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Rampant technolgy eliminates luxury, but not by declaring privilege a human right; rather, it does so by both raising the general standard of living and cutting off the possibility of fulfilment.

Theodor W. Adorno

'member when...

it was really cool to post Bukowski on your 'log????

8 Count

from my bed
I watch
3 birds
on a telephone
one flies
one is left,
it too
is gone.
my typewriter is
and I am
reduced to bird
just thought I'd
let you

Charles Bukowski

still is....

an' member when you 'discovered' John Fante??? was that like a hundred years ago in internet time??? seems like it...

Which one of Michael Alig's Club Kids are you?

You are Walt Paper. You're a strange one you are. You like your clothes to have holes in them so you can show off all your tattoos and piercings, and who knows if we've seen them all or not. You are now filmmaking under the name Mighty Women of God and write about the club scene you once belonged to. Maybe it would be a better idea to go back to body art.

Which one of Michael Alig's Club Kids are you?
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Don't be heedless of evil

Don't be heedless of evil
('It won't come to me').
A water jar fills;
even with water
falling in drops.
With evil--even if
the fool fills himself full.

Dhammapada, 9


Christmas and the Winter Solstice

PhotoUnderstanding the Christmas story more fully involves cosmic clocks because the celebration is deeply connected with the winter solstice. We find evidence of cosmic time-keeping all over the world. The British Isles alone contain over 900 rock formations which serve as cosmic clocks. Well known is Stonehenge, which scientists date at about 5,000 years old. It is a large calendar marking off precisely an ancient summer solstice. Late in 1997 archeologists in Somerset discovered England's largest and most complex prehistoric temple to date, twice the size of Stonehenge and perhaps several hundred years older. Why were ancient peoples so interested in charting and recording planetary and stellar movements, the solstices, and the equinoxes, and why do we so often find slits of light which hit a particular point at the winter or summer solstice? The four points of the year marked by the solstices and equinoxes are also called the sacred seasons. Around the globe there have been, and will continue to be, schools of the Mysteries where people learn about the workings of the universe, their own connection with it, and the natural order of compassion, harmony, and balance. These Mysteries can be divided into seven phases. The first three had to do with study, discipline, and living what had been understood through study. It might take many lifetimes to complete these first three stages. After this training, those who had learned a great deal about the laws of nature, and had put this knowledge into practice, undergo a transition in their lives. At the winter solstice they experience consciously the process of death and understand that it simply means life of a larger kind. Leaving their bodies behind as if dead, their consciousness goes through the processes of death, passing through the inner circulations of the earth and of some of the planets, and up to the very portal of the sun before returning. If successfully accomplished, this event produces a teacher who has experienced the consciousness behind the laws he earlier came to understand and tried to live by.

Stonehenge Face

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Has the face of the creator of Stonehenge been staring at us unrecognised for more than 4,000 years? A British archaeologist claims to have seen a face carved into the side of one of the mighty stones at Stonehenge. It is the first face ever seen on the Neolithic monument and one of the oldest works of art ever found in Britain. It was recognised by Terrence Meaden, an archaeologist with a fascination for the ancient standing stones of the British Isles.

