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The more we do nothing, the more we get done

Over the past month I’ve been doing a lot of school work and website development on the computer. I notice that it’s very easy to get caught up in unneccesary distractions and lose focus on the task at hand. For example, while working on a statistical programming problem I wasted two days on what ended up being a dead end, and I kind of knew it from the start. So as part of an at-home retreat, I’ve recently restarted my dharma practice, devoting the first 5 hours of the day to sitting meditation, reading dharma texts and contemplation. While it would seem that spending a good part of my day…

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The Women’s Crusade

I wanted to share this article from the Times Magazine because I think it is one of the most important issues of our time, and yet it is not part of our public consciousness. The thrust of the article is that empowering women in developing countries is essential in solving the most pressing problems of poverty, corruption, and even terrorism. A very well written and moving article. Read the Article here: The Women’s Crusade

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Editorial by a murdered Sri Lankan journalist

A friend of a friend living in Sri Lanka sent this editorial by a murdered Sri Lankan journalist. He wrote the article titled ‘And then then came for me’ to be published if he was killed, and he was. It is a very powerful and moving article by a brilliant, courageous man. Here is an excerpt of him speaking to the current president. In the wake of my death I know you will make all the usual sanctimonious noises and call upon the police to hold a swift and thorough inquiry. But like all the inquiries you have ordered in the past, nothing will come of this one, too. For…

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Everything We Do Matters

Everything we do matters. I’ve given this a lot of thought lately. It may seem like a strong statement, but it is not meant in a rigid kind of way. Nevertheless, the more I contemplate it, the more it rings true to me. Every single thing we do in our life, every moment, it all…

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Nature, Evolution, Love and Karma

Alberto, a reader of my website posted a very thought provoking comment. I really appreciated it and thought that I would form a new post with my comments. Alberto asks the question on my about page: if love is the basis of our existence, then why is mother nature and evolution full of suffering and…

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Things I have learned in my life so far

I came across this list made by Stefan Sagmeister, a Scandinavian artist. There is a simple, honest common sense to his list. It is very pithy and straight forward and is not overly altruistic. I have learned a number of these already, and still have yet to fully grasp a few others. Helping other people helps me. Having guts always works out for me. Thinking life will be better in the future is stupid. I have to live now. Starting a charity is surprisingly easy. Being not truthful works against me. Everything I do always comes back to me. Assuming is stifling. [Addictive] drugs feel great in the beginning and…

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Clarifying the Natural State – Books

By Dakpo Tashi Namgyal This is a powerful, pithy book on mahamudra. The teachings are direct, and while the traditional four levels of mahamudra are covered, I prefer the preceding chapters where a fresh, lucid, almost personal account of the nature of mind is given. It seems as if this was written as one-on-one personal…

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Excellent articles on consciousness and physics

This collection of articles on consciousness, physics and reality is one of the best I have ever come across: TWN Reference. The person who put together the index is practicing Indigenous Weather Modification in New Zealand. Now that is interesting.  Here are some article highlights: Alternative Cosmologies and Altered States – Stanislav Grof Interview withPribram Karl Consciousness and the New Physics Universe as a Hologram, The – Michael Talbot Reality and Consciousness (From Science to God) – Peter Russell I hope you may enjoy this hidden treasure.

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Contemplations on the Nature of Reality

When I was  young, I recall being reprimanded for taking apart my aunt’s toaster—I just wanted to understand how it worked. Now I find myself attempting to do the same thing with reality itself. How is it all put together, what is it’s nature, how does it work? I’ve never been that interested in a philosophical approach because I think one…

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One Sky – Integral Conservation and Sustainable Development

I recently came across the unique Canadian NGO called One Sky. They are practicing international environmental conservation and sustainable development with an integral approach. As someone who is very interested in integral philosophy it is exciting to see it put in action. The integral movement is a fast growing community of people who are taking the integral philosophies of Sri Aurobindo, Ken Wilber and others and putting this inclusive world view into action in the world. In brief, integral theory takes the position that every tradition from spiritual to cultural to scientific has a slice of the truth. Using a four quadrant model with different levels in each quadrant, each…

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ITAD: Information & Technology Addiction Disorder

I’d like to take the liberty to define a new psychological disorder: ITAD: Information & Technology Addition Disorder. If this condition doesn’t exist in modern psychology, I believe that maybe it should. Yes, it would just be another-perhaps useless-label on what is just a stream of consciousness; Nevertheless, for myself, I feel it would be helpful to have a label to highlight a condition that I see myself often falling into.

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Déjà vu – a glimpse of the reality of time?

As my experience of déjà vu increases, I realize that perhaps it is not the mental aberration I once thought it was. It might just be a glimpse into the true nature of reality: that time is not finite—it is illusory. Fundamentally time does not exist, it is a construct of our collective minds. The nature of reality is a unity existing in a multi dimensional perfection. In this original state, there is no time, all things exist simultaneously: past present and future. When we see the same thing from a lower perspective of reality, it looks like time exists and is solid. Déjà vu is a brief glimpse—a glitch…

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Canadian Liberals, NDP and Greens: Form an Alliance. Please!

The idea is quite simple: Canadian Liberals, NDPs, Greens – get over your differences and form an alliance in order to defeat the conservatives in the next election. Liberals: your glory days are over, you need need this more than anybody else. NDP: even with all your excellent policies, will you ever be able to form a government? Greens: even if you finally win that one seat, your voice will be much larger as part of the government. Rather than mixing red, orange and green and get the Canadian Brown Party, get creative. Perhaps parties could retain their unique flavour and still be part of an official alliance. The new…

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Ayahuasca Information and Retreats

On this page I plan to share my knowledge of ayahuasca resources for my friends. Ayahuasca Retreats If you are interested in participating in ayahuasca ceremonies in peru go here to find everything you need Ayahuasca retreats at Retreat Guru. It’s a website with 100’s of Ayahuasca and San Pedro centers, shamans and events mainly in Peru,…

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Origins of Bizarre Nazca & Paracas Pottery — A Theory

While wandering the streets in San Blas, Cuzco, Peru, I came across an elegant pottery shop. The pieces were exquisite, crafted by artisans with years of experience with designs inspired by Inca, Nazca, Paracas, Moche and Chavin culture. When I saw the bizarre designs of the Nazca and Paracas inspired pieces, I was shocked with how they were perfect depictions of…

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The real difference between liberals and conservatives

This is an insightful TED Talks by Jonathan Haidt on what makes liberals and conservatives different. For me it was a real eye opener that helps boot me out of the rightous view that liberals are ‘more’ right. He show how 5 measures of morals (which I believe he should weight somehow) are valued differently by each group. Watching the video helps me to see that in order to move forward, one really needs to think of the other groups’ perspective. powerful helpful stuff. I wonder what the conservatives think about it. Interestingly, he uses eastern religions as a model for how to move forward out of this dualism. http://www.ted.com/index.php/talks/jonathan_haidt_on_the_moral_mind.html

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Great undergraduate program for self-directed/mature students

I recently enrolled in the Independent Studies program at University Waterloo to complete my Bachelors degree so that I can attend a Masters program in the future. What is amazing about this program is it’s flexibility: you can literally create any program or course that you could imagine. For example, for this semester my self-created courses are as follows: Bodhisattva Path – taken via Ngedon School online Mahamudra – also via Ngedon School Meditation Practicum – a 15 day solitary retreat Spanish Intensive – self study, and local courses here in cusco, peru ayahuasca cosmology – I plan to interview local shamans about their view on the nature of reality Next…

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