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The 17th Karmapa on Environmental Buddhism

“The question that remains is when will the intolerable moment occur for all of us? Will we allow the sea to rise and cover the Pacific islands and the Himalayas to be reduced to bare rock? Will we let amazing wildlife species become extinct and simply fade to a story that is told in future generations? Should thriving forests be turned into farmlands to meet our unending demands? Should we live with ever-growing mountains of garbage because we are unable to manage the effects of consumerism?”

I found this article that the Karma Kagyu school of Tibetan Buddhism’s spiritual leader, His Holiness The 17th Gyalwang Karmapa, wrote for “Conservation Biology” December issue to be very enlightening in explaining the relationship between Buddhist philosophy and environmental ideology.
I have inserted some excerpts from the article here and provided a link to the full article in its title below-
Ultimately, a call to action.

“Walking the Path of Environmental Buddhism through
Compassion and Emptiness”

“As I grew up and began studying Buddhist philosophy and teachings, I discovered great harmony between Buddhism and the environmental movement. The emphasis on biological diversity, including ecosystems—in particular, the understanding that animate and inanimate beings are parts of a whole—resonates closely with Buddhism’s emphasis on interdependence. The essence of Buddhism lies in the union of compassion and emptiness: the deeply felt dedication to alleviate the suffering of all living beings and the understanding that everything is devoid of self-nature. These two halves of a philosophical whole speak particularly to the goals of the environmental movement. Let me explain what I mean.

The most exalted example Buddhists use to explain compassion is motherhood. Consider all that your mother probably has done for you since the time you were conceived—carrying you for 9 months, experiencing the hardship of labor and birth, feeding and clothing you, taking care of all your needs, and worrying about you long after you reach adulthood. Most mothers never stop caring unconditionally for their children. Regardless of whether one believes in reincarnation or not, one can suppose that all living beings are like mothers to us. The food that appears in front of us at dinner was grown, packaged, and prepared by people we probably do not know. The clothes we are wearing were produced by people we probably will never meet. Yet we are benefiting from their hopes, dreams, and labor. Plants, animals, and raw materials have all been used to provide us these things. This is the interdependence that characterizes life—no one thing exists by itself alone, or can survive alone. We are all part of one world ecology and the world is extremely compassionate to us.

Emptiness, in contrast, can be best explained by using the example of the self. What do we imagine when we think of the self? Exactly where does the self reside? Is it in the heart or the brain? In the incoming breath or the outgoing breath? In the movement of our limbs? In our interaction or relationship with others? The self differs greatly at ages 15 and 25. Because it is impermanent and intangible, the self is empty of any inherent self-nature. And, because this is so, our happiness, our sadness, our successes, and our failures are also empty by nature. This does not mean that we are nothing, but that we are constantly moving, absorbing, and shedding. Consequently, we need not experience great attachment to our experiences and can develop equanimity regarding all phenomena. To experience this freedom from the conviction of a self and the self-importance it creates means that we can dispense with the artificial distinction between self and other and can be part of all phenomena everywhere.

How does this relate to the environment? According to Buddhism, ignorance of the empty nature of self and the rejection of compassion is the root cause of egotism, anger, attachment, and greed. Ignorance is why human beings have degraded the environment and are driving so many species to extinction. Ignorance causes us to place an excessive worth upon the self and anything related to it; my family, my possessions, my country, and even my race. Perceiving the diversity of the world through the limited lens of self means we can impose grave harm upon Earth without concern, because Earth has become “other.”” …

“During the last 100 years, over 95% of the world’s wild tigers (Panthera tigris) have vanished. As human needs have continued to expand, we have taken more and more from nature and left less and less for other animals. However, the magnificent tiger has almost completely disappeared due to consumer demand for its skin and body parts. We are driving a species to extinction simply because we believe wearing its skin makes us look wealthy or that consuming tiger parts will make us healthier. Doing such a thing is essentially non-Buddhist and uncompassionate—not only for the tiger, but also for ourselves, because this act is bound to have negative karmic consequences for us.

