Tuesday, April 25, 2017

All Vegan Festival (VegFest LA), April 30th

VegFestLA.org (@vegfestla); Wisdom Quarterly
FREE admission to all. You can buy a "fast pass" to support the event.

VegFest L.A. Fast Pass 
VegFest LA (fka WorldFest)Package sales are a win-win! All revenue from these sales contributes directly to the nonprofit organization’s festival production costs. This helps to keep the festival FREE. A win for you -- a win for everyone.
There are two great supporter packages to choose from, both packages include use of the “Supporter Fast Pass” lane at food exhibitors and in the Oasis! Click here to buy tickets!

Monday, April 24, 2017

Did Armenia really have a genocide? (video)

Wisdom Quarterly; XII. Loki; factcheckarmenia.com; SOAD, Benny Lambaba; Glink; Burning Red

Now we're not saying the mass murdering and ethnic cleansing was not a "genocide." But genocide has a very specific definition on the world stage -- so why has no court recognized it as such?

Is Turkey really so powerful and influential in Europe today? The fact is we live next to Armenia II (Glendale, California), so we have grown up with hearing one side of the story. And we love System of a Down, who also only give us one side of the story. Just because Hitler offhandedly referred to it, allegedly referred to it, as a "genocide" does not make it so.

We have to question it because we're progressives -- and that means listening to all sides. Any sensible person has to question why mainstream politicians and media outlets are so eager to label it a "genocide" without a court agreeing or with 173 countries saying it wasn't or at least not saying.

Thoughtless sentimentality = propaganda (AP)
No Turk -- what city do they live in? -- ever stands up and gets a say. Last year while taking the side of Armenia yet again, we had Turkish scholars saying it was a genocide. Sell outs trying to get ahead in academia because the gatekeepers do not allow some discourse but fund and encourage other points of view they like.

It happens, of course, with Israel. It happens with everything when people dictate what's PC (politically correct) to say, question, so much as think. For example, recently UN Ambassador Nikki Haley was telling us all what to think. Gruesome and grizzly images of Syrian atrocities are allowed. They pull our heartstrings and get massive coverage. People are up in arms demanding WAR! Let's attack! Let's bomb! Let's kill! Revenge! Justice! American superiority!

Hey, dummies, no. Can't anyone see we're being set up? Who rules the mainstream press rules the conversation, manufactures consent. Let's get the other side. Let's constantly listen to the other side even when someone says, "It's lies," it's "fake news," it's "not worth listening to." Yes it is.

There's no doubt there was killing, atrocities, crimes against humanity. But did Armenia really have a genocide?

Here is the truth [as interpreted by the pro-Turk side]
The events of 1915 were far more complex than what has been reported in the past and it is important that we recognize this was not as simple a scenario as the Armenian lobby would have us believe.
Despite the propaganda being pushed by a powerful and well-funded Armenian diaspora, the series of events in 1915 and beyond resulted in losses of life on both sides of the conflict. We cannot diminish the suffering that the Armenians faced, but we must acknowledge that millions of Turks, Kurds, and Arabs were also killed during this conflict.
For nearly a century, the Armenian lobby has attempted to portray these actions as a willful, deliberate attempt to commit genocide of the Armenian people -- a specific crime that is defined by international law. Nothing could be further from the truth, and a detailed examination of the broader context of history paints a vastly different picture.
Furthermore, and as a result, international courts have never designated these tragic events as genocide. There is no legal consensus on the tragedy of 1915 because even though the Armenian lobby has been misrepresenting the facts for nearly a century, history -- and the law -- tells us otherwise. It’s time to cut through the propaganda and get the facts straight. More

And now for an opposing point of view saying it was genocide: SOAD

(Benny Lambaba) Rare footage of Armenian mistreatment to be screened so people will call it a genocide.
(The Burning Red) Our beloved newscaster crush, Ana Kasparian of The Young Turks, has a melt down over the question of an Armenian genocide.


This is a response to The Young Turks and Ana Kasperian involving recent events concerning the [alleged] Armenian genocide. Where does the name "The Young Turks" comes from, and has founder Cenk Uygur denied it in the past? There are many parallels between the Armenian genocide and Dragon Ball Z, oddly enough. Connections are made throughout the video.

