Monday, December 11, 2017

FREE 7-day meditation retreat (Ven. Rahula)

Bhante Rahula (; Dhr. Seven, Amber Larson (eds.), Wisdom Quarterly

American Buddhist monk Ven. Yogavacara Rahula, author of the drug-fueled travel memoir One Night's Shelter, will lead a 7-day mindfulness, insight-meditation, and yoga retreat in Southern California in January 2018. 

One Night's Shelter (Bhante Rahula)

One Night's Shelter (Ven. Rahula)
This candid and highly readable autobiography of the well-known American Buddhist monk Bhante Rahula describes his transformation from a G.I. and drug dealing hippie to ascetic contemplative in the Theravada tradition of Buddhism in Sri Lanka. The unvarnished accounts caused some stir, as Ven. Rahula describes dealing drugs and getting arrested for smuggling a kilo of hashish from Afghanistan prior to his spiritual conversion. He is now most well-known for integrating Hatha Yoga with Vipassana (Buddhist insight-meditation). See Ven. Rahula's DhammaTube video clips on youtube,, or 

Who is Bhante Rahula?
Bhante Rahula, or Ven. Yogavacara Rahula (Scott Joseph DuPrez), was born in Southern California in 1948, ordained as a novice in Sri Lanka in 1975, and took higher ordination in Thailand in 1979. He lived in West Virginia at  Bhavana Society Forest Monastery from 1986 to 2010, after which he has been on indefinite tour as an itinerant monk in the U.S. and Asia, often traveling to and hiking in the Himalayas.

He recently (Dec. 10, 2017) held an excellent one-day mindfulness meditation retreat in Los Angeles. He is planning a FREE 7-day mindfulness meditation (vipassana) and yoga retreat in Banning, California. Sign up now.

Retreatants may stay seven or fewer days as indicated on their retreat applications. Free or by donation (dana). This class funds Ven. Rahula's continued itinerant travel, teaching, and workshops around the world, like next year's Global Mindfulness Summit in Buddhist Sri Lanka.

"One Arroyo," L.A. Forest, Pasadena; Xochitl, Seth Auberon (eds.), Wisdom Quarterly

The Effort
Kizh/Tongva once preserved the land
What is the "One Arroyo" effort? The Arroyo Seco ["Dry Riverbed"] is Pasadena's great outdoor space, used by millions each year for recreation and enjoyment.

Even though the Arroyo itself has seldom been conceived or designed as one continuous space, from the headwaters in the north to the tributary waters in the south, its natural habitats, resources, and historic sites are unlike any other and enthusiastically enjoyed by those who live, work, and visit the city.
The "One Arroyo" Effort endeavors to bring awareness to the work by the Arroyo Advisory Group (AAG) and others to restore the legacy of Pasadena's historic Arroyo Seco and unite all three areas of the Arroyo -- Hahamongna, Central Arroyo, and Lower Arroyo -- under a singular vision.

The Vision

One Arroyo Walk with Mayor (arroyosage)
Vision for the Arroyo. The AAG has developed a draft vision statement for the Arroyo. This vision will be refined as the group conducts its outreach to the community.

"Pasadena's great outdoor space, the historic Arroyo Seco, will become 'One Arroyo.' From the headwaters in the north to the tributaries in the south, its natural habitats, resources, and historic sites will be preserved, enhanced, and connected by an extraordinary end-to-end trail system, all anchored by a central hub." More

ETs and US Navy's Secret Space Program

Author Michael Salla (Secret Space Programs, Book 2, Kindle Edition), foreword by Robert Wood; Pfc. Sandoval, Seth Auberon  (eds.), Wisdom Quarterly

The U.S. Navy's Secret Space Program and Nordic Extraterrestrial Alliance
The Los Angeles Air Raid on February 24-25, 1942, opened an unprecedented chapter in the evolution of the U.S. Navy.

UFOs over Los Angeles, CA in 1942
In response to this incident, which is called "The Battle of Los Angeles," a covert research program to investigate the feasibility of exotic antigravity propulsion technologies was developed.

In addition, U.S. Navy operatives were embedded in Nazi-occupied Europe to learn about the Germans’ advanced flying saucer programs, and they discovered that the Nazis were receiving assistance from two extraterrestrial groups with very different agendas.

U.S. Secret Space Programs and ETs (Dr. Salla)
The debriefing of the operatives took place at Naval Air Station, San Diego, led by Rear Admiral Rico Botta. He instructed a “Disseminator of Naval Research and Information,” William Tompkins, to take confidential briefing packets to select think tanks, corporations, and university departments around the country.

Later, Tompkins worked with a number of leading aerospace companies to design massive spacecraft for a secret U.S. Navy space program and was fatefully assisted by extraterrestrial visitors described as “Nordics” [blond, blue-eyed "Aryan" Pleiadians or "Tall Whites"].

An extensive number of documents substantiate Tompkins’ claims of the existence of a covert Navy program created to study, design, and build deep space battle groups.

They became operational in the 1980s. Now the Navy has a new goal to enact a plan to level the universal playing field. And the election of Pres. Donald Trump may just be the wild card they needed to reveal…everything! More

News of the Day (video)

"Is hypnosis fake?" Hypnotist stuns TEDx (video)

Albert Nerenberg (TEDx, May 5, 2016); Amber Larson, Dhr. Seven (eds.), Wisdom Quarterly

Most people think hypnosis is a trick. One religion has called it "sinful." (Which religion would that be? Hmm, we wonder). Science has questioned its very existence ever since US Ambassador Ben Franklin said Franz Mesmer was a phony.
Self-hypnosis: I am getting sleepy, very sleepy
Hypnotist and acclaimed filmmaker (Laughology, You Are What You Act) Albert Nerenberg asks: What happens if you run a series of standard hypnotic inductions on a large crowd such as the audience at TEDxQueens?
Is hypnosis fake? Let’s find out. The results are a knockout, literally. This comical presentation may finally provide a street science explanation for how hypnosis actually works.
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    Saturday, December 9, 2017

    The best way to get DRUNK

    Ac. Mahaviirananda Avadhuta (The Tantric Guru: Enchanting Stories of His Life, p. 251, Ananda Marga Publications, 2011); Dhr. Seven, Ashley Wells (eds.), Wisdom Quarterly; Ananda Purnima

    This better be good, cuz I'm not in the mood.
    A student from Muzzafarpur in Bihar state, India [where Prince Siddhartha became the Buddha, "the Awakened One"] went to the Ananda Marga's meeting place in Beautiful Town.

    Many devotees were around "Baba" [Shrii Shrii Anandamurtiji, born P. K. Sarkar, the Indian philosopher who developed Progressive Utilization Theory].
    Baba told him, "Come close to me." Then he said, "What do you drink in your hostel? Why do you keep a bottle [of alcohol] hidden on your bookshelf? Nobody knows about it, but I know. Move closer, near to me."
    Then as he touched the student's trikuti [forehead], the student went into samadhi [trance, mental unification, collectedness, stillness, deep concentration].

    Where exactly is the trikuti or confluence to three sacred "rivers"?

    Thanks but I prefer water to immortality.
    Baba explained, "During samadhi [a coherent and blissful state of mind] there is a hormone [DMT, melatonin?] secretion from the pineal gland. It is amrta rasa [amata, ambrosia, a "nectar of immortality"], a nectarean hormone. The student is not senseless; rather, he is in samadhi.

    "After a while his senses will become active again and when he regains normal consciousness his eyes will be red, as if he is drunk. This is divine intoxication, not wine intoxication."

    After 20 minutes the student opened his eyes. Everybody could see that they were reddish as if he were drunk.

    The mysterious pineal gland for endo-DMT
    Baba asked him, "How do you feel? Are you enjoying it?"

    Baba then added, "The student's state is a thousand times better than being in a wine-drunken state. When people drink wine their senses become dull, and their minds become more crude and blind [obtunded].

    Ananda Marga devotees dance, sing kirtan
    "But when devotees go into samadhi, they go into a fine [sublime] state of subtlety. And after, when they become normal again, they are fully refreshed."

    Baba requested the student, "Promise me not to drink wine again." Then Baba promised him, "If you do more spiritual exercises (sadhana), you will be able to enjoy samadhi.

    "The hormonal secretion from the pineal gland will give you more concentration of mind and you will be able to study well, whereas after drinking wine, you lose your sensory awareness and feel sleepy. Then you miss your studies and waste you father's money by purchasing wine. For the blissful experience of samadhi, you don't have to spend a single [cent]."

    Free Meditation Retreat (Ven. Rahula)

    Bhante Rahula; Ananda M., Wisdom Quarterly

    Sunday, December 10th: A Day of Mindfulness Meditation with Ven. Rahula (author of the illicit drug and spiritual search travel memoir One Night's Shelter), 8:00 am-5:30 pm at the Shanti Vihara, 1750 Mountain Ave., Pomona, California. This event is free, and lunch/refreshment is provided. For more information contact Ananda: (858) 752-2331. More (Retreat flyer)

    LA Buddhist Vihara, Pasadena, Full Moon Day Retreat, Dec. 10th.

    Friday, December 8, 2017

    Learning a Mantra for Meditation (meeting)

    Ananda M., Jen (Dharma Meditation Initiative, L.A.), Dhr. Seven, CC Liu, Wisdom Quarterly
    Pasa Dharma Buddhist Meditation in Pasadena, FREE, Thursdays, 7:00-8:30 PM
    On Dec. 7th ("Secrets of Buddhist Meditation") we learned about karma (kamma), the three roots of all skillful actions, and the roots of all unskillful actions.

    The question is, If unconscious motives keep leading us to suffering, what is the solution?
    The Buddha taught three powerful things to counteract bad karma and bring about the end of all suffering in this very life:
    1. virtue (sila)
    2. coherence (samadhi)
    3. wisdom (prajna)
    These three secrets were revealed and explained, and we learned a technique for getting into a deep meditative state right now, no matter what.
    On Dec. 14th we'll do Neptune's yoga, mantra*, mindful walking, and a special practice of letting go -- forgiving ourselves and others -- to deepen our meditative states.
    • *SPECIAL ACTIVITY: How to use a Sanskrit mantra to clear the mind and touch deep serenity and bliss. To learn this mantra in advance, listen to Alan Watts' latest Sunday morning show (Dec. 3rd, 2017, 8:00-8:30 AM) free at
    • FREE/by donation. Vegan refreshments served.
    Our Thursday night meditation practice sessions are for full-body physical and spiritual experiences in our pyramid-assisted amethyst and quartz crystal circle.