Monday, April 22, 2019

Wisdom of the Thai Forest: Mind and Body

Ajahn Thate via Ven. Sujato, Ellie Askew; Dhr. Seven, CC Liu (eds.), Wisdom Quarterly

I'm so beautiful! But not for long.
A basic tenet of "the Dharma," the Buddha's teachings, is that mind-and-body or nama-rupa work together inter-dependently in a feedback loop, but the mind controls the body.

The mind orders the body to do this or that activity. And when the body wears down, the mind is necessarily put through some hardship for it.

Mind does not reside under the control of the nervous system, although the brain may be regarded as a central office along with the whole spinal column and its tendrils (the CNS and PNS).

We're going to live forever; we can afford to.
When the body dies, disintegrating in accordance with the nature of its various elements, the mind will have to reappear.*

[*If the necessary conditions of unawareness (ignorance), craving and attachment (clinging), and karma are still present [and they would be unless one were fully enlightened and no longer engaged in karma (actions with the ability to produce fruits and mental-resultants) rather than mere kriyas  (simple functional actions).]

That is to say, the mind will have to be reborn on this or that or any of the 31 Planes of Existence to continue experiencing the results of skillful and unskillful karma (actions), which are a wellspring of disappointment (dukkha), manifesting as delight and suffering, pleasure and distress.

Ohlone Pow Wow, Pomona (Apr 26-28)

Rumsen (costanoanrumsen.org); Xochitl, Dhr. Seven (eds.), Wisdom Quarterly


Come out to the 27th Annual Ohlone "Big Time" Gathering and Pow Wow 2019 starting Friday, April 26, 6:00-10:00 PM, running through Saturday, April 27, 11:00 AM-10:00 PM, and culminating Sunday, April 28, 10:00 AM-dusk. It's fun for the whole family with delicious food, native dances, daily raffles and a big Sunday raffle. It's hosted by The Costanoan Rumsen Humaya Carmel Tribe singers and dancers. ALL drummers and dancers are welcome. But remember, no drugs or alcohol allowed anywhere on site, but do bring portable chairs.
  • Tony Cerda Park
  • 400 W. Grand Ave.
  • Pomona, LA County, 91766
  • Info: rumsen@aol.com

Comedy: The Mueller Report says (John Oliver)

John Oliver (Last Week Tonight, HBO); Ashley Wells, Seth Auberon, (eds.) Wisdom Quarterly


Mueller Report: Last Week Tonight
(Last Week Tonight/HBO, April 21, 2019) Following the release of the Mueller Report, Host John Oliver discusses what we’ve really learned no matter how much corrupt Attorney General Barr has tried to spin and cover up.

Subscribe to the Last Week Tonight YouTube channel for more almost news as it almost happens: youtube.com/lastweektonight. Find Last Week Tonight on Facebook like your mom would: facebook.com/lastweektonight. Follow us on Twitter for news about jokes and jokes about news: twitter.com/lastweektonight. Visit official site for all that other stuff at once: hbo.com/lastweektonight.

Magician's "Brain Magic" (TED Talk)

Keith Barry (TED/ted.com,7/21/08); Dhr. Seven, Pat Macpherson (eds.), Wisdom Quarterly

 
First, Keith Barry shows us how our brains can fool our bodies -- in a trick that works via podcast, too. Then he involves the audience in some jaw-dropping (and bit dangerous) feats of brain magic, misdirection, psychology, quantum entanglement, NLP, or goodness knows what else. Prepare to be amazed or to call it an amazing hoax. 

The TED Talks channel features the best talks and performances from the TED Conference, where the world's leading thinkers and doers give the talk of their lives in 18 minutes (or less). Look for talks on Technology, Entertainment, and Design -- plus science, business, global issues, the arts, and more. Follow TED on twitter or like on  facebook.

Sri Lankan monk visits LA (April 25-28)

Volunteer Y (Buddha's 4 Noble Truths), Dhr. Seven, Ashley Wells, Wisdom Quarterly

It's amazing. The volunteer (Y) has organized a few talks by a Sri Lankan monk in the Los Angeles area -- La Puente, Pomona, and Pasadena. Half are in Sinhalese, but the others are in English on the Abhidharma ("Higher Doctrine"), meditation, and general Dharma topics. The flyer has all the information and contacts. All events are FREE. The goal? That all beings learn and apply the Dharma to end suffering.

Free Speech, Hate Speech, or Right Speech?

