Friday, February 23, 2018

The Raft: Crossing over to Nirvana (sutra)

Ven. Nyanaponika Thera (trans.), "The Discourse on the Snake Simile," Alagaddupama Sutra (MN 22); Amber Larson, Dhr. Seven, Crystal Quintero (eds.), Wisdom Quarterly


13. "Meditators, I'll show the Dharma's similarity to a raft: It's purpose is to cross over, not to cling to.

"Listen well, meditators, and pay close attention."

— "Yes, venerable sir," they replied, and the [Buddha] said:
 
"Suppose, meditators, there is a person journeying on a road who sees a vast expanse of water. This shore is dangerous and fearful.

"The further shore is safe and free from danger. But there is no boat for crossing over nor is there a bridge for going over from this side to that.

"So the person thinks: 'This is a vast expanse of water! This shore is dangerous and fearful. The further shore is safe and free of danger. There is no boat here for crossing over, nor a bridge for going over from this side to that.

"But suppose I were to gather reeds, sticks, branches, and vines and binds them into a raft?' Then that person collects reeds, sticks, branches, and vines and binds them into a raft. Using this raft, paddling vigorously with hands and feet, one safely crosses over to the further shore.

The Buddha's Ancient Path (Ven. Piyadassi)
"Having crossed over and arrived safely at the further shore, one thinks, 'Indeed, this raft has been very helpful to me! Carried by it, paddling vigorously with hands and feet, I made it safely across to the further shore.

"'Should I not, therefore, hoist this raft upon my head or carry it on my shoulders and go where I like?'
 
"O meditators, what do you think about this?

"Is this person behaving in this way doing what should be done with a raft?"

— "No, venerable sir!"

"Then, meditators, how would one do what should be done with a raft?

"Here [in this Teaching], meditators, having made it across and arrived safely at the further shore, the person thinks, 'Indeed, this raft has been very helpful to me!

"'Carried by it, paddling vigorously with hands and feet, I made it safely across to the further shore. Therefore, should I not strand it on dry land or push it off to float in the water then go as I please?'

"By behaving in this way, meditators, that person would do what should be done with a raft.
 
"In the same way, meditators, have I shown the Dharma's similarity to a raft: It is for crossing over not for being clung to.
 
14. "O meditators, you who understand the Dharma's similarity to a raft, you should let go even of [good] teachings.* How much more of harmful ones! More

COMMENTARY
The Buddha-to-come, the Friend
*"The Dharma" here refers to serenity-and-insight (samatha-vipassana). The Buddha, indeed, enjoins us to let go of clinging-and-attachment (chanda-raga) regarding serenity-and-insight.
 
Where, then, has the Buddha enjoined the abandonment of clinging and attachment in the case of serenity? He did so in the following saying:

"Thus, Udaayi, do I teach the abandoning even of the [exalted] sphere of neither-perception-nor-non-perception. Udaayi, do you see any fetter, fine or coarse, that I did not tell you to discard?" (MN 66).

In the case of insight, the abandoning was enjoined by the Buddha as follows: "And to that view thus purified and cleansed, you should not be attached, should not be enamored of it, should not treasure it."

But here, in this present text, he enjoins the abandoning of clinging and attachment concerning both (serenity and insight), by saying: "You should let go even of (good) teachings; how much more of false ones!"

The meaning is: "I teach, O meditators, the abandoning of clinging and attachment even for such peaceful and sublime states (as serenity and insight) -- all the more so in regard to that ignoble, low, contemptible, coarse and impure thing in which foolish Arittha fails to see harm, saying that clinging and attachment for the five objects of the senses is not necessarily an obstruction to enlightenment and liberation!

"But you, O meditators, unlike Arittha, should avoid flinging soil and trash into this dispensation (Buddhism)!" By this admonition, the Buddha again rebukes foolish Arittha.

Selling "drugs" to kids in OC (video)

Family Guy; #ThrowbackThursday: Psycho Mike Catherwood, "Your Hot Cheetos Supplier" (K&B/KROQ); N.W.A. "Dopeman"; Seth Auberon, Pat Macpherson (eds.), Wisdom Quarterly

WARNING: Profanities, vulgar and offensive lyrics about drug dealing to make money!

