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."

Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Alan Watts - Defining the Illusion



Alan Watts takes a look at the Illusion of so called reality. He tackles psychoanalysis, psychology and physiology. Alan talks about our limitations of our intellectual life, as well as a bit of a prophetic hinting at the prospect of computers and their place in society. Alan also hints at the relationship between the human being and the universe, claiming a sort of Oneness, as per usual for Mr. Watts.

Indeed, human beings are not separate frum this universe nor the world we find ourselves in. We are mere expressions of this world. Another form of energy that is expressed intelligently and coherently within the expression of the whole. It should be obvious, he says, that we cannot exist in this environment other than all the elements of this world "going with us".

We must describe the behavior or organisms along with the behavior of their environment...in order to arrive at a field of study, a holistic approach to understanding both organism and it's environment. If we separate the environment and the organism we find in that environment, how can we attempt to understand either of them?

"Your face is your mask," he continues, "therefore the question is what is behind the mask?"

Our bodies do not arrive in a vacuum, our environment that produces our bodies go with a very complicated natural environment, Alan argues. The body is as much an integral part of the environment as the head, as the limbs, etc. We change our environments by location but we are always finding ourselves on this One Planet.

If we are to understand the organism, in this case the human being, we must also understand the environment in which the human being belongs to.

The hallucination, Alan argues, is present when we take away the very nature of the environment when trying to arrive at an understanding of the person we find in that environment.










Alan Watts - Defining the Illusion

Monday, October 24, 2016

A Smile in His Lifetime


Mokugen was never known to smile until his last day on earth. When his time came to pass away he said to his faithful ones: "You have studied under me for more than ten years. Show me your real interpretation of Zen. Whoever expresses this most clearly shall be my successor and receive my robe and bowl."

Everyone watched Mokugen's severe face, but no one answered.

Encho, a disciple who had been with his teacher for a long time, moved near the bedside. He pushed forward the medicine cup a few inches. That was his answer to the command.

The teacher's face became even more severe. "Is that all you understand?" he asked.
Encho reached out and moved the cup back again.

A beautiful smile broke over the features of Mokugen. "You rascal," he told Encho. "You worked with me ten years and have not yet seen my whole body. Take the robe and bowl. They belong to you."



Saturday, October 22, 2016

Cool Nutz "Got A Dream"[Official Music Video]

Cool Nutz once again proves why he's King of Portland with his new video, "Got A Dream." Despite suffering (and undergoing surgery) from a torn Quadriceps tendon, quite effortlessly, the King still delivers a set of dope bars over a laid back music video.

This video is about bars. We don't need no sooper-ultra special effects to highlight Cool Nutz's classic cadence, conversation-like yet full throttle delivery of that dopeness. Overall i'm feeling the beat, as Nutz's ear for dope production has not wavered in his long-earned spot at the top of Northwest Rap Royalty.

If this is any indication of how dope Pig Ears & Chitlins is going to be, that album is looking like what we've come to expect frum Cool Nutz: Street savvy, gutter, hood anthems with the intelligence and demeanor of a scholar and a great ear for dope production.

It's good to see one of my town favorites still putting in work, injured or not! Pig Ears & Chitlins drops November 15th.







Cool Nutz "Got A Dream"[Official Music Video]

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Terence McKenna - Alchemy, Magic & the Hermetic Tradition (Lecture)

We were not born to worship nature. For to worship nature is to recognize nature as something different, something apart frum ourselves, Instead, i believe, we were born in order to see our place in Nature. We were put here to recognize our Self in relation to Nature, not apart but rather a part, a portion, a piece, another form of Nature.

In this video, Terence McKenna goes through the ancient Hermetic tradition of Western and Eastern Europe. He highlights the difference between Christianity in the Dark Ages and the change that took form in European culture upon the Greeks touching that ancient tradition.

The Dark Ages was about "humbling thyself" before the Lord. This often reduced man to the rubble of a human being that often hates himself, knows himself as a sinner and nothing more. It can be easy to see how this is an invitation into the depths of Hell.