LA.Shambhala.org/program...; Saffron Revolution in Burma VJ; Eds., Wisdom Quarterly


Free Speech, Hate Speech, Right Speech: Communication in the Age of Social Media: A Conversation with Ven. Ashin Issariya
"The Buddha also made right speech a core principle of the Noble Eightfold Path. He stressed the importance of establishing a gentle and compassionate attitude when interacting with others. However, right speech may also involve more pro-active engagement."
- Ven. Ashin Issariya

In this age of social media, where the right of free speech has seemingly spawned a proliferation in hate speech resulting harmful acts, what can the Buddhist principles of Right Speech teach us about how we can begin to work with our minds, speech, and actions?

How can we promote kind, compassionate, courageous dialogue and communication around difficult subjects and conflicts rather than give into the laziness of aggression and hatred?

Join this special evening with Burmese Theravada monk Ven. Ashin Issariya, whose own courageous speaking out against the hate speech used against Muslim Rohingya in his own country, Burma/Myanmar, is a model of bravery and right action.
BIO: Known as “King Zero” for his role as a dissident during Burma’s 2007 Saffron Revolution, Ashin Issariya founded the All Burma Monks Alliance (ABMA) and established a network of Best Friend Libraries to help broaden educational opportunities for Buddhist monks. He spent years in exile in Thailand and now heads Wimoteti Thuka Monastery near the Burma-Thailand border. He is an outspoken opponent of the public hate speech often used against the mainly Muslim Rohingya and other ethnic and religious minority communities in Burma.
 
*The Shambhala Center of Los Angeles remains open because of the ongoing generosity of its community. One of the cornerstone policies is that no one be turned away for lack of funds. If you can’t afford a program, please call our office (323) 255-5472 to register based on what you can afford. At the same time, the Center relies on program revenue to cover costs. For those who are able to pay more than the program price, your generosity in paying the patron price helps cover the costs for others who are not able to pay the full price, and provides additional support to the Shambhala Center of Los Angeles. Thank you for your kindness! More
 
los angeles meditation centerShambhala Meditation Center of Los Angeles offers a rich array of ongoing meditation programs free to the public including weekly public sitting meditation hours and dharma talks. No prior meditation experience required to attend.  All are welcome. More

NASA's secret space program: Solar Warden

Matrix Wisdom, April 17, 2019; Pfc. Sandoval, Seth Auberon (eds.), Wisdom Quarterly
What they found on NASA hard drives in beyond our imagination! This is unbelievable.

Secrets found inside Great Pyramid (video)

Ancient Secret Discoveries, April 21, 2019; Pat Macpherson, Dhr. Seven, Wisdom Quarterly

There are things inside this pyramid that defy all logic! Ancient Secret Discoveries thinks that this explains everything. Let's have a look into the Great Pyramid of Giza (Kheops) to see what has been found.

Happy Earth Day at UCLA! (April 22)

Tony (L.A. Vegan Events), UCLA Vegans, Ashley Wells, CC Liu, Wisdom Quarterly

Passover's over, Easter's gone, and now it's time for the good stuff: EARTH DAY! Come to UCLA for the Vegan Students' Earth Day Fair. Free to the public. It's a bake off with giveaways, games, activities, art, and FOOD!

What is Earth Day? It's our way of saving Mother Earth. So the Veg Bruins are having a Vegan Bake-Off on Monday, April 22 during E3's Earth Day Fair from 10:00 AM-2:00 PM at Dickson Court North on the UCLA campus in Westwood. (The Bake-Off entry is for students only). Anyone can come to the event and get free samples to taste. See facebook.com/event.

The Sex-Crazed Royals of England (video)

Reel Truth History Docs, April 20, 2019; Seth Auberon, Pfc. Sandoval (eds.), Wisdom Quarterly

Who are the real King and Queen? (British Monarchy)
British royalty is no stranger to scandal, but one unsolved mystery could prove to be the greatest secret royal scandal of all. Legend has it that King George III had a secret wife -- a commoner, a Quaker, Miss Hannah Lightfoot -- and three children before his official marriage. If it's true, has every monarch since then been a pretender to the throne? Let's let DNA decide.
 
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Sunday, April 21, 2019

BOMBS: Happy Easter from Sri Lanka (video)

DW; BBC News (BBC.com/news/world-asia); CBS News; Editors, Wisdom Quarterly


Pope Francis visits Buddhist monks in Sri Lanka to spread colonial-era Catholicism

Buddhist monk, Roman Catholic Pope Francis, and Hindu sadhu in Sri Lanka

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Sri Lanka explosions: More than 200 killed as churches and hotels targeted
Deadly explosions strike across Sri Lanka
At least 207 people have been killed and 450 hurt in explosions at Christian churches and secular hotels in predominantly Buddhist Sri Lanka, police say.
 
