Kamis, 28 Februari 2013

Why did the Buddhist Pope step down?

Ashley Wells, Pat Macpherson, Dhr. Seven, Wisdom Quarterly
Pedants love to preach, 14th Dalai Lama (left) and 16th Benedict Pope (WQ)
Years before the current Catholic pope (papa, "father"), Benedict the 16th (Joe Ratzinger), opted or was legally/financially persuaded, to step down, the 14th Dalai Lama (Tenzin Gyatso) left office.

Who is the Dalai Lama, and why has he not been replaced?

According to Mahayana Buddhist lore, the "Dalai Lama" is just an office. But it is different in that it is again and again occupied by the same person.

How is this possible? There are three possibilities and three explanations: the historical Gautama Buddha never left samsara (which he did); Maitreya Buddha is already here (which makes the big Relics Tour building project with its massive Maitreya a bit of an anachronism); the being being reborn is not a buddha but a bodhisattva or "buddha-to-be."

All three possibilities must be mentioned because many lay Buddhists have little to no idea what the distinction is.

Could a buddha grow tired of dealing with China, a naga (dragon) kingdom/empire/police state?

Would Maitreya Buddha arrive long before the historical Gautama Buddha is said to have said he would?

Pederasty-preaching prelate (in private) proceeds to pedantic philological pursuits.
Is the male monastic hierarchy of the Pope-King immune from the monetary and sexual scandals the papacy is infamous for? Not at all, but it certainly does not hit the press nearly as often. Nevertheless, the comparisons between Tibetan Buddhism and Roman Catholicism are striking and more than superficial:
  • Clerics reside in a Tibetan "Vatican" called the Potala Palace, in the former Himalayan empire's "Rome" or capital of Lhasa. (Like Rome and Italy, Tibet and China are semi-autonomous, one increasingly so, the other less so over time; in ancient times, Lhasa held spiritual sway from Mongolia to modern Bangladesh).
  • Its priests (bikshus), bishops (head lamas), cardinals/archbishops (rinpoches), and the head of Vajrayana (Tibetan form of "Universalism" or Mahayana) Buddhism are led by a Dalai Lama. (Other Tibetan schools, like other schools of Christianity, have their own head, such as the Panchen Lama and the Eastern Orthodox Pope).
  • The fancy hats, shimmering robes, bells, litanies, cathedrals built to enshrine humility, a church or community that seeks to control the secular as well as the spiritual...
So why did the Buddhist "pope" step down? Ultimately the reason(s) given were not unlike Ratzinger/Benedict's -- he's doing it to help the cause, help the people... and possibly to spend more quality time with their celebrity friends, spending millions in donations while giving the appearance of being ascetic at heart?
Vatican Vacancy
Suspiciously, it is not the Pope alone who is stepping down at 8:00 pm local-time today. All of those principals who might also be held to stand for the corporation (Vatican, Inc. or Holy Roman Catholic Church, Int'l.) in regard to a genocide lawsuit by indigenous Canadians or drug-money-laundering Vatican (IOR) bankers are also exiting. Therefore, the official who would step in in the event the pope had been pulled by the Judeo-Christian sky-god, YHWH/Zeus/Deus, is not there to step in, nor is his successor, nor his. There is a chancellor or proxy taking over as explained by the BBC (video).

Selasa, 26 Februari 2013

Comedy: Vatican Scandal Review (video)

Stephen Colbert, "Colbert Report" (ColbertNation.com); Wisdom Quarterly

Popewatch 2013 - Vatican Sex Parties
Media jackals take advantage of Pope Benedict's exit by spreading rumors about a secret network of gay priests and male prostitutesMore

Mushroom Magic (Paul Stamets interview)

Wisdom Quarterly; Coast to Coast (subscription) guest host John B. Wells with mycologist and author Paul Stamets (Fungi Perfecti), Feb. 16, 2013

Fly agaric Christmas mushrooms (wiki)
Mushroom expert Paul Stamets, professional mycologist, joins occasional host John B. Wells to discuss how fungi can enhance the health of our bodies, gardens, and forests. 

He attributes our limited knowledge of mushrooms to fear and their fleeting nature, which limits scientists' ability to study them. He muses that the varied effects of mushrooms -- improved health, sustenance, harm, even death -- contribute to our sense of fear: "They are so poorly understood." 

