Change your Mind Change your Brain: The Inner Conditions…

Uploaded on Jul 24, 2007

Google Tech Talks
March 15, 2007
If happiness is an inner state, influenced by external conditions but not dependent on them, how can we achieve it? Ricard will examine the inner and outer factors that increase or diminish our sense of well-being, dissect the underlying mechanisms of happiness, and lead us to a way of looking at the mind itself based on his book, Happiness: A Guide to Life’s Most Important Skill and from the research in neuroscience on the effect of mind-training on the brain.
Speaker Bio: Matthieu Ricard, a gifted scientist turned Buddhist monk, is a best selling author, translator, and photographer. He has lived and studied in the Himalayas for the last 35 years…


Forest: English version of A Short Animated Film

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Forest – English Version: Short Film

Two animals take a moment to observe the changing of the seasons in the North, in this serene and surreal clip. Quite artistic and beautifully portrayed; albeit mythical.

Confucius and Buddha

In the East, Confucius and Buddha are taken vary seriously. They form the

The teaching Confucius. Portrait by Wu Daozi, ...

The teaching Confucius. Portrait by Wu Daozi, 685-758, Tang Dynasty. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

basis of beliefs, life style and religious study. From Religious Tolerance.Org Estimates of the number of adherents of Confucianism vary over a range of almost 60 times! For example, on 2009-SEP-28, WikiAnswers® responded differently to two almost identical questions submitted by their visitors. To the question: “World wide how many people follow Confucianism? Answers vary from between 6 million to 350 million”. The former estimate refers to individuals who follow Confucianism to the exclusion of all other religions.

Confucius (551–479 BC) [From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia] was a Chinese teacher, editor, politician, and philosopher of the Spring and Autumn period of Chinese history.

The philosophy of Confucius emphasized personal and governmental morality, correctness of social relationships, justice and sincerity.

My personal favourite is No. 5 in the below list: “To know that you know, and to know that you don’t know – that is real wisdom.”

Confucius Quotes and Sayings – Top 10 .

Published on Apr 21, 2012

Quotes of wisdom by Confucius, the Chinese thinker and social philosopher.

Buddhism is a path of practice and spiritual development leading to Insight into the true nature of reality. Buddhist practices like meditation are means of changing yourself in order to develop the qualities of awareness, kindness, and wisdom. Buddhism – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia is defined as a religion indigenous to the Indian subcontinent that encompasses a variety of traditions, beliefs and practices largely based on teachings attributed to Siddhartha Gautama, who is commonly known as the Buddha, meaning “the awakened one”. Buddha was an Eastern sage, thinker and social philosopher; a native of the ancient Shakya republic in the Himalayan foothills, Gautama Buddha taught primarily in northeastern India. Buddhism currently has about 376 million followers and is generally listed as the world’s fourth largest religion after Christianity, Islam and Hinduism. Many would agree that Buddhism is a philosophy rather than a religion:

Buddha (563 BCE–483 BCE) – Quotes to Live By .

Published on Apr 14, 2012

Beautiful and Inspiring quotes from Buddha

Siddhartha Gautama meditating.

Siddhartha Gautama meditating. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

In the West, we tend to make humourous or trivialize much of what Confucius, even Buddha, really said. For instance:


Man who wants pretty nurse, must be patient.

Passionate kiss, like spider web, leads to undoing of fly.

Lady who goes camping must beware of evil intent.

Squirrel who runs up woman’s leg will not find nuts.

Man who leaps off cliff jumps to conclusion.

Man who runs in front of car gets tired.

Man who runs behind car gets exhausted.

Man who eats many prunes get good run for money.

War does not determine who is right, it determines who is left.

Man who fight with wife all day get no piece at night.

It takes many nails to build a crib but only one screw to fill it.

Man who drives like hell is bound to get there.

Man who stands on toilet is high on pot.

Man who live in glass house should change clothes in basement.

Man who fish in other man’s well often catch crabs

Finally CONFUCIUS ALSO DID NOT SAY. . …“A lion will not cheat on his wife, but a Tiger Wood!”

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Rage, rage against the dying of the light

Dylan Thomas reciting his villanelle ‘Do Not Go Gentle into that Good Night’

Do not go gentle into that good night,
Old age should burn and rave at close of day;
Rage, rage against the dying of the light.

Though wise men at their end know dark is right,
Because their words had forked no lightning they
Do not go gentle into that good night.

Good men, the last wave by, crying how bright
Their frail deeds might have danced in a green bay,
Rage, rage against the dying of the light.

Wild men who caught and sang the sun in flight,
And learn, too late, they grieved it on its way,
Do not go gentle into that good night.

Grave men, near death, who see with blinding sight
Blind eyes could blaze like meteors and be gay,
Rage, rage against the dying of the light.

