US Constitution: Would it make sense to scrap the US Constitution and rewrite a document more in touch with modern-day America?

A 220 year old document written in an entirely different context to today's United States would seem to be outdated.  What are the arguments for retaining it?  I could imagine a scenario where a Constitutional Convention is formed containing law makers from all sides of politics, religious leaders from all faiths, prominent moral leaders and others to be recommended.  It would meet far from Washington in a closed private session, no assistants, no phones, no lobbyists, no outside influence.  Their task is to write a new constitution based on principles that make sense today.  The resulting document would need to have 100% approval, be automatically signed into law and take effect on the first day of the following year.
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US Constitution: Would it make sense to scrap the US Constitution and rewrite a document more in touch with modern-day America?

Recipe ~ Gluten-Free Stuffing

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Here is a yummy gluten free alternative to traditional Thanksgiving stuffing.  Stuffing typically contains bread, a major no no for people who are gluten sensitive.

Not only that, this stuffing is also made from healthier ingredients, and even has a few things from the alkaline side of the alkaline diet chart.

You can modify this recipe any way you want to suite your dietary needs and taste buds.  Try it out!

 

Ingredients

  • Sweet potatoes, 2 medium or 1 large
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 10 ounces of mushrooms, sliced
  • 1/2 cup chopped celery (very alkalizing)
  • Thyme, rosemary and sage
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tbsp Apple cider vinegar
  • 1/2 cup organic chicken broth
  • 1 lb chicken sausage
  • 1 tsp chopped garlic
  • 3/4 cup walnuts
  • 1/2 cup cranberries

Cooking Instructions

Set oven to 375, roast sliced sweet potatoes for 20-30 min, until nicely browned. In a medium low skillet, with a tad of olive oil, cook onion until caramelized. Simmer mushrooms in a separate pan.

Then mix mushrooms, eggs, walnuts , herbs, chicken broth, apple cider vinegar and cranberries.

Remove the sausage from the casing and cook in a pan on the stove top. Add the celery to the pan with the onions, near the end of cooking, so they don’t overcook.

Mix in the celery, onions and chicken sausage and mix it all together.

Finally, place it in as pie pan, in the oven for 10 minutes, or until all the the liquid has cooked away.

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Aromatherapy ~ David Crow, L.Ac.

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We are excited to release the latest webcast by David Crow entitled, “Essential Oils For Contagion: Facts And Fantasies.”

Essential Oils for Contagion: Facts and Fantasies

In this informative and timely video presentation, David outlines the facts about essential oils, and dispels many common misconceptions and claims that confuse what is scientifically known and how they should be properly used.

Some of the topics covered in this video:

– An overview of the historical uses of aromatic plants, and some of the early concepts of contagion and microbes
– A summary of some of the scientific research on the anti-microbial powers of essential oils
– How essential oils work biochemically
– The safe and effective daily use of essential oils
– An examination of the recent FDA warnings given to 2 large essential oil companies concerning the use of medical claims

We encourage you to watch this video presentation and share it with friends and family.

Daily Words of the Buddha ~ November 23, 2014

bronze buddhaUttiṭṭhe! Nappamajjeyya!
Dhammaṃ sucaritaṃ care.
Dhammacārī sukhaṃ seti
asmiṃ loke paramhi ca.

Arise! Do not be heedless!
Lead a righteous life.
The righteous live happily
both in this world and the next.

Dhammapada 13.168

The Dhammapada: The Buddha’s Path of Wisdom,
translated from the Pali by Acharya Buddharakkhita

 

Health ~ The Top 12 Cancer-Causing Products in The Average Home

It’s not easy sifting through the endless lists on the internet about products that harm the body.  Immersing yourself in research can become overwhelming, we know. So to free up some of your valuable time here are the top 12 cancer-causing products that may be lurking in your home.  Thanks to the Cancer Prevention Coalition (CPC), Ralph Nader, and smartklean.com here are the 12 most common products manufactured by big business and found in American homes that you need to avoid.

For the specific list of carcinogenic home products, see:  http://www.realfarmacy.com/top-12-cancer-causing-products-average-home/

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I Ching ~ Week of November 24, 2014

#45  Ts’ui  ~  Gathering Together
#45 Ts’ui ~ Gathering Together


Above: Tui Lake
Below: K’un Earth

The Wisdom:
Bring hearts and minds together
There is a great task ahead
And it best done with love and community

To live a life well balanced and in harmony with the oneness it is a vital component in life to be of service.

