoms, empires
Kanthaka had been born on the same day as the Bodhisattva (J.i.54; BuA.106, 234, etc.). In Sakka's heaven he had a magnificent palace of veluriya gems, which Ven. Maha Moggallāna later visited on one of his tours of Tāvatimsa (Vv.73f;-VVA.311-18; see also DhA.i.70; iii.195). It is no accident that this should be the case because his karma was such that like Princess Yasodhara and Queen Maha Maya, all three volunteered to help the Bodhisattva set up the conditions to gain final enlightenment and establish the Dharma on Earth lead to the liberation of countless devas and human beings.

(Wiki) Modern Afghan games, rite of passage for males, not so good for goats.

Siddhartha's mother, Maya Devi, was reborn in the World of the Thirty-Three, we are told, seven days after giving birth to the prince. Her sister, Prince Siddhartha's father, King Suddhodana's co-wife, named Maha Prajapati Devi, raised the prince as her own. Whereas Kanthaka and Maya Devi were reborn in that lowly heavenly plane, Yasodhara and Maha Prajapati went on to become prominent Buddhist nuns, one a fierce disputant named Bhaddakaccana and the other the first fully ordained female in Buddhism, and both attained enlightenment along with many other Shakyan/Scythian "nobles" (called kshatriyas by the Brahmins, but actually aryans, a word the Buddha changed to mean not something was is born into but rather what one achieves by merit/karma: the various stages of enlightenment).
Scythian Archeology
Three Jewels (Ti-Ratana) Scythian-Buddhist coin of Azes II with Triratna (wiki)
 
(Wiki) Archaeological remains of the Scythians include kurgan tombs (ranging from simple exemplars to elaborate "Royal kurgans" containing the "Scythian triad" of weapons, horse-harness, and Scythian-style wild-animal art), gold, silk, and animal sacrifices, in places also with suspected human sacrifices.[29][30] Mummification techniques, and permafrost have aided in the relative preservation of some remains. Scythian archaeology also examines the remains of North Pontic Scythian cities and fortifications.[31] The spectacular Scythian grave-goods from Arzhan, and others in Tuva have been dated from about 900 BC onward. One grave find on the lower Volga gave a similar date, and one of the Steblev graves from the East  European end of the Scythian area was dated to the late 8th century BC.[32] More

People's Climate March (LIVE: Democracy Now)

Ashley Wells, Amber Larson, Seven, Wisdom Quarterly; Amy Goodman (democracynow.org)
 
The People's Climate March, Sunday morning (democracynow.org/livestream)
People's Climate March, New York City, Sunday, Sept. 21, 2014 (democracynow.org)
Former president of Ireland and Ban Ki Moon join protesters in People's Climate March

    Meatless Mondays: greenhouse gases like methane from ranching and flesh eating is much worse than carbon. But as did Al Gore and his "Inconvenient Truth," people too often ignore meat eating as a major contributor to global warming and climate chaos (WATCH LIVE).

      Fall Equinox: Chumash Celebration (Malibu)

      Xochitl, Ashley Wells, Wisdom Quarterly; Wishtoyo.org via Tim Martinez (ArroyoSage)
      How we used to dance without judgment, all-inclusive, everyone a member of the tribe.

      OPEN TO ALL: Sunday, Sept. 21, 2014, 4:00, 33904 PCH, Malibu, CA 90265 (wishtoyo.org)
      • Wishtoyo Benefit Dinner, Oct. 26, Malibu Chumash Discovery Village! Details
      Exploring the Hills of Mt. Washington
      Tim Martinez (The Arroyo Sage)
      Last week, my friend and Arroyo Seco Foundation colleague Scott Cher took me on a walking tour of Mt. Washington [in the foothills of Los Angeles near Pasadena], which he has long called home.
       
      Nestled in the hills behind the majestic Southwest Museum, Mount Washington is a historic L.A. neighborhood [above gentrified Highland Park crowned by the Self Realization Fellowship mother center] with commanding vistas and surrounded by nature.
       
      We set out to explore the open spaces and habitat in the area that have been set aside, preserved, and some still in need of protection
       
      Shuttered Southwest Museum languishing under Autry Museum management (AS)

      We began our walk by hiking through Moon Canyon Park. Moon Canyon is an unmaintained Los Angeles City park with great potential for habitat restoration. The canyon's slopes are home to the rare California Walnut tree, which Mt. Washington is known for. More
       
      Moon Canyon Park surrounded by residential area, L.A. (Tim Martinez/ArroyoSage)

      People's Climate JUSTICE (Occupy)

      Pat Macpherson, Seth Auberon, Pfc. Sandoval, Wisdom Quarterly; OCCUPY.com

      Protesters Beware: avoid getting stung by "Stingrays"

      Can we all unite to save the planet and our world? (occupy.com)

      Flood Wall Street

      Pat Macpherson, Pfc. Sandoval, Ashley Wells, Wisdom Quarterly; FloodWallStreet.net
      A flood or deluge (ogha) is what samsara is, a tsunami of rebirth and suffering.
      Flooding the flooders in our lives, capitalists and Wall Street abusers: #FloodWallStreet


      (OWS) In September, world leaders are coming to New York City for a UN summit on the climate crisis. On Sunday the 21st, there will be a massive march. On the 22nd, the day before their summit, as politicians have meetings with the corporate oligarchs who profit from the disasters they themselves are creating, we are going to take action! We will Flood Wall Street. Be there. Climate Change is here, and the only solution is a movement. NYC Planning info: beyondthemarch.org/action-support/. RSVP page for #floodwallstreet: facebook.com/events/832215646797522/.

