Thursday, April 27, 2017

Alan Watts on Jung, shadow self, life (video)

Alan Watts (alanwatts.org); Crystal Quintero, Ashley Wells, Seth Auberon, Wisdom Quarterly


Alan Wilson Watts (Jan. 6, 1915-Nov. 16, 1973) was a British-born American Zen Buddhist philosopher, writer, and speaker, best known as an interpreter and popularizer of Eastern philosophy for a Western audience.

Born in Chislehurst, England, he moved to the United States in 1938 and began Zen training in New York. Pursuing a career, he attended Seabury-Western Theological Seminary, where he received a Master's degree in theology. Watts became an Episcopal priest in 1945 then left the ministry in 1950 and moved to California, where he joined the faculty of the American Academy of Asian Studies.


(Alan Watts) How to make yourself a better person

Watts gained a large following in the San Francisco Bay Area while working as a volunteer programmer at KPFA FM, a Pacifica Radio station in Berkeley.

Watts wrote more than 25 books and articles on subjects important to Eastern and Western religion, introducing the then-burgeoning youth culture to The Way of Zen (1957), one of the first bestselling books on Buddhism.

Buddhism: How can you be enlightened?
(Alan Watts) On Buddhism (Theravada and Mahayana) and its central concept of unsatisfactoriness (dukkha) and liberation (nirvana), what is the quest for enlightenment?

In Psychotherapy East and West (1961), Watts proposed that Buddhism could be thought of as a form of psychotherapy and not a religion. He considered Nature, Man and Woman (1958) to be, "from a literary point of view -- the best book I have ever written." He also explored human consciousness, in the essay "The New Alchemy" (1958), and in the book The Joyous Cosmology (1962).

Towards the end of his life, he divided his time between a houseboat in Sausalito and a cabin on Mount Tamalpais. Many of his books are now available in digital format and many of his recorded talks and lectures are available on the Internet. According to the critic Erik Davis, his "writings and recorded talks still shimmer with a profound and galvanizing lucidity."


Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Cal Neanderthals: How old's history? (video)



How old are stone skulls people find?
A Vedic "Day of Brahma" is an "aeon" or kalpa (hundreds of millions of years), which vary in length, some being of indeterminate duration. The Buddha defined a "great aeon" (maha-kalpa) as consisting of four ordinary aeons.

The duration is so staggering that he gave a simile of a flawless mountain of granite a mile long, a mile high, a mile wide. On it each century a small bird comes to whet its beak while holding a piece of fine Kasi cloth. Well, that mound of granite would be ground down to nothing and still one kalpa will not yet have elapsed.

  
Ancient discoveries are hidden from public
Ancient Secret DiscoveriesForbidden archaeology about human origins refers to texts and tangible artifacts and discoveries that do not fit into conventional timelines and theories of mainstream academic and scientific communities.

Neanderthals built mysterious underground circles around 175,000 years ago inside a cave in France. They arranged pieces of stalagmites in rings, as well as in separate piles that they used to light fires upon.

Mes Aynak, Buddhist Afghanistan
This showed a high level of intelligence, he noted, as the beings had to collaborate to pull off the accomplishment, given that the stalagmites were quite heavy.

The standard idea is that the Neanderthals came into existence about 300,000 to 400,000 years ago, and modern humans (Homo sapien sapiens) like us came much later.

But there is plenty of evidence to show that anatomically modern humans were present in Europe at the same as Neanderthals and even before. For example, a couple years ago, archaeologists found footprints resembling modern humans in a layer of rock in Happisburgh, England dating back to around 900,000 years.

What is tea? Buddhist "cha" ceremony (video)

TheTeaSpot.com; CC Liu, Dhr. Seven (eds.), Wisdom Quarterly; Kirsten Dirksen; KY; TL

Buddhism and tea go way back: Ch'an tea culture, China (BuddhistChannel.tv).
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Maybe American yerba mate (a kind of Holly introduced by the Guarani Native Americans in South America) is better than Chinese (sine=chine) "tea" (Camellia sinensis or cha). Matcha means powdered young green tea leaves, which is extra potent with phytonutrients and caffeine. But what is "tea"?
 
The Tea Leaf
Darjeeling is from Buddhist Himalayan India
Many people are surprised to learn that all teas -- white, green, oolong, black, and pu-erh -- are made from the leaves of the same species.
 
While the varietal of the particular Camellia sinensis plant as well as the weather conditions and soil contribute to the final taste of the tea, the significant differences of tea type develop in the processing of the leaves.
 

