Sunday, July 12, 2020

Heart Sutra Live Looping Remix【Loopstation RC-505】


Via Daily Dharma: Anchoring in the Present Moment

Most people think that thoughts and emotions are the enemy. But we can use thoughts and emotions, even the bad ones, to actually bring us into the present moment.

—Phakchok Rinpoche, “Creating a Confident Mind”

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Via Ram Dass - Love Serve Remember Foundation / Words of Wisdom - July 12, 2020 💌



It's the expectations of your own mind that creates your own hell. When you get frustrated because something isn't the way you thought it would be, examine the way you thought, not just the thing that frustrates you. You'll see that a lot of your emotional suffering is created by your models of how you think the universe should be and your inability to allow it to be as it is.

- Ram Dass -

Saturday, July 11, 2020

NiT GriT - The Awakening


Via Daily Dharma: How to Become Whole

To have well-being means to be whole—not split. It means being able to accept one’s own life—including one’s past—without striving for something else or wanting to be somebody else. 

—Interview with Werner Vogd by Susanne Billig, “Becoming Whole”

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Thursday, July 9, 2020

Cacao: Food of the Gods - a film about the origin of cacao ceremonies


Via Daily Dharma: Warm Up for Meditation

Take the time [you] need to prepare the body for meditation. By doing so, we invite the breath to become our closest ally—one we can rely on to inform us about and eventually lead us back to the spaciousness right here and now.

Lauren Krauze,“Breathe Easy”

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Wednesday, July 8, 2020

Lemurian Home Coming-Regreso al Hogar Lemuriano


Via Daily Dharma: Trust Your Own Pace

If enlightenment were easy, everyone would be enlightened. Meditation has its own pace. The practice brings you just the challenges you need and are able to handle at the right time.

—Jan Chozen Bays,“Endless Practice”

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Via Ram Dass - Love Serve Remember Foundation // Words of Wisdom - July 8, 2020 💌




We have to work on ourselves until we can be in the world without being automatically reactive. As the stuff of the world around us comes pouring in on us, instead of reacting with fear and aversion or greed and grasping, the art is to introduce a moment of clear, quiet awareness between the input (or perception) and the output (or response). By adding this moment of awareness, we break the chain of reactivity that keeps us all so unconsciously bound. 

- Ram Dass -

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Monday, July 6, 2020

Via Daily Dharma: Come Back to the Breath

Your thoughts will never stop. Just always come back to the breath. As long as you can do that, you’re meditating.

—Interview by Karen Jensen and Katie Egart, “Vows for Freedom”

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Sunday, July 5, 2020

The Harmonic Convergence 2020

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Via Ram Dass - Love Serve Remember Foundation // Words of Wisdom - July 5, 2020 💌

As you quiet your mind, you begin to see the different components of your being and which ones are out of harmony. For example, at times you can feel that your body is pulling on you. It’s draining your energy, or the muscles need strengthening or relaxing.

Remember that your body is the temple of your spirit, work with it, doing things that release or balance energy. Hatha yoga, the yoga of energy, can be used as a path to the soul. Forming an asana is talking to God. Also, be mindful of what you are putting into your body. The human body is a manifestation of God. Honor it.

- Ram Dass -

Via Daily Dharma: Feel Impermanence

Impermanence should end up being a feeling, not just an intellectual understanding.

—Trungram Gyalwa Rinpoche, “Every Day Is a Bonus”

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Saturday, July 4, 2020

Sodo Yokoyama


Like disappearing thoughts ~ Sodo Yokoyama https://justdharma.com/s/ygorp  

The sunset doesn’t know it’s the sunset, but it is the sunset. And as with the sunset, all things are like disappearing thoughts.  – Sodo Yokoyama  

from the book "The Grass Flute Zen Master: Sodo Yokoyama" ISBN: 978-1619029132  -  https://amzn.to/33VOb3L

Homossexualidade e Budismo. | Dzongsar Khyentse Rinpoche


Via Olhar Budista // O Budismo, a Homossexualidade e as questÔes LGBT

"Essa conduta (hetero ou homoafetiva) gera sofrimento para as partes envolvidas? Essa conduta gera apego para as partes envolvidas? Essa conduta gera raiva para as partes envolvidas? Se a resposta for NÃO para as 3 perguntas, de acordo com a doutrina budista e os ensinamentos tradicionais ensinados pelo Honrado do Mundo, a conduta nĂŁo Ă© imprĂłpria." 
 
