Sunday, December 9, 2018

Dems: Impeachment and jail for Trump

Associated Press via mail.com; David Hoffman; Editors, Wisdom Quarterly

Why and How Germans Bought Hitler's Pitch
The PBS documentary "How Hitler Lost the War" takes a unique point of view. Rather than talking about who won the war, it explores what Adolf Hitler did that helped lose the war for Germany. Although it happened long ago, it is a frighteningly contemporary story as fellow German Donald J. Trumf runs this country into the ground. See the entire film: createspace.com/204551.

Top House Dems raise prospect of impeachment, jail for Trump

WASHINGTON, DC - Top House Democrats have raised the prospect of impeachment or the real possibility of prison time for President Donald Trump if it's proved that he directed illegal hush-money payments to women, adding to the legal pressure on the president over the Russia investigation and other scandals. More

Friday, December 7, 2018

Seven Wonders of the Buddhist World (video)

Seven Wonders of the Buddhist World; Amber Larson, Dhr. Seven (eds.), Wisdom Quarterly


Massive ancient stupa in Sri Lanka (wiki)
This kind note comes from Ms. Tharuka Lanka Geeganage: My feeling is that this documentary does not reach the point of introducing Theravada Buddhism. If a person new to Buddhism were to watch it, s/he would think it's a fancy and colorful religion in most cases. Yet the largest [Shakyian/Scythian] Buddhist burial mound, or stupa, in the world -- which houses a large collection of the historical Buddha's remains -- is situated in the ancient city of Anuradhapura. It is called "Ruwanvali Great Stupa," and it should be counted as the second wonder. I suggest that, if further details are needed on this, Buddhist monks from Sri Lanka, who are trained to have in-depth knowledge on Theravada Buddhism and the historical Buddha (Prince Siddhartha Gautama) be sought out and consulted to have this wonder included.

Major Ed Dames on Remote Viewing (video)

Ed Dames (learnrv.com);Pat Macpherson, Seth Auberon (eds.), Wisdom Quarterly

The mind has many powers.
The CIA and the U.S. Army developed a protocol with over $20 million of funding called Remote Viewing (RV). It enables the unconscious mind's inherent ability to obtain knowledge about any person, place, or thing in the past, present, or future.

What separates official Remote Viewing protocols from anyone else that teaches some other system is that virtually anyone can learn this with no previous experience or "abilities" required.

HOW DOES THE RV TRAINING WORK?
The Learn Remote Viewing DVD course was built entirely from the ground up to offer a user-friendly experience that provides easy-to-follow, step-by-step instructions and interactive lessons to help practitioners proceed through each training stage.
After each lesson, a person will execute a blind practice target that incorporates what has just been learned, conducting each Remote Viewing practice session right along with classroom students on the DVDs.

After each session has ended, detailed feedback is immediately provided and the target is revealed. Comparing session results with the actual results of the classroom students makes learning more interactive.

The feedback segments show how accurately a person hit the target and where pitfalls may have been so that one quickly and continually becomes more accurate. This course was designed to allow one to go through each DVD at one's own pace. More

Thursday, December 6, 2018

Is the Sun conscious? (video)

Rupert Sheldrake (Electric Universe UK; Pat Macpherson, Dhr. Seven (eds.), Wisdom Quarterly

Recorded at Reconnect 2018 (July 7, 2018) in Bath, UK. This speculative, thought-provoking talk ushers us to look beyond the confines of materialistic science and consider how the consciousness of stellar bodies, such as our Sun (Surya, Sol, Helios), is of interest for anthropological and cultural reasons. Moreover, it is also a valid field of inquiry in modern philosophy, psychology, cosmology, and neuroscience.