dateline: POSSUM GRAPE

A big change is coming to Possum Grape. Mary Wilmans is selling her liquor store after a lifetime of catering to Arkansas hill people and cross-country travelers. It's no lie when Wilmans bills her 67 Liquor store as a landmark in classified ads that list the store for sale. It's half the town's business district and, thanks to a quirk in geography, it's the closest booze option for people in four adjoining counties. "Every single day you see the same people. They're great people, and they're hill people," Wilmans said. "They know exactly how much they're going to spend when they come in here." As if on cue, a man came in with his $14.35 ready, the price with tax for his 30-pack of Milwaukee's Best beer. Located in a town reputed to have been named for local critters that would nibble the fruit of the vine, Wilmans' store is in the western panhandle of Jackson County. The outpost on the edge of the Arkansas Delta serves Cleburne, Independence and White counties and the "dry" portion of Woodruff County. In Arkansas, voters can decide whether their towns will be "wet" or "dry." Wet means someone can buy liquor locally to wet their whistle. When an area is dry, it means a drive across the county line, and sometimes several county lines, to reach an oasis like Possum Grape. "There are people who probably don't want that store there, really," said Jackson County Judge Jerry Carlew, the county's chief executive. Over the years, 67 Liquor has catered to local clientele, travelers along U.S. 67 between Little Rock and St. Louis, and outsiders whose neighbors prefer not to have liquor flow so freely so close. And Carlew said that if 67 Liquor ends up closing, the economic impact likely wouldn't be great. Newport, the county seat 15 miles away, has liquor stores and could likely pick up the slack for customers who travel the ridge from Batesville and Searcy, towns 30 miles away with church-affiliated liberal arts colleges. "I don't think it's a big revenue-getter for Jackson County. People would buy their booze somewhere else, probably in our county," Carlew said. Wilmans said the foundation of the business is people who live nearby -- regardless of the county -- and make the store a regular stop. "I have two big holidays here -- the Fourth of July and New Year's Eve. Otherwise, my weeks are almost all the same (financially)," she said. Not even the days before the Super Bowl caused a significant bump in sales. While the business is named "67 Liquor," the store is now on Arkansas 367. U.S. 67 became a four-lane highway decades ago, moving to the east of Possum Grape and, in a way, leaving the town in the past. Gone is the filling station, and the dairy bar has long since been boarded up. There's still a restaurant, but Wilmans said her father bought the tavern that used to be in town and closed it to quell local leaders concerned about late-night drunks. "People were talking about a wet-dry election. We didn't want that to happen," Wilmans said. The store has sidestepped other threats, too. Wilmans said she gave some financial backing to a church-based effort several years ago that was successful in blocking another liquor store from coming to the area. Staying on the main highway, there's not another wet county to the north between Possum Grape and the Missouri border. In the other direction, the next liquor store is in the Little Rock area, an hour south. Wilmans has managed the store herself for the past few years, but had hired managers over the years, as had her late father in the decades he owned the store. Attached to the north side of the store is a house trailer, a relic from when the manager would live on site. "You had to then, when the highway was busy and there weren't security systems like you have now," she said. The two-lane road through Possum Grape remains well maintained and still has a flow of traffic. "We've still got a nice highway through there," Carlew said, "but not like 67. That hurts any little settlement when the highway changes." Giving directions to the store to someone heading from the south, Wilmans said, "It's on the right. There's nothing else on the right." It is clear from the way Wilmans speaks that the business hasn't been a money factory, but she's preparing to retire at 53 and said she'll keep her store on the block long enough to get her price, $225,000. She said she'll miss her customers and that she has some misgivings. But any second thoughts are not overwhelming her. "I want to play golf," she said more than once. "I may move." Is it pleasant to have options? "I'll have options when this store is gone," Wilmans said. Wilmans said she's aware of the social cost of alcohol and said she isn't always proud to run a liquor store. But she was born into the family business. Her father had three stores in northeast Arkansas and Wilmans and her two sisters each got a store after their father died. "I'm playing the cards that were dealt to me," she said. And now she's ready to pull away from the table. Copyright © 2006, Jonesboro Sun

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Osho Zen Tarot

33. Fighting

One moment it was there, another moment it is gone. One moment we are here, and another moment we have gone. And for this simple moment, how much fuss we make! How much violence, ambition, struggle, conflict, anger, hatred, just for this small moment! Just waiting for the train in a waiting room on a station, and creating so much fuss: fighting, hurting each other, trying to possess, trying to boss, trying to dominate - all that politics. And then the train comes and you are gone forever.

Osho Take it Easy, Volume 1 Chapter 13


Humanclock.com shows a photograph of the current time, with the photo changing every minute of the day (all 1,440 occuring minutes on Earth!) Thus you end up with a rotating picture clock sorta deal.

How the time is actually displayed is a whole different matter. A lot of photos have the time written on a crummy cardboard sign, while other photos might have the current time in a more edible format, such as olives. There are photos below sea level and ones over two miles above sea level. There are even clock pictures with people who played at Woodstock.

10 Things That Will Change The Way We Live

Fuel Cells Fuel cells will change the global economy, and not just because they will be as big a development in motoring as the internal-combustion engine was. They will also be used as cell-phone batteries and power generators, among other things

Gene Therapy So far, researchers have been exploring how gene therapy could be used to combat or eradicate diseases caused by single-gene defects, such as cystic fibrosis, hemophilia, muscular dystrophy and sickle cell anemia. With time, however, it is hoped that it will not only revolutionize the treatment of all disease but will also be able to prevent hereditary diseases, such as Down syndrome and heart disease.

Haptics Whether people know it or not, haptics has been subtly making inroads into everyday life in the form of vibrating phones, gaming controllers and force-feedback control knobs in cars (BMW's iDrive system uses the technology).

Internet2 Internet2, or UCAID (University Corporation for Advanced Internet Development), is the next-generation Internet. It is a nonprofit consortium developed in 1996 by 208 leading research universities in the U.S., as well as by such companies as Qwest, Cisco, Juniper and Nortel, to deliver video and data at much faster speeds than are possible over the public Internet.

