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Dalai Lama Awakening – Your Transformation is Now – Review by James R (Jim) Martin

Posted by on Jun 25, 2016 in Contemplation, Film, Observations, Spirituality | 0 comments

The documentary film Dalai Lama Awakening is a journey worth taking for anyone who finds himself or herself on a spiritual path guided by the insights of Tibetan Buddhism and the Dalai Lama. It is an engaging, but not necessarily an easy, cinematic trip to take for two hours; but it is a learning experience. While the process may have its difficulties, as many journeys do, it also, has many moments when it presents beautiful images of India and the Tibetan settlement in India, where the Dalai Lama has been exiled since the Chinese invaded Tibet in 1950. Shots of the area filmed by several cinematographers over a 15-year period give depth and scope to the environment and aspects of Tibetan culture. Intimate photography and archival footage help to establish the location and history of the Dalai Lama since coming to India.

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Meet The Patels Review

Posted by on Jun 20, 2016 in Film, Life, Observations, Relationships | 0 comments

This documentary is about Indian Americans, but it is also representative of what happens with other ethnic groups that have resettled in North and South America over the years. All ethnic groups coming to the United States have experienced the pressures of assimilation.

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Women And Spirituality — The Goddess Trilogy

Posted by on Jun 6, 2016 in Contemplation, Film, Spirituality | 0 comments

WOMEN AND SPIRITUALITY THE GODDESS TRILOGY is a three-hour, three-part series made between 1987 and 1992 sponsored by the National Film Board of Canada. Part 1 – GODDESS REMEMBERED looks at prehistory and evidence, beginning with stone age culture, where carved Goddess sculpture and cave paintings are found in France. The Mother Earth creation story, along with the nurturing role of women in peaceful hunter gather groups is established.

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Republicans Create DysfunctionalGovernment and Pathological Donald – by James R (Jim) Martin

Posted by on May 22, 2016 in Politics | 0 comments

The notion that Donald Trump some how represents the interests of working and middle class people is ludicrous since he is a billionaire, son of a millionaire. Donald Trump is not a pull your self up from the bootstraps, entrepreneur, businessman billionaire. He's a member of the so-called “One Percent” of super rich billionaires. But he represents himself as an outsider, entrepreneur because he knows Americans like self-made people. It appears that Donald scores high on "the psychopath test" as it is profiled in a book by Jon Ronson entitled “The Psychopath Test-A Journey through the Madness Industry.” © 2011. While it may be that many top executives and CEO’s would also score high on this test, the question remains, do we want someone who seems to mirror most of these attributes to be President of the United States? Here is the famous twenty-point Hare PCL-R Psychopath Checklist as reported in the book (pg. 97) How many appear to fit "The Donald?" Seems like he would get an A+ in a huge way.

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May Magnolia

Posted by on May 8, 2016 in Arts, Observations, Poetry | 0 comments

Photography and Haiku.

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The Stranger In The Room

Posted by on May 6, 2016 in Contemplation, Life, Observations | 0 comments

A living in the present moment. Insight Meditation and the resulting Mindfulness facilitate mind and body living in the present moment, bare attention, non-judgmentally aware of what is being experienced now not thinking about past or future events and conversations.

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Three Photographs and Haiku Poems

Posted by on May 1, 2016 in Arts, Contemplation, Observations, Photography, Poetry | 0 comments

Afternoon gray clouds crowding patches April blue sky Trees wave green greetings

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