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18 fuglar with the Pied Raven in the lower right corner, Díðrikur á Skarvanesi
Ethiopian Thick Billed Raven
Lidth’s jay
needforrepetition:

Bang bro bro #tattoo on #brothers @jacobwinfield @lukaswinfield. #jaketongdotcom #traditional #portlandtattoos #traditionaltattoo (at Skeleton key tattoo)

needforrepetition:

Bang bro bro #tattoo on #brothers @jacobwinfield @lukaswinfield. #jaketongdotcom #traditional #portlandtattoos #traditionaltattoo (at Skeleton key tattoo)

"We had a lot of trouble with western mental health workers who came here immediately after the genocide and we had to ask some of them to leave.

They came and their practice did not involve being outside in the sun where you begin to feel better. There was no music or drumming to get your blood flowing again. There was no sense that everyone had taken the day off so that the entire community could come together to try to lift you up and bring you back to joy. There was no acknowledgement of the depression as something invasive and external that could actually be cast out again.

Instead they would take people one at a time into these dingy little rooms and have them sit around for an hour or so and talk about bad things that had happened to them. We had to ask them to leave."
- A Rwandan talking to a western writer, Andrew Solomon, about his experience with western mental health and depression. From The Moth podcast, ‘Notes on an Exorcism’ (via yeshecholwa)

(Source: facebook.com, via yeshecholwa)

Fluttering!!

Today was our first full day of the residents retreat at Gampo. We have 4 long spaces for practice, rest, study, exercise, and work, other than this nothing scheduled. Silence held throughout. Very restful and open. I just finished reading Contemplating Reality by Andy Karr. What an incredible guide to Buddhist philosophy. What minds we have!

Even so, today was full. I have been working in the kitchen for a while and today I picked beautiful greens from our garden. All of our beets were eaten by mr.moose. He left big hoof prints all over our beds.

Venerable Lodro found a bat in her cabin that I helped remove today. Richard said she is deathly afraid of bats but I couldn’t be happier to be with this fellow. He was shivering. He stayed in a jar marked for soup stock all day. Samten and I took him to the stupa where he fluttered away. He seemed so delicate and calm. My mind stopped as he scooped around our heads.

Bats seem deeply in my heart and it was nice to get to know one. I want to flutter in the way they do!

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(Source: pubes420)

"To begin, begin."
- William Wordsworth (via thegoldeneternity)
thegoldeneternity:

Mandala of Vajrayogini (Naropa Tradition), Tibet, 1800-1899

thegoldeneternity:

Mandala of Vajrayogini (Naropa Tradition), Tibet, 1800-1899

(Source: latticelight)

magictransistor:

Offerings to the Goddess Palden Lhamo. Tibet. 1500s.
Palden Lhamo is the principal protectress of Tibet and the only female of the Eight Guardians of the Dharma. Together with the companion black-ground (nag thang) painting on this wall, this work would have been installed in the chapel (gonkhang) dedicated to the wrathful protective deities (dharmapalas), a room reserved for tantric initiation rites within a Tibetan monastery. The exceptional scale and complexity of the composition relate the painting to the offering-scene murals known as “sets of ornaments” (rgyan tshogs) that adorn the interiors of shrines dedicated to the dharmapalas. It differs in the fact that it represents an actual deity rather than a disembodied presence. 
At the center, the wrathful four-armed goddess Palden Lhamo is shown riding her mule. She is commonly depicted as an emaciated female of terrifying aspect. She wears a necklace of severed heads, holds a skull cup brimming with blood, and is surrounded by a flame mandala that emanates from her being. Depicted against the black background are musical instruments and ritual utensils of all types intended as offerings to the deity. The upper register is framed by a curtain of flayed human skins and organs. Beneath Palden Lhamo is a register depicting auspicious Buddhist symbols and, below them, the seven attributes of a chakravartin (Universal Ruler): a wheel, a wish-fulfilling jewel, a perfect minister, a wife, a horse, an elephant, and a general. -Met

magictransistor:

Offerings to the Goddess Palden Lhamo. Tibet. 1500s.

Palden Lhamo is the principal protectress of Tibet and the only female of the Eight Guardians of the Dharma. Together with the companion black-ground (nag thang) painting on this wall, this work would have been installed in the chapel (gonkhang) dedicated to the wrathful protective deities (dharmapalas), a room reserved for tantric initiation rites within a Tibetan monastery. The exceptional scale and complexity of the composition relate the painting to the offering-scene murals known as “sets of ornaments” (rgyan tshogs) that adorn the interiors of shrines dedicated to the dharmapalas. It differs in the fact that it represents an actual deity rather than a disembodied presence. 


At the center, the wrathful four-armed goddess Palden Lhamo is shown riding her mule. She is commonly depicted as an emaciated female of terrifying aspect. She wears a necklace of severed heads, holds a skull cup brimming with blood, and is surrounded by a flame mandala that emanates from her being. Depicted against the black background are musical instruments and ritual utensils of all types intended as offerings to the deity. The upper register is framed by a curtain of flayed human skins and organs. Beneath Palden Lhamo is a register depicting auspicious Buddhist symbols and, below them, the seven attributes of a chakravartin (Universal Ruler): a wheel, a wish-fulfilling jewel, a perfect minister, a wife, a horse, an elephant, and a general. -Met

(via carnem-solis)

kiaoratibet:

Meeting the Buddha at Ganden Monastery: 
In Tibetan language, when a person speaks of “Going to see” a statue or painting of the Buddha - particularly when it is a very special one - the word they use is “མཇལ་པ་”, which actually means “To meet”. So when translated into English, they actually are saying they are “Going to meet the Buddha”. 

kiaoratibet:

Meeting the Buddha at Ganden Monastery:

In Tibetan language, when a person speaks of “Going to see” a statue or painting of the Buddha - particularly when it is a very special one - the word they use is “མཇལ་པ་”, which actually means “To meet”. So when translated into English, they actually are saying they are “Going to meet the Buddha”. 

(via nyamlen)

First Thought

(Source: genzai, via erosboros)

turtleconservancy:

A young Narrow-headed Softshell Turtle in Thailand #chitra #conservation #thailand #bangkok #turtle

turtleconservancy:

A young Narrow-headed Softshell Turtle in Thailand #chitra #conservation #thailand #bangkok #turtle

(Source: waiwaipang)

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