Bhikkhu Bodhi: Bridging two Buddhisms (video)

Bhikkhu Bodhi (Bodhi Monastery); Dhr. Seven, Ananda, Amber Larson (eds.), Wisdom Quarterly


What would the Buddha say about Buddhism?
There are TWO Buddhisms, the "Teaching of the Elders" (Theravada), the "elders" being the immediate circle of fully enlightened monastic disciples who followed the historical Shakyamuni Buddha, and the later "Big Vehicle" (Mahayana), a kind of Hindu (Brahmanism)-Buddhism syncretism.

Mahayana (90%) denounced every other Buddhist school as being a "lesser vehicle" until all of these sects/schools went extinct. Theravada (10%) is not one of these "Hinayana" schools but is nevertheless referred to as one by careless accusers.

What could these two paths -- the one the Buddha explicitly taught and encouraged, and the other more modern interpreters have derived and taken as implicitly taught by the Enlightened One, mixed in with a lot of Asian cultures and practices that have nothing to do with the Buddha's original teachings -- have in common that one should want to bridge them?

Who is Bhikkhu Bodhi?
Ven. Bhikkhu Bodhi
Scholar-monk Ven. Bodhi
He was drawn to Buddhism when he was in his early 20s. After obtaining his doctorate, he traveled to Sri Lanka, where he received novice ordination in 1972 and full ordination in 1973, both under the late Ven. Ananda Maitreya, the leading Sri Lankan Theravada scholar-monk of recent times.

He was appointed editor of Sri Lanka's Buddhist Publication Society in 1984 and its president in 1988.


Ven. Bodhi has many important publications to his credit, either as author, translator, or editor, including The Buddha — A Translation of the Middle Length Discourses (co-translated with Ven. Nanamoli (1995), The Connected Discourses of the Buddha — a New Translation of the Samyutta Nikaya (2000), and a popular anthology entitled In the Buddha’s Words (2005).

In May 2000 he gave the keynote address at the United Nations on its first official celebration of Vesak (the thrice-blessed day of the Buddha’s birth, great enlightenment, and final passing).

He returned to the U.S. in 2002 and currently resides in Upstate New York at Chuang Yen Monastery and teaches there and at Bodhi Monastery.

He is currently the chairman of Yin Shun Foundation and very active in the Buddhist Global Relief. More

The First Thanksgiving (short cartoon)

Uncivil History, Oct. 7, 2018; Xochitl, Crystal Q., Dhr. Seven (eds.), Wisdom Quarterly


What Really Happened
This educational animation tells the in-depth story surrounding the first "Thanksgiving" or Native American potlatch Europeans attended. A bibliography follows.

AUTHOR'S NOTE: This video is meant to give an unbiased account of the events that unfolded in the years leading up to the first Thanksgiving and several years following that feast (roughly 1614-1622).

An Indigenous Peoples' History of the U.S.
Native American names may be mispronounced but with deep respect for the First Nations who have had their languages destroyed by European invaders.

To keep this video below seven minutes, many details were abbreviated. Only the essence remains for a well-rounded view and understanding of this very interesting event. For instance, we do not know what epidemic (called the Great Dying of 1616-1619) killed so many Native Americans, despite numerous theories.

Squanto died in 1622, never admitting any involvement in a plot to overthrow Massasoit. The events following 1622 could fill many more videos. But there is no political agenda here, only a history student's attempt to give an account that is as close as we have gotten to the truth so far.

For mind-blowing details, see the incredible work of indigenous historian Dr. Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz, An Indigenous Peoples' History of the United States.

Mockery: US humor about "Indians" today
(Family Guy) Genius Stewie and dog Brian go to a universe where Native Americans had guns.

Sources
  • Los Angeles (haramokngna.org)
    Abbott, John S. C. King Philip: Makers of History. ebook, 2009.
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  • Bradford, William. Of Plymouth Plantation, ed. Charles Deane. Boston: Privately printed, 1856.
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  • Demos, John. A Little Commonwealth: Family Life in Plymouth Colony. New York: Oxford University Press, 2000.
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Tuesday, December 4, 2018

Sex, religion, and comedy (video)

Alan Watts (alanwatts.org); Rowan Atkinson (Mr. Bean); Ananda, Dhr. Seven, Wisdom Quarterly
"The Allegory of the 'Cave'" was Plato's subtle description of...the strange wonders of sex?


