Sunday, January 24, 2016

Saturday, January 23, 2016

Truffles in the Himalaya?

Prabesh Roka and Dr. Raj Tripathi are risking five years of hard work on truffle cultivation in Nepal. Truffles are edible subterranean fungi worth their weight in gold. They have set up experimental plots near Thabang village of Rolpa District. Thabang is a picturesque, remote settlement in western Nepal that experienced some of the heaviest fighting during the ten-year revolution (1996-2006). Other than an attempt at high-end agriculture, there is little driving the subsistence economy in Thabang. Tourism is slowly picking up in the enchanting hamlet on the southern fringes of the Guerrilla Trek and Yarsagumba (Cordyceps) Trails. A few hardscrabble travelers trickle through now and again.

The Himalayan gamble might pay off lavishly. Visionary innovation is deserving of a country with the world’s highest and most dazzling peaks…and the far-western roxy (moonshine) is unbeatable.

Please find more about their attempts at cultivating Himalayan truffles in Nepal in a feature story at the following link: HImalayan Truffles by Alonzo Lyons, ECS Magazine, 15 January 2015 (http://ecs.com.np/features/himalayan-truffles).

Cheers and keep on trekking!










Thursday, January 21, 2016

'Intellectual Materialism'

"Who is right and who is wrong...
Who's got the best idea, the best theory, the best explanation.
arguing about ideas, speculations, and thoughts..." --Ajahn Brahm

In other words, 'Intellectual Materialism'...eloquent and pretentious posturing...

The whole talk by Ajahn Brahm, inspired by virtuoso 'Intellectual Materialists' Sam Harris and Deepak Chopra can be found here, http://livingdhamma.net/dharma-talk/intellectual-materialism-by-ajahn-brahm-2/
Excerpt: 
"Responding to a debate between Sam Harris and Deepak Chopra which appeared to be lacking in science and philosophy and resembled more the arguments had every day between ordinary people. Ajahn Brahm criticises intellectual materialism for lacking heart nor a sense of humour. The purpose of both religion and science should not be defending doctrines and books, but developing a deeper understanding of life and respect for one another. As Ajahn Brahm states,'We mistake the ideas for the truth. We mistake the theories for the underlying emotional freedom which those theories are supposed to be pointing. The sign posts are not the destination.'”


Image of graffiti by Banksy



Wednesday, January 20, 2016

Dharmaceutical

Ajahn Brahm coined a new word 'kindfulness', and the usual corny jokes were halfway decent this time around (video link below).
The worthwhile talk inspired me to coin a new word, too -- dharmaceutical.

Of course, this series is not for everyone, but some people might find it valuable.

May all beings (who want happiness) find real happiness.


#Buddha #Dhamma

Tuesday, January 19, 2016

the most important factor for lifting people out of poverty...

“The problem of poverty is not a shortage of experts. It’s a shortage of rights....the most important factor in lifting people out of poverty is allowing free markets and entrepreneurship to flourish...when there's an environment of universal rights for poor people, for citizens of a society, then that does indeed make technical solutions happen."

Monday, January 11, 2016

House of Himalayan Crap?

Signs below are a parody of wannabe bullies at unethical Himalayan Crap House (sub-standard printing house in the bowels of Kaydoo).

Image below offers a depiction of Pawan-ne to the left, Udyog-ne to the right, locked in a full-on disaa (crapping) contest...usual flunkies of Crap House will be sniffing around, #LOL

Pawan-ne -- left, Udyog -- right in a disaa (sh*tting) contest with each other. Crap House flunkies will be sniffing around

Himalayan Crap House Mobile Print Shop
#CrapHouse, #Ratmandu, #Corruption

No Monkey's Land

Stuck in no monkey's land and totally unfamiliar territory--it seems that I have, at the present moment, utterly lost the complete and entire story line (was there one?) along with any map or direction homeward from current location--now trying to discover a way out of uncharted, 'obscure woods'...and hopefully quickly...shadowy and lonesome here without friends and familiar faces...

Nel mezzo del cammin di nostra vita mi ritrovai per una selva oscura che la diritta via era smarrita

Half way along the road we have to go, I found myself obscured in a great forest, Bewildered, and I knew I had lost the way. (excerpt from Dante's Divine Comedy)









Sunday, January 3, 2016

Welcome Back

Welcome Back Lyrics by John Sebastian

Welcome back, 
Your dreams were your ticket out. 

Welcome back, 
To that same old place that you laughed about. 

Well the names have all changed since you hung around, 
But those dreams have remained and they're turned around. 

Who'd have thought they'd lead ya (Who'd have thought they'd lead ya) 
Back here where we need ya (Back here where we need ya) 

Yeah we tease him a lot cause we've got him on the spot, welcome back, 
Welcome back, welcome back, welcome back.

Welcome back, welcome back, welcome back.

source: http://www.lyricsondemand.com/tvthemes/welcomebackkotterlyrics.html