Wednesday, February 28, 2018

Enlightenment on a Full Moon Night (sutra)

Night sky: March 2018 two – full moons, the Plough explained
Boudhnath stupa, Kathmandu, Nepal
As was the case this January, there are two full Moons this March, one on March 2nd and one on the 31st. The second full moon in a month is popularly known as a "Blue Moon" even though this is not the original definition.

That stated, a Blue Moon was the third full Moon in a season which contained four full moons. The occurrence of two full moons in January followed by two in March only takes place approximately four times every century.

Two moons this moonth (Pete Lawrence)
[So much for reading apocalyptic meaning into sky and star, celestial bodies and alignments. The blaze of rockets, however, may portend something of the deception foisted on us by NASA, ISS, and revelations by other countries' space programs.] More

Enlightenment on a full moon night
One full moon night the former-prince and now active wandering ascetic Siddhartha emerged from meditative absorption, asked the question, "Why is there suffering?" and reflected on how all things arise dependent on conditions.

"Suffering" (disappointment, unsatisfactoriness, pain, woe, dukkha) has 12 causal links. This is reflected on in an insight-meditation exercise called Dependent Origination, "With the arising of this, that comes to be; with its cessation, that ceases...."
  • It may seem a small point but it becomes important later. One thing does not really arise THEN another. They co-arise. So sometimes this is referred to as "conditioned co-genesis" and other names for paticca samuppadav. For example, when the five factors of fire (heat, fuel, wick, oxygen, the process of combustion) come together, flame arises. When does fire arise? Right at the moment of all of these factors being present in a functionally integrated way! Why? It is because what we call "fire" or a "flame" is not a thing but a process with these factors; it is empty; it is impersonal. The same is true of us (self) and the Five Aggregates clung to as Self.
Los Angeles Buddhist Vihara in Pasadena is on Facebook. Free program, open to all.
Enlightenment Sutra
John D. Ireland (trans.), Bodhi Sutra (Ud 1.1); Dhr. Seven, A. Larson (eds.), Wisdom Quarterly
In Asian iconography, based on Vedic tradition, the swastika indicates noble, enlightened.
Whatever will arise will also pass away.
Thus have I heard. At one time the Blessed One [the Buddha] was staying at Uruvela, beside the river Nerañjara at the foot of the Bodhi Tree, having just realized full enlightenment.

At that time he sat cross-legged for seven days experiencing the bliss of complete liberation.

Then at the end of those seven days, he emerged from that meditative absorption [calm, coherent, and concentrated state of mind called samadhi] and gave wise-attention during the first watch of the night to Dependent Origination (Conditional Arising) in forward order in this way:

This being, that is; from the arising of this, that arises -- which is is to say:
  1. With ignorance as condition, mental formations come to be;
  2. with mental formations as condition, consciousness comes to be;
  3. with consciousness as condition, name-and-form comes to be;
  4. with name-and-form as condition, the sixfold base comes to be;
  5. with the sixfold base as condition, contact comes to be;
  6. with contact as condition, feeling comes to be;
  7. with feeling as condition, craving comes to be;
  8. with craving as condition, grasping comes to be;
  9. with grasping as condition, becoming comes to be;
  10. with becoming as condition, (re)birth comes to be;
  11. with (re)birth as condition, aging-and-death, sorrow, lamentation, pain, grief, and despair come to be.
  12. This is the origin (the conditional arising) of this entire mass of suffering.
Then on realizing its significance on this occasion, the Blessed One uttered this inspired utterance:
When things become manifest
To the ardent meditating Brahmin,
All doubts then  because one understands
Each thing along with its [immediately preceding] cause.

Giants once ruled USA and all America (video)

Richard J. Dewhurst, Red Ice Radio; Pat Macpherson, Dhr. Seven (eds.), Wisdom Quarterly

Red Ice Radio: Richard J. Dewhurst (The Ancient Giants Who Ruled America) interview

