20161217

Apriori Flower Index



Apriori Flower Index of the OgFOMK ArTS comic by Alex Nuttall. Index in Chronological Order.



Issue
Title / Link
Date
Apriori Flower 01:01 Observation and Discussion 20161127
Apriori Flower 01:02 King Flower teaches about practice 20161128
Apriori Flower 01:03 Five Prescribed Practices 20161129
Apriori Flower 01:04 What is Noble? 20161130
Apriori Flower 01:05 1st Prescribed Practice 20161201
Apriori Flower 01:06 2nd Prescribed Practice 20161202
Apriori Flower 01:07 3rd Prescribed Practice 20161203
Apriori Flower 01:08 4th Prescribed Practice 20161204
Apriori Flower 01:09 5th Prescribed Practice 20161205
Apriori Flower 01:10 Awakened Mind 20161206
Apriori Flower 01:11 Always Practicing 20161207
Apriori Flower 01:12 Teacher and Student Cycle I 20161208
Apriori Flower 01:13 Teacher and Student Cycle II 20161209
Apriori Flower 01:14 Teacher and Student Cycle III 20161210
Apriori Flower 01:15 High Minded and Regular 20161211
Apriori Flower 01:16 Are We Better? 20161212
Apriori Flower 01:17 Free to Harm No More! 20161213
Apriori Flower 01:18 Fearless by Practice 20161214
Apriori Flower 01:19 To Be A Flower 20161215
Apriori Flower 01:20 Time Is A Reflection 20161216


20161216

Apriori Flower 01:20 - Time Is A Reflection


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DIALOGUE:


Frame 1:

King Flower: Sometime in the forest we arrived in this spot.
Apriori Flower: We were many flowers but the mower got us.

Frame 2:

King Flower: As we remained a monk came to see us.
Apriori Flower: He saluted us and told as about the Dhamma.

Frame 3:

King Flower: We learned from this monk that flowers are life.
Apriori Flower: As we are life we are signals.

Frame 4:

King Flower: This monk is now one of us.
Apriori Flower: How is he one of us?

Frame 5:

King Flower: He is a signal of life.
Apriori Flower: He is no longer here.

Frame 6:

King Flower: He is here in our minds.
Apriori Flower: All beings are here in our minds.

Frame 7:

King Flower: Exactly so! We train and continue.
Apriori Flower: Time is a reflection too.




CONCLUSION:


The Monk who came to visit taught them the Dhamma. That is the protector, truth and the way things are. It's not a cold universe that is here to eat us up, but a warm universe where I mind can be mastered.

This moment you are taping into the stream of life. All things that you are aware of are from thousands of years. Not one thousand. Not two thousand. Not ten thousand. More than that thousand.

A small symbol and sign can inspire. The more obscure and sophisticated it is the more interpretation there is. The simple sign can be interpreted too. Still there is the mind. This mind has to be trained or it is going to make you miserable.

When you have nothing else to do. Sit down and draw. Make a picture of something. Make an inspiring picture. Make a simple balanced picture. Draw a circle. Practice with your breath.

This was written for me and you. We are in this game together. I salute you for you are a gift. I salute me for I am a gift. We salute the flowers. We salute our enemies. We salute our friends. This time is ending for violence. This time is continuing for metta (compassion and love).

We do not know from where we came together in this spot. From here we will go everywhere. Where there is life we will be.




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20161215

Apriori Flower 01:19 - To Be A Flower






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DIALOGUE:

Frame 1: 
Apriori Flower: I'm wondering what is next?
King Flower: You mean after today?

Frame 2:
Apriori Flower: No, I wonder what is next after death?
King Flower: Oh, how will this information help you?

Frame 3:
Apriori Flower: I don't know, maybe I will be something else.
King Flower: What would you like to be?

Frame 4: 
Apriori Flower: I'd like to be a bee.
King Flower: A bee! How do you know what it's like?

Frame 5:
Apriori Flower: Exactly. I want to know what it's like.
King Flower: What is it like to be a flower?

Frame 6: 
Apriori Flower: You know what it's like.
King Flower: I know what it's like but I can't tell you.

Frame 7:
Apriori Flower: I'm guessing that it's time to practice.
King Flower: Yes. Let's practice watching ourselves with nature.


CONCLUSION:

We have our life that we have. We can look at another life and compare but the experience is not complete. Our cycle is here and now until we are unable to be here and now. At this point we expire when we are no longer being.

Why think about what it is like after expiration when you have your life today. Why think of past or future lives when you have now. Today is a great day for you to begin your practice. If you only have five more minutes alive, then now is the time to be aware.

20161214

Apriori Flower 01:18 - Fearless by Practice



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DIALOGUE:

Frame 1: 

Apriori Flower: The lawnmower cuts us down as great warriors pass too.
King Flower: The lawnmower comes and goes as do we.

Frame 2:

Apriori Flower: Even as we flowers take ground so does a manicured lawn.
King Flower: The manicured lawn is once where warriors stood.

Frame 3:

Apriori Flower: This land was fought for, farmed and manicured.
King Flower: The lawnmower is no different than a supernova.

