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|Sunday, May 30th, 2010|
WE"VE GOT TO STOP THIS DAMNED LEAK NOW!!!
Ok, enough is enough! This leak has been going on for over a month now, leaking over 12,000 gallons of oil per day into the gulf. This is worse than the Exxon Valdeez fiasco.
Marine life will be permanently affected. The seafood industry will be reduced by at least 60% because the seafood from this area will be mostly banned to collateral dispersant contamination.
We are all so done! :(
|Sunday, May 23rd, 2010|
The BP Oil Pump, Pumps Eternal into the Gulf...
The BP Corporation is still irresponsibly allowing oil to be released into the Pacific Ocean. The oil slick now covers an area of over 10,000 square kilometers. BP continues to use toxic oil dispersants to displace the oil. The blackened oil has already reached the shores of Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, and Florida. Dead turtles have already begun to wash upon the shores of Texas.
Fisherman who were already trying to overcome the financial devastation of Katrina, are now faced with an even larger fiasco with the BP oil accident in the Gulf. It has been estimated that 40% of the American fishing industry will be directly affected by this environmental apocalypse.
Most shellfish will be affected in the general region of the oil spillage. This is especially applicable to oysters and clams, since they are more sedentary than shrimp and lobsters. The American consumer of fish can expect to pay a high premium for fish this summer and seafood prices could take years to stabilize after this marine catastrophe due to the fact that it is still an ongoing, seemingly, uncontrollable, environmental disaster.
Meanwhile, President Obama has commissioned former EPA administrator, William Reilly to head the commission. I really don't know what this commission is supposed to do that will somehow resolve this disaster.
The commission can't clean up the oil slick. The commission can't adquately clean up the shores. It can't alleviate the environmental pressure placed upon marine life in the affected region. It can't determine the affect of the BP oil dispersants being hoisted upon marine life by BP, even at this very moment.
The commission can only act as homicide detectives. Once they've established a motive (which we all know to be greed), they can then determine the means ( which we all know to be callous apathy and greed), and finally they have to establish that the culprit had the opportunity. Well, I think that we all know that BP had many opportunities to utilize the proper equipment and to install it properly, but didn't do it. Now, due to their reluctance to spend more money and invest more time into the required component applications, they proved to be inept and are now responsible for one of the most horrendous environmental disasters of all time.
This unfortunately will become one of President Obama's largest of failures. He will be blamed because it has happened under his auspices and hegallantly went out on the limb with his undying support of off-shore drilling for oil.
Actually, it doesn't really matter where the blame goes. We're all the victims!
|Sunday, May 16th, 2010|
Millions of Gallons of Oil, Still Spilling into the Gulf!
This is all a matter of the chickens coming home to roost. Karma is finally biting us in the proverbial ASS for our lavishly spoiled lifestyle that has generated this insatiable thirst for oil. We drive SUV's. We fly all over the world, just for pleasure and adventure. If we don't fly, we take a train or drive. Hell! Some of us have had the pleasure of either sailing through or navigating around this apocalyptic marine mess. In the end, neither the EPA or any other governmental group will be able to do that which needs to be done to correct this mess. BP will bribe those who could have greater influence on the matter, but won't because they've already been bribed. This might include the EPA. President Obama will give us lip service, but in the end, it is really just a catastrophe that nobody can adequately resolve. Humpty Dumpty has fallen off of the wall, in the Gulf of Mexico!
We've got to use hydrocarbon alternatives: Electric, Solar, and Fuel
|Saturday, May 8th, 2010|
BP spills 3 million gallons of oil into the Gulf
So with 5,000 gallon of oil being released daily from the oil rig in the gulf, what's going to be done to curtail if not stop completely this oil leak. There have been 3 million gallons released into the Ocean already. In fact, calling it a leak is an under statement. It's a "rigged oil geyser".
The US government should hold BP entirely reponsible for this outrageous assault upon our environment. The problem with liquid hydrocarbons is that, they are entirely toxic to the environment. They have no actual environmental value above the surface of the earth.
How can we integrate these pollutants back into the enviroment in a non detrimental manner?
So what is wildlife to do now? What can be done to alleviate their suffering? What can be done to reduce our suffering?
