Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Dharma talk: A Fistful of Sand

Ajahn Suwat Suvaco translated from the original Thai by Ven. Thanissaro (aka Geoffrey DeGraff) edited by Amber Larson, Ashley Wells, CC Liu, Wisdom Quarterly
It can slip right through our hands like a fistful of sand (memegenerator.net).
United States of America's real first family
We have all come here out of a sense of conviction (confidence in the Buddha), intent on studying and practicing the Dharma that will bring happiness and fulfill our hearts.

We should understand that the Dharma taught by the Buddha does not lie anywhere far away. As the Pali canon says, skillful and unskillful dhammas ("things," mental phenomena) arise right here in the heart. If we want to study the Dharma, we have to study our own heart.

Mourning for rebel leader Fidel Castro, Cuba
When we're well acquainted with the heart, we'll be well acquainted with the Dharma, and when we're well acquainted with the Dharma, we'll be well acquainted with the heart.
There are times when the heart is in bad shape. Bad mental qualities get mixed up with it, making it even worse, making us suffer both in body and mind. These bad mental qualities are said to be "unskillful" (akusala, unwholesome). 

Tragedy strikes in Oakland, California
The Buddha teaches us to study these qualities so that we are able to abandon them.

There are other times when the heart is in good shape: at ease and enjoying a sense of well being. We feel at ease whether we're sitting or lying down, alone or associating with friends and relatives. When the heart gains a sense of ease in this way, it is said to be staying with the Dharma.

In other words, skillful (kusala, wholesome) mental qualities have appeared in the heart. The skillful heart is what gives us happiness. This is why the Buddha taught us to develop these skillful qualities, to give rise to them within ourselves.
Poor Megyn Kelly post-Trump (Fox News)
If one were to list these skillful qualities, there would be lots of them. But even though there are lots of them, they all arise in our one heart. So if we want to know and see the Dharma, we have to develop mindfulness and alertness, keeping watch over our heart. [Mindfulness (sati) is sometimes translated as "vigilance" or "watchfulness."]
If the heart isn't at peace, if it's distracted and turbulent, we should realize that, at that moment, the heart is out of shape.

Sadly, the last face some people see
Unskillful qualities have arisen within it. So we should be mindful and alert to put it back in shape. We have to keep watch over the heart to see whether, at this moment in time, it's in good or bad shape.
If we see that the heart isn't yet in satisfactory shape, we let go of our unskillful preoccupations and make ourselves mindful of what's good.
  • EDITORIAL NOTE (Wisdom Quarterly): What is "good" and what "bad" from the point of view of karma? All intentions or motivations that are rooted in greed, hatred/fear, or delusion are bad. Good refers to those intentions rooted in the opposite categories: nongreed, nonhatred/nonfear, nondelusion otherwise known as generosity (unselfishness), loving-kindness (compassion)/bravery, and/or wisdom.
"Forever Fidel," mourning loss of great leader
We want to be happy, so we don't want the things that will make us suffer. We should try to put the mind into good shape, convinced in the practice of the Dharma that will develop our mindfulness. We have to look after the heart so that it's confident and content in our practice.

We remind ourselves that in following this practice we're following in line with the Buddha: one who knows, who sees, an enlightened being free from defilement, released from suffering in the cycle of death and rebirth known as samsara.

The fact that we're practicing in line with the Dharma taught by the Buddha means that we're studying at an institution of highest learning, with the Buddha as our foremost teacher.

So be mindful to keep the heart in good shape. Be mindful of the meditation word (internal mantra), buddho. Or if you want, focus on the in-and-out breath [at the tip of the nose].

When the breath comes in, keep your mind at ease. When it goes out, keep your mind at ease. Don't be tense, don't force things, don't get caught up in any desire to know or see beyond reasonable bounds.
How much mourning can we do? Oakland
If we give rise to this kind of [subtle] desire, this kind of defilement, it'll distract the heart. So we should be careful to be mindful, to look after the mind, to meditate well.

Simply be mindful of the breath. When the breath comes in, let it come in with ease. When it goes out, let it go out with ease. Let the mind be at ease, too.

If anything comes along to disturb you, don't get involved with it. Just keep that sense of ease going. If your mindfulness can keep maintaining your sense of contentment, your sense of confidence in the practice, the mind [heart] will separate from its outside preoccupations and gather into a sense of stillness. There will be a sense of lightness, comfort, a feeling of contentment within that comfort. More


NAZIs and Secrets of Antarctica (video)

RhA Liason via 818encino; Jeranism; Pat Macpherson, Pfc. Sandoval, Wisdom Quarterly

RhA Liason卐 Secrets of Antarctica: What force did U.S. Admiral Richard Byrd confront in Antarctica in 1947? Are there openings at the poles, and are other civilizations living inside the earth?

