Inviting Connectedness, Musings & Adventures

Cantus in memoriam

We all know the taste of our own tears
And your tears taste very much like mine
She held my hand so tightly that my fingers slept
Or maybe it was him, sitting on the other side
Who squeezed so hard
up, down, left, right, me, you, him, her, them
Somebody was singing Ave Maria
And in the echoes all those distinctions blurred with rainbow light

I stood at the podium and butchered a poem
While looking only at the coffin
My sobs rendered most words incoherent
But funerals are for grieving, not performances
To grieve forcefully, incoherently, is a potent invitation
Join me with your tears.

Two years earlier, when the spectre of death already loomed large
One composer’s contemplation of silence punctured me
With its persistent bell and an endless descent
One composer mourning a meeting that never happened
And in that moment I wondered if we ever truly meet
When all we ever hear are echoes.

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Musings & Adventures

Frustration with the Sermon on the Mount

This article about De Blasio visiting the Vatican made me want to read the Sermon on the Mount, hoping I might be able to use those verses as a baseline for finding commonality with Christians. That went great until:

“anyone who looks at a woman lustfully has already committed adultery with her in his heart. If your right eye causes you to sin, gouge it out and throw it away. It is better for you to lose one part of your body than for your whole body to be thrown into hell.”

This is terrible, harmful, destructive, wrong-headed advice. No wonder Christians have caused so much damage to themselves and others in the 1500 years since their rise to power in Europe. Even the most gracious excerpt from their Good Book teach you to hate your mind and to harm yourself both physically and psychically when natural processes happen.

And then along came some of the language that strips women of agency in their relationships:

“anyone who divorces his wife, except for marital unfaithfulness, causes her to become an adulteress, and anyone who marries the divorced woman commits adultery.”

At which point I gave up, for the thousandth time, on finding ways to appreciate more than a few discrete verses from the Bible.

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Enlightened Business, Musings & Adventures, Uncategorized

Thomas W Malone on Collective Intelligence, with interesting findings about Gender and Intelligence

Head to edge.org  to watch this  video of Thomas W Malone speaking about Collective Intelligence.  Among his many interesting findings, he discloses a significant gem about gender and intelligence of groups.  Malone teaches at MIT Sloan School of Management.

at 9:05:

“we found that the collective intelligence of the group was significantly correlated with the percentage of women in the group… it looks like it’s a more or less linear trend where more women are better all the way up to all women.  Now, Also important to realize that the gender effect is largely statistically mediated by the social perceptiveness effect.”

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Musings & Adventures, Random

Getting my Diacritics Corrected at MIT

OM MANI PADME HUM written in chalk on 20 foot x 20 foot chalk board in Sata center lobby

While visiting the Stata center at MIT, I scrawled my usual chalkboard graffiti in the lobby – OM MANI PADME HUM.  An hour later,  I found that someone had actually “corrected” the  diacritized sanskrit “NI”, which looks backwards when compared with the standard Tibetan alphabet.

Tibetan letter NI curling to the left, visible erase marks where it was corrected

Barely 2 hours on this campus and I’ve already been anonymously second-guessed by a cheeky smartypants.

After a brief moment of sheer amusement,  I decided to engage constructively.

Tibetan letter NI curling to the right, with a comment written below that reads learn your diacritics.

This is why I love visiting academia.

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Images, Meditatation, Musings & Adventures, Random

Photos: Drupon Khenpo teaching Rigpe Dorje Institute Spring Session

These photos are from the 2013 spring session (the 10-day meditation programme) of Rigpe Dorje Institute.  I’ve posted a gallery of all the photos from this session on Google Plus.  Here are some highlights:

Rigpe Dorje Institue Meditation Class

Rigpe Dorje Institute Meditation Class in the Mahamudra Shrine Hall at Pullahari Monastery

Drupon Khenpo Teaching, Margaret Translating

Drupon Khenpo Teaching, Margaret Translating. Vajradhara statue in background.

Drupon Khenpo Teaching

Drupon Khenpo Teaching

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