Why choose Buddhism over Anglicanism?

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Vanessa went to school training as a private school student in Anglicanism, in Melbourne, Australia. Vanessa studied the Bible when she was just young, memorizing verses to read at recital. We received religious instruction and in many ways, Her Royal Highness, Queen Elisabeth is a very good teacher and guide.

Vanessa used to win gold in the recital and when Vanessa was about eight years of age, and the junior private school she attended asked her to read at Saint Pauls Cathedral in Melbourne for the end of year Christmas prayer and blessing. The Head Mistress praised me and said Vanessa did very well.

Vanessa felt very privileged to attend a private Anglican School. Vanessa used to sit quietly at lunch however, aghast at the bitchiness of other students. Vanessa’s father, Graeme, worked in the poorer suburbs of Melbourne to the north, delivering medicine to the newly settled Australian immigrant community. In Toorak, no-one really appreciated how a Brighton boy, who topped his years in medicine at Melbourne University, could suffer or maybe even bear doing that job. What snobs and narrow minded atheists humans can be.

Sadly, as my father worked a seven day week, over the years the stress became too much. In Vanessa’s later years she realised it was because her family, so keen on the worldly viewpoint, and even atheism, never dedicated time for rest and relaxation in a meditative understanding of the Lord or his word.

As a senior school student, Vanessa was to prepare for a career as either a doctor or lawyer. It was just expected of us to achieve those sort of results, having realised our parents worked hard to give us a good start in life. Appearances, however, are deceptive, and many wealthy families that Vanessa knew in the 1980’s, were in the throws of experiencing the demolition of getting blown apart by acrimonious argument and bitter divorce. Vanessa used to wonder what role did God play in all of this? What was the cause of so much unhappiness, suffering, uncertainty and upheaval?

Vanessa thought to herself, pondering and contemplating, should Vanessa commit to the vows of an Anglican, whilst many wealthly families were experiencing so much hatred, anger, unhappiness and failure? Vanessa looked at Lord Jesus, up there on the cross, being crucified, taking on the suffering of others, and subduing the poor and the wretched, and asked, what is wrong with life, with my life, so fragile and uncertain?

Vanessa was taken on a pilgrimage through Sri Lanka when she was thirteen years of age, visiting several big Buddhas and a cutting grown large into a tree, from the original Bodhi tree in Bodhgaya, India. Maybe this left some sort of blessing or impression, because Vanessa thought, God isn’t really answering her questions concerning suffering and it’s cause. Vanessa determined to become a Buddha for the sake of all living beings, to solve life’s biggest questions and work out the to cessate  the ignorance of a self, which is most surely the cause to all sin, negativity, delusion and non-virtue. Vanessa thought, only by achieving enlightenment, can one really solve, and cessate suffering and it’s cause. Vanessa thought, I need to tread and traverse the path to the cessation of suffering and purify my delusions and negative karma and to accomplish the perfection of virtue in order to attain enlightenment for the benefit of all sentient beings. That, to transcend suffering, the suffering of suffering, the suffering of change and all pervasive suffering; that, is a meaningful goal and the meaning of life, and that is how I want to work to overcome the misery of the human condition and all six suffering realms.

Contemplative

The saddest reality in my life is I did not know at the age of sixteen how to find a teacher in Buddhism, that is safe, reliable, valid and wise Guru. As I was living in Melbourne, Australia, Queen Elisabeth taught the Melbourne Girls Grammar School students British history, not the history of Asia, and in my early years, I was not fortunate enough to hear of Buddhim or the culture of Tibet. I basically knew nothing of Tibet, or the horrid invasion by the Chinese communists of this peaceful land, that occurred due to corruption in the Buddhist culture.  As horrid as the Chinese communists are and of course how shocking the genocide, we didn’t hear of His Holiness, the Fourteenth Dalai Lama of Tibet, Tenzin Gyatso, until I endured a long seven and suffering years from the age of 17 to 23 years of age. Such was the non-virtue in the culture and of course due to my poor karma.