(Jeranism) This is a response to Tiger Dan925, who called researchers "stupid" and "liars" because none had done basic research on Antarctica.

The truth is that many of us have researched this subject extensively, whereas Tiger has not. If he had he would not claim that 90% of flat earth researchers told about a problem with their alternative models ignore the problem and lie to their viewers.

I have therefore put some of my Antarctic research into this video to show Tiger Dan that Antarctica is not a continent. It is in fact the outer edge of our flat [or contoured] earth. To say that this is "utter foolishness" because "the news goes there and people build shacks there" is a sign of no research. The truth is much stranger than fiction.

    Our eyes aren't telling us the truth (video)

    Dhr. Seven, Amber Larson, Wisdom Quarterly; Mitchell Moffit, Rachel Salt, Gregory Brown
    Our eyes aren't always telling us the truth. More illusions. Subscribe. The ASAP SCIENCE BOOK: asapscience.com/book. Instagram and Twitter: @whalewatchmeplz and @mitchellmoffit. Clickable: bit.ly/16F1jeC and http://bit.ly/15J7ube. Created by Mitchell Moffit (twitter @mitchellmoffit) and Gregory Brown (twitter @whalewatchmeplz). Send us stuff*!

    SUTRA: Distortions of the Mind 
    Andrew Olendzki (trans.) Vipallasa Sutra (AN 4.49) edited by Seven Dhr., Wisdom Quarterly

    ...These four, O monastics, are distortions of perception, distortions of thought, distortions of view:...

    Sensing no change in the changing,
    Sensing pleasure in suffering [dissatisfaction],

    Assuming "self" where there's no self,
    Sensing the ugly as lovely --

    Gone astray with wrong views, such beings
    Misperceive with distorted minds.

    Bound in the bondage of Mara,
    Such people are far from safety [nirvana].

    They are beings who go on flowing:
    Going again from death to rebirth.

    But when in the world of darkness
    Buddhas arise to make things bright,

    They present this profound teaching
    Which brings suffering to an end.

    When those with wisdom have heard this,
    They recuperate their right mind:

    They see change in what is changing,
    Suffering where there's suffering

    "Non-self" in what is without self,
    They see the unlovely as such.

    By this acceptance of right view,
    They overcome all suffering.
    Translator's note
    These verses from The Numerical Discourses of the Buddha (Anguttara Nikaya) give the traditional list of the "distortions of mind" (vipallasas).
    This Pali term is composed of a prefix (vi-), which carries the sense of division, separation, or removal, and another prefix (pari-) meaning around, or complete (as in our related word perimeter), and a verb (-as), which can be taken as meaning "to throw."

    Together, we have the image of the mind taking something up, turning it around, and throwing it back down -- a perversion or distortion of reality by the perceptual and cognitive apparatus of the brain.

    The distortions are fundamental to what Buddhism refers to as ignorance, delusion, and wrong views. It is not that we are inherently flawed by nature, but rather just that we make some serious errors on many levels as we attempt to make sense of the world around us.

    As we come to recognize -- through practicing meditation -- some of the ways we misconstrue things about our experience, we become more able to correct for these errors and gain greater clarity on what is real.
    The distortions of the mind work on three levels of scale: First, distortions of perception (sañña-vipallasa) cause us to misperceive the information coming to us through the sense doors. For example, we might mistake a rope on the ground as a snake. Normally such errors of vision are corrected by more careful scrutiny, but sometimes these sensory mistakes are overlooked and remain.

    Distortions of thought (citta-vipallasa) have to do with the next higher level of mental processing, when we find ourselves thinking about or pondering over things. The mind tends to elaborate on perception with these thought patterns, and if our thoughts are based on distortions of perception then they too will be distorted.
    Eventually such thought patterns can become habitual and evolve into distortions of view (ditthi-vipallasa). We might become so convinced that there is a snake on the ground that no amount of evidence to the contrary, from our own eyes or from reasoning or the advice of others, will shake our beliefs and assumptions. We are stuck in a mistaken view (or thicket of views).
    Furthermore, these three levels of distortion are cyclical in that our perceptions are formed in the context of our views, which are strengthened by our thoughts, and all three work together to build the cognitive systems which make up our unique personality.
    The particular distortions mentioned in this sutra correspond to the Three Characteristics of Existence: Taking what is impermanent as permanent, what is inherently unsatisfactory (dukkha) as a source of satisfaction, and regarding what is impersonal (without a self, anatta) as constituting a self.