      Go Veg: Meat-eating leads to Climate Change

      Crystal Quintero, CC Liu, Dhr. Seven, Sheldon S., Wisdom Quarterly; MeatlessMonday.com
      Veggie foods taste better and promote youth, life, health, and strength (Tofu kabobs).
      "Go Meatless Mondays...for Climate Week! Less Meat, Less Heat" (MM)
       
      Good planets are hard to find; let's save this one!
        
      Climate Week NYC Embraces Meatless Monday
      Killing animals is killing the planet?
      The United Nations Climate Summit will meet in New York on September 23 to discuss actionable plans to fight climate change, during Climate Week NYC.
       
      Why is Meatless Monday involved?
      ["The personal is political"?] Practicing meatless Monday saves the environment. 

      Going veg is going green to save the planet
      When we reduce our meat intake, we minimize pollution, pharmaceutical use in animals, and water usage because the production of beef requires 1,850 gallons of water, countless antibiotics and chemicals and poisons to cultivate animal feed, while the production of vegetables requires 39 gallons of water.

      climate_week_logo
      Climate Week NYC begins this weekend
      When we reduce our meat consumption, we reduce our carbon footprint -- and make a more significant change by reducing methane output into the environment (most of which comes from the feeding of bad food to cows who are ungulates feeding on fresh greens not grains, cement, other cows and corpses, and artificial feeds) -- because beef production creates 30kg of greenhouse gas per kg of food. Carrots, potatoes, and rice require .42, .45, and 1.3kg respectively.
      Are those worms? Meat is toxic and tainted.
      Meatless Monday makes a splash at Climate Week NYC events.  An all-vegetarian lunch will be served at The Climate Group’s kick-off event at the Morgan Library. Marcus Samuelsson, chef-owner of Red Rooster Harlem and Meatless Monday supporter, has curated the menu for the prestigious Equator Prize private reception at Lincoln Center for United Nations dignitaries held prior to the Equator Prize Awards.
       
      Join Meatless Monday at The People’s Climate March in Manhattan starting at 11:30 am, Sunday, September 21 in Central Park. Get details on how to meet our staff at the event and signage to download and print on Meatless Monday’s Climate Week page.

      If not attending the march, please share Meatless Monday Climate Week graphics via social media. Participate in the discussion on Twitter with the hashtags #MFMclimatepledge, #CWNYC, and #MeatlessMonday.  Take a stand by pledging to go meatless on Monday with us at Meatless Monday.
       
      According to United Nations, “[UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon] has asked [summit] leaders to bring bold announcements and actions to the summit that will reduce emissions, strengthen climate resilience, and mobilize political will for a meaningful legal agreement in 2015.”
       
      Human flesh, cow, pig, or chicken?
      The prevailing thought leading up to this summit is “the cost of inaction is greater than the cost of action.” And it’s a thought that has considerable traction. After all, it’s not just global leaders and politicians that are rallying around the cause. Case in point -- The People’s Climate March organizers are expecting more than a 100,000 participants.
       
      The People’s Climate Website reads, “With our future on the line and the whole world watching, we’ll take a stand to bend the course of history. We’ll take to the streets to demand the world we know is within our reach: a world with an economy that works for people and the planet; a world safe from the ravages of climate change; a world with good jobs, clean air and water, and healthy communities.”
       
      We're cows and calves, not beef and veal
      Meat Free Monday founder [and former Beatle] Sir Paul McCartney says, “Going meat free one day a week is a simple way to contribute to a more sustainable future. 
      So McCartney and UK leader Greg Barker have also launched a Meat Free Pledge for Climate Week to help show world leaders that going meatless on Mondays helps fight climate change.
      The Meatless Monday team has been working diligently with our UK partners to promote the pledge and we hope you’ll lend your name to the cause and pledge your support for going meatless on Mondays specifically to support stopping climate change. What events will Meatless Monday take part in? 
      • An all-vegetarian (Meatless Monday) lunch—served at the Climate Group’s kick-off event at the Morgan Library.
      • The People’s Climate March—starting at 11:30 am, Sunday,  September 21 Central Park West.
      • Equator Prize Ceremony: Building the Movement for Inclusive Climate and Development Solutions—September 22.
      Take a stand with us and be heard, join Climate Week NYC. Here’s a link to the full CALENDAR of events. More

      Democracy Now! Covers the People’s Climate March
      Special LIVE Broadcast: Democracy Now! is broadcasting live (Sunday 10:30 am-1:30 pm ET) from the People’s Climate March in New York City, part of a global mobilization in advance of a U.N. special session on climate change. More

      Saturday, September 20, 2014

      Comedy, CLIMATE, and Capitalism (video)

      Amber Larson, Ashley Wells, Pat Macpherson, Pfc. Sandoval, Seven, Wisdom Quarterly; Stephanie McMillan (stephaniemcmillan.org); Naomi Klein.com (Democracynow.org); PW
      Sunday, Sept. 21, 2014 is the People's Climate March (NY, LA): See details below.

