Woman’s Day – How I coped

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How Vanessa Anne Walsh went from this

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to this

Vanessa Anne Walsh May 2020

The tears and the heart ache.

No hair. No makeup.

Renunciation, bodhicitta and correct view helps.

Even the Prime Minister wants to speak to me.

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The Beat Box

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The language of love does not, in any way, correspond with the language of desire[1].

When one person, or even one being, loves another, their primary concern always lies with how to remove the suffering and pain of another. It begins, continues and ends with thinking about ways to bring pleasure and happiness to another, and will even focus upon the needs and wishes of all beings. This is not because it is trying in any way to deceive another simply to fulfill its own selfish gratifications.

Love aims to avoid creating losses for another person or being. Simply, it aims to protect the integrity, morality and self-respect of another person. Desire attempts to do the opposite. Desire does not care if damage is created in the experience of another person. It cares nothing for the self-respect, morality or aims of another.

Love aims to protect and nurture the happiness, contentment and health of people and all beings. It has no interest in trampling on the needs of others in order to bring about some superficial, short-lived and impermanent experience of satisfaction.

In my experience, the Buddha will think, devise and perform limitless actions aimed at protecting, nurturing and sustaining the happiness and fulfillment of another person. He has no commonality whatsoever in the mundane, selfish and destructive motivations of ordinary, self-possessed beings. An ordinary being, on the other hand, has no thought or care about the consequences of his self-centred actions. An ordinary being with no insight or love will, without hesitation, create suffering and misery in the mind and
experience of another. True, deep, endless love, aims to transcend the boundaries of space, thought and time. It can move beyond the limitations of the human form and reach far into the realms of space to bring peace, contentment and joy.

May all beings identify, recognize and be conjoined with the supramundane love of a Buddha. May they transcend their sufferings and recognize without any shadow of a doubt, that a Buddha can and will free all beings from their limited, miserable lives and transport them to a state of never-ending happiness, peace and everlasting joy.

[1] Desire means thirst. Like drinking salt water. A taste that cannot be satisfied.

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Welcome to the Jungle – Bringing Meaning Back into the Media Space

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Just taking some notes, really. Do you remember The Dead Pool, starring Clint Eastwood, Jim Carrey and Liam Neeson? Funny stuff really. First of all, did you root for Clint’s character or the Mafia?

In this society, who in reality is really innocent? This is a funny turn of phrase. If we were all Buddhas, there would be no negative karmas to extinguish. But clearly, from my point of view, I don’t believe humans are that well developed. Now that is actually a good point for debate. Did we actually advance from the time of Guru Buddha Shakyamuni, or just go backwards, into a state of degradation and decline? This is what The Lord Buddha Shakyamuni referred to as the age of degeneration.

Let’s just discuss the first scene. The poor cop, just driving either to or from or where to, get’s shot at by a bunch of narcissists. Why? Does anyone ever bother to question. Doesn’t he too, in reality have a negative mind, poisoned by attachment, hatred and ignorance, jealousy, pride and wrong view? Death and impermanence is in fact, just a day to day reality for the majority of ordinary humans. Or not? Is he really a Bodhisattva (a Buddha to be) or a pure reality? Judging from the amount of shots fired towards the cop, one could refreshingly state that this is really just a load of bullshit. No-one could ever really survive such an attack. So the movie has no value, even from this early opening position. Hollywood, why are you so stupid?

But it, (the movie) was so popular in its time. Why so? Are the people, its audience really that stupid? One would have to conclude, yes. Do you have any questions? A valid cognition knows and understands of no such reality. A valid mind, a valid cognition and a valid speech, goes beyond such a degraded cycle of misery and suffering. That society, the one where outcasts live in tall buildings, that they are wildly told is some sort of icon proclaiming development, is really just a terror to the mind and body. A no mans land, devoid of spiritual freedom and validity, an encasement or shell, actually in reality just a symbol of a lack of love, happiness, inner peace and true understanding of compassion, patience, wisdom and joy.

The average person, in reality, is not smart enough to support such a structure, without having to violently resort to a great deal of negative action, of body, speech and mind. So, on this level, The Dead Pool speaks to this utterly false assumption. That such a society is a necessity to mankind. These days, false, abortive governments only seem to speak of the need for continuous growth. This places the people of such conditions under the most absurd and negative pressure.

