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How Americans Die
The wonderful team at Bloomberg has created an insightful visualization about long term trends related to deaths. The reasons. What's going up and what's going down. The causes (roughly a third of the way in when you see the devastation caused by AIDS, and to one surprising part of our population).

It is here: http://goo.gl/VNSupF Well worth exploring. 
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Growing your own edible garden is easier and cheaper than you might think:
You don't need a green thumb to grow a bounty of fresh vegetables right in your backyard or balcony. Whether you're a gardening novice or just want to start a vegetable garden with the least amount of time and effort, here are the top almost foolproof vegetables to grow.
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108 Prostrations of Great Repentance

Often in (Western) Zen practice, we may forsake or look down upon ritual, or traditional forms of practice as empty, meaningless gestures. But we forget that these opinions are also only creations of our thinking, and no more or less empty than the ritual we scoff at. Doing prostrations may be one of those elements of practice that are overlooked as unnecessary, or avoided out of inconvenience or being too physically rigorous and time-consuming.
But prostrations require the single-minded effort, concentration, and wisdom (from a motivational standpoint), that they may be part of the meditative practice as much as sitting.

The Buddha taught that there are one hundred and eight delusions of mind.
Reflecting deeply on the essential truth that we self-create
and amplify our many suffering through attachment to deluded thoughts, we bow 108 times in repentance, to clear our minds of these thoughts.
 
May all offenses accumulated during hundreds of kalpas now be totally consumed in an instant, as fire burns dry grass extinguishing all things until nothing remains.
 
Our offenses have no self-nature, but arise only from our minds. If our minds are extinguished, then our offenses too will be destroyed. When both our minds and our offenses are extinguished, and both are seen as empty, this is termed the true repentance.