After a school in Southern California banned the selling of Hot Cheetos on campus, Psycho Mike saw an opportunity to make some money from the childrens. KROQ's secret camera caught all the action on the street as police roll by and no school official's are the wiser. Kids gotta have their junk, their sugar fix, them artificial flavors, and no school district's taking that away. Psycho Mike hit the streets of the real OC, giving kids what they want, what they need, what they demand. He's not proud of it, but if someone is gonna make money off these kids, it might as well be him.
 
(VEVO) Da Rich Kidzz perform their hit "Hot Cheetos & Takis"
 
KROQ features videos of live in-studio performances and interviews with some of today's biggest bands and celebrities as well as Weenie Roast, Almost Acoustic Xmas, festivals.

Arson? Fire strikes Tibet's holy Jokhang temple

BBC (2/18/18); LA Times; DalaiLama.com; Ashley Wells, CC Liu (eds.), Wisdom Quarterly



A fire has hit the most important shrine in Tibetan Buddhism -- the Jokhang Monastery in Lhasa.

Footage posted online showed flames billowing from the roof and what appeared to be at least one gutted pagoda. No casualties were reported.

Chinese state media said the blaze started on Saturday evening and was soon put out. [What's the Dalai Lama up to while holy Jokhang burns in Lhasa? He must be deep in meditation and prayer.]

PLAN 1902: Journey to Lhasa & Central Tibet
The extent of damage to the sprawling compound is unclear. State media said there was no damage to cultural relics.

Tibet, the remote and mainly Buddhist territory known as the "roof of the world," is governed as an autonomous region of China.
Massive fire at Jokhang Monastery, in Tibet's capital Lhasa (Robert Barnett/Twitter)

The Jokhang Monastery is more than 1,000 years old and is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
 
Streets near the monastery reopened to pilgrims on Sunday morning, state media said.
Dalai Lama in Ladakh, India (dalailama.com)
Reports say that Chinese authorities quickly tried to block footage and images of the fire appearing on social media.
 
Beijing maintains tight control of news reports from Tibet, where Buddhist sites have been a focal point for separatist [Tibetan independence] unrest in the past.

Foreign journalists are not able to enter Tibet without special permission.
Pueblo architecture Buddhists taught Native Americans is evident in Jokhang, 1840s.
 
Tibetan writer Tsering Woeser told AFP she was "very worried" about the state of the monastery.
 
"Tibetans consider Lhasa to be a sacred place, but Jokhang is a sacred place within that sacred place -- the most sacred in all of Tibet," she said.
 
"Some people say it's only because of Jokhang that the holy city of Lhasa exists at all."
 
"No matter where they are in the world, Tibetans all wish to come to Lhasa to pray at Jokhang; it's the wish of a lifetime. Many who make pilgrimage to Lhasa prostrating do so just to visit the temple," she added.

Jokhang Monastery, Tibet's capital Lhasa (now China), 2016 (AFP/Getty Images)
 
The fire comes as Tibetans celebrate Losar, their traditional new year, which began on Friday.

Tibet has had a tumultuous history, during which it has spent some periods functioning as an independent entity and others ruled by powerful Chinese and Mongolian dynasties.
China sent in thousands of troops to enforce its claim on the region in 1950. Some areas became the Tibetan Autonomous Region and others were incorporated into neighboring Chinese provinces.
 
China says Tibet has developed considerably under its rule. But rights groups say China continues to violate human rights... More + VIDEO

Fire may have damaged precious relics at Tibet’s holiest temple
"Save Tibet"! Free it from China.
China says no -- but experts aren't sure. A fire broke out at Tibet's most sacred temple on Saturday, and the public knows no more.
 
The blaze may have severely damaged the 1,300 year-old temple and many of its precious architectural features, murals, and relics. Or perhaps it was small and quickly extinguished, and the temple is more or less fine.
 
