Saturday, March 24, 2018

March for MORE government control (live)

AMY GOODMAN: “Never again.” That’s become the rallying cry for students in Florida who survived last week’s school shooting at the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland that left 17 people dead. Funerals continue to be held for the students and teachers who were killed in one of the deadliest school shootings in U.S. history. The confessed gunman, Nikolas Cruz, was a former student who had been expelled. He carried out the killings with an AR-15, which he reportedly bought three days after getting kicked out of the school last year.

Give me safety over freedom!
Democracy Now! is broadcasting live coverage of the March For Our Lives [So the Government Can Take Away More of Our Rights] in Washington, D.C. This historic event was created, inspired, and led by [geniuses in the US clandestine services and professional production companies and stage managers using] students [to demand a predetermined set of new laws and regulations]. Featured are voices of students and others of all ages as they converge on the capital and over 800 other cities, including Los Angeles and New York, around the world to demand action on gun control. Watch online here or tune in live today at 12:00 pm ET to Free Speech TV (Dish Network 9415 & DirecTV Ch. 348), Link TV (Dish Network 9410 & DirecTV Ch. 375), or check your local Democracy Now! station for listings. (Livestream) WATCH

Friday, March 23, 2018

Melania, Trump, and pornstar Stormy (video)

CNN; Stephen Colbert; SNL; Megyn Kelly; Ashley Wells, Crystal Quintero, Wisdom Quarterly

How Melania Trump is handling Stormy Daniels news
CNN's Randi Kaye takes a look at how first lady Melania Trump keeps a low profile after porn star Stormy Daniels' claims of a sexual encounter with Pres. Trump.

Stephen Colbert on Stormy Daniels
(The Late Show with Stephen Colbert) Stormy Daniels: Sex with Trump was "textbook generic"
Before she signed the $130,000 NDA, pornstar Stormy Daniels gave In Touch magazine a detailed account of her affair with Donald Trump.

Saturday Night Live: Weekend Update
(SNL) Republican Pornstar "Stormy Daniels" appears on Weekend Update to discuss sex and infidelity with Pres. Don John Trump

Porn friends are best friends
(TODAY) Pornstar friend speaks out on Stormy Daniels’ relationship with Trump
On Megyn Kelly TODAY, Megyn is joined by Alana Evans, a friend and former colleague of the adult film star known as Stormy Daniels, who was reportedly paid to deny having an affair with Donald Trump in 2006. Evans describes getting phone calls from Daniels inviting her to join her and Trump in their hotel room, and says Trump got on the phone and invited her as well.

Donald Trump is still cheating (Hope Hicks?)

How to # Delete Facebook (video)

Derral Eves; Pat Macpherson, CC Liu, Seth Auberon, Wisdom Quarterly; NECN News; CNBC

I deleted Facebook (FBI) and Google (CIA)
It's time to get rid of this piece of [garbage], this surveillance tool spying on us and selling our information.

The US government, on account of the Constitution, can't collect our data. But it can buy it from corporations that mine and store it for the government and anyone else who's paying.

Facebook (and Google) has been out to make money while giving FBI and CIA "assets" their own desks in at corporate HQ in the Silicon Valley and elsewhere.

Keep Twitter to read my tweets or you're fired
What are these agents and operatives doing? Whatever it is -- building backdoors, mining and analyzing user data, figuring out ways to make apps more addictive, frustrating actual encryption, causing defects that means viruses and worms get in because if antivirus engines actually were allowed to work, it would keep government and corporate spies out, too.

Goodness forbid G men can't get in and see our timelines, whereabouts, and things about us we wouldn't tell our own mothers.
Elon Musk, SpaceX, Tesla QUIT all Facebook
Facebook is so passe that even my parents are tired of it. Instagram and SnapChat, too.
As part of the backlash against Facebook in the wake of its user betrayal and data selling crisis, Elon Musk quit.

