Monday, April 23, 2018

The BuddhaFest: Los Angeles (June 1-3)

Dhr. Seven, Ananda (D.M.I.), Seth Auberon, Wisdom Quarterly; BuddhaFest, Against the Stream


BuddhaFest embraces the principles of mindfulness and compassion through a unique mix of inspiring films, modern wisdom teachings, meditation, and live music.

The response to this year’s BuddhaFest has been incredible. This is the final week to reserve DISCOUNT SEATS with early bird pricing. This year’s lineup of presenters includes:
"Crane Song" filmed in Himalayan Buddhist India, in Ladakh's capital Leh, home of Hemis Gompa, where Issa/Jesus of Nazareth trained. Tenzin Choegyal sings, "Drops of rain wash away the love songs written in the sand. Love though unwritten remains long after in the Heart"
 
A new feature of BuddhaFest this year is the opportunity to go deeper with individual teachers. Select from one of five daylong intensives to attend on the final day.
 
SATURDAY NIGHT FILMS
  • Zen for Nothing, West Coast premiere
  • Honeygiver Among the Dogs, U.S. premiere
Seats for most events are reserved this year, so get them today for the best selection. Save now with discount TICKETS, early bird deadline: Friday, April 27, 2018.
  • The BuddhaFest (BuddhaFest.org)
  • Friday, June 1-Sunday, June 3, 2018
  • Beverly Hills, UCLA Haines Hall, L.A.
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Forecast: manmade drought to continue (video)

Associated Press (ap.org); Crystal Quintero, Seth Auberon (eds.), Wisdom Quarterly

Sandbars fill the Rio Grande north of Albuquerque, N.M. Forecasters said April 23, 2018, that drought conditions across southwestern states are contributing to a wildfire threat.
After brief relief, forecasts indicate drought will continue


Dry weather will prolong the wildfire threat through summer in the Southwestern US, even though weekend showers temporarily relieved drought conditions in parts of the area, forecasters said today.


The drought is rooted in a dry spell that began in October and is considered "extreme" from southern California to central Kansas.

Conditions are even worse in the Four Corners region and the Oklahoma and Texas panhandles, warranting their description as "exceptional."

"The proverbial spigot shut off," said Brian Fuchs, a climatologist at the National Drought Mitigation Center at the University of Nebraska in Lincoln. "Drought isn't necessarily a signal for wildfires, but it can exacerbate the conditions that do take place." More

The real Tibetan Buddhism you don't know

Mark Hay (aeon.co), Pam Weintraub (ed.); Ashley Wells, Crystal Quintero, Wisdom Quarterly

Tibetan Buddhism, in the pop-cultural psyche of the United States, is the Dalai Lama’s face grinning from a cover in the self-help section of your nearest bookstore.

It’s a monk in a maroon robe sitting calmly in a full-skull electrode cap as researchers probe his brain to learn how meditation plays into his unique serenity [absorptions].

It’s that over-the-top scene from the film Seven Years in Tibet (1997) in which Brad Pitt is trying to build a movie theater for the young Dalai Lama in Tibet's capital Lhasa in the 1940s when he realizes that his local crew has such a strong reverence for life and abiding patience that none is willing to harm a worm while digging ditches.
 
Earth-witnessing mudra in Tibetan Buddhism
Which is to say that Tibetan Buddhism in the US pop-cultural psyche is a monolithic and benign spiritual tradition built around simple wisdom, loving kindness, and unflinching non-violence.

This belief in an uncomplicated, compassionate, and progressive Tibetan Buddhism is what allows us to reliably portray Tibetan Buddhists as sympathetic victims in the media.

It’s what powers headlines in The Onion such as "Buddhist Extremist Cell Vows to Unleash Tranquility on the West" -- and what at one point created an unprecedented market for Tibetan nannies in cities such as New York.

However pervasive the stereotype, though, the US vision of Tibetan Buddhism is anemic, to say the least.
 
Sure, compassion is central to the tradition, but there’s room for violence as well. Medieval Tibetan tales describe religious teachers breaking students’ bones, then healing them magically to bring them insight. They tell of monks assassinating corrupt kings to save Buddhism in Tibet.

Modern history brings us the stories, often neglected in the West, of the CIA-backed violent insurgency that Tibetan Buddhists waged against the Chinese occupation from the 1950s to the mid-1970s -- and of an all-Tibetan refugee unit formed in India to fight the Chinese in a 1962 war.
 
Far from being easy to grasp and anodyne, Tibetan Buddhism is complex with tantric practices, the impenetrably esoteric ideas and techniques used to try to slingshot spiritual seekers directly towards the enlightenment they seek to attain within this lifetime to best help others.