BP should be closely monitored. We should withdraw all forms of financial support from BP if after 3 weeks, they have demonstrated a laxed attitude about this enormous assault against nature.
|Friday, April 4th, 2008|
question on arts in Zen
I am planning a Master's thesis on art in Zen Buddhism and how it is related to/ is used as meditative practice...
I was wondering how I could find out what arts are most closely related to what schools?/lineages?
If I can narrow it down to one or two lineages that would be helpful.
|Sunday, October 22nd, 2006|
Sorry if this has been asked:
Has anyone attended Naropa University in Colorado? I considering applying. I'd like to study writing and poetry mainly but also Asian Visual Arts And Ancient Langagues. If anyone has been I'd be interested in personal experience there, costs, atmosphere, complications etc., any useful knowledge.
also in Buddhism Comm
|Friday, October 13th, 2006|
Today is the 50th Anniversary of Dr Ambedkar's conversion to Buddhism, and loads more dalits (former untouchables) will be converting today in big mass ceremony things. ( Press RelaeaseCollapse )
So, to you I say: Jai Bhim! (Victory to Bhimrao Ambedkar).
|Wednesday, October 11th, 2006|
|Wednesday, September 13th, 2006|
Industrial Society Destroys Mind and Environment
The link between Mind and Social / Environmental-Issues.
The fast-paced, consumerist lifestyle of Industrial Society is causing exponential rise in psychological problems besides destroying the environment. All issues are interlinked. Our Minds cannot be peaceful when attention-spans are down to nanoseconds, microseconds and milliseconds. Our Minds cannot be peaceful if we destroy Nature. Industrial Society Destroys Mind and Environment
Subject : In a fast society slow emotions become extinct.
Subject : A thinking mind cannot feel.
Subject : Scientific/ Industrial/ Financial thinking destroys the planet.
Subject : Environment can never be saved as long as cities exist.
Emotion is what we experience during gaps in our thinking.
If there are no gaps there is no emotion.
Today people are thinking all the time and are mistaking thought (words/ language) for emotion.
When society switches-over from physical work (agriculture) to mental work (scientific/ industrial/ financial/ fast visuals/ fast words ) the speed of thinking keeps on accelerating and the gaps between thinking go on decreasing.
There comes a time when there are almost no gaps.
People become incapable of experiencing/ tolerating gaps.
Man becomes machine.
A society that speeds up mentally experiences every mental slowing-down as Depression / Anxiety.
A ( travelling )society that speeds up physically experiences every physical slowing-down as Depression / Anxiety.
A society that entertains itself daily experiences every non-entertaining moment as Depression / Anxiety.
FAST VISUALS /WORDS MAKE SLOW EMOTIONS EXTINCT.
SCIENTIFIC /INDUSTRIAL /FINANCIAL THINKING DESTROYS EMOTIONAL CIRCUITS.
A FAST (LARGE) SOCIETY CANNOT FEEL PAIN / REMORSE / EMPATHY.
A FAST (LARGE) SOCIETY WILL ALWAYS BE CRUEL TO ANIMALS/ TREES/ AIR/ WATER/ LAND AND TO ITSELF.
To read the complete article please follow either of these links : http://www.planetsave.com/ps_mambo/index.php?option=com_simpleboard&Itemid=75&func=view&id=68&catid=6 http://www.earthnewswire.com/index.php?option=com_forum&Itemid=89&page=viewtopic&t=11
|Saturday, December 10th, 2005|
A friend of mine recently read Going Home by Thich Nhat Hanh. She is hoping to get a statue of Jesus sitting Full-lotus, as the book describes. I have seen them before, but now that i'm looking i can't find one. I found one of ivory but she would never buy ivory if you fine folks could find them and links to website we'd be greaful.
also in buddhist comm. and zen buddhist comm.
|Saturday, December 3rd, 2005|
Take Action for Tibetan Political Prisoners please take action
Take Action for Tibetan Political Prisoners
on International Human Rights Day!
Three years ago today, a respected Buddhist leader in Tibet, Tenzin Delek Rinpoche, was unjustly sentenced to death for "incitement to separatism". His case stirred an international controversy for its lack of evidence and due process, including access to counsel, earlier this year, in Tenzin Delek's death sentence being commuted to life imprisonment. But Tenzin Delek remains in a Chinese prison for a crime he did not commit. He has reportedly been tortured and his physical condition has deteriorated.
