Sunday, December 30, 2012

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...

Saturday, December 29, 2012

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!

Sunday, November 25, 2012

H.E. Ogyen Tulku in Vancouver BC

H.E. Ogyen Tulku Rinpoche is coming back to Richmond December 9-30
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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Monday, October 29, 2012


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!

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Kuan Yin Mantra

Many thanks to Alquimiade Aurora for her post as below:
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 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 

Tuesday, August 28, 2012

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... 

Sunday, April 15, 2012

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.

Monday, April 2, 2012

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”.)

Sunday, March 11, 2012

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

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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 pointed upward. Her posture is one of grace and calm. Her right hand makes the boon-granting gesture and her left hand is in the protective mudra. In her left hand, White Tara holds an elaborate lotus flower that contains three blooms. The first is in seed and represents the past Buddha Kashyapa; the second is in full bloom and symbolizes the present Buddha Shakyamuni; the third is ready to bloom and signifies the future Buddha Maitreya. These three blooms symbolize that Tara is the essence of the three Buddhas.

In religious practice, White Tara is believed to help her followers overcome obstacles, espeically those that inhibit the practice of religion. She is also associated with longevity.

The most widely known forms of Tārā are:

Green Tārā, known as the Buddha of enlightened activity

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

Red Tārā, of fierce aspect associated with magnetizing all good things

Black Tārā, associated with power

Yellow Tārā, associated with wealth and prosperity

Blue Tārā, associated with transmutation of anger

Cittamani Tārā, a form of Tārā widely practiced at the level of Highest Yoga Tantra in the Gelug School of Tibetan Buddhism, portrayed as green and often conflated with Green Tārā

Khadiravani Tārā (Tārā of the teak forest), who appeared to Nagarjuna in the Khadiravani forest of South India and who is sometimes referred to as the "22nd Tārā."

Thursday, March 8, 2012

Green Tara!


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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



OM represents Tara's sacred body, speech and mind.

TARE means liberating from all discontent.

TUTTARE means liberating from the eight fears, the external dangers, but mainly from the internal dangers, the delusions.

TURE means liberating from duality; it shows the true cessation of confusion.

SOHA means "may the meaning of the mantra take root in my mind."


Thanks to all Divine Artists around the world that were used in the making of this educational/non-profit meditation tool video in these Kali Yuga times.

According to Tibetan Buddhism's beliefs, this mantra can not only eliminate diseases, troubles, disasters and karma, but will also bring believers blessings, longer life and even the wisdom to transcend one's circle of reincarnation.

Tuesday, March 6, 2012

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 involvement with this project? 

Lars: Yabusme ask the permission to use my music and I said yes. The greatest thing for a composer is when somebody wants to play or use for music in a good context. 

Jan.s:   During your career, you've accompanied a number of great singers and have recorded an album with Soren Lampe, 'Not Too Fast' where you've also collaborated on a number of tracks with Soren. On a youtube video it's clear that you have a lot of ease in working together.

Lars:    Sören is actually an amateur singer but a great friend and a beautiful person. He likes to do recordings now and then.

During this recording I got to know my bass player Thomas Fonnesbaek who now is a steady member of my trio. These days I do duo concerts with Danish vocalist Sinne Eeg, and Swedish singer Karolina Vucidolac who wrote texts to my songs in portages.  

Lars and his Grandchild, Hilda.

 Summer house in vinter

Many thanks to you Lars for sharing your time with me. jan.s

All photos: Courtesy of and copyright of Lars Jansson

Saturday, February 25, 2012

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 and of course Oz...too.  

The Casual Shop only made 1 of every garment Diana Colmore-Williams (Owner) helped Dinah to choose, long Mod Maxi dresses, long shorts with Baby doll tops, shoes we had made in those days from John Greers in Vulcan Lane. Mini dresses etc... 

My look was always bright, young and cute with hair to match, the long surfy hair became the Bob, before that backcombed birds nest, even a Hendrix perm and of course petals...  Pointy toe Gamins (shoes) were terribly us too..

Several other Boutiques sprung up in Auckland, Hadney Five, the owner worked for The Casual Shop for a while, and moved on... 

Arriving back in Sydney end of '64, with the clothes I had made, mainly Baby Doll dresses worn with white tights or lace tights, even bags made in matching fabrics... I started my job as a House Model. 

Still had my own look - Of course you could hear people laughing out loud in the streets of Auckland and Sydney, or would just stare and smile.

Di arrived late 1965 to live and The Casual Shop was yet to open its doors in Sydney...arriving in 1966 which I managed... Not that I could afford fashion magazines but Mary Quant was the Mod Queen and I was a follower of her London Look.  

The only other sort of Shop in Sydney was SNOB in the Arcade, between King and Rowe Streets, owned by John and Merivale that a younger crowd shopped at.. He was very interested in our Shop on King Street - whenever a new shipment arrived certain customers would be rung so they could have first choice....and had plenty of $$$ to spend...

As Di arrived with plenty of day wear we just concentrated on her stage clothes, getting zanier an zanyrr made by The Casual shop -While England had Mary Quant & the Beatles, NZ had it's own Zany poppet in the form of Pop Star Dinah Lee....(Copied) from a book. 

