What are your weekend plans? It's rather late to be posting these. Friday evening I travelled by train to Sheffield. Little wheeled backpack loaded with the usual stuff plus robe, bell, copy of ceremony in smart French folder, iPod and...
You may be interested in the
following on the social supercharging of tanha ("grasping" -- one of
the Three Fires of ancient scripture). There's so much transparent social
dharmic teaching around these days in the quality papers ! Good reading.
Last week my son got mugged for his iPod. He wasn't
hurt, just a bit embarrassed about some of the songs his assailants will find on
it. This week I had my mobile stolen while sitting on a park bench. This is
low-level stuff that is now commonplace. But there is a vital link between these
ever-upgradable gadgets and the prime minister's call for a rebalancing of the
relationship between the victims of crime and the perpetrators.
My ipod isn't playing - just whizzing through the list of all the music titles that should be installed. Apparently I'm going to have to reinstall iTunes on my Powerbook - and then I'll have lost all the music and will have to upload it all again - groan :-(
Update at 17.02 All up and running - it was iTunes that was the problem. Had to wipe everything off and reset iPod, then load on all the music again. Where would I be without my wonderful personal consultant, my son - Simon? (14 e-mails back and forth - what patience)
We liked it so much last year and the year before that - so we're off again tomorrow to Hara's in Kephalonia. This will be our sixth time on the island. Swimming, lying in the shade, lots of reading, eating wonderful vegetarian Greek food - and this year, listening to all the new music Simon set up for me on my iPod, with the great speakers that he gave me for my birthday.
Today is another sewing day - for the last couple of days I've been making myself a couple of Chinese-type tunic jackets to wear when red civvies are too little and robe is too much for the occasion. And I've been listening, on my iPod, while sewing, to Pat Metheny, Joni Mitchell, Jan Garbarek and k.d.lang. All great chill out music to balance the speed of the sewing machine.
According to Giesler's preliminary research, the iPod isn't simply an
updated Walkman. It's an entirely new beast: a revolutionary device
that transforms listeners into "cyborgs" through a process he calls
Our car was broken into on the way down the A1 on 23rd December, when we had stopped for a meal. Two large bags were taken, including a number of Christmas presents - a Bridge computer from me to Peter, a digital camera which was joint 8th birthday and Christmas present to Freja, my eldest granddaughter, all the presents for The Buddhist House. Also lots of old poetry books, Buddhist books and personal papers. And my TENS machine. Obviously only a minor inconvenience compared to the news we were all to get on 26th.
I'm an Acharya (a senior teacher) with the Order of Amida Buddha, which is a Pureland Buddhist Order. I'm a minister, teach on-line and hold Pureland Buddhist sangha gatherings in Perth, Scotland. I mainly write about Buddhist matters and share the teachings of the Head of our Order, Dharmavidya David Brazier