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"How tempting it is to build raised walls to keep out change". - from Frank Herbert's Chapterhouse Dune
Jaguar image: Robert L. Foster
"On the edge of the Gobi Desert in China, part of a network of cave shrines at Dunhuang called the Thousand Buddha Grottoes, is the library cave that was sealed for almost 1000 years. In 1900, Taoist monk Wang Yuanlu – an unofficial guardian of the caves – discovered the hidden door that led to a chamber filled with manuscripts dating from the fourth to the 11th Centuries."
"One of the Dunhuang documents, the Diamond Sutra, is a key Buddhist sacred work: according to the British Library, the copy in the cave dates back to 868 and is “the world's earliest complete survival of a dated printed book”.
It’s a reminder that paper and printing did not originate in Europe. “Printing began as a form of prayer,” says The New Yorker, “the equivalent of turning a prayer wheel or slipping a note into the Western Wall in Jerusalem, but on an industrial scale.”
"Many of the original manuscripts can now be seen. An initiative to digitize the collection was launched in 1994. The International Dunhuang Project – led by the British Library, with partners worldwide – means that, as The New Yorker says, “Armchair archive-divers can now examine the earliest complete star chart in the world, read a prayer written in Hebrew by a merchant on his way from Babylon to China, inspect a painting of a Christian saint in the guise of a bodhisattva, examine a contract drawn up for the sale of a slave girl to cover a silk trader’s debt, or page through a book on divination written in Turkic runes.” Continuing reading here: http://www.bbc.com/culture/story/20160819-the-secret-libraries-of-history
Thanks to Lynn Faulkner for the submission.
"There is an actual cost to holding onto things we should let go of. It can come in the form of anger, frustration, resentment or something even worse. The question is, can you really afford to keep paying the bill?" - NYT
"The faster we learn to drop our emotional dead weight, the more room we create for something better. I’m talking about everything from stewing about the guy who cut you off in traffic this morning to still refusing to forgive an old friend for an event 20 years ago.
We have only so much bandwidth. We have only so much time. We only have so much energy. Do we really want to invest any of our precious resources – financial or otherwise – into something that will return nothing but misery?"
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"The EcoVillage at Ithaca was founded in 1991 in upstate New York, mixing cooperative living with private ownership and considerable individual independence. It was established by Liz Walker, a community organizer, who set up a nonprofit organization to purchase land to create “an attractive viable alternative lifestyle to American life,” based on Green buildings, renewable energy systems, cohousing communities, an independent organic farm, open-space preservation, and social entrepreneurship. There are 160 members living on 175 acres. The nonprofit community is run by a board of directors together with the residents. The homes are privately owned by residents."
View 10 great eco villages around the world: http://lonerwolf.com/eco-village/
Established in 1975, Damanhur may be the fastest growing high tech “fancy” eco village out there. The 600 residents are divided in 30 smaller communities which they refer to as “nucleos” that are spread across a spectacular sub-alpine valley in northern Italy. Each of the communities in the Damanhur Federation specializes in a specific field: solar energy, seed saving, organic meat production, education, healing, etc. They boast of having their own molecular biology lab that tests for genetically modified foods, smart phones for all residents and their own currency system. They highly value creativity and playfulness which has become the driving force behind some of their most beautiful and awe-inspiring temples. Damanhur Website
Full length documentary of the History of the Tibetan Book of the Dead: http://www.faena.com/aleph/articles/leonard-cohen-narrates-the-history-of-the-tibetan-book-of-the-dead/
According to Buddhist scholar and translator Robert Thurman, The Tibetan Book of the Dead, or Bardo Thodol, “organizes the experiences of the between—(Tibetan, bar-do) usually referring to the state between death and rebirth.” While The Book of the Dead has, of course, a long and illustrious history in Tibetan Buddhist life, it also has its place in the history of the West, particularly among 20th century intellectuals and artists. In the 1950s, for example, there was talk among Igor Stravinsky, Martha Graham, and Aldous Huxley to turn the Bardo into a ballet with a Greek chorus. Huxley, who famously spent his final hours on an acid trip, asked that a passage from the book be read to him as he lay dying: “Hey! Noble one, you named Aldous Huxley! Now the time has come for you to seek the way….”