To be of service to a group or a community you must be well prepared. For the good of all look to your thoughts and motivation and be sincere in your actions. If you are going into service so you will look good to others or it will allow you to mingle with a desired group, be cautious ,movement of that type will surely lead to a wounding that will be difficult to heal.

The time is coming when you will be called to a position of leadership, or perhaps that time has already arrived. In this position you will benefit by being prepared to lead without ego, with strength, sincerity, and dignity.

It may be within your family, your business, or personally, in your relationship or your spiritual journey, that you are being called to leadership. Your role is not to create a commonality of thought and action, but to encourage a strong individuality, remaining true to the highest good. In this way you will bring all parties together by combining individual strengths, which in turn will take you all toward a common goal for the greater good.

Do not lead by issuing orders
Or setting limits;
Rather, lead by encouragement,
Working together for
The common good.

In Sun Tzu’s (722–481 BC) The Art of War it is said that the greatest leader does not lead from the front of his troops; nor does he lead from behind. The great leader leads from within. It is in this way that the true power of a group, community, or relationship is actualized, and great things can be accomplished.

Achieving harmony in your projects with others or in your personal relationships is now required for prosperity to flourish. This is accomplished by adhering the actions that has the constituents of honesty, sincerity, and integrity.

Leaders who are well prepared,
When met
With ignorance or arrogance,
Maintain inner discipline
And are examples to all.

When people gather together it is natural that there will, at times, be conflict. Conflict creates energy. It is the task of the leader or head of the clan to convert the energy created by conflict into a positive force that can lead all concerned to the goal of love, abundance, completion, and success. To do this the leader must remain calm, devoted, and centered. This inspires the same in relationship, tribe, family, and community.

A great leader may not necessarily be recognized as a leader at the time. Leadership, according to this hexagram, can be achieved invisibly, without outward acknowledgement. By maintaining a correct attitude, egos are not challenged, and prosperity is assured.

Three true stories:

A lovely woman I know was telling me recently about an aspect of her work on a creative project that required collaboration with a crew of people with diverse skills and personalities. They were on a tight schedule and the project had to get done, and done right. She told me that as she drove everyone toward the goal of completion, she became intolerant, controlling, and angry. Though in the end the job came out very well, she said she didn’t like it that she had resorted to this kind of behavior. Afterward, even though the project had been completed successfully, everyone on the team felt badly about her behavior and the crew she assembled would never work with her again.

Many years ago I lived near a film director who had the reputation of being highly creative, with an eye like no other. This person could create emotion and a depth of feeling in his works that had gained him a great reputation. He was very successful and well paid, and many projects came his way. However, along with his reputation for being a skillful director, he also had the reputation of being disrespectful and demeaning to the people who were hired to collaborate with him on his various projects. At first, because the quality of his work was so extraordinary, his negative attitude and bad behavior was overlooked by the clients and producers who gave him his commissions, and for a while this person still got hired for the best and most profitable projects. But as time passed, this bad behavior was no longer tolerated, and so the commissions began to go to others. This man’s career eventually came to a standstill. He became dark and depressed; soon he was just the shell of a man. It was fear that destroyed him.

A man I know has been remodeling his home. He served as his own general contractor, hiring many workers, some highly skilled, others without developed skills. To those who were still learning their crafts he gave encouragement and advice, working alongside them. With the skilled workers he also worked side by side, without ego, and expressed his gratitude to them, complimenting them for their skills and their efforts. Recently at a dinner he told me the story of how, when it came time to pay his crew, the workers came to him and said, much to his surprise, that he was paying them too much and as he had not completed the project they offered to take less money and stay on the job to further help him reach his goal.

In the first two stories, the people in the leadership roles were not sensitive to the needs of others. Both of them had fear. Though they were conscious of their actions, they did not have the foresight to understand that strong and positive leadership must be combined with harmonious relationship; this is the correct way to behave. This attitude of correctness, had these two adopted it, would have led to everyone feeling good about themselves and their projects; it would have fed the souls of all involved. Work would have continued to come to the artist, and the woman in the first story would have experienced a priceless feeling of inner contentment and accomplishment.