Lana Del Rey, Lorde, others in concert (video)


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I'm hot! Why does everybody hate me?
KROQ Weenie Roast y Fiesta 2017 is coming to the StubHub Center in Carson (Los Angeles) on Saturday, May 20th.

This year offers another unique element as Weenie Roast moves to the StubHub Center for the first time, following 23 years at the now demolished Irvine Meadows Amphitheatre and a special 2000 edition at Angel Stadium.
 
This year’s lineup includes Lana Del Rey, Lorde, Imagine Dragons, Cage The Elephant, 311, Paramore, Incubus, DREAMCAR, Andrew McMahon in the Wilderness, Judah & The Lion, New Politics, and The Revivalists. Lineup subject to change – no refunds, suckers.
 
The summer begins with BBQ Tofu Pups!
Use #WeenieRoast and follow KROQ on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram to stay up-to-date with all the artists, and to find out how you can win free tickets, and More
What's a "Weenie Roast"? MUSE!

(Muse) A "weenie roast" is a just a bad name for a pre-summertime concert the biggest rock station in LA puts together. There are no hotdogs, except on stage sometimes. In 2015, Muse played.
    PRE-SALE TICKETS TODAY AT NOON (for KROQ Street Team, which just means signing up at kroq.com and getting a code). REGULAR TICKETS on sale Friday, which will sell out in a few minutes because everybody would have bought during the pre-sale. That's how all of these concerts appear to sell out in minutes of going on sale.

    Tuesday, April 25, 2017

    Beer Yoga? Wall? Flowers from Space? (video)

    BBC.com/news, April 25, 2017; CC Liu, Dhr. Seven (eds.), Wisdom Quarterly
    Is it a joke, a German fad in Asia, a clever PR stunt, or a dismal reality? See below.

     
    Wildflower "super bloom" visible from space
    An explosion of wildflowers has covered the deserts of California, surpassing previous blooms in its enormous scale.  Satellite imaging startup Planet Labs has captured shots of the bright spectacle from space. Images Courtesy: Planet Labs; video courtesy: Carla D Gilbert, Henry Toro, and @nat.lee. Edited by Charlie Northcott. More
    Beer at Yoga?


    (BBC) Have you got the bottle for "beer yoga"? A new fitness craze from Germany, combining traditional yoga poses while drinking bottles of beer, is gaining popularity in Asia. Video
     
    COMMENTARY 
    This goes completely against the Eight Factors or Limbs (Ashtanga) of Integral or Raja Yoga, which the Sage Patanjali outlined in The Yoga Sutras or Aphorisms. The purpose of yoga is meditation. Violating precepts does not lead to success in meditation or even in better posture, poise, strength, and balance for those just doing poses. But nobody cares about details. They care about being controlled by fads and counterintuitive diets or exercise programs or being "hipsters."
    There will be NO wall between Mexico and US
      Demonstrators want no ban, no wall, sanctuary for all. And they'll get no wall.

      Pres. Trump's GOP backs down on building wall between US and Mexico. Trump lied.

      There will be no wall, but Trump can arrange a war on North Korea. So watch it.




        You won't mind if we give ourselves a tax break (on your backs), will you? Trump's smart.

        RIP: Zen and Art of Motorcycle Maintenance

        PRI's The World (pri.org); Dhr. Seven, Seth Auberon, CC Liu (eds.), Wisdom Quarterly
        Robert M. Pirsig, author of Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance, dies (AFP)
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        Jonathan Davis of Korn famously noted that there are "dead bodies everywhere, dead bodies everywhere." And Chris Barnes of Cannibal Corpse infamously delighted that "They're all dead, they're all dead, they're all dead." Death is all around. We ignore it. Then someone writes a book, and suddenly it's in our face. The lesson? It's better to travel than arrive. Zen says, Be where you are, or as Ram Dass phrased it, "Be here now."
         


        HEADLINE: Robert Pirsig, author of the iconic Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance, dies
        AFP via PRI.org
         
        It has sold around five million copies around the world. Pirsig died at his home in Maine on Monday, news reports said.

        (BBC) Interview with and about Pirsig on Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance
         
        Over 5 million copies sold, paperback
        The book is a first person narrative [a kind of meditation or contemplation rather than the deeper Buddhist sense of absorption (jhana) and insight-practice (vipassana)] that draws on a 17-day motorcycle trip that Pirsig took across the US in 1968 with his 11-year-old son Chris.
         
        In the book Pirsig speaks under the name Phaedrus, one of the characters in Plato's Dialogues. He reflects among other things on what should be essential to people as they go about living their lives.

