Saturday, October 21, 2017

Against the Stream: Pasadena, NoHo, L.A.

Ananda, Seth Auberon, CC Liu (eds.), Wisdom Quarterly; Frank Miles (AgainstTheStream.org)
Come meditate... Against the Stream: Buddhist Meditation Society (againstthestream.org)


The Mass Meditation Initiative Los Angeles
There are opportunities to practice Buddhist meditation and continue your recovery from sex, drugs, or anything else in Los Angeles.

PasaDharma Meditation is a drop-in (free/by donation) class that helps weekly participants establish a daily mindfulness and meditation practice. It is also a preparation center for the Mass Meditation Initiative (presented by DisclosureFest.org).



There are readings from Jack Kornfield, Pema Chodron, Bhikkhu Bodhi, Thich Nhat Hanh, Alan Watts, D.T. Suzuki, Noah Levine, and others. Guided serenity meditation is followed by kinhin (Japanese Zen "mindful walking"), loving kindness meditation, Sanskrit and Pali chanting, Buddhist teachings, discussion, yoga, sharing, and vegan snacks.

Dharma Punx: Against the Stream has centers across the United States.



Beginning October 26, 2017 at 7:00 PM a new location is opening in the Valley. Against the Stream, North Hollywood is a peer-led group that used to meet in Studio City with Jordan Kramer will now be meeting at La Maida Inn. The emphasis here is on "Refuge Recovery," a Buddhist approach to the 12-Steps, a kind of AA for atheists, agnostics, and anyone else wishing to avoid the preaching that comes with many meetings:
Mass Meditation at One Love Music &Art Festival, Oct. 20-22, 2017 (disclosurefest.org)

    Lit Crawl, Los Angeles (NoHo, Oct. 25)

    LitCrawlLA.org; Dhr. Seven, Ashley Wells, Crystal Quintero (eds.), Wisdom Quarterly


    Get Ready To Crawl!
    5th Annual Lit Crawl L.A. October 25, 2017
    Lit Crawl KeenanJoin us at 6:00 pm for our Opening Ceremony and stay for our closing Speak-Easy. Want to get up close and personal with Lit Crawl LA? Become an event night volunteer. Sign up to volunteer!
     
    This is a walkable smorgasbord of over 40 literary happenings at 36+ NoHo Arts District locations in one night! See, Los Angeles does have culture (not much but some).
     
    Check out photos from last year’s Lit Crawl on our Facebook page, HERE!

    The international Lit Crawl phenomenon returns to L.A. with the 5th Annual Lit Crawl L.A. on Wednesday, October 25, 2017 in the NoHo Arts District! Over 36 restaurants, bars, galleries, theaters, and other hip NoHo Arts District venues will host an evening of innovative presentations with the best of L.A.’s literary scene sampling from throughout Los Angeles County and the SoCal region! More

    Mongolia: "The Children of Genghis" (film)

    Wisdom Quarterly; Asianworldfilmfest.org


    SYNOPSIS Filmed in the beautiful landscapes of Mongolia, this film tells the story of children who compete in horse races at the country’s traditional festival of Naadam.
     
    Byambaa is an 8-year-old boy whose village deems him too young to compete in the races. Jealous of his elder brother, who's riding for another trainer, Byambaa convinces his father to train him to race against the older children. He soon learns that love, dedication, and trust are all necessary qualities if he is going to win, and his hope leaves a lasting impression on everyone around him. More + TICKETS