Neste post, Rev. Mauricio HondakuDzongsar Khyentse Rinpoche esclarecem o ponto de vista budista sobre a homossexualidade. É tambĂ©m disponibilizado uma ligação para vĂĄrios textos explanativos do Ven. S. Dhammika.

Relacionamentos Homoafectivos | Mauricio Hondaku

Publicado originalmente no facebook pelo Rev. Hondaku e autorizada a publicação neste blog.



https://olharbudista.com/2017/11/30/o-budismo-a-homossexualidade-e-as-questoes-lgbt/#more-7651

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Via Daily Dharma: Creating a World of Interdependence

Buddhists have a role to play… in creating a different vision of America that is from the start about multiplicity and not singularity, from the start about interdependence.

—Interview with Duncan Ryuken Williams by Ashoka Mukpo, “Never Again”

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Friday, July 3, 2020

Via Daily Dharma: Sitting with the Unpredictable

Right concentration does not want us to get attached to it. It does not want us to turn it into an object of worship. Use it to free yourself, but don’t turn it into another thing. Allow it to remain unpredictable.

—Mark Epstein,“Meditation’s Secret Ingredient”

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These colourful flames are awesome! Mixing different compounds with flammable substances causes different colours… just don’t try this at home.

Thursday, July 2, 2020

Via Coisa do JapĂŁo // Templo budista em Saitama realiza casamentos LGBTQIA+


Saimyouji, em Saitama, torna-se o segundo templo budista conhecido no JapĂŁo a promover abertamente casamentos LGBTQIA+, seguindo o exemplo do templo Shunkoin de Kyoto.
Saimyouji @Tokyo Weekender
No Japão hå templos e santuårios em praticamente todo lugar. Apesar disso, menos de 40% da população japonesa se identifica com alguma religião, sendo que a maioria deles se afirma budista.
Atualmente, pode-se dizer que os templos budistas operam mais como negĂłcios do que como local para receber orientação espiritual. Ao contrĂĄrio do budismo na Índia, onde a religiĂŁo se originou, o budismo japonĂȘs Ă© mais conhecido como “budismo fĂșnebre”, pois em muitos casos apenas os serviços funerĂĄrios estĂŁo disponĂ­veis ao pĂșblico.

O templo Saimyouji, em Kawagoe, Saitama-ken, com uma história de quase 800 anos pretende se destacar do resto graças aos esforços de seu recém-nomeado sacerdote chefe Senda Akihiro.
Senda Akihiro, 57Âș sacerdote-chefe de Saimyouji, passou dois anos na Índia estudando e praticando o budismo sob a orientação de seu mentor indiano antes de herdar o templo de seu pai.
“Quero abrir meu templo para todo mundo, seja japonĂȘs ou estrangeiro”, diz Senda em entrevista ao site Tokyo Weekender. “O objetivo de todas as religiĂ”es, incluindo o budismo, Ă© ajudar as pessoas.”

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Via Daily Dharma: Deepen Your Understanding of Existence

“Just sit” doesn’t mean to sit passively; it is sitting based on deepening both your intellectual and experiential understanding of your existence. 

—Dainin Katagiri Roshi, “You Are Already Here”

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Wednesday, July 1, 2020

Via Neem Karoli Baba Ashram // GURU PURNIMA ON SITE CANCELLED



 

GURU PURIMA ON SITE CELEBRATION CANCELLED
This is a retraction of yesterday's email. 

 

Ram Ram,
Dear Devotees

It is with deep regret and sadness that the Ashram is cancelling the on-site Guru Purnima celebration scheduled for Saturday July 4, 2020. Upon the advice of our consulting epidemiologist, Dr. Larry Brilliant, a longtime devotee of Maharaj-ji, who guided his participation in the World Health Organization’s eradication of small pox in the 1970’s, we must revise our previous email regarding Guru Purnima celebrations and offerings.  It is the wiser course for all devotees to refrain from premature visits to the ashram for darshan currently to prevent the potential spread of the covid 19 coronavirus.  

