Sabtu, 31 Agustus 2013

5th World Peace Pilgrimage (Sept. 1)

Wisdom Quarterly; WorldPeacePilgrimage.com

Everyone together for peace
"All faiths uniting for world peace upon a sacred mountain!" For the past four years, hundreds of people from many different faiths have come together on sacred [to the native Tongva] Mount Baldy in the San Gabriel Mountains, just east of Los Angeles,to send out a wave of love and light to the world! This inspiring and joyous event draws together local spiritual communities to walk together, sing together, and pray/meditate together in the heart of nature -- on the highest peak in the area -- for a more peaceful world. Details: WorldPeacePilgrimage.com


Who was the first to top Mt. Everest? (film)

Wisdom Quarterly; Daniel McDermon, New York Times Arts Beat Blog, Aug. 27, 2013
Mt. Everest, center (Prakash Mathema/AFP/Getty Images/nytimes.com/artsbeat)
 
The Sherpas (Kristoffer Erickson/NatGeo)
A newly restored version of a film documenting an early attempt to climb Mount Everest will be shown as part of this year’s BFI London Film Festival, the British Film Institute announced on Tuesday.

The Epic of Everest,” directed by the British explorer Capt. John Noel, followed the 1924 expedition led by George Mallory, in which both Mallory and another climber, Andrew Irvine, died.
 
It remains unknown whether Mallory and Irvine  made it to Everest’s summit before they disappeared -- for if they did, they would have beaten Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay by nearly 30 years. 
 
The 1924 attempt was the third British-led expedition to Everest. Noel also filmed and photographed the second expedition, in 1922. For the 1924 effort, according to a report in The Times, Noel used four cameras, aiming to capture “the fascination of those secluded, lofty, divinely beautiful mountains of Tibet and the implacable majesty of the supreme mountain herself.” More

To save all beings from Hell (Ksitigarbha)

Dr. Rei-Rei, Ashley Wells, Dhr. Seven, Wisdom Quarterly; Web.singnet.com.sg UPDATED
Ksitigarbha Bodhisattva helping beings out of the many hells (namo-amituofuo)


INTRODUCTION
Poetry, metaphor, and myth can often express the most profound ethical, psychological, and spiritual insights and aspirations of a people or culture in a way that communicates to the imagination more immediately than a literal narrative may.
 
The impact of these literary forms lies not only in the written word, but also resonates on other more subtle waves. Perhaps they communicate more to the heart or the intuition than strictly to the intellect.
Whatever the reason, great works like India's Vedas, and Upanishads, the Mahabharata, and the Bhagavad-Gita, the Greek myths and epics, the Tao Te Ching, Zen koans and poems -- earth-treasures such as these have all helped to shape the thinking of whole civilizations for hundreds even thousands of years and thus have influenced the histories and the destinies of the peoples who inspired and absorbed them.
 
The Mahayana Buddhist discourses belong to this class of inspired world literature, giving expression as they do to many noble truths and -- with some, like the Heart Sutra, the Diamond Sutra, and the Flower Garland (Avatamsaka) Sutra -- attempting to express in a few words ultimate truths: "Form is emptiness, emptiness is form," "All that we see is a product of the mind," "All living beings are of a nature with the potential to awaken" (or become buddhas because they have an innate "Buddha Nature").
 
The Bodhisattva Ksitigarbha Vow Sutra is presented here, and whether viewed as literal, mythical, or perhaps somewhere between the two, it can take its own unique place among the sutras -- its ever-present underlying theme expressing the great universal truths of love, compassion, and interdependent responsibility for all beings.
 
The Bodhisattva Ksitigarbha Vow Sutra
Ksitigarbha and the Great Vow (HL Wang)
This Mahayana sutra was first translated from Sanskrit into Chinese in the 7th century A.C.E. T'ang Dynasty. The English here has been faithfully translated directly from the original archaic Chinese. In China this sutra has for hundreds of years been one of the most well-known and popular Buddhist sutras. But compared to such bodhisattvas as Avalokiteshvara and Manjushri, the name Ksitigarbha (Kishitigarba) appears to be relatively unknown in the West. 
 
