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Laws of Reasoning consist of the ground, the path,
and the result. ...Suffering is in the mind. How we perceive
happiness determines our suffering or not."
~ His Holiness Tenzin Gyatso, the 14th Dalai Lama of Tibet
May 24, 2004
"Zui Pa" (By Andy Lau)
THIS WEEK'S ISSUE
From the Inside Out...
Teaching Day with
the Dalai Lama
Yes You Can!...
Protect Dogs from
Raisins & Grapes
Diversity in Dubai
Links That Shine...
Cancer Club &
Chilly in China
Laughing It Off...
World's Easiest Quiz?
Untangling the Web...
What a Site!
Look at That!...
Cat Claw Caps
Our Latest Discovery...
Moments to Remember
Daily Security Alerts
BE the World
You Want to See!
the presence of greatness,
we can all learn and grow.
Gleaning pearls of wisdom
that speak directly to our
own hearts can move us to
a higher plane of existence.
~ Chelle ~
From the Inside Out
TEACHING DAY WITH THE DALAI LAMA
I am writing in reflection of yesterday a day I will forever
treasure. A few friends and I were honored with being able to attend
a teaching seminar by His Holiness The Dalai Lama. There were only
a few thousand people present so I was able to really feel his energy
and see the expressions on his peaceful face.
entering the auditorium my eyes fell instantly upon the stage with
it's decorations in honor of The Buddha and the Buddhist tradition.
There was a line of hundreds of white candles glowing along the
back evenly spread from one end of the stage to the other. Hanging
directly over the row of candles were three huge tapestries with
images of Tara (the Tibetan Kuan Yin), The Buddha, and one other
(perhaps Bodhisattva Nagarjuna since his lessons were to be studied
in this seminar.)
On the center stage was a magnificent golden statute of The Buddha,
sitting high on a platform it must have been seven feet tall. In
front of The Buddha was a structure for The Dalai Lama, six or seven
stairs leading to a comfortable sitting- pillow from the right side
capturing a dark red carpet. There was a small table or shelf on
the left for the sacred tablets of teaching from which His Holiness
would so gently handle as if they were his prized children. The
tablets were long, about fifteen inches and six inches wide. They
looked as if they were made of cherished light wood or heavy parchment
paper. Each one fit together in a golden yellow cloth with a tie
that wrapped around them tightly to secure their scared contents.
Each time the Dalai Lama came into the room he was given the cloth
to unfold exposing the tablets for their instruction. Then before
he left the stage, he carefully tucked them in again, personally
wrapping and tying them lovingly.
in front of the seating structure for the Dalai Lama were two great
bouquets of Calla Lilies, my favorite flowers. On both sides of
the platform where the Dalai Lama reigned sitting for hours crossed-legged
sat his disciples or monks. There must have been two dozen in number.
They were donned in their finest of cloths or robes, wrapped reverently
in the Buddhist's tradition of respect. The robes were colorful
in bright oranges and reds, just a few had chosen white which is
unknown to me as to the custom of these colors. We were told by
another student that these colors represented the planting and harvest
seasons in Buddhism. Most had shaven heads, worn sandals, and a
few carried prayer beads or prayer wheels. They sat in silence the
entire time except for the very beginning of the mornings
teaching. At this time they performed a most magnificent chanting
mantra that made my spirit soar to the very heights of the domed
outstanding interpreter sat close to the edge of the center stage
with a small table which held a microphone and a few pieces of paper
on which to write his notes as the Dalai Lama spoke. Not knowing
whether Tibetan or Chinese language was being translated, it seemed
to me this translator did an unbelievable job of getting each and
every word spoken just as directed. Only a few times did the Dalai
Lama interrupt him to either correct or add to what he was saying.
At these times, it was as if to make sure we, the students, totally
understood what was being taught.
What was said? What words of wisdom did His Holiness share with
us? I have my notes to refer to; I have the thirty page booklet
printed by the Buddhist Association that brought him for this one
visit to the United States this year. The words in the booklet are
written for those who find comfort in learning the wisdom from the
past. But for me, the teaching came from inside like a blossoming
of ripe fruit it spread within me as The Dalai Lama spoke. He spoke
of suffering: "We create causes that give rise to suffering."
He spoke of transformation: "Walk with the Nature of Reality
when creating transformation." And, he spoke of intention:
"The intention of what you do and say is what matters not the
I dont know what I expected to witness when I decided to attend
this seminar, however, every and each minute in the presence of
this truly Holy Soul was such a gift I will treasure my entire life.
