Friday, June 24, 2016

Buddhist Summer School: Lesson 5 (audio)

Bhikkhu Bodhi (BM/BAUS); Dhr. Seven, Ashley Wells, Amber Larson, CC Liu, Wisdom Quarterly
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Wisdom Quarterly's Buddhist Summer School started Monday, June 20, 2016. It is open to all and taught by our principal teacher, American monk Bhikkhu Bodhi. Place a note in the comments section.
 
How can I learn Buddhism in one summer?
American scholar-monk Bhikkhu Bodhi is the famous translator of many Buddhist sutra collections into English.

He created a series of ten recordings on the fundamentals of what the Buddha taught. Those audio lessons are linked below.
 
The series, "The Buddha's Teaching: As It Is," can also be streamed online HERE (free).
 
TEN AUDIO LECTURES
  1. The Buddha
  2. The Four Noble Truths
  3. The True Nature of Existence
  4. Dependent Origination
  5. Rebirth and Karma
  6. Nirvana
  7. The Noble Eightfold Path
  8. Meditation
  9. The Social Teachings of Buddha
  10. The Sangha
    Lesson 5: Rebirth and Karma
    "The Buddha's Teaching As It Is" by Bhikkhu Bodhi (bodhimonastery.org)

    Secrets of the pyramids finally revealed

    (Lexxtex 293) THE HIDDEN SECRET OF THE GREAT PYRAMID"S CONSTRUCTION UNCOVERED
     
    The Great Pyramid of Giza (aka Pyramid of Khufu or Pyramid of Cheops) is the oldest and largest of the three pyramids in the Giza necropolis bordering what is now El Giza, Egypt.

    It is the oldest of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World and the only one to remain largely intact. Egyptologists believe that the pyramid was built as a tomb for fourth dynasty Egyptian Pharaoh Khufu (Cheops in Greek) over a 10 to 20-year period concluding around 2560 BCE.

    Initially at 146.5 meters (481 feet), the Great Pyramid was the tallest human structure in the world for over 3,800 years. Originally, it was covered by casing stones that formed a smooth outer surface of the underlying core structure we see. Some of the casing stones that once covered the structure can still be seen around the base.

    There have been varying scientific and alternative theories about the Great Pyramid's construction techniques. Most accepted construction hypotheses are based on the idea that it was built by moving huge stones from a quarry and dragging and lifting them into place. These theories are based on false assumptions.


    There are three known chambers inside. The lowest chamber is cut into the bedrock upon which the pyramid was built and unfinished. The so-called Queen's Chamber and King's Chamber are higher up in the structure.

    The Great Pyramid of Giza is the only pyramid in Egypt known to contain both ascending and descending passages. The main part of the Giza complex is a setting of buildings that included two mortuary temples in honor of Khufu (one close to the pyramid and one near the Nile), three smaller pyramids for Khufu's wives, an even smaller "satellite" pyramid, a raised causeway connecting the two temples, and small mastaba tombs surrounding the pyramid for nobles.

    Khufu's vizier, Hemon or Hemiunu, is believed by some to be the architect of the Great Pyramid. It is thought that the Great Pyramid was originally 280 Egyptian cubits tall, 146.5 meters (480.6 ft) but with erosion and absence of its pyramidion, its present height is 138.8 meters (455.4 ft).

    The volume, including an internal hillock, is roughly 2,500,000 cubic meters. Based on these estimates, building this in 20 years would involve installing approximately 800 tonnes of stone every day.

    Similarly, since it consists of an estimated 2.3 million blocks, completing the building in 20 years would involve moving an average of more than 12 of the blocks into place each hour, day and night. The first precision measurements of the pyramid were made by Egyptologist Sir Flinders Petrie in 1880-82 and published as The Pyramids and Temples of Gizeh.

    Almost all reports are based on his measurements. Many of the casing stones and inner chamber blocks of the Great Pyramid were fit together with extremely high precision. Based on measurements taken on the north eastern casing stones, the mean opening of the joints is only 0.5 millimeters wide (1/50th of an inch).
    LEXXTEXThe "User's Manual" to watch the chapters in the following order says the chapters are: The Two Enigmas of the Great Pyramid, The Genius of the Builders (5th Year) NOTE: The Genius of the Builders (14th and 15th years) are missing in the 39 min long first video, so stop after Year 5 and go to these two missing videos before returning to the main video. The Genius of the Builders (14th Year - different video), The genius of the builders (15th year - different video) then return to the main video.  Seventy Days to be Reborn, The Paths to Eternity, The Great Pyramid seen from the sky.

