Wednesday, December 28, 2016

6 Short Poems about the Monk Ikkyū by John Guzlowski





1. Ikkyū stands at the edge of the great sea— there are waves in his eyes so he shuts them. 2. If Ikkyū falls asleep, his dreams don’t. They live in the river country of trees and sunshine. 3. Ikkyū sits in the marketplace and tries to explain everything: Here’s what he says to a soldier: A tree is the palm of my hand and the face of all there is in the universe to wonder about It is the tree to heaven and its roots start in my heart and yours. 4. Ikkyū knows Buddha can’t tell him why the rain falls or why sin is a wide road with many curves or why he grows old when he has struggled so much to know so little of life. 5. Ikkyū watches the snow fall at night He’s happy it’s warm and that others sleep in the shadows with him. 6. Ikkyū eats a black cherry and remembers a dead friend how much he loved strawberries their dark sweetness early in the morning the harvest never lasted long enough

Tuesday, December 27, 2016

Thich Nhat Hanh - The Ultimate Dimension - Session 1

On The Ultimate Dimension, you are invited to sit beside Zen master Thich Nhat Hanh for an advanced dharma retreat that opens the doorway to this sublime experience of being. With him, you will plant the seeds for a daily practice to transform the way you relate to life's difficulties, and begin to unfold your natural state of happiness and wisdom—your Buddha nature.




Sunday, December 25, 2016

The House Just Passed A Bill That Violates All Your Rights



DEC 22, 2016 — Greetings friends, 
This update is extremely important as it pertains to the rights of all American citizens. On Thursday the House passed a bill that will make microchipping Americans legal. 
The bill is known as Kevin and Avonte’s Law, and the idea behind it is that mentally disabled people who are microchipped will be easy to locate if they get lost. This is a giant step toward universal microchipping of everyone. Unfortunately, most Americans did not even realize that this bill was being discussed. 
H.R. 4919, which passed 346 to 66 in the lower chamber, mandates the U.S. attorney general award grants to law enforcement officials so that those agencies can create, establish and operate “locative tracking technology programs.” The bill was approved by a margin of almost 300 votes which means that it had support from representatives in both parties. Now we wait and see what the Senate will do, and then it will be up to our President to either veto it or not.

Read the rest of the article by clicking here.

Sunday, December 18, 2016

Mirror of Zen - A Day in the Moment of a Modern Zen Monk

Zen's ancient teachings seem a mystery to many. But actually, Zen is very simple: Zen means attaining my true self -- "What am I?" In this revolutionary film by acclaimed filmmaker Christine Schmitthenner, we see a Western Zen monk in his daily activities in the world: chanting, meditating, preparing breakfast, riding public transport, meeting with friends, even shaving his head -- from moment to moment, not attached to conceptual thinking, everything is Zen, which just means everything is "moment." The subject of this unusual film, Hyon Gak Sunim, allowed filmmakers to follow his daily living and teaching activities for a week as he met with students and organized his daily activities. Sunim is widely recognized as one of the most influential Zen monks in modern Korean Buddhist history, a graduate of Yale and Harvard who entered the monastic life in 1992 and has done over 20 years of intensive Zen training in the ancient Zen temples of Korea. His enlightenment was certified ("inka") in a public ceremony in 2001 by his teacher, the legendary Zen Master Seung Sahn (1927-2004). Now based in the West, he wanders the world, teaching wherever invited.


Antonyms of Beauty / Directed by Khalik Allah







Antonyms of Beauty
Directed by Khalik Allah
http://khalikallah.tumblr.com/

Photographer: Khalik Allah
Filmed May 4th, 9th, 17th 2013.
Harlem, NYC

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Tuesday, December 13, 2016

Mear One - "Time & Space" Miami Basel 2012 HD (Official Video)





Stop Motion/Time Lapse video with Mear One rocking a large mural in Miami Beach for Art Basel Miami 2012.

"This Mural is a Collaboration between Risk and myself. This marks the final Mural of my year-long Tour Of Conscious Art. Particles and Wavelengths Park West Miami on NE 10th St. on corner of NE 2nd St." - Mear One

Produced by: Roger L. Griffith
Music by: Nosaj Thing - Eclipse/Blue

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Mear One - "Time & Space" Miami Basel 2012 HD (Official Video)

Saturday, December 10, 2016

Joshu's Zen


Joshu began the study of Zen when he was sixty years old and continued until he was eighty, when he realized Zen.

He taught from the age of eighty until he was one hundred and twenty.

A student once asked him: "If I haven't anything in my mind, what shall I do?"
Joshu replied: "Throw it out."

"But if I haven't anything, how can I throw it out?" continued the questioner.

"Well," said Joshu, "then carry it out."

Sunday, December 4, 2016

Fred Hampton Documentary


Fred Hampton (August 30, 1948 – December 4, 1969)

Fred Hampton (August 30, 1948 – December 4, 1969) was an American activist and revolutionary,[3] chairman of the Illinois chapter of the Black Panther Party (BPP), and deputy chairman of the national BPP. Hampton was assassinated while sleeping at his apartment during a raid by a tactical unit of the Cook County, Illinois State's Attorney's Office, in conjunction with the Chicago Police Department and the Federal Bureau of Investigation in December 1969. A civil lawsuit filed in 1970 resulted in 1982 in a settlement of $1.85 million. The background and events of Hampton's murder have been chronicled in several documentary films.







Fred Hampton Documentary

Saturday, December 3, 2016

A Song On the End of the World - By Czeslaw Milosz





A Song On the End of the World - By Czeslaw Milosz

Interview Between Wallace Stegner and Czeslaw Milosz







Interview Between Wallace Stegner and Czeslaw Milosz

"Thrown" -Ed Bok Lee






"Thrown" -Ed Bok Lee

Celebration of Wislawa Szymborska

Celebrate the life and work of Wislawa Szymborska upon publication of Map: Collected and Last Poems.

Renowned American poet Charles Simic will be joined by Szymborska's award-winning translator Clare Cavanagh; Szymborska's personal assistant, the writer and critic Michal Rusinek; and the poet and translator Krystyna Dabrowska, who won the first Wislawa Szymborska poetry prize in 2013.