He deleted his official Facebook page and those of his two companies -- Tesla and SpaceX -- after an exchange on Twitter.
Musk is responding to WhatsApp Co-founder Brian Acton's call to join the growing #DeleteFacebook mMovement in light of revelations that data analysis firm Cambridge Analytica allegedly lifted the data of millions of users without their consent.

"It is time. #deletefacebook," Acton tweeted on March 20. More
How to Delete Facebook account permanently

Here's how to permanently delete your Facebook account. First, backup the account to delete it permanently. Here is the direct link to the official Facebook account deletion page. Follow us on Facebook: (ha ha) or, better yet, follow us on

    "White Trash" and other gangs (video)

    Here's what gangs from all over the world look like: Very few think about it, but almost every country has its own low class gangs -- Israel, Japan, the USA, even Russia and South Africa, where "Zef" is allegedly the fake name Die Antwoord* made up for its denizens. Did it exist before the band started making videos? Surely, "white trash" is just a general pejorative for Honkies (lol) not a gang as Bright Side states. Nevertheless, beware the Gopniks.

    Sexy Zef "Gang Life" in the White South
    (*Die Antwoord) Sex, drugs, more sex, and ravey techno beats among "Zef" Southerners

    17 Gangs in the U.S. Military

    (They Will Kill You, Nov. 14, 2017) Big illegal "organizations" in the U.S. with a few hundred members? These shocking clubs really exist in various U.S. military bases around the world. Then when the revert to civilian life, they join police gangs.
    (Jim Gee) What if Zef and White Trash were to combine in Indianapolis?

    Thursday, March 22, 2018

    Science, the "Soul," and Consciousness (audio)

    George Walter Chyz, George Boory (, "Triality" of Consciousness/Unexplained Tales, March 21, 2018); Seth Auberon, Pat Macpherson (eds.), Wisdom Quarterly

    With a master's of science in mechanical engineering from MIT, George Walter Chyz wrote the book The Magnificent Soul.

    He discusses the "science of the soul" (the nonphysical part of us) and how he has uncovered a three-part "Triality" of human consciousness that opens the door to inner divinity.

    Triality is an advancement beyond duality. In addition to the mind and heart, Chyz proposes that consciousness also resides in the gut, a seat of intuition. More signals are actually traveling up the spine to the brain than from the brain to the body.

    He cites evidence, such as 2,500 scientific reincarnation investigations and studies of near death experiences (NDEs), that the mind retains functions independent of the brain.

    You thinking? - Yeah. - But your brain waves show no activity. - Oh. (
    "Consciousness is not created by the physical brain," he says. It is what is at the foundation of the universe, he declares, not matter.

    "The brain," says Chyz, "is like a multi-pin connector," for the field of consciousness. It works in tandem with the gastrointestinal brain, which is "actually sending more signals up the spinal cord than the head brain is sending signals down."

    Interestingly, he suggests that for half the population the pineal gland has calcified (which can be verified by a simple MRI scan). It has turned to bone due to emotional pain.

    After discussions with Native Americans such as the Southwest's Hopi and Hawaii's Kahuna, he has found that their wisdom and prophecies mesh with his scientific theories bridging the spiritual and scientific worlds. More + AUDIO

    In the second half of the show, Jim Harold, host of "The Paranormal Podcast," shares some of his latest stories from the world of the strange and unexplained:

    15th anniversary of US War on Iraq (video)

    Amy Goodman, Denis Moynihan (, March 22, 2018); Ashley Wells, Pfc. Sandoval, Seth Auberon, Sheldon S. (eds.), Wisdom Quarterly

    Medea Benjamin, co-founder of and author of the book Kingdom of the Unjust: Behind the U.S.-Saudi Connection.

    In his first foreign trip abroad as president, Trump traveled this weekend to Saudi Arabia, where he signed a series of arms deals totaling $110 billion of weapons transfers.

    This comes in addition to more than $115 billion offered in arms deals to Saudi Arabia by Pres. Obama during his time in office.

