Friday, April 18, 2014

The Electric buddha

I'm sitting under a tree in a rainstorm, & waiting for lightening to strike!

Wednesday, April 16, 2014


In life you have to face your fears, but you have to pick your battles; because which ever way the wind blows, it's still the same wind.

Friday, April 4, 2014

Love, happiness, & ticklish questions

I've heard ugly rumours that these days Piers Morgan spends his time holed up and rereading Hunter S Thompson's old piece on the Kentucky Derby. He's fascinated by the whole angle of the quirky Englishman who comes to America to cover the Derby with Thompson, and finds himself dropped in the middle of a cesspool swirl of drunken depravity  - drunks vomiting up mint tulips on themselves and fighting with each other. It ends with the poor English caricature artist being dropped off at the airport by Thompson almost naked, covered in beer, and stinking of mace after Hunter S had sprayed him down in some random act of mayhem. Perhaps Piers sees parallels between the poor man's Derby experiences and his own time at CNN. Americans just don't get it, and will take a swing at you for no reason!

Piers took over from talk titan Larry King, who was the Oprah Winfrey of prime time. Larry had massive ratings. Those dropped off considerably during Morgan's time at the helm. However Morgan did have his moments, from Alex Jones to Robert Blake. So he wasn't bad at what he did. However one of the most memorable pieces he did was his interview of his holiness the Dalai Lama. Piers, God bless him, seemed genuinely thrilled to be interviewing His Holiness. However he couldn't resist asking him , perhaps mischievously, the expected question - "so how do you manage without sex?" Actually I think Morgan asked if the Dalai Lama regretted being a monk, and whether he noticed women. His Holiness replied that he would occasionally see a woman he thought looked nice, but on second thought suspected that she might be too much trouble. Piers laughed at that one.

Now here's where it gets interesting. Buddhist monks practicing meditation long term have been studied by neuroscientists. They're trying to find out exactly what goes on upstairs when a Buddhist monk 'enters the zone'. These neuroscientists have more or less mapped out the human brain, the way phrenologist mapped out the surface of the human skull 150 years ago. They figure that they've related the various lobes and sections of the human brain with the various phenomenons of consciousness like joy, sorrow, fear, etc. So you just slap on an EEG helmet wired with electrodes, wait for the Buddhist monk to enter profound mediation, and then see what lights up on your instrument panel.

According to the neuroscientists, when a monk enters profound mediation, the 'happiness center' of their brains light up like they're on fire. This has lead some researchers to opine that Buddhist monks are the happiest people on earth. So if this is true, and it has at least as much scientific evidence to back it up as climate change, then the real question might be "why aren't we Buddhist monks?" The answer to that might depend on why we are so attached to suffering.

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Shit is 100% organic, unless you've been eating something you shouldn't have

Sometimes it seems like others are trying to sell you shit by calling it ice cream, & then acting surprised when you don't buy it.

"Come on it's ice cream. Everyone likes ice cream."

"No man, that's shit!"

"No no it's only shit flavored. It's real ice cream I swear!"

"So it's either fake ice cream, or possibly even worse, fake shit. It's like the worst of both worlds."

"Now you're just missing the point."

Thursday, March 20, 2014

Relaxation music from youtube

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Youtube Buddhist Documentaries