Wislawa Szymborska (1923-2012) is among Poland's most-read and best-loved poets. Her work spanned 60 years including the Second World War, the Communist period and the return of democracy after 1989. She began writing during the Second World War, and published her first poem in 1945. Her mature poetry emphasized human dignity and the wonder of the everyday, with a characteristic wit and humor.

The winner of many awards, Szymborska became Poland's fourth Nobel Prize for Literature laureate in 1996. The Nobel committee praised her "for poetry that with ironic precision allows the historical and biological context to come to light in fragments of human reality."

Map: Collected and Last Poems (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2015) is a fitting monument to Szymborska's life and work. Gathering work from Szymborska's nearly 70 years of activity and rendered into beautiful English by Clare Cavanagh and the late Stanislaw Baranczak. The collection includes work never before published in English, including the entirety of Enough, her last publication published before her death.










Celebration of Wislawa Szymborska

Friday, December 2, 2016

Rasheed Jamal - Simply Beautiful (Super Ugly) [Jam of the Day]

Rasheed Jamal compliments his stand out track from his 2015 effort, SANKOFA with new visuals. The rapid fire flow is a perfect fit for the laid back beat with the smooth horn to bring it all together.

On this track in particular, we see an artist coming into his own; holding a flow that is on point and the artist proves he is simply untouchable when it comes to these beats and rhymes.

One of my favorite artists from Portland, Rasheed Jamal's newest video is clearly Portland at it's best: Spring and Summer time. We even hear Jamal comparing his path to that of Yeshua's. Clearly confident, clearly holding his mind and his grind right: Rasheed Jamal is an artist to pay attention to and much deserving of Respect. Jamal also tips his hat to Houston legend Scarface as well as 2pac with a few proper lines.

Rasheed Jamal is on his toes on Simply Beautiful and the video is simple and lends credence to the flow and the track as a whole. Something about following Jamal and his crew around Portland that just makes me feel good about life, love and this song!

If you're new to Rasheed Jamal's music or his FRSHTRB conglomerate, click here for an interview with the immensely talented word smith and artist.







Rasheed Jamal - Simply Beautiful (Super Ugly)

Emptiness is NOT nothing - teaching from Thich Nhat Hanh








Emptiness is NOT nothing - teaching from Thich Nhat Hanh

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

What Is Samadhi ? ( In English ) HD




What Is Samadhi ? ( In English ) HD

Leonard Cohen - I Have Not Lingered In European Monosteries



I Have Not Lingered In European Monosteries
by Leonard Cohen

I Have Not Lingered In European Monosteries
and discovered among the tall grasses tombs of knights
who fell as beautifully as their ballads tell; 
I have not parted the grasses
or purposefully left them thatched.
I have not held my breath
so that I might hear the breathing of God
or tamed my heartbeat with an exercise,
or starved for visions.
Although I have watched him often
I have not become the heron,
leaving my body on the shore,
and I have not become the luminous trout,
leaving my body in the air.
I have not worshipped wounds and relics,
or combs of iron,
or bodies wrapped and burnt in scrolls.
I have not been unhappy for ten thousands years.
During the day I laugh and during the night I sleep.
My favourite cooks prepare my meals,
my body cleans and repairs itself,
and all my work goes well.

Saturday, November 26, 2016

Psychosis or Spiritual Awakening: Phil Borges at TEDxUMKC

Phil Borges, filmmaker and photographer, has been documenting indigenous and tribal cultures for over 25 years. His work is exhibited in museums and galleries worldwide and his award winning books have been published in four languages. Phil's recent project, Inner Worlds, explores cultural differences with respect to consciousness and mental illness


Friday, November 25, 2016

Awakening the Heart ~ by Thich Nhat Hanh ~ The Practice of Inner Transformation.

"To be alive is a miracle." - Thich Nhat Hanh

"When your mind is with your body, you can get in touch with the here and now." - Thich Nhat Hanh

Zen master Thich Nhat Hanh explains the importance of mindfulness in connecting with our own Buddha nature. Being fully present involves connecting the breath with the body. Fully present means fully alive. Being in touch with the wonders of life involves connecting mind and body in order to connect with the present moment.

Hanh explains the simplicity of going home to the present moment. He says one can connect with the present moment by breathing mindfully, regenerating our own energy combined with a mindful approach to this moment.

Mindfulness is always mindfulness of something, Hanh continues. Mindfulness of breathing or mindfulness of doing the dishes. This is a basic practice of Buddhism. Being mindful means being aware of what you're doing, rather than simply performing your daily tasks without your mind fully present and aware of what your body is doing.

This is where freedom is found, when we can follow with our minds to the awareness produced by mindfulness.

Following your in breath and out breath from beginning to end is a good practice to cultivate concentration and an attitude of insight, which has the power to liberate us, Thich Nhat Hanh says.








Awakening the Heart ~ by Thich Nhat Hanh ~ The Practice of Inner Transformation.

Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Wanda Coleman at CSULA, May 9th 2013



November 22nd 2016 marks the 3 year anniversary of Wanda Coleman's passing. Wanda left us with treasure troves of her work and thank fully her voice and work is still with us! Prayers to her loved ones during this time and May You Rest In Peace and Return to us, Wanda Coleman!





Wanda Coleman at CSULA, May 9th 2013

Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Talib Kweli and his Javotti Media family are often invincible, always determined and reflective on Awful People Are Great At Parties


If you enjoy great lyrics, classic boom-bap, neck brace beats combined with reflections on the music industry and life's ups and downs; then Awful People Are Great At Parties is for you!

The case is made strong with the release of Awful People Are Great At Parties: Javotti Media Group is a force to be reckoned with! There’s not one skippable track or one appearance that can be viewed as weak on this release. This release begs to be played all the way through. It took me a few plays to pick out my favorite tracks but rest assured Talib Kweli has surrounded himself with nothing but all stars. Chazmere and NIKO IS shine particularly bright here. K’Valentine is a comet of brilliance on her track Delusional as well, asking, “You ever meet someone you can see through?”

Whether it’s Space Invadaz doing a party track or Thanks Joey providing effervescent, neck-snapping beats; Javotti Media Group is chock full of world-class talent and ground breaking artists.

