Saturday, November 28, 2015

Raising Peaceful Kids (audio)

Deepa Fernandes* and Francine Rios (Take Two/KPCC FM/, Oct. 27, 2015) with author Kathy Walsh (; CC Liu and Seth Auberon, Wisdom Quarterly
Raising Peaceful Kids
More and more Americans are turning to meditation -- and a form known as mindfulness -- as a way to relieve stress and feel more connected. It's now offered in schools, workplaces, and even in the military.
Author Kathy Walsh is part of a growing field that believes mindfulness and mediation can start as early as they're toddlers. She has written many children's books and even a parenting guide to raising children in this way.
"I think mindfulness is really just a way of being. It's kind of setting an intention for how you're going to be in the world," she said. "Positive thinking, gratitude, and putting an energy of love out there." More

Deepa Fernandes
*[Indian] Deepa Fernandes, the Early Childhood Development Correspondent at, began her radio career at the Australian Broadcasting Corporation in Sydney in 1995. From there she lived and traveled in Latin America, reporting for the ABC and BBC World Service. On arriving in NYC in the late 90s, Fernandes joined Pacifica Radio as the anchor of the national evening newscast and later as the host of the live, three-hour morning show on WBAI, 99.5 FM. She also founded and ran a national nonprofit, People’s Production House, that conducts journalism trainings in minority communities. See her Knight Talk on getting more diverse voices into the media.

Overcoming DEPRESSION (sutra)

Dhr. Seven, Amber Larson (editors), Wisdom Quarterly; Helmuth Hecker, Sister Khema (trans.), Kosala Sutra: (What Cannot Be Got) The Kosalan (AN 5.49); Marshall Rosenberg (NVC)
From Buddhist Women at the Time of the Buddha (BPS, Wheel #292, 1982) translated from Pali by Helmuth Hecker and Sister Khema ( edited by Wisdom Quarterly.
Future king (Dboo/Nick Dewolf)
At one time the Blessed One (the Buddha) was staying near Savatthi at Jeta Grove, in the monastery donated by Anathapindika.
Then King Pasenadi of Kosala approached, paid his respects, and sat down nearby. Because at that time Queen Mallika died, a certain man approached the king and whispered in his ear: "Your majesty, Queen Mallika has died."

At those words King Pasenadi was filled with grief and depression.

I'll be back for your wife (countryfried).
And with shoulders drooping, head down, he sat glum with nothing to say. The [Buddha] saw the king sitting there in that way and spoke to him in this way:
"Great king, there are these five circumstances not to be obtained by ascetic (shramana), Brahmin priest (brahmana), deva (fairy, light being), mara (obstructive spirit), brahma (divinity), or anyone in the world. What are the five?
A sweet, innocent child loves Death.
1. "That what by its very nature is to decay will not decay is a circumstance not to be obtained by an ascetic...or anyone in the world.

2. "That what by its very nature will fall ill (be diseased) will not fall ill is a circumstance not to be obtained by an ascetic...or anyone in the world.
3. "That what by its very nature will die will not die is a circumstance not to be obtained by an ascetic...or anyone in the world.

4. "That what by its very nature will be exhausted will not be exhausted is a circumstance not to be obtained by an ascetic...or anyone in the world.
5. "That what by its very nature will be destroyed (fall apart) will not come to destruction is a circumstance not to be obtained by an ascetic...or anyone in the world.
What about great queens? (MO)
"Great king, for an uninstructed ordinary person (worldling) what is of a nature to decay does decay, what is of a nature to fall ill does fall ill, what is of a nature to die does die, what is of a nature to be exhausted is exhausted, and what is of a nature to fall apart does fall apart.

"And when these things happen, one does not reflect, "It is not only for me that what is of a nature to decay does decay...that what is of a nature to fall apart does fall apart. But wherever there are beings coming and going, dying and being reborn [according to their karma] -- for all of those beings, what is of a nature to decay does decay...what is of a nature to fall apart does fall apart.