LifeStraw What's the most precious liquid on earth? If you said oil, you're wrong. It's water. Even though more than 70% of the earth's surface is covered in H20, many parts of the world suffer from a persistent and crippling shortage of potable drinking water. LifeStraw hopes to change all that.

MRAM Researchers at IBM have shown that MRAM can be six times faster than the current industry-standard memory, dynamic RAM (DRAM). It is almost as fast as static RAM (SRAM) and is much faster and suffers less degradation over time than Flash memory.

$100 Laptop The Massachusetts Institute of Technology Media Lab has designed a fully functional laptop computer that can be sold for $100, so that children in poor or developing nations can get access to the Internet.

$200 Barrel Of Oil It's not an invention, but it will have a dramatic effect on the way everyone lives. Although the predictions range from terrifying to calming, all experts agree that a dramatic rise in the cost of fossil fuel would have a devastating impact not only on the global economy but on global society as well.

VoIP Voice-over-Internet Protocol lets people make telephone calls over the Internet or any other IP-based network. Because the voice data flows over a general-purpose packet-switched network, instead of dedicated, circuit-switched voice transmission lines, the cost of making telephone calls for both business and residential users is much less than with traditional telcos.

WiMAX WiMAX stands for Worldwide Interoperability for Microwave Access, which is a long-range, standard-based wireless technology that will effectively allow people to access their phones, computers and the Internet from virtually anywhere. No more need to wait for the cable or phone company to install the "last mile" of pipe to your home.

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watch the annoyance in your own mind

It is not proper to watch other people. This will not help your practice. If you are annoyed, watch the annoyance in your own mind. If others' discipline is bad or they are not good monks, this is not for you to judge. You will not discover widsom watching others. Monks' discipline is a tool to use for your own meditation. It is not a weapon to use to criticize or find fault. No one can do your practice for you, nor can you do practice for anyone else. Just be mindful of your own doings. This is the way to practice.

Ajahn Chah, "Bodhinyana"

the Hundredth Monkey

The Big Picture

The Japanese monkey, Macaca fuscata, has been observed in the wild for a period of over 30 years. In 1952, on the island of Koshima scientists were providing monkeys with sweet potatoes dropped in the sand. The monkeys liked the taste of the raw sweet potatoes, but they found the dirt unpleasant. An 18-month-old female named Imo found she could solve the problem in a nearby stream. She taught this trick to her mother. Her playmates also learned this new way and they taught their mothers, too. This cultural innovation was gradually picked up by various monkeys before the eyes of the scientists. Between 1952 and 1958, all the young monkeys learned to wash the sandy sweet potatoes to make them more palatable. Only the adults who imitated their children learned this social improvement. Other adults kept eating the dirty sweet potatoes. Then something startling took place. In the autumn of 1958, a certain number of Koshima monkeys were washing sweet potatoes ? the exact number is not known. Let us suppose that when the sun rose one morning there were 99 monkeys on Koshima Island who had learned to wash their sweet potatoes. Let's further suppose that later that morning, the hundredth monkey learned to wash potatoes. THEN IT HAPPENED! By that evening almost everyone in the tribe was washing sweet potatoes before eating them. The added energy of this hundredth monkey somehow created an ideological breakthrough! But notice. A most surprising thing observed by these scientists was that the habit of washing sweet potatoes then jumped over the sea ? Colonies of monkeys on other islands and the mainland troop of monkeys at Takasakiyama began washing their sweet potatoes!* (*Lifetide by Lyall Watson, pp. 147-148. Bantam Books 1980. This book gives other fascinating details.) Thus, when a certain critical number achieves an awareness, this new awareness may be communicated from mind to mind. Although the exact number may very, the Hundredth Monkey Phenomenon means that when only a limited number of people know of a new way, it may remain the consciousness property of these people. But there is a point at which if only one more person tunes-in to a new awareness, a field is strengthened so that this awareness is picked up by almost everyone! Your awareness is needed in saving the world from nuclear war. You may be the "Hundredth Monkey" . . . .

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The Plan: Robin Williams


"I see a lot of people yelling for peace but I have not heard of a plan for peace. So, here's one plan."

1) "The US will apologize to the world for our "interference" in their affairs, past &present. You know, Hitler, Mussolini, Stalin, Tojo, Noriega, Milosevic, Hussein, and the rest of those "good ole boys", we will never "interfere" again.

2) We will withdraw our troops from all over the world, starting with Germany, South Korea, the Middle East, and the Philippines. They don't want us there. We would station troops at our borders. No one allowed sneaking through holes in the fence.

