Thursday, December 30

Metta Sutta, Page Three


Metta Sutta, Page Three
Originally uploaded by upasakabrian.

The Me and Joe Buddha Players proudly present their production of the Karaniya Metta Sutta, the Buddha's words on loving-kindness. Page 3 of 3.


Metta Sutta, Page Two


Metta Sutta, Page Two
Originally uploaded by upasakabrian.

The Me and Joe Buddha Players proudly present their production of the Karaniya Metta Sutta, the Buddha's words on loving-kindness. Page 2 of 3.


Metta Sutta, Page One


Metta Sutta, Page One
Originally uploaded by upasakabrian.

The Me and Joe Buddha Players proudly present their production of the Karaniya Metta Sutta, the Buddha's words on loving-kindness. Page 1 of 3.


Tuesday, December 28

Still Suffering


Still Suffering
Originally uploaded by upasakabrian.

Me and Joe Buddha in "Still Suffering"


Meditation Hard


Meditation Hard
Originally uploaded by upasakabrian.

Me and Joe Buddha in "Meditation Hard!"

Text from Majjhima Nikaya 118, Anapanasati Sutta, "Mindfulness of Breathing," translated by Ven. Thanissaro Bhikkhu


Sunday, December 26

Burnout


This is one of those days where no problem arises that couldn't be solved by some proper food and a good long sleep. Despite feeling burned out from all the intensive care-giving, I feel happy enough -- just hazy and sleep.

Some lines occurred this morning, before the burn set in --

This quiet boy, full of bash
his silence the fallow earth
in which the man I would become took root

Friday, December 24

Call of Cthulhu: the Movie


The trailer for the HP Lovecraft Society's trailer for their movie of "Call of Cthulhu" is available here.

Thursday, December 23

Pulp Xmas


Via those crazy kids at bOING bOING, it's Pulp Xmas. Quicktime movie. Check it out before the attorneys for Miramax and/or Rankin-Bass have it torn down.

Long Winter's Nap


Long Winter's Nap
Originally uploaded by upasakabrian.

"I ... had just settled down for a long winter's nap."
--Clement Moore, "A Visit from St. Nick"


Sunday, December 19

Mudita


Unexpectedly, today's sit went from the usual metta to mudita, sympathetic joy. Directed to Leigh. Very nice, have to do more of this mudita thingie.

During a quiet period, the concept for a painting arose, illustrating the Brahma Viharas. More to come...

Ghosts & Aliens


Warren Ellis reports that a hip hop star has an interesting theory as to why black people never see aliens or ghosts.

Guess this gentleman has never heard of Betty and Barney Hill. Of course they were an interracial couple, so QED.

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MJBNumberedListsSmallerOpt
Originally uploaded by upasakabrian.

Numbered Lists


The Fouth Noble Truth


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Originally uploaded by upasakabrian.

The Fourth Noble Truth. Appearing soon in Insight Journal, published by the Barre Center for Buddhist Studies.


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The Third Noble Truth
Originally uploaded by upasakabrian.

The Third Noble Truth. Originally appeared in Insight Journal, published by the Barre Center for Buddhist Studies.


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The Second Noble Truth
Originally uploaded by upasakabrian.

The Second Noble Truth. Originally appeared in Insight Journal, published by the Barre Center for Buddhist Studies.


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The First Noble Truth
Originally uploaded by upasakabrian.

The First Noble Truth. Originally appeared in Insight Journal, published by the Barre Center for Buddhist Studies.


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One Day In The Forest
Originally uploaded by upasakabrian.

One Day In The Forest. Originally appeared in Insight Journal, published by the Barre Center for Buddhist Studies.


Me & Joe Buddha, Redux


Over at my online gallery at deviantART, I'm currently uploading the Me & Joe Buddha comics, starting with "One Day In The Forest." I plan to upload all of the ones that have been published in Insight Journal, and then all of the others that have not yet appeared.

Saturday, December 18

Guided Metta Video


The Guided Metta video I made is now available for viewing online.

Also, the intuitive paintings are available in another gallery there.

Friday, December 17

Intense Rapture


Two days ago, a waitress named Kim who works in the dining hall shared with us about her husband Jeff's disability: he has a benign tumor on his spine, which causes a great deal of pain (and immobility, I gather). I asked her for his full name so I could include him in my "prayers" (easier than trying to explain metta & karuna bhavana, and the concept is clear enough). I've been sending to both of them, and today when I progressed from Leigh to Sakula to Dr. Okosky to Kim&Jeff, there was an extremely intense burst of rapture. The intensity of the rapture made it difficult to stay with for too very long, but... wow.

Insight practice followed, hanging out at the hearing sense door & observing the arising & ceasing of sounds, especially Gini's oxygen machine.