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Coming out like Ellen Degeneres

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So, what’s it like being on anti-psychotic? Gorgeous darling, it’s so relaxing!

Well anyway sweets, I’m a mover and a shaker and I love it.

Apparently, the mental health tribunal and the mental health service have no sense of humour boys, so watch it.

From one professional to the other, what did I have to say about going from a health loving tea-toteling maniac to a swish-buckling whiskey loving honey!

Pity about the flab but hey! no but, no but no but, yeah!

Who needs to walk off the flab? Not me. I might be dead soon.

Let’s just right some wrongs concerning the way to drink whiskey.

If you have a hot clairvoyance, and don’t like sinning or non-virtuous black actions, you concentrate well on wisdom, with mindfulness, alertness and introspection, with conscientiousness, you’re in the clear. Do I keep my vows? Ya, but then lot’s of people don’t like to venture into that area.

Hmmm, so don’t be a dick and lie about things, come clear and learn the clear light mind. It’s heaps better and it overcomes suffering as well.

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An Unforgettable Afternoon Tea

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Shakespeare’s Sonnet CXVI

Let me not to the marriage of true minds
Admit impediments. Love is not love
Which alters when it alteration finds,
Or bends with the remover to remove:
O, no! it is an ever-fixed mark,
That looks on tempests and is never shaken;
It is the star to every wandering bark,
Whose worth’s unknown, although his height be taken.
Love’s not Time’s fool, though rosy lips and cheeks
Within his bending sickle’s compass come;
Love alters not with his brief hours and weeks,
But bears it out even to the edge of doom.
   If this be error and upon me proved,
  I never writ, nor no man ever loved.

Yesterday I was blessed along with more than one hundred other kindred spirits, dharma brothers and sisters, to be invited to the Afternoon Tea of all Afternoon Tea’s, at Tara Institute, in East Brighton. There, we were blessed and lucky enough to listen to the remarkable words of the great master, Lama Zopa Rinpoche, whose profound insight and compassion transported each and every one of us into a sphere of peace and happiness that can only be described as truly inspiring.

Although ordinarily, when one thinks of afternoon tea, biscuits and cake come to mind, at this afternoon tea, such delicacies, although offered, one could almost say, were not required. When you attend an afternoon tea hosted by such remarkable beings as Geshe Doga and Lama Zopa Rinpoche, food and drink become virtually irrelevant, because due to the great skill of the Buddha, ordinary life just fades into insignificance as one is treated to a genuine Dharma teaching that enables one to contemplate the great truths, which although simple in both practice and theory, are taught in the most exciting and uplifting of ways by a great mind that is really like no other.

Lama Zopa reminded us all that all the teachings of the Buddha fall into two basic instructions:

Do Not Harm Other Beings, Benefit Other Beings.

Within those two pieces of advice lie a vast spectrum of understandings, interpretations, rules and possibilities, however for me, Lama Zopa’s key advice was crystallized when he said that the moment one gives up desire, is the moment one begins to experience real contentment.

He also joked about how it was really Mick Jagger who gave the best teaching in his song, (I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction, through his ability to enumerate upon the downfalls of the desirous and attached state of mind.

It is funny how in life, teachers can appear to us in both virtuous and non-virtuous aspects. Lama Zopa is a true example of someone, who having overcome desire and all faults of the mind, shows others how achieving a state of liberation, peace and perfection is really possible. Not so long ago, I had an encounter of an entirely different kind, with a man full of desire, who in full flight, was able to make me realize just how damaging and disastrous the states of desire, dishonesty, manipulation and attachment can really be. Even those who appear to harm us, also have a teaching of their own to impart.

Although I appreciated the timeless and insightful truths written about love, by the western literary genius, Shakespeare, in his Sonnet CXVI, when they were read at my wedding, nearly twenty years ago, it was the great masters from Tibet who really were able to impart to me, the deeper meaning behind what it means to love another being and how important it is to ensure all our actions are imbued with a positive and virtuous state of mind.

To all my precious and dear teachers who have forever changed our world, our destiny, our karma and our minds, I offer to you my deepest gratitude and pray that one day I am able to repay your limitless kindness, which like time and space, has no beginning and no end.

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I, (not inherently existent), twenty one years, born in Kapilavastu, from the tear of Chenrezig, my guru, supreme spiritual friend. I, mahayana babe, too lucky!