On Saturday evening, Tibetan social media users posted photos and videos of the ancient Jokhang Temple complex in the [autonomous] region's capital Lhasa, a UNESCO world heritage site, with one of its golden roofs engulfed in flames.

Tibetan Vajrayana Buddhist art: thangka
Hours later, Chinese state media said that the fire had been extinguished and that cultural relics were safe. No deaths have been reported.
 
Yet authorities have since restricted discussion of the fire on social media, leaving Tibetologists poring over shreds of dubious information to ascertain its most basic facts:

How was it started, how long did it continue, how much damage did it cause? [All of these unanswered questions] underscore the Chinese government's vice-like grip on information in Tibet, a minority [autonomous] region that has historically chafed against Beijing's rule. More
 
What does the Dalai Lama have to say about it?

Thursday, February 22, 2018

How did the Buddha reach enlightenment?

Editors, Wisdom Quarterly; Keanu Reeves (excerpt from Little Buddha)
The Buddha's life is told as an allegory, the heroic journey we can all travel.
In this fantasy sequence, how Siddhartha did it is completely not mentioned -- how he utilized the meditative absorptions or jhanas to temporarily purify consciousness then practicing for insight by mindfulness of dependent origination (vipassana-paticca samuppada), which would be kind of hard to make a Hollywood movie about. Instead, Keanu Reeves does what he can to paint the wrong picture in our minds.

Born in Kapilavastu, Shakya Land (modern Kabul, Bamiyan, Mes Aynak, Afghanistan), Prince Siddhartha was destined to a luxurious life as a royal (kshatriya). He had three palaces -- one in each seasonal capital (due to the weather) -- specially built for him. The whole family, led by King Suddhodana, enjoyed the capitals.

Prince Siddhartha at age 29 left and escaped his palaces, accompanied by Channa his driver, on his grand white pony, Kanthaka, leaving behind the luxurious life of a royal to become a wandering ascetic on a quest for enlightenment (bodhi), awakening from the illusion of samsara, renouncing the lower for the superior, slavery for liberation (moksha).

Sitting under a pipal tree, now known as the Bodhi Tree ("Enlightenment Tree") in Bodh Gaya ("Enlightenment Grove" in the modern state of Bihar, India), he felt it was time to vow never to give up until he had discovered the ultimate Truth.

After 49 days of meditating, at the age of 35, he attained enlightenment (bodhi) and realized nirvana ("the end of all suffering"). Prince Siddhartha Gautama from then on came to be known as the Buddha or "Awakened One," but he had many other epithets and referred to himself as the Tathagata ("Wayfarer," lit. the "Thus Come One, Well Come One, Well Gone One").

The Buddha is also sometimes translated as "The Enlightened One." Often, he is referred to in Buddhism as Shakyamuni or "The Sage (Muni) of the Shakyas (Scythians)."

The Buddha Gautama (to distinguish him from 28 previous buddhas he mentions of the long ago past) is thought of by the Brahmins of his day and the Hindus of today as an avatar (divine incarnation) of Lord Vishnu in the Puranic texts of the Vedas.
  • (But one should realize that Hindus are also taught that Lord Krishna and Jesus Christ are also avatars of Vishnu because of their peaceful teachings and sustaining ways, Vishnu being the Sustainer in the trinity conception of "GOD" in Brahmanism/Hinduism, with Brahma as the Creator and Shiva as the Destroyer).
In the Bhagavata Purana he is 24th of 25 avatars, prefiguring a forthcoming final incarnation (Maitreya). A number of Hindu traditions portray the Buddha as the most recent of ten principal avatars, known as the dasavatara ("Ten Incarnations of God"). But the Buddha clearly and repeatedly stated that he was not a God (brahma), not a god (deva), not a messenger-god (gandharva), not any of those things. When forced to say what he was then, he simply answered, "awake."

The Buddhist  Rebirth Tale Dasharatha Jataka (Jataka Atthakatha) represents Rama as a previous incarnation of the Buddha as the Bodhisattva ("Buddha-to-be") and supreme Dharma King of great wisdom. A great deal of Indian mythology attached to him although he tried to teach people to understand better than adhering to archaic myths.