      Thursday, June 23, 2016

      Buddhist Summer School: Lesson 4 (audio)

      Bhikkhu Bodhi (BM/BAUS); Dhr. Seven, Ashley Wells, Amber Larson, CC Liu, Wisdom Quarterly
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      Wisdom Quarterly's Buddhist Summer School started Monday, June 20, 2016. It is open to all and taught by our principal teacher, American monk Bhikkhu Bodhi. Place a note in the comments section.
       
      How can I learn Buddhism in one summer?
      American scholar-monk Bhikkhu Bodhi is the famous translator of many Buddhist sutra collections into English.

      He created a series of ten recordings on the fundamentals of what the Buddha taught. Those audio lessons are linked below.
       
      The series, "The Buddha's Teaching: As It Is," can also be streamed online HERE (free).
       
      TEN AUDIO LECTURES
      1. The Buddha
      2. The Four Noble Truths
      3. The True Nature of Existence
      4. Dependent Origination
      5. Rebirth and Karma
      6. Nirvana
      7. The Noble Eightfold Path
      8. Meditation
      9. The Social Teachings of Buddha
      10. The Sangha
        Lesson 4: Dependent Origination
        "The Buddha's Teaching As It Is" by Bhikkhu Bodhi (BodhiMonastery.org)

        Wednesday, June 22, 2016

        Buddhist Summer School: Lesson 3 (audio)

        Bhikkhu Bodhi (BM/BAUS); Dhr. Seven, Ashley Wells, Amber Larson, CC Liu, Wisdom Quarterly

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        Wisdom Quarterly's Buddhist Summer School started Monday, June 20, 2016. It is open to all and taught by our principal teacher, American monk Bhikkhu Bodhi. Place a note in the comments section.

        How can I learn Buddhism in one summer?
        American scholar-monk Bhikkhu Bodhi is the famous translator of many Buddhist sutra collections into English.

        He created a series of ten recordings on the fundamentals of what the Buddha taught. Those audio lessons are linked below.

        The series, "The Buddha's Teaching: As It Is," can also be streamed online HERE (free).

        TEN AUDIO LECTURES
        1. The Buddha
        2. The Four Noble Truths
        3. The True Nature of Existence
        4. Dependent Origination
        5. Rebirth and Karma
        6. Nirvana
        7. The Noble Eightfold Path
        8. Meditation
        9. The Social Teachings of Buddha
        10. The Sangha
          Lesson 3: The True Nature of Existence
          "The Buddha's Teaching As It Is" by Bhikkhu Bodhi (bodhimonastery.org)

          Tuesday, June 21, 2016

          Buddhist Summer School: Lesson 2 (audio)

          Bhikkhu Bodhi (BM/BAUS); Dhr. Seven, Ashley Wells, Amber Larson, CC Liu, Wisdom Quarterly

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          Wisdom Quarterly's Buddhist Summer School started Monday, June 20, 2016. It is open to all and taught by our principal teacher, American monk Bhikkhu Bodhi. Place a note in the comments section.

          How can I learn Buddhism in one summer?
          American scholar-monk Bhikkhu Bodhi is the famous translator of many Buddhist sutra collections into English.

          He created a series of ten recordings on the fundamentals of what the Buddha taught. Those audio lessons are linked below.

          The series, "The Buddha's Teaching: As It Is," can also be streamed online HERE (free).

          TEN AUDIO LECTURES
          1. The Buddha
          2. The Four Noble Truths
          3. The True Nature of Existence
          4. Dependent Origination
          5. Rebirth and Karma
          6. Nirvana
          7. The Noble Eightfold Path
          8. Meditation
          9. The Social Teachings of Buddha
          10. The Sangha
            Lesson 2: The Four Noble Truths
            "The Buddha's Teaching As It Is" by Bhikkhu Bodhi (bodhimonastery.org)

            Dalai Lama: gun control, Orlando, climate

            SFGate.com; Ashley Wells, CC Liu, Wisdom Quarterly

            SACRAMENTO, California - In front of state lawmakers weighing a slate of gun-control measures, the Dalai Lama said Monday [June 20, 2016] that ending violence requires inner disarmament and an education system that focuses on teaching moral values, compassion and what it means to be a global citizen.

            In a speech to lawmakers in the state Capitol, the Tibetan spiritual leader called a sense of community “the basis of our own happy future.”

            (Scott Strazzante, The Chronicle)
            His comments came in the wake of the mass shooting in Orlando and the deadly attack in San Bernardino in December, which led California lawmakers to introduce more than a dozen gun-control bills.