The Giants Who Ruled America (Dewhurst)
(UṪ, Jan. 27, 2014) Richard J. Dewhurst is the Emmy Award-winning writer of an HBO feature documentary, a graduate of NYU with degrees in journalism, film, and TV, who has written and edited for the History Channel, A&E, PBS, Fox TV and Fox Films, ABC News, TNT, Paramount Pictures, and The Miami Herald, who lives in Vermont. His book draws on 400 years of newspaper articles and photos, first-person accounts, state historical records, and illustrated field reports that reveal that North America was once ruled by an advanced race of giants and also that the Smithsonian Institution has been actively suppressing the physical evidence for nearly 150 years. Giant skeletons have been unearthed at Mound Builder sites across the United States and the American continent, only to disappear from the historical record. Giants have been discovered in California, Nevada, Florida, and the ruins of their massive cities (populations 100,000+) in Arizona, Oklahoma, Alabama, and Louisiana. The evidence is suppressed in a cover up. Today these ancient mounds have no official protection and are being bulldozed to make room for parking lots. American Indians prevent research of the mounds, although they admit they did not build them. Where are the giants' bones today? Dewhurst talks about an old, advanced nautical culture, [Chinese and Afghan visitation (Edward Vining, 1885), Buddhist and Hindu and Egyptian building in the Grand Canyon], and even Ancient European migration to what is now the USA. We have a distorted picture of what America was like despite evidence of a coordinated social structure that celebrated making earth a sacred landscape long before European invasion and colonialism.
A race of giants existed in North America, and the Smithsonian has led a 150-year cover up.

The Ancient Giants Who Ruled America shows how thousands of giant skeletons have been found, many in the Mississippi Valley. There are ruins of the giants’ cities. It explores 400 years of discoveries of giants through:
  • U.S. newspaper articles
  • first-person accounts
  • state historical records
  • illustrated field reports.
    Egyptian depiction of human sex with giant
    It reveals the Stonehenge-era megalithic burial complex on Catalina Island with over 4,000 giant skeletons, including kings more than 9 feet tall.
      It includes more than 100 rare photos and illustrations of the lost evidence.
        Drawing on 400 years of data, author Richard J. Dewhurst reveals not only that North America was once ruled by an advanced race of giants but also that the Smithsonian has been actively suppressing the physical evidence for nearly 150 years.

        Human specimens are real: MRI exam
        Dewhurst shows how thousands of skeletons of giants have been unearthed at Mound Builder sites across the continent, only to disappear from the historical record. He examines other concealed discoveries, such as:

        Giant mummies were found in Spirit Cave, Nevada, wrapped in fine textiles and dating to 8000 BCE.

        Hundreds of red-haired "bog mummies" were found in cenotes (“sinkholes”) on the west coast of Florida dating to 7500 BCE.

        And there are ruins of cities of giants with populations in excess of 100,000 in Arizona, Oklahoma, Alabama, and Louisiana.

          Suppression began shortly after the Civil War. It transformed into an outright cover-up in 1879 when Major John Wesley Powell was appointed director of the Smithsonian, launching a strict pro-evolution, pro-Manifest Destiny agenda.

          Dewhurst also reveals the 1920s’ discovery on Catalina Island of a megalithic burial complex with 6,000 years of continuous burials and over 4,000 skeletons, including a succession of kings and queens, some more than 9 feet tall.

          The evidence is hidden in the restricted-access evidence rooms at the Smithsonian. More

          How much evidence would be enough?

          Tuesday, February 27, 2018

          King A Filmed Record: Montgomery to Memphis

          Amy Goodman (, 2/25/18) via Chakura0807; Editors, Wisdom Quarterly

          EXCLUSIVE: Rarely seen film "King: A Filmed Record" traces MLK's struggle from Montgomery to Memphis
          Buddhist monk Thich Nhat Hanh with MLK
          In a Black History Month special, Democracy Now! airs excerpts of a rarely seen Oscar-nominated documentary about Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and the rise of the civil rights movement.

          Produced by Ely Landau, King: A Filmed Record...Montgomery to Memphis is made from original newsreel footage and other original video footage shot of marches, rallies, and church services. 

          King was originally screened for one-night-only in 1970 in more than 600 theaters across the United States. It has rarely been seen since. Here is extensive footage from the film, featuring a historic look at the 8-year period that led up to the 1963 March on Washington, D.C.
          FULL MOVIE: King: A Filmed Record

          Monday, February 26, 2018

          #MeToo: Heather Locklear is a domestic abuser

          Eds., Wisdom Quarterly; Associated Press (, 2/26/18); GMA; ET; Daily Mail UPDATED

          Who in the H is Heather Locklear? She was once a famous actress who married rockstars

