Spring in Austria, Mountains and Flowers

 

Garyo, our favorite contributor of travelog with beautiful pictures,

sent us her spring greetings from Austria with wonderful pictures again

(Enjoy pictures with your full screen version) :

 

 

 

Over the weekend, I was hiking in the Lower Alps of Austria,

one hour south of Vienna.  The Mountains were still covered

with deep snow.  By walking over the snowy path, sometimes

 

I broke through the snow up to my hips. On the northern side,

there was still winter, the southern slopes, however, were free

of snow. Little spring flowers were pushing out of the soil.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Rax Mountain (appr. 6 600 feet)  with view to the Schneeberg (Snow-mountain)

 

 

 

 

 

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Höllental (Hell-valley ) surrounded by almost vertical rock walls

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Mountain path to the Seetaler Hütte ( mountain cabin)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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 Spring sun breaking through the clouds

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Seetaler Hütte (Mountain cabin), where we had lunch

 

 

 

 

 

 

Spring is already present in the valleys

and in the gardens of Vienna. A short

walk through the Botanical Garden near

my apartment was full of spring wonders.

 

 

 

 
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Snowdrops

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Daisies

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Blooming tree (as children, we called it Dirndlbaum)

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Meadow covered with Scilla ( in German, Blausternchen – blue stars)

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Spring snowflakes ( in German, Märzenbecher – March-cups )

 

 

 

 

 

 

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First tulips

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Violets

 

 

 

 

 

 

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First daffodils

 

 

 

 

 

 

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First blooming Azalea in the Botanical garden

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Abundance of crocuses

 

 

 

 

 

 

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3 ducks enjoying the sun in the Belvedere Garden

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Samsara Suffering or Amrita Ambrosia

 

 

Good morning!

 

We are at the Spring Equinox, equal in day and night, heat and chill, thus empty of

heat and chill. We can now open our windows, equalizing air and emptying inside

and out. Equinox is identified as higan, yonder shore or nirvana, where no wind of

karma blows – no discriminations whatsoever.

 

Our karmas create separations and sectionalism, selfishness and suffering. Our

evolution has become devolution. So revolution to original holiness, wholesome

whole, is necessary now or else only destruction follows. Stilling karmas is in sitting

still, stopping physical, verbal, and mental karmas.

 

The Buddha’s awakening to the nature of karmas led to the fundamental and drastic

Spiritual Revolution – awakening from delusions and dreadful dreams, as

awakening from delusions like waking up from dreams can only attest the emptiness

of delusions like the entity-less nature of karmic worlds.

 

All living beings, karma machines, stray and suffer in karma dreams and delusions,

devastating and destroying their lives and living in realms drunken in the triple

poisons of attachment, aversion, and delusion. Samsara suffering in karma makes

it difficult to still and settle in nirvana and amrita, ambrosia, immortality.

 

3/22/15

 

 

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Karma Nescience to Karmaless Nirvana

 

 

Good morning!

 

I forwarded an article on the “Terror of War” or “Napalm Girl”, the famous photo

from the Vietnam war of the girl running naked, burnt by a napalm bomb, in a

Vietnamese field. The picture was taken by an Associated Press cameraman, Nick

Ut, on June 8, 1972.  It was distributed to every paper throughout the world.

It helped end the Vietnam war in January, 1973, with Americans leaving there in

March, and the photo eventually gaining the Pulitzer Prize.

 

This picture–along with the picture of a man with a gun at his head in Vietnam,

as well as that of the skinny, naked women at Auschwitz concentration camp–

shocked me and changed my life, living for peace. The article that I forwarded was

a recent report on the “Napalm Girl”. Kim Phuc, as she is named, was burned to

the third degree, and was not expected to survive.  But, she survived, and eventually

founded Kim Phuc Foundation International, healing children of war.

 

Discrimination and war historically started with the origin of city-states, whose

structures of power and money are distinctly pyramidal.  The 20th century was called

the century of nationalism and war.  Now, this pyramidal system seems to be

increasingly taken over by money-ism, along with me-ism, materialism and

militarism. The money machines have made money on wars, but they are ultimately

destroying their own existence, with their creation of the catastrophic problems of

nukes, global warming, mass extinction, etc.

 

Spiritual Revolution counters this pyramidal tomb of discrimination, deprivation,

destruction, etc. The Buddha foresaw the destruction of the world due to the selfish

strife and suffering, and solved the fundamental cause of karma, sitting and stopping

karma, to realize nirvana–“no wind of karma”–and awakened life. The historical

figures of King Ashoka, Prince Regent Shotoku, et al, followed his path of peace, and

Gandhi, Martin Luther King, et al, followed suite, working for truth and peace.

