Month: February 2011

O Sentient Beings I Weep For Thee!


Earthlings – Make the Connection

Dedicated to all the earthlings who have suffered because of me.

O earthlings, I weep for thee,
I never would have thought You’ve suffered so far, so long, just to support,
Accompany me, be my best friends, my family, my flesh and blood:
I am so ignorant!
I’m so sorry I did not hear your violent opposition!
Your cries in pain, your calls of distress,
Your tears, your draining blood: I have no empathy!
I’m so sorry I did not feel your mental anguish!
I even cheer and clap to see you perform at the circus.
I never would have thought your trainers would use
Stun guns, whips, and shackles and chains,
Sever you from your own mothers
The moment you were born. I am so inhuman!
My tears gush down my face as I write,
And yet I know my words may not comfort you enough.
I know not how to repay your kindness,
All your unconditional services, sacrifices and love,
All that ridicule, hardship, anguish, and pain!
O please, please forgive me!
For now I’ve seen and heard, and felt and touched,
Your hearts so warm, so peaceful, so pure;
Your faces so beautiful, your smiles, your eyes, that gleaming glow:
Your watch o’er me, your protection, your guard.
You’re my eyes when I cannot see!
You lead me cross dangerous busy streets.
You leap, you fly, you carry my load,
You yap, you wag and happily retrieve,
Balls, Frisbees, boomerangs, or goads.
How much I wish we could switch
Places so you could flip,
And I would leap, catch, and grip,
And race back just for a fleeting pet!
For now I feel that I’m in you …
For now I feel that you’re in me:
And you and I are One!
For now I know that One is in All …
For now I know that All is in One!
And underneath our differences there is sameness.
So make the connection O pitiful earthlings …
Make the connection O sorrowful earthlings!

Earthlings – The Movie – narrated by Joaquin Phoenix Rated: PG13, 14+ Scenes of violence and vulgarism may offend some audience. Viewers discretion is strongly advised. Click links with asterisk to begin viewing.
Trailer*

The Three Stages of TRUTH*

  1. Ridicule
  2. Violent Opposition
  3. Acceptance
  • Speciesism
  • racism
  • KKK
  • Nazism
  • sexism
  • speciesism
  • the rapist
  • the child molester
  • the master and the slave
  • sameness and differences between humans and animals
  • beneath the differences there is sameness
  • the five ways how animals have come to serve mankind
  • holocaust: humans and animals compared

Nobel Prize winner Isaac Bashevis Singer 1904-1991 wrote in his best selling novel ENEMIES, a love story the following:

“As often as Herman had witnessed the slaughter of animals and fish, he always had the same thought: In their behaviour toward creatures, all men were Nazis. The smugness with which man could do with other species as he pleased exemplify the most extreme racist theories the principle that might is right.”

In his book, the Outermost House, author Henry Beston wrote:

“We need another, and a wiser, and perhaps more mystical concept of animals. Remote from universal nature and living by complicated artifice, man in civilization serve other creatures with a glass of his knowledge, and see them via further magnifying and the whole image in distortion. We patronize them for their incompleteness, for their tragic fate of having taken forms so far below ourselves. And therein we err, and greatly err. For the animals are not being measured by man. In a world older and more complete than ours, they move finished and complete, gifted with extensions of senses we’ve lost or never obtained, living by voices we shall never hear. They are not brethren: they are not underlings; they are other nations, caught with ourselves in a net of life and time, fellow prisoners of this blunder and travail of the earth.”

Part I: PETS*

  • Where do our pets come from?
  • puppy mills
  • physical and psychological problems
  • strays and homelessness
  • euthanasia and gas chambers
  • cyanide poison experiment
  • stray overpopulation turkey

Part II: FOOD*

  • Where does our food come from?
  • Inside the slaughter house
  • Beef, branding, dehorning, transportation
  • Milking cows and pesticides and fast food restaurants
  • Bolting and bleeding
  • Knocking boxes
  • Kosher slaughter and violations*
  • Veal
  • Sows and pig farms
  • tail docking, ear clipping, teeth cutting, and castration
  • electric prods and electrocution
  • throat slitting, boiling and hair removal
  • Poultry*
  • debeaking
  • living conditions
  • hens in battery cages
  • transportation
  • slaughter, cleaving, beheading, throat slitting
  • seafood and waste dumping
  • commercial fishing
  • pfiesteria – level 3 biohazard
  • Hurricane Floyd – North Carolina 1999
  • Whaling*
  • dolphins in Japan
  • Violations of International Conventions and Treaties

