Causeless Happiness

The pursuit of happiness outside ourselves can only lead to sorrow because anything attained can be lost. Even the search within ourselves can lead to suffering because of unconscious beliefs and misperceptions. In his sword-swinging yet playful manner, Adyashanti cuts to the heart of what’s really true and points to the causeless happiness that comes with knowing the sacred reality of who we are.

Forward on Climate
At 12 Noon on Sunday, February 17, thousands of Americans will head to Washington, D.C. to make Forward on Climate the largest climate rally in history. Join this historic event to make your voice heard and help the president start his second term with strong climate action.
Crippling drought. Devastating wildfires. Superstorm Sandy. Climate has come home – and the American people get it.
The first step to putting our country on the path to addressing the climate crisis is for President Obama to reject the Keystone XL tar sands pipeline. His legacy as president will rest squarely on his response, resolve, and leadership in solving the climate crisis.

Details:
When: February 17th, at 12 NoonWhere: The National Mall, Washington D.C.Who: 350.org, The Sierra Club and the Hip-Hop Caucus
Why: To tell Barack Obama it’s time to lead in the fight against climate change, beginning with the Keystone XL tar sands pipeline.

Forward on Climate

At 12 Noon on Sunday, February 17, thousands of Americans will head to Washington, D.C. to make Forward on Climate the largest climate rally in history. Join this historic event to make your voice heard and help the president start his second term with strong climate action.

Crippling drought. Devastating wildfires. Superstorm Sandy. Climate has come home – and the American people get it.

The first step to putting our country on the path to addressing the climate crisis is for President Obama to reject the Keystone XL tar sands pipeline. His legacy as president will rest squarely on his response, resolve, and leadership in solving the climate crisis.

Details: When: February 17th, at 12 Noon
Where: The National Mall, Washington D.C.
Who: 350.org, The Sierra Club and the Hip-Hop Caucus

Why: To tell Barack Obama it’s time to lead in the fight against climate change, beginning with the Keystone XL tar sands pipeline.

brazilwonders
brazilwonders:

A Defesa Civil Estadual está organizando uma lista de voluntários da área da saúde de Porto Alegre que queiram ajudar em Santa Maria. O interessados devem entrar em contato com os telefones (51) 3210 4219 ou (51) 3210 4349 e fazer um cadastro. A Defesa Civil, em contato direto com o auxílio às vítimas de Santa Maria, vai avaliar a necessidade de enviar mais pessoas à região central do Estado. Sendo necessário, a instituição entrará em contato com os voluntários cadastrados e organizará a partida.
A Planalto Passagens liberou passagens para voluntários da área da saúde que moram em Cruz Alta e desejam auxiliar em Santa Maria. Os próximos ônibus com saída em direção a Santa Maria são às 18h40min, 20h30min e 21h15min.
A assessoria da Câmara de Vereadores de Santa Maria informa que estão recebendo doações de água, papel higiênico, luvas, máscaras, álcool gel e e medicamentos como Dipirona, Paracetamol, Isordil, AAS, Diazepam e Captopril. Informações pelo telefone 55 3220-7200.
As doações de sangue para as vítimas do incêndio na boate Kiss, em Santa Maria, continuam necessárias. Quem quiser doar sangue, deve se dirigir ao Hemocentro Regional de Santa Maria, localizado na Alameda Santiago do Chile, 35, bairro Nossa Senhora das Dores.

brazilwonders:

A Defesa Civil Estadual está organizando uma lista de voluntários da área da saúde de Porto Alegre que queiram ajudar em Santa Maria. O interessados devem entrar em contato com os telefones (51) 3210 4219 ou (51) 3210 4349 e fazer um cadastro. A Defesa Civil, em contato direto com o auxílio às vítimas de Santa Maria, vai avaliar a necessidade de enviar mais pessoas à região central do Estado. Sendo necessário, a instituição entrará em contato com os voluntários cadastrados e organizará a partida.

A Planalto Passagens liberou passagens para voluntários da área da saúde que moram em Cruz Alta e desejam auxiliar em Santa Maria. Os próximos ônibus com saída em direção a Santa Maria são às 18h40min, 20h30min e 21h15min.

A assessoria da Câmara de Vereadores de Santa Maria informa que estão recebendo doações de água, papel higiênico, luvas, máscaras, álcool gel e e medicamentos como Dipirona, Paracetamol, Isordil, AAS, Diazepam e Captopril. Informações pelo telefone 55 3220-7200.

As doações de sangue para as vítimas do incêndio na boate Kiss, em Santa Maria, continuam necessárias. Quem quiser doar sangue, deve se dirigir ao Hemocentro Regional de Santa Maria, localizado na Alameda Santiago do Chile, 35, bairro Nossa Senhora das Dores.

This is horrible: 

A blaze raced through a crowded nightclub in southern Brazil early Sunday, setting off a stampede that killed at least 245 people attending a university party, police and firefighters said. It appeared to be the world’s deadliest nightclub fire in more than a decade.

Witnesses said that a flare or firework lit by band members may have started the fire.