 

3/15/15

 

 

1972年6月8日、南ベトナム軍と北ベトナム軍が激戦を交わすチャンバンで、南ベトナム軍がナパーム弾を投下しました。焼夷弾が落ちたのは、キム・フックという少女が暮らす村。この爆撃を受けたキム・フックさんは裸のまま、大勢の村人と一緒に逃げ惑いました。

「戦争の恐怖」”Terror of War”

その様子をAP通信のベトナム人カメラマン、フィン・コン・ウト氏が撮影。「戦争の恐怖」と題された一枚は世界中に配信され、翌年のピューリッツァー賞を受賞します。

 

戦火に翻弄されたこの写真は、世界中に多大な衝撃を与えたのでした。

 

キムフックが抱く我が子   My baby embraced by Kim Phuc

17回にも及ぶ手術を受け奇跡的に生還したキム・フックさんは、1992年に結婚され2児の母になりました。未だ痛むというただれた腕で我が子を愛おしそうに抱くその様子は、戦争が悪だということをハッキリと我々に訴えかけます。

 

1996年には火傷手術を施してくれた外科医と再会し、カナダ国籍を取得した1997年にはユネスコ親善大使に就任。2010年には、空襲に惑う彼女を救った、当時イギリス・ITNテレビ記者のクリストファー・ウェイン氏との再会を果たしています。

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Note 1: Nick Ut’s Napalm Girl helped end the Vietnam War.

Today in LA, he’s still shooting

ニック・ウトのナパーム弾の少女がベトナム戦争終結に寄与。

今日もロスアンジェルスで彼は撮影し続ける

(共同通信カメラマンとして1972年6月8日に撮った写真ー「戦争の恐怖」

又は「ナパーム弾の少女」が世界中の新聞に掲載され、1973年1月に終戦、

3月に米軍撤退、4月にピュリッツァー賞授賞ーが戦争を終結に寄与した。)

http://www.laweekly.com/news/nick-uts-napalm-girl-helped-end-the-vietnam-war-today-in-la-hes-still-shooting-4861747

Note 2: Kim Phuc’ & Kim Foundation International healing children of war

http://www.kimfoundation.com/modules/contentpage/index.php?file=story.htm&ma=10&subid=101

キム・パックと「戦争の子等を癒すキム国際財団」

(キムはサイゴンから北方30分のタン・トランに生まれ、1972年6月8日サイゴン

プノンペン間での米軍ナパーム弾投下を受け裸で逃げ惑う所を撮影、その共同通

信記者らにより病院に連れて行かれたが重度3の焼けどで回復の見込みがなかった。しかし二年間の手当てにより退院。宣伝映画に使われたり「戦争の国家的象徴」として自宅監視の過酷な取り扱いを受けた。1986年キューバ留学の機会を得てに渡り

そこで知り合ったベトナム人学生ブイ・フイ・トアンと1992年結婚、しかし糖尿病等で

視力悪化などの問題かかえる。結婚旅行でモスクワへ行った帰りニューファウンドランド

のガンダーで亡命、現在カナダ・トロントに在住。現在「戦争の子等を癒すキム国際

財団で活躍。ベトナム帰還兵と共に設立、帰還兵等に講演、当時村の爆撃を指揮した飛行士とも会い話し、許す。1997年ユネスコから「平和への善意大使」に任命。

 

 

 

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Mirror Moon

 

 

 

Good morning!

 

We saw the great, round, and brilliant moon. The full moon represents the Buddha

heart - great, perfect, and bright. Dogen recommended us to cultivate our hearts

into the great heart, mature heart, and joyful heart.

 

Our karmas have been kept as store-consciousness (ālaya-vijñāṇa). Through sitting

and stilling karma we can transform this support (āśraya-parāvtti), etc. into

mirror-, equality-, observation-, and duty-fulfilling-knowledge.

 

The Fourfold Limitlessness or Brahma-abode (Brahma-vihāra) is friendship

(mettā), compassion (karuṇā), joy (pīti), and equanimity (upekkhālit. throwing

away), which may correspond to Dogen’s three hearts based on equanimity.

 

We can enjoy limitless life, liberation, love, and light based on the law of Dependent

Origination, thus observing the Global Ethic according to the Global System with

their 5 Rs and 5 As, solving our global problematique.