3) All illegal aliens have 90 days to get their affairs together and leave.We'll give them a free trip home. After 90 days the remainder will be gathered up and deported immediately, regardless of whom or where they are. They're illegal!!! France will welcome them.

4) All future visitors will be thoroughly checked and limited to 90 days unless given a special permit!!!! No one from a terrorist nation will be allowed in. If you don't like it there, change it yourself and don't hide here. Asylum would never be available to anyone. We don't need any more cab drivers or 7-11 cashiers.

5) No foreign "students" over age 21. The older ones are the bombers. If they don't attend classes, they get a "D" and it's back home baby.

6) The US will make a strong effort to become self-sufficient energy wise. This will include developing nonpolluting sources of energy but will require a temporary drilling of oil in the Alaskan wilderness. The caribou will have to cope for a while.

7) Offer Saudi Arabia and other oil producing countries $10 a barrel for their oil. If they don't like it, we go someplace else. They can go somewhere else to sell their production. (About a week of the wells filling up the storage sites would be enough.)

8) If there is a famine or other natural catastrophe in the world, we will not "interfere." They can pray to Allah or whomever, for seeds, rain, cement or whatever they need. Besides most of what we give them is stolen or given to the army. The people who need it most get very little, if anything.

9) Ship the UN Headquarters to an isolated island someplace. We don't need the spies and fair weather friends here. Besides, the building would make a good homeless shelter or lockup for illegal aliens.

10) All Americans must go to charm and beauty school. That way, no one can call us "Ugly Americans" any longer. The Language we speak is ENGLISH...learn it...or LEAVE...Now, isn't that a winner of a plan?

"The Statue of Liberty is no longer saying "Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses." She's got a baseball bat and she's yelling, 'you want a piece of me?'"

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Asterisk on pop-up mogul's gold

There's already a tarnish on the gold medal won by Australian mogul skier Dale Begg-Smith at the Olympics in Turin this week. While the 21-year-old Begg-Smith may not have been involved in doping or cheating on the slopes, the way he richly supported himself while training was incredibly unsportsmanlike and probably illegal: Begg-Smith was a key player in a company that infected other peoples' computers with adware a.k.a. spyware. Canadian-born Begg-Smith reportedly is president of AdsCPM Network (a.k.a. CPM Media Inc.), a firm notorious for using "driveby downloads," security exploits, and other cheap tricks to install spyware (including keyloggers and browser hijackers) on unsuspecting Internet users' computers.

that reminds me -- i need to run ad-aware...

The Yin and Yang of Neo

Matrix: Revolutions Explained

Throughout the trilogy, the theme of tension between pairs of opposites is constant. It underpins everything else,
"In the heavenly sphere, there is no time and there is no suffering. It is also quite boring. No growth, no emotion. A human being needs to emerge from the Garden and come into the field of time. This introduces a problem. With time, things pass away. Trinity dies in the field of time. That is pain. With time comes suffering. The Serpent is what leads us out of the Garden into the field of time, where invention, love, growth, and...suffering are possible. Neo in Reloaded was the Serpent. He disobeyed God and took the red pill. The consequence was an assault on Zion."

and lack of understanding this theme leads to a basic lack of understanding of the trilogy. It is obvious that Neo and Smith are to be regarded as opposite sides of the same character, but the theme of opposites goes far deeper -- so far as to provide us with a fairly detailed roadmap of the storyline of both Reloaded and Revolutions. Before I get to anything else, it is absolutely critical to understand the symbolism of creation stories. Creation stories are inevitably about splitting things apart. At first there is only singular. I am. Then there is division. Think of it this way: if God was alone at the start, and He was All, and then He created any thing, it would necessarily have to come out of Himself. From one, two. In the beginning, God separated the light from the darkness, and the sea from the sky, and then the land from the sea. He is the wielder of the cosmic sword, cutting what was one into two. There is an Iroquois story about the First Mother getting pregnant from the wind (i.e., a "virgin mother") and giving birth to twins. There it is again, the one becoming two.

Tune in, turn on, boot UP


From "Open Mind" to "Open Source": how the Counterculture of the Sixties led to the Personal Computer and to the Unlimited Information Age. Albert Hofmann?s discovery has not only significantly marked 20th century culture it also influenced technology. Personal computer, Internet and "Open Source" software would not have been developed the way the were without LSD-induced inspirations. "Acid heads" laid the foundation for what we nowadays call computer revolution and information age. They even used the connections of the Arpanet, the predecessor of the today's InterNet, in order to arrange a marijuana deal...