Bowling for Calvin, Hobbes


An offhand reference in a review of Fantagraphics' new "Locas" collection of Jaime Hernandez' "Love and Rockets" comics led to my googling "final calvin hobbes strip watterson" because I never did see the last "Calvin and Hobbes" strip. Now I have, via a profoundly weird (and not a little creepy) web page which finds similarities between "Calvin and Hobbes" and the Columbine school shootings.

"From Calvin and Hobbes to Eric and Dylan: some visual cues"

The fine line between the post-modern and the delusional blurs a little further. Apophenia, anyone?

"The Singing Detective"


We watched Robert Downey Jr. in "The Singing Detective" on the Sundance Channel tonight. Completely brilliant film, and a superlative lead performance. Highest possible recommendation.

Keith Gordon has become a genius filmmaker, based on this and another film of his, "Mother Night" (adapted from Vonnegut). Of course, it doesn't hurt that he was working from a script by Dennis Potter...

Oh, and apparently they seel cool movies on the Sundance Channel website. I'm headed there now.

Tuesday, December 14

Life Drawing


lifeDrawing2
Originally uploaded by upasakabrian.

Practicing life-drawing -- actually, painting -- using b&w photo for reference.


Sunday, December 12

Silavant Sutta


Samyutta Nikaya XXII.122
Silavant Sutta
Virtuous
Translated from the Pali by Thanissaro Bhikkhu.
For free distribution only.


On one occasion Ven. Sariputta & Ven. Maha Kotthita were staying near Varanasi in the Deer Park at Isipatana. Then Ven. Maha Kotthita, emerging from seclusion in the late afternoon, went to Ven. Sariputta and, on arrival, exchanged courteous greetings with him. After an exchange of friendly greetings & courtesies, he sat to one side. As he was sitting there, he said to Ven. Sariputta, "Sariputta my friend, which things should a virtuous monk attend to in an appropriate way?"

"A virtuous monk, Kotthita my friend, should attend in an appropriate way to the five clinging-aggregates as inconstant, stressful, a disease, a cancer, an arrow, painful, an affliction, alien, a dissolution, an emptiness, not-self. Which five? Form as a clinging-aggregate, feeling... perception... fabrications... consciousness as a clinging-aggregate. A virtuous monk should attend in an appropriate way to these five clinging-aggregates as inconstant, stressful, a disease, a cancer, an arrow, painful, an affliction, alien, a dissolution, an emptiness, not-self. For it is possible that a virtuous monk, attending in an appropriate way to these five clinging-aggregates as inconstant... not-self, would realize the fruit of stream-entry."

"Then which things should a monk who has attained stream-entry attend to in an appropriate way?"

"A monk who has attained stream-entry should attend in an appropriate way to these five clinging-aggregates as inconstant, stressful, a disease, a cancer, an arrow, painful, an affliction, alien, a dissolution, an emptiness, not-self. For it is possible that a monk who has attained stream-entry, attending in an appropriate way to these five clinging-aggregates as inconstant... not-self, would realize the fruit of once-returning."

"Then which things should a monk who has attained once-returning attend to in an appropriate way?"

"A monk who has attained once-returning should attend in an appropriate way to these five clinging-aggregates as inconstant, stressful, a disease, a cancer, an arrow, painful, an affliction, alien, a dissolution, an emptiness, not-self. For it is possible that a monk who has attained once-returning, attending in an appropriate way to these five clinging-aggregates as inconstant... not-self, would realize the fruit of nonreturning."

"Then which things should a monk who has attained nonreturning attend to in an appropriate way?"

"A monk who has attained nonreturning should attend in an appropriate way to these five clinging-aggregates as inconstant, stressful, a disease, a cancer, an arrow, painful, an affliction, alien, a dissolution, an emptiness, not-self. For it is possible that a monk who has attained nonreturning, attending in an appropriate way to these five clinging-aggregates as inconstant... not-self, would realize the fruit of arahantship."

"Then which things should an arahant attend to in an appropriate way?"

"An arahant should attend in an appropriate way to these five clinging-aggregates as inconstant, stressful, a disease, a cancer, an arrow, painful, an affliction, alien, a dissolution, an emptiness, not-self. Although, for an arahant, there is nothing further to do, and nothing to add to what has been done, still these things -- when developed & pursued -- lead both to a pleasant abiding in the here-&-now and to mindfulness & alertness."

Friday, December 10

Winter-04---04a

I Shall Be Released



I Shall Be Released
Originally uploaded by upasakabrian.

I see my light come shining from the west unto the east...[/dylan]


Thursday, December 9

My New Motto


"Avoiding danger is no safer in the long run than outright exposure. Life is either a daring adventure or nothing."
--Hellen Keller

via a page on Leigh Brasington's website called "Been There, Done That"

Sinistrality


From the blog promoting O'Reilly's "Mind Hacks" book:

Left-handers survive best in violent societies


A study investigating the number of left-handed people in tribal societies has found that the more violent the society, the higher the number of left-handers in the population. The researchers speculate that this is due to left-handers having an advantage in hand-to-hand combat, as shown by the higher number of left-handed champions in sports like boxing and fencing.