Last year, Phuntsog Nyidron, one of Tibet's most prominent political prisoners and the longest serving female political prisoner, was released from Lhasa's notorious Drapchi Prison. Sentenced in 1989 to 17 years for peacefully expressing her devotion to Tibet and the Dalai Lama, Nyidron underwent extreme beatings during her imprisonment.
In August, a delegation of the US Commission on International Religious Freedom met with Nyidron in Lhasa, Tibet, and subsequently reported that she now has "debilitating health problems that required special medical attention and limited her ability to make a living as a farmer in the village where she now resides". Unable to address these health concerns because of a lack of money and restrictions on her movement, the delegation recommended that China issue her a passport immediately to facilitate needed medical treatment.
We know that the decisions not to execute Tenzin Delek Rinpoche and to release Phuntsog Nyidron were influenced by the immense amount of international pressure placed on the Chinese government over these cases. But both individuals continue to face grave risks due to their mistreatment in prison. As we count down to International Human Rights Day on December 10, we must be mindful that China's poor history of human rights remains a key issue and one which must be addressed.
Act now! Call on the new US Assistant Secretary for Democracy, Human Rights and Laborhttp://www.savetibet.org/campaigns/politicalprisoners/petitionbarrylowenkron.php
to be uncompromising in his efforts to promote democracy and human rights in China and, specifically, to help secure Tenzin Delek Rinpoche's release and travel documentation for Phuntsog Nyidron.
ICT Campaigns Team
|Sunday, November 20th, 2005|
Does anyone know where i can get Thich Nhat Hanh's full essay of essays on Engaged Buddhism? I have only short excerpts and commentarys and as interesting and inspiring/uplifting as I found them they seem somewhat imcomplete.
|Wednesday, September 21st, 2005|
Engagement via old laptops
( If you're in BritainCollapse )
In Alison-engaged-Buddhist news, I've finished my dissertation in Engaged Buddhism and will post up bits here once it's marked. I'm in Leicester training for going out to India, hence the above :-) I'll post about how that goes when I get out there. Everyone here at Amida is really nice and I'm looking forward to getting out there, albeit I'm a bit scared.... Current Mood: busy
|Tuesday, September 6th, 2005|
What do I write in the moments between LJ and Katrina Wiki?
I read: Floor Statement of Congressman Dennis J. Kucinich: The Supplemental for Hurricane Katrina"
( Indifference is a weapon of mass destructionCollapse )
“As bad as this catastrophe will prove to be, it is in fact only a warning. Our government must change its direction, it must become involved in making America a better place to live, a place where all may survive and thrive. It must get off the path of war and seek the path of peace, peace with the natural environment, peace with other nations, peace with a just economic system."
And I replied: "( But those who are fortunate in having experienced buddhadharma should recognize ...Collapse )
There are perfectly fine Tibetan words for those who know no shame. And likewise for those who "focus on one aspect, distort other aspects, and ignore yet others" ... quintessential spin.
to be honest is to be politically active.
we have been shown as lacking merit
p.s. And yet, using the materialistic/reductionist verbiage of capitalist law ... yes ... criminal indifference.
Oh, BTW: Haliburton got $US17M to rebuild the military bases in the New Orleans area. Without shame, yes? Just like the psychopath is without conscience.
*Quick! Take away his internet connection! Throw him out onto the street! We can deny that it's political!*
|Sunday, September 4th, 2005|
|Friday, September 2nd, 2005|
Please take note
To anyone who buys cosmetics you should read this!
I found out that according to the Cancer Prevention Coalition that "Cosmetics are the least regulated products under the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act (FFDCA). The FFDCA does not require pre-market safety testing, review, or approval for cosmetics."
That means that cosmetics companies do not need to inform their customers whether or not their products have any side effects (like causing cancer or birth defects!!!!)
The only place where cosmetic companies are held to some small standard is in California, where just recently a few campaigning young women were able to garner enough support to pass the "California Safe Cosmetics Act of 2005" which requires cosmetic companies to disclose to customers about ingredients that they know might cause cancer or birth defects. The problem is the FDA has reported that many of these companies do not have adequate testing of their products!
By cosmetics this means make-up as well as skin care products including deoderant, face cleaners and perfumes!
The Cancer Coalition suggests checking the ingredients before you buy any make-up or deoderant etc . . .
They say the more complicated ingredients (and the more ingredients there are) in the product the more likely that the product will cause adverse side effects like allergic reactions. Everyone should check this website because it has a lot of information including warnings about certain ingredients.