Part III: CLOTHES

  • Leather from Indian cattle
  • Indian cattle, shoeing, transportation and fatigue
  • tailing breaking and handling injuries
  • chili pepper
  • slaughter by hacking or sawing with a dull blade
  • skin preserved with toxic chromium
  • retail
  • Fur*
  • fur farms cage madness
  • injuries and slow death
  • killing by CO poisoning, cyanide, anal electrocutiondead skin ground up to be used as feeds
  • fur market in China
  • Canada seal hunt

Part IV: ENTERTAINMENT

  • Festival of Bulls – Spain
  • rodeos
  • roping
  • gambling – dog racing and horse racing
  • hunting
  • fishing
  • fish are sentient organisms
  • Circuses*
  • training by punishments not rewards
  • dominance, subservience and pain
  • training elephants
  • retaliation
  • death by firing squad
  • zoos
  • bull fighting*

Part V: SCIENCE

  • vivisection – experiments on living animals in medical science
  • tests in animals retard clinical investigation
  • medical experiments
  • military research
  • 10,000,000,000 per year
  • torture of sentient beings

“As long as there are slaughterhouses… there will be battlefields.” – Leo Tolstoy*

  • pain and suffering
  • animals are like us
  • to bite the hands that feed us
  • over consumption of animal food causes cancer, heart disease, osteoporoses, strokes, kidney stones, anemia, diabetes and more
  • our food is now affected at its very source with antibiotics, pesticides and insecticides, or artificial hormones, artificial colors, herbicides, larvicides, synthetic fertilizers, tranquilizers, growth and appetite stimulants
  • mad-cow disease, foot-mouth disease, pfiesteria and a host of other diseases have unleashed on the human population
  • Nature is not responsible, we are!
  • It’s time for us to reconsider our eating habits, our styles

The old saying goes “What goes around comes around, and what do they get for their pain?” We really have to give it a second thought: If what goes around comes around… what do they get for their pain? Perhaps the answer can be found in yet another age old saying: “We reap just what we sow.”

Yoga and Zen


According Patanjali, “Yoga is freedom from mental disturbances.” (The yoga sutras of Patanjali 1.2) Yoga is defined as union of the self with the super-self. When in union, the self is one with the universal consciousness. Hence, Yoga is a process by which a practitioner purifies the self physically, mentally and spiritually until such union is attained. In such a state of union, the consciousness is no longer fragmented, but is pure, devoid of subject and object. It is devoid of differentiation and the oneness is experienced as pure bliss.

In Zen, this state of freedom from mental disturbances is known as “the original look before father and mother were born.” Other descriptions include original nature, ultimate reality, suchness, essence of reality, emptiness, and Sarvajnata. The Zen Buddhist eliminates his mental attachments, detaches the self until the “I”, the meditator, and the object of meditation disappear. The most common methods of meditation are anapanasati, vipassana, and Zen, all of which pay particular attention to the control of breathing in their practice.

In the Heart Sutra, the Bodhisattva Avalokitesvara in deep prajna meditation saw that his five skandhas were all empty and so he was freed from all suffering. This state of emptiness pervades the whole universe and is the universal consciousness, the origin of all life forms and phenomena, the Creator, or God. Avalokitesvara was thus liberated from Samsara and became super-ordinary, i.e. a saint. Such realization and union with the universal consciousness has led Saint Avalokitesvara into Moksha.

In Christianity, this universal consciousness or being is called God and the hope of all Christians is to return to Heaven to be with God through the sacrifice and deliverance of Jesus Christ the Savior. When God created Adam and Eve, He breathed into his mouth and gave him life. This is the source of life and in Yoga it is known as prana. The life span of a human being is determined by the number of breaths he has in his life time. Therefore in yoga, the yogi trains his prana and harnesses the spiritual energy he can get from each prana, which technique is known as pranayama, the fourth limb of ashtanga yoga.

In Taoism, the origin of all life forms and phenomena is nothingness. From nothingness came Taichi or One, from Taichi came Yin and Yang, the female and male principles, from Yin and Yang came the four cardinal divisions of the Blue Dragon Qinglong in the east, the White Tiger Baihu in the west, the Red Phoenix Zhuque in the south, and the Grand Turtle Yuanwu in the north, and finally from the four divisions came the eight divinatory trigrams of the Book of Changes, and thus the whole universe was formed. The Taoist practitioner practices Taichi or Qigong in order to harness his Chi or breath. He knows that as the Chi pervades the whole universe it also runs in his nadis. He has to run it through each and every energy nodes in his body. This Chi or breath in Yoga is known as prana, the source and sustenance of life. Because the number of breaths a human being has is determined, whether in Qigong, Taichi, or Yoga, the practitioner never wastes each breath.