Frame 4: 

Apriori Flower: With this practice, now I am observed.
King Flower: Where do we begin and end?

Frame 5:

Apriori Flower: Observing that I will perish I honor my teacher.
King Flower: The teacher is Yama, the mower of men and flowers

Frame 6: 

Apriori Flower: Being here now, I am only joy!
King Flower: The lawnmower passes around us this time.

Frame 7:

Apriori Flower: I am not lucky nor am I cursed.
King Flower: Not one of us with good practice has room for fear.


CONCLUSION:

We can feel lost be having debilitating fear. We call it debilitating because it is a fear of endurance. It is only mind because it causes us to pause and think over and over about the same fear.

Having nothing to loose we had this fear. Meaning that if we lost this fear we would be much better. Meditation was our sanctuary. A good practice As many days in our lives were lost in the rise and fall of euphoria and fear we had to let it go. This mind, we realized, was always feeding us something different.

The answer to depression, confusion, fear and debilitating thoughts is meditation. Our mind is just another hand. This mind is a tool. In order to use the tool to become skillful we have to focus in practice.

As flowers live in fear of the lawnmower, we live in fear of the great asteroid, supernovae, global warming, cancer, epidemics, burglars, bosses, racism, sexism, loosing the lottery, and Apocalypse. Just a number of ideological fears. Unfounded fears. They are unfounded when they become debilitating.

Flowers do not run very fast. A field being mowed can make them uneasy. Similarly a large enough earthquake, tsunami, hurricane, or galactic trauma can render us to oblivion. These scenarios of fear implied, imagined or realistic are still mind games. 

As a tool our mind has to be honed. Chasing ideas is exhausting. Sleep is good but it is not enough. Taking time to sit up straight, observe our breath, and recognize everything as thought is good practice. Everything is thought. Recognize this and your mind becomes sharp.

There is no room for fear good practice.  The paradox is that everything we do is practice. Every thought is practice. Every action is practice. As soon as we recognize it as practice it becomes skillful practice.

Our minds contain years of garbage. Song, pictures, memories are all garbage. We sift through those thoughts as useful or not. They are there regardless. Dwelling on them is garbage. 

During meditation our mind wants to bring up everything. "Look at this. Look at This!" Our mind says. During meditation it is time to let go for 5, 10, 15, 30 minutes. Just sit up straight. Just observe your breath. Every thought is just a thought. If you have a brilliant idea during meditation then you have wasted the whole day! Let you mind relax. Let your mind let go. After you finish meditation you will have achieved your goal and you will have a great mind.


20161213

Apriori Flower 01:17 - Free to Harm No More!



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DIALOGUE:

Frame 1:

King Flower: In this practice of ours the mind tries to play.
Apriori Flower: What do you mean, "play?" Killing is serious.

Frame 2:

King Flower: Yes, killing is serious because it destroys life. The mind still does not care. It plays.
Apriori Flower: Plays?

Frame 3:

King Flower: This mind is a mixture of the past.
Apriori Flower: Yes, I understand.

Frame 4:

King Flower: This past is manufactured, observed and synthesized.
Apriori Flower: What I'm thinking is not real?

Frame 5:

King Flower: When it comes to making you suffer, unhappy and careless, yes.
Apriori Flower: Now I'm really confused.

Frame 6:

King Flower: The mind is a tool. It is your tool. It is your corolla.
Apriori Flower: So shame is a tool on its own playing?

Frame 7:

King Flower: That's right. We accept past thoughts as just passing. Then we focus.
Apriori Flower: Today I am free to do no harm.


CONCLUSION:

In the previous episode (Apriori Flower 20161212) King wanted to teach about the similar actions of us as beings. We are alive because we have taken life, property, sex, lied and drunk. We are no better than any other being. As King and Apriori are flowers it is hard to imagine them as violent. Flowers and plants take over each other all of the time. Some end up dying in the process. Some plants are more aggressive than others. This is their nature.

As humans Buddhism teaches us that our lives are special because we are able to choose. Our minds are tools. Our minds are not us!

Here is a way to think of your mind. You mind is a jacket. You have an angry jacket. You have a peaceful jacket. These are layers that accumulate and filter what you observe.

Apriori was saddened by his pride in the previous episode. He was ashamed that he was like the animals. He was not sad that he had killed, only that he was like the animals. Even if he was sad about killing another flower it was only pride. that led him to this sadness. Pride is the greatest accumulator of suffering.  Apriori killed another flower by his nature and he was unaware. Later his pride, which was a bored developed mind, saw to punish him.

King wants Apriori to wake up his practice with metta (loving kindness). Apriori is getting there. Apriori is not there yet. Apriori has to understand that his mind is a tool. This tool is powerful. Left unchecked it is destructive. It seems contradictory. There is the observer and then there is the mind that feeds the observer. Awakened Mind is the observer who tells the mind, "You work for me because you are always giving me a different story."

20161212

Apriori Flower 01:16 - Are We Better?



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DIALOGUE:

Frame 1:

King Flower: What do you think about animals?
Apriori Flower: They are predatory, cruel, and the kill without thinking.