Please join us for the virtual livestream Guru Purnima celebration that will be streamed from the Neem Karoli Baba Ashram on Taos Facebook page.   https://www.facebook.com/events/2635774179997921/

We look forward to the time in the future when it is safe to gather and pray together again in the mandir. It is the better course to celebrate Guru Purnima now by looking within our hearts, saving darshan at the Ashram for a later time when the risk has passed. 
Ram Ram

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Via Ram Dass - Love Serve Remember Foundation // Words of Wisdom - July 1, 2020 💌


One dies as one lives. Once that starts to fall into place, then the question becomes how to use the moment-to-moment experiences of your life as a vehicle for awakening.

- Ram Dass -

Via Daily Dharma: Pay Attention to Your Movement

When we pay attention to our movement, our minds and bodies become integrated. We relax. We become calm, concentrated, and as a result, joyful. It makes us happy to pay attention when we move.  

—Cator Shachoy, “A Real Pain in the Butt”

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Tuesday, June 30, 2020

Via White Crane Institute // ALLEN YOUNG

This Day in Gay History

June 30

Born
Journalist and Activist Allen Young
1941 -
ALLEN YOUNG is an American journalist, author, editor and publisher who is also a social, political and environmental activist. He was born on this date. He was a red diaper baby. He graduated from Fallsburg Central High School and received his undergraduate degree in 1962 from Columbia University. Following an M.A. in 1963 from Stanford in Hispanic American and Luso-Brazilian Studies, he earned an M.S. in 1964 from the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism. After receiving a Fulbright Award in 1964, Young spent three years in Brazil, Chile and other Latin American countries, contributing numerous articles to  The New York Times, The Christian Science Monitor and other periodicals and other periodicals.
Young returned to the United States in June 1967 and worked briefly for The Washington Post before resigning in the fall of that year to become a full-time anti-Vietnam War movement activist and staff member of the Liberation News Service. 
Young, Marshall Bloom, Ray Mungo and others worked in the office at 3 Thomas Circle producing the news packets that were sent to the hundreds of underground newspapers bi-weekly or tri-weekly. A member of the Students for a Democratic Society, Young was part of the Columbian University protests of 1968 and was among more than 700 arrested. 
When the Liberation News Service split in two in August 1968 Young became a recognized leader of the New York office. In February and March 1969 Young went to Cuba, where he was instrumental in the organization of the Venceremos Brigade. 
Young became disillusioned with the Castro regime after observing the lack of civil liberties and other freedoms, and especially the government's anti-gay policies. After th Mariel boatlift he wrote Gays Under the Cuban Revolution, breaking with those New Leftists who continued to defend the Cuban Revolution.
After the Stonewall Riots in New York City, Young became involved in the Gay Liberation Front. During the second half of 1970 he lived in the Seventeenth Street collective with Carl Miller, Jim Fouratt, and Giles Kotcher where he was involved in producing Gay flames
Young wrote frequently for the gay press, including The Advocate, Come Out, Fag Rag and Gay Community News among others. His 1972 interview with Allen Ginsberg, which first appeared in Gay Sunshine is often reprinted and translated.
Young has edited four books with Karla Jay including the ground breaking anthology Out of the Closets.  His autobiography "Left, Gay & Green: A Writer's Life" is published and available on Amazon.com.

Via Daily Dharma: Come Back to Just This

Zazen practice continually reminds us to unhook from our projects, which always reflect in some way a desire to be elsewhere. We are continually invited to come back to “just this,” to come back to who we really are. 

—Julie Nelson,“Sick and Useless Zen”

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Monday, June 29, 2020

#FiqueEmCasa #WearAMask #ShutupandWearyourDamnMask

#FiqueEmCasa #WearAMask #ShutupandWearyourDamnMask

ATTN:

Did you guys know the FDA just approved a drug that reduces your chance of getting COVID-19 by 5X? It’s trade name is called Wearamaskasshole.

Side effects include:

mild inconvienience, possible victim complex, fear of people thinking you are a sheeple, being ostracized by your anti-vax plandemic bros, and the power to stop your own asymptomatic transmission as this country stubbornly dives right on into that second wave. 