        Pirsig's son died in 1979 after being stabbed outside a Zen center that he frequented in San Francisco.
         
        Pirsig, a biochemist by training, published in 1991 another novel that was less successful: Lila: An Inquiry Into Morals. Source

        Zen Buddhist Pirsig interviewed on NPR, 1974
        "What is the road less traveled?" asked American poet Robert Frost. Pirsig answered.
        (NPR) Pirsig interview, July 12, 1974 -- the year the book came out. Written by former English teacher while working writing boring computer manuals. It took four years to write, and it was rejected by more than 100 publishers.

        Ukraine's Aratta Civilization older than Sumeria


        Discovery of the Ancient Aratta Civilization of Ukraine, Older than Sumeria
        Zohar StarGate.ComSeveral locations have been suggested as probable locations of Aratta. Now there is firm evidence that it was located in a region of modern Ukraine north of the Black Sea and the Sea of Azov.

        While many Western texts still refer to Sumer as being "the oldest civilization with writing," Ukraine has something far older. [Hail the Goddess Inanna.]

        Buddhist burial mounds (stupas) in Ukraine
        It was Aratta, which was recorded in the Sumerian epic tale Enmerkar and the Land of Aratta.

        This was the cradle of civilization -- at 22,000 BCE -- and Kamyana Mohyla was its most significant sanctuary. This is a very special place. It is the oldest known sanctuary-observatory in the world.

        Aratta is now recognized as having been the world's most ancient known civilization. It developed on the steppes north of the Black Sea, in modern Ukraine, long before the Sumerian civilization originated, and from there it radiated its culture into India, Mesopotamia, Egypt, Western China, Ireland, and across Europe. More relics of Aratta are increasingly being found and identified in Ukraine.

        Tibetan Buddhist lamas visit Khortytsia Island, Ukraine, as place of their origin
         
        Commentary
        The Buddha was a supremely handsome Central Asian royal with blue eyes, fair/golden complexion, black curly hair, and striking features, from the Solar Dynasty, a warrior-caste "noble" (Aryan or Iranian). See Rhys Davids' Jataka (trans.) with "Story of the Lineage" (MT)
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        Buddhism and Vedas speak of aeons of history
        All of these amazing pre-Ice Age civilization discoveries are giving greater and greater weight to an outlandish theory proposed by a Russian scholar years ago, which Wisdom Quarterly covered early on (Was the Buddha Ukrainian?) we covered early on.

        There's a saying: "If you're one step ahead, you're a genius. If you're two steps ahead, you're a lunatic." That would explain in large part why Wisdom Quarterly is willing to talk about such outlandish things long before the gatekeepers, media, and dictators of our "consensus reality" catch up. We must get to the truth however unexpected it is or how ever much it violates our preconceived notions.

        It's not so surprising if the Buddha were from North Asia. Dr. Ranajit Pal says the Buddha was born in Bamiyan, Afghanistan (one of the three seasonal capitals of people the Ancient Greeks would later call the Scythians/Shakyians, the other two being Kapil/Kabul or Kapilavastu and, we surmise, the incredible Mes Aynak). Ukraine is just above that and the formerly Buddhist "stans" of Central Asia, which later formed the USSR/Russian Empire:
        Ven. Junsei Terasawa (Japanese 寺沢潤世, Russian Дзюнсэй Тэрасава, Ukrainian Дзюнсей Терасава) was born Sept. 15, 1950. He is a Japanese Buddhist monk, belonging to the Order Nipponzan Myōhōji. He is notable for being the first Nipponzan monk to be active in Eurasia. Being a respected mentor, surnamed Terasawa-sensei or simply Sensei, he has undertaken many years of monastic peacemaking practices in India, Europe, and the former Soviet Union. Presently, he teaches groups of monks from Russia, Ukraine, Kazakhstan, and China.

        Daily CARTOONS at The New Yorker (Trump)

        Ashley Wells, CC Liu (eds.), Wisdom Quarterly; (The New Yorker)
        Daily Cartoon: Tuesday, April 25th

        Watch: In this episode, Bob Mankoff and The New Yorker's newly anointed Associate Cartoon Editor Colin Stokes review celebrity submissions to the caption contest.
        "This town ain't big enough for both our haircuts" (Pat Byrnes/The New Yorker)
        You call this march silly? In a parallel universe, there must be a counter-march.
        "We didn't invent the Internet to share it with this." (Pat Byrnes/The New Yorker)
        See these guys? [Blank] these guys! I'm the real New Yorker! I own Manhattan.
        "Boy, they really let their yard go" (Patterson/TheNewYorker.com)

          Buddhism is everywhere in South Korea (audio)

          PRI's The World (April 25, 2017); Crystal Quintero, CC Liu, Wisdom Quarterly

          All Vegan Festival (VegFest LA), April 30th

          VegFestLA.org (@vegfestla); Wisdom Quarterly
          FREE admission to all. You can buy a "fast pass" to support the event.
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          VegFest L.A. Fast Pass 
          VegFest LA (fka WorldFest)Package sales are a win-win! All revenue from these sales contributes directly to the nonprofit organization’s festival production costs. This helps to keep the festival FREE. A win for you -- a win for everyone.
           
