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Hoorah for Putin, Not for Congress

Hoorah for Putin, Not for Congress

Russian President Putin takes part in a meeting on social and economic development in Moscow's Kremlin

Congress, now completely controlled by war-mongers, seems eager to start a war with Russia. As always, they generate lies to support their insane plans. They paint Mr. Putin as a war-monger who invaded the Crimean peninsula for no good reason and they tell us that the U,S. has to arm the government of Ukraine against the onslaught of the Russian bear. As Buddhists, we need to question everything, even the Buddha’s teachings. That includes not blindly believing what the news reports say.

Commondreams.org has reported that the government of Ukraine is a neo-Nazi government. Just as Hitler outlawed the speaking of Hebrew and Yiddish as his opening attack against Jews, the Ukraine government outlawed the speaking of Russian, knowing full well that it is the native tongue of most residents of the Crimea. Having learned the dangers of acquiescence when confronted with bigotry, Putin ordered the occupation of the Crimean peninsula to protect the Russian speakers from harrassment. It is awful that no one came to the aid of the Jews when their government banned the speaking of their languages. Hoorah for Putin who came to the aid of the Russians of the Crimean peninsula before things got worse. He served notice that he would not allow the bigots in Kiev to stomp on speakers of Russian. If he did allow them to get away with banning the Russian language, the bigots in Kiev would then ban Russians from owning property, owning a business, and so on, just as the Nazis did to their victims. Banning a language is merely the first step of oppression. Putin did the right thing. He knows the Ukraine leaders are neo-Nazis and he stood up to them.

Shame, intense shame on the U.S. Congress for coming to the military aid of the neo-Nazis of Ukraine. If we U.S. taxpayers are required to support yet another war based on lies, what can we do? We can practice metta meditation every day. It has awesome power. We can stop the next war. All wars are unjust. The current push for war with Russia is beyond despicable and wholesome people of good will have to increase their lovingkindness meditation and direct it even to the neo-Nazis of Kiev who harbor disrespect for all things Russian. May the neo-Nazis be well. happy, calm and peaceful. 

And everyone who reads this piece should send a copy of it to their congress person. Let them know that we are not idiots.

A Funny Bit Of Zen History

A Funny Bit Of Zen History

In the early days of the Clear Water Zen Center, several members of the Miami Zen Center would cross the Florida peninsula from east to northwest to attend sesshins in Clearwater which is a Tampa Bay town half way down the peninsula, about a five hour drive. At that time, Roshi Kapleau was still healthy and dividing his… Continue Reading

Tranquil Wisdom Zen

Tranquil Wisdom Zen

  Don’t just sit there – do something! Conventional wisdom Don’t just do something – sit there! Buddhist wisdom This website is about practice; we try to minimize philosophy. As Red Pine says in his commentary on The Heart Sutra: Buddhism is better understood as a skill or an art to be practiced and perfected,… Continue Reading

Present Moment Awareness Zen

Present Moment Awareness Zen

Introduction to Buddhist Practice Nirvana is the highest happiness…the Buddha, as quoted in The Dhammapada, verses 203 and 204.  If we complete this course, it will help us develop the Bodhi Mind – the aspiration to achieve enlightenment for the benefit of all sentient beings. If we have a desire to attain enlightenment for our… Continue Reading

Silent Present Moment Zen

Silent Present Moment Zen

Step 3 – First Glimpse of the Ox The Eighth Dharma Realm I hear the song of the nightingale. The sun is warm, the wind is mild, willows are green along the shore – Here no Ox can hide! What artist can draw that massive head, those majestic horns? First Glimpse of the Ox Silent… Continue Reading

Super Power Mindfulness Zen

Super Power Mindfulness Zen

Step Nine – Reaching the Source The Second Dharma Realm Too many steps have been taken returning to the root and the source. Better to have been blind and deaf from the beginning! Dwelling in one’s true abode, unconcerned within and without – The river flows tranquilly on and the flowers are red. Reaching the… Continue Reading

The Core Meditation of Zen

The Core Meditation of Zen

There are numerous meditation techniques. Some use mantras, some use Zen koans, some, like vippasana, monitor thoughts. But the core meditation taught by the Buddha is Tranquil Wisdom meditation. It’s a sixteen step meditation but the steps flow naturally so it’s not a memory test. The sixteen steps are found in Intermediate Zen at www.howtopracticezen.com,… Continue Reading

54 prostration verses for Zen

54 prostration verses for Zen

A complete Buddhist practice, in my opinion, includes a prostration practice. Complete instructions on how to perform a prostration are found under the heading Prostrations under Advanced Zen. There you will also find a video of three very fast prostrations. We suggest preforming each prostration much slower. To avoid the tedious process of counting fifty… Continue Reading

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