Rather than worshipping nature, which in theory and in its most base form, recognizes man as a different or alien thing that is separated frum Nature. Let us instead Celebrate Nature as we recognize the Self and Humanity as an integral portion of Nature. This way we can begin to care for Our Selves and our place on this beautiful Earth. The most high and the most low are all aspects of the Human Self.

It becomes a problem when the forces that be in order or in power want us to be less than we actually are. This becomes especially troubling when lead by dictators and men who would wish to control other men.

We were put on this earth to recognize our vastness, our greatness. With the help of Thoth and Hermes Trismagistus, we can come to see that we are just as much a portion of Nature as a magnificent tree, the ocean or even the stars above. After all, our bodies are made of the same chemical properties and physical forms as the actual stars in the sky are. We are made of carbon and oxygen and atoms. As are stars. The grandest form of a star is light. The smallest form of a star is empty space. When we look inside the atoms that constitute our bodies, we realize there is something immeasurable. Something that cannot be quantified and we are made up of a majority of this particular matter: the infinite.

YES, you are infinite. It is time to recognize our place in the cosmos. It is time to remember that we are indeed One with that thing many refer to as God. We are a member of the cosmic energy that revolves around this World, this universe. The Hindus call it Atman. Buddhists know it through meditation. The Abrahamic religions know this Energy through prayer. Whatever the vehicle you choose to recognize this Oneness, the important thing to remember is that it is in You, Me and all of Existence. We are indeed One thing. One People. One Energy.

Let's not forget the magic and wonder that is involved in taking our place in the cosmic wheel that keeps turning, day in and day out. Month by month, year by year. We measure Time with such preciseness that it often becomes tedious. Let's also, in that pursuit, remember that we are Timeless, Eternal beings!



Terence McKenna - Alchemy, Magic & the Hermetic Tradition (Lecture)

Vince Staples Freestyles On Flex | Freestyle #019

i find it odd that i'm dissecting the young brother, Vince Staples, freestyle; but that's exactly what i'm about to do! It brings me much joy to see somebody i've been rocking with since day one continue to grow and improve as an artist. This freestyle is tighter than a lot of the writtens i hear from a lot of cats!

Vince is what the game's been missing and simultaneously craving for a while now. He mixes the street shit with the conscious shit like the greatest emcee's of the 90's and 00's used to do. Staples proves that you can spit hard and still be smart about what this Amerikkkan culture is really about.

How true to form it is that he shows his lyrical muscles next to the Legendary Funk Master Flex! So many quotables in this one freestyle but instead of quoting them, i'll let you listen for yourself.

What a breath of fresh air Vince Staples is! i'm just glad the youngster continues to show and prove why he's one of the illest out right now. The line about Starbucks, the line about what he'd be doing if he wasn't rapping? All of this hits close to home as it is obvious Staples is in tune with reality.

This dood proves that intelligence is one of the highest forms of toughness. After all, this universe is mental and without your mind right, nothing else can be set right. But don't believe me! Listen for yourself.