It is difficult to succinctly sum up the diverse tantric traditions and sub-traditions, each of which contains a trove of doctrines and practices, some of which monks intentionally obscure from lay audiences, for fear that they will be misused or misunderstood by non-initiates.
 
Perhaps the best-known esoteric tradition in the West is the Kalachakra Initiation, the ceremony in which the Dalai Lama or other high-ranking monks slowly construct beautifully intricate mandalas out of colored sand, and then wipe them away. Laypeople in the West usually... More
 
MARK HAY is a writer on culture, faith, identity politics, and sexuality. His work has appeared in Esquire, The Economist, Foreign Service Journal, Slate and VICE, among others. He is based in Brooklyn, New York.

News of the Day: White killer, Black hero

Associated Press, AP.org; Crystal Quintero, Ashley Wells, Wisdom Quarterly UPDATED
"It was life or death," says black hero who snatched crazed white gunman's AR-15
AP-NORC Poll: Amid strikes, Americans back teacher raises
New lynching memorial evokes terror of victims

Mike Pompeo
CIA Chief Pompeo facing rare opposition from Senate panel

Slavery: US gets lynching memorial (photos)

Associated Press (ap.org via mail.com); Editors, Wisdom Quarterly
Part of a statue depicting chained slave people is on display at a new memorial to honor thousands of people killed in racist lynchings, April 22, 2018. It aims to teach about America's past in hope of promoting understanding and healing.
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New lynching memorial evokes terror of victims
"From enslavement to mass incarceration"
(The Legacy Museum) MONTGOMERY, Alabama - Visitors to the new National Memorial for Peace and Justice first glimpse them, eerily, in the distance:

Brown rectangular slabs (shown below), 800 in all, inscribed with the names of more than 4,000 human beings who lost were viciously murdered in racist-motivated lynchings (death by strangulation by hanging) between 1877 and 1950.


Each pillar is 6 feet (2 meters) tall, the height of a person, and made of steel that weathers and rusts to different shades of brown (like a copper penny or a bronze Jesus).
Viewers enter at eye-level with the monuments, allowing a view of victims' names and the date and place of their slaying. More
Law Professor Michelle Alexander must be as proud as we are that her research and revelations are catching on! We went from the enslavement of blacks in America to MASS INCARCERATION in the Age of Color Blindness. It's the new Jim Crow. We are still suffering from the generational trauma Dr. Joy DeGruy calls PTSS or Post Traumatic Slave Syndrome

What happened to KROQ's Bean and Mike?

(Orange County Register via Daily Mail); COMMENTARY BY  Seth Auberon, Pat Macpherson, Pfc. Sandoval, Ashley Wells (eds.), Wisdom Quarterly
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Gene “Bean” Baxter is in bad shape and on a medical leave of absence (Armando Brown).
 
Gene Bean Baxter of KROQ’s Kevin & Bean Show explains why he’s been off the air.

Is the Kevin & Bean radio show working?
[So sickly old man Bean is dying? He and Kevin have been eating meat and fried junk food for a long time, and it shows. But Bean has only one kidney and lots of medical issues. He hasn't been on the air for weeks, which is very unusual. Unless they're on vacation, they rarely miss work. A further mystery is why KABC-fired Psycho Mike Dwight Catherwood, who was appearing on the show to do the comedy for them in place of fired funnyman Ralph Garman, did not seamlessly replace Bean. He had been sitting in, probably volunteering to stay busy and find a new gig beyond his tweets and Swole Patrol podcast. Not only is Bean missing without explanation or so much as an acknowledgement, so now is Mike. A funny person is needed, or this show doesn't work. Everyone else feeds off of that person. Ralph Garman is ruined because his comedy partner, director Kevin Smith, had a heart attack or stroke, so bye-bye Hollywood Babble On. Bean is amusing, but Mike offered voices and opinions. Allie Mac Kay stinks, Stryker is horrible pablum, and Kevin is a one-note male Allie. Allie used to be called "She Bean" for her quirkiness, and now the show is like listening to two brother and sister amateur idiots who cannot handle the work without punching bag Bean. Who knew so much of his entertainment-value depended on dependably-weird Bean, the show's resident a hole?]

At the 10th annual Kevin & Bean’s April Foolishness comedy benefit show at the sold-out Microsoft Theater in downtown Los Angeles on March 31, many longtime fans of the KROQ 106.7 FM “The Kevin & Bean Show” were asking, “Where’s Bean?”
 