In the last story, the leader handled the project and all those involved with it respectfully. The workers were satisfied and were able to do their jobs and be paid back in more than just monetary ways. This person did not have fear and had a balanced relationship with his ego.

Ts’ui gives the requisites for proper leadership that will lead to prosperity: on the road to abundance, satisfaction, and completion you will be challenged; meet these challenges with calmness and with the strength and attitude of the sage.

When it is your time to lead, do so with integrity and dignity. This is in harmony with the universal laws of attraction and abundance. Trust yourself.

Be love, teach peace.

Many Blessings

BobbyK

www.bobbyklein.com

 

Just For Today

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Think about how you define anger and how you might be able to channel that energy more constructively.

Anger can cause us a great deal of hurt, but it can also be a positive force that propels us to act and can spur creativity and fuel success. It is all about how we manage our anger in those instances when we feel overwhelmed by it. There is a “right way” to get angry and how you can harness your anger for good.

 

“Letting go gives us freedom, and freedom is the only condition for happiness. If, in our heart, we still cling to anything – anger, anxiety, or possessions – we cannot be free.” ~ Thich Nhat Hanh

Reiki Sangha at the SoCal Halau Is Rockin’!!

Grandmaster Mark Whallon, Headmaster, SoCal Halau
Grandmaster Mark Whallon, Headmaster, SoCal Halau

 

Congratulations go to Grandmasters Tarun Sunder Raj, Mark Whallon and Phillip Fraser of the SoCal Halau on their successful and powerfully moving Reiki Sangha New Moon session held in Los Angeles last night!! David and I are moved beyond words. Excellent job, Gentlemen. Na Kupuna a me Na ‘Ohana are smiling with you! Way to launch your Hōkūle‘a!! Aloha wela ka hao!!

 

Grandmaster/HP Tarun Raj, SoCal Halau
Grandmaster/HP Tarun Raj, SoCal Halau
Grandmaster Phillip Fraser, SoCal Halau
Grandmaster Phillip Fraser, SoCal Halau

 

 

Daily Words of the Buddha ~ November 22, 2014

hand in hand
Yo mātaraṃ pitaraṃ vā,
jiṇṇakaṃ gatayobbanaṃ —
pahu santo na bharati
taṃ parābhavato mukhaṃ.

Though being well-to-do,
not to support father and mother
who are old and past their youth —
this is a cause of one’s downfall.

Sutta Nipāta 1.98

Everyman’s Ethics: Four Discourses by the Buddha (WH 14),
translated by Narada Thera

Just For Today

bus benchIn what way can you use what you do for a living to help others in a small but meaningful way? How can you make this part of your daily or weekly practice, so it becomes a part of your life?

A Vancouver-based advertising company teamed up with a grassroots advocacy group to extend kindness to the city’s homeless population in a beautifully creative way. During the day, the [bus] benches serve as seating for those waiting for the bus to arrive. At night, the front lifts up and out to create an overhang. Acts of kindness like these stand out against the backdrop of many cities making it harder for the homeless population to survive. THANK YOU, VANCOUVER!

 

“I don’t know what your destiny will be, but one thing I know: the only ones among you who will be really happy are those who have sought and found how to serve.” ~ Albert Schweitzer

 

New Moon Meditation: “Awakening To What We Are”

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Click here for MP3 Audio:  Awakening To What We Are

Our true nature cannot be expressed in words. However, consciousness, awareness, beingness, and presence are some words that come closest to defining what we are, here, right now. We always start from this moment now, from the present.

So, what can be said to be real right now is you are alive, present, and listening to these words. What is real now is your existence. You are conscious of existing, of being alive. Your true nature is consciousness itself. It is the one thing always present, whether you are asleep or awake, and whether you are aware of it or not.

What you are in your essence is the lucid, unchanging consciousness … giving birth to everything in the world of the senses, including all your thoughts, stories, memories, and to your body, mind, and this unique personality called “you.” To understand this is to grasp the literal meaning of the words attributed to St. Francis: “What we are looking for is what is looking.” You become aware of yourself, your true nature, as consciousness, awareness, or presence itself.