The thing that struck me most after spending some time with Awful People Are Great At Parties is it’s continuity. It doesn’t feel like a compilation. Given Talib Kweli’s numerous appearances on this release, it feels like a Talib Kweli album. Whether his intention or not, Kweli’s heavy presence on this compilation is greatly appreciated. Bringing his high powered, rapid fire delivered and heavy verses he’s known for, Kweli is also present on the hooks as well. This makes it feel like it’s his project.

Given Kweli’s heavy New York City influence, and being from Brooklyn, this release has a healthy balance of a combination of geographically influenced sounds. That being said, it’s refreshing to hear many of his southern comrades such as Big Gipp, Corey Mo and Scotty ATL on this project. Another high caliber collaboration from a southern artist is NIKO IS on Smoke Somethin’. The Orlando based Brazilian artist brings that raw sound and southern-drawl yet keeps the flow technically on point and precise with Kweli on the duo’s track dedicated to the ever-potently creative inspiring plant we know as that ganja!

This compilation was so fun to listen to and keep going back to because of the plethora of personalities Kweli recruited to get down. Although it feels like an album, it’s a thick with multiple personalities, voices and points of view. Culturally diverse, and all encompassing; this release is sure to have something for the lovers of many different styles of Hiphop.

My two favorite tracks come well equipped by the Space Invadaz. Getting down over a Hi Tek instrumental on the always inspiring, uplifting and motivational track titled, Wait; the Space Invadaz were a breath of fresh air. I had never heard them before and I was pleasantly surprised. Wait is one of those tracks to put on in the morning to get ready for your day. After the first play I was left feeling somewhat invincible. That song gives me strength and motivation to stay dedicated to my work, life and love! Later in the release, Space Invadaz get down over a J Dilla instrumental. I would have loved to hear the conversations between them and Talib Kweli about picking that beat for that song, and how they got the opportunity to rock over one of the greatest beats on this release. It is well deserved, Space Invadaz murked the Dilla beat!

Although Awful People Are Great At Parties comes equipped with production from legendary cats like Nottz, Hi Tek and Dilla; it is some of the lesser known (yet still tailored to the road of greatness) producers that really blew me away. And Repeat, a track produced by Thanks Joey, is sure to rattle trunks for blocks upon blocks. The strings near the end are impeccable. Thanks Joey also delivers on his two other efforts near the conclusion of this release. Tamahmgiso is a laid back, bass heavy, chill type beat that inspires Chazmere to reflect, “the way the NYPD move, I’ma cop for vests for everyone in my projects.”

Despite the tongue-in-cheek title, Awful People Are Great At Parties is chock full of reflections on Hiphop culture, the political climate of the culture and America. If not already well established by this point in his career, Talib Kweli lets it be known that he is a man of the people. On the high light track, Every Ghetto Part 2, Kweli reminds listeners what life is like in the ghetto. His ability to make it out is no less marked with perseverance as willingness and a need to let anybody still in the struggle that they can make it out too. Kweli doesn’t forget his people, ever; and it is made clear who he is speaking to, for and who he represents.

It is on Every Ghetto Part 2 that Kweli’s flow is the most polished and at this point he uses this rapid fire delivery and consciousness to remind listeners who’s at the helm of operating this machine of Javotti Media.

All in all this is a great release. There’s something for everybody here. Long gone are the days when conscious rappers aren’t allowed to have fun. There are songs for turning up and there are songs for turning down. Me personally, I can’t always be listening to the club bangers. Sometimes I need something to think about, something to contemplate when I feel like spending time by myself.


That’s what impresses me most about Talib Kweli and his counterparts here: they keep things balanced. This is party music. You can have fun with it. At the same time, this is music to enjoy in solitude. You’ll be given something to move your body to as well as contemplate when you’re in need of some time alone. I love turning up and partying but I need something more sometimes. We need to maintain balance and have options for the Friday nights as well as the Sunday mornings. You get that balance with Awful People Are Great At Parties.


For your FREE download of Awful People Are Great At Parties, via Javotti Media, click HERE.

Monday, November 21, 2016

Hanif Willis-Abdurraqib - "Ode to Biggie" (Rustbelt 2014)






Hanif Willis-Abdurraqib - "Ode to Biggie" (Rustbelt 2014)

Alan Watts - Reincarnation & Relativity



Alan Watts breaks down the illusion of "reality" as well as goes in depth on a rather intoxicating lecture about his ideas of reincarnation.

The only thing that is happening, is happening right now, Watts argues.

Perhaps partly a lash out against the insane fear of death that many promote, perhaps part joke on the whole idea of that fear, Watts is candid and inspiring on one of his (and mine) favorite subjects.







Alan Watts - Reincarnation & Relativity

Friday, November 18, 2016

Nothing Exists?




Yamaoka Tesshu, as a young student of Zen, visited one master after another. He called upon Dokuon of Shokoku.

Desiring to show his attainment, he said: "The mind, Buddha, and sentient beings, after all, do not exist. The true nature of phenomena is emptiness. There is no relaization, no delusion, no sage, no mediocrity. There is no giving and nothing to be received."

Dokuon, who was smoking quietly, said nothing. Suddenly he whacked Yamaoka with his bamboo pipe. This made the youth quite angry.

"If nothing exists," inquired Dokuon, "where did this anger come from?"

Friday, November 4, 2016

Umar Bin Hassan Reads a Poem For Huey P. Newton

Umar Bin Hassan is one of my favorite poets in the history of this great art form. His cadence is always terrific and the way he delivers each poem is straight from the heart. Check him out on some of the old recordings from The Last Poets and you'll know what i'm talking about.

Hassan has the ability to connect with the crowd because of his signature delivery. The way he enunciates certain words and his spacing between phrases is phenomenal.

Aside from his delivery, i love this man's poetry because he speaks to me, he speaks for oppressed peoples and he lifts up with his words. It is amazing, this man's resilience, how he's lived through so much pain and agony yet he remains steadfast in his joy, mission and labor.

Every time i hear Umar Bin Hassan speak his poetry, i hear intense gratitude and happiness in his voice. But most of all i hear a determination: a fire that can never be put out, no matter how tough things seem to be, he still rises above it and delivers his Peace like a true Legend.

It was days spent with The Last Poets recordings that made me realize how powerful my own words are and can be.

Salute to Huey P. Newton! Salute to Umar Bin Hassan! Salute to The Last Poets!