From the above, I can safely conclude that Yoga is Zen without its Koans and Huatous, and Zen is Yoga without its asanas, pranayamas and dhautis because both share the same goal and should share the same practical methods. In China, Japan and Korea where Zen is practiced, the methods of training have been reshaped by culture such that each country has its own forms. The original need for purification of the body through Yoga is neglected and their methods tend to be metaphysical. Over time, the historical methods of Yoga have been lost and only doctrinal Yogacara remains. The Yogacara doctrines have become too difficult for modern Buddhists to understand much less to practice. Therefore, Chinese, Japanese, and Korean Zen or Ch’an Buddhists must now look to India, and find a guru who can illumine them on the practical methods of Yoga, and that Great Guru, the last real Great Guru of our time, is Swami Rajarshi Muni.

In 629 defying imperial proscription by Emperor Tai-Chung 唐太宗 of the T’ang Dynasty, the famous Chinese Buddhist monk Hsuan Tsang 玄奘 secretly set out on foot on his epochal journey to the land of the Buddha from Chang’an 長安 (then capital of China) to learn Yoga and brought back to China many Yoga and other scriptures.

1381 years thereafter in 2010, once again an accomplished Chinese Buddhist monk, Master Sea Cloud 海雲繼夢法師 of the Da Huayen Monastery 大華嚴寺 (Great Floral Garland Monastery) Taiwan, came to India to learn Yoga from Sri Swami Rajarshi Muni 惹查西牟尼, Founder of the Lakulish International Fellowship’s Enlightenment Mission 拉克魯希國際覺明傳道會(LIFE Mission 生命傳道會). Like Master Hsuan Tsang the first Chinese Buddhist Yogi, he is the second Chinese Buddhist Yogi in Chinese history to humbly learn from an Indian Guru. People like Master Hsuan Tsang and Master Sea Cloud only come once in a millennium. In this age, these people are few and far between. Why Yoga?

Photo of Master Sea Cloud with Sri Swami Satyanand of LIFE Mission
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Yoga y Zen
de Akira Tomiyama, el Lunes, 28 de febrero de 2011
Español traducido por Agustin Elizondo

Según Patanjali, “El yoga es la ausencia de trastornos mentales.” (The yoga sutras of Patanjali 1.2) El yoga es definido como la unión del yo con el super-yo. Cuando en la unión, el ser es uno con la conciencia universal. Por lo tanto, el Yoga es un proceso mediante el cual un médico purifica el yo físico, mental y espiritual, hasta que dicha unión se logra. En tal estado de unión, la conciencia ya no está fragmentada, y es pura, desprovista del sujeto y del objeto. Se carece de la diferenciación y la unidad se experimenta como pura felicidad.

En el Zen, este estado de ausencia de trastornos mentales se conoce como “el aspecto original antes de que el padre y la madre hallan nacido.” Otras descripciones incluyen la naturaleza original, la realidad última, la talidad, la esencia de la realidad, el vacío, y Sarvajnata. Los budistas Zen eliminan sus apegos mentales, se desprenden del yo hasta que el “yo”, el meditador, y el objeto de meditación desaparecen. Los métodos más comunes de la meditación son anapanasati, Vipassana y Zen, y presta especial atención al control de la respiración en la práctica.

En el Sutra del Corazón, el Bodhisattva Avalokitesvara en la meditación profunda prajña vio que sus cinco skandhas estaban todos vacíos y por lo que fue liberado de todo sufrimiento. Este estado de vacío impregna todo el universo y es la conciencia universal, el origen de todas las formas de vida y los fenómenos, el Creador, o Dios. Avalokitesvara fue así liberado de Samsara y se convirtió en súper-ordinario, es decir, un santo. Tal realización y la unión con la conciencia universal ha llevado al Santo-Avalokitesvara a Moksha.