    Official Submission for Best Foreign Language Film - Mongolia
    Genre: Drama
    Country: Mongolia 
    Year: 2017
    Duration: 101 minutes
    Director: Zolbayar Dorj 
    Language(s):  Mongolian 
    Subtitles: English subtitles
    Producer(s): Angarag Davaasuren, Altantsetseg Jarantai, Tsengel Davaasambuu
    Screenplay: Zolbayar Dorj, Chimedtseren Ganzorig, Ganbold Buyantsogt 
    Cinematographer:  Angarag Davaasuren 
    Editor: Gantulga Urtnasan 
    Music: Ulziibayar Shatar 
    Principal Cast: Brittany Belt, Ankhnyam Ragchaa, Batmend Baast, Dorjsambuu Dambii, Oyunzul Dash
    Dates & Times: October 29, 2017 6:00 PM
    November 1, 2017 2:00 PM
    Followed by Q&A with Producer(s): Angarag Davaasuren, Tsengel Davaasambuu;
    Plays in:  ArcLight Cinemas - Culver City

    Friday, October 20, 2017

    Bhikkhu Bodhi on the Higher Dharma (video)

    Unravelling the Mysteries of Mind and Body Through Abhidhamma (Sayalay Susila)

    (Buddhist Association of the United States) 2013 Bhikkhu Bodhi Abhidharma Retreat (Part 1/15)
     
    Ven. Bhikkhu Bodhi
    SESSION 1. Friday 8/30/13, 7:00 pm-8:15 pm. What is the Abhidhamma? 何謂阿毗達摩? How did it develop from the early teachings [preserved by the Theravada school]? 如何從早期教法開展出來? What practical relevance does it have? 與實修的相關性何在?

    The Abhidharma (Abhi="Higher" or "About," Dharma="Teaching") is the Dharma presented in ultimate rather than conventional terms.

    Sayalay Susila (sayalaysusila.net)
    The sutras are taught in conventional terms as an aid to the practical grasp of truth in the service of meditation.

    The Abhidharma goes further to explicate mentality and materiality (nama and rupa) in ultimate terms (of cittas and kalapas, "mind-moments" and "particles of perception"). Ultimately, rather than the conventions of language we assume, our lives are actually impersonal, impermanent, and unsatisfactory. The reasons are explained in the Abhidharma, things, such as implications and logical extensions, about the Dharma. Consciousness is fully (viññāṇa) explained.



    I helped edit an excellent book on this topic written by the noble nun Sayalay Susila as she learned it from the enlightened Burmese Buddhist master Pa Auk Sayadaw. The book is very practical and applicable to daily life, as would seem unlikely for such a profound topic and voluminous material. But Burma was tasked with preserving Abhidhamma Pitaka (the "basket" or "collection" of Abhidharma materials), whereas Sri Lanka preserved the sutras, Thailand the Monastic Code.

    Consciousness does not need an active brain

    Claudia Tanner (Mailonline); Dhr. Seven, Pat Macpherson (eds.), Wisdom Quarterly
    Ellen Page stars in Flatliners, consciousness without a functioning brain (dailymail.co.uk)


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    When you die you KNOW you're dead: Scientists discover the mind still works after the body shows no sign of life and reveal people have heard their own death announced by medics.
    • Consciousness continues to work after the body has died, study finds.
    • Someone has died may even hear their own death being announced by medics.
    • Researchers say people's recollections have been verified by medical staff.
    • Time of death is called when heart stops beating, cutting off blood to brain.
    • Cerebral cortex flat lines, and within 2-20 seconds no brainwaves are detected [yet conscious awareness continues].
    • This sparks the death of brain cells, but this can take hours.
    • These findings echo plot line of new Hollywood re-make of cult horror Flatliners.
    You're a killer police, right, sir? So I'm a Dead. - What are you talking about, honey? Ha ha.
     
    Our favorite Hindu, Hollywood's Julia Roberts
    Some report having seen light at the end of a tunnel [which can be explained as a natural process of dying reported in induced near death experiences (NDEs) in astronaut training labs], while others claim to have floated [astral projection] above their body, watching as medics save their lives. But the reality of near-death experiences has always been debated.
    The original Flatliners (1999) with Kiefer Sutherland and Julia Roberts
     