According to one Chinese authority on Ksitigarbha, the reason for this obscurity lies in an ancient prophecy foretelling that this sutra would not be known outside of China and Tibet for 2,500 years after the time of Buddha -- until the Dharma-Ending Age -- our present age -- which would be ready to receive and understand it.
 
The sutra would then be revealed and spread to distant lands. Regardless of any mystique surrounding this explanation, the fact is that together with Avalokiteshvara, Manjushri, and Samantabhadra, Ksitigarbha is one of the most revered and celebrated bodhisattvas in China. Respectively, they personify the four basic Mahayana qualities of Great Compassion, Great Wisdom, Great Meritorious Deeds and, in Ksitigarbha, the Great Vow -- the vow to save all sentient beings, including hungry ghosts and beings in the hell(s).
 
Kwan Yin, Bodhisattva Avalokiteshvara, 1000 limbs to do all things (tibet-phala.com)
 
The literal translation of the Bodhisattva's Sanskrit name is "Earth-Store." The name in one sense indicates that any undesirable or troublesome thoughts "stored" or hidden deep in one's mind or heart may be uncovered and released with the help of Ksitigarbha's power -- thereby freeing the person from their negative influence.

A less literal translation, which more accurately communicates its complex significance to Western readers, could be to render it as "Earth-Treasure." In this freer sense his name expresses the many marvelous aspects of the Earth and his mysterious connection with it: The Earth is vast, it supports all [kinds of] living beings, it is impartial, it receives life-giving rain, it produces trees and crops, it holds all planted seeds which will ultimately ripen and come to fruition, it holds many treasures, it produces medicines for suffering humanity, it is not moved by storms.
 
Earth
Kwan Yin, Bodhisattva of Compassion (wiki)
And the Earth (Sanskrit, Bhumi), too, is in its own way a sentient being. The Earth-Treasure Bodhisattva has a deep relationship with human beings of the Earth and, moreover, with those "below" it -- the hungry ghosts (pretas) and hell beings (narakas). Because these are the most difficult to raise into a more fortunate condition, due to their previous unwholesome actions, and because of his past vow to save them all, Ksitigarbha has been known as the Teacher of the Dark Regions.
 
"If I do not go to hell to help them, who else will go?" is the famous declaration popularly attributed to Ksitigarbha. No matter what the crime or the karma, he is willing to have a connection with any being and to help free anyone from suffering.
 
The sutra is fundamentally a teaching concerning karmic retribution, graphically describing the consequences one creates for oneself by committing undesirable actions.
 
This is especially for the benefit of future beings in the Dharma-Ending Age in order to help these beings avoid making the mistakes that will cause them to be reborn in a low condition. With the motivation to help suffering beings always in mind, the sutra is [structured as] a discourse given by the Buddha in praise of the Bodhisattva Ksitigarbha and his heroic vow, and of the benefits one can receive from honoring Ksitigarbha and reading the sutra.

Presented in the form of a seemingly mythic dialogue between the Buddha and Ksitigarbha, the teaching takes place in a certain heaven called Trayastrimsa ("The World of the Thirty-Three"), in front of a vast multitude of buddhas, bodhisattvas, devas, and spirits [i.e., pretas, asuras, nagas, yakshas]. Immediately prior to his departure from this world, the Buddha manifested in Trayastrimsa so that he might repay the kindness of his mother who dwelt there by speaking the Dharma on her behalf.

[This would mean that, if it happened, it would have happened in the few moments before reclining into into final nirvana, Earth time, when the Buddha briefly traversed the meditative absorptions called dhyanas/jhanas. See The Last Days of the Buddha (DN 16).]