Jelly Jars: Tyron Motif (Music Video) [Jam of the Day]

Tyron Motif of Harlem, NYC gets down on a new joint titled Jelly Jars. The beat is hard body and the flow is untouchable. Tyron is a good example of an artist who can do many things and wear many hats. Author, poet and incredible emcee; the man knows how to put a sentence in a dope manner over an ill, face-crunching beat.

This reminds me of that vintage New York style that took over Hiphop for a good minute. This is what i love about that music back in the day: it's aggressive, hard-nose and unapologetic. Motif shouts out BIG and Pac as well; so it's obvious this talented emcee has respect for his predecessors as he continues to pave the way for generations to come.


Thursday, November 3, 2016

Milarepa on Possessions


I have no desire for wealth or possessions, and so I have nothing. I do not experience the initial suffering of having to accumulate possessions, the intermediate suffering of having to guard and keep up possessions, nor the final suffering of losing the possessions.

~ Milarepa

Alan Watts - Importance of Play in a Survivalist Culture



Alan Watts describes the perhaps accurate apocalyptic view that television is ruining our society. We're driven mad with images! "One can only draw the conclusion that the assumption underlying this is that expressions of physical love are far more dangerous than expressions of physical hatred," Watts concludes. One can argue that this obsession with images, more specifically with television, is at the root of our society's long-winded decay. Whether or not you agree with my conclusion, based on this lecture and other statistical information, it is quite obvious that American society is clearly obsessed with television.

Watts also goes on to elaborate on our evolution or our de-evolution. We've become so occupied with making a living that we're forgotten how to make a life, is one way to say it. We've brought our children up to believe that "work" is of the most vital importance. Play becomes work and work becomes tedious. When time becomes scarcity, there is hardly any room for joy, unwinding and playful occupations that elaborate our soul's existence.

There's no time for fun at work. We get home from work and are driven to the point of exhaustion because of this occupation that we think we "need." The image of walking alone in a desolate suburb, everybody glued to their bright light in a box, where one must have a "purpose" or a reason to go is a rather stark one.

It seems very wild, and irrational that we must always have some place to arrive at. Through this constant need for a place to "be," we hardly arrive anywhere and we hardly know where we're going, Watts argues.

This may seem like a very somber world view, however, i would classify this as "realist" in nature.
There's nothing wrong with an honest look at our society, it's goals and it's results in the seemingly obvious numbing-out of the American intellect. There's quite a therapeutic release, for me at least, when one can sincerely look at the direction this culture is headed even when the end point or destination doesn't look like a bright one.

More optimistically, i am enthused with the counter culture, with the rebels and thinkers who look for an alternative way of life or a simple "way out." How to do this is becoming ever more clear. All one must do is simply say "no." No to the abuse, neglect and mistreatment of the human intellect, its resilience and ability to expand consciousness, awareness and YES: LOVE!

It becomes quite arduous, i can imagine, to deny the needs to expanding the mind, learning and growing as well as evolving in a natural manner in order to be a purveyor of Good in this world, rather than become a passive, dismissive and judgmental victim of this intriguing system of control and unending quest for excessive comfort and leisure.

Alan Watts - Importance of Play in a Survivalist Culture

Rico Jeezus is both vulnerable and indestructible in his quest for truth, beauty and ultimately, Love.


If you enjoy tales of love, love-lost, self-actualization and brilliant phrase turning, with a cadence capable of moving the crowd on its own; combined with mellow, soul stinging beats, then Rico Jeezus’ A Misanthropist Heaven is for you.

The thing that struck me first when I first turned on A Misanthropist Heaven is that Rico Jeezus is giving too much. I felt bad for him at first, almost pitying him after my very first listen. However, it was only because I connected so much with the music that I felt this way about the artist.

I heard so much of my own story in his music that I was pitying myself. We are often driven mad in our quest for money, truth, beauty and ultimately love; as Jeezus himself admits on his track Madman. It is this ability to connect on a human level that I love about Rico Jeezus. I relate to the music so much that I almost felt like he was telling MY story as well as his own. And this fact is priceless. Rico Jeezus is a true artist, in the purest sense of the word.

After all, who hasn’t felt the pain, joy, sorrow, ecstasy and its ability to free us from our chains in our own search for love, meaning and respect?

Rico Jeezus clearly has a lot to get off his chest on A Misanthropist Heaven. Dealing with subject matter such as love, loss of love, addiction and Spirituality is nothing light. It gets very heavy at times but isn’t that what music is for? Expressing the thoughts and feelings that often go unspoken in day-to-day life; Rico Jeezus often comes across as a downer but all too human.

This is a breath of fresh air, as the emcee “crumbles slowly in the cold,” while he’s looking for love seemingly everywhere outside of himself. Once again, human. Rico Jeezus crushes the stereotype that emcees must be emotionless; despite how confident and strong he clearly is about his own pursuits.

People aren’t quite who they seem to be and Rico’s got his eye on only one “beauty queen.” I can’t tell if Rico’s crush is a love lost or a love coming to him on the concluding, The Phoenix. Like the bird who rose from the ashes, Jeezus remains resilient in his search for everlasting love.

My favorite track is “Paper Planes.” The beat continues the previous efforts at laid back, chill vibes with a simple drum break and an ill guitar sample. The emcee’s trials of loneliness is well established at this point, but it’s his flow that is unparalleled anywhere else on the album that really does it for me. He’s relentless. He’s rugged. The subject matter is deep (for lack of better word), which is what I like in my Hiphop music, especially with love songs. The emcee laments on those who would tell him not to chase his dreams, and seems very heroic-but-all-too-human like towards the end of the track. Indeed, life’s not a game as the emcee stays elusive as “nobody knows my where abouts,” and he brushes off those who would deny his dreams. It’s a great feeling to hear the emcee’s resilience and steadfastness to his goals and dreams. The beat being very melancholy, while Rico Jeezus is anything but; remaining strong, goal-oriented and purpose driven in the face of doubt is what seems to signify Rico Jeezus on this release.

As a listener, I often felt liberated and free when listening to A Misanthropist Heaven because the emcee is consistent with his expression, his flow and his Oneness with his Spirit and character. He’ll stick to a slow flow for a bit and at the unexpected time kick into an almost double-time, high-powered cadence to keep you on your listening toes. Rico Jeezus masters the art of bringing you the unexpected with this release.