    Now scientists have discovered that a person's consciousness continues to work after the body has stopped showing signs of life -- meaning they have awareness of their own death.
    • [Editorial comment: This does not mean they have awareness of their death because they are not "dead" as they continue to be aware with some refusing they could therefore be "dead." The death of the body does not mean death. It means the passing of one personality, while samsara, the process of rebirth, continues incessantly. Something -- that life, identity, or sense of stable personality that was clung to -- is lost, but the impersonal process of life carries on.]
    El Dia de Los Muertos, "The Day of the Dead," honors those passed. They're still somewhere.
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    And there is evidence to suggest someone who has died may even hear their own death being announced by medics.
    • [Yet not believing that announcement because they are very clearly in some sense still living (as in the "living-dead"). The death process continues and one goes on to be reborn. If something frustrates the process, one may very well become a "disembodied ghost," that is a gandhabba or subtle-body being who has lost the physical body it had become accustomed to. That subtle body is not the "soul," as many of us have been taught by religion, but a temporary expression that was already present before the death of the body; right now many types of "bodies," sheaths within sheaths, are present and can be projected or manifested with training. These are as impersonal as the physical body but are clung to as "self."]
    The "ghost" looks just like the human it was.
    The findings echo the plot line of the new Hollywood re-make of 90s cult horror Flatliners, starring Ellen Page.
     
    In the film a group of young doctors embark on a [thrilling and] dangerous experiment of taking turns chemically inducing their heartbeat to stop and "flat line" to find out exactly what happens [when we die and] in the afterlife [then they are resuscitated before they actually die, so they get a glimpse, which changes them terribly, and they inadvertently bring back inimical spirits that haunt them on this side, making for a so-so movie]. More

    Ajahn Brahm: Buddhist idea of consciousness

    BSV Dhamma Talks, June 8, 2015; Amber Larson, Dhr. Seven (eds.), Wisdom Quarterly
    What if there were a center or teacher, a place or person to awaken consciousness?

     
    (Dhamma Talks) Ajahn Brahmavamso Mahathera (lovingly known as Ajahn Brahm) was born Peter Betts in London, England on August 7, 1951. He came from a working-class family and won a scholarship to study theoretical physics at Cambridge University in the late 1960s.
     
    After graduating from Cambridge he taught in high school for a year before traveling to Thailand to become a Theravada Buddhist monk training under Ven. Ajahn Chah. While still a junior monk, he was asked to undertake the compilation of an English-language guide to the Buddhist Monastic Code -- the Vinaya -- which later became the basis for monastic discipline in many Theravada monasteries in Western countries.
    • Consciousness is not limited to brain.
      NOTE: "Consciousness" in Buddhism is not a thing but a process, one of the Five Aggregates of Clinging (khandha). It is impersonal and carries on after death. Beings do not die at death, they do not make an end of rebirth unless they are fully enlightened and liberated from the Wheel of Life and Death called samsara. The study of consciousness (vinnana) can be undertaken as a study of the Abhidharma, the "Higher or Ultimate Teachings" of Buddhism, which is a kind of advanced psychology and physics about ourselves and the world in the highest -- rather than the conventional -- sense. The Buddha never specified the physical base or "seat of consciousness" as he did for the other major senses. But it has always been understood to be in the area of the heart, not the brain. It is in the area of the heart that the "mind door," with its green tint, is located. Green is the color of the heart chakra.
    BUDDHIST CENTRE
    Registered as a Buddhist not-for-profit association, the Buddhist Society of Victoria (BSV), Australia, welcomes members of all backgrounds and religions. Located in Melbourne, the East Malvern center hosts programs guiding members in meditation as well as practical Buddhist teachings for kids, teens, and adults. The center's spiritual advisor is Ajahn Brahm, abbot of Bodhinyana Monastery, Western Australia. Info: bsv.net.au

    Rebirth and Karma Explained (audio)

    Bhikkhu Bodhi (BAUS.org); Ananda (Mass Meditation Initiative), Wisdom Quarterly
    "KARMA: It's everywhere you're going to be" (Karma means action, deed, volition).