Monday, October 17, 2016

Common At The White House: NPR Music Tiny Desk Concert




October 4, 2016 by BOB BOILEN • We've never done a Tiny Desk Concert that wasn't behind my desk at NPR. But when the White House called and said they were putting on an event called South by South Lawn, a day-long festival filled with innovators and creators from the worlds of technology and art, including music, we jumped at the chance to get involved. We chose Common as the performer and the White House library as the space.
This Tiny Desk Concert was a convergence of art and soul, mixing politics with heart. Common's choice of songs dealt with incarceration as the new slavery, imagined a time where women rule the world and honored the man he looked up to all his life, his father. For this occasion Common put together a special six-piece band of close friends that includes the great Robert Glasper, with his eloquent and delicate touch, on keyboards and Derrick Hodge, whose music spans from hip-hop to folk and has made a big imprint on the world of jazz, on bass. Common also asked his longtime friend and collaborator Bilal to sing on two songs. The performance includes three brand new songs, along with one classic, "I Used To Love H.E.R."
Common was born on Chicago's South Side and grew up in President Obama's city. His rap career began in the early 1990s, back when he was known as Common Sense, and he's always taken on big ideas without easy answers in his songs, from abortion to social justice to the legacy of hip-hop itself. 25 years later, morality and responsibility continue to play significant roles in his songs. In 2015, he won an Academy Award alongside the singer John Legend for their song "Glory" from the movie Selma.
Common told us that he'd been invited to the White House many times before, including by Michelle Obama for a poetry reading back in 2011, but he was thrilled by the prospect of performing his music during Barack Obama's final months as president. One look at this Tiny Desk Concert and you'll see that thrill on his face and hear it throughout this magnificent performance on this very special day.
Common will release his 11th studio album, Black America Again, in November.
Set List:"I Used To Love H.E.R.""Letter To The Free""The Day The Women Took Over""Little Chicago Boy"
Credits:Producers: Bob Boilen, Abby O'Neill, Niki Walker; Directors: Mito Habe-Evans, Niki Walker; Audio Engineers: Josh Rogosin, Kevin Wait; Videographers: Niki Walker, Mito Habe-Evans, Nick Michael, Cameron Robert, Nikki Boliaux; Animator: CJ Riculan; Supervising Producer: Jessica Goldstein; Executive Producer: Anya Grundmann; Photo: Becky Harlan/NPR.
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Sunday, October 16, 2016

玉僧明光 The Luminous Light/ 揚唐仁波切與錫金 Yangthang Rinpoche and Yuksam of Sikkim/ 25mins/ Rayonner Films


The Venerable Domang Yangthang Rinpoche (1929–2016)








本片簡述了錫金的玉僧(Yuksam/Yuksom)地區的歷史及其與揚唐仁波切的關係。ˊ這可能是第一部特別關於揚唐仁波切轉世世系及玉僧的影片。This film is about Yuksam (or Yuksom) of Sikkim, Yangthang Rinpoche's current base.This is probably the first film about Rinpoche's previous incarnations and Yuksam.


玉僧明光 The Luminous Light/ 揚唐仁波切與錫金 Yangthang Rinpoche and Yuksam of Sikkim/ 25mins/ Rayonner Films


It is said that at the time of the rebirth of Tertön Dorje Dechen Lingpa, from all directions the sky in Sikkim resounded in thunder, "I am here!" Sogtrul Rinpoche, his principal student and lineage holder, was already awaiting him, as the place of his rebirth had been predicted both by His Holiness Dudjom Rinpoche and by His Holiness Reting Rinpoche, the Senior Tutor to His Holiness the Dalai Lama. By the time Sogtrul Rinpoche reached him he had already declared himself to be the rebirth of the tertön from Dhomang. He had become known as Yangthang Tulku, as he is from the Yangthang clan in Sikkim.

In addition to mastering the extensive training in practices of his lineage, Yangthang Rinpoche was completely trained in the Kangyur and Tangyur, and in the works of Longchenpa. He was widely recognized for the quality and depth of his realization, the power of his attainment, and the purity of his transmissions. Rinpoche is known as a compassionate, humble, no-nonsense Dzogchen master of the Nyingma, Old School Tradition.

In 1959, when the Communist Chinese invaded Tibet, Yangthang Rinpoche fled Dhomang. He was later captured by the Chinese, and imprisoned for 22 years. He helped many fellow prisoners who could not bear the hardship to die peacefully by performing Phowa, transferring their consciousness to Pure Lands. Though he witnessed and experienced much torture, he bears no resentment to his captors, only compassion. In fact, he became a spiritual advisor to some of the guards. When people express sympathy about his imprisonment, Rinpoche says that because of Dharma, his mind was more free in prison than worldly people experience in the best of circumstances.
Following the death of Mao Tse Tung he was released. He returned to Dhomang to find his monastery completely dismantled. He then obtained permission to go to Sikkim. As a simple yogi he traveled back and forth to Nepal and Bhutan, receiving transmissions and empowerments from His Holiness Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche and His Holiness Dodrubchen Rinpoche.
In recent times he has come to the United States several times and also travels to Taiwan where he has many devoted students. As he is now around 80 years old, we don't know if he'll be able to return again. This is a rare and precious opportunity to receive blessings and teachings from one of the few remaining great masters of his generation.
(Source: http://www.mahasiddha.org/YTR.html)