Some researchers have linked left-handedness to neurobiological stress during the early stages of brain development, so it has been a puzzle why left-handedness remains a common trait in the population, when this sort of biological stress has been linked to other, less advantageous traits, such as higher rates of nervous system and immune system disorders.

The advantage in combat may be one way (among, potentially, many others, including better non-verbal intelligence) in which left-handers have an edge on their right-handed peers.


So don't mess with me, man: I'm a lefty. ;-) [irony]

Wednesday, December 8

Landing Lights


Landing Lights
Originally uploaded by upasakabrian.

Geese landing on frozen pond. Lighting Effects filter, rendered in ImageReady.


Xmas


Xmas
Originally uploaded by upasakabrian.

Winter sky, real pine tree, artificial lens flare.


Formation


Formation
Originally uploaded by upasakabrian.

Geese flying south in formation.


Tuesday, December 7

Happy Happy, Joy Joy


In today's mail, I received my confirmation from Cloud Mountain for the Leigh Brasington course in February & March. (A few days ago there was email confirmation from BCBS for the LB course in April.)

There will now be a celebratory happy-dance.

Woohoo!


fourElementsDetail


fourElementsDetail
Originally uploaded by upasakabrian.

Work in progress.


A.M. Sitting


Metta. First piti & sukha, then predominantly sukha.

Monday, December 6

Zazzle


Another interesting looking place for prints, posters, cards, and T-shirts is Zazzle.com

Karuna and Infinite Space


Samyutta Nikaya V. (the Great book, Mahavagga) 46 (the bojjhanga samyutta, on factors of enlightenment), contains the oft-referred-to sutta, "Accompanied by Loving-kindness." See volume 2 of "The Connected Discourses of the Buddha," tr. by Ven. Bhikkhu Bodhi [Wisdom Publications], pp. 1607 - 1611.

Excerpt on karuna and infinite space on p.1610, emphasis added:
"And how, bhikkhus, is the liberation of the mind by compassion developed? What does it have as its destinaiton, its culmination, its fruit, its final goal? Here, bhikkhus, a bhikkhu develops the enlightenment factor of mindfulness accompanied by compassion ... the enlightenment factor of equanimity accompanied by compassion, based upon seclusion, dispassion, and cessation, maturing in release. If he wishes: 'May I dwell perceiving the repulsive in the unrepulsive,' he dwells perceiving the repulsive therein.... If he wishes: 'Avoiding both the repulsive and the unrepulsive, may I dwell equanimously, mindful and clearly comprehending,' then he dwells therein equanimously, minful and clearly comprehending. Or else, with the complete transcendence of perception of forms, with the passing away of perceptions of sensory impingement, with non-attention to perceptions of diversity, aware that 'space is infinite,' he enters and dwells in the base of the infinity of space. Bhikkhus, the liberation of mind by compassion has the base of the infinity of space as its culminaiton, I say, for a wise bhikkhu here who has not penetrated to a superior liberation.


More Karuna


From "The Jhanas and the Brahmaviharas" by Lloyd Burton, via Leigh Brasington's website:
[Karuna - Compassion]
May I live with ease and in safety, free from physical affliction.
May I open to any physical suffering in me with courage, caring, and kindness.
May I live with ease, free of physical suffering.
May I live with ease, free of mental anguish.
May I open to any mental suffering in me with courage, caring, and kindness.
May I live with ease, free of mental suffering.
May I live with ease, free of suffering and the roots of suffering.
May I open to the suffering I see in others.
May we open to each other’s suffering with courage, caring, and kindness.
May we live with ease, free of suffering and the roots of suffering.


I'm interested in exploring the consociation of karuna and the sphere of the infinity of space -- for more on that, see Samyutta Nikaya V.46

Sunday, December 5

Prints Now Available


Prints and postcards of Rapture and Hope2 are now available for purchase.

Saturday, December 4

Prints and Postcards for Sale


This morning I subscribed to deviantArt and purchased a Print Account. Currently I'm working out the details of getting the right aspect ratio and DPI. The paintings "Rapture" and "Hope2" are currently being reviewed for approval, and should soon be available for purchase as prints (in various sizes) and postcards (for just $2.49). See my deviantArt page and check out the gallery.

Metta: Tempus Fugit


This morning's sitting meditation didn't feel very long at all -- but when I emerged, an hour had passed! Very strong metta centered on Leigh as benefactor, lots of piti and joy.

Friday, December 3

Have You Seen Me Lately?


A visit to my mother's house dominated the week just past. Tired now, but still happy.

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