On Madman (which also contains my favorite beat on the project: that chopped vocal sample is EERY!) the emcee questions his own sanity; something a lot of great artists do. Is he a madman for loving so passionately? Is he a madman for loving the almighty dollar and the will to make more of it? He paints a tale of one on the come up, yet never being satisfied with enough as he admits he’s “willing to be driven mad for money,” also questioning whether being attracted to the financial freedom having money offers makes him indeed insane or not; even questioning whether or not he’s damned and his own suicidal thoughts.

When an artist can be so vulnerable that it turns into strength is when I connect more evenly to the art. Rico Jeezus isn’t afraid of his own humanity and his fearlessness is contagious. It’s inspiring. It’s invigorating. It’s uplifting.

My main complaint of A Misanthropist Heaven is twofold. First, it’s too short. There’s simply not enough material here and Rico Jeezus is too good to take in such a small dose as 7 tracks. That being said, the second portion of my complaint takes a bit more explaining.

This release is very heavy. If it wasn’t for his own seemingly indestructible self-confidence, I would be left feeling very sorry for Rico Jeezus. He seems very lonely and afraid, yet almost possessing super-human self-assurance. He seems like a genuinely good dood who’s simply looking for love. However, it seems to be a very lonely existence. At about the 5th track, Stiff Liq & Lust, it becomes obvious why this is such a short release. Perhaps it is because the emcee is not intimidated by his own search for truth, meaning and ultimately love, perhaps it is because life is a bitch (as the emcee even admits). But the feel of this release is somber, almost down at times. Just listen though, there seems to be something very rewarding, something unseen: a gift that only the richness of experience and learning lessons can offer that Rico Jeezus seems to subconsciously possess on A Misanthropist Heaven.

 Take for example, on Love Lies; the title is a play on words where the emcee questions the truth and sincerity of his own love. As well as questioning the double entendre of the phrase, wondering where true love actually “lies” or resides. This is simply brilliant song writing. Plus the cadence on this track alludes to heart break at the same time lending itself to a sense of never-saying-die attitude, the same attitude that keeps a human being going on our often unending search for love, acceptance and faith.
Rico Jeezus is a poet in the truest sense of the word. Heart on his sleeve, tough-as-nails and never flinching at his own fear and loathing; the emcee possesses the delivery and knowledge of the breaks to move the crowd as well. As dope and soulful as the beats on A Misanthropist Heaven are, I’d still love to hear some of these tracks a capella because the cadence is so free and powerful on its own, it often sounds like many of these verses were the product of well-planned and methodical freestyles.

Rico Jeezus possesses a style that often relics the greats and blemishes the lazy and malnourished styles all too popular in today’s Hiphop music climate: a style that has been tended and cared for over time, like watering an orange grove; the songs come to life with rich and ripe fruit, in the head phones and when played full-blast through the speakers.

Stand out tracks: Love Lies, Paper Planes, Stiff Liq & Lust

For your FREE download of A Misanthropist Heaven by Rico Jeezus, via bandcamp, click HERE.

Wednesday, November 2, 2016

Poland Rediscovered: Krakow, Auschwitz, and Warsaw

World traveler Rick Steves takes a tour of Poland. He starts in Krakow and ends up in Warsaw. One thing i didn't like about this video is it doesn't visit one of the most history-rich cities in Poland, Lublin.

Se la vie and oh well! This is still a good video that touches on the history and modern life and what it's like to live in Poland. Steves begins in Krakow and touches on the history of when the Mongols took over Krakow. He goes on to explain what happened after World War 2.

Krakow essentially escaped WWII "unscathed," according to Steves. This is partially true and partially untrue. WWII was such a catastrophe and Poland was the capital of concentration camps therefore it is near impossible for me to imagine any city in Poland escaping the tarnish and destruction of World War 2.

Steves continues to explore what the Gothic art impact was in Poland, considering it's influence is quite heavy. i especially enjoy the scenes in the summer time, as Poland is known for it's bitter winters but it's beautiful weather in the summer time often goes over looked.

All in all, i'm happy to see Poland's bright side high lighted, as we have such a deeper history than simply being the capital of concentration camps during World War 2. While it is important to note and focus on this fact, there is also so much more to Polish culture and her people!

It was also good that Steves touched on the historic King Kazimierz whom my middle name comes from. He was a king of the people and even founded a university known as Jagiellonian University, located in Krakow, a fact that was left out of this video.

While i am not a fan of nationalism on any level, i am proud of where i come from and my rich heritage. While i have an identity that is separate from national pride, being Polish is something i cherish and i connect with my people on that level because we have been through so much throughout history

Cheers to Poland and Our Beautiful People!



A Stone Mind





Hogen, a Chinese Zen teacher, lived alone in a small temple in the country. One day four traveling monks appeared and asked if they might make a fire in his yard to warm themselves.

While they were building the fire, Hogen heard them arguing about subjectivity and objectivity. 

He joined them and said: "There is a big stone. Do you consider it to be inside or outside your mind?"

One of the monks replied: "From the Buddhist viewpoint everything is an objectification of mind, so I would say that the stone is inside my mind."

"Your head must feel very heavy," observed Hogen, "if you are carrying around a stone like that in your mind."

Tuesday, November 1, 2016

Geshe Kelsang Gyatso - What is wisdom? + FREE Download of the Heart Sutra

Geshe Kelsang Gyatso explains what wisdom is. He continues to explain the principle object of meditation should be on emptiness (more on that later).

An object of meditation is something we focus on while meditating. Gyatso also goes on to explain the meaning of karma and what karma is, how it is accumulated and explains that it takes many life times for us to accumulate karma. In this life time, we wish to have good karma so it can be said that in our other lives we would want good karma as well.

If we want something right now, it can be said that we will also want that same thing in the future, considering that our want is born of necessity and free from desire and passion.

Gyatso also goes on to illuminate the way that passion leads to anger. And contemplating beautiful things and concentrating our attention on beauty is a way for us to arrive at a calm, peaceful mind.

All beings want to be happy, in fact, i do not know anybody nor have i met anybody who does not want to be happy. This is not a matter of my belief but rather a matter of experience.