Twenty seven years on and many stories later, I have no regrets having made my decision to accomplish Buddhahood and find a safe, reliable and valid qualified and authentic spiritual guide. This guiding and teaching by the power of good example, His Holiness and his retinue do very well. I love Queen Elisabeth also. We are all spiritual practitioners with some good to offer. I oppose sectarianism and wrong view. It would be nice to accomplish a better understanding of what proper religious practice can achieve for oneself and one’s life.

That is what I am here to promote and teach.

 

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Vanessa has been meditating on the emptiness of a self now and the bodhicitta motivation for over twenty years. For the past twenty years, this meditation has been conducted in silent retreat. Vanessa is in need of some new pillows for her residence. So we are sending out a request to the public for funding. Vanessa always recommends using a firm pillow, to give proper support to the neck, head and back.

Giving to support authentic dharma practice creates great merit. By thinking, may I too overcome the causes to samsara, cyclic existence, may this act of giving and love serve to create the cause for my own release from the miserable cycle of suffering. You can begin by taking refuge and generating bodhicitta, reciting the following prayer three times.

I go for refuge until I’m enlightened to the Buddha, Dharma, and Sangha

From the virtuous merit I create from the practice of giving and other perfections

May I attain the state of a Buddha for the sake of all sentient beings.

To conquer the three poisonous states of mind of attachment, hatred and the ignorance of a self of persons and of phenomena, you need to train in the three scopes of the path to Buddhahood. Obviously training in the six perfections is best, setting the bodhi mind as the motivation for aspiring to and engaging in the path to Buddhahood. Vanessa works long hours, and does quite a bit of community service. Please support this dharma project by clicking on the PayPal link below.

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This is where you need Gina Mineheart

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If you check out this recent photo, you’ll see I’m already perfect. Refer to these posts…here and here.

 

 

Cheers! And time for a whiskey, right mum?

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On second thoughts…

I’ve had a few more thoughts on fitness, weight loss, working out and mind training. Once you are a Buddha you can think effectively. That’s a great benefit to aspiring to and engaging in the path to Buddhahood. All other goals are less meaningful, because everything below the state of a Buddha is pervaded in some way by suffering. You see, you are still stuck with the three types of suffering until you fully overcome the obstructions to omniscience. Inspired? Look at A Guide to the Bodhisattvas Way of Life by Shantideva for more wisdom discussing the path to Buddhahood.

So, maybe I’ll just get a new treadmill and stay in. There are so many benefits to staying in and guiding the mind thoughtfully and effectively.

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The Office

How does a day at the office go for a samsaric being? A being caught in ignorance, attachment and hatred states of mind. It wakes up, what, not at five in the morning ready to do prayers to remedy the situation. It says furiously to itself. Fuck, I need some money. Fucking, fucking fuck, who can I get to pay for me? What? I need to fuck for a living? Have a child with a man I don’t care about, and then pretend to be a caring mother? Just to get the bills paid. Divorce, no problem. I’ll take the man for everything he’s worth. Bring him down and accuse him of moral weakness.

Are you that stupid? Do you hate the actions of morality that much? Laziness is an enemy and you can find it within. No, religious practioners tend to figure out ignorance is the cause of all suffering. Not the Catholics however, or is that going too far? So you find you’re just a prionsoner of cyclic existence. Isn’t it time to wake up to honesty, decency and integrity? How does the average woman find this? Utterly disturbing? You need to hold yourself to account.

Who hates the Dalai Lama and his retinue? The Chinese are commonly known to be thieves, rapists and murderers. Anyone else? Well Shugden of course. Do you know people like this? People that kill to cover up the truth. What I say is if you create and action of body, speech or mind, there is an effect. If the action was pure, well motivated and virtuous there is a positive or happy, healthy effect. However, if the action is motivated by evil or negative states of mind, you suffer. You create the causes of suffering. Follow the path to the cessation of suffering and learn how to attain the cessation of suffering. It is the only virtuous way.