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Once upon a time there was a girl more intelligent than anyone else. Really; gosh, that’s unusual! Her name was Oceané, and she was born under a sal tree in Fawkner. Really, what, like the Buddha? Well, if the truth be told, she arrived a teeny weeny babe, that her mother gasped at, and said, “All that effort for that.”  This was actually at the Royal Melbourne Hospital, in Parkville Victoria, under the watchful eye of Lord Buddha, otherwise known as Glynn White, friend of Weary Dunlop and Frank Forster.

Her mother Grace, was a nurse, who happily, naturally enjoyed looking after the welfare of others. This is somewhat debatable, however.

After growing up a bit, from the age of about five years, there was Leeda, a guide friend, born to take care of the blind. We used to share cups of tea together, specially arranged with Oceane’s own formal tea ceremony. Much later a Buddhist temple was constructed nearby.

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Buddha Mind, Thoughts for the Day, Monday 29 November, 2004 – A Captain’s Logbook continued

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Moving right along.  Don’t seem to be too good at those daily entries. The year has really rolled on by. Today I’ve been considering social work as a career possibility.  There is an accelerated two year program at Monash which looks interesting.  Still there is more money in psychology apparently. Christian still favors psychology.

Just went for a swim this morning and then cooked lunch.  Have to try and get back into an earlier wake up routine. Last night I didn’t get to sleep till too late and then woke up late.  That is really annoying. The swim felt grand though, so maybe there is hope for me yet.

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Verna sounded not so good today when I rang her. Health really is a day to day thing. This afternoon Debbie is giving me a massage. The massage really works wonders.  I am enjoying seeing her.  It is really very kind that she has offered to massage me.

Julia will be back in 9 days.

Today is hot outside.  The cricket is on.  Australia and New Zealand test series. Not much on Foxtel.

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If you think you don’t have thoughts like this, be more honest with yourself. Young people, middle aged people especially all wonder about how to create a virtuous living, right livelihood for themselves. Once I read a book when I was twenty-one by Thich Nhat Hanh. He talked to the world about the need for white action. What is white action? Really, it is His Holiness the Fourteenth Dalai Lama that talks profoundly about this subject. His Holiness is a safe, reliable and valid spiritual guide, and He is my root guru.

 

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In the mood for pancakes?

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Why don’t people think of eating some pancakes, honey and ice-cream for dinner instead of eating meat? I love being a vegetarian, however on occasion I’ve had to eat some meat. I don’t like it. Vegetarianism is way better. It’s ethical, it’s caring and it’s kind and compassionate.

How can you eat a mother, even if it is just the flesh and enjoy? Look at the suffering that being had to endure whilst it was being slaughtered. It’s just not cricket. I know, the pig, for example is rather stupid. What negative actions of body, speech and mind did it do to get the life of a pig? Nevertheless, no need for us, as humans to indulge in eating such flesh. Look, it’s called meat, of course. Why? Because humans are trying to forget that they slaughtered the poor thing and engaged in the wrong and negative act of killing.

Anyway, eating pancakes is not bad for your stomach. The dough is soft, easy to digest and delicious with some honey. You don’t need too big a serving. Just a pancake or two, depending on the size of the pancake. Just nibble away at it and know that you are not involved in the criminal act of taking life. Don’t you feel better? Even where someone else does the killing, why create the demand for meat?

I was at university once, studying arts and business and I read Peter Singer’s book, Animal Liberation. Well, I tried but even by the very beginning of the book it became painfully obvious that the horror of the meat industry is so great, it just left me traumatised and in tears of compassion for these poor animals, who face such cruelty being organised for consumption or testing and experimentation.

Please people, why not pray to Arya Chenrezig, Compassionate Eyed One, for some help developing a more compassionate heart. It helps us to consider the lives of all sentient beings. Pray to Chenrezig and become a sweeter, kinder person. No-one benefits from the meat industry. Let the meat producer get a better life and work in a more beneficial area.

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As I was saying

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Do you tune in to the Sky Business Channel on Foxtel? Why? Do you think they report well on business? For a while now, since the mining boom, which some say is over, we were all about trading iron ore and so forth with China, that so called great trading partner. Our important trading friend. What nonsense.

