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August 12th, 2015

11:30 pm - New Moon in Cancer Aslesha Nakshatra
New Moon in Cancer Aslesha Nakshatra

New Moon in Cancer on Friday – August 14, 2015
This will begin 30 days of sensitivity and attempting to go deeper than the emotions, toward more devotional love. Complicating this is debilitated Mars in Cancer and Venus retrograde also crossing Mars in Cancer.

New Moon in Cancer Aslesha Nakshatra – Video


The New Moon will be in Aslesha Nakshatra, ruled by Sarpa (Serpent), the entwiner. This is a section of the sky where the first section of the zodiac (Aries-Cancer) becomes the second section of the zodiac (Leo-Scorpio).New Moon in Cancer Aslesha Nakshatra

The Aries-Cancer section of the sky is where creation is begun / initiated. From no form, a tangible universe emerges. That tangible universe takes form in the Leo-Scorpio section of the zodiac. Then in the third section the soul transcends the wheel of time.

As we transition between worlds there is volatility. Between Cancer / Leo – Scorpio / Sagittarius and Pisces / Aries the energy is uncertain. These points are called “gandantha”,…
Planets moving through these points are volatile, positive and negative.

You may be experiencing this uncertainty now in relationships especially (with retrograde Venus crossing over the gandantha points).

Debilitated Mars

Mars being debilitated in Cancer introduces emotional frustration into the mix. Mars is where we act in accordance with our principles, or not. When Mars is in cancer we tend to act more emotionally, and in a more frustrated way. You may observe “childish” behavior all around you now. Try to rise above that, and be more mature about things — and maintain your discipline and focus this next month.

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The Nakshatras (Distant Stars)
The Nakshatras are the Distant Stars in the Vedic astrological horoscope. There are 27 Nakshatras that exist to emulate the moon’s mean daily motion of 13:20. It takes 27 days for the moon to revolve around the earth, thus there are 27 Nakshatras. The Nakshatras (Distant Stars) - Video Actually…
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Uttara Phalguni - Later Red One
Uttara Phalguni is from 26:40 of Leo to 9:59 of Virgo. This is where Leo becomes Virgo. The kingdom takes a lot of work and if we are going to run it well, we need to delegate and give different departments a certain amount of work to do. That is…
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Dhanishta - Very Rich, Very Swift
The next Nakshatra is called Dhanishta which exists from 26:20 of Capricorn until 6:39 of Aquarius (equidistant between Capricorn and Aquarius). Dhanishta - Very Rich, Very Swift - Video Deity: The 8 Vasus Sign(s)/Degrees: 23:20 Capricorn - 6:39 Aquarius Ruler: Mars Symbol: Mridanga (drum) Story: Dhanishta, literally, is related to…
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February 22nd, 2015

12:51 pm - Disabilities You Can't See, My Disability Meta-Fork poem
Originally posted by bearpoeticwords at Disabilities You Can't See, My Disability Meta-Fork poem
This is a performance piece, and I have a video for it, but the poem is still powerful and I wanted to get this on here as soon as possible.

Disability Meta-Fork

You think you understand me but you don't.

You think a disability, is something you can see.

What's more, you think it means I'm weak,

Or maybe just a freak.

If not too meek to speak.

Just the insufferable neighbor,

Worse than a whiny-ass  cur.

That neurotic psychotic

Degenerate misfit piece of shit.

It's ok, you don't have to say it.

I learned long ago how to except those who don't except me.

I understand you don't understand I can't see.

I can accept that you don't accept me,

Because the thing that makes me strong,

Is I know how to accept those who don't belong

But obviously you are unfamiliar with what it means to be blessed by a disability

that no one can see.

You think you know me

Because you see so perfectly….

Through that  prejudice  prism of normality.

You try to judge and impose,

But the truth never shows,

Well to hell with the world you think you see,

Cause I got dissonance and harmony,

Melancholy and melody,

Bitter-sweet serendipity,

Swirl'n  in and around and through and through me;

ADHD creativity and energy

Bounce'n through my brain

Like a pinball-bullet train.

Skittering from synapsis to synapsis,

Erratic as static,

Every thought half wrought,

Can't be caught

By the tip of your…

Touretts tong tick'n like a tachyon,

Tap'n out a song,

Drummer riff'n on a rhyme.

Keep'n crazy constant time,

OCD sting'n like a bee,

Count'n every step,

Know'n every rock and tree

Just in case I got'a flee,

Jump-kick'n cross the lawn,

Dance'n like a swan

Just in case I got'a fight,

Got'a do it twenty times,

Till I know I got it right.

Ride'n the bi-polar roller-coaster round and round, town,

Chase'n the black dog clear across town,

Take'n the tiger by the tail till his teeth tear you down.

Till people think you're crazy,

But they'll never call you lazy.

Just a skitzoporenic, degenerate, misfit

piece of shit

Because I am a bear in human skin,

And when I look in the mirror,

I can't tell who's more afraid

And who's more jade;

The human on the outside,

Wish'n he could hide,

Or the bear within,

Wish'n he weren't trapped in this dam hapless human.

All you ever know

Is the side you think I intend to show.