Ksitigarbha Sutra/《地藏王菩薩的故事》(3D 動畫/lifetv.org.tw/生命基金會)
 
So from another aspect the sutra deals with filial responsibility -- not only between oneself and one's parents, but also in an ultimate sense of a universal code of duty or responsibility for all living beings, all of whom a bodhisattva regards with the same kindness, consideration, and respect one would accord to one's own parents. This, together with the practice of acts for the good of all, is the Bodhisattva's vision. More

Jumat, 30 Agustus 2013

Cure Cancer: Convention Weekend

ALTERNATIVE THERAPIES: 41st ANNUAL CANCER CONVENTION
Pat Macpherson, Wisdom Quarterly; CancerControlSociety.com
OPEN TO ALL: August 31, September 1 and 2, 2013, Sheraton Universal City, California

(En)JO(y) Your Dick

I got an email from a Faithful Reader, who asked how he could get back to the times when jacking off was something exciting. Something special. Now, his is a special case because he still resides with his parents. He doesn't have the freedom when he pops wood, to drop trou, and have at it. Even in his bed at night doesn't provide much opportunity for fear he'll be heard or found out.



That appendage, hanging there between your legs was made to function in a manner meant to provide pleasure. We are meant to ENJOY it; it's that sensation of pleasure that keeps the population growing faster than our peckers would bone up when we were young.

When was the last time you kicked back and really put the Y back into JO? Like any other sexual activity, whacking off can come to seem ... uneventful, boring; something you do to relieve a case of the hornies. And, we all go through periods where things, even trivialities, take our attentions away from our dicks and we ignore them. Well, it's the purpose of this blog to entertain while getting you to take proper care of that package in your pants. But, it's also to help you enjoy that package. Now, if your typical MO to JO is wrapping a fist around the shaft and stroking to pound out a load ... don't do that.



Change things up a bit.



Stand in front of a mirror and watch your cock slide through your hand. Or, maybe put together a make-shift masturbation sleeve: A large zip-lock baggie, closed, with a corner cut out just large enough to poke your pecker in. Lube up (even plain old cooking oil does the trick), and slide the baggie over your boner. Now you can place your cock between a couple of pillows, or the cushions of the couch, or even the mattress and box springs of your bed and thrust as you were fucking some hot-looker you ran into on the nude beach. Or, go to a secluded wooded area, or high-grass field, drop trou, and truly (en)jo(y) your dick for a change.






Do yourself a favor. Take an hour or two (or more!) for yourself. Tell the spouse, partner, significant other, or whomever it is you share a domicile, you just need a little time to yourself. Send them out on a trumped up shopping trip, or to see a movie you know they'd like but you have no interest in; just get them out of your hair for a few hours. If they won't leave, tell them to leave you alone, go into the bedroom, shut the door, and get naked.



Take the time to rediscover the sensations and sensuousness of your body. To cum doesn't have to be your goal - but if it winds up happening, consider it a great bonus! Lie back and lightly run your hands over every inch you can easily and comfortably reach; your stomach, abs, chest, inner thighs, sides, nape of your neck and throat, your whole face. Massage your balls and peineum, wet your index finger and trace the ridge of your cockhead, tickle the frenulum - that little stretch of skin on the underside. Run a wet fingertip in circles around your nipples. Suck on your fingers while you play with your cock.



Pay attention to each and every sensation on each and every inch that you touch. Revel in the feeling. Be aware that your cock is rip-roaring hard and throbbing, that your nipples are hard, that the pre-cum is dripping and creating a pool of warm, slippery liquid. Run the head of your dick through it.



If you decide you need, or want, to cum, pay attention to it. Know that it's happening and how good it can feel. Be aware of the gathering engorgement of your erection, the lifting of your nuts, sense each sudden enlargement and spasm of the cock shaft and prostate as it sends spurts of hot jizz rocketing up through the shaft. Follow the sensation each time it blasts up through the head and shoots free. Feel the hot wetness of it as it splatters across your body.



As the geysers of cum subside to a slow flow, keep slowly stroking up and down. Note the slippery feel of the skin on the shaft as your hand slides over your hard-on. Cup and gently massage your balls as they lower back down. As your boner begins to wilt, don't clean up. Lie there. Enjoy the release of tension, the heightened sensitivity of your body. Slide the head of your dick back and forth, playing in the warm pools of cum. 