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gossip and rumor

Don't go by gossip and rumor, nor by what's told you by others, nor by what you hear said, nor even by the authority of your traditional teachings. Don't go by reasoning, nor by inferring one thing from another, nor by argument about methods, nor from liking an opinion, nor from awe of the teacher and thinking he must be deferred to.

Instead, when you know from within yourselves that certain teachings are not good, that when put into practice they lead to loss and suffering, you must then trust yourselves and reject them.

Anguttara Nikaya

the rules

A petty officer often thinks of the rules; a seasoned general doesn't talk of soldiering.

Zen proverb


the fool torments himself

'I have sons, I have wealth'-
the fool torments himself.
When even he himself
doesn't belong to himself,
how then sons?
How wealth?

A fool with a sense of his foolishness
is--at least to that extent--wise.
But a fool who thinks himself wise
really deserves to be called
a fool.

Dhammapada, 5


one word

Better than a thousand useless words is one word that gives peace.




Mindfulness is not just a word or a discourse by the Buddha, but a meaningful state of mind. It means we have to be here now, in this very moment, and we have to know what is happening internally and externally. It means being alert to our motives and learning to change unwholesome thoughts and emotions into wholesome ones. Mindfulness is a mental activity that in due course eliminates all suffering.

Ayya Khema, "Be an Island"


Ralph Eugene Meatyard

COPYRIGHT http://www.mocp.org/collections/permanent/meatyard_ralph_eugene.php - no infrigement implied or intended
I work in several different groups of pictures which act on and with each other ? ranging from several abstracted manners to a form for the surreal. I have been called a preacher ? but in reality, I?m more generally philosophical. I have never made an abstracted photograph without content. An educated background of Zen influences all of my photographs.

Ralph Eugene Meatyard, 1961

master in the art of living

A master in the art of living draws no sharp distinction between his work and his play; his labor and his leisure; his mind and his body; his education and his recreation. He hardly knows which is which. He simply pursues his vision of excellence through whatever he is doing, and leaves others to determine whether he is working or playing. To himself, he always appears to be doing both.
Francoise Rene Auguste Chateaubriand


PhotoSome meme from some website form some point in time that I saved to some word doc...

Number of Books on Shelf
A few hundred or three -- mostly classics, standards, and a whole shit load of (mostly 17th c. english lit and 19th c. American Art(History) from college) text and reference books, .

Last Book Purchased
Ridin' High, Livin' Free: Hell-Raising Motorcycle Stories - Ralph "Sonny" Barger

Reading Right Now
Ridin' High, Livin' Free: Hell-Raising Motorcycle Stories - Ralph "Sonny" Barger

Last 5 books read
I don't read as much as I used to, and when I do it tends to be very "light" reading. (Which is to say I read a lot of motorcycle magazines)

Books that mean a lot to me
Desert Solitaire - Edward Abbey
Nausea - Jean-Paul Sartre
No Exit and Three Other Plays - by Jean-Paul Sartre
Instructions to the Cook : A Zen Master's Lessons in Living a Life That Matters - Glassman, Fields

Leaderless Resistance: a necessary philosophy for the 21st century


The following is a short description of the basic logic behind the idea of "Leaderless Resistance" - according to my view. Being short, it obviously lacks detail, but then, that is in large part the beauty of the concept. Each individual can easily tailor a unique approach, while pursuing a common goal. Since we don't need to sell a lie, it is not necessary to have a 'dear leader' specifying uniform talking points and/or actions. Once familiar with Leaderless Resistance, we can get acquainted with WOC (Withdrawal Of Consent), LR's natural, and equally fascinating mate - the one providing the punch.

What we know - because it stares us in the face:

1) The most hopelessly confused nations today have endless organizations, organisms and committees on a 'community' level, not to mention the all permeating political apparatus.
2) All these structures are either created or soon infiltrated and/or subverted by a species of virtual clones, whose main talent (usually the only talent) is to twist words into intricate pretzels. Intriguing to look at but unsafe to ingest.
3) These verbal 'virtuosi' are backed by unlimited financial resources. Their masters - not what masquerades as our governments - create the stuff out of thin air - as needed.
4) Our so called governments have been turned into simple enforcer pretzels by and for the same masters. If you don't think the communitarian groupthink, you are unelectable - even for dog catcher.
5) Community as an organic structure has virtually ceased to exist. The only time we see our neighbors is at highly manipulated 'community' events, over the obligatory, precisely specified fence - or in court.


