Rod Meade Sperry68p
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great...just be ready to explain yourself if you go to any punk/hardcore shows....provided you are given the chance.
Thanks for the article and clarification of the Swastika. Was in a Buddhism class recently and was surprised to see a large swastika armband on a 15 foot tall Buddha.
The swastika carries such an enormous amount of toxic baggage as a symbol of the worst sort of human evil, and is still in use as such today by neo Nazis around the world that I don't think any number of free tattoos will or even should change that. "Learn to Love the Swastika"? No thanks...
the effort to reclaim the swastika is a deeply worthy one and long overdue. this design (either left-to-right or vice versa) dates to earliest man and is/was found in many, many cultures and spiritual traditions. it's a beautiful, balanced shape and has, until relatively recently, always carried a positive and auspicious connotation. inked or otherwise, the swastika should not be forced to bear the negative weight of a particular political ideology.
This is wonderful, I have worked in the body modification field for almost 13 years and I recall back when I was an apprentice reading about Manwoman and his reasoning for covering himself in swastikas... it was beautiful although I did and still do believe that to a certain extent that the Third Reich kinda tainted it, as a Buddhist and a history buff and a body modification artist, I have kind of a strange relationship with the swastika, studios that I have worked in refuse to tattoo them, my mediums are scarification and piercing, I am a part of some groups that want to reclaim it, it just goes to show that cultural appropriation can be bad
Thom S: LOVE this Vid. Giant was a big inspiration to me when I began practicing.
Mat W: I had no idea that Mike Giant was such an active proponant for the benefits of meditation. I'm a fan of his artwork and, I've just learnt, have had a strikingly similar path into the dhamma. Love him all the more.
Thanks for your note. While our target audience is is in their 20s, we are very interested in a diverse group of participants, which includes people from all ages and backgrounds.
More information can be found by reaching out to the Institute directly. Please note also that if you look on our website, it does not state anything about ages.