    5D Events, Las Vegas (Oct. 20-22, 2017)

    5Devents.com; Pat Macpherson, Seth Auberon (eds.), Wisdom Quarterly
    Alchemy Events (5D Events) is co-creating a new humanity movement.


    Las Vegas welcomes 5D Events
    "The Pioneers in Consciousness, Science, and Space Research"
    Apolla Asteria MC (Mistress of Ceremonies)
    Welcome to the 16th consciousness event: International Symposium of Quantum Consciousness and Healing.

    This event is about quantum consciousness and healing. It is an amazing and EPIC 3-DAY EVENT with over 40 amazing speakers, 100 lectures, workshops, panels, exhibits, documentary film, music, and a dinner banquet.

    The EXPO is for for public visits, with four events or speakers running at the same time. The Saturday night dinner banquet is in honor of Jordan Maxwell.
    AMAZING SPEAKERS
    Whistle blower Andy Basiago (Project Pegasus)
    US Government Time Traveler Andrew D. Basiago; Luigi Muscas, Dr. Sam Osmanagich (Bosnian Pyramid), Dr. Scott R. Werner, Dr. Jere Rivera Dugenio, Dr. Nick Delgado, Richard Gordon, Jordan Maxwell, Saeed David Farman, Clyde Lewis, Riana Milne, Art Giser, Larry Dean Hunter (Egypt), Maureen J. St. Germain, Faye Kitariev, Dr. Margaret Rogers Van Coops, Andrei Knight PhD, Sheila Z Stirling PhD, Tyler Odysseus, Tracy Repchuk, Edwin Harkness Spina, Tamra Oviatt, Logan Jayson Piette, Harijiwan, Cosmin Mahadev Singh, Peter Sterling, Samuel Kiwasz, Ronja Vieth PhD, Caroline Cory, Brad Olsen, Abby Namazi, Tom Paladino, Sel Sarkin, Alana Marie, Eileen Meyer, Aurora Buchanan, Anara Whitebear, Chris Katsaropoulos, and Alan Bedian.


    Send loving (metta), healing energy to anyone: here's how!

    TOPICS: Quantum Consciousness, Quantum Healing, Energy Healing, Plasma Technology in Space and Medicine, Scalar Energy, Protecting the Oceans, Sea Shepherds, Secrets of Pyramids, Human Origins, Space, ET contact, Mastery in Business, Love and Relationships, plus many more topics.

    Thursday, October 19, 2017

    "Walk With Me" - Thich Nhat Hanh (film)

    Thich Nhat Hanh; WestEndFilmsUK; CC Liu, Amber Larson (eds.), Wisdom Quarterly

    Follow the film's official website (walkwithmefilm.com) and Facebook page (facebook.com/walkwithmefilm...).  Directed by Max Pugh and Marc J. Francis. Narrated by Benedict Cumberbatch.  WALK WITH ME is a cinematic journey into the world of mindfulness -- the practice of bringing one's attention to the present moment. Meet Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr's nominee for a Nobel Peace Prize, the world-famous Vietnamese Zen Buddhist monk Thich Nhat Hanh or Thay.

    Q: What is consciousness ? A: Mind and matter (nama-rupa) inter-are.

    He is known as “The Father of Mindfulness,” “The Other Dalai Lama,” and “The Zen Master who fills stadiums.” Filmed over three years with unprecedented access, this visceral film offers a rare insight into a community of meditators who have left their families and given up all their possessions to practice the art of mindfulness at the Plum Village monastery in rural France.

    (WalkWithMeFilm.com) How to get this movie into theaters

    How to Survive with Christopher Nyerges

    C. Nyerges (School of Self Reliance), A Martinez (Take Two); Xochitl (ed.), Wisdom Quarterly
    https://oue-skyspace.com/?_promocode=KPCC
    [Recent disasters have] a lot of us thinking about the potential for catastrophe in Southern California.
    Questions abound: Do I know what I need to do to prepare? What kind of gear do I need? Do I try to leave town or stick around? What do I tell the kids?
     