"And if I, when there is decay in what is of a nature to decay...when there is falling apart in what is of a nature to fall apart should grieve, pine, and lament, and crying beat the breast and so fall into delusion, food would not be enjoyed, my body would become haggard, work would not be done, and enemies (adversaries) would be pleased, while friends (fans) would be depressed.

Even "great kings," maharajas, suffer.
"Then when there is decay in what is of a nature to decay, disease in what is of a nature to become diseased, death in what is of a nature to die, exhaustion in what is of a nature to be exhausted, destruction in what is of a nature to be destroyed, one grieves, pines, and laments, and crying beats breast and so falls into delusion.
"This is called an 'uninstructed ordinary person (worldling).' Pierced by the poisoned dart of grief, one just torments oneself.

"Great king, for the instructed noble disciple what is of a nature to decay does decay...and what is of a nature to fall apart does fall apart...and when these things happen, one reflects, "It is not only for me that what is of a nature to decay does decay...that what is of a nature to fall apart does fall apart.

"But wherever there are beings coming and going, dying and being reborn -- for all of those beings, what is of a nature to decay does decay...what is of a nature to fall apart does fall apart.

Great African kings, pharaohs, still died.
"And if I -- when there is decay in what is of a nature to decay...when there is destruction in what is of a nature to come to destruction -- should grieve, pine, and lament, and crying beat the breast and so fall into delusion, food would not be enjoyed, my body would become haggard, work would not be done, and enemies would be pleased, while friends would be depressed.

"Then when there is decay in what is of a nature to decay, disease in what is of a nature to be diseased, death in what is of a nature to die, exhaustion in what is of a nature to be exhausted, destruction in what is of a nature to be destroyed, one does not grieve or pine or lament, one does not beat one's breast or fall into delusion.
Noble disciples like Sariputra
"This is called an instructed noble disciple. Drawn out is the poisoned dart of grief with which the uninstructed ordinary person brings about self torment. Freed of grief, freed from the dart, the noble disciple has been quenched completely."
"Great king, these are the five circumstances not to be obtained by an ascetic, Brahmin priest, deva, mara, brahma, or by anyone in the world."
"Do not grieve, nor lament.
Herein, what good is gained?
None at all, indeed,
And adversaries rejoice to see
One writhe in pain and grief.
But when misfortune shakes not the wise --
That one who knows well how to seek the good,
Then adversaries -- because of that -- are pained,
Seeing one's face as formerly, unstrained.
"Wherever and whatever good may be gotten, 
Be there, and just there try for that by study (suta),
Wisdom, and well-spoken words,
Unpracticed so far, and tradition, too.
But if one knows, "This good can be obtained
Neither by me nor any other too"
Then ungrieving one bears it all (and thinks),
"Now how to use my strength for present work*?"

*Work: (kammatthānā) this term, as a designation for meditation (self-development) exercises or bhāvanā, is found only in the Commentaries (tika). In the discourses (sutras), the word is only used in a concrete sense for "field of work, activity (action=kamma, karma), or occupation," as agriculture, trade, and so on.

What is "Nonviolent Communication"? (video)

Marshall Rosenberg (; Seth Auberon, CC Liu, Wisdom Quarterly
Annual Peace Bell Ceremony, United Nations International Day of Peace (UN)

Nonviolent Communication Training Course with Marshall Rosenberg (

Peace (Kineticfoto)
The Buddha praised peace, tranquility, and serenity, seeing them as vital steps in the realization of enlightenment and final peace or nirvana, "the end of all suffering."

But how is it achieved in our daily lives as we talk to ourselves and begin to form an intention (cetana) to communicate with others? Speech is one of three main types of karma (action), along with mental and physical activity.
Let's become aware of how our language was built to use punishment and reward, which are tools to dominate the public, then let's learn how to change ourselves for the better and help others evolve as well so that all needs are met and happiness is gained here and now.

Remember, according to an ancient insight, "There is no way to happiness; happiness is the way!" Along the road we find quiet reflection, peace, wisdom, compassion, and a realization that things that upset us were never even what they seemed. There is so much we are missing when we are benighted by the three poisons of greed, anger/fear, and delusion.

