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Buddhism Vaults : Dalai Lama's Heart Sutra Talk, May 2001, SF Bay Area, California, Day 1 of 3. by Dave EvansDay 2 Day 3 Introduction Today I was fortunate enough to sneak out of work for a few hours to hear His Holiness the Dalai Lama began a lecture on the Heart Sutra.
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Chickens are viewed with suspicion because they scratch up precious seeds and crops. As the Moslem faith absolutely prohibits pork, pigs are not in evidence in Hunza. Although they are Moslems, the Hunzukuts drink a quantity of both white and red wine (local). I have never tasted fruit so sweet and delicious as that I enjoyed in the Hunza valley! Apricots are one of the staples of the native diet, but the trees are not like the ones we see in our orchards. They are allowed to grow for at least fifty years before the tops are cut off about twenty feet from the ground; then growth continues for an equal period.
National Geographic is once again holding their annual Photo Contest , with the deadline for submissions coming up on November 30th. For the past eight weeks, they have been gathering and presenting galleries of submissions, encouraging readers to rate them as well. National Geographic was again kind enough to let me choose some of their entries from 2010 for display here on The Big Picture.
This true-color image shows North and South America as they would appear from space 35,000 km (22,000 miles) above the Earth. The image is a combination of data from two satellites. The Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) instrument aboard NASA’s Terra satellite collected the land surface data over 16 days, while NOAA’s Geostationary Operational Environmental Satellite (GOES) produced a snapshot of the Earth’s clouds. Image created by Reto Stöckli, Nazmi El Saleous, and Marit Jentoft-Nilsen, NASA GSFC <p style="text-align:right;color:#A8A8A8"></p>
Göbekli Tepe Turkish: [ɡøbe̞kli te̞pɛ] [ 2 ] ("Potbelly Hill" [ 3 ] ) is a Neolithic hilltop sanctuary erected at the top of a mountain ridge in the Southeastern Anatolia Region of Turkey , some 15 kilometers (9 mi) northeast of the town of Şanlıurfa (formerly Urfa / Edessa ). It is the oldest known human-made religious structure. [ 1 ] [ 4 ] The site was most likely erected in the 10th millennium BCE and has been under excavation since 1994 by German and Turkish archaeologists. [ 5 ] Together with Nevalı Çori , it has revolutionized understanding of Eurasian Neolithic history. [ 6 ] [ edit ] Discovery Göbekli Tepe, Şanlıurfa, 2011
Behistun or Bisotun : town in Iran, site of several ancient monuments, including a famous inscription by the Persian king Darius I the Great . A satellite photo of the location can be found here . Introduction In Antiquity, Bagastâna , which means 'place where the gods dwell', was the name of a village and a remarkable, isolated rock along the road that connected the capitals of Babylonia and Media , Babylon and Ecbatana (modern Hamadan). Many travellers passed along this place, so it was the logical place for the Persian king Darius I the Great (522-486) to proclaim his military victories.
The first six triangular numbers A triangular number or triangle number counts the objects that can form an equilateral triangle , as in the diagram on the right. The n th triangle number is the number of dots composing a triangle with n dots on a side, and is equal to the sum of the n natural numbers from 1 to n . The sequence of triangular numbers (sequence A000217 in OEIS ), starting at the 0th triangular number , is:
Petra ( Greek πέτρα (petra), meaning 'stone'; Arabic : البتراء , Al-Batrāʾ ) is a historical and archaeological city in the Jordanian governorate of Ma'an , that is famous for its rock-cut architecture and water conduit system. Established possibly as early as 312 BC as the capital city of the Nabataeans , [ 1 ] it is a symbol of Jordan, as well as its most-visited tourist attraction. [ 2 ] It lies on the slope of Mount Hor [ 3 ] in a basin among the mountains which form the eastern flank of Arabah (Wadi Araba), the large valley running from the Dead Sea to the Gulf of Aqaba . Petra has been a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1985. The site remained unknown to the Western world until 1812, when it was introduced by Swiss explorer Johann Ludwig Burckhardt .
Images via unplggd This is a fantastic design, and one of the only pieces of furniture I've ever looked at and thought, "I want that." Rocking chairs are peaceful places, especially when they have this minimalist look. Add a reading lamp and you're set. But this isn't just a plain old lamp-and-chair combo. The light is OLED, and powered by the rocking motion of the person sitting in the chair.
“You must not lose faith in humanity. Humanity is an ocean; if a few drops of the ocean are dirty, the ocean does not become dirty.” “The difference between what we do and what we are capable of doing would suffice to solve most of the world’s problem.” “If I had no sense of humor, I would long ago have committed suicide.” Mahatma Gandhi needs no long introduction.
Many physicists consider Ed Witten to be Einstein's true successor. A mathematical physicist at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, New Jersey, Witten has been awarded everything from a MacArthur "genius grant" to the Fields Medal, the highest honor in the world of mathematics. His contributions to string theory have been myriad, including the time in 1995 when he gave the then somewhat moribund field a much-needed boost by showing how the five different variations of the theory then competing with one another actually all belonged under one umbrella. In this interview, Witten talks about how the big bang could have coughed up a string so large that it might still survive in the universe and be visible with telescopes—and other ideas to make your head spin. Note: For a definition of unfamiliar terms, see our glossary .
by Henrik Edberg Is truth stranger than fiction? Perhaps. In this great article written by Henrik Edberg, we find that Mark Twain had expressed in his writings over the years an entire philosophy for living. If he were around today, it seems he would be on the lecture circuit with the likes of Eckhart Tolle or Wayne Dyer.
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