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Adittapariyaya Sutta - The Fire Sermon


PhotoI have heard that on one occasion the Blessed One was staying in Gaya, at Gaya Head, with 1,000 monks. There he addressed the monks:

"Monks, the All is aflame. What All is aflame? The eye is aflame. Forms are aflame. Consciousness at the eye is aflame. Contact at the eye is aflame. And whatever there is that arises in dependence on contact at the eye ? experienced as pleasure, pain or neither-pleasure-nor-pain ? that too is aflame. Aflame with what? Aflame with the fire of passion, the fire of aversion, the fire of delusion. Aflame, I tell you, with birth, aging & death, with sorrows, lamentations, pains, distresses, & despairs.

"The ear is aflame. Sounds are aflame...

"The nose is aflame. Aromas are aflame...

"The tongue is aflame. Flavors are aflame...

"The body is aflame. Tactile sensations are aflame...

"The intellect is aflame. Ideas are aflame. Consciousness at the intellect is aflame. Contact at the intellect is aflame. And whatever there is that arises in dependence on contact at the intellect ? experienced as pleasure, pain or neither-pleasure-nor-pain ? that too is aflame. Aflame with what? Aflame with the fire of passion, the fire of aversion, the fire of delusion. Aflame, I say, with birth, aging & death, with sorrows, lamentations, pains, distresses, & despairs.

"Seeing thus, the well-instructed disciple of the noble ones grows disenchanted with the eye, disenchanted with forms, disenchanted with consciousness at the eye, disenchanted with contact at the eye. And whatever there is that arises in dependence on contact at the eye, experienced as pleasure, pain or neither-pleasure-nor-pain: With that, too, he grows disenchanted.

"He grows disenchanted with the ear...

"He grows disenchanted with the nose...

"He grows disenchanted with the tongue...

"He grows disenchanted with the body...

"He grows disenchanted with the intellect, disenchanted with ideas, disenchanted with consciousness at the intellect, disenchanted with contact at the intellect. And whatever there is that arises in dependence on contact at the intellect, experienced as pleasure, pain or neither-pleasure-nor-pain: He grows disenchanted with that too. Disenchanted, he becomes dispassionate. Through dispassion, he is fully released. With full release, there is the knowledge, 'Fully released.' He discerns that 'Birth is ended, the holy life fulfilled, the task done. There is nothing further for this world.'"

That is what the Blessed One said. Gratified, the monks delighted at his words. And while this explanation was being given, the hearts of the 1,000 monks, through no clinging (not being sustained), were fully released from fermentation/effluents.

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amending our mistakes

By amending our mistakes, we get wisdom.
By defending our faults, we betray an unsound mind.

The Sutra of Hui Neng

the first thing to learn is the right behavior

"If you would like to be with me and to find comfort that way, the first thing for you to learn is the right behavior. Go back to your home and learn to do as your parents want, continue to recite your prayers, and work hard in your daily life. At the same time, clean yourself up, put on proper clothes, and don't neglect yourself again. When you've learned this, come back to me and you may be allowed to become one of my followers."




I heard someone on television the other day talking about those people who have influenced their lives most. It got me to thinking along the same lines - who has "altered" how I think - who I am. In no particular order, and definately an ongoing proiject, these are some of the people who've shaped my being.

Edward Abbey - Desert Solitaire. This book really did it for me. I'm not exactly sure why; it's a good book, not necessarily a great book, in my opinion. And the only book of his I can say this about, and I've read just about all of them. It was just one of those 'things' that make the lightbulb go on in your head. Not a very good, or detailed explaination, but it's the only one I have.

Jimi Hendrix - Electric Ladyland. Before Hendrix I was like (probably) 99% of those budding hippies-to-be. White t-shirts, jeans, penny loafers, Marlboros, hanging out in the pool hall, getting in trouble with the cops on a nightly basis -- just generally being a juvenile delinquent. The music was pretty much top-40 am radio stuff. Hendrix... Hendrix was a revelation. Granted, it wasn't an overnight change, but I can definately trace the big change back to hearing Electric Lady for the first time

You entered: 4/13/1954

You entered: 4/13/1954

Your date of conception was on or about 21 July 1953 which was a Tuesday.

You were born on a Tuesday under the astrological sign Aries.
Your Life path number is 9.

The Julian calendar date of your birth is 2434845.5.
The golden number for 1954 is 17.
The epact number for 1954 is 25.
The year 1954 was not a leap year.

Your birthday falls into the Chinese year beginning 2/3/1954 and ending 1/23/1955.
You were born in the Chinese year of the Horse.

The date of Easter on your birth year was Sunday, 18 April 1954.
The date of Ash Wednesday (the first day of Lent) on your birth year was Wednesday 3 March 1954.
The date of Whitsun (Pentecost Sunday) in the year of your birth was Sunday 6 June 1954.
The date of Whisuntide in the year of your birth was Sunday 13 June 1954.
The date of Rosh Hashanah in the year of your birth was Tuesday, 28 September 1954.
The date of Passover in the year of your birth was Sunday, 18 April 1954.
The date of Mardi Gras on your birth year was Tuesday 2 March 1954.