The philosophical teachings were on a level far above my understanding
but I know the few words of wisdom I did retain feel like jewels
within my heart. Being in the company of The Dalai Lama, and seeing
his smile with slight embarrassment and a quick apology as he picked-up
an orange sun-visor cap to shield his eyes from the glaring stage
lights, will always be the memory of this day that make my own lips
part from ear to ear
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Yes You Can!
PROTECT DOGS FROM
RAISINS & GRAPES
Morris, DVM Danville Veterinary Clinic Danville, Ohio: "Raisins
and grapes can be toxic for dogs even a small quantity of
seven can be harmful! This week I had the first case in history
of raisin toxicity ever seen at MedVet. My patient was a 56 pound,
5 year old male neutered lab mix who ate half a canister of raisins
sometime between 730 AM and 4 30 PM on Tuesday. He started with
vomiting, diarrhea and shaking about 1 AM on Wednesday but the owner
didn't call my emergency service until 7 AM.
had heard somewhere about raisins and grapes causing
acute renal failure but hadn't seen any formal paper on the subject.
We had her bring the dog in immediately. In the meantime, I called
the ER service at MedVet, and the doctor there was like me
had heard something about it, but....
we contacted the ASPCA National Animal Poison Control Center and
they said to give IV fluids at 1 1/2 times maintenance and watch
the kidney values for the next 48-72 hours. The dog's BUN (blood
urea nitrogen level) was already at 32 (normal less than 27) and
creatinine over 5 (1.9 is the high end of normal). Both are monitors
of kidney function in the bloodstream.
placed an IV catheter and started the fluids. Rechecked the renal
values at 5 PM and the BUN was over 40 and creatinine over 7 with
no urine production after a liter of fluids. At the point I felt
the dog was in acute renal failure and sent him on to MedVet for
a urinary catheter to monitor urine output overnight as well as
started vomiting again overnight at MedVet and his renal values
have continued to increase daily. He produced urine when given lasix
as a diuretic. He was on 3 different anti-vomiting medications and
they still couldn't control his vomiting.
his urine output decreased again, his BUN was over 120, his creatinine
was at 10, his phosphorus was very elevated and his blood pressure,
which had been staying around 150, skyrocketed to 220. He continued
to vomit and the owners elected to euthanize.
is a very sad case great dog, great owners who had no idea
raisins could be a toxin. Please alert everyone you know who has
a dog of this very serious risk. Poison control said as few as 7
raisins could be toxic. Many people I know give their dogs grapes
or raisins as treats. Any exposure should give rise to immediate
it is not known what component of the grapes or raisins causes renal
failure in dogs, certain possibilities have been ruled out, including
various pesticides, some heavy metals such as zinc and lead, and
fungal contaminants. That dogs react in this fashion to both commercially-produced
grapes and those grown informally in their owners' back yards indicates
the likely culprit has nothing to do with the growing or cultivation
process, but is instead basic to grapes themselves.
other words, all grapes are potentially dangerous to dogs
both grapes in the plump, "just picked" form and as their
dried counterparts, raisins, and regardless of whether they came
from the store or off the neighbor's vine. Don't feed your dog grapes
or raisins, and don't leave these foodstuffs out where he could
help himself to them.
is not to say you need live in fear of your pooch's keeling over
dead if he swallows a grape or two. However, if he downs a handful
of grapes or even a smaller amount of raisins, get him to your veterinarian
right away. Aggressive treatment with intravenous fluids and close
monitoring are his best chance for survival. Grapes and raisins
aren't the only people foods known to be dangerous to man's best
and cocoa can prove deadly to them, as can onions and
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DIVERSITY IN DUBAI
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For been-there-done-that travelers, Dubai, in the United Arab Emirates
on the Persian Gulf, can offer camel racing and safaris, sand skiing
and unique cultural activities. Dubai's rapid transformation has
left it with a slice of old Arabia and a chunk of modern infrastructure.