What is NVC?
Peace on Earth begins/ends with peace in the heart (Ka)
Nonviolent Communication (NVC) is based on the principles of nonviolence (Sanskrit, ahimsa) -- the natural state of compassion when no violence (violent or harmful intention) is present in the heart.
NVC begins by assuming that we are all compassionate by nature and that violent strategies -- whether verbal or physical -- are learned behaviors taught and supported by the prevailing culture.

NVC also assumes that we all share the same basic human needs and that each action is a strategy to try to meet one or more of these needs.
People who practice NVC find greater authenticity in their communication, increased understanding, deepened connection, and joyful conflict resolution.
The NVC community is active in over 65 countries around the globe. Find out more about how NVC is changing the world and how you can get involved.

Friday, November 27, 2015

Gil Fronsdal on everyday mindfulness

Amber Larson, Dhr. Seven, Wisdom Quarterly; Gil Fronsdal (

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Gil Fronsdal is the primary teacher for the "Insight Meditation Center" in Redwood City, California; he has been teaching since 1990. He has practiced Zen and Vipassana in the U.S. and Asia since 1975.

He was a Theravada monk in Burma in 1985, and in 1989 began training with Jack Kornfield to be a Vipassana teacher. Gil teaches at Spirit Rock Meditation Center where he is part of its Teachers' Council.

Gil was ordained as a Soto Zen priest at the San Francisco Zen Center in 1982, and in 1995 received Dharma Transmission from Mel Weitsman, the abbot of the Berkeley Zen Center. He is currently serving on the SF Zen Center Elders' Council.

Gil has an undergraduate degree in agriculture from UC Davis, where he was active in promoting the field of sustainable farming. In 1998 he received a Ph.D. in Religious Studies from Stanford University studying the earliest developments of the bodhisattva ideal. He is the author of The Issue at Hand: Essays on Mindfulness Practice, A Monastery Within: Tales from the Buddhist Path, and the translator of The Dhammapada, published by Shambhala Publications.

Hundreds of Gil's talks on meditation and Buddhist practice can be found on

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Speaking to Sasquatch (Bigfoot tribe)

Pat Macpherson, CC Liu, Wisdom Quarterly; investigator Mike Paterson, Sasquatch Nephatia, telepath Kathleen Odom, inter-species communicator Jann Weiss ("Sasquatch and Us")

Mike Paterson of "Sasquatch Ontario" is interviewed in this episode. Afterwards, trance medium channel Kathleen Odom reads a transcript of the telepathic communication session that she facilitated between the American man Mike and the Sasquatch Nephatia, with whom he regularly interacts.
Strikingly, the words received by Kathleen concerning the name of a Sasquatch youngster were vocally confirmed several days later in the field by Nephatia and recorded by Mike.

The gov't would tell us if they were real.
The episode concludes with a tribute to noted inter-species communicator, author, and lecturer Jann Weiss, who died last December. Her consciousness continues to be warmly felt. 

See Jann's complete, unedited interview from the 2012 documentary "Sasquatch and Us."
( Retired U.S. Forest Ranger Charles Branson knows Sasquatch is real
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When seeing is still not believing
Mysterious Encounters with Autumn Williams featuring Bob Gimlin

"Mysterious Encounters" (hosted by scientist Autumn Williams, founder of was the first Bigfoot TV series, which ran for 13 episodes in 2003-04 on OLN. Producer Doug Hajicek, Co-producer Matt Moneymaker.

Thursday, November 26, 2015

HIKE: #OptOutside on Buy Nothing Day (video)

Xochitl, Wisdom Quarterly; Tim Martinez (Arroyo Sage);

Los Angeles and Orange County hikers gather to learn about the Foothills of the Angeles Forest above Pasadena with Tim Martinez of the Arroyo & Foothills Conservancy (WQ).
Rubio Canyon (Photo -
Fresh water pooling along the creek in Rubio Canyon (

The Arroyos & Foothills Conservancy and REI are teaming up for a FREE #OptOutside hike on Black Friday (Nov. 27, 2015).
Learn the medicinal, practical, and food uses of native plants and  explore the historic trail through Rubio Canyon Nature Preserve in the Los Angeles foothills above Pasadena.
The trail into Rubio Canyon follows the right-of-way for the former Mount Lowe Railway, taking hikers on a shaded walk that leads to a series of waterfalls.

