……and read two small passages, both written by Buddhists, one of which quotes one of “The Buddha’s” last works, the Lotus Sutra.
What struck me, was that sometimes, this Buddhism that I do can get a bit confusing, and then suddenly – suddenly someone says something that brings everything right back sharply into focus.
And it all becomes clear, again. It’s just so simple, really.
Daisaku Ikeda Says:
Many religions have demanded blind faith, taking away people’s independence. President Makiguchi opposed such enslavement. What he called for instead was solidarity of awakened common people. To achieve this, he proposed a self-reliant way of life in which we advance on the path of our choice with a firm, independent character. He also stressed a contributive way of life in which we set our fundamental goal in life toward the realization of happiness for ourselves and others, casting aside arrogance and self-satisfaction to respect and benefit others. – For Today and Tomorrow.
Nichiren Daishonin Says:
Becoming a Buddha is nothing extraordinary. If you chant Nam-myoho-renge-kyo with your whole heart, you will naturally become endowed with the Buddha’s thirty-two features and eighty characteristics. As the sutra says, “hoping to make all persons equal to me, without any distinction between us,” you can readily become as noble a Buddha as Shakyamuni – Letter to Niike
Both these men are quoting or expressing a fundamental principle of my Buddhism, first expounded by the Buddha, Shakyamuni, many centuries before the Christian era, which is that all people are equal and that all can be as equally enlightened as himself…
Shakyamuni Buddha Says:
(speaking to Shariputra, one of his disciples and trusted friends) ….you should know that at the start I took a vow hoping to make all persons equal to me, without any distinction between us, and what I long ago hoped for has now been fulfilled… see THE BUDDHA NATURE IS INHERENT IN ALL PEOPLE for a fuller explanation.
The Next Dalai Lama Rejects Buddhism and Hero Worship, that is! Way back in 1986, the next Dalai Lama, a little Spanish boy, was chosen. Apparently, Osel Hita Torres can’t take it, a life deprived of television, movies (save one), football and girls. He’s now a film student in Madrid. He rejects all that his status...
Exploring the Simultaneous Nature of Cause & Effect Star Trek: The Next Generation: Finale, Episode - “All Good Things…” I’ve just watched the double episode finale to the TNG Picard series just after the cyclists finished their ascent of Mont Ventoux in this years Tour de France. It was “All Good Things…”(see link, link &...
He’s also in one of my favourite bits from the film “It’s a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World.” About half-way through the clip below he’s one of the two gas station attendants who witness and barely survive the destruction of the gas station by the truck driver. I particularly like the phrase,
Hey Ray…. I think we’re gonna have to kill him.
…which we used to recite at school in some bizarre ritual as we’d mentally run through the whole script of the film. (Even now, phrases still pop into my mind from the film, which was under-rated and heavily cut many times probably because they tried to get every single comedy cliché and star of the day into it…)
Fucking great! http://youtube.com/watch?v=UG3sw9JoPuA Tricky – Black Steel. What more can I say. The sound, style, pace and performance are great behind the creative wunderbar that is Tricky. Tricky – Pumpkin http://youtube.com/watch?v=6V26zxH_JMk Tricky – Overcome http://youtube.com/watch?v=-2DEOm7rTLY Tricky – Aftermath Tricky “Black Steel” (Live) All tracks from Maxinquaye, but you knew that already!...
Actor Edward Woodward Dies I’m quite sad about today’s news, because the show Callan formed a key part of my life, in a way, when I was growing up. The dystopian genre owes a lot to the show. Right from it’s haunting opening title sequence that had instant echoes of Orson Welles’ Third Man, to...
In essence, it’s a long list of weird photos; some disturbing, some funny, many thoughtful, not so many, dumb. Flipping through the site, I came across this photo at the left on this page, which in some respects demonstrates to me the Buddhist concept of “The Interconnectedness of All Things”. How else could I have found it?
The lyrics of the Crawling Chaos track “Sex Machine” are yet again coming to fruition.
Another aspect of the human condition is to be sexy and to have sex. To talk about sex and think about sex. In fact, because unlike animals, which for the most part are tied to breeding cycles, we are sexual beings for most of our lives. Some people will do anything for sex or to appear sexy, and some will try anything….
This picture of the sexualised doll with dildo hands is a case in point, and it exactly parallels some of our “Sex Machine” lyrics that we wrote all those years ago. So apart from being “a laugh”, having a “driving rhythm” and a “fantastic guitar melody and solo”, the track “Sex Machine” is now all coming true. Many critics, of course, missed all of that, but then…they would, if they’re shallow.
Hi! Im Mark of High Density & Id like to thank Crawling Chaos for providing such a fantastic website. I have been listening to Crawling Chaos for a while now & they have provided me with much inspiration in my solo project. Although it is not directly influenced, I have learnt that doing something completley...
After driving through blizzards to get there, I took this little video of King Edward’s Bay en route to the Gibraltar Rock Inn in Tynemouth. It was freezing and I was shivering….
What it demonstrates quite effectively, is the anti-shake at work on my camera and the fantastic level of zoom it has. The colours are accurate and lens distortion minimal. The camera is a Panasonic Lumix TZ7. The video above is in HD, with stereo sound, and is hand-held, starting with 12x optical zoom!!!
The reason for it’s effectiveness is to be found within the Leica lens it has, and also the fact that not all of it’s multi-megapixel image chip is used in the imaging process. Much of the chip is used as reference during the image stabilisation process that it’s built-in computer uses when image processing.
To say that the camera is great is an under statement. It does almost everything you’d want or expect from something that fits in a breast pocket!!! It’s only failing is that the auto settings (at which I leave trhe camera set virtually all the time), break down at low light levels. In this respect, my old Fuji F30 was much better at getting rapid snaps off. It’s quick low-light settings were much better.
However, this is overcome on the TZ7 by going into manual mode. Not as flexible, that’s all, at low light. The massive optical zoom and image stabilisation make up for it though!
A few test pictures using the “Starry Sky” setting on my Panasonic Lumix TZ5. The pictures were done using a tripod at the three timer settings that are inbuilt for that setting; 15s, 30s & 60s. The sky was quite brightly lit due to some thin mist acting as a reflector for the urban lighting....
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