    The deal also includes precision-guided munitions, which the Obama administration had stopped selling Saudi Arabia out of fear they would be used to bomb civilians amid the ongoing Saudi-led bombing campaign in Yemen.

    Since 2015, 10,000 people have been killed in the ongoing fighting, which has also decimated the country’s health, water, sewage, and sanitation systems. The arms deal includes tanks, artillery, ships, helicopters, a missile defense system, and cybersecurity technology. More
    Fifteen years have passed since Pres. George W. Bush, Vice Pres. Dick Cheney, and a coterie of neoconservatives, enabled by mainstream media cheerleaders, launched the U.S. invasion of Iraq with a murderous bombardment of Baghdad they branded “shock and awe.”

    Far from delivering the promised freedom and democracy and exposing stockpiles of weapons of mass destruction, this illegal war killed, wounded, and displaced millions of civilians.
    Column default1More than 4,500 U.S. service members were killed, seven of them as recently as last week.

    Death and destruction on this scale would be more than enough to crush any society; yet, the Iraqi people have persevered, countering war with determination and hope.
    “We have to name it as a criminal war,” Zahra Ali told the “Democracy Now!” news hour, “the destruction of Iraq as a functioning state and society.” A French-Iraqi sociologist, she was raised in Paris because her Iraqi parents fled Saddam Hussein as political exiles. “The post-2003 Iraqi regime has proven to be very anti-democratic,” she added.

    Matt Howard enlisted in the Marines before Sept. 11, 2001. “I watched the invasion from Okinawa, Japan, where I was stationed at the time, and had a gnawing sense of dread that we were making a decision we could never step back from,” he said on “Democracy Now!”

    Deployed twice to Iraq, in 2004 and 2005, by 2008 he was back in the U.S., opposed to war. He joined Iraq Veterans Against the War [IVAW], and now is co-director of the group, which recently changed its name to About Face. More
    S1 iraq 15 years3

    Wednesday, March 21, 2018

    Not thinking of SEX in spring (video)

    Ananda M. (Dharma Meditation Initiative), Dhr. Seven, Jen B., CC Liu, Wisdom Quarterly; Strangers With Candy (Comedy Central); Ajahn Jotiko, Awareness Itself; Dhammapada verses

    I'm here to help you! - Then why do you have a sword? - To cut your vine. - Go away!
    The soft embrace of delight
    Let me climb and embrace you.
    One day a vine took root at the base of an elder tree in an ancient grove of trees.

    It sprang soft tendril-arms and took hold of the base of the tree. The tree sighed at the embrace. As the vine began to grow, its sweet fragrance perfuming the base of the tree as its tendrils extended and it began to climb.

    At that time the spirits of the other ancient trees, dryads, came to pay their final respects to the elder tree. "It has been nice knowing you, sir tree!" they said.

    The elder tree grimaced and wondered why they spoke such insolence in such a kind and respectful manner, as if mocking him.

    "I am a grand old tree; moreover, I have have this gorgeous vine which I wear like a colorful robe over my old bark. What reason have they to speak to me in such a way?"

    Day and night, in a solemn procession, the tree spirits came by and paid their condolences until finally the elder could take it no more. The vine had climbed all the way to the top and was beginning to enfold its canopy.

    Let me enwrap you.
    The elder tree cried out to a particularly old, wise, and venerable tree spirit: "Why do you speak to me in such a manner, as if someone has died?!"

    The venerable tree spirit looked surprised, "Why surely you know why we have all come, each in our turn, to bid you farewell and speak of our affection?"

    "But I am still here! I'm not going anywhere! What have I done that you should all turn on me?"

    "Friend, do you not know hat will happen when this vine you wear like a charm enfolds your canopy?"

    "It will look all the more gorgeous as I support it with its soft tendril-embrace about my great trunk!"

    "Then what?"

    "'Then what' what? I will wear it like a beautiful gown, a magnificent, multi-colored robe!"