En el cristianismo, esta conciencia universal, se llama Dios y la esperanza de todos los cristianos es volver al cielo para estar con Dios a través del sacrificio y la liberación de Jesucristo el Salvador. Cuando Dios creó a Adán y Eva, les sopló en la boca y les dio la vida. Esta es la fuente de la vida y en el Yoga se conoce como prana. La vida de un ser humano está determinada por el número de respiraciones que tiene en su vida. Por lo tanto en el yoga, el yogui entrena sus pranas y aprovecha la energía espiritual que puede obtener de cada uno de sus pranas, es la técnica conocida como pranayama, la cuarta parte del yoga ashtanga. En el taoísmo, el origen de todas las formas de vida y los fenómenos es la nada. De la nada llegó el Taichi o el Uno, del Taichi salieron el Yin y el Yang, los principios femeninos y masculinos, del Yin y Yang llegaron a las cuatro divisiones cardinales del Dragon azul Qinglong en el este, el tigre blanco Baihu en el oeste, la Red Phoenix Zhuque en el sur, y el Yuanwu Gran Tortuga en el norte, y finalmente de las cuatro divisiones llegaron los ocho trigramas adivinatorios del Libro de los Cambios, y por lo tanto todo el universo se formó. En las prácticas taoísta o Taichi Qigong el practicante aprovecha su Chi o aliento. Él sabe que, como el Chi impregna todo el universo también se ejecuta en su nadis. Él tiene que ejecutar a través de todos y cada uno los nodos de energía de su cuerpo. Este Chi o aliento en el Yoga se conoce como prana, la fuente y el sustento de la vida. Dado que el número de respiraciones de un ser humano son determinados, ya sea en Chi Kung, Taichi, Yoga o, el médico nunca desperdicia cada respiración. De todo lo anterior, podemos concluir con seguridad que el Yoga es el Zen sin sus koans y Huatous, y el Zen es el Yoga sin sus asanas, pranayamas y dhautis porque ambos comparten el mismo objetivo y deben compartir los métodos prácticos del mismo. En China, Japón y Corea, donde se practica el Zen, los métodos de entrenamiento han sido remodelados por la cultura de manera que cada país tiene sus propias formas. La necesidad original para la purificación del cuerpo a través del Yoga se descuida y sus métodos tambien. Con el tiempo, los métodos históricos de Yoga se han perdido y sólo queda los doctrinales Yogacara. Las doctrinas Yogacara se han convertido en algo demasiado difícil de entender para los budistas modernos y mucho menos prácticalos. Por lo tanto, los chinos, japonés y coreanos budistas del Zen o Ch’an ahora debe mirar a la India, y encontrar un gurú que pueda iluminar sobre los métodos de práctica del yoga, y el Gran Gurú, el último gran gurú real de nuestro tiempo, es Swami Muni Rajarshi. Lea más sobre Swami Rajarshi Muni en http://newhuayen.com/page30.html.

En el 629 desafiando la proscripción imperial del emperador Tai-Chung 唐太宗 de la dinastía T’ang, el famoso monje budista chino Hsuan Tsang 玄奘 en secreto realizo a pie un viaje de épico a la tierra del Buda de Chang’an 长安 (entonces capital de China) para aprender yoga y trajo de vuelta a China muchos Yoga y otras escrituras.

1381 años después, en 2010, un monje budista chino, el Maestro Sea Cloud 海云 继 梦 法师 del Monasterio Da Huayen 大 华严寺 (Great Floral Garland Monastery) de Taiwan, llegó a la India para aprender yoga de Sri Swami 惹 Rajarshi Muni 查西 牟尼, fundador de la Lakulish International Fellowship’s Enlightenment Mission 拉克鲁希 神 国际 觉 明 传道 会 (LIFE Misión 生命 传道 会). Con el Maestro Hsuan Tsang, como el primer chino yogui budista, este es el segundo chino yogui budista en la historia de China en aprender con humildad de un gurú indio. La gente como el Maestro Hsuan Tsang y Master Sea Cloud sólo vienen una vez en un milenio. En esta edad, estas personas son pocos y distantes entre sí. ¿Por qué Yoga?

Foto del Maestro Sea Cloud con Sri Swami Satyanand de la misión de la vida-http: / / www.facebook.com/photo.php?pid=64503&id=100000685852482

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Ehipassiko – come and see


Dependent Origination is the teaching which makes the Lord Buddha’s path unique among all other types of meditation. It is the doctrine of arising and ceasing of phenomena. Lord Buddha says, “He who sees Dependent Origination sees the Dhamma, he who sees the Dhamma sees Dependent Origination.” [Middle Length Sayings [Majjhima Nikaaya] Sutta 28 section 38] This means seeing and realizing all of the “Four Noble Truths of Suffering, of the Origin of Suffering, of the Cessation of Suffering, and of the Path Leading the Way Out of Suffering.”

There is another interesting sutta about seeing of the Four Noble Truths, found in the Digha Nikaaya Sutta number 16, section 5.27. From this section of the sutta, one concludes that the way to attain enlightenment is by following the Eightfold Path and realizing the Noble Truths. It says:

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5.27 In whatever Dhamma and Discipline the Noble Eightfold Path is not found, no ascetic is found of the first grade (meaning a sotaapanna), second grade (meaning sakadaagaami), thirdgrade (meaning anaagaami), or fourth grade (meaning an arahat). But such ascetics can be found, of the first, second, third, and fourth grade in a Dhamma and Discipline where the Noble Eightfold Path is found. Now, Subhaadda, in this Dhamma and Discipline the Noble Eightfold Path is found, and in it are to be found ascetics of the first, second, third and fourth grade. Those other schools are devoid of [true] ascetics; but if in this one the Bhikkhus were to live to perfection, the world would not lack for Arahats.”