In another, less trippy, example of Eastern mysticism meets Western artist, the video above (continued below) features poet and troubadour Leonard Cohen narrating a two-part documentary series from 1994 that explores the ancient Tibetan teachings on death and dying. As Cohen tells it above, in Tibetan tradition, the time spent in the between supposedly lasts 49 days after a person’s death. During that time, a Buddhist yogi reads the bardo each day, while the consciousness of the dead person, so it is
believed, hovers between one life and another, and can hear the instructions read to him or her. The film gives us an intimate look at this ceremony, performed after the death of a villager—with its intricate rituals and ancient, unbound, hand-printed text of the book—and touches on the tricky political issues of Buddhist practice in largely Chinese-controlled Tibet. In this first installment above, The Tibetan Book of the Dead: A Way of Life, the Dalai Lama weighs in with his own views on life and death (at 33:22). Before his appearance, the film provides some brief context of his supposed incarnation from the 13th Dalai Lama and his rise to governance, then exile.
The second installment of the series, The Great Liberation (also above), follows an old Buddhist lama and a thirteen-year-old novice monk as they guide another deceased person with the text of the Bardo. The National Film Board of Canada, who produced the series (you can purchase the DVD on their website), did well in their choice of Cohen as narrator. Not only is his deep, soothing voice the kind of thing you might want to hear reading to you as you slipped into the between realms (or just slipped off to sleep), but his own journey has brought him to an abiding appreciation for Buddhism. Although Cohen has always identified strongly with Judaism—incorporating Jewish themes and texts into his songs and poetry—he found refuge in Zen Buddhism late in life. Two years after this film, he was ordained as a Zen Buddhist monk at age 62, at the Mount Baldy Zen Center east of Los Angeles (where Ram Dass, Oliver Stone, and Richard Gere also practiced). Cohen’s “Dharma name”? Jikan, or “Silent One.” - Open Culture
- Gordee Headlee
This talk is open to the public: Tuesday, 13 September, 5:15 p.m. at La Fonda Restaurant, 601 E. Pine St., Deming, NM
Contact: Kara Naber - firstname.lastname@example.org
Is fire good or bad? With wildfires around the West burning thousands of acres of forest and destroying hundreds of homes, most people would say that fire is bad. But, in the case of the Gila trout recovery effort, fire has actually been helpful.
Unlike other species of trout, the Gila sports flashy shades of gold and copper. These distinctive trout are native to the Gila, San Francisco, and Verde River basins in New Mexico where they flourished until the arrival of settlers in the 1800s. After years of overfishing and interbreeding with introduced non-native trout, the Gila trout was in trouble by the late 1800s. According to the New Mexico Game and Fish website, “In the 1950s. . . they remained in only five streams.”
You can learn more about the history of the Gila trout and the decades of effort to restore them to their native habitats at the next meeting of Audubon New Mexico featuring guest speaker, Jason Amaro. The meeting will be held on September 13 at 5:15 p.m. at La Fonda Restaurant, 601 E. Pine St.
Amaro describes himself as an avid outdoorsman who “has chased everything that swims, flocks or walks.” He grew up in Las Cruces fishing along the Rio Grande and, as an adult, spent summers guiding fly fishermen in northern New Mexico. Amaro believes “certain things like the rise of a Gila trout to a hand-tied fly or the bugle of a bull elk are experiences that should never be bartered,” and that “access to outdoors experiences should be shared by all, regardless of socioeconomic status.”
Mr. Amaro currently works as the New Mexico Sportsman Conservation Coordinator for Trout Unlimited. In this position, his focus has been Forest Plan Revision, but his true passion is the recovery of his beloved Gila trout.
This event is free and open to the public. - Kara Naber email@example.com
Thanks to great people, great products, prices and service, the Foundation has a bit of a face-lift around the community center and the BirdHouse areas with the addition of some very nice 3/8" rose gravel from the Hobbs family. Please recommend them to all of your friends, and have a look at and share their website: http://hobbsbros.yolasite.com/
Give them a call or go on out! 3050 Rockhound Rd. S.E., Deming, NM 88030 575-546-8366 (directions on website)
Calculate how much gravel you will need for your landscaping or construction project. These are great tools to bookmark.
(Thanks go to Ann Dahlquist for providing the bulletin below.)