Compassion for the “other,” whether people, animal species, trees, or other plants, and for Earth itself, is the only thing that will ultimately save us human beings. Most people are primarily concerned about their work, wealth, health, or family. On a daily basis, they probably feel they have more urgent things to worry about than their environmental footprint. Of course, paying attention to this issue would mean having to make inconvenient choices and changes in their lives. I am not so different. Although I had considered giving up eating meat for many years, I became a complete vegetarian only a few years ago. Somebody presented a short documentary that showed how animals suffer before and during the act of killing. Watching it, I could feel the fear felt by the animals. Like a thunderclap, I became aware that these living beings were suffering so greatly simply to satisfy my habitual preferences. Eating meat became intolerable for me at that moment, and so I stopped.” …

“Finally, I believe that the very future of life on Earth depends on those of us who are privileged to live more simply. To live simply is to be compassionate to yourself and to the world. A life full of material goods and barren of compassion is quite unsustainable from an ecological and karmic point of view. Of course, advertisements are always telling us that the path to happiness lies in purchasing the goods they sell. How is it that the advertising convinces us even when we are skeptical of its message? Our attachment to our own happiness, possessions, family, and self creates a lack of perspective that makes us susceptible. However, if we can be mindful of the emptiness of self, we can create a space for choice rather than habitual consumerism. We don’t have to live a life that is sold to us—we can make the brave choice to live simply.”

A Logo for the Environment (29th December, 2007)

Transcript: An Explanation of the Kagyu Monlam logo by the Gyalwang Karmapa December 29, 2007

On December 29, 2007, His Holiness talked movingly about protecting the environment in a speech in Bodhgaya:

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“There is a new logo for the Monlam this year, and I would like to explain it.

“Throughout my life I have always felt that the outer natural elements and my own mind are close. I have a special connection with the four elements. I am not being superstitious and saying I can talk to the elements, but sometimes it feels that way.

“Ever since the human race first appeared on this earth, we have used this earth heavily. It is said that ninety-nine percent of the resources and so on in this world come from the natural environment. We are using the earth until she is used up. The earth has given us immeasurable benefit, but what have we done for the earth in return? We always ask for something from the earth, but never give her anything back.

“We never have loving or protective thoughts for the earth. Whenever trees or anything else emerge from the ground, we cut them down. If there is a bit of level earth, we fight over it. To this day we perpetuate a continuous cycle of war and conflict over it. In fact, we have not done much of anything for the earth.

“Now the time has come when the earth is scowling at us; the time has come when the earth is giving up on us. The earth is about to treat us badly and give up on us. If she gives up on us, where can we live? There is talk of going to other planets that could support life, but only a few rich people could go. What would happen to all of us sentient beings who could not go?

“What should we do now that the situation has become so critical? The sentient beings living on the earth and the elements of the natural world need to join their hands together—the earth must not give up on sentient beings, and sentient beings must not give up on the earth. Each needs to grasp the other’s hand. So doesn’t the Monlam logo look like two hands clasping each other?

“Its shape is also similar to the design of the Sixteenth Gyalwang Karmapa’s Dream Flag of peace and serenity, which is used regularly among the Karma Kamtsang. If I were to make up everything myself, I doubt it would have any blessings, but using the previous Karmapa’s design as a model probably gives this blessings.

“This is a symbol of the Kagyu Monlam. We hold the Kagyu Monlam for the benefit of the entire world. We will not give up on the earth! May there be peace on earth! May the earth be sustained for many thousands of years! These are the prayers we make at the Kagyu Monlam, which is why this symbol is the logo of the Kagyu Monlam. I also think this might become a symbol of people having affection for the earth and wanting to protect it.

“Now I will boast a bit. As I mentioned before, I am the one who designed this logo. I have the strong feeling that I am connected to the natural elements. Technological devices do not agree with me. I feel most comfortable using natural things. When I use technological devices, my body feels rather uncomfortable, although I have no choice but to use them.

“Both the body and mind are strongly connected to the unaltered, natural elements. Because I made this logo, I think it could probably provide some protection against dangers from the natural elements of the external world. But do not think that this logo alone will protect you: if you jump into fire or water while wearing it, you will still die. It is first and foremost a symbol that we are not giving up on the earth.

“Thank you”
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“I stand with my X…”

In Honor of Charles Manson’s Life of 77 Years
11.11.11

"I am not allowed to be a man in your society. I am considered inadequate and incompetent to speak or defend myself in your court. You have created the monster. I am not of you, from you, nor do I condone your wars or your unjust attitudes towards things, animals and people that you won't try to understand. I have Xed myself from your world. I stand in the opposite to what you do and what you have done in the past. You have never given me the constitution you speak of. The words you have used to trick the people are not mine. I do not accept what you call justice. The lie you live in is falling and I am not a part of it. You use the word God to make money. You! Look at what you have done and what you are doing. You make fun of God and have murdered the world in the name of Jesus Christ. I stand with my X with my love, with my god and by myself. My faith in me is stronger than all your armies, governments, gas chambers or anything you may want to do to me. I know what I have done and your courtroom is mans game. Love is my judge. I have my own constitution; its inside me. No man or lawyer is speaking for me. I speak for myself. I am not allowed to speak with words so I have spoken with the mark I will be wearing on my forehead. Many U.S. citizens are marked and don't know it. You won't let them come from under your foot. But God is moving. Moving, and I am a witness. I have tried to stand on the constitution but I am not afforded the rights another citizen may enjoy. I am forced to contend with communicating to the mass without words. I feel no man can represent another man because each man is different and has his own world, his own kingdom, his own reality. It is impossible to communicate one reality through another into another reality. Charles Manson"