Why do they buy our iron ore? To build navel vessels designed to take away our fight for freedom. China hates Tibet. What was Tibet? China’s aim was to take over the world and invade everywhere. China said, “once Tibet falls under Chinese Communist control, we, China, take over everything;” (Mao Tse Tung (not that he’s worth quoting)). People watching the business channel probably couldn’t give two hoots. Well, if you bothered to educate yourself according to an authentic Buddhist system, one designed to defeat the causes of suffering, the cycle of samsaric existence, you would learn it’s the only valid education system really. Gosh, that’s a big statement to make, but it’s reliable and safe.

I can say, having watched the genocide of over one million people, negative karma hurts. China, aren’t you worried? The Sky Business Channel really doesn’t have a clue. What do you think, and I suppose you could argue, as long as they, (China), are building ghost cities, what concern is that of ours? However, what if they, China,  are preparing for a military takeover? These people, Xi Jinping (who pongs by the way) are just mass murderers, uninterested in justice, freedom, or in preserving human rights. China’s track record stinks.

When I was young, I reported for Amnesty International on human rights abuse cases. Some of the stories I documented include the following:

China – it’s red army- under the leadership of Mao Tse Tung, ordering the murder of people in such a way; children as young as four or five years of age given a gun and ordered to shoot dead their parents in front of the red army or be shot themselves. Well, only the red army really survived, but they have rebirth in hell ahead (which is obviously necessary). Secondly, burying Tibetans alive in upright coffins. Thirdly, capturing 1500 Tibetan farmers and loading them onto a truck to take them to a deserted place on the Tibetan Plateau, to shoot them dead in a mass grave.

Fourthly, taxing the Tibetan people 90% of their income to make it impossible for them to find the income to eat; in other words starving Tibetan Buddhists to death.

The incident with the death and shooting of the Tibetan farmers happened no more that ten – fifteen years ago, under other communist leadership, (or lack thereof).

Aren’t you concerned? Why do you prefer dealing with murderers and torchurers in trade, than developing your own understanding of the heart and the mind, of realizing proper mind science that can set you free once and for all, from suffering and it’s causes. No amount of business properganda or bullshit can change these facts. If you practice religious freedom correctly, under the guidance of the Dalai Lama’s system, you can actually solve your problems forever by relying upon a proper understanding of the small, medium and great scope stages of the path to Buddhahood. China, it’s not a liberator. It’s a mass murderer, a genocidal criminal and thief, and a raper of more than just the environment.

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The Deafening

Silence on China’s Human Rights Abuses

Where is China headed in 2018? President Xi Jinping promised “world peace” for the new year – but his 2017 track record suggests otherwise. Remember the singular stain of the July death of 2010 Nobel Peace Prize winner Liu Xiaobo, surrounded by state security? Many condemned China’s conduct, but such interventions are fewer and further between these days. Increasingly, abusive Chinese authorities are garnering international support for their principles and policies.

In a single December week, the Chinese Communist Party hosted an international political forum in Beijing attended by representatives of political parties from democracies including New Zealand and the United States, seemingly unbothered that their hosts run an authoritarian, one-party state.

China’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the State Council Information Office held an international symposium in Beijing on human rights – attended by United Nations Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights, a UN body that, unlike two dozen other UN agencies, is systematically denied the ability to operate in China.

And China held another global information technology summit on connectivity – attended by Tim Cook, the CEO of Apple, who in the US argues hard for privacy rights but in China lauds Beijing’s plans for a “common future in cyberspace” despite rampant censorship and electronic surveillance.

The term “normalising” is in heavy use these days, typically to mean the implicit or explicit acceptance of problematic behaviour. In diplomacy, it means two countries establishing formal diplomatic relations.

But it’s now also a perverse hybrid in contemporary international politics: individuals and institutions from parts of the world where human rights are generally protected aren’t just cosying up to, but also increasingly publicly praising, their Chinese counterparts – while failing to defend the principles and institutions that underpin their very existence. In doing so, they enable a whitewash of an abusive regime, one with global aspirations to change and set the rules of modern political life.

While it’s true that many people across different realms – academia, business, politics – have, over the years, pushed the Chinese government to adopt international human rights standards and end its persecution of peaceful critics, few now stand against Beijing’s intransigence. Many now choose to engage on Beijing’s terms, even when doing so is perverse and even harmful to their interests. Will Apple still thrive if China’s vision of state control of all sources of information and the use of artificial intelligence to monitor all citizens’ behaviour becomes a reality?