    These are the primary ways we distort reality to the profound disadvantage of ourselves and others. Seeing the un-lovely (asubha) as lovely rounds out the traditional list of four vipallasas.

    These verses say that when we are under the influence of these distortions, we have "lost our senses" (vi-saññino) and our mind is "broken" or "thrown" (khitta-citta).

    When the distortions are corrected by right view, clear thinking and careful perception, then the text says that we have "gotten back" (pacca-latthu) our "true mind" (sa-citta).

    This is the Buddhist view of mental disease and mental health. Delusion is a "mental illness" that causes all sorts of suffering. Mental health can be restored by correcting the flaws in how the mind operates.

    Fortunately, "Buddhas [fully enlightened teachers] arise to make things bright" and explain in detail how this recovery of our natural health is accomplished. More
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    Secrets of the Occult: The Magicians (video)

    Private Universe.; Wisdom Quarterly

    Private Universe.History of the Occult: The Magicians. Who is Odin/Woden the one eyed king and reptilian shapeshifter...?

    The spirit of Quetzalcoatl (the Nordic man-serpent from space)/Abaddon Apollo/Apollyon/Lucifer/Satan... "The greatest trick the devil ever pulled was convincing the world he doesn't exist."

    Thou shalt obey Christian authorities and not question them (and don't talk back), and whatever you do, don't look into the "occult."

    For research and study: The official King James Bible (KJV) online, Old and New Testaments (kingjamesbibleonline.org). Free download. If one makes the mistake of taking the "Mark of the Beast" [RFID chip] it is over for you (e-sword.net).

    Free Christian Bible download that includes the dictionary of every word in the Bible and the meaning in the original tongue (Aramaic, Hebrew, Bedouin), it also has an excellent word search.

    Monday, December 5, 2016

    Dakota Access STOPS at Standing Rock (video)

    Wisdom Quarterly; AP.org; Amy Goodman, Dave Archambault II (DemocracyNow.org)
    With DA trying to throw case in favor of killer cop, mistrial may be good sign (See below)
    He saved us from Hillary to throw us to the billionaires, which she wanted to do (AP).

    S6 wells fargo protestors split
    "Disaster": Could DAPL lose its contracts?
    In a historic win for the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe in North Dakota and the environment, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers denied Energy Transfer Partners  Corporation, the company behind the pipeline, a permit to drill underneath Lake Oahe on the Missouri River -- officially halting construction on the Dakota Access pipeline.

    S4 standing rock protectorsThe project has faced months of resistance from the Standing Rock Sioux in North Dakota, members of more than 200 indigenous nations from across the Americas and thousands of their non-Native allies -- all concerned the pipeline’s construction will destroy sacred Sioux sites and that a pipeline leak could contaminate the Missouri River, which serves as a water supply for millions. We get reaction from Standing Rock Sioux Chairman Dave Archambault II. More

    The outgoing, lame duck Obama Administration just announced that the Army Corps of Engineers has denied the final permit needed by Dakota Access to complete construction of the pipeline.

    The corporation, Energy Transfer Partners, says they don't need no stinking permit and are moving forward like this never happened.

    Obama also ordered a "review" of the route and a full EIS (Environmental Impact Statement) be conducted if the company still intends to move forward with the project -- and with Trump's help, they do.

    In the meantime, this is a major victory for the Indigenous-led Water Protectors at Standing Rock and all allies who will continue to stand with them to fight this oil pipeline that is trampling sovereign rights, abusing eminent domain for private gain, and threatening our land, water, and climate. [A pipeline like this easily gets thousands of leaks a year, and a major catastrophic spill is always a danger.]
    Thanks for continuing to stand with us.

    - Jane Kleeb and the Bold Alliance team and Wisdom Quarterly
    Reporter charged for reporting news: Amy Goodman tells CNN the media has responsibility to cover Standoff at Standing Rock...
    Dn in the newsOn Sunday, before the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers denied the Dakota Access pipeline company a permit to drill underneath the Missouri River, Amy Goodman spoke with media correspondent Brian Stelter on CNN’s "Reliable Sources" about covering months of resistance by Native Americans and their allies against the $3.8 billion pipeline. 
    S3 remy vets splitDec. 05, 2016: As Thousands of Vets Descend on Standing Rock, U.S. Army Backs Down and Halts Pipeline Construction
    S6 wells fargo protestors split
    A panel of one black and 11 white jurors -- who had seemed close to a verdict to convict Friday, with apparently only one holdout -- said Monday they were unable to reach a unanimous decision after deliberating more than 22 hours over four days.
    "We as a jury regret to inform the court that despite the best efforts of all parties we are unable to come to a unanimous decision," said Circuit Judge Clifton Newman, reading a note from the jury before declaring a mistrial.
    Former patrolman Michael Slager was charged with murder in the April 4, 2015, shooting death of 50-year-old Walter Scott. The judge had said the jury could also consider a lesser charge of voluntary manslaughter.
    Cellphone video taken by a bystander that showed Scott being shot in the back five times was shown widely in the media and on the internet and shocked the country, inflaming the national debate about how blacks are treated by law enforcement officers. More