As of 2/9/2006 5:31:03 PM EST
You are 51 years old.
You are 622 months old.
You are 2,704 weeks old.
You are 18,930 days old.
You are 454,337 hours old.
You are 27,260,251 minutes old.
You are 1,635,615,063 seconds old.

Your age is the equivalent of a dog that is 7.40900195694716 years old. (You old hound dog, you!)

There are 63 days till your next birthday on which your cake will have 52 candles.

Those 52 candles produce 52 BTUs, or 13,104 calories of heat (that's only 13.1040 food Calories!).
You can boil 5.94 US ounces of water with that many candles.

In 1954 there were approximately 3.6 million births in the US.
In 1954 the US population was approximately 150,697,361 people, 50.7 persons per square mile.
In 1954 in the US there were approximately 1,667,231 marriages (11.1%) and 385,144 divorces (2.6%)
In 1954 in the US there were approximately 1,452,000 deaths (9.6 per 1000)
In the US a new person is born approximately every 8 seconds.
In the US one person dies approximately every 12 seconds.

Your birthstone is Diamond
The Mystical properties of Diamond: Diamonds are said to increase personal clarity to help one see things clearly as well as be straight-forward and honest. Supposedly, the higher quality the diamond, the better it is supports these qualities.

Some lists consider these stones to be your birthstone. (Birthstone lists come from Jewelers, Tibet, Ayurvedic Indian medicine, and other sources) Opal, Quartz, White Sapphire

Your birth tree is Maple, Independence of Mind

No ordinary person, full imagination and originality, shy and reserved, ambitious, proud, self-respect, hungers for new experiences, sometimes nervous, many complexes, good memory, learns easily, complicated love life, wants to impress.

There are 319 days till Christmas 2006!
There are 332 days till Orthodox Christmas!

The moon's phase on the day you were born was waxing gibbous.

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In the face of reality's illumination

In the face of reality's illumination
There is neither self nor other,
No duality, no division-void of identity
And yet neither void
Nor not void,
There?s no perceiver at all.
Eh Ma! Until a mountain yogi
Has realized well the meaning of this,
He should not disparage cause and result!

Drinking the Mountain Stream: Songs of Tibet's Beloved Saint, Milarepa


finding full liberation

As he neared a grove of trees, he met the Buddha coming from it. The Buddha smiled and took his hand. Together they went to a temple where two old monks were sweeping the floor. The Buddha said to them: "This young monk will live here with you from now on. Continue your sweeping, and as your brooms move back and forth, say the two-syllable mantra that I will now give you. Don't stop until I come back."

The young monk sat down and listened to the movement of the brooms, to and fro over the floor. He heard the whispered rhythm of the mantra as it was repeated over and over again. This went on for many weeks, and before the Buddha came back, the young monk had found full liberation and so had the two old monks.

Majjhima Nikaya


If one clings to his attachments

If one clings to his attachments, refusing to let go,
Sorrows will not let go their grip on him.

Those who renounce totally reach the highest peak;
The rest remain ensnared in delusion's net.

Tirukkural 35:347-348

Leave the mind in its natural, undisturbed state

Leave the mind in its natural, undisturbed state. Don't follow thoughts of "This is a problem, that is a problem!" Without labeling difficulties as problems, leave your mind in its natural state. In this way, you will stop seeing miserable conditions as problems."

Lama Zopa Rinpoche, "Transforming Problems Into Happiness"


Laguna Woman - The FIRST american


The story of the discovery of the oldest human remains in the Western Hemisphere,
discovered by Howard Wilson in Laguna Beach California

They also knew exactly where to look amongst the cliff tops and fields of coastal Laguna for places the Indians lived and worked. Indian village sites were scattered everywhere along the coast and easy to find - if you knew where to look. The patches of rich black soil filled with small bits of chipped and burned rock, mixed in with seashells by the thousands, that told them this was the living floor or "midden" of a vanished people who once populated the coast. The makers of these middens, were a semi-nomadic group of desert culture people that had come into the Southern California area around 3,000 years ago, displacing the older "Oak Grove" people, who were here before them by nearly another 3,000 years earlier. Little is known of these earlier "Oak Grove" people from that ancient time, but a great deal is known of the more recent folk.

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The whole of humanity

The whole of humanity is?one human family. This planet is our only home.

