Friday, May 25, 2018

Transcendentalism on Walden POOL (video)

Dhr. Seven, CC Liu, Seth Auberon, Crystal Quintero (eds.), Wisdom Quarterly, Wiki edits

Gustav Holst (13Orcun) Choral Hymns from the Rig Veda, Op. 26, Two Eastern Pictures (1911)

Ralph Waldo Emerson
Transcendentalism is an American movement that developed in the late 1820s and 1830s in the eastern United States.

It arose as a reaction to protest against the general state of intellectualism and spirituality at the time.

The doctrine of the Unitarian church as taught at Harvard Divinity School was of great interest.

Sarah Margaret Fuller
Transcendentalism emerged from "English and German Romanticism, the biblical criticism...the skepticism of David Hume," and the transcendental philosophy of Immanuel Kant and German Idealism.
  • Swedish mystic Emanuel Swedenborg is regarded as a pervasive influence on transcendentalism by Miller and Versluis.
  • Hindu texts on philosophy of the mind and spirituality, particularly the Upanishads, also strongly influenced it.
Author on KPFA, Berkeley
A core belief of transcendentalism is in the inherent goodness of people and nature.

Adherents believe that society and its government institutions have corrupted the purity of the individual. They have faith that people are at their best when truly "self-reliant" and independent.
Transcendentalism emphasizes subjective knowledge (inner knowing, direct intuition of the heart) over objective empiricism (experts dictating from their experiments and heads).

Transcendatalists agree that individuals are capable of generating completely original insights with little reliance or deference to past "masters." More

The Graduate's Ben Braddock is just drifting along on his parents' California pool all summer.

Civil Disobedience
Thoreau's writing restored Walden Pond.
Civil Disobedience is an 1849 essay by American Transcendentalist Henry David Thoreau. It argues that individuals should resist permitting governments to overrule or atrophy their consciences.

We have a duty to resist and avoid allowing such acquiescence that enables the government to make us the agents of injustice. Thoreau was motivated, in part, by his disgust with American slavery and the Mexican-American War (1846-1848).

Who was Thoreau?
Henry David Thoreau, August 1861
Henry David Thoreau, while living in Walden Woods for two years beginning in 1845, was an American Transcendentalist contemplating Walden Pond's features.

In "The Ponds" section of Walden, published in 1854, Thoreau extols the water's physical properties.

He details its unparalleled water quality, clarity, color, temperature, unique animal life (aquatic, avian, mammalian), rock formations and bed and, especially, its mirror-like surface properties.
We can live in forests our own with Nature.
Thoreau contemplates the source of the pristine water body in the woods. He observes that it had no visible inlet or outlet, and considers the possibility of an unidentified spring at the bottom.

Noting the kettle landform's ramparts and resilient shore, he concludes that a unique, natural geologic event (glacial retreat) formed the site, while recognizing local myths:
Some have been puzzled to tell how the shore became so regularly paved. My townsmen have all heard the tradition -- the oldest people tell me that they heard it in their youth -- that anciently the Indians were holding a pow-wow upon a hill here, which rose as high into the heavens as the pond now sinks deep into the earth, and they used much profanity, as the story goes, though this vice is one of which the Indians were never guilty, and while they were thus engaged the hill shook and suddenly sank, and only one old squaw, named Walden, escaped, and from her the pond was named. It has been conjectured that when the hill shook these stones rolled down its side and became the present shore. It is very certain, at any rate, that once there was no pond here, and now there is one; and this Indian fable does not in any respect conflict with the account of that ancient settler whom I have mentioned, who remembers so well when he first came here with his divining-rod, saw a thin vapor rising from the sward, and the hazel pointed steadily downward, and he concluded to dig a well here. As for the stones, many still think that they are hardly to be accounted might suppose that it was called originally Walled-in Pond.
In "The Ponds" Thoreau describes incorporeal experiences around the water.

These experiences were relayed to him by others and his own. Thoreau -- who was a well read Transcendentalist and, therefore, presumably intimately familiar with Romanticism -- relates the stories in a way that could be argued to interpret or reveal the pond as the locale of the Grail Legend in the Americas.
An old man who used to frequent this pond nearly sixty years ago, when it was dark with surrounding forests, tells me that in those days he sometimes saw it all alive with ducks and other water-fowl, and that there were many eagles about it....
When I first paddled a boat on Walden, it was completely surrounded by thick and lofty pine and oak woods, and in some of its coves grapevines had run over the trees next the water and formed bowers under which a boat could pass. The hills which form its shores are so steep, and the woods on them were then so high, that, as you looked down from the west end, it had the appearance of an amphitheater for some kind of sylvan spectacle. I have spent many an hour, when I was younger, floating over its surface as the zephyr willed, having paddled my boat to the middle, and lying on my back across the seats, in a summer forenoon, dreaming awake, until I was aroused by the boat touching the sand, and I arose to see what shore my fates had impelled me to; days when idleness was the most attractive... More
The Graduate POOL was my Walden Pond
The Graduate's Ben ("Son" played by Dustin Hoffman), boyfriend of "Mrs. Robinson," on the pool in idyllic California. It's the 50 year anniversary,* and we're barely realizing the connection.
*Mike Nichols’s romantic comedy-drama The Graduate recently celebrated its 50th anniversary. It is in the Top 20 of the American Film Institute’s best American movies list and has the distinction of being the last film to win an Academy Award for best director and nothing else (despite being nominated in six other categories).