Mushroom Buddha (Mochiunagi/flickr)
However, he marvels that there are over 5,000,000 species of fungi on the planet, constituting more than half of the 10,000,000 total species on Earth of all the organisms combined. (For more on Stamets' research, see video).

He shared numerous instances where the ability of fungi to survive and thrive in extreme environments has provided insights into potential ways for them to improve life on Earth. To that end he reveals how, following the Chernobyl disaster, Ukrainian scientists observed that mushrooms in nearby forests were "hyper accumulating radioactivity" thereby decontaminating large areas of land. 
Mushroom trolls or gnomes on New Year's postcard (gnosticmedia.com)
As such, Stamets suggests that the problem of radioactive fallout facing Japan following the Fukushima disaster may be alleviated with mushrooms. He also talks about how the unique abilities of various fungi to survive could be used to provide food for exploring astronauts and terraforming (making earth-like) planets.

Mushroom garden (Bhakti Omwoods)
Beyond the environmental benefits attributed to mushrooms, Stamets details ways fungi benefit human health. For instance, his mother dealt with cancer after being given six months to live in 2009.
She supplemented deadly chemotherapy with "turkey tail" mushrooms. Today, according to Stamets, she has "no detectable tumors whatsoever," and her case has been called a "best case outcome" by cancer journals.  Furthermore, he cites studies of "lion's mane" mushroom, which was shown to reverse the symptoms of Alzheimer's in laboratory mice. 
Stamets is enthusiastic about the potential therapeutic applications of "magic" mushrooms, such as psilocybin, because research indicates that they help treat alcoholism and PTSD (post-traumatic stress disorder) calling them "medicines for the soul."
Crushing Economic Update
The show begins with financial analyst Joseph Meyer (straightmoneyanalysis.com) providing an amazing update on the US economy that runs contrary to all mainstream media reports of improvement.

Meyer argues that the US should be returned to the gold standard. He points to indicators in the job and housing markets as well as stagnant income, household debt levels, and weak consumer spending as signs that the economy continues to be troubled despite media claims of a turnaround.
He also calls the increasing consolidation of wealth by a smaller percentage of the population a "recipe for disaster" which cannot sustain itself much longer. In light of the massive gold reserve held by the United States, Meyer surmises that America will be the first nation to return to a gold-backed financial system as the global economy falters.

"Makers: Women Who Make America" (PBS)

Wisdom Quarterly; PBS.org; Makers.com

"Makers" tells the remarkable story of the Women's Movement for the first time. Built on an extraordinary archive of interviews already completed for the website makers.com, the film features the stories of those who led the fight, those who opposed it, and those -- both the famous and unknown -- caught up in its wake. More

Well Met

Because I knew I'd be in the air, I wrote this and scheduled it.

Over the past two weekends, I met and made friends with a woman who is a sexologist. As you can imagine, we had lots to talk about. Not the least of which was jerking off because it was the subject of her Master's Thesis! More succinctly, why is it so much more acceptable for males and why they seem to be so comfortable with it. Not admitting it publicly (though we are getting batter about that), but the fact is well known that we guys will play and stroke at pretty much any opportunity. I had many, many "Brava's" to dole out to her. As well as her boyfriend who seemed quite comfortable with the subject at hand and joined the conversation.

The main reason, which we agreed on, is because from the day we begin potty training we're touching and handling our cocks multiple times a day. Then, of course, there's bathing and otherwise keeping it clean - particularly if we haven't been cut.

One thing I missed tossing into the discussion was the fact that men develop so many spontaneous hard-ons. Recently, I've read a few studies which claim our "pajama pythons" - those night time erections (but, you don't wear jammies, do you? I certainly hope not!) - are caused by sexual dreams; that those waking ones are because our trouser trouts have been roused from slumber by some sexual stimulus.  Bullshit! If you dig deep enough, you discover those "studies" have been done, or have been paid for by religious do-gooder organizations in an attempt to throw us all back into the dark ages. I can say for a fact, I've woken plenty of times with my cock harder than a steel bedpost and remember dreaming of something as mundane as work.

Medical science has proven our dicks bone up because they need the oxygen in the blood. But, regardless, we can't deny that when our staffs get stiff we usually notice. Our tally-whackers talk to us - indeed they do. And the fact is, our boners can become pretty damn insistent. They nag and nag until we grab 'em by the throat.