-His Holiness the Dalai Lama

Cornelius Cardew- Composer


...as a musician and concert organiser he was responsible for many first performances including Boulez's "Structures " with Richard Rodney Bennet at RAM; as well as the music of Cage, Stockhausen, La Monte Young, Terry Riley, Wolff, Rzewski, etc, etc. In London he took a course in graphic design and worked intermittently as a graphic artist/researcher throughout the rest of his life ...He was a founder member of the Revolutionary Communist Party of Britain (Marxist-Leninist) 1979. He had just initiated work in Britain on the Second International Sports and Cultural Festival which was held during 1982, and had begun a Masters Degree in Musical Analysis at King's College London when he was tragically killed on the 13th December 1981 by a hit and run driver near his home in Leyton, East London. Cornelius was widely known in Britain and throughout the world not only for his avant-garde compositions but also as a political composer and for his position in contemporary music.

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The Celebrity Atheist List

Welcome to The Celebrity Atheist List, an offbeat collection of notable individuals who have been public about their lack of belief in deities.

The Atheist and the Materialist - those who have no need for gods and some who have no need for the supernatural

... Ani DiFranco, Micky Dolenz, Phil Donahue, Roger Ebert, Dean Edell, Greg Egan, Paul Ehrlich, Albert Einstein, Harlan Ellison, Brian Eno, Harvey Fierstein, Larry Flynt, Dave Foley, Jodie Foster, Kinky Friedman, Janeane Garofalo, Bill Gates, Bob Geldof, Ricky Gervais, Ira Glass, James Gleick, Seth Green, Harry Harrison, Robert Heinlein, Nat Hentoff, Katharine Hepburn, Christopher Hitchens, Douglas Hofstadter, Penn Jillette, Billy Joel, Angelina Jolie, Wendy Kaminer, Jonathan Katz, Diane Keaton, Margot Kidder, Neil Kinnock, Michael Kinsley, Ron Kuby, Milan Kundera, Richard Leakey, Bruce Lee, ...

P22 Cage

Based on the handwriting and sketches of American experimental composer John Cage, this set was produced in conjunction with The Museum of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles and the John Cage Trust. This unique collection includes 52 graphic extras culled from the composer's notes and scores, as well as the "Cage Silence" font inspired by Cage's seminal work 4' 33".

The Religion of the Samurai


A Study of Zen Philosophy and Discipline in China and Japan By Kaiten Nukariya [1913]

... If, again, man's nature is essentially bad, as Siün Tsz holds, how can he cultivate virtue? If you contend that ancient sages invented so-called cardinal virtues and inculcated them against his natural inclination, why does he not give them up? If vices be congenial and true to man's nature, but virtues be alien and untrue to him, why are virtues honoured by him? If vices be genuine and virtue a deception, as you think, why do you call the inventors of that deceiving art sages? How was it possible for man to do good before these sages' appearance on earth?

3. Man is both Good-natured and Bad-natured according to Yan Hiung[1] (Yo-yu).--According to Yang Hiung and his followers, good is no less real than evil, and evil is no more unreal than good. Therefore man must be double-natured-that is, partly good and partly bad. This is the reason why the history of man is full of fiendish crimes, and, at the same time, it abounds with godly deeds. This is the reason why mankind comprises, on the one hand, a Socrates, a Confucius, a Jesus, and, on the other, a Nero and a Kieh. This is the reason why we find to-day a honest fellow in him whom we find a betrayer to-morrow.

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The Kubby Chronicles


A human's right to care for his or her body as he or she choses,
"This is no more about Marijuana than the Boston Tea Party was about Tea."
should be recognized by governments. What we put into our bodies to heal us and keep us balanced or relieve our pain, is our right. Especially if that person is suffering from a serious and rare type of cancer. This is a game of chicken and Steve doesn't have much of a chance. He has been stripped of all rights, including his right to the special diet he needs. Steve can have a blood pressure attack from eating a bar of chocolate or eating foods with MSG in them. In addition, most low quality meats, like those served in jails, are full of steroids, which are basically food for Steve's tumor to eat and then make even more adrenaline chemicals to rack his body. Unless he can eat his very limited diet of tofu, dill, garlic, and hemp oil salad, plus his oatmeal cookies, he is going stimulate the tumor even more to produce adrenaline chemicals.

"I'm running for Governor because I'm fed up with bad government, corrupt politicians, and arrogant officials. Like you, I'd like the government to support my liberty, protect and serve my family, respect my personal property and stop passing and enforcing laws that assume I have the intelligence of a child."

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Resistance does not mean walls and fences, nonresistance does not mean open space. If you can understand in this way, mind and matter are fundamentally the same.