 

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Nights in the Moon Lily Garden – Chapter Five

Grasping At A Self Of Person

Running, terrified. Am I in hell? I told my parents to get a divorce, to sell their holiday house and farm. Now I have no money, no prospects. All signs of sanity have gone. This is what happened in 1986.

It’s a very sad and sobering aspect of my life that I must acknowledge the cruel and unbalanced way in which I have commonly been treated by both my mother and sister. However, to distort the facts and to try and gloss over some of the most painful events of my life would not only be dishonest, but in a way an act of almost acknowledging that abusive behavior, and harmful mental patterns are in some way acceptable, when clearly, they are not, no matter who they are coming from or directed towards.

It is the case that both my mother Grace, and sister Lucy have both convinced themselves absolutely that they are totally within their rights to act in a continuously deceptive, dishonest and profoundly harmful way towards me, simply because I am a daughter and sister. They have both decided that because I am a close relative, that leaves the door wide open for them to do whatever they can to destroy whatever amount of happiness I manage to create.

As far as they are concerned, once they act to destroy the happiness I may create, in the form of a friendship with others, for example, they have no hesitation in covering up their harmful actions by simply lying to others, and distorting the facts about what really took place.

To their minds, when something degenerates into a he said, she said situation, they are confident that the ignorance in humans in general, will do its job in confusing their listeners enough so they are unable to discern just who did the wrong thing in the first place. Therefore, their acts of aggression, hatred, jealousy and greed go unrecognized by the majority, creating a free environment for them to continue on in their efforts to isolate me from the rest of the world and to ensure that their abuse has the most destructive impact and effect.

There was a time, during my HSC year, after I had managed to befriend many of the girls who once used to bully me because I was a high achieving student that I would be regularly asked to stay over at a school friends’ house on a Saturday night. We would usually go to some party, or perhaps just gather a group of friends to watch a video together, as most young people enjoy doing.

On this particular Saturday, I was asked to stay over at Sarah’s house, and my mother agreed that this would be OK. I said I would spend the Sunday morning doing some homework at Sarah’s house, before returning home after lunch to continue on with my studies. As this was the arrangement, I left feeling happy that I could avoid being part of the tense and stressed environment that constantly pervaded my time at home with my mother and sister. Mother was now firmly entrenched in the pattern of breaking down in tears on a regular basis and had the habit of criticizing me for any manner of things, simply because she was buckling under the pressure of her impending divorce with father.

On this occasion, I had a reasonably settled time away, and the next day, on the Sunday, just after lunch, there was a phone call at Sarah’s house. Sarah answered the phone and soon informed me that Mrs. Wong, the mother of another friend of mine at school, wanted to speak to me. I answered the phone, a little curious as to why she would be calling.

Mrs. Wong, “how are you,” I said.

“Listen to me, you disgraceful child,” seethed Mrs. Wong on the other end of the phone.

“How dare you run away for the night without informing your mother of your intention to leave. You have made her worried sick. She has been on the phone crying hysterically to me all morning. What sort of a daughter are you, that you could do such a thing to your mother?”

I was aghast. “But Mrs. Wong, I told Mum yesterday I was staying at Sarah’s. She agreed that it was OK for me to do this. She knew I wasn’t coming home til after lunch today.”

“Don’t lie to me,” screamed Mrs. Wong. “You get yourself home immediately young girl. I never want to hear of you doing such a thing like this to your mother again.”

“But I’m not lying,” I cried, now on the verge of tears myself. “I told mother what I was doing, I promise.” I was so shocked by the anger Mrs. Wong was directing towards me, a feeling of having the wind knocked out of me soon prevailed.

Mrs. Wong snapped. “I can’t believe you are now trying to lie about this, Oceané.”