Check with your doctor, or really anyone, to see if Wearamaskasshole is right for you.
Yes totally stole this.... Put a mask on. ✌đŸŒ

Via Queerty // Nice buns! This global burger chain just renamed itself for pride in Mexico


If there’s one thing that prompts heated debate among some LGBTQ people it’s the use of the word ‘queer’.

For some, it’s a defiant and unifying umbrella term to cover non-hetero sexualities. Others, remembering its use as a slur, prefer not to apply it to themselves. Perhaps for that reason, it’s a term that many corporates shy away from adopting, instead opting to just co-opt the rainbow flag instead.

¡Viva MĂ©xico!

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Via Daily Dharma: Transforming Emotions into Guidance

Only when emotions are truly attended to can they be endured and transformed into useful energies that express our needs and help guide us through life.

—Josh Korda,“A Safe Container for Fear”

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Via White Crane Institute - HENRY GERBER

Henry Gerber
1892 -
HENRY GERBER was among the earliest Gay Rights activists in America and, sadly, remains one of it's unsung heroes (d: 1972). He founded the nation’s first Gay organization and Gay publication. Born Joseph Henry Dittmer in Bavaria, Germany, Gerber moved to Chicago in 1913. From 1920 to 1923, he served in the U.S. Army during the occupation of Germany. While in Germany, he was exposed to the homosexual emancipation movement. Gerber subscribed to Gay publications and was inspired by Magnus Hirschfeld, founder of a German homosexual and science advocacy organization.
After returning to Chicago, Gerber founded the Society for Human Rights, which advocated for Gays and Lesbians. He published the organization’s newsletter, “Friends and Freedom.” Gerber limited membership in the Society for Human Rights to Gay men. Unknown to him, the vice president, Al Weininger, was married with children. In 1925, Weininger’s wife reported the organization’s activities and it was shut down for moral turpitude.
The Chicago police arrested Gerber and tried him three times. Although Gerber was found not guilty, the legal fees cost him his life savings and his job. Gerber moved to New York City and reenlisted in the Army, where he served for eighteen years. He led a correspondence club called Connections, which became a national network for Gay men. Under a pen name, he wrote articles for various publications, arguing the case for Gay Rights. At 80, Gerber died in the U.S. Soldiers’ and Airmen’s Home in Washington, D.C. In 1992, he was inducted posthumously into the Chicago Gay and Lesbian Hall of Fame. In 2001, the Henry Gerber House was designated a Chicago landmark.

Sunday, June 28, 2020

Como entender a homossexualidade? | Monja Coen responde | Zen Budismo




Feliz Dia Internacional do Orgulho LGBTQIA+. Happy Pride!

“O espĂ­rito do Budismo sobre a homossexualidade Ă© a inclusividade!

Se duas pessoas realmente se sentem bem dessa maneira e ambos os lados concordam totalmente, entĂŁo tudo bem. NĂŁo se pode considerar isso uma doença ou que Ă© errado. VocĂȘ tem que ir alĂ©m disso. 

VocĂȘ precisa respeitar essa pessoa, de verdade.” #namaste #andrealmada #happypride #orgulho #monjacoen

President Obama Speaks to the People of Brazil - Mar 23, 2011


Via White Crane Institute // EDWARD CARPENTER


Died
Edward Carpenter and George Merrill
1929 -

EDWARD CARPENTER, English poet and Gay pioneer, died (b: 1844); Edward Carpenter was a pioneering socialist and radical prophet of a new age of fellowship in which social relations would be transformed by a new spiritual consciousness. The way he lived his life, perhaps even more than his extensive writings, was the essence of his message.

It is perhaps not surprising that his reputation faded quickly after his death, as he lived much of his life modestly spreading his message by personal contact and example rather than by major literary works or through a national political career. He has been described as having that unusual combination of qualities: charisma with modesty.

His ideas became immensely influential during the early years of the Socialist movement in Britain: perhaps Carpenter's most widely remembered legacy to the Socialist and Co-operative movements was his anthem England Arise!