Now, most people are not aware of this. They tend to live as if in a dream—a dream which sometimes turns into a nightmare. They take their ego and their thoughts—the personal “self” and its many stories—to be real, are caught in habitual patterns of conflict, self-doubt, and worry, and have only occasional glimpses of the timeless beauty and mystery of existence.

The goal of spiritual or transformational work is to wake up from the dream. It is to break free of the internal dialogue. It is to see through the mind-created illusion of “me, myself, and my story,” the imaginary world you have created between your ears, making you feel separate and apart from others.

These stories, memories, and experiences have shaped your personality but they are still only your stories. They may have been real once, but are definitely not real now. They are an imaginary world existing inside your head, in the form of fleeting thoughts, beliefs, pictures, and ideas of “self,” with corresponding feelings and emotions in your body. And they are always changing, always coming and going, yet you, as the awareness that sees them, experiences them, are always here.

Every time you see the truth of this, your head clears, your body relaxes, your heart opens, and you experience a release from inner conflict, stress, and suffering. You become, in a word, present.

Awakening itself is realizing you are not your stories, not your thoughts, but you are the consciousness in which stories and thoughts—in which all existence—arises. You are not an object, a human being in space and time who has only intermittent glimpses of consciousness, the source of creation. You are not a wave, occasionally remembering your connection to the ocean. Rather, you are consciousness itself, viewing all of creation through the eyes of this human being called “you.” You are the ocean itself, manifesting in this individual human wave form.

As this realization occurs, you find yourself connected to an inexhaustible source of wisdom, love, and inner joy. Instead of living out of some myth or story about who you are and what life means, you live in awareness in the present. Meaning and identity no longer depend on beliefs, stories, or circumstances, but flow directly out of the beauty and dynamism of the life force itself. They arise from the sense of oneness, of the intimacy you feel with life—from the fullness and fragrance of being itself. You live in a state of openness, of welcoming everything that comes into your awareness.

With this awakening to the truth of being, the incessant chatter of the mind no longer dominates your consciousness. Your inner state becomes one of clarity and ease—at times, radiantly so. You become aware of a deep, vast silence, a universal spaciousness without center and without borders. You feel yourself to be one with that silence.

From within this inner silence you use thinking—including the “I” thought—for the extraordinary creative tool it is, but there is no attachment to thinking itself, nor to the concepts “I,” “me,” and “mine.”

Whenever you use these personal pronouns you are clear you are speaking as impersonal consciousness, expressing through your personal form. You use them in a functional way, free of personal ownership, pride, or emotional reactivity. Because of this openness and freedom from ego, from attachment to the personal perspective, living becomes much more effortless. Regardless of what is occurring, each day has a quality of magic and adventure to it.

Contrast this with your experience when you have not yet awakened to truth. Whenever you say “I” or “me,” there is a very definite identification with the personal, with the ego self—with some kind of story, judgment, expectation, assumption, or agenda. You often feel divided, as in: “A part of me feels this way, and yet another part of me feels that way.”

There may be glimpses, but there is no abiding awareness of being one with the totality of consciousness. Instead, separation, isolation, and a feeling of aloneness, even meaninglessness, is the prevailing experience. It is this personal identification with your story, with who you “think” you are, which triggers self-doubt, stress, worry, and fear. It perpetuates the experience of conflict and suffering.

Awakening, as will become clear, means freedom from conflict and suffering. This is the promise of the inner quest. It doesn’t matter what your circumstances are, or where in this world you live—inner freedom can be yours, simply because it is your true nature.

The feeling-tone associated with being established in pure consciousness is one of relaxed ease, harmony, and presence, of openness and welcoming, of gratitude and appreciation. It is one of feeling the energy of aliveness in your body. Thoughts may or may not be present, but you are not identified with them. There is no “you” in the way. There is just the flow of beingness, what in Zen is called the “suchness” of life, and you are one with the suchness. Everything then happens out of oneness.

Truly, to know your self as consciousness, and then to embody the knowing, is the greatest blessing.

See if you can feel it, your true nature, right now. Just be very present, very aware of all that is … Then let the awareness which you are permeate your body … Notice how your breath flows in and flows out in the awareness you are … Then notice how sensations arise and fall in your body … How thoughts, images, and stories come and go in your mind … Be aware of yourself as the awareness, the consciousness, which is aware of all this.

