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December 31, 2012 a day of merit!

◤ Today December 31 was amazing today merits of Guanyin ◢ on this amazing day vegetarian, recite, chant, mantra, and letting them go, soup kitchens, application still is amazing, with great merit.

Blessing Buddha blessing, peace in the world, never a disaster, all sentient beings from suffering, peace good luck!
South no merciful Guanyin bodhisattva mahasattva! Om Mani a word used in Buddhist incantation chant beauty! Om Mani a word used in Buddhist incantation chant beauty! Om Mani a word used in Buddhist incantation chant beauty! (Translated by Bing

The following is a beautiful video of Quan Yin mantra...

HAPPY 2013 TO ALL....

Wishing all happiness of heart, through nourishing the seeds of wisdom, compassion & devotion.  May we each bring to fruition that which benefits the many!

This beautiful image of the tulips is from the following link:

May all beings be free of suffering and the causes of suffering....may all  beings attain enlightenment!

H.E. Ogyen Tulku in Vancouver BC

H.E. Ogyen Tulku Rinpoche is coming back to Richmond December 9-30 Schedule
Dec. 09   Sun  2:00 pm     Empowerment: Queen of great Bliss (Dakini Dechen gyalmo)
Dec. 16  Sun.  2:00 pm     Practice of Riwo Sangchoe  (Mountain smoke-Purification Ceremony)
Dec. 23   Sun.  2:00 pm    Empowerment : Padmasambhava
Dec. 30   Sun   2:00 pm    Dharma Teaching:  Life of Patrul Rinpoche and his Advices on Turning Suffering and Happiness into Enlightenment.
All teachings will be in English and Chinese

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For more information or to register, please contact or phone 604-998-8739 or 604-761-2289. For more information about Tulku Ogyen and his activities please check out

Inequality is the Issue - P.Sainath on World Economic Forum


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green dragon.

'May all beings be free of suffering and the causes of suffering.  May all beings attain enlightenment'....

* limited understanding of enlightenment is pristine awareness!

Kuan Yin Mantra

Many thanks to Alquimiade Aurora for her post as below:


Janice and I got back in touch a couple of years ago, after having worked together in Esperanto Rock Orchestra...30 years ago. We started this Mantra "cyberspace" project via the internet between Australia and Belgium when Janice sent me her vocals/sound files by e-mail! I then put together and recorded the backing tracks in Brussels and Patmos. And here are the results of our collaboration. All "nature" sounds (some have been processed) like rain, wind, sea, birds songs etc..I used in the tracks were recorded in Patmos

Music: Bruno Elevetoros Libert. Soprano: Diane Sutherland. Mantras: Janice Slater & John Paul Gilius.

'May all beings be free of suffering & the causes of suffering. May all beings attain enlightenment'.

 Beautiful drawings of mandalas by Diane Sutherland

Del Juliana. Farewelling a great Australian rock'n roll singer.

Celebrating the life of and honouring the passing of one of Australia's most authentic & significant Rock'n Roll singers, Del Juliana. Del graced our t.v. screens with a big voice, big hair and a bold attitude. Sending my deepest condolences to all who knew & loved Del. May your memory live on and a sweetness surround you as you journey on. mani padma hum...

Machig Labdron!

At present I'm attempting to honour those powerful wisdom energies I pay tribute to under the banner of bentenlaughing....Here, Pema Chodron...introduces us to the great Machig Labdron!
May we all find the courage to develop our innate compassion and wisdom..

Uploaded by on Sep 4, 2008 The five slogans of Machig Labdron teach us how to work with fear, aversion, and suffering in the context of the great motivation to benefit others. From A88: Going to the Places That Scare You, 5 talks given in Berkeley, CA, 2001, from Pema Chodron's archivists, Great Path Tapes and Books.

Sarasvati & Benten... same taste!

“Sarasvati’s themes are learning, wisdom and communication.  Her symbols are white flowers (especially Lotus), marigolds and swans. A Hindu Goddess of eloquence and intelligence, Sarasvati extends a refreshing drink from her well of knowledge to complete the month with aptitude. In Hindu tradition, Sarasvati invented all sciences, arts and writing. In works of arts she is depicted as white-skinned and graceful, riding on a swan or sitting on an open lotus blossom".
'To generate Sarasvati’s assistance in matters of communication, find a white flower and remove its petals. Place these in any moving water source, saying something like:

‘Sarasvati, let my words bear gentle beauty and truth
falling lightly on other’s ears
even as these petals to the water.’