Eight blasts were reported, including at least three churches in the cities of Negombo, Batticaloa, and Colombo's Kochchikade district during Easter services.
The Shangri-La, Kingsbury, and Cinnamon Grand [Sri Lanka is the origin and source of cinnamon] hotels and one other, all in the capital, Colombo, were also targeted.

A national curfew has been put in place "until further notice," and social media networks have been temporarily blocked.
  • [NOTE: This was done to stem the spread of rumors on social media, in the event people want to jump to conclusions and blame Islamist radicals, which have never been a problem on the island, or the Hindu Tamil Tiger rebels with whom they fought the longest civil war in Asia, a war that wrapped up nearly a decade ago with many Hindus still being oppressed and abused by the Sinhalese Buddhist majority and the Sinhalese-dominated government, military, and police. It is possible that Buddhist extremists led by politicized monks are to blame.]
A foreign ministry official said 27 foreign nationals were among the dead.


Reports say seven people have been arrested, but it not yet clear who is responsible for the attacks.
 
Sri Lanka's defense minister has said the attacks were probably carried out by one group.

What's the latest from the scene?
Pope Francis in gold Buddhist robe, Sri Lanka
The first reports of explosions came at about 08:45 (03:15 GMT) local time -- with six blasts reported close together at churches and luxury hotels.

St. Sebastian's Church in Negombo was severely damaged in one explosion, with dozens killed at the site.

Images from inside showed blood on the pews and the building's ceiling shattered. More

Los Angeles, California, has an annual Sri Lanka Day in Pasadena (slday.com).

Monkey HEART worse than Monkey Mind

Jeff Brown, excerpt, Grounded Spirituality; Ellie Askew, Dhr. Seven (ed.), Wisdom Quarterly
I'm going to throw myself into my work to not feel my feelings. What could go wrong?

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A tame heart is a wonderful thing!
The primary cause of our unhappiness is not our thoughts. The monkey mind is not the source of our anxiety. It’s a symptom of it. Forget the monkey mind.

The mind is not the problem; unhealed pain is. Men have been blaming the mind for their neuroses for centuries, while deftly avoiding that which sources its maladies -- somatic constrictions and unprocessed emotions stored in the body itself.

Grounded Spirituality
It’s like losing your keys somewhere in the house and looking for them in the car. Useless, useless, useless.

Until we stop blaming the mind and recognize that its anxieties stem from the unresolved emotional body -- there will be no liberation.

Shifting out of unhappiness is not a cerebral process. That’s just another ineffective band-aid. It [shifting out of unhappiness] is a visceral full-body experience.
 
It’s the “monkey heart” that’s the issue -- the state of inner turbulence and agitation that emanates from an unclear heart.

Be like us, guys. See, speak, hear...
The more repressed the emotional body, the more repetitive our thoughts.

Flooded with unhealed emotions and unexpressed truths, the monkey heart jumps from tree-top to tree-top, emoting without grounding, dancing in its confusion.

Often misinterpreted as a monkey mind, the monkey heart is reflected in repetitive thinking, perpetual anxiety, and negative imaginings.

To calm and clarify your mind, you have to heal your heart.

Not a normal "fire" at Notre Dame (video)

InTruthbyGrace, 4/16/19; Dr. Judy Wood; text: Pfc. Sandoval, Seth Auberon, Wisdom Quarterly

Notre Dame incinerated
The glory of the former empire of France
Here are a few observations that indicate this is no normal open air fire, just as the recent devastating California fires were not normal drought conditions and wind, and 9/11 has much to explain. The "dustification" referred to in the video was coined by an expert in this field, Dr. Judy Wood. The events of 9/11 were not due to a "fire" but a directed-energy weapon producing dustification. The aftermath of the California fires show no ordinary debris field with toilets and stone structures, walls, and cement foundations left standing. Instead, there is only dust, a few oddities, and the characteristic high-intensity white smoke that should have been high-soot black smoke in an actual "fire." Something's going on; choose to stick your head in the sand, if you wish, but something unnatural is going on. Expect more.

Dustification is not fire and ash

Saturday, April 20, 2019

4/20: Hitler was high, Weed, Columbine (video)

VICE News; TODAY; History; Pfc. Sandoval, Seth Auberon, Crystal Q. (eds.), Wisdom Quarterly



Happy Hitler's birthday (4/20). Apparently, that's why the Columbine school shooters went off. Is it also why potheads all over the planet like to puff away right at 4:20 in the afternoon and all day April 20th? Maybe. Hitler was high most of the time, but mostly on the terribly-addictive methamphetamine strain of drugs, given to him legally by his doctor. Of course, when you're "furher," most things you do must be legal in the eyes of a go-along-to-get-along population ("Little Eichmanns"), like our own citizenry today.
 