Mrs. Wong refused to accept my version of events, and I quickly realized that mother had managed to convince her of my guilt, even though the reality was that I had done everything I was supposed to do as a responsible daughter in this situation.

I got off the phone. I turned to face Sarah, but my heart sank further into despair as I immediately saw that she too had been sucked in by the drama. Glaring at me with a rising temper, she said. “You’d better get yourself home, Oceané. I can’t believe what you have done.”

Shocked by the rapid change in atmosphere, I looked upon Sarah in disbelief, sickened, feeling totally isolated and confused.

“How can you believe that I would do such a thing,” I responded, the words barely audible as they passed through my lips. “I am telling you all the truth. It is mother who for whatever reason doesn’t appear to remember or want to acknowledge what really happened. She is very confused at the moment because of the divorce. Didn’t you know since her nervous breakdown she rarely makes any sense?”

“Just go,” snapped Sarah with blind irrationality. “Go and get your bags and get yourself home before any more damage is done.”

I left knowing full well that things were only going to get much, much worse for me once I arrived home. There, I knew I would be greeted by a mentally unbalanced and aggressive mother, and an equally unbalanced and jealous sister, whose only interest would be to further deepen the divide between me, my friends and whatever fragment of a family that remained, further intensifying the heartache and pain, and virtually destroying any opportunity for reconciliation and peace.

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Nights in the Moon Lily Garden – Chapter Four

Id Is Not AH

What do you do when you are young and vulnerable, living under your parents control, when your mother has a nervous breakdown and you find her to be jealous of your attainments and ignorant of the true causes of suffering?

What do you do when you are broke, with no money, no proper foundation, and you have a father who drinks copious amounts of alcohol from the early hours of the morning until late into the night every single day, whilst trying to resolve his own psychological misery, emotional discomfort and mental pain by squandering basically all of the family fortune on mistresses, outrageously expensive annual overseas travel, alcohol and ridiculous investments?

You search for whatever aid and assistance that is close at hand.

At sixteen and seventeen, the only help that was close at hand came in the form of other sometimes even more misguided peers, whose only solution to suffering was to get as wasted as possible and blow whatever chances that study at school presented them with. School was suffering. Family life was suffering. Everyone followed the philosophy that as it was obvious we were all going down, better to do that together than to face the music and use whatever intelligence we were gifted with to try and devise a genuine escape route that would actually act as pathway to freedom from suffering.

Religion was frowned upon. Philosophy lay misunderstood in the stratosphere. Atheism was rife. Weekends were opportunities to binge drink and drown in our sorrows, serving only as breeding grounds for profound suffering.

It was in this environment that I was travelling home on a flight from Sydney with my mother and sister. Feeling dazed at the commotion that had enveloped our home life, I gazed out of the aircraft window to stare at the clouds far below. Dreams of a happy future lay in ruins. I was raised with the belief that I would always be taken care of by my parents. I was told much money had been put aside for our future; that we would be cared for by a substantial inheritance. I was told I would never have a mortgage. I would always have my own house and plenty of money to live on. I would not have a care in the world. Sad to say, these were all lies, a cunning illusion crafted by ignorant souls who chose to ignore the great truths taught by past masters and saints.

To give you an example of how crazy the behavior of my mother could be at times, as we were travelling on this flight, the quiet was broken by hysterical screams from my mother. When I drew close and tried to attend to her needs, she just abused me and told me to mind my own business. As she had recently suffered a brain aneurism, my thought was to contact her neurologist in Melbourne and ask him for some advice. When I informed my mother that he would make a special effort to meet her at the airport, I suffered further attacks – a blind rage. When we disembarked from the aircraft, as a reward for my efforts to calm and console my mother, I was abandoned at the airport with no money and forced to find my own way home.