Those who participate in these kinds of gatherings invariably insist that it’s better they engage than not: after all, the logic goes, who else will set out different or higher standards on everything from democratic governance to corporate social responsibility?

But, increasingly, they simply don’t bother to set out or defend those standards. Did any of the political party conference attendees publicly dissociate themselves from their hosts’ closing statements praising President Xi’s leadership, or offer up publicly available remarks reflecting concern about the lack of elections or multiple political parties in China? No. Did anyone at the human rights conference make a public statement, while in China, about the death penalty, or torture by police? No.

While Chinese authorities host these substantively through-the-looking-glass gatherings and proclaim international support for their vision, increasingly they exploit openness elsewhere to do the same, often through state organisations like the United Front Work Department. Australian politicians have been discovered receiving political donations from Chinese businesses.

The Chinese authorities have been limiting access of human rights groups to the country. Police from Cambodia to France have capitulated to pressure from Chinese law enforcement or Party “discipline” officers and handed over allegedly corrupt fugitives without any semblance of due process. Universities struggle with ferocious complaints from Chinese diplomats about whether the institutions may describe Taiwan as an independent country, or have the Dalai Lama as a commencement speaker.

The question for democracies or businesses isn’t whether to engage: it is how to engage in a principled manner. This means treating China like many governments treat US President Donald Trump when he makes outrageous statements or adopts retrograde policies. Democratic leaders condemn Trump’s remarks about “fake news” – but don’t condemn China for its censorship or propaganda. They criticise Trump for his hostility towards the UN, but have nothing to say on China’s efforts to weaken the institution.

It is time for new standards to reverse these highly abnormal relationships with China. Forty years into China’s “reform era”, Beijing has made clear it’s not moving on democracy, a free press, or an independent legal system, though courageous people continue to push for these at considerable personal risk. If powerful outside voices mindlessly engage, they not only stab these brave people in the back – they may also find themselves obliged to dance to the tune of a highly repressive government.

 

Nights in the Moon Lily Garden – Chapter Six

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Mayhem and Misery – Catastrophic Suffering

Ignorance breeds confusion.

When you lack discipline and a proper understanding of ethics, or turn away from the dharma, from the types of mental states and actions that hold one back from suffering, only disappointment and unhappiness, degradation and mayhem will follow.

To raise a child without a deep grounding in the dharma can only be described as absolutely stupid. Forget what the world thinks. Worldly attitudes are born from a lack of understanding and knowledge. What the world rates as important is often based upon some egotistical and false view of the self, of I and mine.

I remember when I was just about to finish school, looking upon the adult world with a deep feeling of hopelessness. All the people my parents held in high regard appeared to be caught in a vicious cycle of misery. Even though they had attained some wealth and worldly status, not even doctors from the western world appeared to have all the answers to the pervasive type of suffering we were all immersed in. When your parents suffer a brutal failure in their marital relationship, when you are surrounded by people who are only interested in bullying the smartest at school into a state of submission and decline, when there is a lack of adequate role models for the young and the worldly blindly chase after material gains as though it’s the only solution to all of life’s problems, confusion takes hold causing wreckage and an enormous degree of emotional and physical suffering. Without the sword of wisdom to guide one through failure and disintegration of all that is familiar, one is truly as helpless and directionless as a dead leaf blown violently by the winds of change, uncertainty and darkness.

Although I was a straight A student throughout all my years of school, when it came to my final HSC exams, instead of blitzing all the subjects in the manner I had done in the past, I only achieved an average set of results. I didn’t even bother studying in the last week of swat vac. I went out and partied with friends who had already completed their exams.

I’m not proud of that, even though I did still manage to get into a course I was actually well suited to at university. However, the problem was, I fell into an unhappy cycle of regret, having been used to getting near perfect results in every subject. As I have said, a lot can be gained from having a high degree of intelligence, but without a proper understanding and realization of the dharma, of wisdom and compassion, you are still at the mercy of karma and delusions. This means that suffering will continue unless you actually cut the root of suffering itself. The root of suffering comes in the form of a false view of I, of self and of phenomena. Until one fully realizes that all phenomena lack inherent existence and one is able to let go of all negative emotions, one will remain like a bucket travelling up and down in a well, without the proper means to escape the cycle of existence.

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