Can you say you've ever met anybody who didn't want to be happy?








Geshe Kelsang Gyatso - What is wisdom?


For an explanation on the Heart Sutra, via wikipedia, click HERE.

For an excerpt of the Heart Sutra, and a bit of elaboration on the Buddhist notion of emptiness, click HERE.

For a Free Download of the Heart Sutra, translated by Thich Nhat Hanh, via Plum Village, click HERE.

Monday, October 31, 2016

Awareness



By standing alert, by awareness, By restraint and control too, The intelligent one could make an island That a flood does not overwhelm.

~ Buddha ~

Best Visualization of Multiverse

This video shows the immense largeness of our Universe and subsequent universes outside our own solar system. It's a big world out there! :)


Sunday, October 30, 2016

Surrendering Your Aggression -Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche --Shambhala

Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche illuminates the difference between selfish giving and true giving. He continues to speak on letting go of aggression. Letting go of aggression involves a generousness that needs to be unparalelled when compared to the aggression we naturally feel when we feel we have been wronged. Of course, it is natural to feel the need for justice and fair treatment, however, it is also natural for us to feel a need to act out in regards to injustice. The unnatura part of aggression is when we feel a desire to treat another human being aggressively. In my opinion, it is unnatural for human beings to treat other human beings aggressively because of a wrong we feel has been done against us.

Instead of taking our aggression out on others, it is better to naturally let that aggression flow through the mind, body and Spirit and allow it time to rest. A generous heart will see the difference between natural and unnatural aggression! When we absolutely surrender, we will find absolute freedom, peace and stillness in our selves.

When you give, you also receive, as the saying goes. We must find the generousness in our hearts to give Life and Love even in times of darkness. Letting go of aggression means letting go of the ego, or the part of our Self that needs validation for our aggression. A peaceful mind is a generous mind. As the heart also has a mind, let us try to connect heart to mind so that our thinking becomes clear, so that we act out of our own natural generosity and not our own unnatural aggression.







Surrendering Your Aggression -Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche --Shambhala

Saturday, October 29, 2016

George Carlin & Richard Pryor Carson Tonight Show 1981









George Carlin & Richard Pryor Carson Tonight Show 1981

The Hermetic Teachings of Tehuti


The Wisdom of Tehuti-Thought-Intelligence.Mind is All The Universe is Mental. The Kybalion is available for free download via Amazon Kindle





 "The Principles of Truth are Seven; he who knows these,
    understandingly, possesses the Magic Key before whose
    touch all the Doors of the Temple fly open."--The Kybalion.

The Seven Hermetic Principles, upon which the entire Hermetic Philosophy is based, are as follows:
    1. The Principle of Mentalism.
    2. The Principle of Correspondence.
    3. The Principle of Vibration.
    4. The Principle of Polarity.
    5. The Principle of Rhythm.
    6. The Principle of Cause and Effect.
    7. The Principle of Gender.
These Seven Principles will be discussed and explained as we proceed with these lessons. A short explanation of each, however, may as well be given at this point.

1. The Principle of Mentalism
    "THE ALL IS MIND; The Universe is Mental."--The Kybalion.
This Principle embodies the truth that "All is Mind." It explains that THE ALL (which is the Substantial Reality underlying all the outward manifestations and appearances which we know under the terms of "The Material Universe"; the "Phenomena of Life"; "Matter"; "Energy"; and, in short, all that is apparent to our material senses) is SPIRIT which in itself is UNKNOWABLE and UNDEFINABLE, but which may be considered and thought of as AN UNIVERSAL, INFINITE, LIVING MIND. It also explains that all the phenomenal world or universe is simply a Mental Creation of THE ALL, subject to the Laws of Created Things, and that the universe, as a whole, and in its parts or units, has its existence in the Mind of THE ALL, in which Mind we "live and move and have our being." This Principle, by establishing the Mental Nature of the Universe, easily explains all of the varied mental and psychic phenomena that occupy such a large portion of the public attention, and which, without such explanation, are non-understandable and defy scientific treatment. An understanding of this great Hermetic Principle of Mentalism enables the individual to readily grasp the laws of the Mental Universe, and to apply the same to his well-being and advancement. The Hermetic Student is enabled to apply intelligently the great Mental Laws, instead of using them in a haphazard manner. With the Master-Key in his possession, the student may unlock the many doors of the mental and psychic temple of knowledge, and enter the same freely and intelligently. This Principle explains the true nature of "Energy," "Power," and "Matter," and why and how all these are subordinate to the Mastery of Mind. One of the old Hermetic Masters wrote, long ages ago: "He who grasps the truth of the Mental Nature of the Universe is well advanced on The Path to Mastery." And these words are as true today as at the time they were first written. Without this Master-Key, Mastery is impossible, and the student knocks in vain at the many doors of The Temple.

2. The Principle of Correspondence
    "As above, so below; as below, so above."--The Kybalion.
This Principle embodies the truth that there is always a Correspondence between the laws and phenomena of the various planes of Being and Life. The old Hermetic axiom ran in these words: "As above, so below; as below, so above." And the grasping of this Principle gives one the means of solving many a dark paradox, and hidden secret of Nature. There are planes beyond our knowing, but when we apply the Principle of Correspondence to them we are able to understand much that would otherwise be unknowable to us. This Principle is of universal application and manifestation, on the various planes of the material, mental, and spiritual universe--it is an Universal Law. The ancient Hermetists considered this Principle as one of the most important mental instruments by which man was able to pry aside the obstacles which hid from view the Unknown. Its use even tore aside the Veil of Isis to the extent that a glimpse of the face of the goddess might be caught. Just as a knowledge of the Principles of Geometry enables man to measure distant suns and their movements, while seated in his observatory, so a knowledge of the Principle of Correspondence enables Man to reason intelligently from the Known to the Unknown. Studying the monad, he understands the archangel.