    A variety of experts, like local survivalist and Wisdom Quarterly teacher Christopher Nyerges (School of Self Reliance) spoke to Take Two to help answer all of these questions. Here is a not-so-mini survival guide:
     
    First, consider some of the general aspects of what to do. For instance, there are tons of lists out there that suggest all kinds of gear we may need in the case of a disaster, but most of the time people who purchase these things don’t even know how to use them.
     
    Christopher Nyerges has been teaching survival preparedness in Los Angeles for over 40 years. He stopped by Take Two to share his top five pieces of advice.

    What to know in the case of a disaster
    Contact the School of Self-Reliance for survival training classes in Los Angeles.
     
    1. Knowledge is more useful than stuff.
    When you go out to Costco or any of these places and buy this stuff, you get a false sense of security. You have stuff now, but what DON'T you have? You don't necessarily have experience using it. You don't necessarily know the infrastructure that will swing into play when there is an emergency.
    2. If a big quake hits, here's what to do immediately after the shaking stops.
    Number one in your own home, look for wounded or hurt people. People are more important than stuff. If you have a neighborhood watch type thing, get together, walk your neighborhood. Look for elderly, look for children... always help those first, who can't help themselves.
    Decrease dangers. Turn off gas, if water is spurting out, turn it off. You should know how to do that ahead of time.
    Another thing is, have first-aid supplies but know how to use them. The number of people who die from infections and wounds that can't be treated because of less than sanitary conditions following a major disaster always exceed those who are killed from the disaster itself.
    3. Prepare beforehand rather than waiting.
    See this, using agave and yucca fibers, you can make soap and rope and shampoo.
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    In his 40 years of teaching survival preparedness, Christopher shared that the most problematic thing he comes across in his teachings are people's attitudes.
     
    What comes to mind is: "I'm a very important person; nothing is going to happen to me."
    "I'm gonna buy this stuff, eventually."
     
    You know something? Sometimes it is you, and you're not ready. I always tell people: store far more than you think you can. I probably can do better in that regard myself.
     
    4. Think twice before evacuating.
    Here in Southern California, if there was a major quake, I'm not sure where everybody would go to, quite frankly. If you had an apartment there really may not be much to stay for, but if you had a home with a yard you could put a tent in the yard. You could cook in the yard. You could wash in the yard. You could make a toilet in the yard.
    I'm not a big fan of evacuating unless it's absolutely necessary. Plan ahead for yourself if at all possible.
    5. Storing water is the easiest and best thing to do.
    Storing water is the cheapest and most essential thing to do if you live here in Southern California... Food-grade plastic is the easiest thing to store things in. More + AUDIO

    Thou shalt NOT question shape of the earth!

    Eric Dubay (video proof); Pfc. Sandoval, P. Macpherson, S. Auberon (eds.), Wisdom Quarterly


    Speech impediment makes truth hard to hear.
    Questioning the shape of the earth? It's laughable. And the joke's on us.

    Who cares if sacred texts -- Buddhist, Hindu, Jain (Brahminical Vedic lore seen directly by mystics) as well as Christian, Islamic, and Jewish (A-Brahminical or Abrahamic as recounted by the many Gods of the poly-cum-monotheistic traditions ascendant today) -- from around the world say it's one way?

    Ancient earth map found in Japanese temple
    If a "priest" in a white lab coat, special jargon, and magical formulae, declares it's another way, who are we to question that?

    These are men of Science, the only true religion! Although they didn't see reality directly, like a mystic strives to, they are reporting what those gatekeepers on high in the University have dictated they should say.

    What if the dome/firmament is Mt. Sumeru?
    Like the Vatican, no deviation/heresy will be tolerated or it's Galileo-time, capiche?

    Who said anything about a Spanish Inquisition? This is modernity and we'll only ruin you...unless you have proof, in which case you must be discredited, disapppeared, and made verboten.
     
