This should be required reading for anyone who might find themselves on the receiving end of any interaction with police officials in the USA—which isThis should be required reading for anyone who might find themselves on the receiving end of any interaction with police officials in the USA—which is to say, every adult who comes within shooting distance of our borders or the airports that provide an approach to them.
Why? Everything you've learned about your rights from watching television is now wrong. "You have the right to remain silent." Think you so? It does not mean what you think it means, and your attempt to exercise this vanishing right could land you in prison long time. "But I didn't do anything wrong!" Think you so? Ignorance of the law is no excuse, and you, my friend, are more ignorant of the law than the police and the lawyers—who do not know the law either. No one does. No one can. The law is more voluminous than any human lifespan allows time to read, let alone understand, and by the time you make a start you are already wrong as new laws get passed.
If you are asked any question by a police officer or government agent and you realize that it is not in your best interest to answer, you should not mention the Fifth Amendment privilege or tell the police that you wish to exercise your right to avoid incriminating yourself. [....] Instead mention your Sixth Amendment right to a lawyer, and tell the police that you want a lawyer.
Four words, beyond your name: "I want a lawyer." As a statement, not a question. No ad libs. "I want a lawyer," and nothing else. Feel like arguing? Go read the book first and see how well that worked out for those who came before you....more
An essential source for understanding the detail of Mahayoga sadhana practice, especially withing the Nyingma schools of Tibetan Buddhism, and with paAn essential source for understanding the detail of Mahayoga sadhana practice, especially withing the Nyingma schools of Tibetan Buddhism, and with particular application to the Longchen Nyingthig terma tradition of Longchenpa (via Jigme Lingpa) and the Nam Chö terma tradition of the Palyul Lineage (via Tulku Migyur Dorje). And probably incomprehensible babble to anyone who does not understand at least a little of this review....more
This was a highly entertaining and rather original read. I've consumed a fair quantity of sci-fi over the years, and most of what I read these days feThis was a highly entertaining and rather original read. I've consumed a fair quantity of sci-fi over the years, and most of what I read these days feels derivative, or like "more of the same," which leads me to read progressive less of it unless that's what I'm looking for. So, while I grabbed this expecting "more of the same" after reading Lord of Light, the variance in tone, plot, and style was a welcome surprise. I particularly enjoyed the somewhat sparky humor of the protagonist, and his rebellious character, and that I guessed almost none of the plot twists before their time. Everything else I can think to say beyond that, and the few quotes available here, strikes me as a spoiler, so I'll just stop there and say read it if you like original sci-fi, and don't require it to be "hard SF." ...more
I found this at random in a local used bookstore which I do not frequent, and it seemed like one of those "buy now or never see again" opportunities.I found this at random in a local used bookstore which I do not frequent, and it seemed like one of those "buy now or never see again" opportunities. I am extremely glad I listened to that inner voice.
This book is the most comprehensive, thorough, and unbiased overview of the satipaṭṭhāna practices of meditation I have ever encountered, and I rather doubt that anyone will be able to do better. The author takes as his sources not only his traditions translation of the Satipaṭṭhānasutta itself, but various redactions such as the Tibetan and those recently recovered from Tung-huang, along with ancient and modern commentarial literature of many traditions and schools. The bibliography alone runs 21 pages.
All of this information is synthesized and analyzed in the context of the teachings of contemporary Buddhists as well as the suttapiṭaka as a whole, using the Buddha's other teachings to elucidate elements of the Sanskrit & Pali "originals" where the translation has become confused or controversial over the millennia since they were committed to writing. As the fruit of the author's Ph.D. research, it is suitably academic for those inclined to that view, without becoming bogged down with unnecessary detail in the text itself, reserving technical asides for the footnotes. My only complaint is that the pagination of the notes is somewhat odd, perhaps reflecting a European or Indo-Asian styleguide rather than the American & British conventions with which I am more familiar.
Both the outline and depth of coverage have proved extremely useful to my own practice, as well as directly informing several meditation classes I have taught since. It is, in my opinion, an indispensable guide. Which, for my friends, sadly means "no, you cannot borrow it."...more
A clear, though not concise, guide to the preliminary practices ("ngöndrö") of the Nyingma school of Tibetan Vajrayana (tantric Buddhism). While speciA clear, though not concise, guide to the preliminary practices ("ngöndrö") of the Nyingma school of Tibetan Vajrayana (tantric Buddhism). While specifically focusing on the Longchen Nyingtig ("Heart Essence of Longchen Rabjampa") terma tradition in the lineage of Jigme Lingpa, the exposition is equally applicable to virtually any Dzogchen ngöndrö system (though the few details given regarding specific visualizations may need to be modified to fit the practitioner's sadhana subject to the instruction of one's own lama). The teachings on the Outer Preliminaries, which account for more than half of the book, are likewise equally applicable to the foundations of Mahayana practice in any of the Tibetan traditions. Of all the many books I collected regarding ngöndrö, this is the one I found myself turning to most often; even more so than to the commentaries on the specific sadhana I was given....more
Worthwhile for the creative approach to the Tarot trumps (closer to Crowley's model than to its forerunners, though not exactly following The Book ofWorthwhile for the creative approach to the Tarot trumps (closer to Crowley's model than to its forerunners, though not exactly following The Book of Thoth), even if the verse borders on doggerel. ...more
If you liked Dune but thought it was too heavy, or too literary, try this. Not destined for the same genre-defining classic status, this was much thIf you liked Dune but thought it was too heavy, or too literary, try this. Not destined for the same genre-defining classic status, this was much the more enjoyable read, while still examining the interaction of religion and politics, this time in the face of war rather than competing agendas and business interests. The fact that Modesitt maintains the first-person point of view of a single protagonist probably helps as well, sheerly by simplifying matters.
On the other hand, if you prefer hard sci-fi and consider anything without a mathematical equation or a patentable idea to be sloppy, then this is probably not for you....more