Then just lie there and relax.


That's putting the Y back into JO. That's (en)jo(ying) your dick.




Come, enlightenment, come! (video)

Dev, Dhr. Seven, Amber Larson, Wisdom Quarterly
The light of wisdom dawns with enlightenment in the cave of the mind (Leyinkeu/flickr)
Angels may be dumb but even they wouldn't fall for toxic, synthetic AXE, no way! Новый ролик о приключениях ангелов AXE на земле! But they might fall over from the stench.

What, my beauty is going to fade?!
I was surrounded by angels (devis). They're beautiful, but they're dumb. Come, enlightenment, come. Try to get over this or that one, like Nanda and the celestial nymphs far surpassing their human kin, far beyond; it's no fun. Come, enlightenment, come. Even these are rotting, too, hurtling toward destruction, aging, fading, amounting to rinsed scum. Come, enlightenment, come. When I behold the impure, the foul, the disgusting, it wipes away all my lust, sends it headlong into oblivion. Come, enlightenment, come!


Enlightenment will not come from petitioning. Neither rule nor ritual will successfully lead to the final goal. There are two ingredients, and one is calm. The other is insight into the Round, the wheel of dependent origination. Insight on top of serenity, right-samadhi and clear-seeing, is all there needs to be.

Kamis, 29 Agustus 2013

A Rising Barometer


It wasn't until some time in the 1990's that medicine began to discover what all those boners were about. And it was from that discovery they learned that we guys have a built-in barometer: Our cocks. In meteorology, a rising barometer is a sign of a high pressure system moving in - typically meaning clear, sunny weather ahead. In men, it's a sign of high pressure moving into our pricks - typically meaning a good time ahead.


Barring any major medical, such as prostatectomy (and even now, some surgeons are able to successfully spare the nerve bundle), your cock is your personal barometer of overall health. Getting good, solid, rock-hard erections?


Chances are, you're in pretty good shape.

Winning a cooked pasta contest with your cock?


Well, that could be a signal there's something wrong - and not necessarily with your willy. Diabetes, high blood pressure, any number of health issues may be lurking. My own flagging pole - though I didn't know it at the time - was trying to tell me something was amiss. Even when we know we're ill, with a cold or the flu, say, our dicks can get knocked into the dirt about as fast as getting a kick in the balls during a pick-up game.

It's important to know what the underlying issue might be. Chronic dick dysfunction can lead to depression, which only serves to exacerbate the problem.


Pay attention to your pecker - it's always talking to you. You simply need to listen.


So, how about it? Is your Barometer rising?

Yosemite, Marijuana, D.C. burning (video)



 
Devi in fairy ring
(SCPR, Aug. 28, 2013) Time-lapse photography shows various perspectives of the 2013 Rim Fire, as viewed from Yosemite National Park. The first part of this video is from the Crane Flat Helibase. The fire is currently burning in wilderness and is not immediately threatening visitors or employees. The second half of the video is from Glacier Point, overlooking Yosemite Valley, illustrating how little the smoke from the fire has impacted the Valley. More

Quiet forests are the haunts of Bhumi devas (Earth spirits) who live dependent on trees.
 
Men, Women, and Depression
Fact: Women are diagnosed with depression at twice the rate that men are. But a surprising study of 5,692 people that was published this week in the medical journal JAMA Psychiatry shows that men actually suffer from depression nearly as often as women do. So how have doctors and therapists been missing the signs? More

March on Washington, 1963: "I Have a Dream" speech in brief (MLK)

Feds won't stop pot use legalized by states
Cultivation on public land is ruining our forests (Justin Sullivan/Getty Images/SCPR.org)
 
Why is it so easy to get despite the "war"?
Despite 75 years of fabricated federal marijuana prohibition [on behalf of oil and other business interests], the Justice Department said today that states can let people use the drug, license people to grow it, and even allow adults to stroll into stores and buy it -- as long as the weed is kept away from kids, the black market and federal property.
 