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    Eric Dubay answers everything after campaign to discredit him

    COMMENTARY
    We don't know the shape of the earth. Our Go Pro camera with fish-eye lens replaced with a flat lens, attached to a GPS-trackable phone and weather balloon, can't get high enough to detect the alleged curvature.

    We assume our plane is neither globular nor flat but contoured with local sun and moon, as Buddhist texts describe.

    And there may well be concentric rings of mountains (the first being what we call "Antarctica" which can be reached by going in any direction) around a central Mt. Sumeru (Sumer-ian launch pad along energetic lines of force streaming out of the center like the pole of a magnet or a translucent dome?) that divides the multiple "world systems" (lokas) here on what we call our planet with other planes above (akasha deva lokas) and below (Agartha).

    But what about eclipses -- don't they prove the earth, sun, and moon are balls? No. They are not the cause of eclipses. If they were they would not be visible on the horizon during eclipses as they are from time to time. Rahu (Black Sun?), being the same size as the sun and moon, is the cause of eclipses.

    We're willing to do the empirical research to prove otherwise rather than relying on NASA's CGI works of fictional art. 

    But what about our lifelong indoctrination? What about the spinning globe on our teacher's desk? It's not easy to awaken to the beautiful truth in a world of universal deception, but we're willing to try. We don't know the truth. But we do know we've been lied to, so let's question authority and search for the truth.


    (AAU) survey of the topic which goes south as if if to discredit movement

    Eric Dubay's Flat Earth History
    Eric Dubay's facts (MG TV, Jan. 19, 2017)


    The Complete History of The Flat Earth. Question everything. This will blow your mind! Research it: 1. Horizon always rises to eye-level. 2. Water always finds its level. 3. Gyroscopes always remain level throughout worldwide airplane flight travel. 4. Polaris never moves from its position despite earth's travel through space. 5. No measurable curvature. 6. Terminator line on the moon during daytime often does not coincide with suns directional light. 7. Gravity is density. 8. No photographic evidence of satellites. 9. Questionable flight paths in southern hemisphere. 10. Antarctic treaty forbids freedom of movement in Antarctic. 11. Van Allen radiation belt makes space travel impossible. 12. Water bubbles on ISS film footage. 13. The fake moon landing. 14. The sun and globe earth model contradictions.

    "Viking Therapy" Club - white men gone wild

    Dougal Shaw, BBC.co.uk/news; Pat Macpherson, Pfc. Sandoval (eds.), Wisdom Quarterly


    Viking Club where men fight their demons
    It's Fight Club all over again, this time in real life, like our annual Renaissance Faire. Europeans love to kill one another, as they did for centuries before turning that war-like spirit on everyone else in imperial adventures like the creation of the US empire that aims to top the British, Spanish, Russian, German, Norse, Icelandic, Berserker, French, Portuguese, Scandinavian, Ancient Greek... and Holy Roman empires.

    It looks like the set of Game of Thrones. Wolin in Poland hosts one of the world’s largest gatherings of Viking enthusiasts each year.

    Hundreds come to recreate Viking culture -- and take part in fierce, competitive battles. Many are drawn by a passion for history. But, for a significant number, it’s a way of escaping their past -- a past scarred by violence.

    "When I was younger, I used to get into a lot of fights. That anger, that frustration, was with me for a very long time." If your family molests or raises you violently, you'll be angry.
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    Catharsis fells good but is no cure.
    The Viking scene attracts people who are combat veterans, former football hooligans, and others struggling to come to terms with violence.

    It also seems to appeal to men who have lost direction in their lives and are looking for a sense of purpose.

    Four members of the international group called the Jomsborg Vikings, which is about 2,000 strong, explain what draws them to the Viking world, and how it has changed their lives. More
    It wasn't just the men. Scythian (the Central Asian tribe of the Buddha also called Saka) Queen Tomyris was a great female warrior who captured and beheaded Cyrus the Great to take revenge for her son. The French had Joan of Arc, the Native Americans of California had Toypurina. And then there were the Amazonians in fact and fiction.