And you, my father, there on the sad height,
Curse, bless, me now with your fierce tears, I pray.
Do not go gentle into that good night.
Rage, rage against the dying of the light.

~ Dylan Marlais Thomas (27 October 1914 – 9 November 1953) was a Welsh poet and writer whose works include the poems “Do not go gentle into that good night” and “And death shall have no dominion”, the “play for voices”, Under Milk Wood, and stories and radio broadcasts such as A Child’s Christmas in Wales and Portrait of the Artist as a Young Dog.

Eli Jenkins’ Prayer … the rough edit!
Words by Dylan Thomas from ‘Under Milk Wood’ and a fantastic arrangement by The Crook Family. Welsh music is in rude health. These guys are one of the best of best Welsh bands. BBC Radio Wales.

~ Arrangement by The Crook Family – Uploaded on Oct 6, 2008

Polar Bear: King of the Arctic

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Polar.Bear.Battlefield. by BBC – Full documentary movie – (49:08 minutes)

Published on Jan 14, 2013

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From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia – “The polar bear (Ursus maritimus) is a carnivorous bear whose native range lies largely within the Arctic Circle, encompassing the Arctic Ocean, its surrounding seas and surrounding land masses. It is a large bear, approximately the same size as the omnivorous Kodiak bear (Ursus arctos middendorffi). A boar (adult male) weighs around 350–700 kg (770–1,500 lb), while a sow (adult female) is about half that size. Although it is the sister species of the brown bear, it has evolved to occupy a narrower ecological niche, with many body characteristics adapted for cold temperatures, for moving across snow, ice, and open water, and for hunting the seals which make up most of its diet. Although most polar bears are born on land, they spend most of their time at sea. Their scientific name means “maritime bear”, and derives from this fact. Polar bears hunt their preferred food of seals from the edge of sea ice, often living off fat reserves when no sea ice is present.

The polar bear is classified as a vulnerable species, with eight of the nineteen polar bear subpopulations in decline. For decades, large scale hunting raised international concern for the future of the species … For thousands of years, the polar bear has been a key figure in the material, spiritual, and cultural life of Arctic indigenous peoples, and polar bears remain important in their cultures.”

Polar Bear – Short (05:57 minutes)


From Nature View Photography on WordPress – “Polar Bears have an extraordinary sense of smell. They can smell a seal pup under a layer of snow/ice from over one kilometre in distance. When a Polar Bear roams the ice in search of food, this sense of smell is their most important sense. If a bear has smelled something, you often see him raise his head to be able to sniff better.

When a person is on the ice, it sometimes happens that bears get interested . They smells a new and different smell than what they are used to.

From these meetings we’ve (Nature View Photography) had during one afternoon in the past season I’ve [] also made a movie. You can view it here (watch in HD and full screen). OR on

Top Of Grouse Grind

Redux for some of you, my faithful followers.

Updated and re posted from Friday, Sept 11, 2013

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The Golden Hour
August 20, 2013
by Stan G. Webb

Photographic shoot on the top of Grouse Mountain [] from 5 to 10:30 P.M . Glad I took an extra sweater; forgot about all of the mosquitoes [] and no-see-ums] that would be waiting to eat me alive…forgot my Muskol []. Took lots of photographs and videographs that I will get around to posting, in a while. Photographers call the hour after sunrise and the one hour before sunset The Golden Hour. []

Music: Run Down – Bounty; followed by Pavane – Repose

“The Grouse Grind® is a 2.9-kilometre trail up the face of Grouse Mountain, commonly referred to as “Mother Nature‘s Stairmaster.”

This trail is very challenging. Keep in mind that there is a wide range of mountaintop trails that might better suit the average hiker.

For trail hours, check Current Conditions. […]

Trail Facts
Length: 2.9 kilometres (1.8 miles)
Elevation Gain: 853 metres (2,800 feet)
Base: 274 metres above sea level (900 feet)
Summit: 1,127 metres (3,700 feet)
Total Stairs: 2,830
Statistics: Annually, over 100,000 people hike the trail.
Average Time: On average it takes up to an hour and a half to complete the hike. For novice hikers, two hours is recommended.
Participants: Hikers range in age from 7 to 90, with an equal male/female split.”

Is There Anything More Beautiful Than This?

She’s Alive… Beautiful… Finite… Hurting… Worth Dying for.

Uploaded on Jun 26, 2011

This is a non-commercial attempt from and…, to highlight the fact that world leaders, irresponsible corporates and mindless ‘consumers’ are combining to destroy life on earth. It is dedicated to all who died fighting for the planet and those whose lives are on the line today. The cut was put together by Vivek Chauhan, a young film maker, together with naturalists working with the Sanctuary Asia network (

Content credit: The principal source for the footage was Yann Arthus-Bertrand’s incredible film HOME The music was by ArmandAmar. Thank you too Greenpeace and

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