So, it only makes sense that all those hard-ons - up to 11 during the day and up to 9 when we're asleep - will affect us, if for no other reason than trying to push, pull, or prod them into a more comfortable position. Interacting with 20 boners in a 24-hour period will indeed make a guy more comfortable in dealing with them. And, since charming the one-eyed snake can be so pleasurable, well... as the saying goes, you do the math. Is it any wonder we'll get a good grip on 'em pretty much any time, anywhere we can?

and choke 'em into submission.

Senin, 25 Februari 2013

Why is sexual abuse rampant in religion?

Pat Macpherson, Pfc. Sandoval, Seven, Ashley Wells, Wisdom Quarterly (ANALYSIS) 
The world agrees with Stewie, "These outrages will not be soon forgotten."
Orgasms...sex...? (thismodernworld.com)
Recently we asked, How gay can Vatican priests get? Just a few days later, England's top Catholic (Scotsman and homosexual cleric, Cardinal Keith O'Brien) is stepping down after accusations by fellow priests that he sexually harassed them.

It's one thing for priests, engaged in post-seminary activities, to be gay. But it seems a whole other thing for Church officials to engage in hypocritical homosexual misconduct. Not satisfied to molest boys, traffic in child pornography, and cause parishes and the Vatican to pay out millions in donations from innocent devotees, now it is revealed that higher-ups in the Church have been "indoctrinating" young priests in a lifestyle choice that ruins lives of children and clerics, as attested to by SNAP (snapnetwork.org) and other organizations.

Young men, hoping to avoid homosexual impulses/thoughts, sometimes as a result of having been molested sometimes not, may seek a higher course of life -- the "respectability" of celibacy in an all-male organization with a cohort of similarly gay-but-not-acting-on-it recruits beloved in the community and welcomed into homes with vulnerable young boys. And so the cycle continues -- men not identifying as "gay" molesting boys, who go on to live out the terrible ramifications of childhood abuse.

How does childhood trauma affect females? Tattoos, drugs, denial, and experimentation? CONTROVERSY: By definition, few homosexuals may molest children, BUT all people who molest children of the same sex are necessarily engaging in homosexuality.
Some, wishing to avoid the staid and sedentary lifestyle of bookish churchmen, instead go into the military where they are able to rape boys and young men (often killing them to conceal the sex crimes), and fellow male soldiers with almost complete immunity. The brass defends, covers up, and is certainly aware of their behavior -- often charging victims who come forward to report the crimes, in some cases charging singles with "adultery" because the man who raped them was married, as seen in "The Invisible War -- just as Church officials are seen doing. While these men commit their crimes with violence and the threat of violence, the churchmen are arguably more reprehensible for abusing and misusing "God," religion, sin, retribution, and punishment as explanations to hapless victims. Yet it is all shrouded in shame and secrecy. Unless this is uncovered, we can only expect to see more and more sexual perversion, hypermasculinity, effeminate behavior, DOMA, official Church hypocrisy, denial from the lay community, and a hatred of the body and human sexuality.

Sorts of kids Americans are killing (Blue_agava)
Sadly, these aberrations can hardly be called "aberrant" since they have been going on so long. Nor are they limited to Judeo-Christian societies. Cultures around the world have always had to deal with the natural occurrence of bisexual and homosexual behavior, and some have done so quite successfully (such as the Native American Chumash and various Asian cultures).
When it is accompanied by shame, humiliation, considered aberrant rather than normative within a range of behaviors, perversion ensues. Islam has much to answer for in this regard. Widespread homosexuality in the Iranian military, utterly denied by leaders and ordinary citizens is already well known. (Perhaps high testosterone resulting from early childhood trauma, which often entails violent acting out for what cannot be spoken or named, and androgen stimulation from military training, police training, prison guarding, boy scouting, and so on, leads to more predatory behavior. But the machismo leads to shame, denial, hypocrisy, and homophobia -- fear and loathing of the acts and impulses rather than the ordinary understanding of the word as hatred of individuals.)