A leading figure in late 19th and early 20th century Britain, he was instrumental in the foundation of the Fabian Society and the Labor Party. A poet and writer, he was a close friend of Walt Whitman and Rabindranath Tagore, corresponding with many famous figures such as Isadora Duncan, Havelock Ellis, Mahatma Ganghi, Jack London.William Morris and John Ruskin among many others.

But it is his writings on the subject of homosexuality and his open espousal of this identity that makes him unique. If you are unfamiliar with Carpenter, find him…read him. He is unquestionably one of the formative, foundational Gay philosophers in the late 19th and early 20th century. His influence was widespread at the time, and is no less innovative and profound, today.

His important writings include:

    • Towards Democracy (1883)
    • England's Ideal (1887)
    • Civilisation: Its Cause and Cure (1889; reissued 1920)
    • Homogenic love and its place in a free society (1894)
    • Love's Coming of Age (1896)
    • Days with Walt Whitman (1906)
    • Iolaus — anthology of friendship (editor, 1908)
    • The Intermediate Sex: a Study of Some Transitional Types of Men and Women (1908)
    • The Intermediate Types Among Primitive Folk (1914)
    • My Days and Dreams (autobiography, 1916)
    • Pagan & Christian Creeds: their origin and meaning (1920)

A strong advocate of sexual freedom, living in a Gay community near Sheffield, he had a profound influence on both D.H. Lawrence and E.M. Forster. On his return from India in 1891, he met George Merrill, a working class man also from Sheffield, and the two men struck up a relationship, eventually moving in together in 1898. Merrill had been raised in the slums of Sheffield and had no formal education.

Two men of different classes living together as a couple was almost unheard of in England in the 1890s, a fact made all the more extraordinary by the hysteria about alternative sexualities generated by the Oscar Wilde trial of 1895 and the Criminal Law Amendment Bill passed a decade earlier "outlawing all forms of male homosexual contact". But their relationship endured and they remained partners for the rest of their lives. Their relationship not only defied Victorian sexual mores but also the highly stratified British class system. Their partnership, in many ways, reflected Carpenter's cherished conviction that same-sex love had the power to subvert class boundaries.

It was his belief that at sometime in the future, Gay people would be the cause of radical social change in the social conditions of man. Carpenter remarks in his work "The Intermediate Sex":

"Eros is a great leveler. Perhaps the true Democracy rests, more firmly than anywhere else, on a sentiment which easily passes the bounds of class and caste, and unites in the closest affection the most estranged ranks of society. It is noticeable how often Uranians of good position and breeding are drawn to rougher types, as of manual workers, and frequently very permanent alliances grow up in this way, which although not publicly acknowledged have a decided influence on social institutions, customs and political tendencies". p.114-115

(Note: The term “uranian", referring to a passage from Plato's Symposium, was often used at the time to describe someone who would be termed "Gay" nowadays. Carpenter is counted among the Uranians himself.)

Via Ram Dass - Love Serve Remember Foundation // Words of Wisdom - June 28, 2020 💌




The final step in integrating meditation into your awareness is to use the stuff of daily life as part of your meditation. There are ways of perceiving the world and the way you live in it such that each experience brings you more deeply into the meditative space. At the same time, however, this kind of meditation requires firm grounding: you must continue to function effectively in the world as you meditate on it.
This is meditation in action. It finally becomes the core of a consciously lived life, a meditative space within you. This space stands between each thing you notice and each response you make, allowing a peaceful, quiet, and spacious view of the universe.

- Ram Dass -

Via Daily Dharma: Why Joy Is a Radical Act

Innate joy is a radical act, because once we learn to recognize it, we can begin to toss aside the everyday understanding of happiness at the heart of our culture.

—Scott Tusa, “Joy Is a Radical Act”

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Saturday, June 27, 2020

Via LGBTq Nation // What happened inside the White House on the day the Supreme Court legalized same-sex marriage?

https://www.lgbtqnation.com/2020/06/happened-inside-white-house-day-supreme-court-legalized-sex-marriage/


What happened inside the White House on the day that the Supreme Court ruled in favor of marriage equality and legalized same-sex marriages nationwide? Former President Barack Obama has released a video on the five year anniversary of that momentous day that is bringing the internet to tears.
From lighting the White House in rainbow colors to delivering the eulogy after the racist mass shooting at Mother Emanual church, the inside glimpse of the Obama presidency is both fascinating and touching.