            Real gun control must come from here,” the Dalai Lama said, pointing at his heart.
             
            The Nobel Peace Prize laureate also spoke to the Legislature of the need to care for the planet and the threat of climate change -- a hallmark concern for Gov. Jerry Brown -- in an address that diverged widely from his prepared comments. More


            Dalai Lama shares thoughts on Islam, gun control
            Dalai Lama arrives at California Capitol

            VIDEO: Dalai Lama addresses joint session of California Legislature
            Prayer for Orlando. Boisterous reception. Exiled Tibetan leader expected to discuss compassion, ethical leadership. This is his first visit to Sacramento (state capital) after plans for 2009 visit fell through. But the legislative address was closed to public. More
             
            Tenzin Desel, 13, Tenzin Yega, 11, Tenzin Kunsang, 8, from El Cerrito wait to welcome the Dalai Lama at the Legislature in Sacramento, California (Scott Strazzante, The Chronicle).

            International Yoga Day (PHOTOS)

            IDayOfYoga.com; NBCnews.com; Ashley Wells, Dhr. Seven, CC Liu, Wisdom Quarterly
            (YogaBreakDancing) Guys can do yoga, and this guy can dance, too! (YAM)
            Extreme yoga poses in extremely beautiful locations to be at one with (curiousphotos)
            Approaching levitation: yoga poses utilize balance, strength, and flexibility (yogaatmines).
            Full lotus, deep in samadhi? There is no need to breathe in 4th jhana (geekroom.com)
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            4,000 Indian schoolchildren celebrate International Yoga Day in Chennai on June 20 (Summer Solstice). Yoga means "union" in Sanskrit. Millions of people twisted their bodies in complex positions in celebration of International Yoga Day on Tuesday. ARUN SANKAR / AFP - Getty Images

            People participate in a yoga class during the 14th Annual Solstice in Times Square event in New York City, June 20. Last year, the United Nations proclaimed June 21 as International Day of Yoga. SHANNON STAPLETON/Reuters.
              

            Central Armed Police Forces' Sashastra Seema Bal personnel practice yoga at Lal Parade Ground for World Yoga Day in Bhopal, India, on June 19. India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi urged people to make yoga a part of their lives, saying the practice — which began in ancient India — doesn't differentiate between the rich and poor, and it is accessible to all.  SANJEEV GUPTA/EPA.

            Enthusiasts perform yoga breathing exercises in Makati, Philippines, on June 18. MARK R. CRISTINO/EPA.
            People practice yoga on a glass sightseeing platform on the outskirts of Beijing, China, on June 20. CHINA STRINGER NETWORK/Reuters.
             
            Muslim students practice yoga at the N. H. English Academy in Mumbai, India on June 20. DIVYAKANT SOLANKI/EPA.
            Yoga enthusiasts practice yoga in the central Gorky park in Minsk, Belarus, on June 19. Different Yoga organizations in Minsk offered joint exercises to mark the International Day of Yoga. TATYANA ZENKOVICH/EPA.
              
            Malaysian yoga practitioners perform yoga exercises at the iconic Sultan Abdul Samad building in Kuala Lumpur on June 21. MANAN VATSYAYANA/AFP - Getty Images.
             
            Indian yoga practitioners participate in a rehearsal for International Yoga Day on Rajpath in New Delhi on June 19. CHANDAN KHANNA/AFP - Getty Images. More

            What is human life? (Buddhist sutra)

            Ashley Wells, Amber Larson, Dhr. Seven (eds.), Wisdom Quarterly based on translation by Ven. Thanissaro/Geoffrey DeGraff (Wat Metta) of the Arakenanusasani Sutra (AN 7.70)
            The largest Buddha statue in Thailand, Wat Muang (KrunjaPhotography/flickr.com)
             
            The Buddha taught: "Meditators, once there was a teacher named Araka, an [ancient Brahmin] teacher who was free of passion for sensual pleasures.
             
            "He had many hundreds of students and he taught them dharma in this way:

            "'The life of a human being, Brahmins, is next to nothing -- limited, trifling, full of disappointments and despair. One should touch this [truth] like a sage, do what is skillful, follow the high life. For one born here is not free of death.
             
            "'Just as a dewdrop on the tip of a blade of grass quickly vanishes with the rising of the sun and lasts but a brief time, in the same way, Brahmins, human life is like a dewdrop -- limited, trifling, full of disappointments and despair. One should touch this [truth] like a sage, do what is skillful, follow the high life. For one born here is not free of death.
             
