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Wednesday
Nov302011

East Meets South

Lafayette Cemetery #2, New Orleans

These lines were taken from Liberation Through Hearing During The Intermediate State (Tibetan Book of the Dead), written in the 8th century to be read 49 days after death and before one’s rebirth:

Let consciousness rise up through your abdomen
up through your body
up through your neck
and finally out
the top of your head.
Dissolve there into
the light around you.

In this way you may enter directly into
the pure realm of light.
The uncertainties of life will not affect you.
Recognition and liberation are simultaneous.

Listen without distraction.
You have not recognized your own nature
and now you experience painful uncertainties 
of life and death.
Give up anger
give up attachment
and give up yearning for relatives and friends.
Take refuge in 
the buddha.
With your head held high, enter 
the human realm
any distraction dissolving back into 
the heart.

Anything that has a shape will crumble away.
Anything in a flock will disband.
We are all like bees alone in 
the world
buzzing and searching with no place to rest.

Delusions are as various as 
the reflections of the moon on a rippling sea.
Beings so easily become caught in a net 
of confused pain.
May you develop compassion boundless as 
the sky
so that all may rest in 
the clear light of their own awareness.

Funeral Shoes, Backstreet Cultural Museum, New Orleans

The Original Lady Buckjumpers Annual Second Line Parade, 2011, New Orleans

The Stooges Brass Band lead the second line.

Link to:
Backstreet Cultural Museum and
More photos of The 2011 Original Lady Buckjumpers Second Line at Offbeat Magazine's Flickr page.

Tuesday
May102011

The Big Three

Man kills, Woman selects and Shaman guides what Man kills, Woman selects and Shaman guides.

Pre-Columbian statues of a man and a woman

Pre-Columbian shaman staff and stone attachment

Statue photos from the Museo del Jade Marco Fidel Tristan Castro.

Thursday
Apr212011

You and Your Mindsets

 

So Many Tons

The problem with the iterative mind is that it can be correct every step of the way on the way to something entirely false.

The problem with the quantum mind is that nobody can predict what it will think.

The problem with the convergent mind is that it fixates on only one correct answer.

The problem with the divergent mind is that 98% of kindergartners are geniuses in this way of thinking, before a system of education crushes it out of them by the time they are teenagers:

Wednesday
Dec292010

New Year's Toast with Predictions

A toast: In 2011, may you touch the untouchable, cred the incredible and posse the impossible dream.

In late Winter and continuing into the Spring, you will find:

Peace via Tiansiang, Taroko Gorge

And:

Lindsay Lohan nee Marilyn Monroe

Which will by mid-Summer evoke:

Cindy Crawford nee George Washington

Allowing:

Faye nee Bonnie

Leading Autumn to:

Bald Monkey

And:

Dead Donut

Until Winter brings another:

Framework of Wood That Contains A Glass Pane And Is Built Into A Wall Or Roof To Admit Light

And bounties of:

Glowing Heads

By year's end.

So sic 'em.

Tuesday
Dec212010

Rules