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Let it be painful ~ Shunryu Suzuki


Let it be painful ~  Shunryu Suzuki

The only way you can endure your pain is to let it be painful.  – Shunryu Suzuki  from the book "Crooked Cucumber: The Life and Zen Teaching of Shunryu Suzuki" ISBN: 978-0767901055  -  https://amzn.to/18iG0QI  
Shunryu Suzuki on the web: http://www.shunryusuzuki.com
Shunryu Suzuki 50: http://suzukiroshi.sfzc.org 

Via White Crane // TROY PERRY


Reverend Troy Perry
1940 -

TROY PERRY, Metropolitan Community Church founder born; Happy Birthday Troy! The Reverend Elder Troy Deroy Perry is the founder of the Universal Fellowship of Metropolitan Community Churches, a Protestant denomination devoted to ministering to the spiritual needs of GLBTQ people.

A charismatic preacher and leader, Perry has built the religious organization into one of the fastest growing denominations in the world, with over 300 churches in some 18 countries. Perry obtained a GED and enrolled at a Bible college in Illinois, at the same time serving as pastor of a congregation of the Church of God.Perry was excommunicated from the Church of God after church officials learned that he had had a consensual sexual relationship with a man.

After reading Donald Webster Cory's The Homosexual in America (1951), Perry decided that he could no longer live as a "pseudo-heterosexual." He revealed his sexual orientation to a church official. Shortly thereafter he was dismissed by his bishop. Perry's wife left him, taking their sons with her. She eventually divorced Perry and remarried. She kept the boys from having any contact with Perry until 1985, when the younger son, James Michael Perry, sought out his father and was happily reunited with that side of his family. Perry soon began to discover the Gay community in Los Angeles and to become acquainted with other Gay men, whom he viewed "as part of [his] extended family."

When Perry was drafted into the United States Army in 1965, he acknowledged that he was Gay, but the Army inducted him anyway. He was stationed in Germany, where he worked as a cryptographer, a job requiring a high-level security clearance. Eventually, Perry felt called to start a new church. He spoke to members of the Gay community and took out an advertisement in a newspaper announcing a worship service.

Twelve people attended the first meeting of the Metropolitan Community Church, which was held in Perry's living room. Perry preached a sermon entitled "Be True to You," enunciating three important tenets of his faith: 1) salvation--which comes through Jesus Christ and is unconditional; 2) community--which the church should provide, especially to those without caring family and friends; and 3) Christian social action--a commitment to fight oppression at all levels. These principles have guided the Church as it has matured from an evangelical, Pentecostal organization into a more liturgical and ecumenical denomination that welcomes heterosexuals as well as homosexuals and that empowers women and minority groups.

Via Daily Dharma: Let Solutions Arise from Emptiness

To help focus one’s attention... it is necessary to find, in your mind, a blankness or emptiness and let the solution arise from that emptiness. 

—Interview with Christopher Alexander by Katy Butler, “Nature Unfolding”

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Friday, June 26, 2020

The Chicks - March March


Via Tricycle / Say a Little Prayer Reaching beyond our limits, we make practice real. By Ken McLeod - Summer 2020

Give me energy for my heart to turn to the spiritual. Give me energy for the spiritual to become a way. Give me energy for this way to dispel confusion. Give me energy for confusion to arise as wisdom.

- Gampopa 


Via Daily Dharma: Build Your Practice Into Your Life

Living a more awakened life depends on when and where we choose to practice. Are we going to squeeze practice into part of the day, or build the practice so it becomes our lives? 

—Rev. Sangjin Song, “Zen All Day”

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Thursday, June 25, 2020

Helpful Rebuttals for Racist Points




Via Robert Hartwell / FB



3 weeks ago I found this house online. I said “this is my house”. I called the seller and was told it was a cash only offer and that “I’m sure that takes you off the table”. Don’t you ever underestimate a hard working black man. I saw the house last week and when I walked in I knew I was home. The house was built in 1820 for the Russell family who owned the cotton mill in town. Slavery was still legal. When the agent asked me why I wanted such a large house I said it was “a generational move”. I know this house is bigger than me. I wish I could’ve told my ancestors when they were breaking their back in 1820 to build this house that 200 years later a free gay black man was going to own it and fill it with love and find a way to say their name even when 200 years later they still thought I would be “off the table”. We are building our own tables. I’ve never been prouder to be a black man. Come to my White House any time. I can’t wait to have you! Glory to God in the highest. I’m a homeowner.