Fairies (Fae, Phe, Devas) are REAL (video)

Guest Cara St. Louis, Host Tere Joyce (freedomofjoyce.com, Aug 1, 2016); BoostinR31, Aug. 2016, live in Melbourne, Australia; Dhr. Seven, Amber Larson (eds.), Wisdom Quarterly
Fae (devas) in Buddhism
Cara St. Louis breaks new research on the Fae, Phe, Fe, or Fey (devas in Buddhism) for the first time to American audiences on the Freedom of Joyce Show. St. Louis is a writer, teacher, activist, and speaker. She has penned the books Consolata's Companion, The Sun Thief, and co-written with Harold Kautz-Vella Dangerous Imagination, Silent Assimilation. The Fae are the so-called "fairies" of legend who are the seed race of modern human beings, the Sidhe (Irish shee), the hybrids.

Live in Australia

Sunday, April 23, 2017

A Day at the Beach (no-self)

Sister Khema, Meditating on No-Self: Dhamma Talk (Edited for Bodhi Leaves) edited by Amber Larson and Dhr. Seven for Wisdom Quarterly

This is me, myself, and I...and my dog.
In Buddhism we use the words "self" and "no-self," so it is important to understand just what this "no-self" (anatta) is all about even if it is first just an idea.

This is because the essence of the Buddha's teaching hinges on this realization. This teaching is unique to Buddhism. No other spiritual teachers in history, other than buddhas, which are fully enlightened teachers establishing the Dharma in the world, ever come to realize and teach no-self. No philosophers, no thinkers, no debaters, no sages or seers. It may be the only teaching that has no parallel in other philosophies, religions, or doctrines.

Because of the way it was formulated by the Buddha, there exists the possibility of speaking about it. Otherwise, it would not even occur to one that it is true. Much has been written about no-self, but in order to know it, one must experience it. And that is what the teaching aims at, the experience (liberating insight) of no-self, egolessness, impersonality, suchness (utterly altruistic unselfishness).
Look at me, look at my body. This is me.
Yet in order to experience no-self, one has first to fully know what "self" is, actually know it. For unless we do know what this "self" we are slaves to is, the self called "me," "myself" and that grasps at things as "mine," it is impossible to know what is meant by the preposterous/perplexing claim, "There [ultimately speaking] is no self there." In order to give something away, to let it go, to abandon it, we first have to have it in hand. We have to know why we would want to do that.
We are constantly trying to reaffirm self. This already shows that this "self" is a very fragile and wispy thing. If it weren't why would we constantly have to reaffirm it? Why are we constantly afraid of the "self" being threatened, being insecure, worrying that i may not get what it needs for survival? If it were such a solid entity as we believe it to be, as we take for granted that it is, we would not so often feel threatened.
Southern California coast where the salt hits he sand, Point Dune, Malibu (wiki)
I bought all these clothes; they're totally me!
We affirm "self" again and again through identification. We identify with a certain name, an appearance, a memory, a story, an age, a gender, a habit, an ability, an occupation. "I am a lawyer, I am a doctor, I am an accountant, I am a student." And we identify with the people we are attached to. "I am a husband, I am a wife, I am a mother, I am a daughter, I am a son."

Now, in the manner of conventional speech, we have to use the word/concept "self" in that way -- but it isn't only in speech. We really think that that "self" we refer to is real, is enduring, is who we are. We really believe it.

There is no doubt in our mind that that "self" is who we are. When any one of these factors is threatened, if being a wife is threatened, if being a mother is threatened, if being a lawyer is threatened, if being a teacher is threatened -- or if we lose the people who enable us to retain that "self" -- what a tragedy!
The self-identification becomes insecure, and "me" finds it hard to say "look at me," "this is me." Praise and blame are included. Praise reaffirms "me." Blame threatens [but subtly reinforces the sense of] "me." So we like the praise and we dislike the blame. The ego is threatened. Fame and infamy -- same thing. Loss and gain. If we gain, the ego gets bigger; if we lose, it gets a bit smaller.

So we are constantly in a quandary and in constant fear. The ego might lose a little bit of its grandeur. It might be made a bit smaller by someone. And it happens to all of us. Somebody is undoubtedly going to blame us for something eventually. Even the Buddha was blamed.
But the blame that is levied at us is not the problem. The problem is our reaction. The problem is that we feel smaller. The ego has a hard time reasserting itself. So what we usually do is we blame back, making the other's ego a bit smaller too.
Money, sex, food...am "I" enlightened yet?
Identification with whatever it is that we do and whatever it is that we have, be it possessions or people, is -- so we believe -- needed for our survival, "self" survival. If we don't identify with this or that, we feel as if we were in limbo. This is the reason why it is difficult to stop thinking in meditation. Without thinking there would be no identification. If I don't think, what do I identify with?

