Saturday, December 16, 2017

Floating in meditation

Dhr. Seven, Kelly Yanni, Crystal Quintero, Wisdom Quarterly; (YogaJournal.com)
"Escape Artist (Green and Red)" by Sam Taylor Johnson (artsy.net)
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Meditation in flight gets a meditator high
(WQ) Sometimes when you close your eyes, you get a pleasant floating sensation, a kind of levitation or lightness, the uplift of joy and rapture. It does not always happen, and one need not cling to it and miss it when it fails to appear. It is just transient phenomena. It may feel like the head or consciousness is expanding in the universe, in space, in distant celestial worlds. Neither cling nor set up expectations that will surely disappoint and perhaps ruin one's practice. Stay "mindful" (dispassionately observant, acting as the witness of the mind and emotions rather than as the architect or actor). Meditation is about letting go, so to cling to a good feeling in meditation would be to learn a means of escape and then cling to the means without actually escaping.
 
What Is Meditation?
(Yoga Journal) An exquisite methodology exists within the yoga tradition that is designed to reveal the interconnectedness of every living thing.

This fundamental unity (nonduality) is referred to as advaita in Hinduism. Meditation can be the actual experience of this union.
 
In The Yoga Sutras (better described as aphorisms), Patanjali gives instructions on how to meditate and describes what factors constitute a meditation practice.
 
The second sutra (aphorism) in the first chapter states that yoga (union) happens when the mind becomes quiet. This mental stillness is created by bringing the body, mind, and senses into balance which, in turn, relaxes the nervous system.
 
Patanjali goes on to explain that meditation begins when we discover that our never-ending quest to possess things and our continual craving for pleasure and security can never be satisfied. When we finally realize this, our external quest turns inward, and we have shifted into the realm of meditation.
 
Is it? Does meditation feed our craving?
By dictionary definition, "meditation" (a poor catchall translation of various Sanskrit terms) means to reflect upon, ponder, or contemplate. Most meditation is not about thinking but about mindfully experiencing, that is, quietly watching in an unbiased/dispassionate way all we usually take as personal, self, and ego.
 
It can also denote a devotional exercise of contemplation or a contemplative discourse of a religious or philosophical nature. The English word meditate comes from the Latin meditari, which means to think about or consider [to revolve in mind or intellect].
 
Med is the root of this word and means "to take appropriate measures." In our culture, to meditate can be interpreted several ways. For instance, you might meditate on or consider a course of action... More

Thursday, December 14, 2017

Sex, magic, drugs in "Strange Egypt" (video)

DocSpot (video, Oct. 12, 2017); Dhr. Seven, Pat Macpherson (eds.), Wisdom Quarterly

Meditate on dead bodies (Body Worlds: Pulse)



Body Worlds: PulseDiscover the west coast debut of the largest BODY WORLDS exhibition in a decade, with new real dead human bodies!

Come experience inventor Dr. Gunther von Hagens’ BODY WORLDS: Pulse -- a convergence of aesthetic anatomy, health, and wellness.
 
This special exhibition presents real human bodies in sickness and health. Discover the human body's vulnerabilities and potential,and many of the challenges the human body faces as it navigates the 21st century.

We love being naked. Plastinate us, too!
More than 200 plastinated specimens of real human bodies -- including whole bodies, translucent slices, and organs -- are curated and presented in galleries that feature the different systems of the body.

The locomotive, nervous, respiratory, circulatory, digestive, and reproductive systems are revealed in precise detail through Dr. von Hagen’s invention of plastination, providing a glimpse into the human anatomy that was once only available to medical practitioners.

Don't worry, kids. These corpses are clean, sterile, soaked in plastic, and look real nice.
AUTOPSY: Theravada Buddhist monks contemplate naked female corpse: lust evaporates
If only you could have seen our pretty skins!
Featured plastinates include an obese body slice, a smoker’s black lung, a liver with cirrhosis, and hardened arteries that show the impact of ill health.
 
In contrast, dancers, sports figures, and a pregnant woman bearing life illustrate how bodies function when lifestyles support good health and well-being.
 
Through interactive multimedia, guests can explore the wonders of the human body and marvel at its elegance and complexity.
 
Discover what makes YOU move, what makes you tick, and what makes you unique in the largest BODY WORLDS exhibition in a decade. More

The "Bones of the Buddha" (video)

Wudu1982 (National Geographic video); Amber Larson, Ananda M. (eds.), Wisdom Quarterly
The Buddhist burial mound or stupa at Piprahwa discovered by William Peppe (wiki)
 
Do the jewels, bones, and cremation ashes (relics) found in an Indian burial mound tomb (stupa) in 1898 mark one of the eight final resting places of the Buddha himself, or was it all an elaborate hoax?
An ideal stupa, Buddhist reliquary
When Colonial estate manager, William Peppe, set his workers digging at a mysterious hill in Northern India in 1898, he had no idea what they'd find.
 