To say that I was suffering my own form of mental anguish as a result of this treatment is surely an understatement. Neither of my parents appeared to have any regard or concern for the consequences of their unruly and destructive behavior. In this tumultuous and uncertain situation, I was required to excel at my studies, to retain full health, to marry a millionaire, to be on the front cover of vogue. In short, I was expected to marry Rupert Murdoch’s son and be an unquestionable success.

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Top News Stories from 1985

World Events

World Statistics

Population: 4.378 billion

population by decade

Nobel Peace Prize: International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War

More World Statistics…

U.S. Events

U.S. Statistics

President: Ronald W. Reagan
Vice President: George Bush
Population: 237,923,795
Life expectancy: 74.7 years
Violent Crime Rate (per 1,000): 52.1
Property Crime Rate (per 1,000) 46.5

More U.S. Statistics…

  • Ronald Reagan, 73, takes oath for second term as 40th President (Jan. 20).
  • General Westmoreland settles libel action against CBS (Feb. 18).
  • US Supreme Court, 5–4, bars public school teachers from parochial schools (July 1).
  • Arthur James Walker, 50, retired naval officer, convicted by federal judge of participating in Soviet spy ring operated by his brother, John Walker (Aug. 9).
  • US budget-balancing bill enacted (Dec. 12).

Economics

US GDP (1998 dollars): $4,180.70 billion
Federal spending: $946.39 billion
Federal debt $1817.5 billion
Median Household Income(current dollars): $23,618 billion
Consumer Price Index: $107.6
Unemployment: 7.2%
Cost of a first-class stamp: $0.20 ($0.22 as of 2/17/1985)
Sports
Super Bowl

San Francisco d. Miami

World Series

Kansas City d. St. Louis Cardinals (4-3)

NBA Championship

LA Lakers d. Boston

Stanley Cup

Edmonton d. Philadelphia

Wimbledon

Women: Martina Navratilova d. C. Evert Lloyd (4-6 6-3 6-2)
Men: Boris Becker d. K. Curren (6-3 6-7 7-6 6-4)

Kentucky Derby Champion

Spend A Buck

NCAA Basketball Championship

Villanova d. Georgetown

NCAA Football Champions

Oklahoma (11-1-0)

Entertainment

Entertainment Awards

Pulitzer Prizes

Fiction: Foreign Affairs, Alison Lurie
Music: Symphony RiverRun, Stephen Albert
Drama: Sunday in the Park with George, Stephen Sondheim and James Lapine
Academy Award, Best Picture: Amadeus, Saul Zaentz, producer (Orion)
Nobel Prize for Literature: Claude Simon (France)
Record of the Year: “What’s Love Got to Do With It,” Tina Turner
Album of the Year: Can’t Slow Down, Lionel Richie (Motown)
Song of the Year: “What’s Love Got to Do With It,” Graham Lyle and Terry Britten, songwriters
Miss America: Sharlene Wells (UT)

More Entertainment Awards…

Events

  • Rock Hudson dies of AIDS at age 59. He’s the first major star to fall victim to the disease.
  • Madonna launches her first road show, the Virgin Tour.
  • Dozens of top-name musicians and bands perform at the Live Aid concerts in Philadelphia and London. The shows benefit African famine victims.
  • With the availability of relatively inexpensive laser printers and computers, tools for desktop publishing begin to be commonly used.

Movies

  • Kiss of the Spider Woman, Out of Africa, Prizzi’s Honor, The Color Purple

Books

Science

Nobel Prizes in Science

Chemistry: Herbert A. Hauptman and Jerome Karle (both US), for their outstanding achievements in the development of direct methods for the determination of crystal structures
Physics: Klaus von Klitzing (Germany), for developing an exact way of measuring electrical conductivity
Physiology or Medicine: Michael S. Brown and Joseph L. Goldstein (both US), for their work, which has drastically widened our understanding of the cholesterol metabolism and increased our possibilities to prevent and treat atherosclerosis and heart attacks

More Nobel Prizes in 1998…

  • British scientists report the opening of an enormous hole in the earth’s ozone layer over Antarctica. Background: Environment & Nature
  • Researchers at IBM develop the scanning tunneling microscope, which can visualize images on an atomic scale.
  • Coca-Cola attempts to change its 99-year-old formula in an effort to attract younger drinkers. “New” Coke is poorly received, and the company soon reintroduces the original, “Classic” beverage. Background: carbonated beverages

Death

The One – The Lover and the Best Friend

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I saw a movie several years ago. Three times. It’s called The Lincoln Lawyer. It struck some deep notes.