Famous Afghan beauty (Nat Geo)
Prison? Prisoners -- left with a great deal of stress, testosterone, unresolved abuse (childhood and current), intimacy issues, fear, pride, and power trips to resolve -- are notorious for engaging in rape, sodomy, and violent sexual abuse. And who has more prisoners than America? The same phenomenon was seen in South Africa when so many non-Afrikaners were imprisoned that it created a cultural change of almost normalizing bisexuality. Are women not aware of what is happening, or are they in denial of what they become aware of but find painful to admit? Do they perpetuate the shame? What about non-offending men? Not surprisingly, hypermasculine men will want to stamp out "weaknesses" they perceive in themselves out of others; not able to resolve it or cope with it or assimilate it into their view of themselves, they attack others. American prison guards rape male prisoners, why? Is it homosexuality, a power trip, bisexuality, violent humiliation that ends with ejaculation? (Controversially, like Dr. Drew Pinsky, we believe that rape is mostly a sexual crime; clearly it is violent, but its motives are mostly sexual with violent elements or masking is shame using violence). Sexual abusers are well tolerated in prison so long as their practices begin in prison; anyone arrested for sex crimes, hypocritically, is targeted from the outset. Hypocrisy? The inability to assimilate the very impulses they see in others and deny in themselves?
(LINK: theworld.org)
A BBC documentary has uncovered evidence of abuse by the Afghan police force in Helmand province. Reporter Ben Anderson spent five weeks following a group of US Marines who are advising the police in Sangin district before the hand-over of power is completed there next month. He discovered evidence of some shocking behavior including corruption, kidnap, drug use, murder, and child abuse [sex trafficking]. Anchor Marco Werman speaks with Anderson about his report. More
Islam? Tonight PBS will investigate the widespread practice by Islamic Afghani police who abduct young boys and keep them as servants and homosexual rape victims or "sex slaves" (bacha bazi, baccha). Often the excuse is that the boys offer up their bodies, possibly in exchange for closeness as was reportedly the custom in ancient Greece (pederasty) with its gynasia and apprentice/mentor relationships. It is to be expected in any society that hates females, considers them "dirty," or cloistered, or the "property" of someone else that boys and young men will be abused as proxies. Why is anyone being sexually abused? If "sex" is labelled dirty, immoral, or prohibited, it will simply go underground and be denied; it will not make people chaste, particularly not adults and priests. We should have learned from childhood that closing our eyes does not make our monsters (often our relatives, neighbors, and clerics) disappear; it only makes us feel as if they have. The problem remains festering, like hydraulic fracking-chemicals, pushed down here only to pop up everywhere else. We are blind to our own sexual misconduct, but we somehow are able to see it in others such as our "enemies" the Afghanis. So let us look at the "dancing boy" phenomenon and set aside the child trafficking and male prostitution rampant in the US.

Social religion (celibate communities) and individual spirituality cannot thrive in a hypocritical environment, but they can thrive with the practice of jhana (serenity meditation).

Traveling Cock

Well, now, I sure hope you all enjoyed your weekend. I know I enjoyed mine. Good friends and good times. Watched last night's Oscar telecast and thought Seth did a commendable job. And the only real surprise - for me, anyway - was Ang Lee.

I'm going to be traveling for the next month. Yep - Month. Posts may be sporadic, but I will try to keep on track. Here's what I hope to be doing:

Though, have no fear, I'm sure there will be plenty of time for this...

Because, here at Big Whack Attack, we believe in keeping things healthy and in proper working order! Traveling should not stop you from doing what's necessary to keep your cock hard, cumming, and  in tip-top shape.

Oscars: Falling Up, Falling Down (video)

Wisdom Quarterly (EDITORIAL); Seth MacFarlane
(LINK) "For the insiders at the Oscars this kind of joke is obviously not taken seriously. But when one considers the global audience of the Oscars of upwards of two billion people, including many who know... ‘Jews control Hollywood’... that so reinforces the age-old canard about Jewish control of the film industry." More

Lawrence answers reporters
OMG, not that funny. "The Seth MacFarlane Show" went off the rails with lots of people reading long lists of names no one knows. And the "Jaws" theme only got used once, when it really should have gone to Life of Pi's Ang Lee when he beat Steven Spielberg, who created "Jaws."

The Anti-Defamation League has filed a complaint against plush toy "Ted" for an antisemitic segment (video) that had the nerve to point out that Jews are overrepresented in Hollywood and in the media (TV, radio, print, online, porn).

