Saturday, February 14, 2015

Astrology for Tibetan New Year 2015 (Extended)

The lunar year 2015 into 2016 is the Year of the Wood Sheep (shing-lug lo).  In Tibetan, Chinese, and Vietnamese practice, this lunar year commences on February 19, 2015.

The chief value of the following post lies in the calculations. Ordinarily, these calculations are the result of a laborious process, but here you have them at your fingertips, already done for you. Please take note: as a general rule, astrological indications are rendered highly flexible by Dharma practice. Astrological calculations, as distinct from indications, are a medium of expression similar to mathematics.
I gave what I regard as a suitable explanation and introduction to the detailed nuances of yearly astrology, and the relative meanings, in our remarks for 2009. Rather than repeat myself, I would suggest that you click back to 2009, read the post, and then click back here to discover what has changed. 

Be all that as it may, let us begin with the geomantic indicators. This year, the opportune passageway is  observed at West White (2) and North Blue (1), and here are the positions occupied by our sa-bdag friends, from rje-blon nyer-drug ma-bu 'khor:

1) King The-se - Southwest (also hidden spirit Ba-dan)
2) Queen Hang-ne - Southwest
3) Queen Mother The-khyem - South
4) Crown Prince Te-so - South
5) Royal Minister Tsang-kun - East
6) Royal Astrologer Se-ba bla-mkhyen - Northeast  (also inner at East, secretly at Southeast)
7) Royal Dog Walker Hang-phan ser-po bya-ra-ba - Southwest
8) Royal Treasurer Se-byi - Northeast
9) Royal Bodyguard-Assassin Se-shar - Northwest
10) Royal Horse Se-ba rang-rta - East
11) Royal Groom Se'u rta-khrid - East
12) Royal Timekeeper Se-bya - South
13) Royal Upholsterer Sa-bdag se-bu gdan-'ding - Southwest
14) Royal Policeman Se-lo sa-'chag kungs-myul - Northwest
15) Royal Sweeper Se-lo sa-'phyag - Northwest
16) Royal Dog Hal-khyi nag-po - West
17) Princess dKar-sham - West
18) Prince sBal-te (her husband - the royal son-in-law) - West
19) General Vang-ging dmarpo - South
20) General Tsang-kun - Southwest
21) Adjutant Tsang-kun 'phye'o - Southeast
22) Dog-headed Assistant Tsang-kun khyi-mgo - Southeast
23) Advisor Bla-mkhyen phe'u - Northeast
24) Scorpion-head Zin 'phung - North
25) Venomous Pi-ling - East
26) Chief of the Eleven Ministers of the King (symbolizing them) - West

The containing note for 2015 is gold in the mine (alternatively, "gold ore"). The body element (lusiron -- symbolized by iron ore) originates from the turtle's skeleton. The other basics of the year are its srog, or vitality (earth); the dbang-thang, or destiny (wood); the rlung-ta, or luck (fire), and the khyams-nyid, or actual luck (fire). To get a bit more technical, the zla-klung-gi gza'gnyis are Moon and Iron Bird, and the destiny/vitality relationship is 'dun-khur. If you are business minded, you will want to watch mining, metals, and allied industries. Great wealth will be accumulated (and lost) in this most fortunate year for precious metals.

Our magic numbers this year are skye-me, or natal, as White 8 - associated with the element Metal, "Mirror of the Country God" (upper metreng); srog-sme, or vitality, as Red 9 - associated with the element Fire, "Mirror of Prosperity") (middle metreng); dbang-sme, or destiny, as Blue 3 - associated with the element Water, "Mirror of Ocean Medicine") (lower metreng). These are color cues for what promises to be a massive year for all aspects of the fashion industry. Color magicians, take special note.

Because I favor elemental astrology, it is difficult for me to make general predictions about how the various "animals" will fare in this Year of the Wood Sheep. Anyone who tells you they can is deceiving you. For example: there is a traditional notion that the Ox may experience challenges this year. You will see statements like this everywhere, but you cannot always accept them as valid. The Ox people have nothing to fear from this Sheep Year.

Why is this? 

There are twelve animals and five elements, for a total of sixty possibilities. Each of these sixty possibilities must be evaluated in terms of five elements, for a total of 300 possibilities. Each of these 300 possibilities has five possibilities, for a total of 1,500 possibilities. Therefore, anybody who says, "Oh, the Mouse will be lucky this year," is engaging in crass generalization. What they should be saying is "Oh, the Fire Mouse exhibits the following five relationships in this, the year of the Wood Sheep."

Some astrologers do not care for Sheep years. This is due to Chinese cultural idiosyncrasy regarding birth years. Under this system of belief, those born in the Sheep years are "too timid" to take on the world's misfortunes. In the case of a Wood Sheep, nothing could be farther from the truth. 

What shall I say about Sheep? Born artists. High lamas. Bold inventors. What else shall I say? Bill Gates is a Wood Sheep. Steve Jobs was a Wood Sheep. So much for "too timid."