For more info on V.V. Domang Yangthang Rinpoche, via Rigpawiki, click HERE.

something in the way my hands stoop to prayer by Daniel Wojciech




something in the way my hands stoop to prayer
by Daniel Wojciech

i give my power to no being.
and the weight.
i give my hope to the ones lost a long the way
children of the world!
take hold of your lamps and lift your eyes!
i was a child once
departed, rejected, my joy synchronized with the very soul
of mother earth
those who would put their heads in the sand tried
to take it
but my being immaculate and ready for war
tainted a Spirit that would attempt to invade
my joy.
Palestine will be free
Brooklyn will be free
Ferguson will be free
Portland will be free
the scum walking the earth know nothing of this
they threw the ones who do into jails
and hospitals
and mad houses
well, we're taking ourselves out of those places
and coming to your door!

until the sky becomes ocean
again
i give my light to that thing
in the mind
that goes like
this...

Friday, October 14, 2016

2pac + The Outlawz - Still I Rise Full Album (1999)



i have no clue why the original album got deleted frum YouTube but i used to listen to that all the time on somebody's channel. i am a bit urked that the person who posted the unreleased Full Album to YouTube didn't give credit to The Outlawz in the video's title. Se la vie but this is a 2pac + The Outlawz album, NOT a 2pac solo album.

This album was pivotal in my development as a young man. i was born one day after 2pac and he is the Greatest so of course i idolized him as a young kid. His discography speaks for itself but i was into 2pac's music and life story heavily. It inspired me as it inspired a lot of other people, white, black, brown, yellow and red.

This album in particular changed a lot of things as a 13-year-old in my mind and in the way i approach life. i was reading The Art of War and going into my Freshmen year of high school in 1999. i loved this album because quite frankly The Outlawz never got enough credit for being apart of Pac's crew.

The Outlawz hold their own and shine in their own right on this album! My favorite Outlaw was and still is Napoleon. His voice, subject matter and delivery are equal to Pac's (IMO) on this album.

But i love 2pac + The Outlawz - Still I Rise because Tupac Shakur was "larger than life" during his time on earth and a man is nothing without his crew. In the ghetto, the hood, in life and in the music industry. Pac was known for being a "loner" or an outcast and for craving and loving his solitude. But he also loved people and especially loved his crew. I love Still I Rise because The Outlawz clearly were a major part of his development and success in the Music industry. He never forgot about that and he never lost love for his crew, frum what i can gather.







As a testament to 2pac's longevity and prolific career, i've included an "Unreleased" version of Still I Rise that i found on YouTube as well. Enjoy.









Click HERE to DL 2pac + The Outlawz album Still I Rise

Def Poetry Jam - Saul Williams (Coded Language)











Def Poetry Jam - Saul Williams (Coded Language)

Thursday, October 13, 2016

Mike E. Winfield - Valentine's Day (Stand-up Comedy)

Mike E. Winfield gives a hilarious account of his knowledge and understanding of Victoria's Secret!


True Reformation


Ryokan devoted his life to the study of Zen. One day he heard that his nephew, despite the admonitions of relatives, was spending his money on a courtesan. Inasmuch as the nephew had taken Ryokan's place in managing the family estate and the property was in danger of being dissipated, the relatives asked Ryokan to do something about it.

Ryokan had to travel a long way to visit his nephew, whom he had not seen for many years. The nephew seemed pleased to meet his uncle again and invited him to remain overnight.

All night Ryokan sat in meditation. As he was departing in the morning he said to the young man: "I must be getting old, my hand shakes so. Will you help me tie the string of my straw sandal?"

