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Posted on November 5, 2008 at 9:30am 1 Comment

There's no place like home . . .

There's no place like home . . .

There's no place like home . . .

I reached over to my alarm radio, to switch on National Public Radio. Would I awaken to a dream come true or a nightmare? The dream won out, they were still referring to someone called President-elect Barack Obama.

I checked the election 2008 map, to see if the results were being announced pre-emptively. But no, it still showed the same trend as late last night and… Continue

The Evils of Computers

Posted on October 19, 2008 at 6:06pm 0 Comments

I am beset, recently, by the travails presented by our technological world. My computer, faithful friend for these past three and a half years, has been locking whenever I access websites such as iPeace. It seems I no longer have the memory (RAM type) to handle the rapidly changing displays, the advertisements, the messages, etc. that appear with increasing frequency. All of these visuals are very beautiful -- great layout, great content -- but they are more than my old buddy can accommodate.… Continue

Brief Hiatus in the Blog World

Posted on September 15, 2008 at 10:00pm 0 Comments

Due to demands of work, I will be 'not blogging' for about a week. OR TWO. (Also to happiness of being at a party next weekend far from home! :) It is a week of birthdays, and doing things I've procrastinated far too long. (Can we 'procrastinate' things? Well, I sure do!) Please check back here after International Peace Day -- my husband and I are spending that day on . . . . the Battleship New Jersey :0 because the birthday boy (70 years old) is a history buff, and wanted to celebrate on a… Continue

9/11 - a.k.a. "Patriot Day"

Posted on September 11, 2008 at 1:30pm 0 Comments

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When it comes to peace, how would you describe yourself?
I feel the pain in the world
What do you believe are the 'burning issues' today?
War, Hunger, Poverty, Education, Violence, Inflation, Other
So what is it?
What must we overcome to achieve peace?
Multinational corporations that profit from the continuation of war in all of its forms. As long as this greed exists, arms will be manufactured, and sold, and lives will be lost. People will have ready means to act quickly and thoughtlessly upon their emotions, without realizing that the life they take is, in reality, their own. They perpetuate an endless circle of hatred and killing -- and the arms manufacturers make it easier. The root of the hatred, greed, and prejudice is ignorance - ignorance about each other, ignorance about ourselves. It is so sad.
Can we change the world?
More about me
Middle-aged born-again Buddhist. (I was trying for the Dharma path as a teen, found it again in '95). Not an activist, except from my computer. I don't think I'm an extremist. I am trying to become a writer.
Promise to respect others and refrain from spamming?
My friend, Beth Rosenthal, has started a group for people with or surviving benign brain tumors -- please listen to her video.

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At 5:52pm on January 19, 2009, Shakti said…
Namaste`my friend ... thank U 4 your nice comment & I`m sorry for my late answer but I`m not often on this page :-) Sending U Love & Light blessing from germany ( Maybe you have a my space account - on myspace my name is : shaktishanti )
At 11:26pm on January 4, 2009, Irene Brautigam said…
Yes they are still with me. I have adopted them. They will stay with me until spring when they have truly become settled and then will buy their own home. I try very hard to recognize the people that I am meant to journey with for awhile and get over the fact that the mother has decided to clean and rearrange my kitchen cupboards. Sometimes it is just better to have to look for things in life.
At 2:19am on December 13, 2008, Irene Brautigam said…
He truly is a gift sent from heaven. He once played the role of Gandhi, who was one of his mentors when he was about 10. This was for a farewell we had for a visiting group of professionals from India that had stayed with us. One of the women shaved his head and with his flu that he had at the time he looked and played the part perfectly and the visitors were in awe.
At 11:19am on December 12, 2008, Shakti said…

At 7:28pm on December 9, 2008, Irene Brautigam said…
Hello Stromek/Little Tree
I suppose it is ignorance and a lack of parenting skills and it manifests itself in childhood. I have spent the past 18 years immersed in the observations of children and their interactions. I found it extremely interesting as you could invision what most of these children would be like as adults and one day possibly in charge of a nation. I will never forget my son at about 8 crying and when I asked him what was wrong, he told me that he was sad because he thought he was too young to effect change in the world, to make it a better place to live. My response was that he could make a huge difference and when he asked how, I told him that he should start by telling all of his friends his views on what would make the world a better place and that in this way his vision would spread and as he got bigger so would his efforts grow. I am proud to say that he now, at age 18, has quite a following. He was always the smallest in his class but they all look and think of him as the one with the wisdom. I look forward to seeing what he accomplishes with his life. The one thing missing from my children is there really isn't anything they fear which keeps their hearts and minds open to do good things.
At 10:48am on December 8, 2008, Shakti said…

At 8:13pm on November 25, 2008, BlueMelusine said…
Dear Stromek,hi,

i discover your message from the 7th of november only today, sorry.
Peabck is free now, let's hope he got directly into a Buddha land, with no more need to come back, hey !

As to what you mention, "all is illusion",it doesn't mean "nothing exist", although this is what is commonly understood (and taught, sometimes).

According to the training "Unity in Duality" we discussed before, it means "the reality unfolds at several levels, some of which very concrete, some others very subtle; the source of this unfolding is, itself, non material, but somehow ends up creating solid matter. Our experience, also, becomes more and more solid depending on the level of perception we're using.
But being aware of the subtlest dimension of reality, doesn't mean at all the rest doesn't exist. As you are experiencing it with the loss of Peaback,and, to a lesser degree, with the loss of your car,the suffering is there, the pain is fucking real !!!! it's no imagination, suffering is also a phenomena taking place in us. Would you say joy is an illusion, when your heart is filled with it ? No. Maybe we can consider that taking an external object as the true source of our happiness or suffering, maybe there lies something wrong.
I hope i can tell you more & better about this view when myself have "digested" all this teaching received during november in Paris.
Welcome your pain as one of the many existing ways to go back to your heart at its most vulnerable,gentle, sensitive space, for in this space, lives your greatest truth, which is also your greatest strengh.

May the best come to you. Have a beautiful week.
At 5:22am on November 17, 2008, Jack said…
Stromek, thanks for the comments. It all starts at the most basic level. Believe me that if you acknowledge someone by giving them space on the roads of NJ, they take notice (because it so rarely happens). But if you can, watch the other person after you've given them space. They're very likely to change their behavior and then allow someone else to go ahead of them. It's contagious.

Also, please check out my group, Peace Through Acknowledging Others.

Courage, compassion and a clearing for the greatness of others,
At 10:12am on November 12, 2008, simona/Tsewang Dolma said…
i belong to Kagyu lineage and i going to ordain in Tilokpur nunnery near the Dharamsala.yes,life is strange.:)and thank you for your beautiful letter.
At 2:01am on November 3, 2008, Bernice said…
Im so Sorry for your loss...I couldnt imagine my life without a dog or a cat in it.Have always loved animals.I have Three Boston Terriers there the loves of my life.Animals are love in every form...Have a great eveving and Thank you :)

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