These are the eight issues the Justice Department says must be addressed by states:
  • Preventing marijuana from getting to minors.
  • Keeping money from marijuana sales from going to criminal enterprises, gangs, and cartels. [Relocate those profits to corporate coffers.]
  • Preventing pot from states where it's legal from getting into states where it remains criminalized.
  • Preventing state-authorized marijuana activity from being used as a cover for trafficking in other illegal drugs or activity.
  • Preventing violence and the use of firearms in the growing and distribution of pot.
  • Preventing people from driving while stoned and other "adverse public health consequences associated with marijuana use."
  • Preventing marijuana from being grown on public lands.
  • Preventing pot possession on federal property. [The police state has its own interests to protect and laws to enforce so that we are never safe from a two-tiered legal system.]
In a sweeping new policy statement prompted by pot legalization votes in Washington state and Colorado last fall, the department gave the green light to states... More

Animal longevity

Fortune Telling Follies (interactive video)

Pat Macpherson, Seven, Wisdom Quarterly; Dhammacaro (Buddhapadipa.org); SMPFilms
WARNING: For entertainment purposes only!
 
"My, what good luck you have!"
Many people believe in fortune telling. Some rely on it so much that they get into trouble. If we believe and rely on something too much, we can easily get stuck and life is unable to move forward. A famous Chinese story illustrates this.
 
Once upon a time a man believed in fortune telling so much that he based his entire life on it. Whatever he wanted to do, he first had to check for auspicious signs and omens.

Ven. Sivali, the master of good fortune
He taught the same to his family. Then one day before undertaking a business deal, he checked, and certain signs revealed that he should not go outdoors. So he tried to go out a window instead. He fell and broke his leg. He shouted, “Son, my leg, my leg! Take me to the doctor!”
 
“One moment!” the son replied. Then he shouted down, “Sorry, father, it’s really not a good day to visit a doctor! We’ll go another day!” There was, of course, nothing the father could say or do. For luck’s sake, he lay crippled in agony.
 
If we believe and rely on something too much, we begin to lack self-confidence, we become dependent, and we train ourselves with this conditioning. Life becomes insecure, difficult, and unreliable. If we lived by wisdom, virtue, and confidence instead, we would know what to do to be successful in our affairs. This would pave the way to our happiness, independence, and prosperity.

Adventures in real life
Buddhist good luck charms and magical amulets, Thailand (Johan Denker/flickr)

A Buddhist altar (Mitjoruohoniemi/flickr)
The psychic said, Come here, do this, like this, while you say this. Now pose your question sincerely. I kneeled at the shrine before Kwan Yin, Amitabha, and Maha Sthamaprapta. "What do you mean sincerely?" I whispered. Don't test, don't joke, don't do it for amusement. I asked my question: "What can I do to make [it] happen?" Then I asked, "Now what?" Reach in this glass jar, pull a ball which will give you a number, then go to these little drawers to locate a numbered scroll. I unravelled the scroll but could not read the Chinese characters. "What does it say?" This is very auspicious, very lucky, you have very good karma!

"How can you be sure?" These characters are a scale of likelihood -- high, middling, or low. Within each is a ranking -- high, middling, or low. Yours is high-highest! It is sure to happen, and it will come to pass because of your good karma. "But what can I do to make it happen?" Make what happen? "Make my wish come true?" Whatever your aspiration, it will surely happen. "Wait right here," I asked the psychic. Then I walked over to another woman in another room. "What does this say?" She read the same thing, only adding that whether it regarded marriage, career, or money, this was as good a sign as one could hope for. "But what do I need to do?" It will happen due to your good karma. "Past or present?" Both. Hmm.