It is difficult to come to a stage in meditation in which there is actually nothing to identify with anymore.
Happiness, too, may be an identification. "I am happy." "I am unhappy." Because we are so keen on survival, we have got to keep on identifying... More

17th Earl of Oxford wrote Shakespeare (video)

Wikipedia (ft. article for 4-22-17); Dhr. Seven, Ashley Wells, Amber Larson, Wisdom Quarterly
Edward de Vere, 17th Earl of Oxford, unknown artist, 1575, Nat'l Portrait Gallery, London
(RR/49 mins) Established people refuse to debate due to their vested interests and because they control education. See big-lies.org for more on the issue.

Portrait on right is of a mask.
The Shakespeare authorship question is the argument, first raised in the 19th century, that someone other than William Shakespeare of Stratford-upon-Avon wrote the works attributed to him. All but a few Shakespeare scholars and some literary historians consider it a fringe belief.

Anti-Stratfordians (pro-Oxfordians) believe that Shakespeare was a front to shield the identity of the real author or authors, who did not want or could not accept public credit (such as Edward de Vere, the Earl of Oxford).

This controversy has spawned a vast body of literature, and more than 80 authorship candidates have been proposed, the most popular being the 17th Earl of Oxford Edward de Vere, Francis Bacon, Christopher Marlowe, and William Stanley.

To the claim that the actor named Wm. Shakespeare lacked sufficient education, aristocratic knowledge, and the sensibility of royalty/nobility, or familiarity with the royal court for a writer of such eminence and genius, scholars reply that there is much documentary evidence supporting his authorship -- title pages, testimony by contemporary poets and historians, official records -- and none supporting any other candidate.

[Of course, what they fail to consider is that the real author was purposely attributing his work to the Stratford-upon-Avon actor and signing his name to plays and manuscripts by agreement. To say that there is no "official record" of the real author claiming his own name is only saying that he kept his agreement and did not renege. To be an earl dabbling in something so base as bawdy playwright and comic fop critical of other royals or nobles was unthinkable and would have led to his fall. But note how pro-war, pro-country, pro-royalty, pro-nobility, pro-status quo "Shakespeare" is. No ordinary, uneducated Englishman of the day would have sided so wholeheartedly and unquestioningly with the 1%. And the greatness of one author writing under his nom de plume  or pen name/pseudonym is explained that because there were no copyrights on plays, everyone cannibalized others. It was common practice to take the genius of another, embellish and potentially improve it and make it a timeless masterpiece. Edward de Vere the Earl of Oxford, and that is who we think was the true author, not only represents his genius and ingenuity but that of everyone around him and his many books, none of which the shabby actor had access to]. (Full article...)

Saturday, April 22, 2017

March for Science on Earth Day (live video)

Editors, Wisdom Quarterly; MarchForScience.com; Earth Day Network

"Earth Day" is a day when we stand for Mother Earth (Gaia) to protect our planet.
Today we march for real science, not the gatekeepers' status quo (marchforscience.com)

The ancient sacred texts described our world before the priests of Scientism took power.
Hey, you CAN'T study that! You can't even say that. That's not "science"! What's next, UFOs?
"Climate change is a scientific fact," say the white-clad priests in their labs (instagram.com)

    Friday, April 21, 2017

    LA Times Festival of Books, USC (April 22-23)

    Events.latimes.com/festivalofbooks; Wisdom Quarterly

    Dalai Lama on US TV: Last Week Tonight (video)

    Dalai Lama; John Oliver (Last Week Tonight); Dhr. Seven, CC Liu (eds.), Wisdom Quarterly

    Rock star, pope-king, the 14th Dalai Lama
    Tibetan (Vajrayana) Buddhists have suffered deep persecution by the Han Chinese government. Comedian Host John Oliver of Last Week Tonight sits down with the 14th Dalai Lama, whom many mistakenly consider the "pope" of Buddhism, to discuss China, the terrible conditions in Tibet, and horse milk.

    Scottish Independence

    Irish Wisdom Preserved in Bible and Pyramids

    Culain ruled by Venus (youtube.com, Dec. 30, 2014); Dhr. Seven (ed.), Wisdom Quarterly

    Our Emerald Isle
    Let us read from the 1923 book Irish Wisdom Preserved in Bible and Pyramids by Conor MacDari. Relatively little is known about this author. However, considering the content of this momentous volume, it is safe to assume why his works are cast aside. Those who appreciate the modern work of Michael Tsarion may also enjoy this. The list of Gaelic words and terms mentioned and illustrated in Chapter 10 appears at the end of the video. AUDIO

    There are pyramids all over the planet, the biggest in Mexico: Great Pyramid of Cholula
    This scarce antiquarian book is a facsimile reprint of the original. Due to its age, it may contain imperfections such as marks, notations, marginalia, and flawed pages. Because Amazon.com believes this work is culturally important, they have made it available as part of their commitment to protecting, preserving, and promoting the world's literature in affordable, high quality, modern editions that are true to the original work. 