It also has a multinational population, attracting people from east
and west. You'll find souks selling gold jewelry and traditional
wares not far from modern shopping centers selling electronics and
luxury items. You'll see wind towers and minarets
rising up from old neighborhoods, dwarfed in turn by office and
hotel towers. In the evenings, stroll along the Jumeirah Cornich,
people-watch near Dubai Creek or hike in the Hajar Mountains. For
history and culture visit the Dubai Museum, Sheikh Saeed al-Maktoum
House and the Dubai Heritage and Diving Village. However, the biggest
contrast can be seen in the landscape here, where a beautiful coastline
and white sandy beaches are backed by an equally expansive desert.
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Laughing It Off
WORLD'S EASIEST QUIZ?
Which country makes Panama hats?
2) How long did the Hundred Years War last?
3) From which animal do we get catgut?
4) In which month do Russians celebrate the October Revolution?
5) What is a camel's hair brush made of?
6) The Canary Islands in the Pacific are named after what animal?
7) What was King George VI's first name?
8) What color is a purple finch?
9) Where are Chinese gooseberries from?
How long did the Thirty Years War last?
Where are Jerusalem artichokes from?
12) Where did the board game Chinese Checkers originate?
Ecuador ... but the Spanish sent them through the Panama Canal.
116 years, from 1337 to 1453.
From sheep and horses ... but not cats!
November. The Russian calendar was 13 days behind ours.
Squirrel fur ... and named after a Mr. Camel.
The Latin name was Insularia Canaria: Island of the Dogs.
Albert ... when he came to the throne in 1936 he respected the wish
of Queen Victoria that no future king should ever be called Albert.
New Zealand ... they're Kiwi Fruit.
Thirty years, of course. From 1618 to 1648.
North America ... "Jerusalem" from girasole, and
they are actually a member of the sunflower family.
Germany ... first patented by Ravensburger, the famous German
games company, under the name Stern-Halma.
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4. The Thorough test will give you further options. It performs
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damage. You can even specify to scan areas of your disk containing
only data files, or just the areas with system files, or both. ~Microsoft.com
Look at THAT!
CAT CLAW CAPS
A six month-old cat named Konomi
wears colorful soft caps on his claws in Tokyo, Japan. The caps,
produced by a US company called Soft Paws, not only help
prevent damage to furniture, they serve as decoration as well. In
January Japan became the first Asian nation to offer the Soft Claw
caps, which come in four sizes and are available in purple, pink,
blue and red as well as a transparent version. The vinyl caps can
last for four to six weeks and come off as the claws grow. Cats
can also draw in their claws with the caps on. A complete kit, including
40 caps and glue, is priced at 3,600 yen ($33), and a starter kit
with 12 caps at 1,800 yen ($16.50). ~AFP Worldwide
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MOMENTS TO REMEMBER
friend and associate Steve Goodier at www.LifeSupportSystem.com
points out in his book A
Life that Makes a Difference, that we, as humans,
do not remember days, we remember moments:
their book SPIRITUAL LITERACY
(See Below), authors Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat tell about
Oggie Rand. He manages a cigar store in Brooklyn. Oggie has an
unusual habit at precisely eight o'clock each morning,
he photographs the front of the store from exactly the same spot.
He collects his daily snapshots in photograph albums, each labeled
by date. He calls his project his "life's work."
day Oggie showed his albums to a friend. Flipping the pages of
the albums, the man noticed in amazement that the pictures were
all the same! Oggie watched him skim through the pictures and
finally replied, "You'll never get it if you don't slow down,
my friend. The pictures are all of the same spot, but each one
is different from every other one. The differences are in the
detail. In the way people's clothes change according to season
and weather. In the way the light hits the street. Some days the
corner is almost empty. Other times it is filled with people,
bikes, cars and trucks. It's just one little part of the world,
but things take place there, too, just like everywhere else."
time Oggie's friend looked more carefully at each picture. No
two were alike. He slowly became aware of how unique every moment
is. Through a series of photographs, he became conscious of one
of life's great truths that each minute that passes is
special, even sacred!
Henry Miller has said, "The moment one gives close attention
to anything, even a blade of grass, it becomes a mysterious, awesome,
indescribably magnificent world in itself." But we'll never
get it if we don't slow down. For it is these moments not
whole days, weeks, months or years that we will finally
remember. Whatever happiness and joy is to be found in life will
be found in the moments.
as close attention to each moment as you can, as if you were carefully
observing a series of snapshots. Don't rush through them, allowing
your mind to jump so far ahead that the present is lost. Each
is unique. Each is sacred. And each holds a special place in time.
In the end, it is these moments you will cherish and remember."
~ Chelle Thompson, Editor ~
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