Frame 2:

King Flower: So, as flowers, we are better than animals?
Apriori Flower: I never killed anyone!

Frame 3:

King Flower: Before you were a bud and planted seed, you were flying in the wind.
Apriori Flower: I never Killed anyone.

Frame 4:

King Flower: You landed on this ground where another flower lived.
Apriori Flower: I never killed anyone.

Frame 5:

King Flower: You grew roots in the ground from seed to bud to now.
Apriori Flower: I never killed anyone.

Frame 6:

King Flower: You grew strong with time and the other flower died.
Apriori Flower: I don't remember this.

Frame 7:

King Flower: Even as the animals we take life, property, sex, truth and mind.
Apriori Flower: How then do I fix this. I'm ashamed.


CONCLUSION:

Even the flowers kill, take property, abuse sex, tell lies and lose their mind! The flowers are just like animals. Of course Apriori and King represent our minds. There is a solution to this realization.

As humans we are just like animals because we are born eating other life forces to facilitate our growth. We take up space that previously belonged to someone else. We learn about sex by grasping, pulling, chasing, craving and manipulating. We tell lies to cover our actions because we are ashamed. We attempt to alter our minds by careless intoxication by following the examples of others. Fortunately the clues to our potential lie in the lies we tell and our desire to hide our consciousness.

We realize that we are wrong or more importantly not wrong but we are causing suffering. Shame rolls into our minds because we have compassion. We are killers. We are thieves. We are sexual predators. We lie to hide this. We chase intoxicants or drugs for euphoric carelessness.

The answer is not that we are hopeless or evil or born into sin. The answer is to begin upon realization to focus our practice. We can at this moment begin to respect life, respect property, respect sex, respect truth and respect sober mind.

Monks strive to achieve good practice. As our teachers, we see they eat what we offer them or they engage in agriculture to minimize their impact on others. We as lay people try to minimize our impact as well.

Monks and lay people try not to harm others. We also try not to cause suffering to our own bodies. This is what it means to protect our own happiness. We still do things that effect others but we do so at the very minimum of what we need. We strive not to be greedy.

When we respect life we eat only what we need. When we respect property we take care of our own things and those of others. When we respect sex we honor our partners or we practice celibacy. When we respect truth we speak positively and only when we need to. When we respect the mind we avoid intoxicants, drugs, or stimuli that make us careless.

Each subject above is for deep contemplation and observation. You begin your mindful practice now and you start working positively with focus and mindfulness. We can not judge others. We only see causes and effects. We allow everyone to teach us by example. We carve our own paths. We help when we can.

20161211

Apriori Flower 01:15 - High Minded and Regular




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DIALOGUE:

Frame 1:

Apriori Flower: There are high minded things and regular things.
King Flower: There are high minded things and regular things.

Frame 2:

Apriori Flower: Which do you have to deal with?
King Flower: You have to deal with regular things.

Frame 3:

Apriori Flower: Which regular things should I start with?
King Flower: The regular things that are in front of you.

Frame 4:

Apriori Flower: Bee says that she needs nectar and I give it.
King Flower: Bee needs nectar and we give it to her.

Frame 5:

Apriori Flower: Sometimes I want to ignore her but I can't.
King Flower: Bee is persistent. Our job is to provide nectar.

Frame 6:

Apriori Flower: I sometimes I am happy to see her.
King Flower: Happiness and sadness come and go as does Bee.

Frame 7:

Apriori Flower: Thank you for listening to my concerns.
King Flower: We share this practice together.


CONCLUSION:

Our practice is a revolution. Our practice is a volition. Our practice is the number one thing that leads us to happiness.

Nothing will replace the practice that we have. We may build on it. We may reject it. We still have to deal with all that we are. We still have to deal with all that we have done.

There are high minded things like philosophy and there are regular things like picking up leaves. We tidy our homes. We say hello to our neighbors. We clean our bodies. No matter how high minded our views are we still have to do ordinary things. These things with mindful practice lead to happiness.

Sharing the practice with another who is also engaged in mindful training is good. Sharing mindfulness by being mindful is always good. You will always be better when you are focused on your practice.

20161210

Apriori Flower 01:14 - Teacher and Student Cycle III




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DIALOGUE:

Frame 1: 

Apriori Flower: Do you miss your teacher?
King Flower: I miss her sometimes. The Queen was a good teacher.

Frame 2:

Apriori Flower: Sometimes you do not miss her?
King Flower: She taught me very well. She taught me that everything is changing.

Frame 3:

Apriori Flower: How does everything changing help sadness?
King Flower: We are attached to things so we can loose them to sadness.

Frame 4: 

Apriori Flower: Does sadness take things from us?
King Flower: No. Nothing takes anything from us. We are attached.

Frame 5:

Apriori Flower: How are we attached? Who does this attachment?
King Flower: Our mind attaches to things. We believe they are permanent.

Frame 6: 

Apriori Flower: If nothing is permanent. Why is change constant?
King Flower: Change is mind developing, grasping and letting go.

Frame 7:

Apriori Flower: Your teacher gave you are very good gift.
King Flower: I will give this to you too.