Stick to herbal cosmetics!!
Every state should have a cosmetics act!
Also of course is the battle against animal testing on cosmetics. A good website to check out is www.aavs.org. It has lists of companies that test on animals and those that don't. You'll be suprized about some of the big companies that do! (They also do not disclose whether or not they test on animals)
Hm . . It sounds like the old dillemma. How to ensure the safety of products w/o testing on animals?
Please be aware for your own safety! Don't just put anything on your face!
|Wednesday, August 31st, 2005|
|Tuesday, August 23rd, 2005|
Heads up: open letter from Cindy Sheehan Saturday, 20AUG05
reads in part:
"The media are wrong. The people who have come out to Camp Casey to help coordinate the press and events with me are not putting words in my mouth, they are taking words out of my mouth. I have been known for sometime as a person who speaks the truth and speaks it strongly. I have always called a liar a liar and a hypocrite a hypocrite. Now I am urged to use softer language to appeal to a wider audience. Why do my friends at Camp Casey think they are there? Why did such a big movement occur from such a small action on August 6, 2005?
This is what the Camp Casey miracle is all about. American citizens who oppose the war but never had a conduit for their disgust and dismay are dropping everything and traveling to Crawford to stand in solidarity with us who have made a commitment to sit outside of George's ranch for the duration of the miserable Texan August. If they can't come to Texas, they are attending vigils, writing letters to their elected officials and to their local newspapers; they are setting up Camp Casey branches in their hometowns; they are sending flowers, cards, letters, gifts, and donations here to us at Camp Casey. We are so grateful for all of the support, but I think pro-peace Americans are grateful for something to do, finally.
One thing I haven't noticed or become aware of though is an increased number of pro-war, pro-Bush people on the other side of the fence enlisting to go and fight George Bush's war for imperialism and insatiable greed. The pro-peace side has gotten off their apathetic butts to be warriors for peace and justice. Where are the pro-war people? Everyday at Camp Casey we have a couple of anti-peace people on the other side of the road holding up signs that remind me that "Freedom isn't Free" but I don't see them putting their money where their mouths are. I don't think they are willing to pay even a small down payment for freedom by sacrificing their own blood or the flesh of their children. I still challenge them to go to Iraq and let another soldier come home. Perhaps a soldier that is on his/her third tour of duty, or one that has been stop-lossed after serving his/her country nobly and selflessly, only to be held hostage in Iraq by power mad hypocrites who have a long history of avoiding putting their own skin in the game.
Now I am being vilified and dragged through the mud by the righties and so-called "fair and balanced" main stream media who are afraid of the truth and can't face someone who tells it by telling any truth of their own. Now they have to twist, distort, lie, and scrutinize anything I have ever said when they never scrutinize anything that George Bush said or is saying. [...] Camp Casey has grown and prospered and survived all attacks and challenges because America is sick and tired of liars and hypocrites and we want the answers to the tough questions that I was the first to dare ask.
The Camp Casey movement will not die until we have a genuine accounting of the truth and until our troops are brought home. Get used to it George, we are not going away."
|Thursday, August 18th, 2005|
I am interested in learning about what the status of the free tibet movement is. Does anyone in this community belong to any local organizations in their city that meet often and provide a place for satisfactory contributions?
There are plenty of online resources to aid in the movement (like freetibet.org) and NGOs but I am wondering about grass roots - face to face stuff. Its dissapointing to see the lack of attention Tibet gets in the big media and in various governments. I was also dissapointed when I looked for any US Universities that might teach the Tibetan language. (of course I only looked online so my search was not very deep) But I only found one summer camp/intensive available at some Midwest university. Even Brigham Young University in Utah - which suprizingly has the most comprehensive language department in the country, teaches Nepalese but not Tibetan.
Does anyone know of universities (US or elsewhere?) that teach tibetan?
|Tuesday, August 16th, 2005|
I have posted most of this information as comments on another page, but I thought I should introduce myself more formally and completely to this community for anyone who is interested.
Basically I've joined this community because I am interested in sharing and hearing other peoples ideas and experiences in Buddhism and any other form of spirituality. So here's a little about me:
I am a 19 year old living in Portland Oregon. I have just recently become active in my buddhist practice (primarily the chod and phowa).