The nephew helped him willingly. "Thank you," finished Ryokan, "you see, a man becomes older and feebler day by day. Take good care of yourself." Then Ryokan left, never mentioning a word about the courtesan or the complaints of the relatives. But, from that morning on, the dissipations of the nephew ended.


A Triple Truth





Teach this triple truth to all: A generous heart, kind speech, and a life of service and compassion are the things that renew humanity.

~ Buddha ~

Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Wool See - "Departures" (Official Video)

i'll be honest, "Departures" wasn't one of my favorite tracks from Iame's band Wool See release, LifeAlert. When it comes to technical rhyme skill, i was a bit underwhelmed on my first few listens based on what i come to expect frum the talented wordsmith.

HOWEVER, THIS VIDEO IS MURKIFIED! For me, it definitely breathed new life into one of the weaker tracks from an altogether amazing album. As the emcee touches subjects of love and loss, his need for escape is intensified as we enter a (bad?) dream of his, even dropping the ever-gratifying Islamic phrase, insha Allah mid verse.

That is exactly what a Music Video is supposed to do: add new life to the track.

After all, it isn't always technical rhyme killing that is important in Hiphop music. I much prefer a more laid back approach to the rhymes and a polarizing beat when the track's message is heavy, forthright and optimistic (without being corny). Iame is all of these things on this track without being Hipster-ish and coming off as an asshole, a task that many emcee's are simply incapable of when the message is so positive and understanding of the times we're living in.

To read my review of Wool See's LifeAlert that was published way back in December of 2015, via We Out Here Magazine, click HERE.

To purchase Wool See's full length album, LifeAlert, via Heaven Noise, click HERE.



Tuesday, October 11, 2016

And the Wicked Will Know Their Fate by What They See




Overcome the angry by friendliness;

overcome the wicked by goodness;
overcome the miser by generosity;
overcome the liar by truth.



Monday, October 10, 2016

THE PEOPLE ARE DANCING AGAIN: THE SILETZ TRIBE OF WESTERN OREGON by Charles Wilkinson




Today is Indigenous People's Day.
Let's take a moment to contemplate what that means:
Today is Indigenous People's Day..the culture and heritage of those who came before us. Esp as an American, it is important to me to know, understand and celebrate the culture of the People who were on this land before me. Those people who made the land good, and celebrated their history, their culture, their SPIRIT in order to give us their Spirit, as we give them our Spirit. Together, our Spirits are ONE!
Happy Indigenous People's Day and may your day be filled with gratitude and Love for those people who are Indigenous and Native to This Holy Land!



http://www.washington.edu/uwpress/sea...
The history of the Siletz is in many ways the history of many Indian tribes: a story of heartache, perseverance, survival, and revival. The history of the Siletz people began in a resource-rich homeland thousands of years ago. Today, the tribe is a vibrant, modern community with a deeply held commitment to tradition.
The Confederated Tribes of Siletz Indians—twenty-seven tribes speaking at least ten languages—were brought together on the Oregon Coast through treaties with the federal government in 185355. For decades after, the Siletz people lost many traditional practices, saw their languages almost wiped out, and experienced poverty, ill health, and humiliation. Again and again, the federal government took great chunks of the magnificent, timber-rich tribal homeland, reducing their reservation from the original allotment of 1.1 million acres—which reached a full 100 miles north to south on the Oregon Coast—to what is today several hundred acres of land near Siletz and 9,000 acres of forest. By 1956, the tribe had been terminated under the Western Oregon Indian Termination Act, selling off the remaining land, cutting off federal health and education benefits, and denying tribal status. Poverty worsened, and the sense of cultural loss deepened.
The Siletz people refused to give in. In 1977, after years of work and appeals to Congress, they became the second tribe in the nation to have its federal status, treaty rights, and sovereignty restored. With federal recognition of the tribe came a profound cultural revival among the Siletz people.
This remarkable account, written by one of the nations most respected experts in tribal law and history, is rich in Indian voices and grounded in extensive research that includes oral tradition and personal interviews. It is a book that not only provides a deep and beautifully written account of the history of the Siletz, but reaches beyond region and tribe to tell a story that will inform the way all of us think about the past.
Charles Wilkinson is Distinguished University Professor and Moses Lasky Professor of Law, University of Colorado Law School. He is the author of many books, including Messages from Frank's Landing: A Story of Salmon, Treaties, and the Indian Way and Blood Struggle: The Rise of Modern Indian Nations.