1. With sincere devotion, I take refuge in Śakyamuni Buddha.
2. With sincere devotion, I take refuge in the Dharma.
3. With sincere devotion, I take refuge in the Sangha.
4. I prostrate in repentance for being ignorant of where I came from and unmindful of where I will go.
5. I prostrate in repentance for being ignorant of my true self and correct situation, relationship, and function.
6. I prostrate in repentance for having taken this body for granted.
7. I prostrate in repentance for having neglected my original nature.
8. I prostrate in repentance for having taken my ancestors for granted.
9. I prostrate in repentance for having taken my parents for granted.
10. I prostrate in repentance for having taken my relatives for granted.
11. I prostrate in repentance for being unmindful of all those who have contributed to my learning and education.
12. I prostrate in repentance for being unmindful of all those who have grown, prepared, and provided my nutrition.
13. I prostrate in repentance for being unmindful of all those who have made and provided my clothing.
14. I prostrate in repentance for being unmindful of all those who have built and provided my shelter.
15. I prostrate in repentance for manipulating people for my own selfish needs.
16. I prostrate in repentance for having ignored the effects of my misdeeds on others.
17. I prostrate in repentance with complete devotion to eradicate Karma accumulated in the past, present, and the future.
18. I prostrate in repentance to all those whom I have harmed through fits of anger.
19. I prostrate in repentance to all those whom I have stung with hurtful words.
20. I prostrate in repentance to all those whom I have harmed through arrogance.
21. I prostrate in repentance to all those whom I have harmed through avarice.
22. I prostrate in repentance to all those whom I have harmed through my jealous thoughts.
23. I prostrate in repentance to all those whom I have scorched with the flames of my rage.
24. I prostrate in repentance to all those whom I have harmed through attachment to my possessions.
25. I prostrate in repentance to all those whom I have harmed through attachment to like-and-dislike mind.
26. I prostrate in repentance to all those whom I have alienated through thought, word, and deed.
27. I prostrate in repentance to all those whom I harmed through gossip, slander, and bad speech.
28. I prostrate in repentance to all those whom I have looked down upon.
29. I prostrate in repentance for my cowardly thoughts, words, and deeds.
30. I prostrate in repentance for all my hypocritical deeds and lies.
31. I prostrate in repentance for poisoning other beings through my mindless materialistic over-consumption.
32. I prostrate in repentance to all sentient beings that I have harmed or killed for entertainment and pleasure.
33. I prostrate in repentance for conceiving of this world only through the lens of my ego.
34. I prostrate in repentance to all those I have harmed through attachment to my thinking.
35. I prostrate in repentance to all those I have harmed through foolish or unnecessary speech.
36. I prostrate in repentance to all those whom I have injured by engaging in relationships based on using each other.
37. I prostrate in repentance for all thoughts, words, and deeds which create attachment.
38. I prostrate in repentance for having thought that only what I saw was correct.
39. I prostrate in repentance for having thought that only what I heard was correct.
40. I prostrate in repentance for having thought that only what I smelled was correct.
41. I prostrate in repentance for having thought that only what I tasted was correct.
42. I prostrate in repentance for having thought that only what I felt was correct.
43. I prostrate in repentance for every action born from I-my-me mind.
44. I prostrate in repentance for not seeing clearly my true interconnectedness to all forms of life.
45. I prostrate in repentance for having disregarded our only home, Earth.
46. I prostrate in repentance for selfishly polluting the air.
47. I prostrate in repentance for selfishly polluting the rivers and lakes.
48. I prostrate in repentance for selfishly polluting the mountains and the oceans.
49. I prostrate in repentance for selfishly destroying the flowers and trees.
50. I prostrate in repentance for a lifestyle built on the suffering of other forms of life.
51. I prostrate in repentance for discriminating between the rich and poor in my choice of relations.
52. I prostrate in repentance for discriminating between high and low, the superior and the inferior.
53. I prostrate in repentance for discriminating between "good" and "bad."
54. I prostrate in repentance for seeing this world based on absolute "right" or "wrong."
55. I prostrate in repentance for my lack of compassion for the sick or grieving.
56. I prostrate in repentance for my lack of compassion for those suffering from depression.
57. I prostrate in repentance for my lack of compassion for the poor and needy.
58. I prostrate in repentance for my lack of compassion for those who are stubborn or hard to work with.
59. I prostrate in repentance for my lack of compassion for the lonely, and those trapped by addiction.
60. I prostrate in repentance for my lack of compassion for those in trouble with the law.
61. I prostrate in gratitude for having come to take refuge in the Buddha.
62. I prostrate in gratitude for having come to take refuge in the Dharma.
63. I prostrate in gratitude for having come to take refuge in the Sangha.
64. I prostrate in gratitude for coming to realize that all beings are interconnected as one.
65. I prostrate in gratitude for coming to realize that all beings can communicate and sympathize with one another.
66. I prostrate in gratitude for coming to realize that all beings live in accordance with the Universal Law.
67. I prostrate in gratitude for coming to realize that all beings have the same True Nature.
68. I prostrate in gratitude for coming to see the beauty of this world.
69. I prostrate in gratitude for coming to know the wonders of all life forms.
70. I prostrate in gratitude for coming to hear the pure beauty of the birds' singing.
71. I prostrate in gratitude for coming to know the spiritual sound of the wind.
72. I prostrate in gratitude for coming to hear the bubbling music of the streams.
73. I prostrate in gratitude for coming to feel the energy of new life in Spring.
74. I prostrate in gratitude for coming to see the beauty of a shimmering rainbow.
75. I prostrate in gratitude for coming to see that true peace of mind comes from being in harmony with nature.
76. I prostrate in gratitude for coming to see that nature is Universal Law.
77. I prostrate in gratitude for coming to see that nature is our Great Teacher.
78. I prostrate in gratitude for coming to see that compassion is the greatest blessing of all.
79. I prostrate in gratitude for coming to see that a heart filled with hatred and resentment is the greatest misfortune of all.
80. I prostrate in gratitude for coming to see that selfless love is the greatest power of all.
81. I prostrate as a vow to live in the embrace of the Buddha.
82. I prostrate as a vow to live in accordance with the Dharma.
83. I prostrate as a vow to follow the teachings of the Sangha.
84. I prostrate as a vow to refrain from greed.
85. I prostrate as a vow to refrain from anger.
86. I prostrate as a vow to refrain from arrogance.
87. I prostrate as a vow to refrain from jealousy.
88. I prostrate as a vow to refrain from saying hurtful things.
89. I prostrate as a vow to refrain from hypocritical speech.
90. I prostrate as a vow to refrain from slandering.
91. I prostrate as a vow to refrain from looking down on others.
92. I prostrate as a vow to refrain from resenting others.
93. I prostrate as a vow to be humble in all that I do.
94. I prostrate as a vow to do my best in all my endeavors.
95. I prostrate as a vow to be honest in everything I do.
96. I prostrate as a vow to be positive in everything I do.
97. I prostrate as a vow to live with a compassionate heart.
98. I prostrate as a vow to always have a bright and happy heart.
99. I prostrate as a prayer so that all beings may live in peace.
100. I prostrate as a prayer for an end to all wars.
101. I prostrate as a prayer for an end to poverty.
102. I prostrate as a prayer for an end to all diseases.
103. I prostrate as a vow to always practice the disciplines of the Bodhisattva.
104. I prostrate as a vow to cultivate transcendental wisdom.
105. I prostrate as a vow to never regress in practice.
106. I prostrate as a vow to meet eminent teachers.
107. I prostrate as a vow to meet the Buddhas who always appear in this world, from moment to moment.
108. I prostrate as a vow to transfer all merits accumulated through compassionate action to all beings in the ten directions.
 