Over 20 feet down, they made an amazing discovery: a huge stone coffer, containing some reliquary urns, over 1,000 separate jewels and some pyre ashes and bones.
 
One of the jars had an inscription that seemed to say that these were the remains of Shakyamuni the Buddha himself.

Stone casket that contained gold urn
This seemed to be a most extraordinary find in Indian archaeology.
 
But doubt and scandal have hung over this amazing find for over 100 years. For some, the whole thing is an elaborate hoax.

For others, it is no less than the final resting place of the Maitreya (Messiah) of one of the three great world religions. For the doubters, suspicion focuses...

Native American COMEDY, indigenous comics


FNX presents: Custer's Last Standup
Why nobody-can-depict-me rules?
FNX will be filming a new television series featuring Native American and World Indigenous comedians as well as some of the biggest names in stand-up comedy. The community is invited because what's a comedy show without an audience? See you there! More + VIDEO
  • Custer's Last Standup (Dec. 17th, Jan. 14th, 21st)
  • San Bernardino Valley College (SBVC) Auditorium 
  • 701 South Mt.Vernon Ave., San Bernardino, CA 92410
Easy to get to from Los Angeles and Orange County by going east on the I-10 Freeway.

    How we gonna keep them upstart Injuns in their place at work? More jobs.
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    "Indigenous COMIC CON," New Mexico
    (The second annual Indigenous Comic Con was held in Albuquerque, N.M., in November. It brought together indigenous comic book creators, game designers, actors; and even an astronaut.

    (Dec. 4, 2017) • The Trump administration has decided to shrink the Bears Ears National Monument. NPR's Mary Louise Kelly speaks with Shaun Chapoose, one of the Native American tribal leaders who fought for the monument's protections in the first place.

    Join us for a webcast of the poll results on discrimination against Native Amercians hosted by The Forum at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health.
    (iStockphoto.com/GracedByTheLight)
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    Savannah Maher "Fall is the annual middle finger this country gives Native Americans," says one member of the Oglala Lakota Nation.



     

    Welcome! Blue Gap/Tachee Chapter (Laurel Morales/KJZZ)
    Laurel Morales ( KJZZ-FMIn the Navajo Nation, waste from old uranium mines has proved to be an insidious health hazard. Even spring water has become radioactive. More from NPR

    Wednesday, December 13, 2017

    Geminid Meteor Shower TONIGHT (video)

    Space.com; Crystal Quintero, CC Liu (eds.), Wisdom Quarterly



    If it's clear outside tonight (Wednesday, Dec. 13th) and Thursday morning (Dec. 14th) before dawn, be sure to go outdoors.
     
    One of the year's top meteor showers, the Geminids, will peak, with rates as high as one or two meteors per minute at around 10:00 pm your local time (wherever you're observing from). However, the show will start around 7:00 pm local time, according to the magazine Sky & Telescope.

    What's up there? Why don't the space-devas make themselves known when they visit?
     
    US Navy's Secret Space Program
    But if you can't make it out, or if skies are gloomy, you can also watch a Geminids webcast here on Space.com courtesy of NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center in Alabama starting at about 6:00 pm EST (2300 GMT) on Dec. 13th.

    The Virtual Telescope Project will also host a webcast here showing live views from Italy, starting at 5 p.m. EDT (2200 GMT) on Dec. 13, and Arizona, starting at 5:00 am (1000 GMT) on Dec. 14.
     
    The Slooh online observatory will also host a webcast at Slooh.com beginning at 9:00 pm EST (0200 GMT) for members who have registered with the site (registration is free).
     
    "The Geminids are usually one of the two best meteor showers of the year," Alan MacRobert, senior editor at Sky & Telescope, said in a statement. "Sometimes, they're more impressive than the better-known Perseids... More + VIDEO

    The Dalai Lama appears in Mundgod (photos)

    DalaiLama.com; CC Liu, Ashley Wells (eds.), Wisdom Quarterly

    Psst, psst, what wise thing will His Holiness say today? - I bet it's profound. Shssh, shssh.

    Meeting the Mundgod Community
    I was once a young tulku.
    (December 12, 2017) MUNDGOD, Karnataka State, India - An estimated 8,500 devotees -- including 5,000 Vajrayana monks, 200 nuns, 400 Tibetan schoolchildren, as well as 1,000 lay residents of Mundgod and 1,500 from other exiled Tibetan settlements -- gathered to listen to the 14th Dalai Lama this morning. More

    "My Brother, Buddhist Monk" (documentary)

    Tapio Haaja (video); Amber Larson, Pat Macpherson (eds.), Wisdom Quarterly
    "My Brother, Buddhist Monk" (multiple language subtitles)
     
    Santeri, 26, decides to become a Theravada Buddhist monk in Thailand, ready to give up everything he has in Finland. His sister (the director of the documentary, Anja Ahola) wants to understand her brother's great decision to leave behind his possessions, friends, and family and to become a Buddhist ascetic for the rest of his life.
     
