Five precepts of the Buddhist Order of Interbeing: (i) do not kill, (ii) cultivate loving kindness, (iii) avoid sexual misconduct, (iv) practise loving speech, and (vi) practise mindful consuming.
• we watched [2013-10-29] rick mercer, this hour has 22 minutes, and a doc, War of the Worlds: American Experience, ‘timed to coincide with the 75th anniversary of Orson Welles’ infamous radio drama’.
• tonight [2013-10-30] we saw blue jasmine, part of the huronia museum film series. i’m reading ‘to make reconciliation possible‘ by thich nhat hanh: ‘If we don’t understand our own suffering, fear, anger, and despair, then we can’t help the other side to do the same. This was also exactly what I recommended to the people in South Korea last month [2013-06]. The South has to listen to itself and transform before it can listen to the North and help the North to remove fear, anger, and suspicion.’
Thich Naht Hahn writes, ‘To practice mindfulness of compassion means that during the whole time of listening, you practice mindful breathing and remind yourself of only one thing: ”I am listening to him with just one purpose, to help to give him a chance to empty his heart and suffer less…. If I interrupt him and correct him, I’ll transform the session into a debate and I’ll fail in my practice.” … If you can maintain that alive in your heart during the time of listening, then you are protected by the energy of compassion, and what the other person says won’t be able to touch off the energy of irritation and anger in you anymore.’
• we turned out the lights and watched [2013-10-31] the nature of things–invasion of the brain snatchers, art of germany–dream and machine, and everything & nothing–everything. from the depths of human depravity (german artists drawing the horrors of trench warfare) to the heights of human creativity (physicists calculating the size of everything, i.e., the universe–pictured is one such physicist, henrietta leavitt), we now wonder if some human behaviour–whole societies–is actually controlled by parasites.
FridayToday [2013-11-01] is World Vegan Day. In fact, it’s the start of World Vegan Month. The Times Of India lists these reasons to go vegan. Each reason comes with a bit of detail.
- Less suffering from starvation
- Less water shortages
- More trees, forests greenery
- More wildlife
- More available energy
- Less global warming
- Less pollution of land, air, and water
- Better health, less money spent on healthcare
- More social justice
- Compassion for other living creatures
I wish I could quote David Suzuki’s entire article, but I can’t; besides, you can (and should) read it for yourself. Here’s an excerpt to whet your appetite: ‘From government scientists to First Nations citizens and environmentalists, pretty much everyone working to protect the air, water, land and diversity of plants and animals that keep us alive and healthy has felt the sting of attacks from sources in government, media and beyond…. It would be laughable if so many people didn’t take it seriously. Government tactics have been more insidious, often designed to silence anyone who could stand in the way of massive resource extraction and export policies. Politicians in the U.K., Australia, the U.S., Canada and elsewhere have created a false dichotomy between the environment and the economy’.
• doc night [2013-11-02] on tvo. we watched secrets of wild india: elephant kingdom, coast: the hidden history of harbours, and decoding deepak. deepak chopra (pictured) is steeped in buddhism, he talks (he’s never at a loss for words) of quantum physics, he has countless devotees. is his fame impermanent?
A commenter to the CBC story ‘McDonald’s supplier drops 2 egg farms accused of cruelty‘ says, ‘The only way to change these practices, is to stop turning a blind eye…. Educate yourself and demand better. Take a good look at transportation and slaughter practices…. By living a mostly vegan life, I have significantly reduced my grocery bill. I also grow produce; something that anyone can do with a small amount of space…even in pots. Accept a simpler diet and a small amount of sacrifice and you will be healthier and sleep better at night.’ (thanks to sh)
Here’s a recent version of Spain by Chick Corea, live (2006?). The crowd sings along. Bass solo! (Drum, keyboard, sax, and guitar solos, too.) The bass player, John Patitucci, plays a 6-stringer. And here’s Stevie Wonder on harmonica (2008). Everybody gets a solo, even the bass player, who plays a 5-stringer. Here’s the original (1972) with Stanley Clarke on bass–he only needs 4 strings. Here‘s Al Jarreau (and some guy on drums, from 1990).
Remember funky Stuff (circa ’76)?
• [2013-11-04] tonight we watched two episodes of the romantics online. in the morning we went to orillia, where i met wp at st james church while sue walked along lake couchiching.