Luck or Karma?
Dr. R.L. Soni, Bhikkhu Khantipalo, "Life's Highest Blessings" (Maha Mangala Sutta)
A deva ("shining one") asks the Buddha for illumination on the subject of luck




Ven. Sivali (thaiamulets.com)
In ancient Indian society at the time of the Buddha (as now), people were addicted to superstitions about omens of good and bad luck, divided on their nature and implications. So it was natural that someone asked the Buddha.
 
His words of wisdom were already an immense success not only with ordinary people but with those in positions of power and those of great learning.
 
The views expressed by the Enlightened One in the Maha Mangala Sutra are a masterpiece of practical wisdom. This discourse was recited at the First Buddhist Council by Ven. Ananda, the attendant and cousin of the Buddha who had memorized the Buddha's discourses.
 
It is a charter in outline of responsibility, social obligations, purification of virtue, and spiritual cultivation. Within a dozen stanzas are included profound counsels and golden rules, which point the way of life's journey to reach perfect harmony, love, peace, and security. One favorite stanza on karma reads, "Acts of giving, wholesome living,/Relatives and kin supporting,/Actions blameless pursuing:/This is the highest blessing!" More
 

Beautiful Travel Photos?

My Chi Chi Sticks Tell Me So (video)

CC Liu, Seven, Wisdom Quarterly; Wiki edits 1, 2; Sheila Simkin (TravelsWithSheila.com)


Compassionate Kwan Yin (Vaniaragageles)
Kau Chim is a fortune telling practice that originated in ancient China. A person asking a question requests an answer through divination using a sacred oracle lot.
 
The practice is often performed in Buddhist and Taoist temples in front of an altar of shared deified bodhisattvas (savior aspirants). Kau Chim are often referred to as Chim Tong ("Request a Sticks" made of 78 red-colored bamboo slats with mysterious characters with a number and 78 corresponding written oracle outcomes) or Chinese Fortune Sticks by Westerners. In the United States a version has been sold since 1915 under the name Chi Chi Sticks. They are also known as "The Oracle of Kwan Yin" in Mahayana Buddhist tradition.

Fortune Telling
Seven is lucky, so very lucky.
Chinese fortune telling, better known as suan ming (算命, literally "fate calculating") has utilized many divination techniques through various dynastic periods. Many methods are still practiced in mainland China, Taiwan, and Hong Kong. Some of these have moved into Korean, Japanese, and Vietnamese cultures under other names. For example Saju in Korea is the same as the Chinese four pillar method.
 
The oldest accounts about the practice of divination describe it as a measure for "solving doubts." For example, an "examination of doubts" 稽疑 is conceived as part of the "Great Plan," 洪範).
 
Kwan Yin Bodhisattva
Two well known methods of divination included 卜 (on tortoise shells) and shì 筮 (on stalks of the milfoil plant, shī 蓍). Those methods were sanctioned as royal practices since the Shang and Zhou Dynasties. Divination of the xiang 相 type (by "appearance" of human body parts, animals, etc.), however, was sometimes criticized as Xunzi, "against divination." Apparently, it was part of medical and veterinary practices and necessary in match-making and marketing choices. A number of divination techniques also developed around astronomical observations and burial practices (e.g., Feng shui and Guan Lu).

Adventures in real life


Chi Chi Sticks, Hong Kong (Ted Chan/wiki)
(Sheila Simpkin)  A large Taoist temple sits one block east of Qingjing Mosque. Shriveled women beggars stand in front prodding one strong bony finger into the arms of passersby, poking away while asking for money. I abhor being poked. It frightens, and it hurts. They never bother the men. I take the Way of the Tao (i.e., path of least resistance) practically running into the temple. I am instructed in the proper way to pray, select Chi Chi Sticks to divine my fortune by a woman who "reads" them, then walk outside where men are sitting on small stools waiting for customers to tell their fortunes. It was altogether fun even if we did not like our fortunes. More poking, more prodding, and more running. Whatever happened to the soothsayers of old with their, "You will have a long life and be very wealthy"?
Alan Watts: Taoism
British-born California Zen Buddhist teacher Alan Watts on Asian Philosophies and the Tao