In samsara, when you meet beauty, when you meet true love, things can go awry. This is a story about a young man, a wonderful young man, not rich, but with genuine qualities who meets The One. One night in bar they meet. The sparks fly. He recognizes her beauty instantly and values it. She finds him sexy and drops her price. The chemistry is there. The future awaits.

As samsara would have it, a jealous, uncreative and corrupt man looks on. Seething with rage and hatred, he makes the determination to ruin it all. Unbeknownst to the lovers, he lies in wait, cultivating his evil motivation. In circumstances where sex and love are involved, evil watches on close by.

I suppose why this movie hit such a deep note is because I can draw so many parallels with events that have taken place in my own life. This movie focused upon a deep psychology, a psychology common to samsara, however this subject lies in a field of vision the ordinary person most often doesn’t recognize. The rich lay idly complacent, and the poor, wholesome ones unfortunately get lost in their naiveté and innocence.

When a common, uncreative and flawed ordinary being witnesses the play of true love and wisdom, their mind begins to spin out of control. Unable to contain their hatred, jealousy, fear and competitiveness, the wretched determine a plan that attempts to undermine such love and innocence and does its best to make the whole system fail. This of course will only further prolong the suffering of all concerned, but the evil mind never pays heed to that. Too ignorant to fathom the true depth of the consequences of an evil act, the uncreative mind is unrelenting in its inability to face up to the shallow nature of its own focus.

When you see others succeed, when you witness true love, don’t try to destroy it and take it away. Rejoice and recognize that by supporting such a rare event you create the causes for your own future happiness and success. Anything else is but a folly and a play of the unoriginal.

Copyright ©Vanessa Anne Walsh 2011

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  1.  Tessicasays:

December 18, 2011 at 12:02 pmEdit

Good to see a talent at work. I can’t match that.

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The ordinary State of Mind

I woke up today and investigated the meaning of reality. Being acutely aware of my own mother’s distraught mental state, I prepared a cup of morning coffee and after drinking it, began to investigate this false sense of I and mine. When the mind is untethered to the object of negation, the false sense of an I and mine, when one does not cut through appearances and investigate the ultimate state of being, the selflessness of self and of phenomena, the mind ricochets off whatever external object it becomes attached to, powerlessly driving itself away from all forms of inner peace, happiness and contentment.

Sitting quietly in meditation, I investigated my own state of dissatisfaction. Not happy here, does that mean I go there? Where going? Somewhere else? Where? Why there? What happens if I move from here to there? Will I find peace, or the same state of inner dissatisfaction and a lack of peace? So I look. What is there that is not here? This mad woman, this madman, driving me away from my home, if I go elsewhere, why would they give me peace or satisfaction anywhere. Their aim is to keep me on the run. The answer is to turn within and tame the innermost flow of one’s own mental continuum.

Cutting through false appearance, one annihilates this false view of external reality. There is no happiness there that is not here.

There is no happiness to be found spending an extra one or two hundred dollars per day, on a hotel/motel located somewhere else, when the state of dissatisfaction remains unchallenged and not investigated for its validity or lack thereof. As there is only the conventional sense of self, the basis for conventional reasoning, one cuts through with the eye of wisdom, the unruly state of mind, driving one everywhere but where happiness and satisfaction abides, in a state free from fetters. Ultimate wisdom.

Having removed by cutting through false appearance, the ordinary veil, that obscures one from the nature of reality, one can abide free from fear, contented and without many external requirements.