Great Compassionate One,
Thus, I repent and vow from moment to moment.
 
Embrace me with your compassion
and plant the seed of enlightenment in my mind,
so that my true nature may be manifested
brightly in this moment.
 
May my sincere vows be heard as I pray
before all the Buddhas, Bodhisattvas,
and all the eminent teachers of the past,
present and future in all the ten directions.
 
I take refuge in Śakyamuni Buddha.
I take refuge in Śakyamuni Buddha.
I take refuge in my Root Teacher,
Śakyamuni Buddha.


Thanks to Wonji Dharma, all Buddhas in the ten directions, Bodhisattvas & Mahasattvas.
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On the Loom, I offer three ways to fly through a brain http://phenomena.nationalgeographic.com/2014/03/19/flying-through-inner-space/
It's hard to truly see the brain. I don't mean to simply see a three-pound hunk of tissue. I mean to see it in a way that offers a deep feel for how it works. That's not surprising, given that the ...
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Buddhist way to eat meat?

This post is not intended to fall into the old debate about meat vs veg, it is aimed for the people that eat meat and will keep doing so no matter what the vegans, sutras god, Obama, or his grandma says.

Even meat eaters can agree about the high amount of suffering the animals go through to end up into our bellies, and to honour that sacrifice the very least we can do is not to waste.

Let´s put the best scenario, extremes aside, all animals are sentient beings, few can argue that they have emotions and suffer, and they get killed to feed us, but as soon as they are into packages, in our narrative it becomes "food", no more than a bag of salt or apple.
How common is to leave some food when we are full, the animal got trough unimaginable suffering to end up into the garbage! Yes, not the whole animal is wasted, but the more we waste, aside frommaking his death meaningless, we encourage the killing of more.

A 2013 report of the British Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IME) estimated that 30–50% (or 1.2–2 billion tonnes) of all food produced remains uneaten.
That is, only in USA that 10 million cows are killed per year, 3 to 5 million can be saved just by not wasting food.

Mindful eating (not only restricted to meat), is one of the easiest ways to make a big contribution to ease suffering, hunger, economy and many other wholesome aspects, and is easy because we don´t have to change any dietary habits or make any big effort, it will even help to keep our own pockets with less expenses. Just by doing this it involves 7 of the 8 points of the eightfold path: Right view , right knowledge, Right intention, right conduct, Right action, Right livelihood, Right effort, Right mindfulness and Right concentration.

Right here is an opportunity to start doing something wholesome and compassionate, that doesn´t require to alter your daily agenda, there is simply no excuse to not start doing it from next meal!   :)
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Free yourself from the mental prisons >
 
Shh! Quiet time, listening time :)
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You need to read Michael Lewis' new book, Flash Boys. It's about Wall Street and computerized trading, but that description doesn't do it justice. The story is gripping, and it's not about some long-past threat to society. Lewis writes about events up to December 2013, just a few short months ago. There's a battle worth billions of dollars going on right now, you should know about it, and Michael Lewis makes it clear and fascinating. Flash Boys is the best book I've read so far this year.
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The future motherboard: diamond wires >
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Wow!
Daniel Arnold had $90.03 in his bank account on Thursday when he had a clever idea: Why not sell some photos on Instagram? Arnold, a Brooklyn-based photographer, enjoys a bit of fame on the network: He was lauded by Gawker as "the best photographer on Instagram" two years ago, after getting [...]
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Wee Peng used to climb corporate ladders until he decided to quit the rat race to focus on his interest in health and mind-body healing. Now he spends most of his time blogging on The Conscious Life, sharing health-related information, tips, reviews and opinions. Do drop by his virtual home to say Hi!
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