Native American ceremony, L.A. (video)

Xochitl, Dhr. Seven, Ashley Wells, Ananda M., Crystal Quintero, Wisdom Quarterly

Native American Buddhist Spirituality: LIVE event, Los Angeles, Feb. 22, 2018

Why don't Native Americans talk about ceremonies or allow filming and photography?



What can be observed in many Native American "ceremonies" or formalized rituals would be labelled, in terms of European theories, as "sympathetic magic." Today Gregg Braden would call it the Isaiah Effect, the power of gratitude, the Law of Attraction, bringing into being by thanking the universe (or the Great Spirit) for something as if it were already the fact. We can call things into being with our bodies, emotions, minds, and words.

Blacks (Olmecs, Aborigines, Africans?)


Are Mexicans Native Americans?


I may look white, but I'm a Latina.
The real answer is that they can be but are not necessarily. A "Mexican," it seems to us, is a Native American (indigenous, original, aboriginal, "Indian") mixed with European, usually Spanish (imperial Spain, Iberian Peninsula), by rape and oppression but not only by these means. Some Mexicans, those people born in Mexico, are pure Europeans. There are tons of them in the state of Jalisco.

Other Mexicans are not called "Mexicans" by Mexicans but are usually referred to as indigenas ("indigenous"), and they are very oppressed, just as they are in the USA.

By the way, Mexico is not called "Mexico" but rather the "United States of Mexico" or United Mexican States (Estados Unidos Mexicanos) because it is a former colonial empire of Spain that became its own country after previous Mesoamerican and Central American "empires" ruled and displaced one another (Aztecs, Mixtecs, Toltecs, Olmecs), with the Mexica tribe getting the upper hand in the end to give Mexico its name.



But most Mexicans are mestizos, "mixed" or "blended." The confusing part is that Europeans from Spain and the Iberian Peninsula brought so much racism and racist thinking that the divisions can hardly be sorted out now and they, apparently, cannot be reversed and erased. There are the pure whites fresh off the boat (Peninsulares), who fancy themselves the highest caste, the landed who are white and born in Mexico/the New World (Mestizos), the Rubios (blonds), the Hueros (pale skins), Morenos (brunettes), and so on.



Peoples' History (Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz)
All of these names (and many more like Mulattos) are documented in murals showing how far from pure European or "white" one is on the scale -- with no return for blacks (Negros), who must remain inferior even after many generations of washing out blackness. It is shocking and unbelievable, but ask people from Mexico who actually ever lived in Mexico.

American-style European racism, prejudice, shadeism/colorism (the lighter the skin tone the superior and more desirable, the darker the more inferior and less desirable) -- and least implicit bias (unconscious bias that colors our perception) -- is alive and well throughout America. ("America" is the name of a continent not of the USA, which properly speaking is either North America or more likely a part of Mesoamerica or the region above South America and Central America, with Canada as the real North).
 
Blacks (Olmecs, Aborigines, Africans?)

Science: We are ALL black? (video)

Prof. Sykes; South Park; Pat Macpherson, Dhr. Seven, Ashley Wells (eds.), Wisdom Quarterly

"We are all black," says Oxford Professor of Human Genetics Bryan Sykes, M.A., Ph.D., D.Sc. This explains why the USA is a "melting pot." All Americans share African-derived genes (even Southern tyrants and KKK members), as well as other genes that are collectively shared by all humans.

Elon Musk's "SpaceX" is a HOAX (video)

The Simpsons; Brian Young (HighImpactFlix, Feb. 11, 2018); That is Impossible; NASA; Robert Lefranc; Pfc. Sandoval, Pat Macpherson, Seth Auberon (eds.), Wisdom Quarterly


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    Wednesday, February 21, 2018

    "A History of the Wife" (documentary)

    Family Guy; DocSpot; Crass/Eve Libertine "Berketex Bride/Bribe"; Ven. K. Sri Dhammananda; Ashley Wells, CC Liu, Crystal Quintero, Dhr. Seven, Seth Auberon (eds.), Wisdom Quarterly



    "Our Wedding"
     
    Even I think you're a creep, Ted. Cheat on me.
    [IRONIC] LYRICS: All I am I give to you. You honor me, I'll obey you. Rich or poor or come what may, we'll forsake all other love, just we two, one flesh, lifelong.