(Wisdom Library) Alan Watts: "Sex and Religion" Is it necessary to give up sex and its addictive proxy, masturbation, in order to reach enlightenment? This issue is discussed as Alan Watts meditates on the situation having made some amazing discoveries.


The Great Heap of Sex (sutra)

Dhr. Seven, Amber Larson, Ellie Askew (eds.), Wisdom Quarterly, "The Great Heap of Dukkha Discourse" or Mahadukkhakkhandha Sutra (MN 13) based on Ven. Thanissaro (trans.)
Desire for sex is the strongest sensual desire, the strongest craving, the source of dukkha.

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But is sex the same as "sensual desire"?
Thus have I heard. On one occasion the Blessed One [the Buddha] was living near Savatthi at Jeta's Grove, in the monastery donated by a Buddhist multi-millionaire.

Then early in the morning several monastics put on their robes and, taking bowls and robes, walked into Savatthi for alms. The thought occurred to them, "It's too early to go into Savatthi for alms, so what if we were to visit the Park of the Wanderers of other Teachings instead?"

They headed to the park, arrived, exchanged courteous greetings with the other wandering ascetics, then sat respectfully to one side. The other wanderers asked:

"Friends, the Wandering Ascetic Gautama [the Buddha] describes the comprehension of sex [i.e., as standing in for all sensual desire]. We also describe the comprehension of sex. He describes the comprehension of forms and feelings. So do we. So what's the difference, what's the distinction, what's the distinguishing factor between him and us in terms of his teaching (Dharma) and ours, his message and ours?"
The monastics, neither delighting in nor disapproving of their words, got up from their seats [thinking], "We will bring these things up in the Blessed One's presence."

Then they walked for alms in Savatthi, and after their meal, they went to the Blessed One, bowed, sat respectfully to one side, and [told him what had happened].

[The Buddha responded:] "Meditators, when other wandering ascetics say such things, they can be asked: 'Friends, with regard to sex (sensual desire), what is the allure, the drawback, the escape? And the same for forms and feelings?' When they are asked this, they will be unable to answer and will get themselves into trouble. Why? It is because the answer lies beyond their range.
 
There comes a time when Death steps in.
"Meditators, in this world -- with its light beings, menaces, and Gods (devas, maras, and brahmas), in this world with its people, wandering ascetics, and Brahmins, its princes and commoners, I do not see anyone who can provide a satisfactory answer to these questions, other than a tathagata (a "wayfarer" such as the Buddha himself), a tathagata's disciples, or someone who has heard it from them.
 
Allure of sex
Sex is the strongest sensual desire.
"Meditators, what is the allure of sex? There are five strands of sensuality. What are they?
  1. visible forms cognizable by the eye -- agreeable, pleasing, charming, endearing, engendering desire, enticing.
  2. sounds cognizable by the ear...
  3. fragrances cognizable by the nose...
  4. flavors cognizable by the tongue...
  5. Tactile sensations cognizable by the body -- agreeable, pleasing, charming, endearing, engendering desire, enticing.
"Whatever pleasure or joy arises dependent on these five strands, that is the allure of sex.
 
Drawback
I lie for my livelihood, but listen to me anyway.
"What is the drawback? A person (such as a member of the extended family clan) may engage in some livelihood -- checking, accounting, calculating, plowing, trade, cattle-tending, archery, working for a royal, or whatever occupation it may be -- facing cold, facing heat, being annoyed by mosquitoes and gadflies, wind, sun, creeping things, who hungers and thirsts.
  • [COMMENT: One craves/thirsts for sex/sensual pleasure; therefore, one works hard to earn a livelihood to be able to afford them, suffering much, starving and feeling parched in their constant pursuit, working oneself to death to gain them.]
"This is the drawback of sex, a heap of disappointment (suffering) visible here and now. It has sex as its reason, sex as its source, sex as its cause, the reason being simply sensual desire.