Below is the second bulletin put out by Wayne Taylor from what was the Christ's Truth Church & School of Wisdom, later named City of the Sun, apparently inspired by Tommaso Campanella's Utopian work, City of the Sun. The "city-to-be" and City of the Sun are one and the same in vision shared by Mr. Taylor and a small group of associates. (See Vol. 1 Ed. 1 of this Newsletter for mention and image of Civitas Solis/City of the Sun, and read the full 26 page text here:
http://www.fcsh.unl.pt/docentes/rmonteiro/Pdf/1602%20City%20of%20the%20Sun2_Campanella.pdf. (Campanella's name, by the way, means "little bell"; campana - bell)
As you will see below, the bulletin was put out from Luna County (Columbus), NM in December, 1968.
Ann Dahlquist's parents were affiliated with not only City of the Sun, but an organization named Ruth of Saloga in Florida where Mr. and Ms. Taylor were also affiliated (pre-Christ's Truth Church & School of Wisdom). After the Director of that organization, Dr. Ruth Scoles Lenox, passed away, Mr. Taylor is said by Ann to have tried to keep it going and Ms. Taylor (Grace) was a channel for the school. Later, the Taylors relocated in Luna County, NM across the highway from where Mr. Taylor's father lived.
Ann's parents, according to Ann, had a great interest in the New Age and supported Mr. Taylor's work. They became Members of the Foundation, held a lease/home site for a "trailer lot", but lived in Las Cruces, NM while visiting the Foundation at times.
Although the Foundation here in Luna County was governed by a five member Board of Directors, Mr. Taylor has made clear his perception and intent of what a governing structure must be, though in a biographical note elsewhere, it is said that the Foundation allowed for each Member to follow their own "inner Christ" teachings.
25th Anniversary DAG Fundraiser @ Luna Rossa Winery
This year's annual party and fundraiser will celebrate our 25th Anniversary serving Luna County, New Mexico.
Raffle prizes, door prizes, music, dancing, food, our amazing silent auction, friends and animal stories abound! The event will once again be held at Luna Rossa Winery in Deming, NM where a no-host wine and beer bar will be available.
Proceeds will benefit our spay and neuter programs, education and our emergency pet food bank for the low-income of our County.
Image (left) of Icelandic Horses : Julia Lohmann
Raffle and party tickets can be purchased in Columbus from Pat Burton-Eadie: 575-649-7644.
Thanks to Pat Danser for not only her work with DAG, but her submissions to keep us informed.
SANTA FE - New Mexico State Land Commissioner Aubrey Dunn Tuesday announced his decision to grant a right-of-way for a 345-kilovolt (kV) double-circuit electric transmission line to the Southline Transmission Project, a proposed transmission line designed to collect and transmit electricity across southern New Mexico and southern Arizona. The project is sponsored by Southline Transmission, L.L.C., a subsidiary of Hunt Power, L.P.
The project will interconnect with up to 14 existing substation locations and may include development of a new substation in Luna County, New Mexico.
“The Southline Transmission Project will improve New Mexico’s electric grid and support the transmission of electricity to key western markets while also generating over $10 million in revenue to our State Land Trust over the next 35 years,” said Commissioner Dunn. “In addition to the economic benefits, we appreciate Southline’s efforts to utilize existing corridors and minimize the overall footprint of their transmission project on State Trust Lands.”
The project proposes to enable bidirectional use of power both west and east along its route, which will relieve congestion, strengthen the existing electrical system, and improve transmission access for local renewable and other energy sources.
“The Southline Transmission Project has been designed to minimize land and resource impacts by developing a route along existing corridors, as well as by upgrading existing transmission lines where feasible — an innovative approach that respects the region’s communities and natural and cultural resources,” said Hunter Hunt, President of Hunt Power, the parent company of Southline Transmission, L.L.C. “We appreciate Commissioner Dunn’s support in helping to move the Southline Transmission Project forward.”
The State Land Office has already executed a right-of-entry with Southline, allowing them to complete all surveys along the proposed route – including cultural and cadastral. The right-of-way for the project should be finalized by the end of 2016.
The State Land Office is responsible for administering 9 million acres of surface and 13 million acres of subsurface estate for the beneficiaries of the state land trust, which includes schools, universities, hospitals and other important public institutions.
