silicon valley USA | monterey co. USA | london UK | canaries ESP | 2017

2018 New Year's ceremony at a Shinto temple in Japan
January 2018

Another New Year is here

The horrifically ill-advised, self-serving tax cut was passed to appease the ultra wealthy benefactors of the "captured" Republiscum party, at the expense of everybody else, along with its cynical hobbling of the ACA health care system.

Sufficient voters who blew off the 2016 election, assuming from polls that fake occupationist Dotard Plump would not get elected, will hopefully be motivated in the mid-terms to get our nation back on track, health-wise, psychologically, economically, socially, internationally, and in sheer sense of basic decency, because the wheels have well and truly come off under the current Republiscum regime.

We witnessed a wholesale and unforgivable looting of America by the Russian aligned and "on the take" politician power-brokers from which the working and middle classes may never fully recover. But a lot can be won back and steps to further progress can be achieved. Thing is, it's never going to happen of its own accord.

quake's world

the spur
football daily, replaces "daily match"
guardian football
one touch football
bbc five live radio, plus quality podcasts


Likeable links
raw story
pro publica
daily kos
the daily beast link fixed Sept 2017
public citizen
vox currency historical exchange converter
the last quiet places
mac option key symbols
roll dice online and here
free internet access for the city of santa clara
friendly atheist eye-opening daily accounts of the threat to the separation of church and state that America faces

Usually reliable online TV streams
euronews in english, new link Nov 2017
al jazeera in english, new link Nov 2017
france 24 in english, and french
PBS newshour episodes, live 3-4pm M-F pacific USA time
CBS news "cbsn" cbs hi rotation rolling feed, USA live
DW german intntl news in english
sky news uk, live on you-tube
crtvg, galicia, espana, us feed
tvr britanny, france
tnn24 thai
elonce tv argentina
rte dublin, ireland
rtl muenchen deutschland dusseldorf, deutschland, updated 2016
telemolise southern italia
bbc britain
sfgovtv san francisco, usa

San Francisco & Monterey online radio
kqed san francisco radio
kalw san francisco radio
kazu nat. public radio for the monterey bay

Other radio
bbc world service

Radio programs and podcasts
On point
philosophy talk [live on kalw]
on the media


san francisco
arriving by luft re-add Nov 2015

gran canaria

monterey county

Local voters ban fracking in Monterey County despite aggressive opposition from big oil and gas


lam rim
dhammatalks by thanissaro bhikku
audiodharma insight meditation center
bubbles of illusion dharma talk
jikoji zen dharma talk podcasts
"what it means to be a buddhist" [dharma talk]
shasta abbey rm daizui dharma talk podcasts
shradda tv, sri lanka


amaravati uk
hayagriva aus.
dhammaloka aus.
sacramento dharma center usa, three buddhist groups in one new home
jikoji usa
monterey bay zen center usa
tassajara usa
metta forest monastery usa
reddit buddhist forum


online meditation timer

buddhist global relief

"In your entire life there is only one person you need to meet and that person is your true self. The point of our practice is to meet ourself." -- dhamma talk, kannon do

"To be alive and to know you're alive is the greatest miracle of all. Present moment breathing in, wonderful moment breathing out." -- thich nhat hanh

"Meditation is the key that unlocks your mind, permeating post-meditation with awareness. Wisdom arises from the still mind." -- bhante henepola gunaratana

"You are not the victim of your thoughts. You are the originator of your thoughts." -- ajahn sujato

"With realization of one's own potential and self-confidence in one's ability, one can build a better world." -- dalai lama

"There is no permanent self, but we have to be somebody. There is nothing to rely on. This is the hard thing we learn when we sit." -- angie boissevain, dharma talk

namo amitabha
buddham sharanam gachchami

In 2012 a study in Israel showed that meditators were less inhibited by 'cognitive rigidity': in other words, they were more open to completely new solutions to problems.


the benefits of buddhism
dhammakaya anthem
the buddha garden
om and om
om mani padme hum
[namo tassa] bhagavato arahato sammæsambuddhassa re-add jan 2017
thai buddhist song, with voiceover
four noble truths
misunderstanding buddhism
positive psychology: catching up with ancient buddhist insight [pdf]