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Bardo

“Bardo” (བར་དོ, Sanskrit: antarabhāva) refers to an “intermediate state” between death and rebirth, a concept which supposedly arose shortly after the Buddha’s death. According to Tibetan tradition, after death and before one’s next birth, when one’s consciousness is not connected with a physical body, one experiences a variety of phenomena. These usually follow a particular sequence of degeneration from, just after death, the clearest experiences of reality of which one is spiritually capable, and then proceeding to terrifying hallucinations that arise from the impulses of one’s previous unskillful actions. For the prepared and appropriately trained individuals the bardo offers a state of great opportunity for liberation, since transcendental insight may arise with the direct experience of reality, while for others it can become a place of […]

Bede

Saint Bede, or “Bede the venerable” (Latin: Bēda Venerābilis), was a Benedictine monk (CE 672/3-735) at the monastery of St. Peter and its companion monastery of St. Paul in the Kingdom of Northumbria of the Angles (contemporarily Monkwearmouth–Jarrow Abbey in Tyne and Wear, England) who gained the title “The Father of English History” for his authorship of the Ecclesiastical History of the English People. (Interesting to me: “Monkwearmouth” refers to the Wear river; a nearby area was known as “Bishopwearmouth”. Modern day Sunderland.)

Beer

Ah, beer — the great civiliser. As noted in the New York Times: Current theory has it that grain was first domesticated for food. But since the 1950s, many scholars have found circumstantial evidence that supports the idea that some early humans grew and stored grain for beer, even before they cultivated it for bread. Brian Hayden and colleagues at Simon Fraser University in Canada provide new support for this theory in an article published this month (and online last year) in the Journal of Archeological Method and Theory. Examining potential beer-brewing tools in archaeological remains from the Natufian culture in the Eastern Mediterranean, the team concludes that “brewing of beer was an important aspect of feasting and society in […]

Bruce Lee

Characteristics Dedicated martial artist Super focused Capabilities 武術 (wǔshù) Meditation Milestones Complete the Headspace Take10 Meditate every day for a week Achieve a black-belt rank in a martial art Strategy Join a MA club Meditate (daily)   Bruce Lee Fitness and Strength Workouts Jon Wade, editor. MotleyHealth.com, Published January 29th, 2012; edited October 23rd, 2012. Bruce Lee Bruce Lee gave so much advice in his relatively short time as a professional martial artist and fitness instructor. Fortunately he left many notes and journals that have now been made into books, so that we know more about his training methods and philosophies. “Above all, never cheat on any exercise; use the amount of weight that you can handle without undue strain.” […]

Bug Out

A bug-out bag is a bag that contains food, tools, and other things for use in a disaster or other type of emergency.  Often times when a disaster occurs, the infrastructure that we normally take for granted becomes bogged down or completely unavailable.  Electricity may be out for days or even weeks, the supermarkets we buy our food and water from may be low or out of stock, hospitals may be extremely over capacity, and even the roads we use everyday may be closed. — from ultimatebugoutbaglist I’m not at all convinced that there will be an infrastructure-destroying calamity anytime soon, but I do like the idea of a grab-bag (or three) for a weekend away — whether at a […]

Bulletproof

Bulletproof® is the trademark label of biohacker Dave Asprey (“the bulletproof executive”), and applies to diet, exercise, supplements and even a kind of “philosophy for life” (read: cult?). I first came across it in the form of “bulletproof coffee” — black coffee with organic, grass-fed butter and MCT oil, mixed in a blender — and, being a fledgeling biohacker myself, gave it a whirl (har har). Yum! Filling! Delicious! These days I’m “bulletproof fasting” with a BP coffee (including BrainOctane® MCT oil) for breakfast and nothing else until around 1pm. (Am I still in the “intermittent fasting” state when I do this? Not sure. Can I design an experiment to find out, I wonder?) I’m also trying twelve-weeks of a ketogenic […]