    In the eyes of God, I am yours to have and hold. I'm giving you my love. Never look at anyone, anyone but me! Never look at anyone; I must be all you see!

    Listen to those wedding bells. Say goodbye to other girls. I'll never be untrue, my love. Don't be untrue to me. Don't be untrue to me. Don't be untrue to me.

    WHEN WOMEN RULED ENGLAND: Æthelflæd, Lady of the Mercians (circa 870-June 12, 918) ruled Mercia in the English Midlands from 911 until her death. She was the eldest daughter of Alfred the Great, king of the Anglo-Saxon kingdom of Wessex, and his wife Ealhswith. Æthelflæd was born around 870 at the height of the Viking invasions of England. By 878 most of England was under Danish Viking rule, East Anglia and Northumbria having been conquered and Mercia partitioned between the English and the Vikings... More
     
    "Berketex Bride/Bribe"


    Can I also be on Page 3?
    [MOCKING] LYRICS: The object unsoiled is packed ready and waiting, for the moment of truth in this spiritual mating. The object unsoiled is packed ready and waiting, to be owned, to be cherished, to be fudged for the naming. The public are shocked by the state of society, but as for you, you're a breath of purity.

    Well don't give me your morals; they're filth in my eyes; you can pack them away with the rest of your lies. Your painted mask of ugly perfection, the ring on your finger, the sign of protection, is the rape on Page 3 [bare breasts in Britain], it's the soldier's obsession, how well you've been taught to support your oppression:  One God. One church. One husband. One wife.

    I wonder what the history of cheating is.
    Sordid sequences in a brilliant life supports and props and punctuation to our flowing realities and realizations, we're talking with words that have been used before to describe us as goddesses, mother, and whores, to describe us as women, describe us as men, to set out the rules of this ludicrous game, and it's played very carefully, a delicate balance, a masculine/feminine perfect alliance.

    Does the winner take all? What "love" in your grasping? What vision is left, and is anyone asking? What vision is left, and is anyone asking? She's a Berketex bride... Bribe... Bride...
    (Family Guy) Brian the Dog is a filthy backstabber to his best friend, human Peter Griffin, trying to seduce his wife, Mrs. Lois Griffin, but it's only cartoon sex and sexual misconduct.

      A Happy Married Life: A Buddhist Perspective
      Sri Lankan Buddhist monk Ven. K. Sri Dhammananda; Dhr. Seven (ed.), Wisdom Quarterly
      WIFE: Princess Yasodhara (Bimba Devi)
      From time immemorial, humans have been preoccupied with the pursuit of happiness in life, from the cradle to the grave.

      One works and struggles very hard to attain happiness, very often without knowing exactly what "happiness" means because of our ignorance of the true nature of life.

      Although all religions provide advice and guidelines for their adherents to practice in order to attain happiness in life, more often than not, these guidelines are ignored owing to human craving, aversion, and illusion (greed, hatred, and delusion).
       
      Prince Siddhartha leaves the palace
      Many people who experience frustration and suffering hope pray to find happiness for the present life and the hereafter. Others, though enjoying a large measure of happiness on earth, are still discontented and crave for "eternal bliss" in one heaven or another after leaving this world.

      For the ordinary human, as for the child, it is difficult to make a distinction between happiness and pleasure. To us, that which gives pleasure give happiness, and to be happy is to experience pleasure. More

        Billy Graham EXPOSED, dead at 99 (video)

        Dave Hunt (via Patiently Waiting) video; Billy Graham.org; Editors, Wisdom Quarterly
         
        (Patiently Waiting, May 25, 2014) [Fake TV Christian Preacher Reverend] "Billy Graham EXPOSED": The late Dave Hunt exposes Billy Graham for his deep compromise of the truth, his love affair with Roman Catholicism, and...