3. The Principle of Vibration
    "Nothing rests; everything moves; everything vibrates."--The
    Kybalion.
This Principle embodies the truth that "everything is in motion"; "everything vibrates"; "nothing is at rest"; facts which Modern Science endorses, and which each new scientific discovery tends to verify. And yet this Hermetic Principle was enunciated thousands of years ago, by the Masters of Ancient Egypt. This Principle explains that the differences between different manifestations of Matter, Energy, Mind, and even Spirit, result largely from varying rates of Vibration. From THE ALL, which is Pure Spirit, down to the grossest form of Matter, all is in vibration--the higher the vibration, the higher the position in the scale. The vibration of Spirit is at such an infinite rate of intensity and rapidity that it is practically at rest--just as a rapidly moving wheel seems to be motionless. And at the other end of the scale, there are gross forms of matter whose vibrations are so low as to seem at rest. Between these poles, there are millions upon millions of varying degrees of vibration. From corpuscle and electron, atom and molecule, to worlds and universes, everything is in vibratory motion. This is also true on the planes of energy and force (which are but varying degrees of vibration); and also on the mental planes (whose states depend upon vibrations); and even on to the spiritual planes. An understanding of this Principle, with the appropriate formulas, enables Hermetic students to control their own mental vibrations as well as those of others. The Masters also apply this Principle to the conquering of Natural phenomena, in various ways. "He who understands the Principle of Vibration, has grasped the scepter of power," says one of the old writers.

4. The Principle of Polarity
    "Everything is Dual; everything has poles; everything has its
    pair of opposites; like and unlike are the same; opposites are
    identical in nature, but different in degree; extremes meet;
    all truths are but half-truths; all paradoxes may be
    reconciled."--The Kybalion.
This Principle embodies the truth that "everything is dual"; "everything has two poles"; "everything has its pair of opposites," all of which were old Hermetic axioms. It explains the old paradoxes, that have perplexed so many, which have been stated as follows: "Thesis and antithesis are identical in nature, but different in degree"; "opposites are the same, differing only in degree"; "the pairs of opposites may be reconciled"; "extremes meet"; "everything is and isn't, at the same time"; "all truths are but half-truths"; "every truth is half-false"; "there are two sides to everything," etc., etc., etc. It explains that in everything there are two poles, or opposite aspects, and that "opposites" are really only the two extremes of the same thing, with many varying degrees between them. To illustrate: Heat and Cold, although "opposites," are really the same thing, the differences consisting merely of degrees of the same thing. Look at your thermometer and see if you can discover where "heat" terminates and "cold" begins! There is no such thing as "absolute heat" or "absolute cold"--the two terms "heat" and "cold" simply indicate varying degrees of the same thing, and that "same thing" which manifests as "heat" and "cold" is merely a form, variety, and rate of Vibration. So "heat" and "cold" are simply the "two poles" of that which we call "Heat"--and the phenomena attendant thereupon are manifestations of the Principle of Polarity. The same Principle manifests in the case of "Light and Darkness," which are the same thing, the difference consisting of varying degrees between the two poles of the phenomena. Where does "darkness" leave off, and "light" begin? What is the difference between "Large and Small"? Between "Hard and Soft"? Between "Black and White"? Between "Sharp and Dull"? Between "Noise and Quiet"? Between "High and Low"? Between "Positive and Negative"? The Principle of Polarity explains these paradoxes, and no other Principle can supersede it. The same Principle operates on the Mental Plane. Let us take a radical and extreme example--that of "Love and Hate," two mental states apparently totally different. And yet there are degrees of Hate and degrees of Love, and a middle point in which we use the terms "Like or Dislike," which shade into each other so gradually that sometimes we are at a loss to know whether we "like" or "dislike" or "neither." And all are simply degrees of the same thing, as you will see if you will but think a moment. And, more than this (and considered of more importance by the Hermetists), it is possible to change the vibrations of Hate to the vibrations of Love, in one's own mind, and in the minds of others. Many of you, who read these lines, have had personal experiences of the involuntary rapid transition from Love to Hate, and the reverse, in your own case and that of others. And you will therefore realize the possibility of this being accomplished by the use of the Will, by means of the Hermetic formulas. "Good and Evil" are but the poles of the same thing, and the Hermetist understands the art of transmuting Evil into Good, by means of an application of the Principle of Polarity. In short, the "Art of Polarization" becomes a phase of "Mental Alchemy" known and practiced by the ancient and modern Hermetic Masters. An understanding of the Principle will enable one to change his own Polarity, as well as that of others, if he will devote the time and study necessary to master the art.

5. The Principle of Rhythm
    "Everything flows, out and in; everything has its tides;
    all things rise and fall; the pendulum-swing manifests in
    everything; the measure of the swing to the right is the
    measure of the swing to the left; rhythm compensates."--The
    Kybalion.
This Principle embodies the truth that in everything there is manifested a measured motion, to and fro; a flow and inflow; a swing backward and forward; a pendulum-like movement; a tide-like ebb and flow; a high-tide and low-tide; between the two poles which exist in accordance with the Principle of Polarity described a moment ago. There is always an action and a reaction; an advance and a retreat; a rising and a sinking. This is in the affairs of the Universe, suns, worlds, men, animals, mind, energy, and matter. This law is manifest in the creation and destruction of worlds; in the rise and fall of nations; in the life of all things; and finally in the mental states of Man (and it is with this latter that the Hermetists find the understanding of the Principle most important). The Hermetists have grasped this Principle, finding its universal application, and have also discovered certain means to overcome its effects in themselves by the use of the appropriate formulas and methods. They apply the Mental Law of Neutralization. They cannot annul the Principle, or cause it to cease its operation, but they have learned how to escape its effects upon themselves to a certain degree depending upon the Mastery of the Principle. They have learned how to USE it, instead of being USED BY it. In this and similar methods, consist the Art of the Hermetists. The Master of Hermetics polarizes himself at the point at which he desires to rest, and then neutralizes the Rhythmic swing of the pendulum which would tend to carry him to the other pole. All individuals who have attained any degree of Self-Mastery do this to a certain degree, more or less unconsciously, but the Master does this consciously, and by the use of his Will, and attains a degree of Poise and Mental Firmness almost impossible of belief on the part of the masses who are swung backward and forward like a pendulum. This Principle and that of Polarity have been closely studied by the Hermetists, and the methods of counteracting, neutralizing, and USING them form an important part of the Hermetic Mental Alchemy.