CONCLUSION:

The Buddha was the famous teacher who had his mind awakened to the fact that everything is impermanent. This is the law of Dhamma.  He became aware that birth is suffering. Life is suffering. Death is suffering. He also became aware of the fact that there was an end to the suffering. Learning about the cause and effect of suffering leads to the ending of suffering. This will happen anyway. That is why Dhamma is regarding as not just "law" but also "protection."

Another way to look at this is by his teaching of the Four Noble Truths. 

  1. Dukkha is the craving and clinging otherwise known as suffering. 
  2. Samudaya is the arising of this suffering which is also known as the cause of suffering.
  3. Nirodha is the ending of this suffering. This ending is what eliminates the suffering to the state of being Nibbana / Nirvana. (Which is no state of being.)
  4. Magga is the path to this ending. It is also known as the Noble Eightfold Path. It's practice leads to happiness and eventually Nibbana.  


The practice that leads to the end of suffering is the Noble Eight-Fold path. These are illustrated as spokes in the Wheel of Dhamma. 

  1. Right View -- Viewing and understanding the cause and effects.
  2. Right Thought -- Making a decision to let go of these ideas that cause suffering.
  3. Right Speech -- Truthfulness, speaking well, focused talk, positive words, encouraging words to others as we share this practice
  4. Right Action -- This is the basic practice of the 5 precepts where we respect life, respect property and we respect sexual activity (For monks and nuns respect of sexual activity is abstinence from and for lay people it is loyalty and honesty in your sexual relationships.) 
  5. Right Livelihood -- Choosing your vocation that promotes happiness without going against the Noble Eightfold Path.
  6. Right Effort -- This is the mental action to work toward a mindful practice. Recognizing thoughts that create suffering
  7. Right Mindfulness -- This is the recognizing of things as things. People as people. Thoughts as thoughts. Breath as breath.
  8. Right Concentration -- This is where practice is focused on letting go of all labels. Focus on that which is never changing.


20161209

Apriori Flower 01:13 - Teacher and Student Cycle II



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DIALOGUE:

Frame 1:

Baby King: Why are you called Queen?
Queen Flower: I am Queen because you call me this. Otherwise I am Momma.

Frame 2:

Baby King: Why are you called Momma?
Queen Flower: I am Momma because you call me this. I am otherwise a flower.

Frame 3:

Baby King: Why are you called a flower?
Queen Flower: I am a flower because you call me this. Otherwise I am a being.

Frame 4:

Baby King: Who told you you were a being?
Queen Flower: You told me I was a being. That's how I know.

Frame 5:

Baby King: Who told you before me? How did you know?
Queen Flower: My teacher, Master King Flower, told me long ago.

Frame 6:

Baby King: Where is your teacher? I do not see him.
Queen Flower: Master King Flower lost moisture, he withered and he became earth.

Frame 7:

Baby King: I am from earth. Am I your teacher too?
Queen Flower: We are life together. We are teachers and students.


CONCLUSION:

The cycle of life is teacher and student. Many identities are uncovered, recovered and renewed. The lessons are the same. Over and over we learn and relearn. Eventually we wake to this and we strip down to the essence of life. Because of our actions and interactions, even when when we come to enlightened realization, we still succumb to life and death. The goal of meditation and good practice is to end the cycle of suffering. A good teacher will always show us this.

Queen is Baby King's teacher and master. She learned her role through her teacher Master King Flower. In her growth and development she realized that Baby King was her teacher too! Her responsibility as a good mother is to pass on what Master King Flower taught her in the past. This life is dynamic. This life is always changing. There is nothing permanent here. Nibbana (Nirvana) is that.

Nibbana is the state of being that is not a state of being. All beings are temporary. All beings are subject to birth and death. Some say, "Do not get born if you do not want to die." Others even say, "Do not die if you do not want to get born." With mindful practice we release our suffering.

20161208

Apriori Flower 01:12 - Teacher and Student Cycle I



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DIALOGUE:

Frame 1:

Apriori Flower: How do you know you are Master?
King Flower: Because you call me Master. Otherwise I am King.

Frame 2:

Apriori Flower: How do you know that you are King?
King Flower: Because you call me King. Otherwise I am a flower.

Frame 3:

Apriori Flower: How do you know you are a flower?
King Flower: Because you call me a flower. Otherwise I am a being.

Frame 4:

Apriori Flower: How do you know you are a being?
King Flower: You tell me I'm a being that's how I know.

Frame 5:

Apriori Flower: Before I was here how did you know?
King Flower: I had a teacher and she told me so.

Frame 6:

Apriori Flower: Where is she? Where is your teacher?
King Flower: She eventually lost moisture, withered and became earth.

Frame 7:

Apriori Flower: I came from earth. Maybe I am your teacher?
King Flower: Every day you are my teacher.


CONCLUSION:

The student, Apriori, always asks questions of the master, King Flower. King Flower was once young too. King Flower had a teacher. She was his master. In the same way he as Baby King asked her many similar questions.

Apriori touches on where he came from. He came from earth. King noted that his teacher lost moisture, withered away and she became part of earth. This is the cycle and recycle of life. Life holds onto forms and then lets those forms go. These are states of being.