Save the fish and their LA habitat (ASF).
The trail passes the site of the Rubio Pavilion Hotel and the beginning of the historic Rubio Incline -- a funicular that transported residents of the San Gabriel Valley to popular mountain resorts over 100 years ago. Bring water and dress appropriately. More
Previous class taught by Tim Martinez, the Arroyo Sage

Healing sounds for relaxed meditation (audio)

Tibetan Healing Sounds #2, 11 Hours of Tibetan Buddhist bowls for meditation and healing

"Families are like fudge...mostly sweet with a few nuts." (
Now if I could only concentrate! (Mishel Breen)
Sometimes family can drive one mad and make one yearn for a simpler life -- like living the life of a severe ascetic in the Himalayas, preferably in a cave without air conditioning, and only silent companions to cheer one on by example during the interminable hours of meditation, pacing, studying, and chanting living on meager food of roots, berries, shilajit, and rice seasoned only with pink Himalayan salt, struggling for enlightenment with the help of the Mountain and a distant guru who's living the good life in Dharamsala or Lhasa... On the other hand, maybe family life isn't so bad. But a person can dream and listen to the sweet, uplifting sound of singing bowls, ancient mantras, and a chorus of scriptures intoned for maximum impact on the psyche.
Tibetan Healing Sounds: Singing Bowls and natural sounds, gold for meditation and relaxation

The [Wells'] Dysfunctional Family Tree (Dan Collins/

Gratitude on Thanksgiving (sutras)

Dhr. Seven, Ashley Wells, Crystal Quintero (editors), Wisdom Quarterly, Kataññu Sutras (AN 2.31-32) based on Ven. Thanissaro a.k.a. Geoffrey DeGraff (trans.),
(Saturday Night Live, November 2015) Surviving family: Adele's Thanksgiving Miracle ("Hello")
"Generosity brings happiness at every stage of its expression. We experience joy in forming the intention to be generous. We experience joy in the actual act of giving something. And we experience joy in remembering the fact that we have given." - Gautama Buddha
SUTRAS: Gratitude
Kataññu Sutras (AN 2.31-32)
The Buddha in the Himalayas (
"Disciples, I will teach you the level of a worthy person and the level of an unworthy person [in terms of worthiness of offerings, reverence, hospitality, merit, with the fully enlightened person being the most worthy, one ennobled by one's own action, for which offerings are most meritorious]. Listen, heed well, and I will speak."
"Very well, venerable sir," they replied.
Then the Blessed One [the Buddha] spoke: "Now what is the level of an unworthy person? An unworthy person is ungrateful and does not gives thanks. This ingratitude, this lack of appreciation (thankfulness), is advocated by regressive people. It is entirely on the level of unworthy persons.

The Buddha on the Bimaran relic casket
"A worthy person [on the other hand] is grateful and appreciative (thankful). This gratitude, this appreciation is advocated by progressive people. It is entirely on the level of worthy persons."
{II,iv,2} "I tell you, meditators, there are two people who are not easy to repay. Who? One's mother and father. Even if one were to carry mother on one shoulder and father on the other shoulder for a century, and one were to look after them by bathing, anointing, massaging, and rubbing their limbs, and even if they were to urinate and defecate right there [on one's shoulders as infants do on parents], one would not thereby pay or repay one's parents.

See how much I love you, mom and dad! (RSK)
"Moreover, if one were to establish one's mother and father in absolute sovereignty over this planet, the great earth, abounding in seven treasures, one would not thereby pay or repay one's parents. Why? It is because mother and father do much for their children. They care for them, nourish them, introduce them to this world.