    "Then it will weigh you down until you snap, your old, brittle body unable to support the weight of its clinging any longer."

    "Ahh!" the elder tree gasped, suddenly understanding its predicament. "Then I will ask this vine to climb down!"

    "Good luck with that request," the venerable spirit said full of compassion as it turned and went off into the grove.

    Just so does the tender touch of sensuality delight one...until, clinging and unable to let go, it eventually fells one by its weight.
    Sex: The Great Temptation
    Awareness Itself by Thai Master Ajahn Jotiko, Ven. Thanissaro/Geoffrey DeGraff (trans.)
    Let's have sex? - No, let's just wrap like a vine and a tree. - OK, that's intimate, too.
    World's tallest tree, CA
    Western women are often upset when they learn that Buddhist monks aren’t allowed to touch them.

    They usually take it as a sign that Buddhism discriminates against women.

    But as Thai Master Ajahn Fuang explained it, “The reason the Buddha didn’t allow monks to touch women is not that there’s anything wrong with women. It’s because there’s something wrong with the monks:

    “They still have mental defilements, which is why they have to be kept under control.”
    For anyone who tries to follow the celibate life [of a Buddhist monastic aiming for immediate enlightenment], the opposite sex is the biggest temptation to leave the path [that leads to awakening].

    If Ajahn Fuang were teaching monks, he’d say: “Women are like vines. At first they seem so delicate and soft, but if you let them grow on you, they cling and curl up around you until they have you all tied up and finally bring you down.”

    Similarly, when teaching nuns, he’d warn them about men. Once a nun was thinking of disrobing [giving up the saffron robes of a celibate Buddhist nun's life] and returning home, knowing that her father would arrange a marriage for her.

    She asked Ajahn Fuang for advice, and he told her: “Ask yourself, do you want to live inside the noose or out?” As a result, she decided she’d rather stay out of the noose. More

    Jerri Blank (Amy Sedaris) never learned morals on Strangers With Candy, but there were a lot of fun times. Like all "after school specials," every episode climaxed in a tidy life lesson. lol

    The delicate vines blossom and wait for The One, a tall handsome tree to climb.
    What danger is a vine to a tree?
    Dhammapada (Verses 163-166 334-336) edited by Wisdom Quarterly
    Dryads (devas) live in trees.
    (163) When overspread by extreme vice -- like a sal tree by a vine -- one does oneself what an enemy would wish.

    They're easy to do -- things no good and of no use to oneself. What is useful and good is really harder than hard to do.
    (164) The teaching of those who live the Dharma, worthy ones, nobles [enlightened beings]: whoever maligns it -- a dullard, motivated by wrong view -- bears the fruit of one's own destruction, like the fruiting of the bamboo.*
    • *Certain reeds of the bamboo plant family perish immediately after producing fruit.
    (165) Great harm is done by oneself. By oneself is one defiled. Great harm is left undone by oneself. By oneself is one cleansed. Purity and impurity are one's own doing. No one purifies another. No other can purify one.

    (166) Let one not neglect one's own welfare because of [or even for the sake of] another, however great. Clearly understanding one's own welfare, let one be intent upon the good.

    The bigger our trees the better!
    (334-336) When one lives heedlessly, one's craving grows like a creeping vine. One runs now here, now there, like a forest monkey in desperate search of sweet fruit.

    If this sticky and wretched craving overcomes one in the world, one's sorrows grow like wild grass following a rain.

    But if in the world one overcomes this wretched craving, so hard to escape, sorrows roll off one like beads of water off a lotus flower.

    The Psychology of Emotions in Buddhism

    Dr. Padmasiri de Silva, The Psychology of Emotions in Buddhist Perspective; edited by Dhr. Seven, Ashley Wells, Ananda M. (Dharma Meditation Initiative), Wisdom Quarterly

    An "emotion" occurs generally when an object of perception is considered as attractive or repulsive.