"And if that person gains no wealth while working, striving, making effort, that person sorrows, grieves, laments, beats his or her breast, and becomes distraught: 'My work is for nothing! My efforts are fruitless!' This drawback comes about in the case of sex. This heap of disappointment, visible here and now, has sex as its reason, sex as its source, sex as its cause, the reason being simply sensual desire.

"If that person gains wealth while working, striving, making effort, that person nevertheless experiences pain and disappointment in protecting it: 'How will neither rulers nor thieves make off with my property -- nor fire consume it, nor water sweep it away, nor greedy heirs make off with it?'

"Although one watches over and guards property, rulers or thieves nevertheless make off with it. Fire consumes it, water sweeps it away, or greedy heirs make off with it. One sorrows, grieves, and laments, beats one's breast, and becomes distraught: 'What was mine is no longer mine!'

"This is also the drawback in the case of sex. This heap of disappointment, visible here and now, has sensual desire as its reason, sensual desire as its source, sensual desire as its cause, the reason being simply sensual desire.
 
We were more animal than human at times, like shapeshifting ogres, monsters, who suffer.

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We love our craving and addictions.
"Again, it is with sensual desire as the reason, sensual desire as the source, sensual desire as the cause -- the reason being simply sensual desire -- that rulers quarrel with rulers, warriors with warriors, Brahmins with Brahmins, householders with householders, mother with child, child with mother, father with child, child with father, brother with brother, sister with sister, brother with sister, sister with brother, friend with friend.

"Then during their quarrels, brawls, and disputes, they attack one another with fists or clods, sticks or knives, and they suffer deadly pain or death. This is the drawback in case of sensual desire. This heap of disappointment, visible here and now, has sensual desire as its reason, sensual desire as its source, sensual desire as its cause, the reason being simply sensual desire.

"Again, it is with sensual desire as the reason, sensual desire as the source... that some, taking up swords and shields and strapping on bows and arrows, charge into battle amassed in double array as arrows and spears go flying with swords flashing. They are wounded by arrows and spears, their heads cut off by swords, and they incur deadly pain or death.

"This is a drawback of sensual desire. This heap of disappointment, visible here and now, has sensual desire as its reason, sensual desire as its source, sensual desire as its cause, the reason being simply sensual desire.

"Again, with sensual desire as reason, sensual desire as source... some, taking up swords and shields and strapping on bows and arrows, charge toward slippery bastions while arrows and spears go flying and swords  flashing. They are splashed with boiling cow dung or crushed by heavy weights, their heads cut are off by swords, and they incur deadly pain or death.

"This is also a drawback in the case of sensual desire. This heap of disappointment, visible here and now, has sensual desire as its reason, sensual desire as its source, sensual desire as its cause, the reason being simply sensual desire.

"Again, with sensual desire as the reason, sensual desire as the source... some break in through windows, seize plunder, commit burglary, ambush people on highways, engage in adultery. And when they are captured, rulers have them tortured in many ways:

"They have them flogged with whips, beaten with canes, beaten with clubs. They have their heads cut off, their feet, both their hands and feet. They have their ears, noses, ears and noses cut off. They subject them to:
  • the 'porridge pot,'
  • the 'polished-shell shave,'
  • the 'mouth of Rahu,'
  • the 'flaming garland,'
  • the 'blazing hand,'
  • the 'grass-duty (ascetic),'
  • the 'bark-dress (ascetic),'
  • the 'burning antelope,'
  • the 'meat hooks,'
  • the 'coin-gouging,'
  • the 'lye pickling,'
  • the 'pivot on a stake,'
  • the 'rolled-up bed.'
"They have them splashed with boiling oil, devoured by dogs, impaled alive on stakes. They have their heads cut off with swords, so they incur deadly pain or death.