        Billy Graham was my minister - Pres. Bush
        Today televangelist Billy Graham (dead at age 99) -- the Bush Family's personal preacher -- finds out if his efforts were good.

        As he awakens in a lower heavenly world, is his lord (Yahweh) thanking him for all his efforts or criticizing him for all his shortcoming, which only the lord knows because Graham kept his nose very clean down on earth?



        The Secret Life of Billy Graham
        Graham is born again, in the literal sense Jesus the Anointed (Saint Issa as revealed by Nikolas Notovitch) likely intended: reborn.

        Presumably he believed what he taught and was talking to the God of his choice.

        Graham: Jesus Christ is NOT the only way
        So as televangelists go, Graham does not seem like such a bad guy...when one thinks of the line of mostly Republican phony TV preachers like:
        • evil Pat Robertson
        • possessed Robert Schuler
        • corrupt Mr. and Mrs. Tammy Faye Baker
        • Moral Majority hypocrite Jerry Falwell
        • angry-angry Dr. Gene Scott
        • Bob Jones, and
        • funny Moncrief Linnear (HSN, Mr. Show with Bob & David)...
        Graham, Freemason Televangelists exposed
        "When the dust has settled and you're born again, maybe as a [Rev. Graham], maybe then you'll see that your reality was squashed into banality, was squashed into banality! When you are a [Rev. Graham], ahhh, ahhh, when you are a [Rev. Graham], ahhh ahhh..." 
        - British punk rockers Rudimentary Peni

        Billy Graham once called Mae West and said, "I'm praying for you, Mae, I'm praying for you!" She answered him, "Why don't you come over instead, silly boy" as comedian West tells it.

        Ah, Mae West, was a brilliant blond who wrote her own material in Hollywood Land.

        It's a good sign when the world hates you

        Billy Graham’s Facebook page posted chilling message just hours before his death
        .
        THANKS FOR NOTHING, BILLY:
         
        Planting the Gospel Among Temples of Buddha
        (billygraham.org)
        Shwedagon Pagoda: magnificent complex enshrines the Buddha's relics in Rangoon.
        .
        Nearly made it to 100. Dead at 99.
        In November [2016], Franklin Graham will lead the Yangon [Rangoon] Love Joy Peace Festival in Myanmar (formerly Burma).

        [Burma is the most Buddhist country in the world; more than 95% of the population of this closed country, which still suffers under a behind-the-scenes military-dictatorship, professes to be Theravada Buddhist].

        [The preacher claims he wants] to help spread the hope of Christ in partnership with local churches.
         
        In Myanmar [renamed by the Dictator Gen. Than Shwe], which lies north of Thailand and south of India the dominant religion is Buddhism -- and the country is filled with magnificent Buddhist temples.
         
        Laws [by the dictatorship seeking to preserve full control] and traditions have historically restricted other religions but even through persecution, the [Christian] church has been growing and multiplying in recent years.
         
        When local Christians announced a prayer rally ahead of the Festival, thousands of believers showed up.
         
        One group of 80 Christian students even traveled eight hours overnight each way on the back of flatbed trucks to attend.
         
        Many people signed up for training sessions offered by the BGEA because they want to serve as counselors at the Festival -- including 109 pastors.
         
        The enthusiasm for this event stretches 400 miles away in [Do You Know the Way to] Mandalay, the ancient royal capital of [Buddhist] Burma, where [Western-aided Christian] churches are working hard to bring as many people as possible to Yangon [for a big dose of hegemony].
         
        Believers are planning a pre-event rally about a month before and have asked Robert Cunville, BGEA’s associate evangelist from India to lead the effort.
         
        One Mandalay woman, who became a Christian only a couple of years ago, is planning to use her own money to bring 200 people with her to Yangon to hear the Gospel.

        [Thanks a lot, Billy Graham. Thanks for taking advantage of a war torn people to evangelize. Help the reverend with your prayers and money, but mostly your money. The lord will thank you when you die.] More