    There is a felt tendency impelling people towards suitable/pleasant objects and impelling them to move away from unsuitable/unpleasant or harmful objects.

    The individual also perceives and judges the situation in relation to oneself as attractive or repulsive. While a person feels attraction (sarajjati) for agreeable material forms, one feels repugnance (byapajjati) for disagreeable material ones.

    An individual thus possessed of like (anurodha) and dislike (virodha) approaches pleasure-giving objects and avoids painful ones (M i 226, MN 38).
    Pleasant feelings (sukha vedana) and painful feelings (dukkha vedana) are affective reactions to sensations.

    When we make a judgment in terms of hedonic tone of these affective reactions, there are excited in us certain dispositions to possess the object (greed), to destroy it (hatred) or flee from it (fear), to get perplexed over it (delusion), and so on.

    Sometimes it's easy to feel sad: too much pondering.
    Our attitudes towards things, which have been formed in the past, influence our present reactions to oncoming stimuli, and these attitudes are often rooted in dynamic personality traits.

    These attitudes, according to the historical Buddha, are not always the result of deliberations at a conscious level, but emerge on deep-rooted tendencies referred to as proclivities (anusaya*).

    Pleasant feelings induce an attachment to pleasant objects, as they rouse latent sensual greed (raga-anusaya), painful feelings rouse latent anger and hatred/fear/aversion (patigha-anusaya).

    States like pride, jealousy, elation, and so on can also be explained in terms of similar proclivities.
    • [*There are seven such proclivities: 1. sensual lust (kama-raga), 2. resentment (patigha), 3. views (ditthi), 4. skeptical doubt (vicikiccha), 5. mind (mana), 6. craving for eternal existence (bhava-raga), 7. ignorance (avijja)].
    It is even said that such proclivities as leaning towards pleasurable experience (kama raga-anusaya) and malevolence (byapada-anusaya) are found latent even in "an innocent baby lying on its back" (M i 433; MN 64).
    Hmm, I wonder what Spock would think.
    The motivational side of the emotions can be grasped by a study of the six roots of motivation (mula). They fall into two groups, wholesome (kusala) and unwholesome (akusala).

    The unwholesome roots are greed (lobha), hatred (dosa), and delusion (moha), while the wholesome roots are non-greed (alobha), non-hatred (adosa), and non-delusion (amoha).

    Greed (lust, attraction, preference) generates the approach desires in the form of the drive for self-preservation (bhava-tanha) and the drive for sensual pursuits (kama tanha).

    Hatred generates the avoidance desires in the form of the drive for annihilation and aggressive tendencies (vibhava-tanha).
    • [For an analysis of vibhava-tanha, see Padmasiri de Silva, Buddhist and Freudian Psychology, (Sri Lanka, 1973).]
    In keeping with our initial observations, non-greed, non-hatred, and non-delusion should be considered as the springs of wholesome, beneficial, ethically profitable/desirable emotions.

    In fact, in a study on the impact of the wholesome roots on the forms of wholesome consciousness, the following significant observations has been made by Ven. Nyanaponika Maha Thera:
    "Non-greed and non-hate may, according to the particular case, have either a mainly negative meaning signifying absence of greed and hate.

    "Or they may posses a distinctly positive character, for example: non-greed as renunciation [letting go], generosity, and non-hate as amity, kindness, or  forbearance.

    "Non-delusion always has a positive meaning, for it represents the knowledge that motivates the respective state of consciousness.