 

3/8/15

 

Note:

A. The store (8th) consciousness is transformed into mirror-knowledge

(ādarşa jñāṇa), and the mental (7th) consciousness into equality (samatā)

knowledge, mind (6th) into observation (pratyavekşaṇā) knowledge, and five

sense consciousnesses (visual, audio, olfactory, gastric, and tactile: 1st to 5th )

into duty-fulfilling (ktyanusthāna) knowledge.

 

B. The Global Ethic (proclaimed in the Declaration toward a Global Ethic by the

Parliament of World’s Religions in Chicago in 1993) consists of the following four

irrevocable directives (taken from the Five Precepts of Buddhism) to solve the

global problematique (intertwined problems) :

 

1. Culture of non-violence and respect for life

2. Culture of solidarity and just economic order

3. Culture of tolerance and a life of truthfulness

4. Culture of equal rights and partnership between men and women

 

The above Global Ethic is put into 5 Ls (based on the law of Dependent Origination)

1. Law

2. Life

3. Love

4. Liberation

5. Light (Lielessness)

Global System (5 Ss):

1. Systemic

2. Sustainable

3. Saving

4. Safe

5. Simple

Material Flow (5 Rs):

1. Reduce

2. Reuse

3. Recycle

4. Rearrange

5. Restore

Information Flow (5 As):

1. Access

2. Assess

3. Agree

4. Act

5. Advise

 

 

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Socially Engaged Buddhism Event (on Water)

 

Please participate:

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NASA Aerosols Video

GEOS5 aerosols

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Spring Scenes

 

 

Garyo, familiar with the readers for her travelog with beautiful pictures, sent me her greeting with a few pictures of spring scene on the occasion of leaving the States for Vienna. I asked for her pictures to share with our readers. She kindly sent the pictures as you see below. Enjoy spring scenes, while you are still in winter or summer!

 

 

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Mexican Poppy
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Mexican Poppies, the blue flowers are Lupine and Brittlebush
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Fairy duster
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Phacelia
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Superstition Mountains, Lost Dutchman Trail
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Chuparosa  (red flowers ) and Brittlebush (yellow)
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Horned Lizard in the Rocks, perfectly camouflaged
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Cave Creek
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Globemellos
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Flower in Cave Creek
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Path in Spur Cross National Park, Cave Creek
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Giant Sahuaro Cactus, several hundred of years old
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One of the many arms of the giant Sahuaro Cactus
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Gila Monster escaping Cave Creek
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Gila Monster swimming
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Cluster of Cacti
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The first blossoms on a Hedgehog Cactus
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Desert Chicory
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Little leaves on a stem of an Ocotillo Cactus
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fuji

 

 

 

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“A friends in need is the friend indeed” the proverb says.  But, “A friend not necessarily in need is a friend indeed” realized the true beauty! Enjoy beauty!

Mt. Fuji is the highest mountain in Japan and the most graceful in its figure. So, it has been called “fuji-no yama” (no second of the mountain in its graceful figure).

I have never seen such a beautiful pictures of it!  His patience made it! (and the very  Dharma made it – beyond a part – always the Dharma – wholly wholeness!).

 

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Enjoy Exquisite Scene and Singing!

 

 

Following the previous photos of Kawazu-zakura (Kawazu Cherry), Mr. Noriyuki

Otsuka kindly sent me and JUMP (Japan United for Ministry of Peace) listserve

members the following one with a mejiro (Japanese white-eye, Zosterops japonicus)

whose eyesight aligned with his camera. He also sent us the recording of the first

singing of uguisu (Japanese Nightingale, Japanese Bush Warbler) on February 22.

Uguisu sings beautifully, identified as singing “Hō Hokekyō (Dharma, Lotus Sutra).”

You are lucky, if you see and hear cherry blossoms and uguisu singing as you have

ume-ni uguisu” (Japanese Nightingale with Cherry). You have both here now!

 

 

 

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nightingale (The first sound of a Japanese Nightingale, please listen and enjoy)

 

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(I regret that I can not share his picture of a girl student with abundant cherry

blossoms blooming with her heartful smile due to the precaution for her identity.)

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My regret above was relieved by her special permission through Mr. Otsuka, which

I found in my email box this morning after I came back from our Sunday sittings

and service. Please appreciate the blooming (咲: read as bloom and laugh/smile) of

cherry blossoms and her heartful smile as if cherry smiling for your heartfelt

s-mile-s!

 

 

 

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Flowers Flourish!

 

 

 

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 Thanks to Mr. Otsuka, who took these pictures and shared them!

 

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