"This is a drawback in the case of sensual desire. This heap of disappointment, visible here and now, has sensual desire as its reason, sensual desire as its source, sensual desire as its cause, the reason being simply sensual desire.

"Again, it is with sensual desire as reason, sensual desire as source... that some engage in bodily misconduct, verbal misconduct, mental misconduct. Having engaged in bodily, verbal, and/or mental misconduct, they -- on the breakup of the body, after death -- reappear in the plane of deprivation, the woeful destination, the lower realms, [even] in hell (avici).

"This is also a drawback in the case of sensual desire. This heap of disappointment (suffering) in future lives has sensual desire as its reason, sensual desire as its source, sensual desire as its cause, the reason being simply sensual desire.
 
Escape

Stop this merry-go-round; I want to get off.
"Meditators, what is the escape from sex? Overcoming and abandoning craving/passion for sex (five strand sensual desire) is the escape from it.

"That any Brahmin or wandering ascetic who fails to discern, as it actually is, the allure of sex as allure, the drawback of sex as drawback, the escape from sex as escape would comprehend sex or would rouse another person with the truth so that, in line with what one has practiced, that person would comprehend sensual desire, that is impossible!

"But that any Brahmin or wandering ascetic who discerns, as it actually is, the allure of sex as allure, the drawback of sex as drawback, the escape from sex as escape would comprehend sensual desire or would rouse another person with the truth so that, in line with what one has practiced, one would comprehend sensual desire, that is possible. More

Tribes with SUPERNATURAL powers (video)

Unexplained Mysteries, Oct. 22, 2018; Pat Macpherson, Dhr. Seven (eds.), Wisdom Quarterly
Levitation is a supernormal power that Buddhists can develop by meditation.

Real supernormal powers in Buddhism
Wisdom Quarterly Wiki edit
In Buddhism supernatural or magical powers (Sanskrit siddhi and Pali iddhi) are special "psychic" abilities one can develop through meditation. There are six types of these supernormal powers (abhijñā) of the mundane plane attained by practicing four dhyānas, absorptions, deep concentrations, samadhis. The normal Sanskrit meaning of siddhi is "increase, growth, prosperity, success, fortune, wealth, abundance." In Buddhism these powers are neither unnatural nor super natural but very extraordinary and unusual. More

5 tribes believed to have real life superpowers
Here are five tribes who are believed to have real-life superpowers. Unexplained Mysteries takes a look at tribes that prove they have real-life superpowers. All across the world a variety of cultures, traditions, religions, and people create their own community. They excel as they develop within their social groups isolated from others.
  • 5. Kenyan tribe of the Rift Valley are best runners
  • 4. Underwater Indonesians can really hold their breath
  • 3. Buddhist Sherpas of the cold, high Himalayas
  • 2. Ecuadorans dwarves are free of cancer
  • 1. Buddhist Okinawans of Japan live longest
The Buddha performs miracle at...
This sense of community and family stands out most for tribes that rely on each other for survival and on special values and traditions they have kept since their conception. Is it a mystery that some, isolated from the world, set off on their path?

The general population declines while others develop new ways to tackle difficult problems. The mystery is that some of these developments baffle scientists and challenge what they used to believe was possible for humans. (Thanks to CO.AG for background music).

Food, GMOs: "Secret Ingredients" (trailer)

Secret Ingredients (secretingredientsmovie.com, Nov. 3, 2018); Editors, Wisdom Quarterly

SECRET INGREDIENTS: a film by Jeffrey Smith and Amy Hart. Coast to Coast AM speaks to the film maker about Monsanto and all the harm done by killer GMOs, pesticides, insecticides, growth hormones, and chemicals sprayed into the environment that contaminate our bodies and bring on serious diseases.