 

Daily Words of the Buddha ~ November 21, 2014

bonsai01Kāyena saṃvutā dhīrā,
atho vācāya saṃvutā manasā saṃvutā dhīrā.
Te ve suparisaṃvutā.

The wise are controlled in bodily action,
controlled in speech and controlled in thought.
They are truly well-controlled.

Dhammapada 17.234

The Dhammapada: The Buddha’s Path of Wisdom,
translated from the Pali by Acharya Buddharakkhita

Recipe ~ Bok Tong Go dim sum ~ Sweet Rice Pudding Cakes

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Bok Tong Go, Chinese steamed rice cake, owes its unique flavor and texture to a fermentation process that sours the rice flour. Click here for recipe.

This recipe comes from the Golden Palace Seafood Restaurant on O’ahu, Hawai’i.  Oh, how I love eating dim sum for breakfast, and especially my all-time favorite, Bok Tong Go, those slightly translucent, milky-white sweet rice cakes with the interesting texture.  My brother, Jeff, and I grew up eating lots of these cakes while growing up in Hawai’i, Washington State and California.  My parents were foodies, especially when it came to Chinese cuisine, and we learned our way around a Chinatown at an early age.  In fact, the very first place we stopped in as we drove into San Francisco for the first time was the Golden Gate Bakery, where Mom and Dad bought a huge pink box full of beautifully steamed and baked treats.  If you folks have never experienced a Chinese bakery or dim sum food, you’ve missed out big time and its definitely an experience for that bucket list.

Here’s the Bok Tong Go recipe from the Golden Palace … ah, I can still smell and taste these goodies as I write … wow.  Enjoy!

Bok Tong Go

>> Step 1:
1/2 pound rice flour
1 cup water

Combine flour and water; cover with plastic wrap. Set aside at room temperature 3 days, until it smells slightly sour.

>> Step 2:
1 pound rice flour
1 cup cold water
1 cup sugar
2 cups hot water

Combine flour and cold water to form a claylike paste.

Dissolve sugar in hot water. Add paste to sugar water.

Stir fermented flour/water mixture from Step 1; add to Step 2 mixture. Mix well.

Remove 1/2 cup of this mixture and refrigerate (this becomes the starter for your next batch). Cover remaining mixture and set aside at room temperature 12 hours.

>> Step 3:
Vegetable oil to grease pan
1/2 teaspoon potassium carbonate and sodium bicarbonate solution

Prepare steamer: Bring water to a boil in a wok or large skillet. Place 12-inch steamer basket over wok. Grease 2 9-inch round cake pans (pie pans may be used, but this will give your rice cake a sloped side).

Add sodium bicarbonate to the fermented mixture. Pour mixture into pans. Place 1 pan into steamer for 30 minutes, then remove and steam second pan. Cool, remove from pans and slice.

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2018 Update:  Due to several folks who complained that the above recipe didn’t work out so well for them, we have researched more and found the following alternative recipes for you to try.

Bok Tong Go

Alternative Recipe #1:  This recipe uses Pandan leaves, which is a grass (like lemon grass) native to Asia. You can buy Pandan flavoring (which is green in color) at any Asian food store.  It imparts a wonderful fragrant body to rice, especially when added to a pot of steamed rice during the cooking process.

https://theburningkitchen.com/bai-tang-gao-pak-tong-go-recipe/

Alternative Recipe #2:  Here is another version of the recipe, without using Pandan.

http://mealsteps.com/recipe/sweet_rice_pudding_cake_(bok_tong_go)

Alternative Recipe #3:  And a YouTube video to walk you through this recipe.

The article listing the full recipe shown in this video appears here.
http://yummyeasycooking.blogspot.co.uk/2014/02/how-to-make-steamed-rice-cake-bak-tong.html

 

Recipe ~ Dan Tat dim sum ~ Egg Custard Tart

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I first encountered these treats as a little girl, when my parents always stopped by the local Chinese bakeries in Pearl City and later in Seattle … I was fortunate to grow up appreciating the myriad of taste experiences eating dim sum, or tea-lunch bites of yummy-ness.   Nowadays, I consider myself a transplanted Northern Californian up here in Washington State.  I spent the better part of 30 years hanging in the Oakland and San Francisco Chinatown areas of the San Francisco Bay Area.  There is one treat at the Chinese bakery that is right up there with the perfect croissant found in any North Beach bakery:  Dan-Tat, or Hong-Kong style egg custard tarts.  Arguably, my favorite Chinese pastry, next to Bok Tong Go, or steamed rice pudding cakes.  Period.  And the best part is that today, I can make them at home.