Police Maj. Cleberson Braida told local news media that the 245 bodies were brought for identification to a gymnasium in the city of Santa Maria, at the southern tip of Brazil near the borders with Argentina and Uruguay

Starting Tuesday:

“According to D.T. Suzuki, one of the most influential Zen Buddhist teachers of the 20th century, Zen is not a system of philosophy, religion, mysticism, nihilism, or even Buddhism. He says, “Zen has nothing to teach us in the way of intellectual analysis; nor has it any set doctrines which are imposed on its followers for acceptance.” Then what is Zen? More importantly, what led D.T. Suzuki to teach Zen Buddhism in this way? This course will start by reading a number of popular books on Zen Buddhism in America, followed by a close analysis of their tenets. We will then move on to study Mahayana Buddhist philosophy and Daoist thought, which influenced the rise of Zen Buddhism. We will also explore Koan and Zazen meditation practices, Zen lineage, monasticism and Satori (Enlightenment) experience. Finally, the course will focus on late 19th and early 20th century Japanese Buddhist history, which is intimately tied to a particular interpretation of Zen Buddhism by D.T. Suzuki and other modern Zen masters in America.” 

Alan Watts - Spiritual High - OM Records CD - Zen

"We have developed an immensely powerful technology. We have stronger means of changing the physical universe than have ever existed before. How are we going to use it? A Chinese proverb says that if the wrong man uses the right means, the right means work in the wrong way. Let us assume that our technological knowledge is the right means. What kind of people are going to use this knowledge? Are they going to be people who hate nature and feel alienated from it, or people who love the physical world and feel that the physical world is their own personal body? The whole physical universe, right out to the galaxies, is simply one’s extended body.

Now, at the moment, the general attitude of our technologists who are exploring space is represented in the phrase “the conquest of space.” They are building enormous, shell-like, phallic objects that blast into the sky. This is downright ridiculous, because no one is going to get anywhere in a rocket. It takes a terribly long time to even get to the moon, and it is going to take longer than anybody can live to get outside the solar system, just to begin with. The proper way to study space is not with rockets but with radio astronomy. Instead of exploding with a tough fist at the sky, become more sensitive and develop subtler senses, and everything will come to you. Be more open and be more receptive, and eventually you will develop an instrument that will examine a piece of rock on Mars with greater care than you could if you were holding it in your own hand. Let it come to you.” 

 

We, the people, still believe that our obligations as Americans are not just to ourselves, but to all posterity. We will respond to the threat of climate change, knowing that the failure to do so would betray our children and future generations. Some may still deny the overwhelming judgment of science, but none can avoid the devastating impact of raging fires, and crippling drought, and more powerful storms. The path towards sustainable energy sources will be long and sometimes difficult. But America cannot resist this transition; we must lead it. We cannot cede to other nations the technology that will power new jobs and new industries – we must claim its promise. That is how we will maintain our economic vitality and our national treasure – our forests and waterways; our croplands and snowcapped peaks. That is how we will preserve our planet, commanded to our care by God. That’s what will lend meaning to the creed our fathers once declared.
fuckyeahalanwatts
If you awaken from this illusion, and you understand that black implies white, self implies other, life implies death — or shall I say, death implies life — you can conceive yourself. Not conceive, but feel yourself, not as a stranger in the world, not as someone here on sufferance, on probation, not as something that has arrived here by fluke, but you can begin to feel your own existence as absolutely fundamental. What you are basically, deep, deep down, far, far in, is simply the fabric and structure of existence itself. So, say in Hindu mythology, they say that the world is the drama of God. God is not something in Hindu mythology with a white beard that sits on a throne, that has royal perogatives. God in Indian mythology is the self, Satcitananda. Which means sat, that which is, chit, that which is consciousness; that which is ananda is bliss. In other words, what exists, reality itself is gorgeous, it is the fullness of total joy.
Alan Watts
His Holiness the Dalai Lama enjoying a moment of laughter during the third day of the Mind and Life XXVI Conference - “Mind, Brain and Matter - Critical Conversations Between Buddhist Thought and Science” being held at Drepung Monastery in Mundgod, India, on January 19, 2013. Video of the conference can be viewed here.
 (Photo by Tenzin Choejor/OHHDL)

His Holiness the Dalai Lama enjoying a moment of laughter during the third day of the Mind and Life XXVI Conference - “Mind, Brain and Matter - Critical Conversations Between Buddhist Thought and Science” being held at Drepung Monastery in Mundgod, India, on January 19, 2013. Video of the conference can be viewed here.

 (Photo by Tenzin Choejor/OHHDL)

There may be an intellectual element in Zen, for Zen is the whole mind, and in it we find a great many things; but the mind is not a composite thing that is to be divided into so many faculties, leaving behind nothing behind when the dissection is over. Zen has nothing to teach us in the way of intellectual analysis; nor has it any set doctrines which are imposed on its followers for acceptance. In this respect Zen is quite chaotic if you choose to say so. […] If I am asked, then, what Zen teaches, I would answer, Zen teaches nothing. Whatever teachings there are in Zen, they come out of one own’s mind. We teach ourselves; Zen merely points the way.
D.T. Suzuki