THE PEOPLE ARE DANCING AGAIN: THE SILETZ TRIBE OF WESTERN OREGON by Charles Wilkinson

Sunday, October 9, 2016

MAN'S SEARCH FOR MEANING BY VIKTOR FRANKL - MY FAVORITE IDEAS ANIMATED






Get the book here: http://amzn.to/1obtniXGet any FREE audiobook of your choice here: http://audibletrial.com/fightmediocrity
If you want a suggestion for the free audiobook or for reading a book, here's FightMediocrity beginner's reading list:http://fmediocrity.com/reading-list/



MAN'S SEARCH FOR MEANING BY VIKTOR FRANKL - MY FAVORITE IDEAS ANIMATED

Saturday, October 8, 2016

Amir Sulaiman - of beauty & breaking [Jam of the Day]




i have no way to clothe
what i have laid naked
no way to hide the burning sun
i am nearly unconscious
barely existing
love is pressing
me out of living
out of dying

who would want their heart broken
but now that mine has been split open
i wonder who would want their heart closed

ever

can you drink from the coconut without striking it
can you smell the aloeswood without lighting it

so much sweetness is violent
so much beauty in breaking

can you birth without bleeding
and crying
and breathing
and dying

ive been lying
living
on the outside of life
bleeding my gums on the coconut's shell

until i smashed my hardened heart
against harder rocks
living is a labor
dying is an art

make no mistake
i am injured
ruptured
my heart
a sweet
sun warmed mango
lying open
its juice unruly
flagrant
sultry fragrant
insane and sacred
noble and naked

verses like vagrants
strangers in places
that were once home

i no longer have one of those

i am in nowhere
never
nothing
neither past nor future

now

i am
nearly unconscious
barely existing
love is pressing
me out of living
out of dying

of beauty & breaking

Grayskul - Full Performance (Live on KEXP)






http://KEXP.ORG presents Grayskul performing live in the KEXP studio. Recorded January 18, 2014

Songs:
The Gift
Maggot
The Face and the Fang
There is No Edge 

Host: Sharlese
Audio Engineer: Kevin Suggs
Cameras: Jenna Pool & Justin Wilmore
Editor: Luke Knecht

http://kexp.org
http://www.rhymesayers.com/grayskul



Grayskul - Full Performance (Live on KEXP)

A Conversation with Pema Chodron and K D Lang - 20 06 2015





Pema Chodron -- Keeping The Heart and Mind Open via YouTube.




Leave a Gap - aka "The Pause Practice": Take some time out of your day to pause and notice your surroundings. Your sensory input mechanics. Look at the sky, look at the birds flying above you, look at the branches of the tree you're walking by. The key here is to be mindful of your surroundings so that you can notice your body and your Self has a place in this masterpiece that is Nature AND the day as it moves throughout time and space. Look at people's faces, watch people. Drink your coffee and tea with special attention. Another key is this practice doesn't take too much time out of your day. The important part is to do something you're already doing MINDFULLY so that you may enjoy yourself in this task with much greater enthusiasm.

Remember to allow your Self the time (even if it is only a brief moment) to be immersed in the splendor of the Natural world.

"Let life stop your mind." - Pema Chodron


The power of non-escalation. Learning to stay with the painfulness of not retaliating when this world throws it's bullshit at you. Pema recognizes the powerful process of stopping the mind, findnig a moment of peace and not trying to fill that void or that gap with some retaliative emotion. She recommends "finding the gap" between thought, emotion and getting caught up in the constant need to act on our perverse emotions. She says it limits the potential of our "short human life" and that we
"miss so much," including beauty AND sorrow!