Finally the big message here is consciousness and self identification. Because the mind is trained by stimulation it assumes the roles stimulated by identifying with shapes, colors, words and ideas. There is a point in our memories where chaos becomes form. Eventually with mindful training we learn to let go. This is our focused practice.

Next Post: Apriori Flower 20161209 -- "The Cycle of Teacher and Student II"

The next comic for 20161209 will have the dialogue between King Flower and his teacher. She is Queen Flower and he is Baby Flower.

20161207

Apriori Flower 01:11 - Always Practicing



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DIALOGUE:

Frame 1:

King Flower: Did you see me watching myself?
Apriori Flower: Is that why you were quiet?

Frame 2:

King Flower: I was quiet because I was watching myself.
Apriori Flower: I was watching you too.


Frame 3:

King Flower: When you were watching me. What did you learn.
Apriori Flower:I saw you swaying in the breeze. I saw you following the sun.

Frame 4:

King Flower: When I was swaying in the breeze what did you learn?
Apriori Flower:I learned to observe you. I observed you to grow.

Frame 5:

King Flower: When I was following the sun what did you learn?
Apriori Flower: I learned that you were following the sun.

Frame 6:

King Flower: Watching myself how can I follow the sun?
Apriori Flower: You were practicing by being silent.

Frame 7:

King Flower: Everything we do is practice. Watching myself is practice.
Apriori Flower: Watching you is practice. What am I learning about me?


CONCLUSION:

Practice is something we do all of the time. We have erratic or focused practice. Meditation is paying attention to silence while practicing. Even when playing music there is a focus on silence. The silence is what the music rests upon. Silence is the foundation.

Apriori is now unsure that he is learning about himself. King, he sees, is well into his own practice. The silence now leads Apriori to doubt. Doubt is a silent foundation to truth. The Dhamma is the protector because doubt removes obstacles. We may become despondent but with focused practice we become confident.

Practice is doing what we can do. By doing we grow in merit. By doing we grow. Our actions and the observed results increase our ability to achieve. It is up to us to make good of all of our actions.

20161206

Apriori Flower 01:10 - Awakened Mind



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DIALOGUE:


Frame 1:

King Flower: Do you remember when you were a bud?
Apriori Flower: I remember some but not much.

Frame 2:

King Flower: At what point do you remember?
Apriori Flower: I'm not sure. You pointed out a bud and said I was like this once.

Frame 3:

Apriori Flower: I used my imagination at that time and I went back in my memory to that point.
King Flower: What did you remember?

Frame 4:

Apriori Flower: I remember darkness, then shapes and light. Eventually I could distinguish some things from other things.
King Flower:Your memory was like a flower bud.

Frame 5:

Apriori Flower: My memory is a flower bud!
King Flower: Your mind is a flower bud.

Frame 6:

King Flower: There was a human who was called Buddha. A lotus flower is symbolic for him.
Apriori Flower: A lotus flower is beautiful but it grows from stinky, muddy water.

Frame 7:

King Flower: Thus the Buddha was the awakened mind. His mind was a bud that flowered.
Apriori Flower: My practice is the bud to flower as awakened mind.



CONCLUSION:

Apriori Flower is brought into a historical teaching from his own perspective. For some of us this is an effective means to obtain greater knowledge. The knowledge he learns is the knowledge of his mind blooming.

The concept of Buddha is introduced here as a play on the word Buddha and bud. A bud is a flower in the preparation of blooming. It is like a baby becoming grown. Apriori reflects on the time when he only saw dark, then shapes and then light. For him he understands misunderstanding to understanding.


The lotus flower is compared to the Buddha's awakening and also to Apriori's own life. King wants Apriori to know that he will become awakened.


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20161205

Apriori Flower 01:09 - 5th Prescribed Practice


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DIALOGUE:

Frame 1:

King Flower: 5. Respect Mind is the 5th Petal and practice. This makes our crown complete.
Apriori Flower Flower: What does it mean to respect mind?

Frame 2:

King Flower: Our mind is a mix of biology and energy. This is consciousness.
Apriori Flower Flower: My mind is clear with focused practice.

Frame 3:

King Flower: There are chemicals that affect our minds. They make us careless and even sick.
Apriori Flower Flower: Has this happened?

Frame 4:

King Flower: One time Bee brought strange pollen? It made us feel different. We wanted more.
Apriori Flower: Yes! I asked her to bring more.

Frame 5:

King Flower: It also made all of us sick. We ended up with trouble.
Apriori Flower: I remember! We asked Bee not to bring anymore.

Frame 6:

King Flower: Bee is careful now. She was also affected.
Apriori Flower: Yes, she was unable to get our nectar for her honey.

Frame 7:

King Flower: We realized that we had a craving. It changed us.
Apriori Flower: We let the craving go. We improved our practice.


CONCLUSION:

King Flower has finally given Apriori Flower the teaching of the last of the Five Petals. The Five Petals are the jewels of the crown. The Five Petals are metaphorically the Five Precepts of Buddhism. Buddhism is the study of the Buddha who had awakened his mind.