Via White Crane Institute // RUDOLF BRAZDA

Rudolf Brazda
1913 -

RUDOLF BRAZDA, believed to be the last surviving man to wear the pink triangle — the emblem sewn onto the striped uniforms of the thousands of homosexuals sent to Nazi concentration camps, most of them to their deaths — was born on this date. Mr. Brazda, who was born in Germany, had lived in France since the Buchenwald camp, near Weimar, Germany, was liberated by American forces in April 1945. He had been imprisoned there for three years.

It was only after May 27, 2008, when the German National Monument to the Victims of the Nazi Regime was unveiled in Berlin’s Tiergarten park — opposite the Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe — that Mr. Brazda became known as probably the last gay survivor of the camps. Until he notified German officials after the unveiling, the Lesbian and Gay Federation believed there were no other pink-triangle survivors. MĂ©morial de la DĂ©portation Homosexuelle, a French organization that commemorates the Nazi persecution of gay people, said that Mr. Brazda “was very likely the last victim and the last witness” to the persecution.

“It will now be the task of historians to keep this memory alive,” the statement said, “a task that they are just beginning to undertake.” One of those historians is Gerard Koskovich, curator of the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender History Museum in San Francisco and an author with Roberto Malini and Steed Gamero of “A Different Holocaust” (2006). Pointing out that only men were interned, Mr. Koskovich said, “The Nazi persecution represented the apogee of anti-Gay persecution, the most extreme instance of state-sponsored homophobia in the 20th century.

During the 12-year Nazi regime, he said, up to 100,000 men were identified in police records as homosexuals, with about 50,000 convicted of violating Paragraph 175, a section of the German criminal code that outlawed male homosexual acts. There was no law outlawing female homosexual acts, he said. Citing research by RĂŒdiger Lautmann, a German sociologist, Mr. Koskovich said that 5,000 to 15,000 gay men were interned in the camps and that about 60 percent of them died there, most within a year.

“The experience of homosexual men under the Nazi regime was one of extreme persecution, but not genocide,” Mr. Koskovich said, when compared with the “relentless effort to identify all Jewish people and ultimately exterminate them.” Still, the conditions in the camps were murderous, said Edward J. Phillips, the director of exhibitions at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum.

“Men sent to the camps under Section 175 were usually put to forced labor under the cruelest conditions — underfed, long hours, exposure to the elements and brutal treatment by labor brigade leaders,” Mr. Phillips said. “We know of instances where gay prisoners and their pink triangles were used for guards’ target practices.” Two books have been written about Mr. Brazda. In one, “Itinerary of a Pink Triangle” (2010), by Jean-Luc Schwab, Mr. Brazda recalled how dehumanizing the incarceration was. “Seeing people die became such an everyday thing, it left you feeling practically indifferent,” he is quoted as saying. “Now, every time I think back on those terrible times, I cry. But back then, just like everyone in the camps, I had hardened myself so I could survive.”

Rudolf Brazda was born on June 26, 1913, in the eastern German town of Meuselwitz to a family of Czech origin. His parents, Emil and Anna Erneker Brazda, both worked in the coal-mining industry. Rudolf became a roofer. Before he was sent to the camp, he was arrested twice for violations of Paragraph 175. After the war, Mr. Brazda moved to Alsace. There he met Edouard Mayer, his partner until Mr. Mayer’s death in 2003.

He had no immediate survivors. “Having emerged from anonymity,” the book “Itinerary of a Pink Triangle” says of Mr. Brazda, “he looks at the social evolution for homosexuals over his nearly 100 years of life: ‘I have known it all, from the basest repression to the grand emancipation of today.’ ” He died on August 3, 2011 in Bantzenheim, in Alsace, France. He was 98.