    "In their positive aspects, non-greed and non-hate are likewise strong motives of wholesome, skillful actions. They supply the non-rational, volitional, or emotional motives, while non-delusion represents the rational motive of a wholesome thought or action." More
    • [Ven. Nyanaponika Thera, Abhidhamma Studies (Sri Lanka, 1965), p.79]
    LIVE: "Emotions, Meditation, and Buddhist Psychology"
    PasaDharma - Dharma Meditation Initiative Los Angeles - Dharma Punx Valley

    What extreme music has to do with Buddhism

    Pfc. Sandoval, Pat Macpherson, Dhr. Seven, Seth Auberon, Crystal Quintero, Wisdom Quarterly

    WARNING: Disturbing images and yelling! Can women rock? Just ask Alissa White-Gluz, THE AGONIST, "And Their Eulogies Sang Me to Sleep"
    Dimmu Borgir's Norwegian death metal from Viking urges, "Progenies of the Great Apocalypse"

    What in the heaven does Slayer -- or any of that filthy music labelled "heavy metal, "punk," and "extreme rock" -- have to do with kind, peaceful Buddhism?

    Slayer and the like have, to the personal taste of individuals, to do with fighting. It's not all organic peaches and vegan cream around here, sister. Is fighting a good attitude? In part it depends on what one is up against and choosing to take on. Addiction? Fight it. Living beings? Don't fight 'em.

    British contribution to heavy music Cradle of Filth "Gabrielle"

    Original grindcore masterpiece, Cannibal Corpse's "Hammer Smashed Face"

    This is not about fighting in the literal sense of war, violence, or cops shooting people. Consider the bigger picture -- fighting for liberation, freedom, knowledge, wisdom, to overcome the mental defilements and Five Hindrances to meditation. Yes, not everybody will fight. Not everybody takes being a spiritual "warrior" as a contest.

    But some do. Striving, seeking, endeavoring, putting forth viriya (virile effort) is one way to go, not the way that can take one all the way there. But it can go a long way for a start.

    WARNING: Extreme violence and brutality! Title track from Slayer's latest album "Repentless"
    (American Hardcore movie soundtrack) How did all this hardcore music begin? Seven years of early punk!

    What was the Warrior Prince Siddhartha doing when he shook off the comforts and delights of a sheltered life to go out and seek his Quest for Enlightenment? He wasn't gently letting go. He was shirking, throwing, casting off the burden.

    So anyone who says Buddhism's peace has only to do with lovey-dovey tender mental activity has not been paying attention. This is the Middle Way that avoids extremes, sometimes going to extremes to find the middle. Yes?

    (Avenged Sevenfold) What's the point of this music? Bigger mosh pits!

    Who's to say what counts as an "austerity" when all we do is live in luxury? Eat only one meal a day! Pishah, impossible! It's totally possible. Sleep sitting up? Wear stitched castaway rags? Shave your head? Stay up striving for stillness? The Buddha enumerated "13 Sane Ascetic Practices" or dhutangas which are hardcore and not at all easy. They are severe hardships.

    Some are not necessary. No one does all 13, and no one needs to. But some are so valuable, that they have become incumbent on all monastics and novices (samaneras and samaneris). Ever hear the horrible-to-American-ears word "jihad"? How about the horrible-to-others word "crusade"?

    KLOS FM's Full Metal Jackie interviews Alissa White-Gluz

    What does it really mean at a deep level? It isn't fighting others. It's fighting oneself, overcoming oneself, taking the reins and guiding oneself to freedom. As the Buddha and other sages have said, What does it profit a person to conquer the whole world if one loses him or herself in the process?

    Better the one who conquers oneself than the one who conquers everyone else. And listening to Slayer, Carcass, Cannibal Corpse, Cradle of Filth, Dimmu Borgir, or any of the groups that make it to may serve as inspiration or motivation to keep up the good fight when engaged in combat for the war within.