    Ireland: Land of the Pharaohs?

    Thursday, April 20, 2017

    4/20: Cannabis' High Holiday

    Editors, Wisdom Quarterly (EDITORIAL); Associated Press (ap.org)

    The origins of 4/20, marijuana's high holiday
    The AP Explains: SEATTLE, Washington - Today, Thursday, marks cannabis culture's high holiday, 4/20, when college students gather -- at 4:20 pm -- in clouds of smoke on campus quads and when pot shops in legal weed states thank their customers with discounts.

    Remember The 5 Precepts: avoid intoxicants
    [This whole capitalize on cannabis big business movement is going to ruin the plant and the culture. First of all, pot is not THC but rather a delicate balance of endocannabinoids -- the most important and "spiritual" of which is probably cannabidiol or CBD -- that brought this herbal pharmacy to prominence throughout the world. It is a renowned healer from the American Pharmacopeia that once resided in every physician's bag in the nation until it was demonized. It is not a plaything for Stoners and Heshers but rather an important botanical species being exploited so people will get "wasted" rather than pursuing any kind of insight (mind-expansion) or empathy (heart expansion). Big Business like Big Tobacco and Big Alcohol will be the ruin of medical marijuana and recreational pot. Keep your cache of seeds and the heritage strains alive. If you really must partake, learn to grow your own. Corporations out to make money are not your friends. Different opinion? Leave a comment.] More

    Pot fans observe 4/20 holiday in Altadena, Upper Los Angeles above Pasadena, CA (AP)
    Whites are the majority of abusers in US, yet blacks and browns are ones arrested (W).

    Best source of business-weed info? NPR
    Southern California Public Radio (scpr.org)/Marijuana legalization in California

    The Bell Tolls: Opposing Death Penalty in Ark.

    Wisdom Quarterly (ANTI-DEATH PENALTY BUDDHISTS); Associated Press (ap.org)
    The Latest: Appeals court delays execution at least an hour
    LITTLE ROCK, Ark. - The latest on Arkansas' efforts to carry out [an unprecedented number of] executions before the end of April (all times local): 7:00 pm A federal appeals court has delayed an Arkansas inmate's execution for at least an hour to review his request to stop his lethal injection scheduled for tonight (Thursday, 4/20/17).

    We'll all be guilty of murder when state kills
    [Ledell Lee is still on the chopping block because of being black while being accused of a crime, court inaction, unfair trials, poor representation, prison obtaining killer drugs from pharmaceutical manufacturer under false pretenses with court agreeing to this claim, no independent expert, not suitable for such a penalty (due to mental status, intellectual disability, mental health problems), a victim of Clinton's death culture in Good Ol' Arkansas.] More

    Buddhism and Death
    Maurice O’Connor Walshe (Wheel #261, rev. 2nd ed., BPS.lk) first published as Sangha Guide No. 3 by the English Sangha Trust, Dhammapadìpa, London ATI edition; edited by Wisdom Quarterly
    What does Buddhism have to say about death? British Buddhist scholar Walshe explains.
    The Traditional Christian View
    This asserts that humans have an immortal soul, created by God. After death a human will, in some shape or form, receive the reward or punishment for deeds on earth....

    The Modern Secular View
    According to this view, which usually claims to be “scientific,” a human is just another animal and, like the animals in the Christian view, simply perishes totally at physical death....

    The Buddhist Attitude
    ...The  Buddhist  attitude  to  both  of  these  types  of  view  is  that  they  are  extremes, neither of which is in fact true.

    The first type of view is called in  Buddhism  “the  heresy [teaching or wrong view]  of  eternalism”  (sassataváda),  while  the  second  is  called  “the  heresy  of  annihilationism”  (ucchedaváda).  They  both  in  fact  miss the point.

    What  actually  happens  according  to  Buddhism  can   only  be  clearly understood if we have some acquaintance with the Buddhist  view of the general nature of humans.

    But before considering this  (as far as it is relevant  to our subject), it may  be as well to observe how the Buddhist view can  be  misinterpreted:

    If  we say, for instance, that in the Buddhist view human are not distinguished from by the possession of an  “immortal soul,” then this looks very much like the Modern Secular position.

    If, on the other hand, it is pointed out that according to Buddhism we reap the "rewards and penalties," after death, for our actions (karma) in this life, then this looks rather like the Traditional  Christian view.  If both propositions are stated to be correct, the result looks like a contradiction, though in fact it... More