Lawrence helps Stewart (BusinessInsider)
But the best and worst moments may have been (Best Actress) Oscar-winner Jennifer Lawrence's elegant trip and recovery and klutzy crutchy Kristen Stewart's grueling award-presenting efforts (after her amazing sweep of the awards the day before for her sullen teenager caliber performance in the "Twilight" series) next to Harry Potter. Interestingly, tragically, "Searching for Sugar Man" beat out four socially-conscious documentaries with its light and entertaining subject matter. Amazingly, with only four or five awards of widespread interest, the show was allowed to drag on for 3.5 hours.
Naturally blond Stewart dyes it dark (Shine)
MacFarlane (creator of "Family Guy" and "American Dad" and "The Cleveland Show") was brought in to attract a younger male audience. But the Academy claims to have chosen him for his dancing and singing. Either way, it was not much of a departure from hosts like Billy Crystal. The producers will have to think of something else -- maybe combining it with the Super Bowl, Olympic figure skating, and MTV clips? A show is not a "show" if it just indulges actors with insider comments far exceeding their 15 minutes of fame. Everyone agrees, the whole thing could go a lot faster.

Kristen Stewart spotted picking up Golden Razzies the day before Oscars (guardian.co.uk)

Catholic Church gets even more gay (UK)

Wisdom Quarterly; Guardian.co.uk
Cardinal O'Brien and the church's sexual confusion: He is to resign amid allegations of inappropriate [homosexual] behavior [forcing himself on subordinate priests] (Angus Blackburn /Rex Features/Guardian.co.uk).
Cardinal Keith O'Brien, the UK's most senior Roman Catholic cleric, has resigned as the head of the Scottish Catholic church after being accused of "inappropriate acts" towards fellow priests. 

News that Pope Benedict had accepted the cardinal's resignation as archbishop of St Andrews and Edinburgh came after the Observer disclosed a series of allegations by three priests and one former priest.
Cardinal Keith O'Brien (David Cheskin/PA)
O'Brien has denied the allegations and had been expected to continue in his post as archbishop until mid-March, when he was due to retire at age 75.
However, in a statement released by the church on Monday, it emerged that the pope had accepted O'Brien's resignation a week ago, on 18 February.

In the statement, O'Brien apologized to any people he had let down and said he did not want the controversy to overshadow the election of the new pope.

"I have valued the opportunity of serving the people of Scotland and overseas in various ways since becoming a priest," he said. More

Wisdom Quarterly
No comment. Really? No. (Q: Why did the pope really retire? A: He had a stiff neck from looking the other way for so many years). Recently we asked, How gay can Vatican priests get? Just a few days later, England's top Catholic (Scotsman and homosexual cleric, Archbishop Keith O'Brien) is stepping down after accusations by fellow priests that he sexually harassed them... Read more: "Why is sexual abuse rampant in religion?"

Minggu, 24 Februari 2013

Awaken and go "Beyond Thinking" (video)

Wisdom Quarterly; "Inner Worlds, Outer Worlds," Part 4 (AwakenTheWorldFilm)

Moving beyond our pathological obsession with thinking is not about running away from the external world. It is about balancing the inner and the outer, yin and yang -- as is said, avoiding extremes. 
When the external world -- which we have created with our thoughts -- is informed by our inner world, then our world will begin to return to alignment. 
It requires effort to change these inner conditioned patterns. The effort IS happiness. Why? “There is no way to happiness; happiness is the way!”

Life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness -- we live our lives pursuing happiness "out there" as if it were a commodity. 

We have not served ourselves. We have become slaves to our desire and craving.
Happiness isn't something that can be pursued or purchased like a cheap suit.
This is Maya, "illusion," the endless play of form.
In Buddhist tradition Samsara, or the "endless cycle of suffering," is perpetuated by an compulsive craving for pleasure and aversion to pain. Freud referred to this as the "pleasure principle." 
Everything we do is an attempt to gain pleasure, something we want, or to push away something that is unpleasant, something we don't want. Even a simple organism like the paramecium does this.

This is called "response to stimulus." Unlike a paramecium, humans have more choice. We are free to think, and that is the heart of the problem. 

It is the thinking about what we want that has gotten out of control.The dilemma of modern society is that we seek to understand the world, not in terms of archaic inner-consciousness, but by quantifying and qualifying what we perceive to be the external world by using scientific means and thought.

Thinking has only led to more thinking and more questions. We seek to know the innermost forces which create the world and guide its course. But we conceive of this essence as outside ourselves, not as a living thing, intrinsic to our own nature.
It was the other famous psychiatrist Carl Jung who said:

"One who looks outside dreams;
One who looks inside awakes."
It is not wrong and harmful to desire to be awake, to be happy. What is wrong and harmful is to look for happiness outside when it can only be found inside.