The 5th Petal is Respect Mind. This also means to be sober. We are aware that certain chemicals affect us. Once we are aware there is the action of avoiding what we have determined is harmful because it affects our mind. Each individual in our society must make the decision.

It is like watching a train smash into a car. You see this happen. You hear about it happen. Do you need to park your car on the tracks to find out if this is true?

The mind is the most valuable tool that we have in liberating our selves from the mire of everyday life. Meditation will decompress the mind with practice. Making the mind distracted is only erratic practice.

20161204

Apriori Flower 01:08 - 4th Prescribed Practice



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DIALOGUE:

Frame 1:

King Flower: What is the forth petal in your corolla?
Apriori Flower: 4. Respect Truth!

Frame 2:

King Flower: Why is this important?
Apriori Flower: With wisdom we tell what is true without harm.

Frame 3:

King Flower: Thus the 4th jewel in your crown is polished and bright.

Frame 4:

Apriori Flower: My practice polishes the jewel. I tell the truth only if it will be helpful and do no harm. I also coordinate with the other 5 Practices.

Frame 5:

King Flower: What if a man wants to harm our friend Bee and he ask you for her address?
Apriori Flower: I teach him about our Practice until he leaves.

Frame 6:

King Flower: What if he does not leave?
Apriori Flower: I will teach him about the truth of patience.

Frame 7:

King Flower: What if he harms you?
Apriori Flower: I will do my best to protect the Kingdom while I Respect Truth. I do not control anyone else.


CONCLUSION:

King asks about the 4th petal. What is it? Apriori provides an answer. The 4th Petal is also one of the 5 Precepts of Training.

The king asks if truth is worth anything if it is harmful. Apriori strongly answers that truth is only good if it is helpful and does no harm. A lot of ideas are covered here.

Oversimplification of this tough topic means that we are guided by wisdom to act with compassion. Any encounter is a teaching moment for both the aggressor and the the target of his or her aggression. We all can not escape harm if it is directed toward is with premeditation. We can protect ourselves with mindful practice and by also protecting others with truth and without harmful speech.

20161203

Apriori Flower 01:07 - 3rd Prescribed Practice



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DIALOGUE:

Frame 1: 

King Flower: 3. Respect Sex. This is the third practice that is very important.
Apriori Flower: How do I do that? I’m a flower.

Frame 2:

King Flower: We flowers have desire for beauty and each other. Our sex is simple. Our craving is what can lead to unhappiness.
Apriori Flower: Craving?

Frame 3:

King Flower: When you crave for one flower, then you crave for another and another. You find yourself always hungry.
Apriori Flower: I’m just appreciating beauty.  

Frame 4: 

King Flower: Do you think of other flowers? Do you wish to pull off their petals? Do you wish to remove their leaves?
Apriori Flower: No! I just appreciate how they are and imagine nice things.

Frame 5:

King Flower: Making another being an object is a future of suffering. It is the same as destroying her.
Apriori Flower: I want to increase compassion. I will practice this too. 


CONCLUSION:

King Flower discusses the 3rd good practice which is also the 3rd of the Five Precepts. This is to Respect Sex. Apriori Flower finds himself in a bind. He is a flower. What does he have to do with respecting sex? 

King Flower points out that Apriori has his mind on another flower. King knows that a young flower's mind will wonder. King also knows that unchecked this wandering will lead to depression and suffering. 

Apriori justifies his daydreaming by not identifying it as craving. King Flower describes this thinking as craving. The craving becomes an artificial hunger. 

King Flower finally relates that craving is as if doing violence. King Flower knows that everything is temporary. Thinking or dwelling on beauty is the same as destroying it. Whoever thinks over and over about this craving will never be satisfied. He or she will never be sincere. He or she will one day hurt the feelings of another. He or she may even physically abuse another.

In the end there is sex and then there is compassion. Apriori realizes his goal of mindfulness and good practice needs to include the respect of sex. Without the respect of sex there will be overpopulation, exploitation, and suffering. 

20161202

Apriori Flower 01:06 - 2nd Prescribed Practice



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DIALOGUE:

Frame 1: 

Apriori Flower: In a noble kingdom property is respected.
King Flower: 2. Respect Property

Frame 2:

King Flower: This is respecting the work of others. Everything that you see was created before you.
Apriori Flower: How can I earn a living?

Frame 3:

King Flower: (NO DIALOGUE)
Apriori Flower: (NO DIALOGUE)

Frame 4: 

King Flower: Earning a living is part of your practice. You have to work with others in order to achieve your goals. As a flower you convert the Sun’s light into energy and you share that energy with others for food.
Apriori Flower: Who owns the Sun. How can I take from it without disappointing someone else.

Frame 5:

King Flower: Sometimes we take without knowing but we know we are taking.
Apriori Flower: So we thank the Sun for its gift to us. We practice  this as to Respect Property.

Frame 6: 

King Flower: When we realize that we are taking we thank the source or ask for forgiveness from taking.
Apriori Flower: I salute the Sun! I salute all that I have taken!