“There is a God about whom you know nothing, because men have forgotten him.”

“The Power of Evil”

One cannot do evil unless they can do good- One must see beyond both to understand the power- If all your life you live in green and one day not knowing any other color you’re thrown in a world with nothing but yellow and ask where would you want to live, yellow or green-
The fear would run back to green- The evil free nature without fear would say yellow- Now on the other hand if the mind was raised a lifetime in between yellow and green and told yellow is bad Evil and green is good and nice- the true free nature would want to touch green and feel the fear and excitement of it. It would be new thrills and if taught guilt it would go back to yellow and punish itself within its thought patterns-
On the 3rd hand if all of a sudden from yellow and green all the colors were opened up to that brain:
1) It would go mad and lose all its patterns-
2) The free nature without fear would think it heaven.
There are guidelines to evil. After the illusions of good and bad as programmed are taken from the brain* with concepts of good and evil gone you’re in the brain of a child again-
Yet as the endless struggle goes on pushed and pulled by soulless grown-ups trying to get the childs brain back into money fear and whatever it is that each grown-up has in that brain- REAL evil comes into play- One must be able to create to be evil- Create in such a way that it does not come back and fall upon the source. This is done in circles 5-7-8; sometimes 9-13-33 and 50-390 can be used but to get that many people in the truth would be hard to do in the world as it is today- To find five honest people over ten years old would be no easy trip. Honest to self in the world as it is would be called mentally retated- a fool, clown, etc.
An illusion to some may be a death reality to others. A play on a stage may invoke madness somewhere else as it may circle the stage and be in the streets behind the stage plays- There are looks that kill and motions of a finger that can destroy much. The wave of a hand the wearing of a hat or the color of socks and shoes- the MIND is endless and set in total perfection- PERFECTION and beyond human brains stuck in green and yellow.
There are colors yet to be created we each perceive in a balance of what our minds are ready for- We say there are only 92 of this or 4 winds 13 moons but really what you call evil
has no guidelines to its points of now and its methods have never played out to an end because there is no End, it only begins.
Good ends in death. What would happen to each brain if it found out that it truly couldn’t die- that in the most real of reals they could do anything and never die. I’ll tell you … Total evil. Total madness holds guidelines in the patterned brain; take the fear down and madness comes in to dance and feast. Our true nature is evil but we are taught, trained, and programmed against our own nature by the fear of grown-ups. We are told it’s bad to lie and not to lie yet we are always lied to.
Until we believe everyone lies- then the circle of people that don’t lie and keep the knowledge buy and sell us in and for games left over by wars- As most brains look up to death and call their fears love and a few look down at death and buy and sell fear as love and vice-versa. And fewer yet understand and do something else- A dog with big teeth hits a child with its tail when no grown-ups are looking. The dog sets the mind of the child and understands humans and their brains more than the humans- They play good guys because their food and life depends on humans- But take them to the woods and they bite and kill rabbits, squirrels, and reflect the other side of nature itself- Dogs like humans have lost the true sense of nature and survival. Human brains are programmed by past thoughts and locked to love their fear and fear their love.
So beyond Good and Evil there is only as much good as you can do for yourself- You can do no real good nor can you have a true feeling of doing good unless you can do evil- Why?
Because if a brain is stuck in what’s taught as good it can do no evil or good because it is stuck with no choice and/or no real sense of either good and/or evil. A body’s brain must be free from ego or in control of ego games in order to make the choice themselves- Doing good is easy. Doing evil takes more effort, more creative work and then one must know how to stand back from the rewards. LIKE one must realize a perfect universe within oneself. Even if you realize there is no real self you can pick up a self and be a perfect love a perfect hate a balance finer than the spider’s web. You’re the god who rules over that domain that world and universe and anyone who breaks your will you put them on the evil side of the line- The ones that will not respond to your life and have no respect for your being then all your inner power is moving to balance that with the Evil.
A personal judgment is NOT needed and a danger to the source of perfection must be always in the balance- Your low self or bad guy mirror is used to reflect the bad and good to reflect the real self in a love- LIKE never sacrifice the center of your circle- Create circles outside the love and step from them leaving them to Ka-If you can be a spider or transcend the human brain and put your life in a spider and you send that spider to bite someone and they don’t have that coming the spider will circle and come back at you with a perfect balance. Like when that Hindu burnt me and I lived- their leader in India was shot and killed and 2500 people were burnt up in a fire- His evil reflected back. The interplay of human has little to do with the reality of real life- Everyone and everything is controlled by something or someone else- Where evil and good starts and ends in balance and harmony beyond all the words and thought patterns.”
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*That’s hard to do- the more programming a brain has the harder it is to break
through to the universal mind. For some, impossible for they can and will
only know peace and true love when they have died 200 or 300 times.