          Heather Locklear's daughter Ava (Twitter)
          EXCLUSIVE ( ‘Wasted’ Hollywood has-been Heather Locklear, 56, was arrested after almost biting her boyfriend’s nose, calling cops ‘f*cking assholes’ and kicking one in his balls -- all in front of her humiliated 20-year-old daughter, Ava.
          • Cops were called to Heather Locklear’s home in Thousand Oaks, California, on Sunday night to break up a fight between her and her boyfriend.
          • When cops arrived at the scene, they noticed a mark on her boyfriend's body and decided to take the actress into custody for domestic violence.
          • Don't f with me when I'm wasted!
            As they were trying to handcuff her, the Hollywood star allegedly kicked and struck three officers -- calling one of them a ‘c*nt.’
          • A source told that the boyfriend is Chris Heisser, Locklear’s high school sweetheart.
          • Heisser was later arrested for DUI early Monday morning.
          • Locklear was previously arrested in 2008 for DUI. More

          What a jerk, a drunken jerk. Disgusting. There's no excuse for spousal abuse, Heather. You had to go and assault three deputies claiming to just be doing their job trying to handcuff you... Smart.

          He's lying! I didn't!
          Gay exploitative attorney Harvey Levin, the mogul behind TMZ, was on the radio with Kevin & Bean this morning when he had to rush off. Code red! Hollywood actress going berserk during arrested. It was Locklear on a bender. What kind of drunken haze did you wake up in?

          I'm innocent! Just look at me!
          With hypocrite California Assemblywoman Cristina Garcia making a drunken ass of herself by grabbing crotches sexually harassing underling men, what were you thinking physically abusing your intimate partner?

          Why settle for one standard when you can have two, right? Do you want to ruin a movement or be called a "has-been"? My how the mighty have fallen. What kind of sense of entitlement are you riding, what white privilege are you enjoying?

          Liar! I never touched him!
          And now allegedly-gay Ryan Seacrest -- who brought the world The Kardashians, cringeworthy LA radio, and competitive idol shows for millions of dollars a year -- is being accused of sexual harassment, groping, and sexually assaulting an employee for seven years.

          Well, that makes sense, more sense if it were a male. (Maybe this accuser is a "beard" to make him seem str8).

          Heather Locklear arrested for domestic violence
          Heather Locklear 2011 fashion show, LA (AP) 
          THOUSAND OAKS, California (AP) - Actress Heather Locklear was arrested for investigation of alleged domestic violence and fighting with sheriff's deputies at her California home, authorities said today.

          Deputies responded to a domestic disturbance around 10:00 pm Sunday in Thousand Oaks, [a ritzy, suburban community] west of Los Angeles, Ventura County Sheriff's Captain Garo Kuredjian said.

          Locklear, Sambora, and daughter Ava
          The victim of the alleged domestic violence was a boyfriend who had a physical injury, which makes the offense a felony, Capt. Kuredjian said. He did not know details of the injury, but said the man declined treatment.

          Locklear was uncooperative with the deputies and became combative, Capt. Kuredjian said. "She was kicking at and pushing our deputies," he said. She was also arrested on three misdemeanor counts of battery on a peace officer. More
          Hey, Motley Crue, let's party! Forget Pamela Anderson and her Baywatch bod, Tommy Lee!

          Abolish the NRA for gun control (video/comics)

          Democracy Now; Tom Tomorrow (This Modern World) via PW; AP; Editors, Wisdom Quarterly
          Corrupt Congress returns amid high school pressure to act on gun violence (AP)
          Guns don't kill people. Guns have never killed people. It's mainly the bullets...and shooters.

          "Control"? No. Across Florida, thanks to FBI plot, everyone's talking gun "safety" (AP)

          What must the space beings think of us down here on the planet? (
          Letting student activists lead the way?
          Amy Goodman (, Feb. 26, 2018)

          Donald Trump versus the Deep State
          In Parkland, Florida, students returned to Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School on Sunday afternoon for the first time inside their school since [the Valentine's Day Massacre of] February 14, 2018.

          That was when a 19-year-old former student [and current fall guy patsy] named Nikolas Cruz allegedly walked into the school and opened fire with an AR-15 semiautomatic rifle, killing 17 people.

          This comes as lawmakers return to Capitol Hill today after a one-week vacation. Congress is facing massive pressure to pass gun control measures amid the rise [orchestrated media panic] of an unprecedented youth movement.

          Nothing is True and Everything is Possible
          It is being led by Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School students who survived the mass shooting.

          Trump has reiterated his calls to arm teachers with concealed weapons. Democracy Now! speaks with The Intercept’s investigative reporter Lee Fang, whose recent piece is entitled “Even as a Student Movement Rises, Gun Manufacturers Are Targeting Young People.” More
          Rapist LAPD cops guilty, get 25 years prison
          Officers Nichols and Valenzuela were partner-rapists in uniform for the LAPD (LA Times)