Dan-Tat can be found in Hong Kong, Macau, and other parts of China.  The Hong Kong and Macau versions differ slightly.  Macau’s version was brought over by Portuguese colonizers, and they have more of a scorched, caramelized exterior.  Dan-Tat eventually made its way to Hong Kong, where it was influenced by British custard tarts, which are a bit more glassy and smooth.

Ah, the sweet, sweet taste of colonial expansion.

You can buy them at Chinese bakeries, where you might be lucky enough to get a warm one.  (Easy for me to do when I worked in the SF Financial District, just below Chinatown.)  Don’t be the tourist when you’re visiting cities that have established Chinatowns … like Seattle, San Francisco, Oakland and Glendale/Los Angeles.  If you want hot, fresh Dan-Tat, then go early in the morning when the bakeries just open and scoop up an entire pink box full … your co-workers will endear themselves to you for it.

But we don’t all have restaurants within reasonable traveling distance that offer good quality Dan-Tat, so it’s time to learn to make them from scratch like the best of ‘em.  So gather round, padawans – a whole lot of awesome is about to come your way.

Ingredients

200g all purpose flour (1 ½ cups)
1/8 teaspoon salt
½ cup sugar, plus 1 tablespoon
200g unsalted butter, room temperature but not softened (14 tablespoons)
2 tablespoons cold water
scant 1 cup hot water
3 large eggs, at room temperature
1/2 cup evaporated milk, at room temperature
3/4 teaspoon vanilla

In a bowl, combine the flour, salt, and 1 tablespoon sugar. Add the butter and break it up roughly with your fingers, making sure to keep visible little chunks of butter in the dough. Add 2 tablespoons of cold water and bring the dough together. Add a tiny bit more water if necessary, but not too much. Cover the dough and refrigerate for 20 minutes.

Turn out the dough onto a lightly floured board, knead gently, and form into a neat rectangle. Roll the dough away from you (not back and forth), forming a 20 x 50cm rectangle (about 8×20 inches). Try to keep the edges even, and don’t overwork the butter streaks. Flecks of butter should still be visible in the dough.

Fold the top third of the dough down to the center, then the bottom third up and over that. Give the dough a quarter turn (left or right) and roll out again to three times the length. Fold the same way as before, cover, and chill for 30 minutes.

While the dough is resting, make the filling. Dissolve 1/2 cup sugar into the cup of hot water, and allow to cool to room temperature. Whisk eggs and evaporated milk together and then thoroughly whisk in the sugar water and vanilla. Strain through a very fine mesh strainer–this step is extremely important to getting a smooth, glassy egg tart.

Preheat oven to 400 degrees F/200 degrees C and position a rack in the lower third of your oven. Roll out the dough and cut circles to fit your tins (you can also use a shallow muffin pan). Press the dough into the tins and use a ladle to fill each tart shell until just reaching the edges of the outside crust. Once filled, immediately (but very carefully) transfer the pan to the oven and bake for 15 minutes. Reduce the temperature to 350 degrees F/180 degrees C and bake another 10-12 minutes, until filling is just set (if a toothpick can stand up in it, it’s done). If you see the shells start to puff up a bit, crack open the oven a little, and they should settle back down.

You can let the tarts cool for a couple minutes and enjoy them while they’re still hot.

 

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Daily Words of the Buddha ~ November 20, 2014

Waterfalls off the side of the Hana Highway, Mau'i, Hawai'i
Waterfalls off the side of the Hana Highway, Mau’i, Hawai’i

 Kāyamuniṃ vācāmuniṃ,
manomunimanāsavaṃ,
muniṃ moneyyasampannaṃ.
Āhu ninhātapāpakaṃ.

Silent in body, silent in speech,
silent in mind, without defilement,
blessed with silence is the sage.
One is truly washed of evil.