Hitler was high during most of WW II says Norman Ohler
(VICE News, HBO) There are many wrong things considered "common knowledge" about Hitler. He was vegetarian (he wasn't but Goebbels painted him that way to make him seem superhuman in the Aryan/Vedic/Buddhist mythology about chakravartin world rulers he borrowed), partial to the toothbrush mustache (like many men in Germany at the time, which made him wholly commonplace then and only stands out now), a failed fine artist (he studied art and was not good enough to make a career of it, so he entered the military and liked the authoritarianism), and a Nazi despot responsible for the reprehensible, systematic oppression of minorities and the promotion of white supremacy (like many groups today, including the US government, which took in and employed many Nazis after the war). What has only recently surfaced is the assertion that Adolf Hitler was also high off his face -- on methamphetamine and more -- for the entirety of World War II. As was most of the Third Reich. That’s according to the book Blitzed by Norman Ohler, the international bestseller that’s been translated into 26 languages. VICE News

How to jack pot prices WAY up in a few steps


(VICE News) The plan is working. This is how capitalism works (Das Kapital). First, let everyone open a shop. Then the big boys will come in and buy up all the small fish that can't turn a profit. That drives out all the small fish who are willing to wait for things to get profitable. In the meantime prices get really low. But in the end, a few monopolizers will buy up or drive out everyone else. The few corporations left standing THEN cooperate to drive up prices. It's the way gas (petroleum) markets are manipulated for maximum profiteering. "Disaster capitalism" comes in when production is artificially reduced to justify increases in prices. The "magic of the marketplace" won't save the day because it's just too profitable to cheat. Companies would rather drive up prices so that all the conglomerates make obscene amounts of money -- just as with banking, managed medicine, corporate health care, and nearly everything else under the US's form of capitalism. Other countries do not allow capitalism to operate this way. (There is more than one type of capitalism? There sure are!) But what about the tax-free black market competition? It's all part of the plan:

Black Market Pot: police away the competition


Celebrating 4/20 with London's pot fanatics

(VICE) All across the world capitalist governments are rethinking their attitudes towards the criminalization of cannabis. Yet in Britain, fusty politicians terrified by a video of Jon Snow losing his mind on super-skunk weed are refusing to free the weed, uncurb the herb, or liberate the oregano dream pipe. Vice went along to Hyde Park to join London's most ardent marijuana advocates for their annual 4/20 celebrations, which in 2017 doubled as a protest rally for those who want cannabis to be legalized. Vice caught up with Big Narstie, watched the police make an array of arrests, talked to some activist-stoners, and saw an Eric Cartman bong.
Columbine 20 years later: Survivors open up about moving on


On the 20th anniversary of the 1999 school shooting and massacre by two white teens at Columbine High School, TODAY’s Hoda Kotb sits down with the school’s principal, students who were there, and families of victims to ask if time has given them peace.
    Bummer News of the Day

    Awakening in this Lifetime (April 25)

    Ananda (Dharma Meditation Initiative), Dhr. Seven, Wisdom Quarterly; PlanetDharma.com
    What is the Purpose of Spiritual Practice? Life is a fascinating journey, filled with discovery, exploration, and awesome experiences fraught with suffering, often unnecessarily.
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    Catherine Pawasarat Sensei
    Drawn to intensity, to living life to the fullest? To awaken in this very life is the spiritual way to go. It's accessible to anyone with drive and heart.

    Catherine Pawasarat Sensei (planetdharma.com) visits from Canada to share an overview of contemporary spiritual landscapes: Which teachings focus on awakening here and now? What does it take? How do we know it works?

    Imagine wearing a t-shirt or tattoo that reads “Awakening or Bust!” Yes, it IS possible! Tonight (Thursday, April 25) we'll move, meditate, learn some Dharma, practice loving-kindness, then share experiences over vegan drinks and snacks. FREE if you RSVP

    Wasteland to Pureland
    CATHERINE PAWASARAT SENSEI, co-author of Wasteland to Pureland, practiced Ayahuasca plant medicine in the Brazilian Amazon in the '90s then she met her meditation teacher, Doug Duncan, and embraced the spiritual path forged by Canadian-born, Tibetan-recognized Namgyal Rinpoche (Leslie George Dawson aka Ven. Ananda Bodhi). She has studied daily with Duncan for more than 20 years. She is co-founder of the innovative Clear Sky Retreat Center in British Columbia, where they live, work, and practice in conscious community. She lived in Kyoto, Japan, for two decades and is a leading expert on its 1,100-year-old Gion Festival, specializing in its shamanic roots and sustainability.