CONCLUSION:

Apriori states that the noble kingdom respects property. This is the 2nd of the Five Prescribed Practices which King Flower is sharing with Apriori. Property is defined here as the work of others. There is also the need for making a living. In order to make a living one must take the work of others or one must work with others to get what one needs.

If we don’t know who made the material we take, then we respect it in itself. If we are not sure who made the material we use, then we respect the material itself. We salute the material. We know that energy which is life created this material in time. We enhance our practice by respecting the property of others even if we do not know them.

Finally if we learn that the thing that we have has been the work of someone else and we have in correctly taken it then we ask forgiveness. We improve our practice. Maybe we have something to trade for this. Or maybe we do not need it at all. In the end Apriori salutes the Sun for giving the flower energy.




20161201

Apriori Flower 01:05 - 1st Prescribed Practice



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Apriori Flower 01:05 - 1st Prescribed Practice
Apriori Flower 01:05 - 1st Prescribed Practice


DIALOGUE:

Frame 1:

Apriori Flower: In our kingdom we share the respect of life.
King Flower: 1. Respect Life

Frame 2:

King Flower: This is the first of the Five Prescribed Practices it is one of the jewels in our crown.
Apriori Flower: The crown is our corolla and petals.

Frame 3:

King Flower: And what is your corolla?
Apriori Flower: Me.

Frame 4:

King Flower: Why is your crown, which is your corolla, that has the petals, which are jewels, you?
Apriori Flower: This crown is me because it represents the mind.

Frame 5:

King Flower: You are mind. Mind has compassion because there is the respect for life. By knowing this you also know there is love. Love is the respect of life. All life that we see is ours.
Apriori Flower: We are mind? Or are we Mind?

Frame 6:

King Flower: We are Mind because we are Life. We are noble because we have learned this together. We share this life as our kingdom.
Apriori Flower: Mind will practice to Respect Life.



CONCLUSION:

Apriori understands that the kingdom is based on the respect of life. This is the first prescribed practice. The 1st of the Five Precepts is to undertake the practice of not killing. Not killing is not just not killing it is also not harming.

This is not just an idea of Buddhists. The Jewish, Christian and Muslim faiths all recognize as one of the Ten Commandments that one should not kill. Not killing also means not harming. If you are wanting to harm some life or you realize that you are doing this then you can change and do no more harm.

Food of course is killing. At the same time all of us are food in some form or another. We must respect life in this way also. What do we really need to eat in order to be happy and healthy?

20161130

Apriori Flower 01:04 - What is Noble?



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Apriori Flower 01:04 - What is Noble?
Apriori Flower 01:04 - What is Noble?


DIALOGUE:

Frame 1: 

King Flower: What is the benefit of being the King Flower?
Apriori Flower: The King Flower is the Master!

Frame 2:

Apriori Flower: He is the Master of Practice! The King Flower knows time is limited and he must practice mindfully.

Frame 3:

King Flower: And the King Flower controls everything! The King Flower controls others. The King Flower will make everything right!
Apriori Flower: No!

Frame 4: 
Apriori Flower: The King Flower controls everything he sees. As the Queen Flower she enjoys the same power. That control is practice of the 5 practices with meditation.
King Flower: I see. How do you know this?

Frame 5:
Apriori Flower: I wanted property to be noble, yesterday. Now I see property has to be taken care of. My mind is my property. My deeds are its practice.
King Flower: This Kingdom is mine. All of this is mine. Where does this Kingdom become yours?

Frame 6: 

Apriori Flower: You have given me everything. We share it with others. Some neglect and some protect. It is still my responsibility and practice.
King Flower: We will share this.



CONCLUSION:

King Flower, the Master, is describing what is noble. Here he is revealing the Noble Eightfold Path of Buddhism. Apriori does not fully understand all of this. Apriori is however fully engaged in practice. Understanding cause and effect Apriori realizes that to be the king is to be mindful of practice.

Apriori is also starting to understand that he is a reflection of King Flower or even that King Flower is a reflection of him. Apriori wants to be the King Flower and the King Flower shows that meditative practice is the way to being the master of everything.

20161129

Apriori Flower 01:03 - Five Prescribed Practices



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Apriori Flower 01:03 - Five Prescribed Practices
Apriori Flower 01:03 - Five Prescribed Practices 



DIALOGUE:

Frame 1: 

King Flower: There are five prescribed practices. They are like the five petals around your corolla.

Frame 2:

King Flower: 1. Respect Life 2. Respect Property 3. Respect Sex 4. Respect Truth 5. Respect Mind
Apriori Flower: And...

Frame 3:

King Flower: Your corolla is your mind. The petals and your corolla are your corona. You practice the 5 precepts and your are a noble flower. 
Apriori Flower: How can I be noble when I do not own any property?

Frame 4: 

King Flower: The 5 petals are yours. Your corolla is yours. This is your practice and your mind. You are the owner of time with practice.
Apriori Flower: Everything I do is practice?

Frame 5:

King Flower: Reduce your activities to the 5 precepts. If what you do is not this then you are not a practicing noble, Apriori!
Apriori Flower: Observed practice is meditation. I want to be the king flower!