 Bobi with Gene Pitney:

Shifts as much as 4" above the knee (wow)formed the basis of the Casual Shops range, trouser suits, jacket and skirts, short stark disco dresses, Bermuda shorts, beach wear but also it was the tailoring....  The rest is history.....  
Jan.s: Who are your favourite NZ designers now?  

Bobi: If I am buying these day its certainly Trelise Cooper, I am more her Cooper range, but I like a longer look. Cant do minis these days or Maxi's.  Also Zambesi, and World Two wonderful Houses of Fashion, and I appreciate Karen Walker's look and workmanship - Overseas I always go to Zara, and H & M, they are my style...I love what Muicca Prada does...I so enjoy a fashion mag from time to time,just to keep up with the play,   but I still have my kinda style.... bright and breezy like me....

Jan.s:  Thanks Bob the will always be that gal with 'the London look' to me....! 

  Bobi, Billy Kristian, Dinah Lee at the Vodaphone NZ Music Awards...

All photos Courtesy of and copyright of Bobi Petch unless otherwise credited.

Thursday, February 9, 2012

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 illness and thereby helps to bring about a long life. She embodies the motivation that is compassion and is said to be as white and radiant as the moon.

White Tara courtesy of & copyright of Oona Carter 201.!/OracleOOna
 A beautiful video and new  take on White Tara Mantra.  I like it!

Wednesday, February 1, 2012


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. :)

Tuesday, January 31, 2012

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", another was"Brand X". My Brother Randy, played guitar. Mike Sisson on drums, Bill Moore-Bass, Bubba Carl Phillips- guitar, And the late Jimmy Edwards on keyboard. We played at local high schools and drunken, college fraternity parties. This was 1965-66. We were a real "Garage Band". We drifted from R&B to playing the "hip" west coast sound. Slightly psychedelic. 

The reality of the uptight south made me flee at the age of 17. To much fear and loathing of different races, creeds, religions. All I could do was play guitar and I needed to do something with my life ,so I became a songwriter,lived in San Fransisco, played there and Northern California in small listening clubs and coffee houses.

Jan.s:  Tell us about your jewellery making ...the stones you use...and the designs?

Mose:  OOOKAY, San Francisco was great for music. Music everywhere. But moving on was in the plan and I found myself living in a ghost town in  Arizona, on probation for bank robbery.(search Mose McCormack hard enough and you'll find the dirty truth) My probation officer said he didn't like me playing guitar in bars and such. Had to get a real job. So I asked a friend to show me a couple of things on making jewelry. I'd hang out with the Hopi and Navajo jewelers, learning traditional styles and methods. 

I fell in love with Turquoise. I grind/shape all my settings.

Onward... I heard all about Santa Fe and how it was the third largest art market in the world. Great place to be a starving artist. When I was released from my probation, I moved to New Mexico.

If you want to read a full interview with Mose...check the following link out!

All photos courtesy of & copyright of Mose McCormack unless otherwise stated:

Photo of guitar and bird. 'That's one of my many chickens. It's a bantam Mille Flur. A breed from Belgium.' Photo: Courtesy of & copyright of Jack Clift.

Friday, January 20, 2012

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 Sanskrit name "Sarasvatī" means "flowing water" and thus she represents everything that flows (e.g., music, words, speech, eloquence). Later adopted into the Buddhist and then Shinto pantheons of Japan. One of Japan's Seven Lucky Gods. Comes in two main forms: (1) with two arms holding a lute; (2) with eight arms holding martial implements to indicate her role as protector against disaster; this version is called Happi Benzaiten. In less-common forms she is depicted naked or as Uga Benzaiten (esoteric form). Her messenger is the snake, so she is sometimes shown mounted on a serpent or dragon. Goddess of Learning, Eloquence, Music, Poetry, Speech, Rhetoric, Wealth, Longevity; Protects against natural disaster; Inventor of Sanskrit; River Goddess'.

Taken from the following link:

The fabulous image of Benten was found on the following site but it does not say who it is attributed to:

Thursday, January 5, 2012

An Interview with Johh Currie

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

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 sections of the mountain avalanche prone and therefore very dangerous. 

Jan.s:  On the plains in Tibet you visited some villages....can you share some of your experience...

To cross the Nepal\Tibet border at Kodari, you must walk across the friendship bridge to the town of Zangmu and there pass through “Chinese” immigration control . Zangmu is a typically ugly border town, lots of concrete, there is an air of oppression which is tangible. After leaving Zangmu you climb relatively quickly to the vast brown Tibetan plateau. Initially there are more concrete towns, Nylam , (pronounced Neel am),  but eventually there are small Tibetan settlements which can be seen in the distance and the last town before leaving the main road for the track to Cho Oyo is Tingri. 
Tingri has a wild west feel about it, the local Tibetan people are shy compared to Nepal and often don’t like to have their picture taken. Maybe if I was approached by some rough looking, hairy, western mountaineers – I wouldn’t let them take my picture either. There are few amenities in Tingri and local life is hard, but like all of Tibet it is changing. 
 The Chinese are making massive investments in roads and bridges, I suppose there are both good and bad aspects of this development. Some local Tibetans followed us to base camp, in the hope of selling their wares. Local people are very colourful, with bright red cloth in their hair, and ornaments of yak bone. The women ware large silver belts, both sexes ware their hair long and usually braided in some fashion.  There is a wildness about them. If you could bottle it I would drink some. 

 Tashi Delek John! 
All photos courtesy of & (c) copyright of John Currie 2011.