    Jill Stein's protest at Trump Towers (video)

    Seth Auberon, CC Liu, Pat Macpherson, Crystal Quintero (eds.), Wisdom Quarterly; SNL
    And that Alec Baldwin guy is so not funny, SNL totally unwatchable... (WashPost)

    Busy saving the world: Dr. Jill Stein in front of Trump Towers asking for recount (AP)
    Our choice for president, Dr. Jill Stein, MD, is keeping the fire under Trump and his billionaire administration, even as corrupt hypocrite Hillary Rodham Clinton -- who did all she could to destroy Bernie Sanders and his movement that could have stopped Trump -- sits this one out.

    Racist Trump likes some blacks (AP)
    After raising a great deal of money to demand a recount in key states, the powers that be through the judiciary put a stop to her efforts in one state. But progress continues in others. What to do now? Dr. Stein held a conference in front of Trump Towers in New York City to discuss her plans openly with full transparency. We would not have seen that with Clinton, and we're not likely to see it with Trump...unless perhaps he keeps tweeting like a mad man.

    Green Party's Jill Stein demands recount

    MADISON, Wisconsin (AP) - Presidential candidate Jill Stein's fight to force ballot recounts in three states focused Monday on Pennsylvania, where her Green Party was seeking an emergency federal court order for a statewide recount, and Michigan, where a hand recount began on the orders of a federal judge. [What's the use -- or, as turncoat Bernie says, "What difference does it make now?" -- is a question best answered by investigator Greg Palast in the movie The Best Democracy Money Can Buy.] More

    Hillary Clinton's child molestation ring at pizza shop: "self-investigation" thwarted

    Sunday, December 4, 2016

    Corp of Engineers: NO to Dakota Access

    The Associated Press (via mail.com); Editors, Wisdom Quarterly
    Celebration at the Oceti Sakowin camp after it was announced that U.S. Army Corps of Engineers will NOT grant easement for the Dakota Access oil pipeline in Cannon Ball, N.D., Dec. 4, 2016 (AP).
    Corp of Engineers says no to corporation.
    [Trump is going to be mad.] North Dakota's leaders criticized the decision [against the Dakota Access corporation trying to make money at the expense of environment and Native Americans].

    Gov. Jack Dalrymple call ed it a "serious mistake" that "prolongs the dangerous situation" of having several hundred protesters who are camped out on federal land during cold, wintry weather.

    U.S. Rep. Kevin Cramer said it's a "very chilling signal" for the future of infrastructure in the United States.

    The four-state, $3.8 billion project is largely complete except for the now-blocked segment underneath Lake Oahe, a Missouri River reservoir.

    Assistant Secretary for Civil Works Jo-Ellen Darcy said in a news release that her decision was based on the need to "explore alternate routes" for the pipeline's crossing.

    Her full decision doesn't rule out that it take an alternative and less dangerous route as originally planned: it could cross under the reservoir or north of Bismarck.
    "Although we have had continuing discussion and exchanges of new information with the Standing Rock Sioux and Dakota Access, it's clear that there's more work to do," Darcy said. "The best way to complete that work responsibly and expeditiously is to explore alternate routes for the pipeline crossing."

    The company constructing the pipeline, Dallas-based Energy Transfer Partners, had said it was unwilling to reroute the project. It had no immediate comment Sunday.

    The decision came a day before the government's deadline for the several hundred people at the Oceti Sakowin, or Seven Council Fires, encampment to leave the federal land.

    But demonstrators say they're prepared to stay, and authorities say they won't forcibly remove them.

    As the news spread Sunday, cheers and chants of Mni wichoni -- "Water is life" in Lakota Sioux -- broke out among the protesters. Some in the crowd banged drums. Miles Allard, a member of the Standing Rock Sioux, said he was pleased but remained cautious, saying, "We don't know what Trump is going to do."