I live in the Nityananda Institute at the Rudrananda Ashram. The Institute practices shaiva/kundalini yoga as well as tantric buddhist rituals, from a nyingma lineage.
Our lineage-holder is Swami Chetanananda, a decendant of Swami Rudrananda and Swami Nityananda from the shaiva/trika yoga/kundalini yoga tradition. Our Swamiji has also been ordained as a Buddhist Nyingma lineage holder by Lama Wangdu Rinpoche.
Here is a brief biography of Wangdulama for your information:
"Lama Tsering Wangdu Rinpoche was born in 1936 in the village of Langkor in West Dingri, Tibet. West Dingri was the area where the great Indian mahasiddha Padampa Sangye stayed when he came to Tibet to transmit teaching on Shi-je, or pacification of suffering. Rinpoche is a lineage holder of the teachings of Padampa Sangye as well as the ENTIRE cycle of the Longchen Nyingthig tradition of the Nyingma school of Tibetan Buddhism. He completed the traditional Chöd retreat in Tibet, practicing in 100 cremation grounds. In the late 1950's he resettled in Nepal, where he resided for many years in the Tibetan refugee community of Jawalakehl in Kathmandu. He met Swami Chetanananda in Kathmandu in 1998, and has shared many of his practices with Swamiji and with students at the Nityananda Institute.
Rinpoche is now head of the Pal Gyi Dingri Langkor Jangsem Kunga Ling monastery in Boudha, Kathmandu. He is a profoundly accomplished practitioner, and we are pleased to share these performances of his practices with a wider audience. " - taken from http://www.rudrapress.com/teachers/rinpoche.htm
a better biography of Wangdulama and Swamiji can be found on www.nityananda-institute.org
Here is information on the Nyingma Tradition that I pulled from Wikipedia.
"The Nyingma tradition is one of the four major schools of Tibetan Buddhism. These four schools are Nyingma, Kagyu, Sakya and Gelug. Nyingma is actually comprised of several distinct lineages that trace their origins back to Padmasambhava, the legendary founder of Tibetan Buddhism. The name "Nyingma" means ancient, as Nyingma followers see themselves as maintaining the earliest Vajrayana teachings (the other three traditions are collectively known as Sarma or "new translation" schools) which incorporate some elements of the indigenous Bön religion."
"The Nyingma-school is also called the school of the ancient translations because it developed out of the first translation-period of Buddhist scriptures from Sanskrit into Tibetan, during the time of Trisong Detsen in the eighth century. In 817, King Trisong Detsen invited the indic Masters Padmasambhava (Sanskrit for "lotusborn"), also called Guru Rinpoche ("precious Master") and the abbot Shantarakshita (Tibetan Shiwatso) to Tibet in order to introduce Buddhism in the Land of Snows. King Trisong Detsen ordered the translation of the whole Buddhist teaching (dharma) into Tibetan. Guru Rinpoche, Shantarakshita and 108 translators, thereof 25 of Guru Rinpoche's nearest disciples worked for many years in a gigantic translation-project. The translations from this period formed the base for the large scriptural transmission of dharma-teachings into Tibet. Guru Rinpoche supervised mainly the translation of tantric doctrine; Shantarakshita concentrated on the Sutra-teachings. From this basis Buddhism was established in its entirety in Tibet. From the 8th until the 11th century Nyingma was the only school of Buddhism in Tibet. With the reign of King Langdarma (government-period 836–842) Buddhism declined in its outer form and a time of political instability took place for 300 years in Tibet. From the 11th century onwards, four schools developed out of a new translation-period. They are the Kadampa, Kagyu, Sakya and Gelug-school of Tibetan Buddhism. Guru Rinpoche and Shantarakshita founded the first Buddhist monastery Samye on Tibetan ground. It was the main center for dharma-transmission in Tibet during this age."
Besides Guru Rinpoche - other famous lineage holders of the Nyingma are Yeshe Tsyogal, Machig Lapdron, Padampa Sengye, Longchenpa , Jigme Lingpa (He's the guy I use for my icon), Patrul Rinpoche (who wrote "The Words of My Perfect Teacher") and others. I am currently researching Lama Wangdu's direct line, which I know includes all these teachers but I have yet to connect all the dots.
Sorry if that was a lot of information. I love history ( ;
If you have any questions for me just ask.
Its good to be here. ( ;