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Anapanna-sati and Vipassana


It should be noted that in any form of meditation, the body should be fully relaxed and not hindered. Whether full lotus, half lotus, or just crossed-legged is a matter of personal preference. A picture of Pa Auk Bhikkhu in meditative sitting posture is given here: http://www.paauk.org/images/PaAukPhotoAlbum/slides/Pa-Auk%20Sayadaw%20when%20young.html.

For example, in Myanmar sarong-clad practitioners would sit with their legs folded to their side because the sarong would hinder sitting in any lotus postures.

A picture of me training in anapanna is given here: http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=101913446508183&set=t.100000685852482&theater.

In Padmasan on solar eclipse 2010 over the Holy Narnada River, Asha Yogashram:
http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=101914353174759&set=a.101455126554015.3318.100000685852482&theater.

Further reading: A Revision of Meditation Methods by Bhante Seng is given here: http://fccheonghome.com/center/Q%20&%20A.htm.

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Realizing Huayen Buddhism


Your original nature, the nature of the Buddha, of Tathagata, the nature of all existence, of emptiness, and of totality are just the same. When you can appreciate the beauty of a single flower, your whole life would change. At that moment, look into your own nature to see who is appreciating the wondrous beauty. Then, even the sound of a thunderclap, the flash of a lightning, the sight of a distant star, the full moon, a cup of tea, a mud puddle, the wind of a hurricane, or even landslide are no more beautiful or ugly, because they are what they are. They are both many and one, and this is holistic harmony. This is the realization of Huayen Buddhism in the Dharma Realm and in real life.
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La realización del budismo Huayen
de Akira Tomiyama, El Domingo, 20 de Febrero de 2011
Español traducido por Agustin Elizondo

Tu naturaleza original, la naturaleza de Buda, de Tathagata, la naturaleza de toda la existencia, del vacío y de la totalidad son lo mismo Cuando se puede apreciar la belleza de una flor, toda tu vida va a cambiar. En ese momento, mira a tu propia naturaleza para ver quien eres, aprecia la maravillosa belleza. Entonces, incluso el sonido de un trueno, el relámpago de un rayo, la visión de una estrella distante, la luna llena, una taza de té, un charco de barro, el viento de un huracán o un deslizamiento de tierra, incluso hay más que hermoso o feo, porque son lo que son. Ambos son muchos y uno, y hay armonía integral en si mismo. Esta es la realización del budismo Huayen en el Reino del Dharma y en la vida real.

Practicing Huayen Buddhism


A brief introduction into the practice of Huayen Buddhism is given at http://newhuayen.com/page24.html.

Thomas Cleary’s Flower Ornament Scripture is the best translation available. The appendices are especially helpful in giving a correct perspective. His style is both original and creative. A comparison of a more verbatim translation (incomplete) can be found at http://www.cttbusa.org/avatamsaka/avatamsaka_contents.asp.

As regard the influence of Neo Taoist thoughts on Huayen Buddhism, I rather think that it was the Chinese Huayen masters who utilized Taoist terms to gain a foothold in Chinese soil. Both my guru Venerable Haiyun Jimeng and I agreed with Ch’eng-kuan that though the terms may be the same the meanings are totally different.

T’an-luan (476–542). Early Chinese Pure Land thinker and popularizer. He began his monastic career as a scholar, and was in the middle of composing a massive commentary on the Mahāsaṃnipāta Sūtra (Chin., Ta-chi ching) when he came down with a serious illness. He left his monastery and sought out a renowned Taoist alchemist to receive the teachings on immortality. After receiving from him ten scrolls of Taoist scripture, he set out for home. However, on his way back he reportedly ran into the Indian monk Bodhiruci. T’an-luan asked him if there were any Indian Buddhist sūtras better than Taoist works on immortality. At this Bodhiruci is said to have become very angry and spat on the ground, saying that one cannot find the secret of immortality in any Chinese book. Taoism may prolong your life for a while, but by means of its teaching one cannot escape.

http://www.encyclopedia.com/topic/Tan-luan.aspx.

You may continue to practice Vipassana at home on the basis of what you’ve learnt. To refresh your memory, a short video is provided here at http://video.server.dhamma.org/video/vipassana/apvip.mov.

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