You think you know me

Because you see so perfectly….

Through that  prejudice  prism of normality.

You try to judge and impose,

But the truth never shows,

Just That charismatic ursine personality.

Boo boo break'n free;

You think it's hard

Having to play the race card,

All you got to do to prove you're as good as the rest

Is pass a stupid standardized test.

How about a six word story for being a white guy with a Learning Disability;


You can't see I'm blind.

And not to belittle anyone's service to their country,

But not every PTSD

Stems from the military,

Some of us can only wish we had an I.E.D blow off our hand,

Cause a disability you can see,

is the only one the average anyone ever even tries to understand.

Abuse, disuse, recluse….

Accident, ignorent, stochastic event,

Iraq, Afghanistan,

Where's my Candy Land?

At least you can say

You got to play.

Cause they don't let blind guys with ADHD

Be all that they can be.

I'm not say'n it's wrong or right,

I'm just saying some of us don't ever have the opportunity,

The option to fight.

And I think even you Vet's will agree,

A life without duty,

Well that's just a life without purpose,

Worthless as piss.

And a lot of times that's exactly how I feel.

Cause I just won't ever have the ability to take the wheel.

And it takes twice as much effort to get half as far,

If you can't drive a car.

Friends, religion,

Career, kith and kin,

Life is nothing without a reason worth give'n.

And what about family?

Well they're all up here swinging right along side me from the same dam genetic tree;

Neck's stretched tight on the nooses of low income (if not outright poverty)

And the modern dysfunctional family.

Each fucked up fruit another phenotype too ripe.

And not to hold a gripe,

But Try being a parent of the aforementioned misshapen seed,

Struggling with a chronically underfunded public school system to get their student

the support they need

To have a chance to succeed.

Try'n to teach their teen to self advocate

Tell'n them "You can be great",.

Not your average knife in the drawer,

You're something special, something more.

Dyslexic, eclectic,

ADHD, energetic creativity,

Asburgers, autistic artistic

Awe hell let's be realistic…..

You're just another fork who's fucked!

And every razor-tipped tine's

Another needle shot, stabbed straight into your spine.

Cause once you get to be about 25,

If you haven't figured it out,

how to survive,

How to control every little tick and twitch,

Carved out your own little social niche,

Well good luck chuck,

Cause the world don't give a fuck.

Cause the children are the future, but you're not a kid any more,

And there just isn't enough government aid

To reach someone that old and that jade.

And If you don't bear your bane

Like a brand upon your chest,

if you don't wield your weakness

Like a white tipped cane,

Well then I'm sorry son but we can't celebrate your pain,

You must just be insane.

If you don't walk with a limp or a lisp, or speak american sign,

Then then you must be just fine,

And no one gives a fork about you're fucked up tine.

Too late to try and fill your plate,

You're just another body to fill the line.

Cause the cold truth is that some of us simply ARE superfluous to the economy,

And if you're able to make ANY money,

Well then you know you're DAM lucky,

So just show up, sit down, shut up

And do your job

You quixotic slob.

Life ain't filled with rainbows and ponies and lollypops and care-bears,

It's bosses and bills and welfare lines

And fees and fines,

Dates and deadlines.

So fake it till you make….it

It takes too to lie,

One to deceive,

And one to

God dam better believe

It takes twice as much effort to get half as far

If you can't drive a car!

Injustice of reality, of this narcissistic, society of bashful bigotry,

If you don't have a crutch or a chair,

Then don't  nobody know to care.

Cause that takes time,

And that's just too precious and rare.

Cause there's just too many lies

For society to scrutinize and recognize

The truth of your cries,

From the wolf in disguise.

People only want to understand,

What they can see placed plainly in the palm of their hand.

Security guard

Want's to see a service dog's ID card,

Request goes against the ADA,

But what the hell, I guess I could play,

Order one off the internet

And come back like it was no sweat.

But on second thought, screw it.

Who needs you're lousy lilac festival anyway?

Principle's just too high a price to pay.

And I can accept that;

I can accept  that you don't accept me,

Because I understand, that you don't understand I don't see.

And that's The thing that makes me strong,

Is I know how to accept those who don't belong

And the hard truth may be that some of us really are superfluous to the economy,

but no one…. NO ONE, should be superfluous to society.

And everyone, EVERYONE, no matter how schizophrenic, eugenic, radicalized, unsocialized, psychotic or neurotic,

deserves a bit of compassion empathy.

A bit of humanity.

And if we want to teach anyone any empathy,

We need to start by asking ourselves, "what's the disability I DON'T see?"  Cause it's all a spectrum of personality.

And we're all up there some where, in the U.V.

So please,

try to be just a bit more blind,

Because the best way to keep an open mind,

Is to look at the world like you know you're half blind.

Cause when you know you can't see perfectly,

You know you never have the whole picture,

The only thing you're certain of is uncertainty,

Because there's always more to the truth and beauty,

Than the freakish facade of the thing you think you see.

And I'm not say'n I do it all the time every time first rate,

Cause even though I'm listen'n hard,

It's hard to listen.