Railroad ruins Thoreau's "Walden Pond" (audio)

Prof. Laura Dassow Walls, Host Mitch Jeserich (Letters & Politics, May 24, 2018,, Berkeley); Crystal Quintero, Dhr. Seven, Seth Auberon, CC Liu (eds.), Wisdom Quarterly
You could buy anything in the good ol' US of A. Negroes, need Negroes? Auction block.
We restored the trees and forests around Walden Pond, Mass. (Walden Pond Project)
Laura Dassow Walls, author of Henry David Thoreau: A Life, talks about nonviolent Henry David Thoreau’s work on Civil Disobedience during the Walden Years.

Why would he, in apparent contradiction to nonviolence, support abolitionist (pro-abolition of slavery) John Brown’s armed raid on Harper’s Ferry?

Thoreau witnessed the disastrous coming of the railroad through Walden Pond, Massachusetts, the wiping out of the Native Americans, United States' deforestation, and the Industrial Age. More + AUDIO

Slaves revolt
US Marines enforce slavery, attack John Brown
John Brown's raid on Harper's Ferry was an anti-slavery movement effort in the U.S. Abolitionist John Brown tried to initiate a slave revolt in 1859 by taking over a U.S. arsenal at Harpers Ferry, Virginia.

But Brown's valiant party of 22 was defeated by a company of U.S. Marines, led by First Lieutenant Israel... More

Photos in the Library of Congress are evidence of the USA's genocide of Native Americans
  • GUEST: Laura Dassow Walls is the Willliam P. and Hazel B. White professor of English graduate program in history and philosophy of science at Notre Dame University.

Thursday, May 24, 2018

A New Way to Happiness? (May 24th)

Ananda (Dharma Meditation Initiative), Dhr. Seven, Ven. Aloka, Moriah, Wisdom Quarterly

What is "happiness"? Last week with the young American Buddhist nun Sayalay Aloka, we had a great time breaking it down.

There are those things that cost a lot of money, take a lot of effort, and produce only a little temporary alleviation from the daily humdrum. They disappoint. But they're all we've ever known to relieve unhappiness.

U know u want. I'm the carrot. You're the ass.
Is "ALL life suffering"? No. If it were, explained the Buddha, nobody would remain in samsara (the endless wandering on in search of sensual pleasures plagued by ignorance and ensnared by lust).

U know u want it. Make the payments, b*tch.
"All conditioned-existence is unsatisfactory," that's the way to accurately translate it. Things disappoint. So Buddhists say, "There is no way to happiness. Happiness is the way!" Be happy now. But how?

All conditioned things are incapable of fulfilling us, satisfying us, putting to rest our abysmal craving. So if we don't get off this carousel, it will just keep going forever in the three periods of time (past, present, future).
See how that works, Max? - No. - Go home, boy.
It is getting in touch with the Three Roots of Happiness (alobha, adosa, amoha).

We'll learn and PRACTICE presence (the power of now) by what the Buddha taught as "mindfulness" (sati), which differs from the way many are using the word nowadays. Why will we practice?

Because if greed, hatred, and delusion are the sources of misery, perhaps
  1. letting go
  2. deeply opening the heart, and
  3. being mindful in this present moment
is a whole new way of approaching happiness, bliss, and ecstasy here right now. And these teachings of the Buddha can be practiced all the way to enlightenment.

Reincarnation? Buddhist rebirth (video)

Bill Kurtis (Wait, Wait), DocSpot; Ananda M., Crystal Quintero, Wisdom Quarterly Wiki edit

A tulku (Tibetan སྤྲུལ་སྐུ་, sprulsku, Zhügu, tülku, trulku) is a reborn ("reincarnated") custodian of a specific lineage of teachings in Tibetan Buddhism who is given empowerments and trained from a young age by students of his or her predecessor.

High-profile examples of tulkus include the Dalai Lamas, the Panchen Lamas, the Samding Dorje Phagmos, the Karmapas, Khyentses, and the Kongtruls. There is also the special case of a "Little Buddha" from the West.

Little Buddha (film poster)
Any Vajrayana practitioner can be reborn as a tülku, if one fails to reach Buddhahood or a Pure Land in the bardo (intermediate plane) of dying, bardo of dharmata or bardo of becoming.