Let the water (which also represents this Goddess) carry your wish.”

(Patricia Telesco, “365 Goddess: a daily guide to the magic and inspiration of the goddess”.)


White Tara Oṃ Tāre Tuttāre Ture Mama Ayuḥ Punya Jñānā Puṣtiṃ Kuru Svāhā (Om Tare Tuttare Ture Mama Ayuh.

Uploaded by on Jun 9, 2011

White Tara (Sanskrit: Sitatara; Tibetan: Sgrol-dkar) is sometimes called the Mother of all Buddhas and she represents the motherly aspect of compassion. Her white color signifies purity, wisdom and truth.
In iconography, White Tara often has seven eyes in addition to the usual two, she has a third eye on her forehead and one on each of her hands and feet. This symbolizes her vigilance and ability to see all the suffering in the world. The "Tara of Seven Eyes" is the form of the goddess especially popular in Mongolia.

White Tara wears silk robes and scarves that leave her slender torso and rounded breasts uncovered in the manner of ancient India. Like Green Tara, she is richly adorned with jewels.

White Tara is seated in the diamond lotus position, with the soles of her feet poi…

Green Tara!

Uploaded by on May 16, 2008
The secret words of the Joy Mantra on "dalieh du dalieh dulieh souha" is the Green Tara mantra of Tibetan Buddhism sung by Chinese artist Su Ching-yen.

In Tibet "Om Tare Tuttare Ture Soha"
In Sanskrit "Oṃ Tāre Tuttāre Ture Svāhā"

Tibetan culture, and some others, green is considered to include all the other colors.

The practice of Green Tara helps to overcome fear and anxiety, but devotees also believe that she can grant wishes, eliminate suffering of all kinds and bring happiness.

When called upon, she instantaneously saves us from eight specific calamities. (Another lineage describes 16.) The First Dalai Lama lists the 8, and interprets them as representative of corresponding defects, flaws, or obscurations: 1) lions and pride 2) wild elephants and delusions 3) forest fires and hatred 4) snakes and envy 5) robbers and fanatical views 6) prisons and avarice 7) floods and lust 8) demons and doubt

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An interview with Lars Jansson

Lars and Harvey Mason

Jan.s:   Lars, you are a composer and a jazz pianist. To begin with, would you like to share with us your project 'What's New’?
Lars: Whats New was my first trio recording with my son Paul Svanberg, drums and Danish bass player Thomas Fonnesbaek. That CD consisted most of standards and a few own compositions. Last month this year I recorded with the same trio a new upcoming CD with new original music of mine. "A gentle heart" Lars Jansson Trio (Spice of Life) 
Jan.s:  Lars, the first image I remember seeing of you on your myspace page was of you sitting in zazen....the formal Zen medtation practice.  Has practicing zazen influenced your playing, composition, music?

Lars: Of course, everything in life affects your music and the opposite; through music you learn more about yourself and life.

Jan.s:  I recently viewed a wonderful video of a Yabusame performance in which your music 'Under the Bodhi Tree' is used.  Can you tell us about your …

Part Three: An Interview with Bobi (Nicholas) Petch

jan.s: Bobi, as I've said before both you and Dinah Lee had 'the London look' more so than anyone else I can remember in Sydney in the '60s'. In fact you had your own look...and exuded cool...can you tell us about your interest in fashion and about the influences of any NZ designers...?

Bobi:We made our own clothes as the Boutiques as such, didn't happen until 1962. Our stores carried great fabrics, and of course you chose the pattern, and could change things around as you went, of course we loved the mini - it got more mini by the minute...In Auckland The Casual Shop was really our first Mod Boutique, but only earning 4 - 5 Pounds a week, could only afford to look then, or buy on sale.  
Dinah hadn't arrived in Auckland, and Jacky Holme and I used to do summer and winter fashion parades, we had that look. 
Bobi, Billy Thorpe, Jacky Holme
Jacky had already cut my hair into the bob, with huge dressmaking shears - Dinah put that Mod look on the map here in NZ a…

White Tara

This beautiful painting of White Tara is by my cousin, artist Oona Carter.