    Tragedy strikes: Oakland warehouse.
    "The whole world is watching," Allard added. "I'm telling all our people to stand up and not to leave until this is over." Attorney General Loretta Lynch said Sunday that the Department of Justice will "continue to monitor the situation" and stands "ready to provide resources to help all those who can play a constructive role in easing tensions." More

    What to do after the breakup?

    Ashley Wells, Wisdom Quarterly; Renewbreakupbootcamp.com

    Why do great women pick people who treat them poorly?
    Smart, beautiful, incredible individuals -- who give 110% to a person who in return is only half-vested, part-time, and approaches the relationship with a “me” not “we” mentality.

    While friends see that our relationship is unhealthy, as does the rational mind, we just can’t seem to get out.

    We know (deep down) that the person is not right for us, but we make justifications and excuses over and again. We stay. We try harder. We’re hooked.
    Why does this happen? More Well, it's time to move forward.


    Going through a breakup?  Or have you experienced emotional distress from a heartache that hasn’t fully healed? 

    There is a "breakup bootcamp" to immerse in an intense and spiritual program designed to heal the heart and help you gain your personal power back. More

    Wednesday, November 16, 2016

    What do Bernie/Hollywood say about Trump?

    Editors, Wisdom Quarterly; Lee Camp; Glenn Greenwald; Associated Press; Sen. Bernie Sanders
    Oh no, a sexist, racist bigot just got elected to be leader of the US! Meet the new boss, same as the old boss. No one does much of anything but cry and complain after the fact. Where's Bernie?
    (ET Canada/Global News) Hollywood Reacts To Trump Win: Stunned Hollywood elites reacts negatively to Donald Trump’s shocking win as Snoop Dogg calls Toronto “his new home.” ET Canada has all of their reaction.

    The Late Show with Stephen Colbert(The Late Show with Stephen Colbert) Bernie Sanders: Now More Than Ever, It's Our Revolution. The Vermont senator -- whose task may have been to attract leftists and guide them back to the mainstream party ("Bernies' Plan B: Follow me to Hillary") -- remains optimistic about the country's future and urges citizens to become more deeply involved in the political process. He's got a new summer home and a new book just out, Our Revolution. Will you fall for it again? We never understood the slur "libtard" till now.
    (CBS News, 60 Minutes) Leslie Stahl interviews Trump Family after election
    (CBS) [Sell-out] Sen. Bernie Sanders [who may have taken a $600,000 from the Clinton Camp and used the windfall to buy a summer house, paid for in cash a week after getting out of the race], whose presidential campaign won 22 states and 13 million votes before being robbed of the nomination by corrupt Hillary Clinton, is laying out his agenda in his new book, "Our Revolution: A Future to Believe In." The Vermont senator joins "CBS This Morning" to discuss why he thinks Democrats failed to appeal to the working class in the 2016 election.

    What's going on?
    Author of Listen, Liberal! Thomas Frank was on the BBC and on Mitch Jeserich's "Letters & Politics" (10:00 am, 11/16/16) today breaking it down for a population misled by a deceptive mainstream media. People are not shocked that Trump won. He had a chance just by running in one of the two wings of our one party American system. What is the surprise is that we were all led to believe there was nothing to worry about because corrupt Hillary Clinton had it in the bag.
    Steal Back Your Vote
    In fact, so convinced were we of this that we were shocked when someone with a 99% certainty of winning lost. Who said it was 99%? The deceptive media and corrupt pollsters. We at Wisdom Quarterly were so taken in that we were going to call it for Hillary a day in advance, seeing how the system is rigged and assuming that Democrats were the ones who rigged it more effectively than Republicans this time around. (Both sides engage in "caging" and other illegal and unethical practices, as Greg Palast details in his book and film). But it was the other way around:

    Republicans rigged our gerrymandered system so that a minority won over a majority of voters. The consolation in California? Now big corporations will start selling high intensity marijuana (high THC, low CBD) like sugar, alcohol, and cigarettes to dumb everyone down with a new variation of an "opium for the masses."
    Standing Rock: Hey, President Obama, how about stopping the Dakota Access Pipeline?

    Okay, Obama, then how about freeing these heroes (and Snowden and Assange)?

    I'm triggered! I'm so f#$%&@* mad at you, Mister Racist Sexist Nazi Trump!

    The next stage: Will anti-Trump marches become a movement?
    WASHINGTON, DC (AP) - Demonstrators upset over the election of Donald Trump have marched in cities around the country over the past week, and some are making plans to be in Washington for his inauguration Jan. 20. But whether marches will become a movement is an open question. More