          There are two great supporter packages to choose from, both packages include use of the “Supporter Fast Pass” lane at food exhibitors and in the Oasis! Click here to buy tickets!

          Ex-Illuminati banker exposes talks (video)

          WOW! Ex "Illuminati Banker" Exposes EVERYTHING! (2017)
           

          Monday, April 24, 2017

          Did Armenia really have a genocide? (video)

          Wisdom Quarterly; XII. Loki; factcheckarmenia.com; SOAD, Benny Lambaba; Glink; Burning Red


          Now we're not saying the mass murdering and ethnic cleansing was not a "genocide." But genocide has a very specific definition on the world stage -- so why has no court recognized it as such?

          Is Turkey really so powerful and influential in Europe today? The fact is we live next to Armenia II (Glendale, California), so we have grown up with hearing one side of the story. And we love System of a Down, who also only give us one side of the story. Just because Hitler offhandedly referred to it, allegedly referred to it, as a "genocide" does not make it so.

          We have to question it because we're progressives -- and that means listening to all sides. Any sensible person has to question why mainstream politicians and media outlets are so eager to label it a "genocide" without a court agreeing or with 173 countries saying it wasn't or at least not saying.



          Thoughtless sentimentality = propaganda (AP)
          No Turk -- what city do they live in? -- ever stands up and gets a say. Last year while taking the side of Armenia yet again, we had Turkish scholars saying it was a genocide. Sell outs trying to get ahead in academia because the gatekeepers do not allow some discourse but fund and encourage other points of view they like.

          It happens, of course, with Israel. It happens with everything when people dictate what's PC (politically correct) to say, question, so much as think.

          For example, recently UN Ambassador Nikki Haley was telling us all what to think. Gruesome and grizzly images of Syrian atrocities are allowed. They pull our heartstrings and get massive coverage. People are up in arms demanding WAR! Let's attack! Let's bomb! Let's kill! Revenge! Justice! American superiority!

          Hey, numb-numb, no. Can we see we're being set up? Whoever rules the mainstream press rules the conversation and manufactures consent. Let's get the other side. Let's constantly listen to the other side even when someone says, "It's lies," it's "fake news," it's "not worth listening to." Yes it is.

          There's no doubt there was killing, atrocities, crimes against humanity. But did Armenia really have a genocide?




          Here is the truth [as interpreted by the pro-Turk side]
          The events of 1915
          were far more complex than what has been reported in the past and it is important that we recognize this was not as simple a scenario as the Armenian lobby would have us believe.
          Despite the propaganda being pushed by a powerful and well-funded Armenian diaspora, the series of events in 1915 and beyond resulted in losses of life on both sides of the conflict. We cannot diminish the suffering that the Armenians faced, but we must acknowledge that millions of Turks, Kurds, and Arabs were also killed during this conflict.
           
          For nearly a century, the Armenian lobby has attempted to portray these actions as a willful, deliberate attempt to commit genocide of the Armenian people -- a specific crime that is defined by international law. Nothing could be further from the truth, and a detailed examination of the broader context of history paints a vastly different picture.
           
          Furthermore, and as a result, international courts have never designated these tragic events as genocide. There is no legal consensus on the tragedy of 1915 because even though the Armenian lobby has been misrepresenting the facts for nearly a century, history -- and the law -- tells us otherwise. It’s time to cut through the propaganda and get the facts straight. More

          And now for an opposing point of view saying it was genocide: System of a Down

          (Benny Lambaba) Rare footage of Armenian mistreatment to be screened and called a genocide.
          (The Burning Red) Our beloved newscaster crush, Ana Kasparian of The Young Turks, has a melt down over the question of an Armenian genocide.



          (Glink) This is a response to The Young Turks and Ana Kasperian involving recent events concerning the [alleged] Armenian genocide. Where does the name "The Young Turks" comes from, and has founder Cenk Uygur denied it in the past? There are many parallels between the Armenian genocide and Dragon Ball Z, oddly enough. Connections are made throughout the video.