            "'Just as when the rain-gods (weather modifying devas) send rain in fat drops, and a bubble on the water quickly vanishes and lasts but a brief time, in the same way, Brahmins, human life is like a water bubble -- limited, trifling, full of disappointments and despair. One should touch this [truth] like a sage, do what is skillful, follow the high life. For one born here is not free of death.

            Even Araka knew: Human life is like a line drawn in the water; it quickly vanishes (WQ).
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            "'Just as a line drawn on water with a stick quickly vanishes and lasts but a brief time, in the same way, Brahmins, human life is like a line drawn on water with a stick -- limited, trifling, full of disappointments and despair. One should touch this [truth] like a sage, do what is skillful, follow the high life. For one who is born here has no freedom from death.
             
            "'Just as a river flows down from the mountains, goes far, its current swift, carrying everything with it, so that there is not a moment, not an a second, not an instant when it stands still, but instead it goes and rushes and flows, in the same way, Brahmins, human life is like a river flowing down from the mountains -- limited, trifling, full of disappointments and despair. One should touch this [truth] like a sage, do what is skillful, follow the high life. For one born here is not free of death.

            The Buddha weeks after enlightenment sought out and found the Five Ascetics to teach.
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            "'Just as a strong man forming a drop of spit on his tongue would spit it out with little effort, in the same way, Brahmins, human life is like a drop of spit -- limited, trifling, full of disappointments and despair. One should touch this [truth] like a sage, do what is skillful, follow the high life. For one born here is not free of death.

            "'Just as a sliver of meat thrown onto a red hot iron pan heated all day quickly shrivels and vanishes and lasts but a brief time, in the same way, Brahmins, human life is like a sliver of meat -- limited, trifling, full of disappointments and despair. One should touch this [truth] like a sage, do what is skillful, follow the high life. For one born here is not free of death.

            "'Just as a cow being led to slaughter with every footstep comes closer to slaughter, closer to death, in the same way, Brahmins, human life is like a cow being led to slaughter -- limited, trifling, full of disappointments and despair. One should touch this [truth] like a sage, do what is skillful, follow the high life. For one born here is not free of death.'

            Buddhas point the way (dreamtime).
            [The Buddha continued:] "Now at that time, meditators, the human life span was 60,000 years and girls were marriageable at 500 [symbolic not literal number]. And at that time there were [only] six afflictions:
            1. cold,
            2. heat,
            3. hunger,
            4. thirst,
            5. [the need for] defecation,
            6. urination.
            "But although people were so long-lived, long-lasting, with so few afflictions, that teacher Araka taught dharma to his disciples in this way:
             
            "'The life of a human being, Brahmins, is next to nothing -- limited, trifling, full of disappointments and despair. One should touch this [truth] like a sage, do what is skillful, follow the high life. For one born here is not free of death.'

            "Meditators, at present one speaking rightly might say, 'Next to nothing is the life of human beings -- limited, trifling, full of disappointments and despair. One should touch this [truth] like a sage, do what is skillful, follow the high life. For one who is born here is not free of death.'

            "At present, meditators, one who lives a long time is 100 years old or a little older. Living 100 years, one lives for 300 seasons: 100 seasons of cold, 100 seasons of heat, 100 seasons of rain.

            "Living for 300 seasons, one lives for 1,200 months: 400 months of cold, 400 months of heat, 400 months of rain. Living for 1,200 months, one lives for 2,400 fortnights [two week periods between new and full moon phases]: 800 fortnights of cold, 800 fortnights of heat, 800 fortnights of rain.

            "Living for 2,400 fortnights, one lives for 36,000 days: 12,000 days of cold, 12,000 days of heat, 12,000 days of rain.

            "Living for 36,000 days, one eats 72,000 meals: 24,000 meals in the cold, 24,000 meals in the heat, 24,000 meals in the rain -- counting the taking of mother's milk and these obstacles to eating:

            "When one doesn't eat due to anger, when one doesn't eat due to suffering or pain, when one doesn't eat due to being sick, when one doesn't eat due to lunar observance days (uposatha fasting days of Buddhist Eight Precept observance), when one doesn't eat due to being poor.
             
            Basic meditation (Ajahn Brahm/bswa.org)
            "Thus, meditators, I have reckoned the life of a person living for 100 years: I have reckoned the lifespan, reckoned the seasons, reckoned the years...
            • [The actual reckoning is implied in the lifespan.]
            "reckoned the months, reckoned the fortnights, reckoned the nights, reckoned the days, reckoned the meals, reckoned the obstacles to eating. Whatever a teacher should do -- seeking for the welfare of students (disciples), out of sympathetic-compassion for them -- that have I done for you.