6. The Principle of Cause and Effect
    "Every Cause has its Effect; every Effect has its Cause;
    everything happens according to Law; Chance is but a name
    for Law not recognized; there are many planes of causation,
    but nothing escapes the Law."--The Kybalion.
This Principle embodies the fact that there is a Cause for every Effect; an Effect from every Cause. It explains that: "Everything Happens according to Law"; that nothing ever "merely happens"; that there is no such thing as Chance; that while there are various planes of Cause and Effect, the higher dominating the lower planes, still nothing ever entirely escapes the Law. The Hermetists understand the art and methods of rising above the ordinary plane of Cause and Effect, to a certain degree, and by mentally rising to a higher plane they become Causers instead of Effects. The masses of people are carried along, obedient to environment; the wills and desires of others stronger than themselves; heredity; suggestion; and other outward causes moving them about like pawns on the Chessboard of Life. But the Masters, rising to the plane above, dominate their moods, characters, qualities, and powers, as well as the environment surrounding them, and become Movers instead of pawns. They help to PLAY THE GAME OF LIFE, instead of being played and moved about by other wills and environment. They USE the Principle instead of being its tools. The Masters obey the Causation of the higher planes, but they help to RULE on their own plane. In this statement there is condensed a wealth of Hermetic knowledge--let him read who can.

7. The Principle of Gender
    "Gender is in everything; everything has its Masculine
    and Feminine Principles; Gender manifests on all
    planes."--The Kybalion.
This Principle embodies the truth that there is GENDER manifested in everything--the Masculine and Feminine Principles ever at work. This is true not only of the Physical Plane, but of the Mental and even the Spiritual Planes. On the Physical Plane, the Principle manifests as SEX, on the higher planes it takes higher forms, but the Principle is ever the same. No creation, physical, mental or spiritual, is possible without this Principle. An understanding of its laws will throw light on many a subject that has perplexed the minds of men. The Principle of Gender works ever in the direction of generation, regeneration, and creation. Everything, and every person, contains the two Elements or Principles, or this great Principle, within it, him or her. Every Male thing has the Female Element also; every Female contains also the Male Principle. If you would understand the philosophy of Mental and Spiritual Creation, Generation, and Re-generation, you must understand and study this Hermetic Principle. It contains the solution of many mysteries of Life. We caution you that this Principle has no reference to the many base, pernicious and degrading lustful theories, teachings and practices, which are taught under fanciful titles, and which are a prostitution of the great natural principle of Gender. Such base revivals of the ancient infamous forms of Phallicism tend to ruin mind, body and soul, and the Hermetic Philosophy has ever sounded the warning note against these degraded teachings which tend toward lust, licentiousness, and perversion of Nature's principles. If you seek such teachings, you must go elsewhere for them--Hermeticism contains nothing for you along these lines. To the pure, all things are pure; to the base, all things are base.

Source for text: http://www.sacred-texts.com/eso/kyb/kyb04.htm

Thursday, October 27, 2016

Amir Sulaiman "Like A Thief In The Night" - ADD Poetry

Amir Sulaiman is my favorite poet doing it at this point. His love and willingness to speak to The People is what connects me to him so much. He's Hiphop. But he's also carrying the tradition of a long lineage of scribes and griots who know their history.

Sulaiman is simply a giant in the world of poetry. Not only can he emcee and command a beat with the best of him, when he's gone acapella is when he's most powerful. i'll let the video speak for itself but it is worth noting how underrated this man is. Simply the best!








Amir Sulaiman "Like A Thief In The Night" - ADD Poetry

Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Ali Wong Baby Cobra Comedy Full Show [HD] _ Best Comedy Ever

Ali Wong tackles topics of race, feminism, hippies, business and pregnancy. With her signature style, the Fresh Off the Boat writer brings light to topics often cliche and compartmentalized in popular American society and breathes life into other wise dead-horse topics. Ali shins bright on her stand up special, Baby Cobra!


i especially enjoyed her take on sex and sex education. As a self-proclaimed pervert, it is clear Ali Wong has experience in the subject and field of "study." Although it gets a bit gross at times (see: she is turned on by men's fear of being "shown" their prostate.) but it is never without a sincere laugh and she knows this. Ali Wong's signature style is fearless, provactive and relentless in the pursuit of a laugh. Not lacking desperation at times, she knows how to touch a topic and show her own personal light on that particular subject.







Ali Wong Baby Cobra Comedy Full Show [HD] _ Best Comedy Ever

The Story of Angulimala -- Separating Emotions and the Self




"Distinguishing between Person and Emotion" - Dharma echoes n°124
"There was a man who lived during the time of the Buddha whose life illustrate this point. There was an immensely strong-willed person named Angulimala. The overwhelming force of his own mental afflictions led him astray. Somehow he conceived of the idea that he would attain great spiritual powers if he killed a thousand people. He became completely determined to keep killing until he had reached a thousand victims. He was convinced that this would be the height of spiritual accomplishment. He cut a thumb from each of his murder victims, and wore them strung around his neck as a garland, and thus became known by the name "Angulimala", which means "Garland of Fingers" in Sanskrit.
Angulimala persisted until he had killed 999 people, and was then looking for his final victim. By this time, of course, he was so notorious that people ran the moment they saw him. If he was known to have entered an area, people feared to walk outdoors and stayed locked inside. The only one who did not hide from him was his loving mother. She still felt great concern for him, and was worried that he would go hungry. Seeing that no one else would do so, she went to bring him some food, and as soon as he saw her approaching, Angulimala decided to kill her. This murder would complete his quest for a thousand victims, and he thought that killing his own mother would be a fittingly spectacular pinnacle to his achievement.
The Buddha observed Angulimala turning on his own mother, and intervened. He said, "Rather than kill your mother, you should come after me."
Angulimala thought that killing the Buddha would be an even more magnificent finale than killing his mother, so he immediately abandonned his pursuit of her and went after the Buddha. But Angulimala couldn't catch up with the Buddha. This serial killer called out, "Stop! Don't go so fast."
The Buddha replied: "I have stopped. You are the one still moving, driven forward by your mental afflictions."
At that very moment, Angulimala gained the clarity to see for the first time that he and his mental afflictions were separate. He and his murderous impulses were not the same thing. This realization struck Angulimala like a lightning bolt, and he was stopped in his tracks. The deluded emotions simply lost their grip on him. He went on to become a disciple of the Buddha, and eventually became one of the most remarkable Buddhist monks of the day."