About Southline Transmission, L.L.C.
Southline Transmission, L.L.C., a subsidiary of Hunt Power, L.P., is the sponsor of the Southline Transmission Project. Hunt Power develops and invests in entrepreneurial electric opportunities, and is part of a larger privately-owned group of companies managed by the Ray L. Hunt family that engages in oil and gas exploration, refining, power, real estate, ranching, and private equity investments. For more information, please visit www.southlinetransmissionproject.com.
The Perks of Being An Introvert: strong sense of self ... great imagination ... knack for listening ... deep thinking skills perfect excuse to stay home and watch Netflix ... you'd definitely be chill stranded alone on a desert island for awhile since you can entertain yourself with your thoughts.
17 Humorous Charts And Grafts Show What Being Introverted Is All About:
"Anna Borges created a series of graphs any introvert can relate to. There are pie charts depicting how truly wonderful it is to have a vivid inner world, unwavering sense of self, and top-notch listening skills. Through her bar graphs, Borges conveys some of the stereotypes introverts face, along with the real-life dilemmas many encounter on a daily basis. And, through her line graphs, which are downright hilarious (and accurate), she adds a healthy dose of humor to depict the cause-and-effect relationships between introverts and the world around them. All in all, Borges' "collected data" maps perfectly capture introversion as she reminds viewers that introverts aren't people who are allergic to others or trying to be unsociable and offensive. They're simply individuals who are "energized by alone time.
The image below is of a pristine pair of gilded, high quality ear trumpets made by F.C. Rein in London, 1850.
The use of ear trumpets for the partially deaf dates back to the 17th century. The earliest description of an ear trumpet was given by the French Jesuit priest and mathematician, Jean Leurechonin his work Recreations mathématiques(1634). Polymath Athanasius Kircher also described a similar device in 1650.
By the late 18th century, their use was becoming increasingly common. Collapsible conical ear trumpets were made by instrument makers on a one-off basis for specific clients. Well known models of the period included the Townsend Trumpet (made by the deaf educator John Townshend), the Reynolds Trumpet (specially built for painter Joshua Reynolds) and the Daubeney Trumpet.
The first firm to begin commercial production of the ear trumpet was established by Frederick C. Rein in London in 1800. As well as producing ear trumpets, Rein also sold hearing fans, and speaking tubes. These instruments
helped amplify sounds, while still being portable. However, these devices were generally bulky and had to be physically supported from below. Later, smaller, hand-held ear trumpets and cones were used as hearing aids.
Rein was commissioned to design a special acoustic chair for the ailing King of Portugal, John VI of Portugal in 1819. The throne was designed with ornately carved arms that looked like the open mouths of lions. These holes acted as the receiving area for the acoustics, which were transmitted to the back of the throne via a speaking tube, and into the king's ear. Finally in the late 1800s, the acoustic horn, which was a tube that had two ends, a cone that captured sound, and was eventually made to fit in the ear.
Johann Nepomuk Mälzel began manufacturing ear trumpets in the 1810s. He notably produced ear trumpets for Ludwig van Beethoven, who was starting to go deaf at the time. These are now kept in the Beethoven Museum in Bonn.
Toward the late 19th century, hidden hearing aids became increasingly popular. Rein pioneered many notable designs, including his 'acoustic headbands', where the hearing aid device was artfully concealed within the hair or headgear. Reins' Aurolese Phones were headbands, made in a variety of shapes, that incorporated sound collectors near the ear that would amplify the acoustics. Hearing aids were also hidden in couches, clothing, and accessories. This drive toward ever increasing invisibility was often more about hiding the individual's disability from the public than about helping the individual cope with his problem.
F. C. Rein and Son of London ended its ear trumpet manufacturing activity in 1963, as the last (and first) company of its kind. - Wiki
The Vimalakīrti Nirdeśa Sūtra states: “A straightforward (simple or sincere) mind is the site of enlightenment because it has no falsehood or artificiality.”
The sixth Patriarch of Chan in China, Hui-Neng, states with characteristic clarity and concision:
“If you are purely and wholly straightforward in mind, wherever [you are], whatever you are doing, you do not move from the site of enlightenment, which actually becomes the Pure Land. That is called absorption in one practice.”