Cause my muse, my brain, my bane, keeps tell'n me there's something I'm miss'n

So I forgot what it was I was just about to do,

But I assure you I intend to,

Because I even wrote it down,

Then forgot where I put the pater seven seconds after I turn around.

But I know that it's never too late,

Cause even though my vision's not so great,

Hindsight is always 20/20.

Just cause I'm not always aware, doesn't mean I don't care.

Maybe it means I just don't know how to share

… how to dare

So I just sit and stare,

Just another thorn on the wall of roses,

Making pretty poses.

Trapped in this caustic cage of middle age rage.

Cause every time I think to try,

The words run dry and I want to cry,

Cause I'm drown'n in sand

And no one…. NO ONE…. can EVER understand.

Some people be sing'n "don't let the disability define",

But that's like say'n

don't let the grape of the vine

Form the flavor for the wine.

What the hell's wrong with me?


Can't say it, but I can

Paint it        Play it,

Write it,       Work it

Dream it,     Dance it,

Build it,

Sculpt it,     Score it,   Sing it,    Solve it,

Like Shakespeare, Da Vinci,

Dvorak,        Nijinsk,

Pavarotti and Fibonacci

Rolled into one.

that's it, I'm done

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February 16th, 2015

03:41 pm - Just Now
Just Now

Wiwinter graveyard 3
winter graveyard 4
winter graveyard1Sharp stinging breeze,
Susurrus through the trees,

Crisp crystalline crunch of snow,
With a brilliant burning albedo,

Low thy mind and body freeze,
The spirit stands at ease.

Forever and a day,
Yet each moment fades away.

Bright as breathy air,
Chilled we stop and stare
Into the sunlight's glare.


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September 12th, 2013

08:30 pm - Complete translation of the Dhammasaṅgaṇi
Once, again the internet archive comes through with something wonderful and unexpected!

Here is a link to the first book of the Theravada Abhidhamma Pitaka.

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September 8th, 2013

03:22 pm - Complete translation of the Majjhima Nikaya.
While looking for something else, i found this.

Happy reading everyone!

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June 23rd, 2013

10:07 pm - Rahula and the Mirror.
"What do you think, Rahula: What is a mirror for?"

"For reflection, sir."

Reflection of what?Collapse )

May all beings be happy and free from suffering.

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June 20th, 2013

08:15 am - A Buddhist Solution to the Mind-Body Problem.

As René Descartes put it, "cogito ergo sum." Popularly translated as, "I think, therefore, I am," it established, in Western thinking, a solid philosophical grounding for the actuality of being. At a basic level, the very act of doubting whether or not one exists is proof enough of that existence, at least in a provisional sense (more on that later) as "doubting" can only be done by someone who exists.

Though we have proven consciousness in an axiomatic way, the problem arises when considering the relationship between the brain and consciousness. There are two horns of this problem. In the following blog entry, I'd like to explain the Buddhist explanation of consciousness and in doing so, attempt a solution to a problem that has vexed many thinkers for years.

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May all beings be happy and free from suffering.

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June 18th, 2013

11:54 am - A link for you all.
How is everyone today? I'm stuck at home waiting for maintenance to pop in and fix my air-conditioning (hooray for summer in TX. Two years running so far at this complex), so I thought I'd post something light and humorous.

The Ten Funniest Scenes in the Pali Canon

One my favorites sadly isn't on this list: Sutta Nipata 1.2 which to me demonstrates the Buddha's incomparable discrimination of language.

You guys? Any favorite funny ones?

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June 17th, 2013

05:20 pm - On Ecumenicalism.
While reading through the introduction to a treatise on the paramis, translated by Bodhi (wheel 409), I was struck once again by the utter and irrefutable compatibility of mahayana and theravada. I'll admit that I'm at a loss to explain why I find the theravada canon preferable to the Bodhisattayana. A personal thing, I suppose. I'll admit my background in literature, that is, interest in textual criticism, philology and such has, in all probability, shaded my opinion in this matter. Though it is as a result of that ability to examine things that I've come to my current ecumenical conclusion.

The Buddha walks up to a hotdog vendorCollapse )

May all beings be happy and free from suffering.

*1, Mogharaja's question. ATI has it as v.15, but my trans by KRN gives it as 5.16
*2, SN 22.45, SN 22.7-9, emptiness is also mentioned 7x in mn, 4x in sn, 8x in an, and many times in snp of kn. see note 1
*3, Bv II
*4, Remember, in MN 41 as elsewhere, one of the wrong kinds of view is that Buddhas do not exist, not just in our time, but in all places and in all eons.

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10:47 am - Discussion question.
Is it permissible to tell a lie to save a life?

Remember: Iti 1.25 says

This was said by the Blessed One, said by the Arahant, so I have heard: "For the person who transgresses in one thing, I tell you, there is no evil deed that is not to be done. Which one thing? This: telling a deliberate lie."

The person who lies,
who transgress in this one thing,
transcending concern for the world beyond:
there's no evil
he might not do.

And lying is also mentioned in the dhammapada (246).

However, in the vinaya, an offense of lying is considered by who told the lie to whom, for what reason, and what was gained.

Your thoughts?

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