The folk astrology of both China and Tibet indicates that Sheep in general are artistic, spiritual, wealthy, trustworthy, charming, and brave. Very good with parents, friends, and society at large. Excellent diplomats. Think of people born in 1931, 1943, 1955, 1967, 1979, 1991, or 2003. On the negative side, they can be given to argument, resistance, envy, and a certain tendency to vengefulness. They tend to crave riches, and the trappings of wealth, to support their social fluency. Their ideal careers are found in the arts, government and politics (emphasis on intelligence community), and the world of religion. In business, they are suited to the arts and entertainment industries, to high technology, creative thinking, and positions requiring trust and confidence. The ideal companions are those born in the year of the Rabbit, or Pig. They will wish to avoid significant relationships with the Ox, Dog, Dragon, Bird, or Snake.

In particular, Wood Sheep are considered patient, and reliable, with a generous nature. They are noted for extreme intelligence, and clarity of thought, often to the level of genius. Although they will only face three major obstacles in their lives, these will be easily overcome.  Their average lifespan is sixty years. If you are a Sheep, and you are 60 or over, really watch your diet, medication, and exercise. Food and drink, as well as impulsiveness, are your enemy.

This is a year of wealth. The manner in which great wealth generates is not pleasant to consider. Adequate wealth is a different matter entirely.

The last Wood Sheep year, 1955, saw a world in turmoil: a world much like the one appearing before us now... To a certain extent, this became possible because of similar factors: a massive restructuring of wealth, in the particular case, occasioned by world economic restructuring during the decade following the World War of 1939-1945, and in our case by the almost complete centralization of wealth. In 1955, there was no shortage of wars, weapons, riots, and outrages. There was no shortage of rebellion, and break-away states. The year 2015 will witness the same cruel basics of gold, guns, and greed. Gamblers will rise and fall. If you really want to buy a self-sustaining place in the country, now is the year to act on your dream. If you want to embrace a nomadic lifestyle, then sell the place in the country, and lay hands on a fine means of transporting your own shelter. However you wish to live, that is how you should live, but be serious: get out of the city. Learn to work with your mind for money, and labor only for love of others. In the midst of world turmoil, embrace contentment.

[a work in progress]

As a personal aside, thank you for continued support of Digital Tibetan Buddhist Altar through our own challenges during years gone by.

Keywords: Tibetan New Year, Year of the Sheep, Chinese New Year, Tibetan Astrology 2015, Losar, Wood Sheep, Asian Astrology, Chinese Astrology 2015, Astrology, Sheep, 2012, Lunar New Year, Sheep Year, Goat, Ram.

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Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Manjushri Has Blessed America

This form of Manjushri has blessed the
wild technological age.
We could usefully consider this the
Great Freedom of Speech and the Internet Manjushri.

Different resolution.
Everybody is so busy seeing him/her/maybe
nobody can see him/her/surely.

This form of Manjushri has the quality of
liberation upon sight over pixels of light.

Where such things are possible
all things are false.

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Monday, January 26, 2015

Here She Comes

How are you ewe?

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Old Days

With the old Kalu Rinpoche in the Pasadena Hills. They were lighting for what became a famous photograph, by a then-unknown but subsequently celebrated photographer. I was asked to do a sit-in, on a very rich day. In my sit-in photo (below) I am looking straight at Rinpoche. When he sat down for his portrait (above) he was looking straight at me.

I once took him, the current Kalu Rinpoche's father, and mother, together with my own attendant and driver, from Los Angeles to San Francisco.

He wanted to bless all the animals between those two places.

That was not his sole intention. 

It certainly formed part of his intention.

My intention is that all the old negativity be swept away.

Indeed, that was then, and this is now.

Both equally a spacious illusion.

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The CIA and Magic.

In 1977, while conducting research into the history of magic's use as a weapon of state, the Central Intelligence Agency granted my request, and released to the open literature, a technical report entitled "Magic and how to recognize it."

This document was thereafter furnished to anyone who asked, utterly free of any cost. All of these things are very easy for anyone to see, if they know where to look. If that particular document is light available, I would like to see what it looks like now.

Meanwhile, I recall so many conclusions of that report as I watch world events unfold.

"As witch doctors are known to be interested in gossip, people tell them gossip."

We are hearing a wild echo of human speech, in all its aspects, as the destruction of speech by social media explodes.

"[M]agic will almost invariably be found associated with situations of tension and anxiety."

What a blessing to hear only beautiful sounds?

When can we stop digital drumming for magicians?

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Mercy for the Wicked

To the King Magician Who Guards Islam:

No Buddhist has ever harmed a single thing that is Allah's.

If it has been said that a Buddhist 
has caused harm to a single thing that is Allah's, 
that person is not a Buddhist, 
and that thing is not Allah's. 

Since there is no thing that is not Allah's, 
you take the matter as granted before I speak, 
and nod sternly in agreement to hear truth promptly told.

May this incline Your Majesty's indulgence.

Allah's word can never be profaned by false words, 
because Allah's word is absolutely pure.
Nothing improves purity:
It is here that everyone agrees.