    Director and Photography: Anja Ahola
    Editing: Anja Ahola and Suvi West Online Editing
    Color Correction and Graphics: Tapio Haaja
    Sound Mixing: Pekka Kumpulainen and Tapio Haaja
    Music: Taylor Hayward, Arahan, traditional Buddhist chants with contemporary music
    Camera at the Ordination: Taylor Sundheim
    Translators: Tiina Kinnunen, Phra Colin Jotipañño, Tomek Roksela / Sasana.pl and Saddha.it
    Production Support: Timo Korhonen / AVEK Producer / YLE: Pentti Väliahdet
    Production Coordinator: Maria Ahola
    Production: Ima Filbma-ja Sátneduodji and Anja Ahola
    Special thanks to: Wat Marp Jan Forest Monastery and Ven. Abbot Ajahn Anan Akiñcano
     "Paragon" by Rock Jones Band Listen ad-free with YouTube Red

    cHappy cHanukah! (video)



    Remember when actor Adam Sandler did The Chanukah Song(s)? That was funny. What is Hanukkah (חֲנֻכָּה‎)? It is a gift-giving Jewish holiday used like Xmas commemorating the rededication of the Holy Temple (Second Temple) in Jerusalem at the time of the Maccabean Revolt against the Seleucid Empire.

    Hanukkah is observed for eight nights and days, starting on the 25th day of Kislev according to the Hebrew calendar, which may occur at any time from late November to late December on the common Gregorian calendar. 

    It is also known as the Festival of Lights -- like Diwali in India -- and the Feast of Dedication. The festival is observed by lighting the candles of a candelabrum with nine branches, called a Hanukkah menorah (or hanukkiah). More

    Buddhist Jewish Dialogue

    Emory University Professor Geshe Lobsang Tenzin Negi, Ph.D. and Rabbi David Ingber from New York discuss differences and similarities between the Buddhist and Jewish paths. Additional commentary comes from The Drepung Loseling monks, Aspen Chapel, Aspen, Colorado, 2016.

    News of the Day (Democracy Now!)


    How Buddhism informed my Judaism: Rabbis Shmuly Yanklowitz, David Almog

    Saving Net Neutrality (video)

    JimmyDoreComedy.com; Seth Auberon, Pat Macpherson (eds.), Wisdom Quarterly

    Listen free to past JDS comedy episodes.
    Pasadena radicals march on Verizon to protest the corrupt government crook FCC Chairman Ajit Pai, who is attempting to destroy Net neutrality for his former and future employer, Verizon, Inc. If he succeeds, we'll be harmed, whereas Pai will be monetarily rewarded. No to corporate greed! Yes to Net neutrality!
    Four sisters took the same photo for 40 years. The last one is to cry for (smileymonkey.co)

    Happy birthday, Nazi Barbie! (video)

    The Key of Awesome; Bart Baker; Seth Auberon, Ashley Wells, CC Liu, Wisdom Quarterly
    American Nazi Party darling Taylor Swift gets the Key of Awesome treatment in "Look What You Made Me Do" PARODY! (#125)

    Key of Awesome! parodies Taylor Swift Tadolf Swiftler (aka "Nazi Barbie") again in hopes that one day she’ll get mad enough to write a song about KOA. Let’s see if this one does the trick! The Key of Awesome playlist. KOA Facebook.

    Remember that Nazi party, Tay-Tay?
    Written by Mark Douglas, Nick Mangione, and Doug Larsen. Directed by Mark Douglas. ACTORS: Taylor Swift: Kelly Aston. Katy Perry: Paige Grimard. Dancers: Noah Gouldsmith and Chris Matesevac. Edited by Andy Bond and Doug Larsen. DP: Bob Geile. Gaffer: Dan Rodriguez. Producer: Lisa Solimeo. Art Direction: Cara Alpert. Hair and Makeup: Lauren Citera. PA: Maddie Morrell. Taylor Swift Vocals: Tatiana Owens. Music produced by Anthony Gallindo. Music mixed and mastered by Ben Lindell. Subscribe to The Key of Awesome! Join their Patreon Fan Page.
     


    (Bart Baker) Taylor Swift: "I Knew You Were Trouble" PARODY. Taylor Swift is after all of her ex-boyfriends who dumped her in this I Knew You Were Trouble parody! Get this song on iTunes: bit.ly/X0FXkc.
     
    *Eyeroll* This is so stoopid! Why am I here between this Jew and this Nazi Republican?