            "Over there are the roots of trees [to sit under]; over there, empty dwellings [to take up secluded residence guarding the senses]. Practice meditative absorption (jhana), meditators. Be heedful so that there is no regret later. This is the message to you."

            Where to find GOLD in Los Angeles (video)

            Ask Jeff Williams; Pfc. Sandoval, Pat Macpherson, Xochitl, Wisdom Quarterly
            Where to find gold in the East Fork of the San Gabriel River free for the prospecting
             
            Ask Jeff Williams
            Jeff Williams
            The Native Americans knew it was here, but they were not willing to destroy nature to exhume it. The invaders and occupiers were, however, and the descendants still are. While in the area, be sure to visit two giant Buddhist temples, Brahma Vihara Temple at the entrance and Dhammakaya International Meditation Center a few blocks away in Azusa to see maroon-robed Burmese monks and white-clad Thai ladies. If you look closely, there is also a massive abandoned Vietnamese temple park down the dirt road from the new Park Ranger's Station. There are many to explore in the SGV.

            The best gold is the Dharma, second best is gold.
            Why does Los Angeles get to be the "capital of the world"? Maybe it's because we're the farming capital, the planet's throat chakra (Hollywood) or media and entertainment nexus.

            Or maybe it was the gold and slave centers (Catholic Missions) that served as camps to concentrate and convert the indigenous peoples to a new way of life they would never agree to voluntarily?

            Maybe it's because our westward expansionist British ideals led us to take this land from Mexico then launch assaults on the Philippines, Hawaii, and the South Pacific from here. Maybe it was the Gold Rush.

            We have artistic plans for our gold.
            Jeff Williams reveals the secret information needed to know if hunting for flakes and nuggets of gold on the local East Fork of the San Gabriel River.

            Learn the history and see the river, and there's even bonus material of a little known placed to get good gold that good for the getting. Here are some other channels of people who know the East Fork of the big river in the San Gabriel Mountains better than most: AfRznFXQ9D4, zRSK49ujBPA, zQBXtN9t85w, F3Yah_Hp8iI, _vwveVVRLBU, lagoldmines.com.

            LOST SILVER COINS! Mystery Solved. Ask Jeff Williams (Lost Treasure Stories)
            Calling for help: trapped in Eaton Canyon

            Monday, June 20, 2016

            Buddhist Summer School: 10 Lessons (audio)

            Ven. Bodhi (BM/BAUS); Dhr. Seven, Ashley Wells, Amber Larson, CC Liu, Wisdom Quarterly

            Buddhist hall, Thrangu Monastery, Richmond, BC, Canada (nathanbauman.com)
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            Wisdom Quarterly's Buddhist Summer School starts Monday, June 20, 2016. It is open to all and taught by our principal teacher, American monk Bhikkhu Bodhi. Place a note in the comments section.

            Some of Bhikkhu Bodhi's many books (Amazon)
            American scholar-monk Bhikkhu Bodhi -- the famous translator of many Buddhist sutra collections into English such as the Middle Length Discourses -- created a series of ten recordings on the fundamentals of what the Buddha taught. Those audio lessons covered are linked below.
             
            If Ven. Rahula's What the Buddha Taught is the best single book to read to learn about Buddhism, these are the best lectures to listen to. These are the fundamental teachings of Early Buddhism.
             
            Wisdom Quarterly traveled to Sri Lanka to the headquarters of the Buddhist Publication Society where Ven. Bodhi was formerly editor in chief to ask him if we could distribute these teachings free to the world. He agreed.

            How can I learn Buddhism in one summer?
            The series, "The Buddha's Teaching: As It Is," is HERE to stream online (free). Originally these recordings came with a set of study guides full of key terms, helpful if one wishes to see the words being used.

            The talks are in the “public domain” to copy and distribute freely rather than sold or commercialized. For what is the value of the Buddha's Dharma? If one charged its true worth, no one would be able to afford it. So let it be given freely. Let the true Dharma be free. (Beware of anyone who ever charges money to point out the path to enlightenment).

            TEN AUDIO LECTURES
            1. The Buddha
            2. The Four Noble Truths
            3. The True Nature of Existence
            4. Dependent Origination
            5. Rebirth and Karma
            6. Nirvana
            7. The Noble Eightfold Path
            8. Meditation
            9. The Social Teachings of Buddha
            10. The Sangha
            Lesson 1: The Buddha, Monday, June 20

            "The Buddha's Teaching As It Is" by Bhikkhu Bodhi (bodhimonastery.org)