    The end is near...for SLAYER (video)

    The musick that garners the most dedicated following is metal, extremely heavy metal, pounding, crushing, grinding, punk-infused hardcore thrash and black (i.e., Satanic) metal. One of the few bands everyone could agree on was L.A.'s Slayer, the only guys who weren't [wusses] worried about their hair or image. Ga'ttellica? No thanks. Ironic Maiden? Maybe. Slayer? For sure. Now it's all coming to an a venue near you, the final world tour. Let's let dead Sid Vicious of the Sex Pistols make the announcement: "And now, the end is near...but I did it my way." Wait, no Dave Lombardo (original drummer) or Jeff Hanneman the guitarist who died of creeping flesheating death (necrotizing fasciitis)? What's the point? Half a Slayer is better than most other whole bands. And if they make a lot of money, they're sure to record and release another album. Then they'll have to tour for that. They may not be breaking up, but the world will probably end before they can play and play again. Their local farewell show will be at FivePoint Amphitheatre in OC on May 11, 2018. It's been 35 years, so in memory, here's one of their first ever shows in Hollywood when they were a year old and willing to "Fight Till Death."

    LYRICS: Metal and men clash once more to the end / Warriors above with power to kill descend / Militia of blood troops of hate march to die / Soldiers of hell veterans of death arise / [Chorus:] Prepare for attack / Your bodies will burn / Endless war / There's no return / Prepare for attack / Death will arrive / Your orders are clear / No way to hide / Fight till death / Senseless death of all mankind overtakes / Armored assassins destroy at will your escape / Children of sorrow are trampled onto the grave / There is no future no f*cking world to be saved / [Chorus] / To reign in hell / Gods of steel unleash their destruction on man / Reign of death what is the final command / Scepters of hate are dropped upon this earth / Clouds of terror destroy all hope of rebirth / [Chorus] / Fight till death.

    The replacement guy, Gary Holt, shows how smart he is.

    Tuesday, March 20, 2018

    How to HUG a Buddhist Tree (sutra)

    Ananda M. (Dharma Meditation Initiative), Dhr. Seven, Jen B., CC Liu, Wisdom Quarterly
    Imagine a tree so tall we need to invent equipment to climb it and all our friends to hug it.
    It's true! The kundalini energy is tingles. Buddhist meditation is better under trees!
    California has the best, oldest (bristlecone), and tallest (redwood) trees in the world.
    1. If you would hug a tree, do it slowly, softly, with friendliness, full of altruistic kindness the Buddha called metta. Trees are very sensitive, remarkably sensitive, more than most humans will ever know.

    Roots of trees are best for meditating.
    (Ask Maitreyi, who will be at Shakti Fest-Bhakti Fest in Joshua Tree, California, in May of 2018 or consult the scientific research in The Secret Lives of Plants).
    Why did the ascetic Siddhartha retire to various groves of trees in his quest for enlightenment and even after his great awakening? There was the banyan tree grove where he gave up penances and self-starvation, where the maiden Sujata offered him solid food. 

    The bodhi tree still lives in Bodhgaya, India
    There was the bodhi tree grove (bodh gaya), where he became enlightened. There was the grove of trees in the Deer Park, where he gave his first discourse.

    There was the bamboo grove (Veluvana) where he found cool shade and took up residence. There were the mango groves (like the one the courtesan Ambapali donated to the Buddha) he stayed at on the outskirts when visiting big cities.

    Could some energy emerge from the ground to feed the tree and his own spine, or fruit to gather without getting up (like the nutritious figs of the pipal tree, Ficus religiosa, the bodhi tree that are said to contain a chemical quite like an entheogen)?

    Veneration of a sacred grove of trees in India
    2. Ask permission to warn the tree and/or any "spirit" (dryad, bhumi deva, woodland fairy) residing in or above it. Trees serve as wonderful homes to the fairies or elementals.

    This does not mean that trees have "souls" or "spirits" but rather that devas frequently take up residence in some old, special, or tall trees. There is a long history of veneration of such trees and sacred groves of trees.

    3. Then slowly approach, embrace, open your heart, clear your head, and hold on out of loving compassion. You may then feel the bounce back of energy. What we put out into the world comes back to us in manifold ways, exponentially grown all out of proportion to our action (karma). It is not "cause and effect" (which states that the effect will be the equal and opposite force of the cause). It will be like one oak seed or acorn giving rise to a giant tree and countless acorns. Thank the tree, and go in peace. The tree will remember you.