 

Copyright © Vanessa Anne Pollock 2016

The Beat of the Street

Post One

14 February 2016

How to Organize the Pantry – Part One

Natures Cuppa Organic Ceylon Tea

When looking at the kitchen and how to organize it according to Arya Sangha rules, you should start with a good clean of the pantry. You need to dust out the pantry for cobwebs, then spray each shelf with something like Ajax or some antibacterial cleaning spray, and wipe down the shelves and cupboards thoroughly. This should be done hopefully at least twice a year.

According to Arya Sangha rules, it is always best to function and operate the kitchen according to the following advice. Keep it fresh.

It’s not a good idea to overstock the pantry. Rather, when looking to stock a good pantry, only keep the bear essentials and look at buying fresh ingredients according to the recipes we provide you with on a daily basis. Don’t say you don’t have time. If you aspire to become a fully enlightened being, you need to understand just how important a healthy diet is to grow, flourish and maintain a healthy body, speech and mind system of wealth.

So having cleaned the pantry, lets take a look at how to stock it well.

Firstly, what do you like to drink to stay calm. Let’s discuss tea and coffee.

I recommend stocking a variety of tea. Look at buying some Ceylon Loose Leaf Tea, like that grown by Nature’s Cuppa, Twinnings, or Dilmah. Then some English Breakfast tea bags or Ceylon tea teabags. Natures Cuppa has a lovely organic variety. I recommend some Peppermint Tea from T2, a packet of Green Tea and even some Ginger Tea (all loose leaf). So you need a proper tea strainer holder to brew a teaspoon of loose leaf tea in a cup. You can buy these from places like Oriental Tea House in Melbourne.

There, so that’s tea, now what about coffee. These days people think of two places to go to for coffee in particular. Obviously Nescafe is good, because it’s not too strong, but you should just buy the smallest jar and use it just when it’s fresh. Don’t buy too much, because it goes stale.

Then if you have a Nespresso coffee machine, you could stock some Nespresso coffee capsules and have them for a nice treat.

 

My advice on cleaning

 

OK, so this is what really pisses me off. I’m not being aggressive, so don’t go acting bananas yourself, but have you checked out how truly retarded cleaning companies have become these days?

Let me tell you a story. I employ a cleaner to come over. I ask them to start cleaning out the pantry and I explain about everything that needs to be cleaned throughout the house. Then I give the cleaner two new sponges and cleaning materials to start the cleaning. The next thing I know she is asking if she can first start cleaning the bathroom before the kitchen. Look everyone. You all need a fucking wake up call. This is what is wrong with that.

Point One. Hygiene.

How do you clean a house? Does no-one know yet how to clean a house?

Firstly, if you have to clean shelves, benches, floors, toilets, bathroom basins etc, you don’t mix up the sponges or wiping products. A sponge used to clean the shelves, benches, you don’t use on the floor. And what the fuck do you think you clean the toilet with? Not a sponge or product you are going to use anywhere else.

So my advice, why not spray down the toilet and then use toilet paper that you then flush down the toilet after you finish wiping down the toilet. I don’t need cleaners to mix up the sponges and use bathroom or toilet cleaners in the kitchen, living room or anywhere else.

What do office cleaners do? Well, they come in at night and clean the office toilets. Don’t tell me they then use those sponges or superwipes to then clean out the office kitchen or office desks. How disgusting.

Can Australia and it’s cleaning services please get this one right and not continue spreading disease everywhere?

This Community Service Announcement is brought to you by someone trained in monastic discipline. Monastic discipline, the vinaya actually has a point to it. Let’s not die of poisoning in the simple task of trying to get the house or office cleaned.

As this advice is given free of charge, in the interests of understanding community health and safety, why not stop paying huge dollars for useless information found in Vogue Magazine that doesn’t ordinarily provide for advice on how to dress in a way that is not infuriating to mens desire.

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