Fired by Dr. Drew and Kevin & Bean, Inc.?
The easily recognizable figure was noticeably absent as his partner in crime Kevin Ryder and co-host Allie Mac Kay took over the bulk of the hosting and presenting duties throughout the evening.

The rest of the morning show crew played it off and made some jokes about him being on vacation or simply missing his plane since he records the show live every weekday from his home in New Orleans.

However, on Wednesday, the show sent out a tweet to its fans about the extended absence of Gene “Bean” Baxter, letting them know he was taking medical leave:
KROQ's new Kevin & Catherwood Show!
Though the tweet was vague, there was an outpouring of support from the KROQ listeners as well as some messages from those left feeling a bit uneasy about the situation after the recent departure of longtime co-host Ralph Garman late last year.

This happened along with other changes at the station [after new owners took over] including letting go of Rodney Bingenheimer who famously hosted the late-night “Rodney on the ROQ” show for more than four decades.
 
Following the official tweet from the show, Ryder, who has worked alongside Baxter for over a quarter of a century, tweeted out that... More

Eat Drink Vegan Fest, Rose Bowl (May 26)

EatDrinkVegan.com; Ananda M. (D.M.I.), Dhr. Seven, Wisdom Quarterly

Let's eat. "Eat Drink Vegan" started small in The Roxy's parking lot on the Sunset Strip. Vegan Nic Adler, owner of The Roxy, had a plant-based vision free of animal products.

The fest caught fire. Today, presented by Goldenvoice, it’s known as the “Vegan Coachella” and held at Rose Bowl Stadium and Brookside Golf Course.

It features over 100 highly curated vegan restaurants and food vendors, 250+ vegan beverages, and a plant-based marketplace showcasing everything from clothing to skin care.

It has expanded to include additional events across LA, like LA’s Best Vegan Tacos and the Vegan Grilled Cheese Block Party.
 
And it’s grown to over 10,000 attendees — in a fun, safe space for the best plant-based eats, great music, and community (eatdrinkvegan.com)

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Sunday, April 22, 2018

Real "Exorcist": Devil and Fr. Amorth (video)

Director William Friedkin (4/20/18); Pat Macpherson, Seth Auberon (eds.), Wisdom Quarterly


"The Devil and Father Amorth"
Raymond Arroyo (ETWN) interviews William Friedkin, Academy Award-winning director of The Exorcist (1973) and The French Connection (1971), who talks about his new film, The Devil and Father Amorth in which Friedkin was granted the rare permission to document a REAL exorcism conducted by former Vatican chief exorcist, the late Father Gabrielle Amorth.
 

Long-form interview with William Friedkin talking about exorcism

VegFest Los Angeles (May 6th)

Vegfestla.org; Ananda M. (D.M.I.), Crystal Quintero, CC Liu, Wisdom Quarterly


VegFest Los Angeles is a magnificent day filled with food, fun, and inspiration. The combination of a delicious vegan international food court, live music, empowering health speakers, environmental, humanitarian, and animal topics, kids’ activities, animal adoptions, an eco-marketplace with over 150 vendors, and more make for an an unforgettable earth-friendly experience sure to be enjoyable. More

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Friday, April 20, 2018

Film: "A Joyful Mind" (Mingyur Rinpoche)

Yongey Mingyur Rinpoche (tergar.org, ajoyfulmind.com) via Paul MacGowan; Amber Larson, Crystal Quintero (eds.), Wisdom Quarterly



Happiness is easy.
A Joyful Mind is a one-hour film about the path to true happiness as portrayed through the life and teachings of Tibetan-Buddhist meditation rinpoche ("precious one") and best-selling author Yongey Mingyur Rinpoche (tergar.org). Through his example we can learn about the simplicity and practicality of meditation (development, cultivation) as a powerful tool for discovering the wisdom, peace, and joy that is already residing within us. Visit ajoyfulmind.com.
 

But, venerable rinpoche, what about this crazy monkey mind?

Yongey Mingyur Rinpoche
Yongey Mingyur Rinpoche possesses a rare ability to present the ancient wisdom of Tibet in a fresh and engaging manner. His profound yet accessible teachings and playful sense of humor have endeared him to students around the world. His way of teaching weaves together personal experience and modern scientific research, relating both to the practice of meditation. He was born in 1975 in the Himalayan border regions between Tibet and Nepal. From a young age he was drawn to a life of contemplation and spent many years of his childhood in strict retreat. At the age of 17, he was invited to be a teacher at his monastery’s three-year retreat center, a position rarely held by such a young lama. He completed the traditional Buddhist training in philosophy and psychology before founding a monastic college at his home monastery in north India. More