Be content. Buy Nothing Day
"But anyone who rouses one's unbelieving mother and father, settles, and establishes them in confidence (conviction, saddha, faith), rouses one's unvirtuous mother and father, settles, and establishes them in virtue (sila, beneficial conduct), rouses one's stingy mother and father, settles, and establishes them in generosity (dana, charity, liberality, openhandedness, giving), rouses one's foolish mother and father, settles, and establishes them in wisdom (insight, knowledge, discernment) -- to this extent one indeed pays and repays one's mother and father."

The Lessons of Gratitude
Ven. Thanissaro (ATI)
Put me down, dad! I can raise myself! (GWR)
Two people are hard to find in the world. Who? The one who is first to be kind, and the one who is grateful and thankful for kindness."
— AN 2.118

In saying that kind and grateful people are rare, the Buddha is not simply stating a harsh truth about the human race. He is advising us to treasure these people when we find them, and -- more importantly -- showing how we can become these rare people ourselves.

Kindness and gratitude are virtues we can cultivate. They have to be cultivated together. Each needs the other to be genuine -- a point that becomes obvious when we think about the three things most likely to make gratitude heartfelt:
  1. You've actually benefitted from another person's actions.
  2. You trust the motives behind those actions.
  3. You sense that the other person had to go out of his or her way to provide that benefit. More

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Protests: police murder of black teen (video)

Pat Macpherson, Pfc. Sandoval (editors), Wisdom Quarterly; ; AP (White Chicago cop charged with murder of black teen) UPDATED
WARNING: Extremely distressing needless police execution! Dashcam video shows Officer Jason Van Dyke executing black teen Laquan McDonald. This evidence was suppressed by Chicago Police Dept. to protect the murder until a judge demanded its release.

Chicago leaders urge calm before police shooting video released.
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    "We're hoping that these protests and demonstrations will be peaceful. We know they are coming," says Chicago pastor.
  • A judge has ordered the city of Chicago to release the video of the murder of Laquan McDonald by Officer Jason Van Dyke by November 25.
  • The 17-year-old was shot 16 times by an officer who just arrived on the scene six seconds before after other police already had him corralled while he was holding a knife and walking away.
I'm willing to murder blacks and protesters.
CHICAGO, Illinois (CNN) Leaders in Chicago are calling for calm ahead of the expected release of a video that reportedly shows a white police officer shooting a black teenager 16 times [most of them while he was paralyzed and bleeding on the ground].

Laquan McDonald was walking down a Chicago street the night of October 20, 2014, carrying a 4-inch knife and behaving erratically [i.e., disobediently], authorities said.
A police state keeps me working.
A police officer told the 17-year-old to drop the knife, but he didn't listen and the officer [sought to murder him so] fired on him [using the catchall after-the-fact excuse that it was] out of fear for his life, according to a police union spokesman. 
On Thursday, a judge in Chicago ordered the city to release by this Wednesday the police dashcam video that shows the shooting. For months, the city has fought attempts to have the video released to the public, saying it could jeopardize any ongoing investigation [by having the truth out while we're busy trying to cover it up to protect our officers from successful prosecution].
Our silence would be complicity with racist police crimes (
They'll never convict, so suck it.
"Chicago is on the tipping point," the Rev. Roosevelt Watkins said, according to CNN affiliate WLS. "We could be just like Ferguson."
Watkins was referring to Ferguson, Missouri, which imploded in protests and riots after a white police officer shot to death unarmed black teen Michael Brown in 2014. Unrest in the St. Louis suburb lasted for weeks.

Remember the Ferguson or Fergistan protests? (Tom Tomorrow/
Initially Chicago city officials tried to prevent the release of the video. But Cook County Judge Franklin Valderrama denied a request by the city's attorneys to issue a stay in his decision while they appeal to the Illinois Appellate Court.
The officer who shot McDonald, Jason Van Dyke, has not faced charges and still [gets paid by] the police department in a "limited duty position."

"Protests are imminent"
Anti-Ferguson police brutality demonstration, Berkeley (Dec. 6, 2014/AP).
On Monday, Mayor Rahm Emanuel met with various activists and community leaders to discuss the release of the video and what it might mean for the city.
His office has not released details on when or how it plans to release the video. But some in the city are bracing for protests and unrest. More + updated video of protests