      Sick sad word, contaminated environment, dying planet...brought to you by capitalism (SM)

      zionism
      US military-industrial complex aids Israel in its killing, incremental genocide, and war crimes: "I'm very pleased with your civilian kill rate efforts to stop terrorism (SM).
      Fracking? First capitalism ruins the environment (Left Coast/SM)
      Then capitalism gets us addicted to Internet over-consumption and "news" propaganda (SM)
      Then capitalism funds armies to put down the poor and complainers (Left Coast/SM)
      PosterStoreSm
      "Capitalism isn't working: Another world is possible"! (nothirdsolution.com)
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      People's Climate Events
      From Los Angeles' linking arms on Wilshire Blvd. on Saturday, Sept. 20, 2014 to New York's march against capitalism and "flood Wall Street" to protest government inaction on climate on Sunday, Sept. 21: THE PEOPLE'S CLIMATE MARCH.
        (DemocracyNow.org, Sept. 18, 2014)
        
      People's Climate MarchAt least 100,000 people are expected to take part in the People’s Climate March in New York City on Sunday.   More than 2,000 "People’s Climate" events are planned worldwide in 150 countries. And on Monday, climate activists are planning to stage a mass sit-in in the financial district in Manhattan in an action dubbed "FLOOD WALL STREET."
       
      We'll save you, Earth!
      The actions are taking place ahead of Tuesday’s one-day United Nations Climate Summit. DN! speaks to acclaimed journalist Naomi Klein, author of the new book This Changes Everything: Capitalism vs. the Climate being launched today, about the upcoming climate activism as well as the global grassroots movement dubbed "Blockadia," which is fighting fossil fuel extraction from Canada to Nigeria to Greece. Watch Part 1
      • The NYC book release of Naomi Klein's This Changes Everything is sold out, but watch it free on live stream.
      Corporations prefer profits over people and plunder over the planet.
       
      The solution? According to author and artist Stephanie McMillan, it's Capitalism Must Die!
       
      Capitalism Must Die! (Stephanie McMillan)
      Why? "There's an evil force dominating the people of the world and destroying the planet [Bhumi, Gaia, Earth, Tierra] itself. This force is our enemy and the enemy of all life. But before we can defeat it, we have to correctly identify it. We have to understand its underlying structure, how it works, and who controls it in order to pinpoint its vulnerabilities and effectively fight against it."
       
      We agree, and it's not just us. Naomi Klein, author of Shock Doctrine: The Rise of Disaster Capitalism and the new This Changes Everything on climate change also singles out capitalism -- at least the aggressive form of it practiced in the USA. This is sometimes called "disaster capitalism" or the "create a problem then sell them a solution" model.

      Capitalism vs. the Climate
       
      This Changes Everything: Capitalism vs. the Climate arrived in stores on Tuesday (Sept. 16). For more information, tour dates, or to buy the book, see: thischangeseverything.org. What's it about?
       
      This Changes Everything
      Forget everything you think you know about global warming. The really "inconvenient truth" is that it’s not about carbon [that whole carbon market is just a way to make money by selling pollution credits!]. It’s about capitalism!
       
      The convenient truth is that we can seize this existential crisis [a threat to our very existence] to transform our failed economic system and build something radically better.
       
      In Naomi Klein's most provocative book yet, she tackles the most profound threat humanity has ever faced -- the war our economic model is waging against life on Earth. More 
       
      (Big Think) Question: Why did you write Shock Doctrine?
       
      Naomi Klein: It came out of reporting that I was doing in Iraq after the [U.S.] invasion [and] the first year of occupation. But I guess it dates back earlier than that. I happen to have been in Argentina making a documentary film when the [U.S.] war [o]n Iraq began. And it was a really amazing time to be in Latin America.... 
      Less Concerned
      Daily Affirmations for the Revolutionary Proletarian Militant: "I'm less concerned with my own comfort than the advancement of our class in its struggle" (stephaniemcmillan.org).
      Once the smartest show on KPFK FM daytime, GO HARRISON is returning!
      Up to 8,000 MPG? It's true! Going GREEN wtih Go Harrison (KPFK.org/ustream)
      Capitalism: A Ghost Story -- and how it's ruining India (Arundhati Roy)
      Formerly better known for building coal-fired stations, China has closed and cancelled scores of them, mainly to combat the air pollution that kills some 250,000 a year
      Will capitalism clean up the world? No, but let's cash in before we call it quits.
      World leaders are going to gather in New York to reach a global agreement on climate change have big money behind them. Clean it or pollute, we don't care as long as we can make money off it. More