Jeffrey Smith, an expert on the dangers of genetically modified foods (GMOs), talks about his new movie, Secret Ingredients. It shows how hidden aspects of food is a leading driver of obesity, infertility, cancer, and many other serious conditions. Dr. Michelle Perro also joins the conversation. More


  • AUDIO: Explorer/Archaeologist Jonathan Gray tracks ongoing cover-up of archaeological discoveries

Monday, December 3, 2018

Neil deGrasse Tyson rapist and molester?

(indiewire.com, 12/1/18); Seth Auberon, A. Wells (eds.), Wisdom Quarterly
Who me? But I'm Neil deGrasse Tyson, bitches! (Weinstein/BFA/REX/Shutterstock)
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Rape culture (11thprincipleconsent.org)
Neil deGrasse Tyson is accused of rape and sexual misconduct: Fox and National Geographic are investigating the allegations

The for-profit corporations are looking into claims made against Cosmos host Neil deGrasse Tyson, including a rape accusation, following two  reports in Patheos.

The first accusation, published on November 8, includes an allegation that the celebrity astrophysicist drugged and raped fellow grad student Tchiya Amet in 1984:

“I woke up in his bed; I was naked…When he [Neil deGrasse Tyson] saw that I had woken up, he got on top of me and mounted me, and I passed out again,” Amet said of the alleged rape. “I didn’t tell anybody because when I had been an undergrad, I had some issues of [having undergone some] molestation by a [fellow] student and [also] a faculty member, and when I went to report it to the authorities, they both told me not to say anything because it would ruin the person’s life.”

More accusations by others
"She was asking for it"? Rape goes beyond individual violations (eagleeye.news).
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The second concerns two more accusers. Dr. Katelyn N. Allers, a physics and astronomy professor at Bucknell University, alleges that Tyson “felt her up” nine years ago, while his former assistant Ashley Watson says she quit her job because of his advances.

“The credo at the heart of Cosmos is to follow the evidence wherever it leads. The producers of Cosmos can do no less in this situation. We are committed to a thorough investigation of this matter and to act accordingly as soon as it is concluded,” said the producers of the Fox series in a statement.

Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey premiered in 2014 and is a follow-up to the Carl Sagan show first aired by PBS in 1980. It has aired 13 episodes so far, with a second season set to debut on March 3, 2019.

“We have only just become aware of the recent allegations regarding Neil deGrasse Tyson. We take these matters very seriously, and we are reviewing the recent reports,” Fox Broadcasting Company and National Geographic said in a statement. More

I'm not guilty, but why believe me?
Telegenic and practiced actor defends himself
Following accusations of rape and sexual misconduct, Neil deGrasse Tyson has finally broken his silence with a lengthy Facebook post insisting he's innocent. He's calling for an independent investigation. The actor and celebrity astrophysicist initially opted not to comment because he believes that “serious accusations should not be adjudicated in the press,” but now believes [it can be so] he “cannot continue to stay silent.” More:

Trump to molest Meg on "Family Guy" (video)

(indiewire.com, 9/26/18); Pat Macpherson, Seth Auberon (eds.), Wisdom Quarterly


FAMILY GUY: Peter resents the fact that everyone loves his vestigial twin, Chip, more than him in the all-new "Vestigial Peter" episode of FAMILY GUY airing Sunday, October 6 (9:00-9:30 PM ET/PT) on FOX. FAMILY GUY ™ and © 2013 TCFFC ALL RIGHTS RESERVED. [Via MerlinFTP Drop]
Meg, I told you to stay away from that rapist.
Family Guy will depict Pres. Don Trump being sexually inappropriate with Meg in hourlong episode. The two-parter will air as part of the FOX animated series, which kicked off Season 17 on September 30.

Family Guy never has trouble making headlines. In an upcoming episode sometime this season, new controversy is threatened: The show will depict Trump crossing the line with Meg Griffin (voiced by Mila Kunis).