Itivuttaka 3.67

Gemstones of the Good Dhamma,
compiled and translated by Ven. S. Dhammika

Recipe ~ Reese’s Peanut Butter No-Bake Bars

Jim Rose
Recipe by Jim Rose

Ingredients

1 cup salted butter (melted)
2 cups graham cracker crumbs
1/4 cup brown sugar
1 3/4 cup powdered sugar
1 cup peanut butter
1/2 tsp. vanilla
1 (11 oz) bag milk chocolate chips
Instructions

1. Combine all ingredients, except chocolate chips in a medium sized bowl. Stir until the mixture is smooth and creamy.
2. Pour peanut butter mixture into a 9 x 13 pan.
3. Melt chocolate chips in the microwave (at 50% power) for 1-2 minutes. Stir chocolate and pour over the peanut butter mixture. Spread chocolate with a spatula. To even out chocolate, tap pan on the counter.
4. Refrigerate bars for one hour. Cut while bars are still cool. Enjoy

Thank you Jim Rose Circus

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Just For Today

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Practice Silence.  Make a commitment to set aside some time everyday to reconnect to the silence inside of you, whether it be through meditation, gardening, or any other activity that brings you back to yourself.

Deep within each of us is a great well of health, abundance, knowledge, guidance. When we enter the silence and stay in the silence, we come into direct contact with that sacred well. In that place dwells our True and Higher Self: It is that part of us that exists and operates in a place where there is no time– no past, no future, only the present moment … One of the most powerful spiritual practices you can adopt is also one of the easiest to do.

 

“When I am silent, I fall into the place where everything is music.” – Rumi

 

Meditation ~ Who Are You, Really? ~ by Kosi

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“Any thought that you have had about yourself, however deflated or inflated, is not who you are. It is simply a thought. The truth of who you are cannot be thought, because it is the source of all thoughts. The truth of who you are cannot be named or defined.

Words like soul, light, God, truth, self, consciousness, the universal intelligence, or divinity, while capable of evoking the bliss of the truth, are grossly inadequate as a description of the immensity of who you truly are.

However you identify yourself: as child, adolescent, a mother, a father, an older person, healthy person, sick person, a suffering person, or an enlightened person – always, behind all of that, is the truth of yourself. It is not foreign to you. It is so close that you cannot believe it is you.

The truth of who you are is untouched by any concept of who you are, whether ignorant or enlightened, worthless or grand. The truth of who you are is free of it all. You are already free and all that blocks your realization of that freedom is your own attachment to some thought of who you are. This thought doesn’t keep you from being the truth of who you are. You already are that. It separates you from the realization of who you are.

I invite you to let your attention dive into what has always been here, waiting openly for its own self-realization.

Who are you, really?

Are you some image that appears in your mind? Are you some sensation that appears in your body? Are you some emotion that passes through your mind and body? Are you something that someone else has said you are, or are you the rebellion against something that someone else has said you are? These are some of the many avenues of misidentification. All of these definitions come and go, are born and then die.

The truth of who you are does not come and go. It is present before birth, throughout a lifetime, and after death. To discover the truth of who you are is not only possible, it is your birthright.

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How do you tap into the truth about you that lies beneath everything else?

Can you share an experience of a time you felt this truth?

What do you understand by “the truth of who you are does not come and go?”

 

Daily Words of the Buddha ~ November 18, 2014

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Vacīpakopaṃ rakkheyya;
vācāya saṃvuto siyā.
Vacīduccaritaṃ hitvā,
vācāya sucaritaṃ care.

Let one guard oneself against irritability in speech;
let one be controlled in speech.
Abandoning verbal misconduct,
let one practice good conduct in speech.

Dhammapada 17.232

The Dhammapada: The Buddha’s Path of Wisdom,
translated from the Pali by Acharya Buddharakkhita

Just For Today

Suzy Mead
Be a better leader in your community.  As the world rapidly transforms around us each day, there is a growing need for us to create sustainable human communities. And in that vision, great leadership is paramount –leadership that not only calls for clarity of vision, but also a healthy dose of empathy that allows us to identify with, and understand, one another’s situations, feelings, and motives.

“If you are planning for a year, sow rice; if you are planning for a decade, plant trees; if you are planning for a lifetime, educate people.”  ~ Chinese Proverb