Our sorrow connects us with all of humanity and helps us to feel alive. Really alive, in her words.

This process takes courage. Allow yourself to feel the plethora of emotions that often rage and wane through your Self. Be open.

Pema also focuses on being a woman and expressing the Buddha's teaching as a woman. Her experience is validated by the overall world's view and treatment of women as a whole. In the work place, at home and on the streets (in public).

Pema remembers what her first teaching and seminar was like when she encountered a woman, Buddhist nun. "Maybe i could speak it and talk it," as well.

She goes on to comment that in the west it is much different than in Tibet, where she says women are not held back in their teaching/learning at all.

Pema leads the group in a transformative meditation called Tonglen or "compassionate abiding."

"In order to stand in someone else's shoes, you have to stand in your own shoes first." - Pema Chodron

A Conversation with Pema Chodron and K D Lang - 20 06 2015

Friday, October 7, 2016

Thursday, October 6, 2016

Danez Smith - [insert] boy (Book Review)


(i had originally published this Book Review in 2014, but before i went to jail i had deleted all of my posts from 2014. In celebration of #NationalPoetryDay i am re-uploading this review.-DW)

              For much of my first time reading Danez Smith’s new collection of poetry, [insert] Boy, I was reading these poems sitting on the edge of my seat. That’s not a metaphor; I was literally sitting at the edge of my seat waiting and curious about what would come next. I didn’t do this mindfully; it just seems to be, upon reflection, the natural body language and posture with which to take in these riveting poems.

                Early on, Smith apologizes, whether it be sincere or sarcastic I’ll leave up in the air, for the fact that he has no “happy” poems. We are introduced to one of the poet’s dilemmas that when he opens his mouth, “ghosts raid/my poor tongue demanding names.” I should mention that my personal taste for poetry usually has nothing to do with the ever subjective dichotomy of “happy” or “sad.” Being “happy” or labeling a poem as such is frankly not one of my priorities.

When I read poetry I want to be moved. I want to be shown something new. I want to be frightened, inspired, floored, angry, and prompted to question my assumptions. It is perhaps the latter expectation that Smith fulfilled as early as the second poem, aptly named “The Black Boy & The Bullet,” where I had to wonder whether the poet was talking about black boys or bullets with every line.

                Another thing that impressed me upon my first read was the range and earnestness of the questions Smith offers, especially towards the end of the book in the section, “[AGAIN].” This is where perhaps some of the most important questions are offered: “Why don’t we just celebrate our birthdays every midnight?” And, “If I play dead will I be acting my age?” And, when speaking about some with “fuzzy braids getting down/to the crude beat box,” in a cipher, the poet asks, “Do they know their name is God?”

                I also appreciated Danez Smith’s use of James Baldwin quotes. The opening quote speaks to the immense power of having your back against the wall and still retaining your humanity. As well, in the opening poem of [AGAIN], the poet cites a gripping quote where Baldwin asks, “How much time do you want for your progress?” And in the middle of the same poem, Smith nods to Baldwin when he admits, “I have no peace left, it’s been replaced by smoke/& I am sick of always running from the fire/this time.”



                The thing I admire most about Danez Smith and [insert] Boy is the vast emotional worlds found in each poem. These poems are often gripping and challenging. It’s like the poet is taking the status quo and the ignorance of bliss by the collar and saying, “Enough. That is enough.” And i was often left guessing: What just happened? after each poem. Whether that’s explaining the details of his sexual encounters (as in The Business of Shadows), or when we find Smith keeping it 100 when he admits, "If I am to believe in what you call history/then I can't believe in what you call progress;" or when the poet admits that “more tomboy than boy…you were never your grandfather’s boy,” (as in Faggot or When the Front Goes Up).

I definitely prefer that to something intended to bring me the ever elusive happiness. The fierce immediacy and fire ignited with every glance at [insert] Boy, that. It grows stronger with every bit of attention paid to it. That will remain.

To order your copy of Danez Smith's [insert boy] via YesYes Books, click HERE.