CONCLUSION:



King Flower is describing the Five Prescribed Practices which are really presenting the positive of the Five Precepts of Theravada Buddhism. These are the basic practices for lay followers or those who are not monks.

King Flower is also giving Apriori the tools to remember. Everything that we know comes from something else we know. This is the thread from one idea to another. To enjoy training and learning a good practice one must be able to relate to the practice. King Flower has given Apriori a means to reflect and remember.


The Five Precepts are also known as the Five Pali Training Rules:

Pali training rules: 

The following are the five precepts (pañca-sikkhāpada) or five virtues (pañca-sīla) rendered in English and Pali:
  1. I undertake the training rule to abstain from killing. Pāṇātipātā veramaṇī sikkhāpadaṃ samādiyāmi.
  2. I undertake the training rule to abstain from taking what is not given. Adinnādānā veramaṇī sikkhāpadaṃ samādiyāmi.
  3. I undertake the training rule to avoid sensual misconduct. Kāmesumicchācāra veramaṇī sikkhāpadaṃ samādiyāmi.
  4. I undertake the training rule to abstain from false speech. Musāvādā veramaṇī sikkhāpadaṃ samādiyāmi.
  5. I undertake the training rule to abstain from fermented drink that causes heedlessness. Surāmerayamajjapamādaṭṭhānā veramaṇī sikkhāpadaṃ samādiyāmi.



20161128

Apriori Flower 01:02 - King Flower teaches about practice



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Apriori Flower 01:02 - King Flower teaches about practice
Apriori Flower 01:02 - King Flower teaches about practice

Dialogue: 

Frame 1:

King Flower: Everything that you and I do is practice.
Apriori Flower:  Everything?

Frame 2:

Apriori Flower: I'm practicing doing nothing.
King Flower: Doing nothing is practice too.

Frame 3:

King Flower: Practice is what you do during time. Anything that you do is practice. What are you going to do with your time?

Apriori Flower: I’m Thinking.

Frame 4:

Apriori Flower: What is behavior?
King Flower: Good or bad, behavior is still practice because practice produces results.

Frame 5:

Apriori Flower: I’m going to practice what I want to happen.
King Flower: Observed practice is meditation.

Conclusion:


Whatever we do in time is practice. There is good practice and bad practice. Everything that you and I do is practice. They say that practice makes perfect. They say that perfect practice makes for better. All activity is practice. So if you think that you are not practicing then you are practicing erratically.

Behavior is what we are doing in time. Even when there is not observable action in something there is still breathing, thinking and life. Life is the movement in time. Time is the observed movement. Practice always has results. Good practice brings good results and bad practice does the same. Meditation is learning to have good practice.

20161127

Apriori Flower 01:01 - Observation and Discussion



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Apriori Flower 20161127 - Apriori and King Flower are Talking
Apriori Flower 20161127 - Apriori and King Flower are Talking


Dialogue:

Frame 1:

Apriori Flower: What are you doing?

Frame 2:

King Flower: The same thing you are doing?
Apriori Flower: I'm watching you.

Frame 3:

King Flower: Exactly.

Frame 4:
Apriori Flower: So you are watching you too!

Frame 5:

King Flower: Yes.
Apriori Flower: Oh.


Conclusion:

Apriori Flower is the dialogue of the mind where the mind is learning to be the master. There are two flowers and these flowers discuss observing. The big flower is King Flower. The small flower is Apriori. King Flower is the master and Apriori is learning to be the master.

A priori is knowledge that is self evident. It has no proof. It is a suspected knowledge. It is a lot like faith but there is a cause and effect. Apriori is the flower in your mind. The master is that faith. It is a developed trust. It is empirical which is what a priori is not. Apriori leads to the knowledge that can not be proven. It can only be experienced. You are the proof.

20160807

20160807 at 0646 Leaving Norfolk International Airport



We were headed for the Dominican Republic fortunately we also flew over where I go Kayaking all of the time. The beautiful Elizabeth River.


20160607

Cary B. Epes, Jr. Sings - Pay To Cum

7. Jun. 2016
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Cary B. Epes, Jr. Sings - Pay To Cum

From Youtube:
by vdeel
Published on Jun 7, 2016

Cary performs a cover of Dr. Know, Paul Hudson, Darryl Jenifer, Earl Hudson's tune (Bad Brains) , "Pay To Cum", at Cozzy's Open Mic in Newport News, VA 6/6/2016

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20160518

Cary B. Epes, Jr. Sings - Goo Goo Muck

18. May 2016
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Cary B. Epes, Jr. Sings - Goo Goo Muck

From Youtube:
by vdeel
Published on May 18, 2016

Cary performs a cover of Ronnie Cook's tune, "Goo Goo Muck", at Cozzy's Open Mic in Newport News, VA 5/16/2016

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20160105

Cary B. Epes, Jr. Sings - This Dirty Little Town

5. Jan. 2016
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Cary B. Epes, Jr. Sings - This Dirty Little Town

From Youtube:
by vdeel
Published on Jan 5, 2016

Cary performs a cover of Keiran Kane's tune, "This Dirty Little Town", at Cozzy's Open Mic in Newport News, VA 1/4/2016

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