Purity requires no defense.

Oh, Eternally Patient and Merciful 
Judge Who Protects Islam:

We, on the other hand, are here to defend 
a magical apparition of some sort 

-- now brought to the Court's notice as Ashin Wirathu --

before you give your ruling, 
and we both permit his fears to continue 
to their inevitable conclusion.

We have great respect for the Court's earnest person 
which we now express through a similarly earnest wish for 
your long and glorious presence at a moment in mind 
where space is understood as something other than space, 
and time is Allah's very own servant.

Over the course of time and experience, 
men see Allah's face in the faces of all beings. 
To recognize his own face, a man must look into a mysterious mirror.
Had I not come to understand my own face, 
how might I otherwise have reason to see Allah's face in yours?

The Plea

At this time, we waive reading of the charges, enter a plea of Not Guilty, 
and beg for the simple courtesy of house arrest, while we conduct forensic examination
of benefit to all circumstances hereinafter arising within the scope of this matter.
The defense has engaged extensive investigative support to speed things along.
Defendant is in fact burdened by time, 
so in no event can the Defense burden the Court's time,
Nor do we expect less than the Court's own sense of timely justice.

If the Crown Prosecutor permits, kindly help the Defense accomplish mens rea?

If the Crown Prosecution finds it helpful, we will plead right now over what we find on the issue of intention versus what actually happens.

Theory of the Defense

No crime violated. Over and out to the airport.

If Ashin Wirathu is a thief, he is a master thief.
We do not find anything missing.
A master thief occupies himself thus:

1) He breaks into houses,
2) Plunders wealth,
3) Commits banditry,
4) Ambushes highways.

He requires these five:

1) The uneven,
2) Thickets
3) Powerful people
4) He offers bribes,
5) He moves alone.

There are other elements, but kindly agree:
A master thief, like an evil monk, lives alone.
If Wirathu has sought to steal from a crowd
We take confidence he is no thief.

If Ashin Wirathu is a liar, he is a master liar.
We cannot find a single word he says is true.

When questions are asked
the lie is already formed before
the answer is even given.

If there be one word as a lie
Then all words are lies from the beginning.

As the liar only profits from true lies
why would a liar brand truth as lies
and lies as truth?

Allah knows all of man's sounds are false
and only Allah's sounds are true:
Man knows all of Allah's sounds are true
and only man's sounds are false

This is the instruction on the echo defense.

Ashin Wiraphu is suffering from symptoms of so-called dementia.
Allah uses those thus called to serve as Allah's guardians
for they are beyond any lies.
As Buddha's guardians anticipate the same circumstances,
So, too, do these guardians use those the same so-blessed,
for they are beyond lies.

Ah, yes... then.

This will require daylight on magic.


Mens Rea

What is the intent of this apparitional speech?

In honor of the great Alan M. May, I have come to hell to help a Jewish lawyer argue a defense for a Buddhist in an Islamic Courthouse. He once engaged me to investigate a ghost. 

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Sky Blue Manjushri

My mother had a vision of this deity before I was born. I have struggled to find this practice for many years. Perhaps it is lost. Perhaps it is only waiting for my absolutely polite silence, and complete attention.

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Tribute to A Great Magician

This is the new King of Saud. Until yesterday, he was head of the Royal Saud Intelligence Service. He is also the greatest practitioner of Islamic King Magic on the face of the earth.

In tribute, a Buddhist magician's apprentice in Asia, just offered all of the Golden Triangle's opium and gold to the Golden Crescent.

He also offered up the entire Buddhist religion.

They say one of these men has dementia, and the other is demented. Nothing could be more untrue. All over the planet, magicians are singing, in an attempt to stop the bloodshed arising from religious speech.

Let no Buddhist, anywhere on this planet, harm a Muslim.

Not even in magic dreams.

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Sunday, January 25, 2015

Brief Silence

We are all hearing terrible screaming, because we are all screaming terribly.

The illusion of speech, under control of magicians.

Frequency echo in reverb under compression.

One cannot drown out the illusion.

One can, however, stop screaming.

By the illusion of silence is the illusion of screaming pacified.

The echo stops.

What remains is all sound.

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I am Ashin Wirathu

Before the Triple Gem, With the Authority of Space:

In a fresh dream,
picked up and put down twice
the white dakini removed the binding
from my mouth with medicinal balm.

I did not interpret this as her invitation to comment.
I understood this as a command for confession!

This is the face of a sly magician.
Throughout future history,
Let it be associated with Tenpa Rinpoche,
For I am Ashin Wirathu,
In the three times.

I light a fire to feel the warmth
of my burning afflictions
as it is a very cold day in Hell
and I come again to comfort the King.

It is a wild ministration
if one obtains cold from heat
but that is precisely what happens
When a healer breaks a fever.

Screaming and fighting
with dakinis, using poisons
to obtain relief, this is
contrary in its own way.

Upon what do results in all cases depend?
I take Ashin Wirathu's sins
and give them my name,
For I am the same magician.

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