Executive Producer Alec Sulkin teased the special hourlong episode to Entertainment Weekly, saying, “We’re just playing to what Trump has already confessed to, say, on a bus.” 
Sulkin’s tease suggests the series will show Trump being sexually inappropriate with Meg. The producer’s “bus” reference alludes to Trump’s infamous conversation with Billy Bush in which he said his “grab ’em by the pussy” line. More

The Simpsons mocks Trump


Trump meets Mueller on The Simpsons
Animation on FOX, Dec. 14, 2017
Special Prosecutor Robert Mueller pays the USA's worst president a little visit in Season 29. For more The Simpsons' clips, see: fox.tv/SubscribeAnimationonFOX, videos (fox.tv/TheSimpsonsSeason30Pla...) full episodes (fox.tv/WATChthesimpsons).

What is "Happiness"? (Dukkha Girl, Pt. 1)

Ellie Askew, Aloka (Thabarwa Center), Dhr Seven, Ashley Wells (eds.), Wisdom Quarterly
Perplexity used to be but now it's Ellie Askew, Wisdom Quarterly's very own Dukkha Girl

Someone asked me about my vision of happiness. Here is what I explained from the perspective of a Buddhist nun:

Real happiness exists in minds free of liking, disliking, and delusion. This special kind of mind appears when one is able to do what is good and beneficial and when one’s life is useful to others. 

This is not the happiness we normally pursue. Usually we seek our happiness from sense pleasure coming through our senses -- eye, ear, nose, tongue, and body. When sense organs come into contact with pleasant sights, sounds, fragrances, flavors, or touch sensations, this contact brings pleasant feelings to mind.

We are left with the impression that life is for getting pleasant feelings and the pleasure derived from them. It is a "reasonable" conclusion given that the nature of pleasure is that it feels "good."

We are left to conclude that if our senses are pleasing us, we are being successful. The more continuous our experience of pleasant sensations, the more we think we have been successful in our endeavor at "acquiring" happiness.

I can "meditate" it all away.
Actually our mind wants something more. We don’t know exactly what or where to find it, so we travel to see beautiful sights, eat to find pleasing flavors, and so on. This is all for sense pleasure, which only lasts as long as the contact does, so we have to search for and seize it again and again.

We end up spending our lives in this exhausting pursuit, usually fighting others for limited resources. We have to find a way to earn an income to buy activities and pleasures. We must often endure much hardship for this, and we are led to think it’s what we should do.

Even the happiness we get using time with our family and friends is pleasure by way of the senses. These things seem to be what life is for, because they feel good and bring us some satisfaction if only for a short while.

Things are not bad. But are they not distracting us from pursuing the highest happiness that has nothing to do with sense pleasures?

Wonderful as sense pleasures are for a time, if we make them our sole aim, our minds/hearts will remain dependent on things and people for happiness.
 

To find real and lasting happiness, we have to aim at it. Not needing to be happy is a form of real happiness, a form of contentment.

If instead we just do what is really good and really beneficial, good and beneficial results will come.

In this way, without pursuing (out of craving, grasping, and clinging) happiness on purpose, it arises naturally. We do not need to hanker or seek after anything. We need only to do actions (karma, merit) that are good and beneficial.

When this happiness comes, it comes by itself
Our actions of thought, word, and deed are causing the results of our lives -- life after life -- actions that start in the mind with intention, our will or motivation. By doing beneficial actions and avoiding harmful ones, the mind becomes very powerful. This is a natural result. It happens without our willing it to happen, as a consequence of causes and conditions, intentions and actions.
CONTINUED IN PART II

Jesus vs Buddha (FULL COMEDY SHOW)

Aidan Killian, Dec. 31, 2014; Pat Macpherson, Crystal Q. (eds.), Wisdom Quarterly


This is Irish comedian Aidan Killian's full DVD "Jesus versus Buddha" (aidankillian.com) All he wanted to create was a powerful, hilarious, yet conscious comedy show. But this is what happened. #AidanKillian: