Our Global Sexual Misconduct Problem

For most of us, sex is one of life’s greatest treasures. It can also be a tragedy. The reasons why seem obvious. I can sum them up quickly for you in this fit-for-the-public first section of the story. I really, truly don’t think you want to request the second section companion poem (see below). It’s going to be too rough for you.                    

Thank you for reading and thank you for clicking the backlinks.                                                                Stay well. Love, Ten

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                    Our Global Sexual Misconduct Problem       
        

There are sexual misconduct and rape problems in Nepal. They are probably no worse here than in America and not as severe as in some other parts of the world—but they exist. Most cultures and countries have suffered and condoned this tragedy since the beginning of people. The criminal sexuality problem has been more strongly brought to our attention in recent years by advances in technology that now circulate news instantaneously across the globe. That is of course a good thing, but the same technology also fosters a commercial manipulation that aggravates the problem. That commercial manipulation is one of several concrete reasons why so many folks are ruled as much by their genitals as they are by their minds and hearts.
          It is certainly necessary to hold the individual perverts accountable for their actions. But isn’t our reaction to all the sensationalist exposures of sexual deviance by celebrities just a bit short-sighted? Where is the much more important indictment of our culture? our religions? our advertising?          

Nature’s hardwiring of human reproductive drives is so much to deal with all by itself that it makes most people’s heads explode during puberty. Having the male equipment makes the job even more difficult. It takes effort, willpower, and education to insure that harmlessly out-of-control boys don’t grow up to become harmfully out-of-control men. Do we get that training? No! Instead we get religiously mandated sexual repression that too often leads to criminally explosive acting out.            

Commercial advertising adds fuel to the fire. It gives us an insipid sexual hypnosis designed to sell products. The people behind these processes use sexual references and images to push the buttons within us that are beyond most people’s conscious control. Salesmen have used this approach powerfully enough to convince people to do some pretty bizarre things and purchase some very bizarre products. The effects of this constant battering by sexual nuance within advertising, religious sexual repression, and no-longer-relevant gender role assignments have led us into social disaster.            

So what do we do? Do we try to cut off the problem at its source? Do we attempt to uproot this systemic manipulation of our population by prosecuting or at least making changes within those institutions responsible for all this negative brainwashing? No, we prefer the gross sensationalist approach that allows us to stay in denial about our systemic shortcomings. We prefer to deny our collective responsibility and malfunctions by heaping rage upon a few degenerates that have been clumsy, evil, and unfortunate enough to get picked out of the crowd. This allows us to feel good about being on the “right side” without having to take any action that may wobble the status quo. It allows us to enjoy a delusional feeling of moral superiority while still being complicit in systems that foster a real moral degeneracy.           

Of course, everyone is responsible for their actions and again, individual perverts are not excusable. But from another angle and in a deeper sense, their prosecution equates to the war on individual illegal drug users as opposed to addressing a drug culture that has been spawned, sponsored, and fostered by the pharmaceutical/medical industry. It also bears resemblance to the war on poor people that we are engaged in as opposed to the war on poverty that we should be engaging.          

These systemic malfunctions are global problems. But as is so often true, America gets the lion’s share of media coverage and so seems to lead the way. Do we want to be the nation that leads the world in prosecuting sexually degenerated individuals while at the same time leading the world in perpetuating the degenerate systems that produced those sick individuals?           

Humanity has reached a “by-any-means-necessary” need for change regarding religious sexual repression, our culturally accepted norms based on gender role anachronisms, and the modern hypnotic mental disease that is commercial advertising. As is true of so many global problems, there is a lot of talk but not enough action. So many essential messages from activists, comedians, sages, and even politicians continue to fall on deaf ears in spite of their importance. We ignore difficult problems and even more difficult solutions in favor of manageable scapegoats, alibis, and excuses.          

You can hang everyone from the most severe Cosbys to the mildest Frankens. You can string them up in public from the highest trees you can find. If not a very compassionate reaction, it is certainly an understandable one.          

But treating a symptom never cured a disease.          

***THERE IS A SHORT POETIC COMPANION PIECE THAT GOES WITH THIS PROSE BIT ABOVE. IT IS A CONTINUING RANT ABOUT HOW WE, THROUGH OUR SOCIAL CONVENTIONS, HAVE FOSTERED A VERY DANGEROUS AND UNHEALTHY ATTITUDE TOWARD WOMEN AND SEXUALITY. IT LAYS RESPONSIBILITY FOR THAT ON WE INDIVIDUALS FOR NOT TAKING THE REINS OF OUR AMORPHOUS “SOCIETY” OR “CULTURE.” IT INDICTS WE FOLKS THAT MAKE UP OUR SOCIETIES RATHER THAN TREATING THOSE SOCIAL COLLECTIVES AS IF THEY WERE INDEPENDENTLY OPERATING STRUCTURES OUTSIDE OF OUR INFLUENCE.
     HUMANS OFTEN FEEL ATTACHED TO THEIR SOCIAL COLLECTIVE WHEN IT IS CONVENIENT. “WE WENT TO THE MOON!” “WE WON THE WAR!” “WE BUILT A CIVILIZATION!” BUT HUMANS ALSO QUICKLY DETACH FROM SOCIAL STRUCTURES AND INSTITUTIONS WHEN THEY ARE INCONVENIENT, BOTHERSOME, HORRIFYING, OR EVEN JUST EMBARRASSING. “THE MEDICAL INDUSTRY KILLS MORE PEOPLE THAN IT SAVES!” “CORPORATIONS ARE DESTROYING THE PLANET!” “THE GOVERNMENT STARTS IMMORAL WARS THAT KILL MILLIONS OF INNOCENT PEOPLE!”      THE ENTIRE MEDICAL INDUSTRY, EVERY CORPORATION, AND ALL GOVERNMENTS ARE COMPOSED OF WE THE PEOPLE OF EARTH. BUT MOST FOLKS MENTALLY DISTANCE THEMSELVES FROM AND THEN TRANSFER RESPONSIBILITY TO AMORPHOUS STRUCTURES. WE DON’T RECOGNIZE OURSELVES AS THE REAL PERPETRATORS, OR EVEN AS COMPLICIT PARTICIPANTS.
     THE POEM IN QUESTION DOES NOT TAKE THAT STANCE. IT WILL BE SEEN AS WAY TOO CRUDE AND OFFENSIVE FOR MOST FOLKS. IF YOU WANT TO SEE IT ANYWAY, PLEASE SEND ME A REQUEST. I WILL BE GLAD TO FORWARD IT TO YOU—ON CONDITION THAT IF YOU END UP BEING REPULSED RATHER THAN INSPIRED BY THE (SO-CALLED) FOUL LANGUAGE,  HARSH RHETORIC, AND MERCILESS OBSERVATIONS, YOU WILL PLEASE REMEMBER THAT YOU WERE WARNED ABOUT THIS PIECE. AGAIN, IT IS PROBABLY NOT FOR YOU.
                                                    Be well.  
                       
Many thanks to our wonderful friends at Pema Boutique Hotel for their help and support.
***The books Fearless Puppy On American Road and Reincarnation Through Common Sense by this same author are also available through Amazon or the Fearless Puppy website, where there are sample chapters from those books. Entertaining TV/radio interviews with and newspaper articles about the author are also available there. There is no charge for anything but the complete books! All author profits from book sales will be donated to help sponsor an increase in the number of wisdom professionals on Earth, beginning with but certainly not limited to Buddhist monks and nuns.        
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Hello from Nepal! I hope you are very happy and healthy.    

This week’s post is not written by me. It is written by Thinley Wangmo Lama. It is going into my new book anyway. Many great photos follow after the text!
     If you want to enjoy a renewed faith in humanity, check out this project and its very special administrator. Most of what we hear these days is about what is going wrong in the world. Here is proof that there are things going right. Asian women’s health, rights, equality, and an increased respect within their culture are all being addressed by this effort. A new phase of the project, women’s literacy training, is about to join the health effort. The men in these locations can already read and write. The women very much want to read and write but have not been given the opportunity to learn—until now. That fact alone sums up the pervasive problems. The following article sums up the solution. If you have already helped, bless you. If you want to help now, whether by financial contribution or whatever other offering, the address is within the post. Also, feel free to contact me directly for more information. Whether you can help or not, read this for your own sake. It will make your heart happy to learn of this effort and meet the person making it.        

Next week, more stories about life in Nepal and elsewhere.

Thank you for reading, and thank you for clicking the backlinks.                               Be well. Love, Tenzin  

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  Journey with a Purpose to Limi Valley Ecopad Project Limi Valley, Humla Nepal |

Project ReportObjective:- Free Distribution Programme of Eco-Friendly Reusable Sanitary Pads in the remote village of Humla, Nepal – Limi Valley
Journey Date:- 15th September 2021 to 7th October 2021
Distribution Areas:- Limi Valley – Dhuling, Zang, Halji and Til
Participants:- Thinley Wangmo (Project Leader), Phurbu Doma (Limi Youth Society Vice President), and Jigme Dolma (Nurse)
Total Expenditure:- NPR 6,40,500/-
Women Count:-Women between 10 – 55 years: 171Women above 55 years: 61
Goals Achieved:-

1. Distributed Eco Femme Reusable Sanitary Pads and cotton Underwear to 232 Limi Girls and Women

2. Taught correct way to use the ecopads and made sure they realized the importance of drying the pads out in the sunlight

3. Emphasized symptoms of Premenstrual Syndrome (PMS) and hygiene measures during periods

4. Tackled menstruation shame and embarrassment

5. Raised their self-esteem and exhibited a positive attitude towards menstruation

6. Taught basic yoga exercises for lower back pain, knee pain, menstrual cramps and to enhance blood circulation to the reproductive system

7. Selected a volunteer from each village to monitor the project outcomes

The Distribution Journey

This journey with a purpose towards the mountain trails in northwestern Nepal’s Humla district was truly an experience of a lifetime. It is a different feeling when you work hard towards something and see it manifesting right in front of your eyes. While planning the workshop, we were doubtful whether the women would participate openly or not. Not only did we get one hundred percent participation from the women in each village, but we also got excellent attention and two-way discussion during the workshop. Sharing our knowledge, empathizing with the toughness of their village life, listening to stories that they normally would hesitate to share, and seeing the gratitude in their eyes made us blissful.We had taken 500 underwear and 1500 ecopads for an estimated number of 250 women; 6 ecopads per woman. However, there were only 171 menstruating women in Limi Valley. So, we distributed the additional pads equally in each village. And we also gave underwear to the remaining 61 elderly women.

Learning and Reflections

We are happy to inform you that the initial response to the ecopads was wonderful. The women liked the feel and quality of the ecopads from Eco Femme. They were amazed by the fact that they were receiving sanitary pads made of cotton and which can be reused for a few years.

• Were we able to convince them to wear Ecopads?

Before:-As per our survey, the majority of women above 35 years are using pads made from rags. The majority of the younger women especially those below 30 years are mostly using disposable sanitary pads and sometimes pads made from rags. The women either throw the disposable pads into the river or dump them into nearby lands. Although most of them regret this habit, they are left with little or no choice.
Now:-After understanding the environmental effect of their waste disposal method and the cost-effectiveness of the ecopads, all of them agreed to try out the Eco Femme Reusable Sanitary Pads. Additionally, they agreed to offer their honest feedback to the selected volunteers after using the ecopads for a few months.

• What basic health and hygiene did we focus on?

We got a positive response when asked if they maintain the most basic yet important habit of washing hands. The younger school-going children even shared the experience of properly washing their hands with soap. We gave examples of Premenstrual syndrome (PMS) and how sharing their pain with their mother or family member can make their life easier. We advised them to change the underwear daily and the ecopads after every 6-8 hours depending on the period flow.

• How did we tackle Period shame?

It is most difficult to change people’s perceptions. Similarly, we had a tough time addressing period shame and communicating the importance of talking about periods to men in a shame-free manner. How could we make the women appreciate their body and the natural process of menstruation for childbirth when they believed that women are inferior due to periods? Some even complained that they have to spend additional expenses on daughters as they have to buy bras and sanitary napkins. Initially, most of them went against talking to men about periods. But we emphasized to begin just one small change, to which the majority agreed- To stop period shame in their own family and talk freely with their father, brother, and husband about period-related topics to create a ripple effect in the entire community.

Challenges

Collecting enough donations was no doubt the first challenge of the project. However, traveling to Limi Valley was the harder part of the project. Since the valley is located in the extreme remote part of Nepal, there is an issue of lack of transportation, unreliable road conditions. One cannot go with a fixed schedule and needs to be very flexible.
Sanitation facilities are inadequate in the entire Limi Valley and the lack of functional latrines in the houses can be difficult at times.

Future Plans

Our volunteers at the local level will take feedback and evaluate the project outcomes. If successful, we plan to distribute the next batch of EcoPads within 2-3 years. If not successful, we plan to visit Limi again to evaluate the situation.

When asked what other kinds of support the women require, surprisingly the majority of them showed interest in learning how to read and write. The younger women were frustrated not being able to write their name neither in English nor in Nepali and having to sign official documents with their thumb impressions. The older women were interested in learning how to read Tibetan prayer scripts to be able to understand Buddhist Philosophy in depth.

• How do we plan to achieve this?

We realized that the Limi women were extremely busy with their household works, field works, and community-building works throughout the year except during winter. So, a winter coaching session seems like a good idea. We want to start the first phase of teaching Buddhist prayers to interested women this coming winter. Of course, interested men will also be welcomed. Therefore, with the remaining donation amount, we will be starting the 2021 winter class in Halji with how to read Tibetan script.

Anyone NGO or Private Fund interested to support this Limi Literacy Program, kindly contact/WhatsApp me at +977-9840222717

Lastly, none of this would have been possible without our kind sponsors. Thank you to each donor for making a difference through your generosity.
We would like to express our deepest gratitude to Eco Femme, Senge Foundation, North America Limi Welfare Society, Humla Limi Welfare Society, Limi Youth Society, Responsible Treks, Konchok Migmar, Doug Rose, Dr. Choong, Phurbu Doma and Jigme Dolma for bringing a positive change into the lives of these women and many others.
Eco Femme 森給慈善基金會 North America Limi Humla Limi Welfare Socty Limi youth society Responsible Treks K Migmar Lama Doug Rose Phurbu Doma Tsering Dickey Tamang Lama

Thank you all for supporting our project and the women of Limi Valley.
Thinley WangmoTeam Ecopad
  

                                  
Many thanks to our wonderful friends at Pema Boutique Hotel for their help and support.
***The books Fearless Puppy On American Road and Reincarnation Through Common Sense by this same author are also available through Amazon or the Fearless Puppy website, where there are sample chapters from those books. Entertaining TV/radio interviews with and newspaper articles about the author are also available there. There is no charge for anything but the complete books! All author profits from book sales will be donated to help sponsor an increase in the number of wisdom professionals on Earth, beginning with but certainly not limited to Buddhist monks and nuns.        
***If you missed the Introduction to the new book that will be titled Temple Dog Soldier, or would like to see several chapters of it that are available for free online, go to the Puppy website Blog section. This is a book in progress. You will be reading it as it is being created! Just like you, I don’t know what the next chapter is going to be about until it is written. As the Intro will tell you, this is a totally true story—and probably the only book ever written by and about a corpse journeying completely around the world!

Doggy Digestion and Other Party Animals

Doggy Digestion And Other Party Animals

Hi! I hope you are happy and healthy. Here are a couple of pieces from Thailand. They could just have easily come from Nepal. Both nations are devout. Both used to have potential for doing the wild and crazy. These two bits are in the book Reincarnation Through Common Sense. The first is in basic song lyric form. It is is a tribute to the beloved temple dogs that lived in my Buddhist temple home. The second is pretty formless, but is almost in the form of internal rhyme lyrics. It is about a saintly alcoholic German resort manager. I hope you have as much fun reading them as I had experiencing and writing them.

Thanks very much for reading, and for clicking the backlinks. Stay well. Love, Tenzin

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Feeding Chilis to Dogs

PRELUDE: Buddhism is very kind to animals. The dogs at this Southeast Asian temple get treated better than most humans in any country. We comb through their fur to pick tics and burdocks off of them. They get petted, played with, and loved about as often as they want to be. At noon, when the Monks and Nuns are finished eating for the day, the dogs get a large amount of leftovers. They eat the same white rice soaked in a variety of delicacies as the people eat. More often than not, the delicacies contain meat or seafood. These delicious dishes are prepared daily by villagers for the Monks and Nuns, but the villagers know full well that the dogs are a part of our temple community and will be finishing off these offerings. Many of these dishes are spicy enough to scare even hardcore lovers of hot food. The dogs get everything, chili peppers included.

That brought this little ditty to mind. I picture it being harmonized barbershop quartet style by four dogs ranging from puppy to old age. They all have with indigestion. It could be sung in any number of different rhythms. Pick one you like.

You comb us and feed us, you love and debreed us if we have the worms in our stool You let us roam ‘round as we damn well please. You pet us and think that we’re cool

Your kindness unbounded keeps us hounds unhounded. We’re comfy as bumps upon logs But for the canine life of me, I just can’t see why you feed fuggin chilis to dogs

CHORUS Chili peppers to dogs, chili peppers to dogs You know we eat a fast bowl It tears us a new asshole Buddha answer our prayer or an ulcer we’ll share ‘Cause you feed chili peppers to dogs

Our coats are all shiny, they glow as if waxed There are bones in the meat and we love you for that

Our whole lives are blessings, we never get taxed You give us fine pork, never trimming the fat

Weeeeeee Looooooove Faaaaaaaaaaaaat !!!

We’re gratefully not in the streets getting kicked, or born in a desert to abusive lepers But our butts always bleed, and we’re dizzy and sick Please give us the food, but hold out the peppers

Chili peppers to dogs, chili peppers to dogsYou know we eat a fast bowlIt tears us a new assholeBuddha answer our prayer or an ulcer we’ll share When you feed chili peppers to dogs

Note: Truthfully, the dogs are well adapted to their lifelong consumption of these chilis. The spiciness of the food does not bother them at all. If the peppers were disturbing to the dogs, the Monks and Nuns would pick them out before feeding time.

PRELUDE: “Sepp” was my best friend in Thailand. He managed the resort a few miles down the beach from the temple. I was literally penniless at the time. Sepp bought me unlimited beer, smokes, food, and provided a free room whenever I would need a break from the sweet but austere bliss of the temple. He was one of the kindest, craziest people that I ever had the privilege of knowing.

Sepp had fun every day, but what he did on his days off was the seed of legend throughout the community.

Sepp’s Day Off

Each morning after, I swoon, wheeze, and cough, but I still never miss my best friend Sepp’s day off. He cooks, drives, and manages—keeps his week tight, but when Sepp has a day off he sure does it right. We go out together, proceed to get plastered, and when we are done we are two drunken bastards. It’s rarely just us two. Folks always come ‘round to see what ole Sepp’s gonna do to the town. They come from next door and from miles far away. They know on Sepp’s day off that it’s time to play. Elvis and Janis had parties galore, but compared to Sepp’s day off they were prob’ly a bore. Sing into microphones, crank calls on telephones, trek through the jungle to a winemaking uncle, then off to the ocean—perpetual motion! Watch wildlife through telescopes, smoke lots of kick-ass dope. Bring booze to construction sites, get workers way too tight. Cook mango puree and distribute it free to random passersby while getting them high. Climb trees for coconuts and display our naked butts, topless girls flash us back with invites to rub our backs—an excellent notion, don’t forget lotion! Visit a holy shrine, while drunk on old uncle’s wine—share some with the police, watch their tension decrease! Direct traffic on the roads to save endangered toads. Some drivers just steer, others stop to share beer. Free English class is a local desire. We fill it with laughter wearing goth/vamp attire. No regular teacher, that plastic-fanged Whiteboy! Learning’s more fun when life is your toy. Back at the resort we are still at our best, thrusting parties and laughter upon happy guests. Sometimes I just stand there and laugh while I’m pissing. If you’ve not seen Sepp’s day off, you don’t know what you’re missing.

Many thanks to our wonderful friends at Pema Boutique Hotel for their help and support. ***The books Fearless Puppy On American Road and Reincarnation Through Common Sense by this same author are also available through Amazon or the Fearless Puppy website, where there are sample chapters from those books. Entertaining TV/radio interviews with and newspaper articles about the author are also available there. There is no charge for anything but the complete books! All author profits from book sales will be donated to help sponsor an increase in the number of wisdom professionals on Earth, beginning with but certainly not limited to Buddhist monks and nuns. ***If you missed the Introduction to the new book that will be titled Temple Dog Soldier, or would like to see several chapters of it that are available for free online, go to the Puppy website Blog section. This is a book in progress. You will be reading it as it is being created! Just like you, I don’t know what the next chapter is going to be about until it is written. As the Intro will tell you, this is a totally true story—and probably the only book ever written by and about a corpse journeying completely around the world!

A Working Class hero Is Something To Be

“A Working Class Hero Is Something To Be”

What’s going on where you are? I hope you are happy and healthy. There are influential teachers, friends, and exemplars in everyone’s life. I am certainly not alone in considering this guy to be influential in mine. This very short chapter is in the new book’s Tribute To Teachers section. I’m guessing that most of you, and especially those who grew up while John was alive, will share its sentiments. I hope you enjoy it.

Thanks very much for reading, and for clicking the backlinks. Stay well. Love, Tenzin

***p.s. As always, if you find these weekly bits bothersome, let me know and I’ll stop sending them to you. If you find the reading at all enjoyable, please—it literally takes only seconds—click one or more or all of the highlighted backlinks following this paragraph. This simple process is completely without risk, cost, or difficulty. All it does is bring you to the site that is highlighted. Each click is a big help in pushing Fearless Puppy up in the Google rankings. Whether you browse the sites or close the windows immediately, your help has been delivered when you click. Thank you!

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“A Working Class Hero Is Something To Be”

A rebellious, maladjusted version of common sense often screams into human ears as the insanity of puberty arrives. Basic intelligence is famous for getting lost under the influence of raging hormones during the early stages of biological adulthood. But basic intelligence can also be enhanced by those very same hormones!

Common sense was seriously pissed off in the 1960s, even without the influence of hormones. This was understandable. A lot of information was being presented to us as sensible truths that deserved attention and demanded obedience. Much of that information was so darkly and dangerously nonsensical that it needed to be exposed to the light by any means necessary. Many folks became traumatized by the decade’s severe transitions. They got one foot stuck in the widespread cultural obedience of the 1950s and the other foot stuck in the volatile progressive revolution of the 1960s. Tight-rope walking across that cultural schism with each foot on a different rope left some of us unbalanced. I can remember acting like a cartoon character that was mean enough to drop a box of rocks from a roof, dumb (and fast!) enough to run under it while it was still falling, and disjointed from reality enough to blame the rest of the world for my headache. It seems that hard drugs, wild hormones, cultural as well as personal schizophrenia, and parenting that made Joan Crawford look like Mr. Rogers did not mix well.

Finding unorthodox information in the psychedelic ’60s was easy and dangerous. Things that could help immensely and things that could hurt severely were both readily available—and often came in the same package. Rock stars, school kids, their teachers, inner city folks, country bumpkins, geniuses, dunces, and folks of all sizes, shapes, and colors got dropped into the same unfamiliar waters. No one knew how to swim. Some learned. Some drowned.

The psychedelic experience opened many new doors of perception, but poisonous chemical side effects and constrictive cultural repression denied many young folks the ability to deal with what was on the other side of those doors. Some of us made wrong choices and died young. Others rode the right choices out of control and died young. Still others survived and flourished. Altered states helped many young folks separate from the dysfunctional drama of their parents and culture. I was one of those young folks. Altered states introduced me to the sweet, calm confidence that comes from having had a loving family forever. My first tab of LSD taught me that forever is always right here and now. The loving-family feeling revolved around the messages and messengers of our music.

Friends became closer than family in sharing that music’s point of view, and in sharing the often risky mental explorations that were so much a part of its message. Our music wasn’t just background accompaniment. It was often the road map for our psychedelic voyages. Friends visited other dimensions together. These cultural brothers and sisters had psychic experiences that could not be translated into words well enough to discuss them with parents or teachers—even if those relationships had been open and honest enough to invite discussion. They were not.

Some of our messengers and role models died young. Some sold out and became less inspiring quickly. The rare few (Bob Dylan, Stevie Wonder, Paul Simon, Carlos Santana, etc.) continue on with consistent quality. As great as any were and these rare few continue to be, there are many people who feel that John Lennon was in a class by himself.

Many of his songs were tools designed to help the listener see truth and foster love. His lyrics battled fear, stupidity, and selfishness. John courageously demonstrated what honest internal exploration is, and did so unashamedly while the whole world watched. He supported several internationally beneficial causes and invented unique methods to promote them. His greatest and most persistent efforts involved promoting peace and love over war and hate. John’s strongly worded musical messages were deeply admired and respected. They also made him as unpopular in certain religious, military/industrial, and political circles as Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was with the Ku Klux Klan and the Dalai Lama is with the Chinese government.

John Lennon was murdered in New York as our American military industry and its government promoted their bizarre Star Wars program. The concept of “All you need is love” is one that few cultures and even fewer governments have ever been able to understand, much less cultivate. Media often creates emotion for its own purposes. When Mr. Lennon was killed, there was a shock felt around the world that the media didn’t have to create.

He was one of the twentieth century’s great representatives and continues to be an inspiration to the billions of us who will never stop wanting to “give peace a chance.” Powerful people still selfishly direct the deaths of military personnel and innocent civilians alike. Some do it consciously. Others do it unwittingly. Some may be evil, others mentally ill, and many are just plain ignorant. A true devotee of almost any religion or spiritual school of thought would say that these troublemakers need compassion, as does everyone. Maybe they are right. Maybe we need to muster a gentler understanding of the worst offenders among us in order to stop the bleeding and make history a little happier.

Winners of battles, aggressive conquerers, are the authors of our currently accepted version of “history.” That is why history books are so often war oriented, and so consistently riddled with brutality and falsehoods. The view of history that institutional education systems present us with is a skewed, manipulated, and barbaric view of humanity’s track record. There are many humans that would rather see peace and happiness thrive as a global condition. We are certainly vast in number, but perhaps too polite.

We may solve these puzzles of violence and war some day. It would be nice if they stayed solved for long enough to allow a more pleasant, truthful, well-rounded history book to be produced. If murder for material profit and the lust for power is ever replaced on Earth by harmonious improvement for its own sake, you can be sure that Mr. Lennon’s status will be elevated in our history books from rebellious rock star to spiritual messenger.

Thank you, John.

“There are two basic motivating forces: fear and love. When we are afraid, we pull back from life. When we are in love, we open to all that life has to offer with passion, excitement, and acceptance. We need to learn to love ourselves first, in all our glory and our imperfections. If we cannot love ourselves, we cannot fully open to our ability to love others or our potential to create. Evolution and all hopes for a better world rest in the fearlessness and open-hearted vision of people who embrace life.”

“When I was 5 years old, my mother always told me that happiness was the key to life. When I went to school, they asked me what I wanted to be when I grew up. I wrote down ‘happy’. They told me I didn’t understand the assignment, and I told them they didn’t understand life.”

“If someone thinks that peace and love are just a cliche that must have been left behind in the 60s, that’s a problem. Peace and love are eternal.”

“We’ve got this gift of love, but love is like a precious plant. You can’t just accept it and leave it in the cupboard or just think it’s going to get on by itself. You’ve got to keep watering it. You’ve got to really look after it and nurture it.”

“Being honest may not get you a lot of friends but it’ll always get you the right ones.”

“There are no problems, only solutions.” “Life is what happens to you while you’re busy making other plans.” “Reality leaves a lot to the imagination.”

“Everything will be okay in the end. If it’s not okay, it’s not the end.”

Many thanks to our wonderful friends at Pema Boutique Hotel for their help and support. ***The books Fearless Puppy On American Road and Reincarnation Through Common Sense by this same author are also available through Amazon or the Fearless Puppy website, where there are sample chapters from those books. Entertaining TV/radio interviews with and newspaper articles about the author are also available there. There is no charge for anything but the complete books! All author profits from book sales will be donated to help sponsor an increase in the number of wisdom professionals on Earth, beginning with but certainly not limited to Buddhist monks and nuns. ***If you missed the Introduction to the new book that will be titled Temple Dog Soldier, or would like to see several chapters of it that are available for free online, go to the Puppy website Blog section. This is a book in progress. You will be reading it as it is being created! Just like you, I don’t know what the next chapter is going to be about until it is written. As the Intro will tell you, this is a totally true story—and probably the only book ever written by and about a corpse journeying completely around the world!

Vipassana

VIPASSANA

Howdy! I hope you are happy and healthy. There is no way to properly introduce this topic. There’s more gravity in the experience than words can carry. How far down the rabbit hole you go with it, or have already gone with it, is going to vary a lot between readers. So let’s just dive right in. Thank you for reading, and thank you for clicking the backlinks. Be well. Love, Tenzin

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VIPASSANA THE BACK STORY

The ancient Vipassana process was not widely known in the modern world until its popularity was rejuvenated in the mid-twentieth century by a Burmese man named Goenka. An initial ten-day Vipassana meditation retreat involves intensive instruction and practice. Total silence and a very structured schedule begin at four a.m. each morning. Having repeatedly done megadoses of nearly every hallucinogen available to humanity, I can safely say that the Vipassana experience is the most mind altering of all mind-altering experiences. It doesn’t readily wear off. This system of focused breathing and meditation originally comes from India and is reputed to be the historical Buddha’s own base-station system.

Vipassana literally means “to see things as they really are.” It is a totally nonsectarian practice and so does not conflict with any religion. The goal of the Vipassana process is to eliminate mental impurities and thereby eliminate suffering. Perhaps not all at once—but if the process is done diligently and consistently over a period of time, it can result in a balanced, compassionate state of mind that creates harmony and happiness more easily. Happy people don’t usually kill, injure, insult, or even disrespect others—or themselves. Life may always contain illness, old age, and death but the way we view these things can increase or reduce much of the actual suffering that often habitually accompanies those experiences.

The Vipassana training and mental exercise (practice) helps us constructively influence the way we view our life experiences in the present. It can also help us to decrease the number and severity of situations and circumstances that might lead to future sufferings. As is true of many common sense practices that are referred to as spiritual, this involves a lot of self-observation. There’s a very strong and generally underrated link between the mind and the body.

Practicing Vipassana gets us more in touch with that link by paying the right kind of attention to physical and mental sensations. This attention can lead to the common root of mind and body. From there, a lot of the emotional crap we’ve accumulated during our lifetime(s) can be dissolved. The basic method that is learned during the initial intensive retreat needs to be practiced as continuously as the participant likes after they leave. The ten-day initial session leaves a serious mental imprint—but in the long run the benefit from this process, like everything else in life. is a use-it-or-lose-it type of thing. Try taking only ten days of piano lessons. Even if you tinkle those ivories for the entire twenty-four hours during each of those ten days, if you don’t continue practicing after that you will never play in a band.

Here is a brief description of a process that is impossible to describe.

p.s. This wasn’t an easy piece to write. Once you get used to writing and editing within the confines of the accepted grammatical rules of your language, it is harder to ignore those conventions in order recreate a standing-firm-while-bouncing-off-the-walls feeling within whatever you are writing about. You will notice how in places the story floats amorphously around between subject and object, and also between us/we/I/you/ and they. It sounds in places like the Beatles singing I Am The Walrus! “I am he as you are me as you are she and we are all together.” You will also notice broken, partial sentences that may seem fractured individually but still cling together enough to relate a(n at least partially) clear thought—and also that tenses sometimes float between past, present, and future within the same paragraph. There is also an unorthodox amount of repetition as several ideas that seem to be walking through the same door do it from different angles. These are things that won’t get you an English language degree from any reputable college, but that many have described as being part of their initial Vipassana experience!

THE EXPERIENCE

Separation. Men here, women there. No communication at all. With anyone. No speech, no waving, no eye contact, no hand signals. Up at four a.m. Meditation and instruction until nine p.m. with teachers who very rarely speak. Infrequent rest and meal breaks. Silence and awareness maintained during break times as well.

Thoughts, feelings, judgments arise. Thoughts, feelings, judgments subside. Any and every thing that has the nature of arising is shown to also have the nature of subsiding.

Simple awareness dispels several varieties of ignorance. That awareness habitually slips and is followed by a wandering mind and a regression to ignorance. Then a reawakened awareness sponsors a clarity-and-growth spurt that is a little stronger than the first one, but then another regression, followed by… The loop seems endless, but soon one can notice how the periods of awareness and clarity keep getting a bit longer and stronger as the periods of attention-less wandering into flickering ignorance keep getting shorter. Practice may not make perfect, but it can certainly make improvement.

Connections recognized—mind to body, body to mind, person to person, and person to everything through person to self. Constant, constant, constant attention paid to one’s own breathing and bodily sensations. We become highly sensitized to every molecule within—and without. The air inside me is the same air as the air outside me, and the air inside you. Then intimate contact with and focus upon heartbeat. Fear, agitation, discomfort percolate to the surface. They are released and replaced by calm, focused clarity. This clarity somehow feels as if it has always been here but has also taken forever to get here. Self-realization, seeing-the-light,

Enlightenment, self-awareness, or whatever you want to call it is a concept that has suffered too many definitions and become unnecessarily difficult to grasp. It is actually not an end-point or laudable accomplishment! “Realization” just means it was always there but you had it so covered up with nonsense that you couldn’t see it. Clearing stains, obstacles, and blockages from the conscious mind and realizing its true nature is more of a recovery than an accomplishment. Mental training through multilayered awareness. Method as both tool and vehicle. Vehicular transport toward psychological freedom from drama and trauma—past, present, and even future. Discovering root states of agitation and misery. Discovering the ability to pluck agitation and misery out by those roots.

The introduction to a new and clearer experiencing of every thing is sponsored by a new and clearer experience of oneself. We start seeing things as they are instead of seeing them through subjective, enculturated lenses and thought patterns that have been conditioned by decades and decades of absorbing both real shit and bullshit. Fossilized patterns of thought and emotion that have tinted and tainted perceptions are recognized. We find old problems at new, previously unconscious levels. Once they are recognized, they can be dissolved. Unconscious life schools itself. It eventually graduates. There is no more subconscious. Everything is conscious. Every thing.

With all mental activity now in the realm of Conscious Mind, negativity no longer has a chance to gather strength on the dark path it used to travel from the autopilot thoughtlessness of knee-jerk-reaction-subconscious-mind toward regrettable action. Respiration and sensations of the physical body become the signposts of what is happening in the mind. Pay attention softly, with equanimity and no judgment of what you see and feel.

Just Observe. You are watching your own movie, emotionally distanced enough from yourself to be objective rather than judgmental. Every thing, every feeling, now enjoys an equal status. No thought or feeling actually ever was more important than any another—except in your subjective relation to it. That is rapidly ending. The world you knew has started melting. Gradually increasing freedom from habitual overindulgence in the importance of self and self’s perspectives begins to show results.

“When you judge someone, you have no time to love them.” Mother Teresa. That effect holds just as true when you judge yourself. Observation without judgment is not always easy. It often requires facing up to your ghosts and demons. Each sudden flash of clarity can be a painful blessing. Poisonous attitudes, and the previously hidden memories of some very negative experiences, are now draining and releasing. They can be just as unpleasant working their way out as they were while working their way in. It seems we all have bills to pay. Didn’t I pay some of these bills already?! Oh God, I’m going crazy! Nah! When you lose your mind it doesn’t really go anywhere. Truth be known, it was never really there to begin with. We kind of make the whole fucking thing up, don’t we? And actually, the history you’ve been fed since birth has likely composed more of your mentality and fueled more of your actions than you did!

Peer pressure that all too often comes from the misinformed and improperly motivated has been responsible for most of the ideas we live by. By losing the manufactured self-image, a beautiful space is left in the mind. It is an emptiness that is somehow laced with bliss.

Is leaving the space there what life is all about!?! Do good or bad things come to fill that space from elsewhere? Do you put the good and bad things in there yourself? Is it your option? Shouldn’t it be? Can you answer your own questions? Detachment from unconscious habits and reactive tendencies can result from your effort. This detachment does not involve any escapism, denial, or indifference! The mind clears of the historical delusions it has built over time. A vision free from those historical clouds sees the bigger picture.

What is the bigger picture? Unity Consciousness. A nearly borderless sense of inclusion increases our desire to help everyone and everything in any circumstance possible. The line between individual and universal heartbeat starts to fade. Caring for everything is realized as the definition of caring for self. Knowing one’s self at a deeper, much more intensely aware, much less self-consumed level provides us with a totally different life experience. Everything is indeed every thing.

Does this all sound like a lot of la-la, wacko, space-case bullshit to you? It would to me too, if I hadn’t experienced it!

Many thanks to our wonderful friends at Pema Boutique Hotel for their help and support. ***The books Fearless Puppy On American Road and Reincarnation Through Common Sense by this same author are also available through Amazon or the Fearless Puppy website, where there are sample chapters from those books. Entertaining TV/radio interviews with and newspaper articles about the author are also available there. There is no charge for anything but the complete books! All author profits from book sales will be donated to help sponsor an increase in the number of wisdom professionals on Earth, beginning with but certainly not limited to Buddhist monks and nuns. ***If you missed the Introduction to the new book that will be titled Temple Dog Soldier, or would like to see several chapters of it that are available for free online, go to the Puppy website Blog section. This is a book in progress. You will be reading it as it is being created! Just like you, I don’t know what the next chapter is going to be about until it is written. As the Intro will tell you, this is a totally true story—and probably the only book ever written by and about a corpse journeying completely around the world!

Magic Soup

Magic Soup

What I’d really like to do is meet you at Mrs. Jeng’s and buy you a bowl of Magic Soup. Maybe reading about it will give you a good taste! Here is the same bowl as served in two slightly differing flavors.

Thanks very much for reading this, and for clicking the backlinks. Stay well. Love, Tenzin

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Mrs. Jeng’s Magic Soup

Mrs. Jeng has a small shop in town. She serves up great noodles and soup. There’s magic in Jeng and whatever she cooks. It cures all from depression to croup.

If you’re sad or you’re sneezing or coughing or wheezing, no matter what is your malaise—she can fix up your heart or any body part and remove all your gout, doubt, and daze.

It’s partly the herbs and partly the spices, and other fine flavorings too. But it’s mostly the glow that beams from Mrs. Jeng that fixes a cold or the blues.

If I cannot recover from an errant lover or catch other chills in my chest, I quick hit the ground and beat feet into town. Mrs. J will take care of the rest.

When I have hangovers that feel like the black plague, one remedy keeps them in tow. Mrs. Jeng fixes up miracles in a cup so that I can get on with the show.

If you’ve got the feeling you’re rocking and reeling and things have gone out of control; if you’re feeling sick, your problems are thick, and your life has become a black hole; then try this elixir, it’s damn sure a fixer that will give your illness the chase.

You’ll smile back to the street and your fine dancing feet will surely be back on their pace. I live on a hill and don’t get to town much but whenever I do start to droop, I get right on the road and prevent an implode by drinking Ms. Jeng’s magic soup.

The Esoteric Version/Mrs. Jeng’s Magic Soup

Good wishes are pointed at everyone who walks into her shop. Good wishes also go out to passersby even if they don’t stop. Her cooking contains the essence of a prayer on your behalf. Spirit and substance blend in a bowl of blessings. Mrs. Jeng is the embodiment of good nature. Hers is a strong and beneficent character. With a concern for you that is as strong as her concern for her self, she floats her comforting demeanor into yours. Suddenly, everything is fine—just the way it is. A new customer comes in. While still remaining entrained with all present, Jeng’s empathy adjusts to take in and be taken in by the newcomer. That empathy is a jigsaw puzzle that knows how to reconstruct its own pieces according to the changing needs of its background. Jeng grasps new ones as she releases old pieces. She never ceases to amaze all those present with a sweet iron stability and lack of surprise as so many changes take place before her eyes. She never loses her love for the incredible variety of humanity’s emotions that can fit into one small dining room, or one individual person. She thrives on the process of coaxing any one in need from the depths of those emotions to their heights. It is her oxygen. Mrs. Jeng knows how to attach both roots and wings to flavor, nutrition, and food-as-medicine. What customers can’t see, they can taste. What they can’t taste, they can feel. Her measuring cups meter volumes of joyful existence. Jeng’s resistance to any negative insistence does not run and needn’t fight. Negativity dissolves as it approaches her. She holds her position and blesses opposition with a wish for a better tomorrow. From the great heart within her, she lets everyone borrow. Jeng is usually so involved with and concerned for a customer or neighbor that her own existence takes a back seat. This makes her bliss indestructible. What has donated its substance cannot be hurt. There is no place for danger to enter. Describing Mrs. Jeng and why her soup works so well holds the same limitations as speaking about silence.

Many thanks to our wonderful friends at Pema Boutique Hotel for their help and support. ***The books Fearless Puppy On American Road and Reincarnation Through Common Sense by this same author are also available through Amazon or the Fearless Puppy website, where there are sample chapters from those books. Entertaining TV/radio interviews with and newspaper articles about the author are also available there. There is no charge for anything but the complete books! All author profits from book sales will be donated to help sponsor an increase in the number of wisdom professionals on Earth, beginning with but certainly not limited to Buddhist monks and nuns. ***If you missed the Introduction to the new book that will be titled Temple Dog Soldier, or would like to see several chapters of it that are available for free online, go to the Puppy website Blog section. This is a book in progress. You will be reading it as it is being created! Just like you, I don’t know what the next chapter is going to be about until it is written. As the Intro will tell you, this is a totally true story—and probably the only book ever written by and about a corpse journeying completely around the world!

AUTHENTIC

AUTHENTIC

What’s happening where you are? I hope you are happy and healthy.

Here in Pokhara, the second coming of Nepali lock down has been relaxing very, very gradually. After two months of everything being shut down except food markets in the early morning, we now have many businesses legally open from 10 a.m. to 6 or 8 p.m. This only minimally helps the merchants. Most of them are dependent upon a tourist traffic that is still locked out of the country. I truly don’t know how these people are even surviving, much less smiling—but they keep doing both. Anyone selling anything has very few buyers. Many of the locals are no longer or minimally employed—but there are notable exceptions. New banks are under construction. Pharmacy business is booming. TV watching hours have no doubt doubled, so the few folks involved in media are still working. As is true in most of the world, official policies continue to allow and even encourage dangerous malnutrition and debilitating stress levels to flourish in order to keep folks from getting the flu. My guess is that there are ulterior motives behind the whole production. Yes, there is a disease that can kill people. But the intentional mismanagement that greatly profits a few while damaging the vast majority pours apocalyptic amounts of gasoline on the tragic flames that this disease produces. Yes. That’s just an opinion. No, I don’t know anything. Like everyone else, I just see what I see and then take what seems to be a logical guess as to why I am seeing it. Perhaps most obvious among the things I can see is that this is not the time to lose confidence in self, or in humanity at large. The production and transmission of joyful concern for others, and a caring nature that is actively and consistently practiced, are our best chances of plowing through this shit in style. If we do that well enough, our selves and our species can get to the other side of this doo-doo storm still remembering how to love, laugh, and touch each other. We may even remember how to hug our fellow humans, or at least how to meet them with a basic warmth instead of an icy fear! The following is from the Tribute to Teachers section of the new book and is a little unusual. Most of these bits are dedicated to an individual. Although this one was originally inspired by a Mr. John Yeshe Perks, it is dedicated to a large and amorphous group of people.

Thanks very much for reading, and for clicking the backlinks.

Stay well. Love, Tenzin

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AUTHENTIC

Dedicated with gratitude and respect to all those with the courage, perseverance, and common sense to be themselves in the face of criticism, judgement, peer pressure, scrutiny, sensationalism, and public ignorance—to all those who refuse to allow anyone else’s bullshit to prevent them from helping others or growing into themselves.

People spend a lot of time talking about “the truth” as if it is a familiar old friend, but the relationship is more often like that of a fan to a celebrity they’ve never met. When these same folks actually meet the raw truth, it usually scares the living hell out of them.

Outside the world of Nature itself, truth is rare and bullshit prevalent. It can sometimes take a while for truth to triumph, but it will eventually percolate right through nonsense and rise above any pile of lies it is trapped under. This percolation is facilitated by folks that are uniquely and authentically themselves. People fronting to accomplish various sorts of personal gain; those who are scared to stand out and would rather fit in; folks that act in a pretentious, artificial way in a quest for admiration, profit, or status; cannot get this job done.

But authentic does not mean perfect. Throughout our history, except for maybe a few possible legendary exceptions, we have each been imperfect in reaching the absolute peak of human potential. This includes our most accomplished, famous, and even our very wisest citizens. We live on a crowded rock amidst an often unforgiving culture in fragile bodies attached to sensitive emotional mechanisms. No one stays perfect while doing it.

“Even after you reach Enlightenment, you still have to do the laundry.” Old Zen Proverb

Most folks agree that making an effort to overcome or at least sand-paper the edges off of the less agreeable behaviors and attitudes we have developed is among life’s most essential jobs. Most folks also agree that this job is a lot easier to talk about than do. Personal responsibility is always the engine of any effort. But a lot of our less desirable traits, and our lack of progress in escaping them, may have more to do with the way we’ve been programmed than it has to do with any basic character flaw or inability to achieve our direction.

Spiritual/emotional progress is often presented to us as being unattainable to “regular” people. It is framed as an otherworldly process that only a person born with flawless supernatural grace can possibly accomplish. Public relations men for the churches, governments, and industries that stand to profit from misdirecting the public convince us that we need products and middlemen to negotiate our spiritual as well as our physical beauty and self-worth.

If people believe that they are incapable of reaching wisdom or happiness through their own efforts; if we think that our ability to become better humans is limited or even impotent when we live as our authentic selves instead of monkeying commercially motivated and manufactured images; it puts us at the mercy of external forces that pull our strings. This manufactured artificial distance between the folks we are and faith in our ability to become the folks we want to be is a truly dangerous thing. It is often used by the discouraged as an excuse to replace their sense of personal responsibility with compliance, nihilism, apathy, cynicism, and lethargy. Individual growth and planetary evolution retard under the influence of this market motivated frustration. Personal initiative gives up to empty promises and baseless blind hope. Empty promises and baseless blind hope direct us to worthless material property, prescription drugs, salvation by the dollar, and the large collection of distractions, toys, and gimmicks that have been made available to replace our painfully raped confidence and authenticity.

Status quo knows that when important goals are made to seem unobtainable, many folks will relinquish partial control of their lives to forces that claim the ability to carry them toward those goals. Hollow religion, repressive governments, industry that is motivated by greed, and all the jackals that feed on scraps from these institutions then cash in on public insecurity while the wise wait patiently for the rest of us to figure out that all we need to do is cash in our own chips.

It is ironic as hell that most of our heroes, teachers, and even gods placed all the responsibility in the world on singular humans in nearly all of their rhetoric! Most of them advised us to get to work on the job—not to find a politician, televangelist, or other form of middle man to do our negotiating for us.

“Ask not what your country can do for you, ask what you can do for your country.” “The kingdom of heaven is within you.” “Seek and ye shall find.”

This whole process of becoming the cultural image of a self instead of being our own selves shows up blatantly in many women that compare themselves to magazine fashion models. These “regular” women may be very intelligent, good hearted, beautiful in demeanor, and physically cute. They are most likely all-around better people to be with than the sleek models with the glorified bodies. Nonetheless, many doors are closed to them that are left open for the genetic celebrities in lingerie, alcohol, and perfume ads. Sadly, some of the lovely women that society has labeled ordinary, regular, plain, too short, tall, thin, fat, narrow-lipped, big/small breasted, or otherwise physically imperfect will drive themselves to bizarre, expensive, and unhealthy lengths striving for shallow goals that are genetically impossible to reach. “I should be like that model but it is not possible for me. I am an undesirable failure,” is a widespread and tragic side effect of the images that commercial advertising has convinced us to define as physical perfection. Many naturally beautiful people have lost their self-respect surrendering to unnatural standards of beauty.

One strong similarity between these two scenarios is that the fashion model photos and the spiritual model propaganda have both been airbrushed. But the differences between the spiritual and the fashion model scenarios are very much more important than the similarities. The most important difference is that people can’t get taller or change their bone structure, but anyone can make giant strides in the direction of spiritual role models. Becoming happier and of more benefit to those around us is always a possibility wherever a human mind has a serious intention to do so. Few people can ever become a fashion model, but anyone can become a happier camper, a nicer human, and a smarter person—if they exercise their authenticity in a positive direction with diligence and determination. All humans have a core ability for great accomplishment.

Most of our famous wise folk never denied that they themselves were everyday people like you and me. They worked hard to develop expanded awareness, at times used more courage than sense, and perhaps earned a bit of enhanced perception—but they were born the same start-from-scratch babies as everyone else. They each had a bit of not-all-the-way-there-yet in them, just like we do. We may consider a neighbor or work mate or our selves to be too stupid, smart-assed, fat, thin, compulsively clean or sloppy, oversexed, undersexed, gay, straight, loud, mousy, weird and unfocused, or just plain too damn lazy to accomplish much benefit for themselves or the world. Haven’t there been many saints with similar qualities?

Santideva was considered to be so lazy that he was called “Eat, Shit, Sleep” by other monks. He wrote some of the most revered and most utilized texts in Buddhism. Saint Francis and Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche were very, very wild people by any culture’s standards. JFK and MLK were unapologetic sex addicts. Many of our favorite musicians, artists, and authors were consistently intoxicated. Several of our most well-known modern wisdom teachers initiated their spiritual advancement with LSD and other substances. None of these questionable actions and qualities can negate the contributions that these people made. Being authentically, honestly human (while maintaining the all-important do-no-harm internal base station) will not disturb anyone’s ability to grow personally, or the ability to make meaningful contributions to the world.

It will facilitate it.

The courage to face our own inadequacies and our own potential with an equal and non-judgmental clarity is the base station of honest introspection. This honest introspection is the base station of spiritual and emotional progress. This spiritual and emotional progress is the root system of evolution. Being authentic is a good part of what makes wise people wise. It helps them stay aware of what pieces are still missing in their goal to be whole, as well as what trash needs to be brought to the dump. It keeps them aware of what needs to be exercised and what needs to be exorcised.

Do you know anyone that has sacrificed being who they really are in order to fit into an externally manufactured and induced image of whom they “are supposed to be?” If so, you have a friend, as well as a planet, that is in trouble.

The popular expression “Keep It Real” may be the calling card of the 21st century.

Many thanks to our wonderful friends at Pema Boutique Hotel for their help and support. ***The books Fearless Puppy On American Road and Reincarnation Through Common Sense by this same author are also available through Amazon or the Fearless Puppy website, where there are sample chapters from those books. Entertaining TV/radio interviews with and newspaper articles about the author are also available there. There is no charge for anything but the complete books! All author profits from book sales will be donated to help sponsor an increase in the number of wisdom professionals on Earth, beginning with but certainly not limited to Buddhist monks and nuns. ***If you missed the Introduction to the new book that will be titled Temple Dog Soldier, or would like to see several chapters of it that are available for free online, go to the Puppy website Blog section. This is a book in progress. You will be reading it as it is being created! Just like you, I don’t know what the next chapter is going to be about until it is written. As the Intro will tell you, this is a totally true story—and probably the only book ever written by and about a corpse journeying completely around the world!

Part Two–The Wonderful Witches Of Pre-Christian Europe

PART TWO–The Wonderful Witches Of Pre-Christian Europe

Hi! How’s everything where you are? I hope all is well in your world.

Last week’s Part 1 told of a beautiful witch who was kind enough to give me a ride and an education. This week in Part 2, Meta concludes her story and so do I. Out of respect for many friends with short attention spans, I try to keep these posted portions of the books below one thousand words each. If you missed the first part and want to see it now, it is available at the Fearless Puppy website blog section.

As always, I hope you stay courageously happy, healthy, and remember that the scariest of all our fears are not some mysterious monsters under the bed. They are the people who sponsor and profit from our panic, confusion, and suffering. Please don’t let the nasty ones wear you down.

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The Wonderful Witches of Pre-Christian Europe—Part 2

“Unfortunately this theme of brutality, conquest, and falsifying all reports of the motivation behind that brutality and conquest has been repeated many times throughout history and continues today! “On present-day Earth we have the most Christ-like nation in history, a culture built on loving kindness and demilitarization, being wiped off the face of their homeland. The rhetoric used by Chinese government officials says that Tibetans are a primitive, superstitious, misguided people that rejoice in their liberation from Buddhist oppressors. The Chinese government’s arrogance, their history of violence against the Tibetans, and the thievery of Tibetan resources join the lies and propaganda above as solid evidence that these modern Eastern savage pillagers are very similar to the ancient Western ones.

“When immigrants from later European nations encountered the Native people across the Atlantic Ocean, they treated them in much the same way that their own European tribal ancestors had been treated by the Roman invaders centuries earlier! Like abused children that grow up to become abusing parents, the pattern just keeps repeating itself.

“The tribes of Europe were erased or assimilated and the invaders falsified history in order to justify their greed. Part of that falsification included twisting beautiful tribal rituals to appear evil. Love of the environment, love of animals and plants, and use of natural healing modalities were spin-doctored into a false and demented series of superstitions, and then turned outlaw. At this point my lovely hostess turned her eyes away from the road just long enough to catch the expression on my face. Meta’s information was having a much deeper effect on me than it should have. A searing heat was painfully rising from my feet and traveling up my body. Meta spotted my discomfort and quickly shifted to a more compassionate tone. She put a soft hand on my face that brought an instant smile back to it as she said,

“That’s enough of history. Let me give you some Herstory instead. The term wizard is simply a Germanic-based word that defines someone with knowledge of herbs and growing things. Many of the most tainted legends of Pre-Christian Europe have to do with naturally occurring plants and their uses. Almost all the talk of potions and brewing things up in cauldrons had to do, in fact, with the making of natural medicines. Ancient Europe had an incredible organic pharmacopoeia. Modern day health professionals are now scrambling frantically to recover that knowledge!

“Modern pharmaceutical companies have mutated much of that ancient pharmacopeia into our all too popular, dangerous, artificial, addictive, and expensive chemical compounds. Many of these are based on what were originally harmless, effective, and naturally occurring healing substances. Valium, for example, is one of the world’s most widely sold prescription pills. This drug is addictive, dangerous, and expensive. It is actually based on the naturally occurring, safe, and cheap Valerian root that does the same job. But drug companies cannot patent a naturally occurring substance, so they hired chemists to somewhat alter the molecular structure of Valerian root’s essential chemical compounds. Now they have an invented substance that can be patented and profited from at several types of deadly expense to patients. These legal drug pushers show no compassion and take no responsibility for the damage done by their profit-over-people ways—and they trap a much larger and more trusting percentage of the population than any street dealers of illegal drugs.” I laughed at myself while my hand involuntarily shot in the air, as if asking a question in elementary school. Meta laughed. “Pardon me. I have been rambling on. You want to ask something?”

“Yes, just checking to see if I’ve got all this right. Are you saying that all this spooky witchcraft and cauldron stuff we’ve been fed all our lives is, more than anything else, a historical cover-up? Are you saying that spiritually and medicinally astute societies that were in tune with Nature and mostly governed by women, were decimated by plundering men who violently imposed a very un-Christlike version of Christianity upon the conquered tribes? And in fact, these hypocritical invaders were the very same legions that killed Christ centuries earlier and then co-opted his flock?” Meta nodded yes.

“Does this surprise you? If you think about the other historical examples of similar situations, this one isn’t so difficult to understand. The co-opters of Christianity during these massacres had nothing to do with anything Christ stood for. They simply distorted his ideas and used his name to justify their actions. Then they did the opposite of everything Jesus actually spoke about! The treatment of Native tribal peoples throughout the world historically testifies to the regularity of such practices.

“These evil weasels had nothing in common with the actual Christ-Spirit in much the same way that evil weasels using rock ’n’ roll to sell sneakers and beer on TV today have nothing in common with that music. Advertising hustlers build seductive commercial messages featuring the music, but they and their messages represent the exact polar opposite of the original revolutionary, very much non-commercial message and spirit of rock ’n’ roll.

Powerful, nasty people throughout history have co-opted spiritual images in order to dupe the public into pillaging and plundering (or in our modern case, purchasing and consuming) in the name of something very much more meaningful than the evil purpose or worthless product that is being hawked. Nothing is holy to marauders except selfishness, greed, and power-lust.” I had to nod in unwilling agreement. “It’s not that far-fetched a notion, given history’s examples.

” Meta gave me a sad nod. She had maintained her sweetness and beauty throughout our conversation, but her leprechaun smile had diminished.

“All this Herstory has given me an appetite. Good timing! We have arrived at our destination.” The conversation had been so intense that we didn’t notice how much road progress was made. As we drove past a sign that said, “Welcome to Burlington, Vermont,” Miss Meta extended her kindness further.

“I know a great Jamaican restaurant just a few blocks from here on Winooski Street. Let me buy you lunch and then I’ll drop you off at the hostel.”

“No, no, no,” I insisted. “You’ve given me a ride, a valuable education, and have been pleasant as well as beautiful company. I’m buying.” We were still arguing about who would pay for lunch as she was parking. I opened the passenger-side door and put my foot flat on a lost twenty dollar bill that was floating across the sidewalk on a breeze. My laugh was probably a little too loud. Meta, still in the driver’s seat, asked, “What’s so funny?” My index finger pointed at the bill under my foot. She put a hand on my knee and leaned over the rest of me to see what the finger was pointing at.

The lovely leprechaun glow returned to her face as she said, “Goddess must have liked our defense of Her son. She’s buying us lunch. There’s magic afoot! Let’s eat!”

After a wonderful lunch, the good witch deposited me at the Burlington Hostel. Meta returned to her job as a massage therapist and herbalist. Within a half hour, my self and my clipboard were heading toward our traditionally first and favorite stop in town. I was a happy man. Life looks good when Divinity buys you lunch with a ravishing witch and the next stop is Mr. Nectar’s place.

Many thanks to our wonderful friends at Pema Boutique Hotel for their help and support. ***The books Fearless Puppy On American Road and Reincarnation Through Common Sense by this same author are also available through Amazon or the Fearless Puppy website, where there are sample chapters from those books. Entertaining TV/radio interviews with and newspaper articles about the author are also available there. There is no charge for anything but the complete books! All author profits from book sales will be donated to help sponsor an increase in the number of wisdom professionals on Earth, beginning with but certainly not limited to Buddhist monks and nuns. ***If you missed the Introduction to the new book that will be titled Temple Dog Soldier, or would like to see several chapters of it that are available for free online, go to the Puppy website Blog section. This is a book in progress. You will be reading it as it is being created! Just like you, I don’t know what the next chapter is going to be about until it is written. As the Intro will tell you, this is a totally true story—and probably the only book ever written by and about a corpse journeying completely around the world!

Part 1 The Wonderful Witches Of Pre-Christian Europe

THE WONDERFUL WITCHES OF PRE-CHRISTIAN EUROPE

Hello my friends! I hope you are happy and healthy! The bit below is too much fun and also too historically important to shave down. But in the interest of not turning off our beloved short attention span friends, it will be split into a Part One this week and a Part Two next week—each containing 1000 words or less. The information given me by the beautiful young witch described within seems, according to my little bit of additional research, to be historically accurate. Thank you for reading, and thank you for clicking the backlinks. Be well. Love, Tenzin

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The Wonderful Witches of Pre-Christian Europe—Part 1

Are you descended from Europeans? If so, there are a few things about your background that you may not know. One is that although you think of your ancestors as coming from a nation, they (and therefore you) originally belonged to a tribe. Just like the Native Americans, Africans, Asians, and everyone else on the planet, Europeans were all originally clustered into small distinct tribal groups. Another thing you may not know about your background is that greedy, power-lusting marauders disguised as the servants of a perverse version of Christianity portrayed your very ancestors and their tribes as the distorted legend that history now calls “witches.”

Witches are usually depicted as wart-ridden, bitter old ladies that like to dress in black and boil children in cauldrons. The one who picked me up hitchhiking didn’t fit the bill. Methuselah, as she formally introduced herself, was a self-proclaimed witch. She possessed the physical attributes of a beauty queen, the infectious smile and happy glow of a leprechaun, and the vocal quality of a dulcimer. This was one very sweet woman. Her bumper sticker read, “My other car is a broom.”

Meta’s (her nickname) vehicle smelled like an herb garden and resembled an altar. Dried plants and assorted amulets hung everywhere they could do so without blocking visibility. There were too many to count. Fragrances of Lavender and Rose owned the atmosphere. Christian crosses, Mother Mary amulets, Jewish stars, Buddhist and Hindu deities, and Pentagrams galore wove themselves between the plant matter as best they could. The entire ceiling and walls of the automobile were completely covered. We had an immediate kinship and no trouble getting into a conversation.

Anyone good enough to let a stranger into his or her car is usually pleasant and friendly. Meta was even more so. The atmosphere felt comfortable enough for me to ask her a question that had always puzzled me. “Since you know a lot about this kind of thing, maybe you can help clear something up for me.”

Meta’s incredible body was covered by a raggedly hemmed gypsy dress. A lock of silken blonde hair swung away from her eyes as she turned to respond. A radiant smile absolutely lit up her already beautiful face. It was a perfectly innocent, unpremeditated movement. It was also the most sensual movement (from the neck up) that I’ve ever seen a woman make. Without trying to be sexy and in a completely unaffected manner, Meta generated more heat than any fully clothed woman should be able to inspire. It took a few seconds before my distraction repaired itself enough for me to remember my question.

“If Jesus supposedly walked on water, healed lepers, turned water into wine, and performed all sorts of other acts of what most folks would call magic and miracle, then why are so many people today either scared or dismissive of things like benevolent magic, miracles, witches, sorcerers, and wizards?”

The young lady screwed up one side of her face and gave her head a few somber nods as she began to answer. “There is a very sad and true history that will answer your question, perhaps more thoroughly than you’d like. Have you heard the old expression, ‘God is Love and I love God, but some of His followers scare the shit out of me?” My nod told her that I had indeed heard, thought, and spoken similar statements many times. “Well, this is a case where that expression applies strongly.

Pre-Christian Europe was a tribal, matriarchal society of natural beauty. That period is addressed in history books as the Dark Ages only because history is a liar. Winners of battles write history. In the conquest of territory, it is often the most barbaric elements of humanity that succeed. That barbarism needs to justify itself to posterity in order to preserve social order and public compliance, and so they distort history to support their actions. “This dishonesty has always turned out to be as shortsighted an approach as the barbarism that spawned it. A society (just like a house or any structure), if built on a foundation of bullshit, faces inevitable collapse.

The truth of the situation is that the so-called Holy Roman Empire marched roughshod over tribal Europe. They had a little help finishing the job. In the later part of the process, as the Roman empire’s power waned, fledgling nation-states that they had Catholicized completed the decimation. Good people were slaughtered and their land stolen behind the banner statement that they were godless, evil savages. This was done as brutally to the people of Pre-Christian Europe as it was to the indigenous folk of what we call the Pre-Columbian Americas. Many modern people have since come to realize the great spiritual gravity, beauty, and comparative sanity of those Pre-Christian European and Pre-Columbian American cultures. Many scholars are scrambling to regain ancient knowledge that we spent several centuries and so much effort destroying!”

My enchanting hostess took a deep breath in order to gather her composure and continued. “Had Hitler won World War Two there would not be any holocaust museums and remembrances. The Nazis would have written the history books. Many foul occurrences would have been made out to be acts of God ridding the world of Jew-demons—or something just as sick.

“Such was the case during the age of Pre-Christian Europe. For centuries, tribal cultures with a religious respect for nature had flourished on their own terms. In the Middle Ages, long after the Romans had beaten the Christ out of Christianity, the invasion took place. If judged by the percentage of the population murdered, it was arguably the worst genocidal holocaust in human history.

“Jesus himself would have had a lot more in common with the victims of most holocausts than with the invaders that usurped his name without listening to his message. The whole dynamic in Pre-Christian Europe was very similar to that of 1930s and 40s Europe. Adolf Hitler’s so-called-but-not-at-all Christian nation’s crusade would certainly have baked our Lord and Savior. It is just as obvious that any Son of God whose father created Nature would have had a lot more in common with the Native American as well as the Native European tribal peoples than he would have had with the self-proclaimed ‘Christians’ that butchered them. Native folks throughout history have always lived in cooperative accord with Nature. Invaders almost always have the fatally flawed belief that they can subjugate it.”

Meta being such a Christian and such a Witch at the same time was stretching my brain a little bit. That is a very unusual combination of creeds! The potent emotional conviction of her speech was stretching my brain even more. Her eyes moistened and there was a slight quiver developing in her lower lip. Meta wasn’t just repeating a bit of history. She broadcast the tone and showed the emotion of a crime victim testifying in court.

End of Part 1 /// Part 2 Next week

Many thanks to our wonderful friends at Pema Boutique Hotel for their help and support. ***The books Fearless Puppy On American Road and Reincarnation Through Common Sense by this same author are also available through Amazon or the Fearless Puppy website, where there are sample chapters from those books. Entertaining TV/radio interviews with and newspaper articles about the author are also available there. There is no charge for anything but the complete books! All author profits from book sales will be donated to help sponsor an increase in the number of wisdom professionals on Earth, beginning with but certainly not limited to Buddhist monks and nuns. ***If you missed the Introduction to the new book that will be titled Temple Dog Soldier, or would like to see several chapters of it that are available for free online, go to the Puppy website Blog section. This is a book in progress. You will be reading it as it is being created! Just like you, I don’t know what the next chapter is going to be about until it is written. As the Intro will tell you, this is a totally true story—and probably the only book ever written by and about a corpse journeying completely around the world!