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  • albert on his bike

    A human being is a part of the whole, called by us “Universe”, a part limited in time and space. He experiences himself, his thoughts and feelings as something separated from the rest — a kind of optical delusion of his consciousness. This delusion is a kind of prison for us, restricting us to our personal desires and to affection for a few persons nearest to us. Our task must be to free ourselves from this prison by widening our circle of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature in its beauty. Nobody is able to achieve this completely, but the striving for such achievement is in itself a part of the liberation and a foundation for inner security.

    Albert Einstein writing to Norman Salit on 4th March 1950

    Source: Mindfulness: A Practical Guide to Finding Peace in a Frantic World

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  • I had a pretty packed schedule this weekend – most of which will end up on  Deep Kyoto at some point no doubt. First on Friday night, I went to Tadg’s to see The Wildcards play some sweet string sounds. (click the link for a video)

    Then on Saturday I went to a writer’s event organized by Kyoto Journal. Rebecca Otowa talked about her book “At Home in Japan: A Foreign Woman’s Journey of Discovery”. (click on the thumbnail for a better look)

    …and Andy Couturier talked about his book “A Different Kind of Luxury: Japanese Lessons in Simple Living and Inner Abundance”
    Ken said something at the event about how hearing a writer read and talk about their own work opens up aspects of it you hadn’t encountered before. Very true…
    After that, I got a haircut.

    On Sunday, I saw Viva Sherry play at Kaburenjo (video coming soon here).

    Then I went to a Freedom Flotilla protest on Sanjo bridge.

    Then, it was back to Tadg’s for a nice vegan supper of Tuscan Bean Stew. Yum.

    And then we went home and watched Stand By Me. Though I’ve seen it many times, it never get’s old.

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  • Currently ( i.e. right now ) I’m listening to the Playing For Change album. Something about this music brings a tear to my eye.

    To find out more about Playing for Change click here.

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  • Sean sent me this image from this afternoon’s demo in Kobe:

    He also sent me this information about boycotting Israeli goods, and companies that support Israel: BOYCOTT ISRAEL. Another good reason to stop going to Starbucks and visit some decent independant Kyoto cafes instead!! For more perspective on all this read this 10,000 Things post here.

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  • So – you have undoubtedly seen this news of Israel’s attack on the aid flotilla heading for Gaza. The people on board these ships were civilians in international waters and more than ten of them are now dead. Source: aljazeera.net

    Some articles to ponder:
    A Guardian article on the blockade that the aid flottilla was trying to break: “70% of Gazans live on less than a dollar a day, 75% rely on food aid and 60% have no daily access to water.”
    Live coverage from the Guardian.
    Perspective: “Peculiar how Israel is always violently attacked but it’s only the ‘attackers’ who die”
    Emergency protests worldwide.
    And in Japan? From Kyoto’s For Gaza website:

    Urgent Action Alert for 1st June in Kobe and Osaka, JAPAN: Israel’s Massacre against Activists of the Free Gaza Movement
    Palestine Forum, which is the Osaka based NGO supporting Palestinians, is planning to have an urgent action against Israel’s massacre against activists of the Gaza Freedom Movement as follows;

    (1) Appeal in Kobe
    Date: 1st June 2010
    Time: from 4.45 pm (for an hour)
    Venue: in front of the Honorary Consulate of Israel in Kobe

    Address: Sento Centre Building, 5-2-3,
    Nakayamate-dori, Chuo-ku, Kobe, JAPAN

    (2) Appeal in Osaka
    Date: 1st June 2010
    Time: from 6.30 pm (for 30 minutes)
    Venue: in front of the Police Box near the Southern Exit of JR Osaka Station

    Contact: Palestine Forum, JAPAN
    (palestine.forum@gmail.com)

    For more details see For Gaza.

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  • Just a quickie before I pedal off to Omiya for my private class.

    This idea is awesome in its awesomeness: Rechargable Solar Batteries.

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  • Hurray!

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  • I have decided on a new place to live! Right in the heart of the city and convenient for – everywhere! I will be moving in late March and am very excited about it – hurrah! Here’s your chance to invest in some property too:

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  • Message from Avaaz:

    Gaza is dying — the battle has moved deep into its cities, jam-packed with 1.5 million civilians lacking food, medicine or water… But the global movement to end this war is building — as we spread the word the petition is at 430,000 signatures and rising, it has been delivered to top leaders at the EU, UN and Arab League, our US members are flooding their representatives with phone calls, and Avaaz members worldwide have donated over $120,000 to an ad campaign in key newspapers… The pressure is working — so we’re ratcheting it up with hard-hitting US ads pressing Barack Obama personally for an immediate change of tack, face-to-face petition deliveries to European leaders this week to get them to act, and working with Palestinians and Israelis to plan bold actions on the ground. But every one of these actions becomes stronger as more of us join the campaign. We need to reach 1 million signatures this week — thank you for signing the petition already, let’s all of us now take a moment to forward this email to all our friends and family so they can join us and be heard:

    http://www.avaaz.org/en/gaza_time_for_peace

    Voices for a ceasefire are finally being heard in the Israeli cabinet and media, Hamas is signalling it could accept a deal including Turkish forces and EU monitors, but the sides are too far apart to end this themselves.[3] That’s why action by world powers is critical to break the deadlock — and global citizens’ voices can make all the difference if we raise an unstoppable voice calling on incoming President Obama, the EU and Arab and Muslim states to guarantee a fair and lasting ceasefire…

    …It’s amazing what we can do when hundreds of thousands of us come together arond the world — and if we raise our efforts to another level this week, we could help to finally end the Gaza horror. Follow the link below to take the first step by signing the petition, then spread the word so others can do the same:

    http://www.avaaz.org/en/gaza_time_for_peace

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  • Message from Avaaz:

    This morning, we received this tense demand for action from from Liberata Rumumba, a refugee and women’s leader in Eastern Congo pleading for Europe to send peacekeepers to protect her people, (click below to watch).

    We know how to help. Last week, Avaaz ran a hard-hitting advertisement in The Times of London, pressing UK leaders to support a European force or risk responsibility for genocide — the British Africa minister called us immediately — and the British position shifted.

    Now we’re challenging other EU leaders, taking this effective ad campaign Europe-wide – starting by placing ads in El Pais in Spain, Dagens Nyheter in Sweden, The European Voice in Brussels and NRC Handelsblad in the Netherlands. The Times ad was paid for by 300 small donations from Avaaz members. If just 3000 of us donate in the next 48 hours we can run ads across Europe before it’s too late – if we raise more funds than necessary we’ll put them towards further similar campaigns. Let’s chip in what we can to help the people of the Congo. LINK

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