Valentine summarizes the shift in meaning of the word tülku:

"This term, [which] was originally used to describe the Buddha as a "magical emanation" of enlightenment, is best translated as "incarnation" or "steadfast incarnation" when used in the context of the tulku system to describe patriarchs that reliably return to human form." More

☿ Liberation: Ireland's Condom Train (video); Dhr. Seven, Crystal Quintero, Pat Macpherson (eds.), Wisdom Quarterly

The Contraceptive Train ran on May 22, 1971. Feminists from the Irish Women's Liberation Movement bought condoms, spermicidal jelly, and aspirin (in place of the pill) to give out.

The Condom Train incident
What's the big fuss then? Ya eat these?
There is a new tribute to the 1971 Contraceptive Train, which changed Ireland's sexual landscape forever: a musical has been written about the Irish women's movement.

One Saturday morning in May 1971, 49 Irish women changed the social landscape of Ireland when they took a train from Belfast to Dublin.
Power to ♀☿ of the world!
The women were part of the Irish Women’s Liberation Movement, and they made news all over the world when they brought condoms down from Northern Ireland [UK], while contraception was illegal in the Republic [of Ireland].

It was a landmark moment in the Irish women’s movement, which became known as the contraceptive train. The story is being brought to the stage next month in the form of a musical, The Train. 
Beginning split between Church and State
We could use more condoms in U.S.
While contraception was available in the North, the women couldn’t get their hands on the pill on the trip as they didn’t have a prescription, so they bought large amounts of condoms.
They also decided to buy hundreds of aspirin tablets [to mimic the pill] and publicly swallowed them at the station, as customs officials wouldn’t immediately know the difference.
India still won't allow saucy condom ads.
Director of The Train and Rough Magic Artistic Director Lynne Parker said, “The IWLM and The Contraceptive Train marked the beginning of the split between Church and State -- a schism that is ongoing.” More

Hey, YOU, prevent pregnancy with easy contraception. Sign banned in U.S. and Ireland.

FUNNY: Honest Gov't Ad: Trickledown (video)

Andrew Cheetham (HUMOR,, 5/15/18); Pat Macpherson (ed.), Wisdom Quarterly
HUMOR: Honest Australia government advert: Trickledown Economics (Banking and Finance)

Wednesday, May 23, 2018

US kids now live at home until age 34 (video)

(; Ashley Wells, C. Quintero, Pfc. Sandoval (eds.), Wisdom Quarterly

Judge orders him to move out of parents' house
You're growing up old, Junior. - C'mon, mom.
Some news that will shock no woman: A 30-year-old man has been ordered to move out of his parents' home after they sue him.

Michael Rotondo's parents claim he would not leave their home, despite the fact that they began giving him notices in February 2018.

They also offered $1,100 to help him find his own place, which Rotondo took, but continued living in their home. According to ABC 7, he does not contribute to the family's expenses or chores.

Rotondo claimed he wasn't given enough time to leave and called the judge's decision to evict him "outrageous." The judge also asked adult protective services to look into the case.

Michael Rotondo first moved back into his parents' house eight years ago and claims he runs a website business, but did not give more details. He is said to have returned to his parents' home to get some things before finding a place to stay. More

SoCal housing prices hit new high today

Median price in LA County $585,000 in March, higher in OC (Divanov/Shutterstock).
I can always marry a sugar daddy, right?
The cost of buying has been at an all-time high for a three-month period. It’s been a tough spring for Los Angeles homebuyers.

With fewer than usual houses on the market to choose from, prices bested an all-time record in April, according to a new report from real estate tracker CoreLogic.

That makes three months in a row in which the region’s price record has been broken, and homes are now selling for well above prices seen in the buildup to the 2007 mortgage crisis. In April 2018, the median price hit $590,000... More
Science: When is it time to move out?
You want me to move out? But I haven't found a wife-husband to support me yet.
A couple in upstate NY sued their own son, who still lives at home, to have him evicted — and they won. A judge has ruled the 30-year-old unemployed man must leave and stop tormenting his parents. Michael Rotondo, who has been living with his parents, Christina and Mark Rotondo, shows no signs of leaving, say court filings (BravoTV).

"Cannabis: A Lost History" (video)

Chris Rice (2018 documentary); Ananda M., Crystal Quintero (eds.), Wisdom Quarterly
All images sole property of their respective owners, used here only for educational purposes.
This documentary explores the longstanding relationship of human beings and Cannabis sativa, from its use in ancient Asia to its ban in 20th century America.

Written, narrated, and directed by Chris Rice (, the director of "DMT: A Lost History." Music by Chris Rice except "Grandma's Grapes" by Green Warp.

For more information on the sacramental history of cannabis, check out the works of Chris Bennet ( For more on the ancient use of cannabis in general, check out Marijuana, the First Twelve Thousand Years and Antique Cannabis Book.

David Icke: Are we being LIED to? (video)

David Icke (, May 23, 2018; Pat Macpherson, Dhr. Seven, Wisdom Quarterly

David Icke: What if all we ever knew was a lie?