Oṃ Tāre Tuttāre Ture Mama Ayuḥ Punya Jñānā Puṣtiṃ Kuru Svāhā (Om Tare Tuttare Ture Mama Ayuh.

I have taken the liberty of  including excerpts about White Tara from the Wikipedia link as below:

'Tara is a tantric meditation deity whose practice is used by practitioners of the Tibetan branch of Vajrayana Buddhism to develop certain inner qualities and understand outer, inner and secret teachings about compassion and emptiness. Tara is actually the generic name for a set of Buddhas or bodhisattvas of similar aspect. These may more properly be understood as different aspects of the same quality, as bodhisattvas are often considered metaphoric for Buddhist virtues.

White Tārā, also known for compassion, long life, healing and serenity; also known as The Wish-fulfilling Wheel, or Cintachakra

As one of the three deities of long life, White Tara/Sarasvati is associated with longevity. White Tara counteracts illn…


For pals near & far...TUNE IN TONIGHT if you'd like to hear more about my collaborations with & for 'ARTERIAL FLOW'!

'Not to be forgetting - an on air chat this very evening with Janice Slater talking about her work with Arterial Flow and no doubt much more. 9pm Adelaide time / 9.30pm NSW. 93.7FM locally / elsewhere. :)

An Interview with Mose McCormack

Jan.s:  Mose...As I understand it, you're resident with your family in Santa Fe...but where did your musical journey begin?

Mose:  Born in south Alabama on Dec. 31, 1949. My first musical memories were, my mother singing to me, and being dragged to the southern Baptist Church, where the white folks were were trying to sing "black" and they didn't even realize it. I didn't realize it either , at such an "innocent" age. 

Jan.s:  When did you begin playing?

Mose:  It wasn't till my first band ,at age 15, did I acknowledge The Blue Eyed Soul Brother in me. All those folk songs my Mama used to sing me to sleep with, all had black roots. The "real" gospel singers were in the black churches. And here I was singing, Otis Redding, Wilson Pickett, Sam & Dave, Percy Sledge, and don't forget James Brown.

Jan.s:  What was the name of that band...what was the lineup...where were you gigging?

Mose:  One band was named "Sound of Six&quo…

The Northern Beaches and the Nagas!

I've just returned from a stay on the Northern Beaches of Sydney, (NSW) ...

This vast coastline & its inlets have always been a haven for surfers, musicians and visual artists  ..

At present it seems to be overflowing with them...with brilliant photographers, fashion creatives and home designers opening stores which often combine cafes & flower stalls in glorious waterfront restaurants...

With the Year of the Dragon now underway's to celebrating the world of the creatives who ride the waves of change!  Those who dive into the realms of water where the aspect of Benten and the great Naga, serpentine energies lay ready to be awakened...

Here's to seeking & finding then riding those powerful energies of change witness the Dragon and to respect it's powerful nature rather than fight or try to tame it...

Below is a most gorgeous image of at end of post::

 'WHO IS BENZAITEN. Female. A river goddess in Indian mythology. Her Sanskr…

An Interview with Johh Currie

Jan.s:  John, would you tell us about your recent climb on Mt Cho Oyu?

John: Cho Oyo is the sixth highest mountain in the world, and is approached from the Tibet side. Base Camp is near a mountain pass called the Nangpa La, which has been used as a trading route between Nepal and Tibet for centuries by the local people. The climb is not technical but the standard route is long and cold, and once you get above 7000 meters you realize what a huge mountain Cho Oyo really is. 
Unfortunately I was not travelling strong enough this trip to go beyond camp 2 at 7100 meters, but some members of my team pushed up to around 7700 meters. We always have a puja at base camp and bless each other and our equipment before climbing the mountain, our Nepalese Sherpa’s will not set foot on the mountain without this taking place. No one on my expedition summited this year, despite the best puja ever. Snow conditions were bad this climbing season, in that there was a lot of it, which made sect…