Charles Manson-
San Quentin, c.1987

First Charles Manson “Interview”- from Tuesday’s Child

"...I'm from Juvenile Hall. I'm from the line of people nobody wants. I'm from the street. I'm from the alley. Mainly I'm from solitary confinement..."

WISDOM QUOTES

“I am calling to bring down this tower in Babylon, where the beast keeps me in a cage in the name of justice.
When we all come together in the name of One God, love and peace-
each one with himself, ready to face Judgement Day for man,
standing with our hearts and lives in our hands, giving all, facing ourselves,
for what we have done and help me stop what man is doing, the last battle is upon us.
I’ve seen it coming for the last 10 years, only the men who will face their own
destruction- look at it coming faster and faster, tune with it.
Face the blood and death as the wildlife does.”
-Open Letter to Timothy Leary L.A. Free Press (1970)

“Have you ever seen the coyote in the desert? Watching, tuned in, completely aware.
Christ on the cross, the coyote in the desert- it’s the same thing, man.
The coyote is beautiful. He moves through the desert delicately,
aware of everything, looking around. He hears every sound, smells every smell,
sees everything that moves. He’s always in a state of total paranoia,
and total paranoia is total awareness. You can learn from the coyote
just like you can learn from a child. A baby is born into the world in a state of fear.
Total paranoia and awareness. He sees the world with eyes not used yet.
As he grows up, his parents lay all this stuff on him. They tell him,
when they should be letting him tell them. Let little children lead you.”
-Rolling Stone (1970)

A.T.W.A. | CHARLES MANSON VIDEOS

These are some videos that I created within the past couple of years. There are more videos of Charles’ words, as well as interviews here at- ATWA YouTube Page. These are from different conversations I (and my girl) have had with Charles, and I put them to imagery that I felt best suited his words. I knew nothing of the video making programs when I created these but I like the way these came together. The last few are imagery set to musical pieces by Charles and Family…


ECHOES OF HONOR I
“… It’s all a game sweetheart. It’s a big fucking game. It’s a game yer’ born into. Yer’ babies are sitting there watching tv. The tv is a big snake that’s eating the minds of yer’ children…”


ECHOES OF HONOR II
“… Who in the fuck would wanna’ save a tree? They gotta’ be insane! Put em’ in a nutward! Medicate em’ down! Lock em’ up in four-point restraints! Chain em’ to the bed!…”


ECHOES OF HONOR III
“… So all you could possibly be- is the same thing I am. The Air that I breathe, and everything that gives me Air that I protect with my very life. The Trees. The Flowers. The Flies. The Bugs. I joined the Natural Team against the Artificial Environment…”


THE REAL MOTHER
“… It’s just all Mother. The Real Mother. It’s the Oceans Contents. It’s All Life. It’s One. It’s God. It’s Everything. It’s Right Now…”


SOLDIER ANT
“… So I’m coming to you from a lifetime of… running full blast in the world of- necessity. That makes policy. You can’t do something if it wont work. To continue- doing stuff that’s not working for the environment is destroying you…”


FAMILY JAMS DIE TO BE ONE
“… love never dies…”

BARKER RANCH | 05.01.10.
“… if I can help an old bug- on a bush, or a Tree I’m gonna’ keep on saving…”


GAS CHAMBER
“…yeh’, I know you well, sorry old road, I know you well…”


THAT WITCH IS BACK ON THE GROUND

ASPIRATIONS

…The vajra wrath of bodhichitta, of love and compassion- the great skillful means- will totally cut blazing anger and attachment. The emptiness vajra of great wisdom, free from compexities, pure from the beginning, will instantly destroy the darkness and confused vision of ignorance…