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The True Sound of Truth

A devoted meditator, after years concentrating on a particular mantra, had attained enough insight to begin teaching. The student’s humility was far from perfect, but the teachers at the monastery were not worried.


A few years of successful teaching left the meditator with no thoughts about learning from anyone; but upon hearing about a famous hermit living nearby, the opportunity was too exciting to be passed up.


The hermit lived alone on an island at the middle of a lake, so the meditator hired a man with a boat to row across to the island. The meditator was very respectful of the old hermit. As they shared some tea made with herbs the meditator asked him about his spiritual practice. The old man said he had no spiritual practice, except for a mantra which he repeated all the time to himself. The meditator was pleased: the hermit was using the same mantra he used himself — but when the hermit spoke the mantra aloud, the meditator was horrified!


“What’s wrong?” asked the hermit.


“I don’t know what to say. I’m afraid you’ve wasted your whole life! You are pronouncing the mantra incorrectly!”


“Oh, Dear! That is terrible. How should I say it?”


The meditator gave the correct pronunciation, and the old hermit was very grateful, asking to be left alone so he could get started right away. On the way back across the lake the meditator, now confirmed as an accomplished teacher, was pondering the sad fate of the hermit.


“It’s so fortunate that I came along. At least he will have a little time to practice correctly before he dies.”

Just then, the meditator noticed that the boatman was looking quite shocked, and turned to see the hermit standing respectfully on the water, next to the boat.


“Excuse me, please. I hate to bother you, but I’ve forgotten the correct pronunciation again. Would you please repeat it for me?”


“You obviously don’t need it,” stammered the meditator; but the old man persisted in his polite request until the meditator relented and told him again the way he thought the mantra should be pronounced.
The old hermit was saying the mantra very carefully, slowly, over and over, as he walked across the surface of the water back to the island.

 

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How to help your new SSD have the longest life possible

How to help your new SSD have the longest life possible

The Solid State Drives are immune to dropping and wear-and-tear that can crash a hard drive.

SSDs still need care and maintenance.
Flash RAM is the storage technology used by SSDs. Every time you write to flash RAM, it uses up some of its life, and brings closer the day it fails.

One website states that an SSD will last 1.5 to 1.6 million hours. As you can see, MTBF [Mean Time Before Failure] refers to the failure rate of a drive over its expected lifetime. This doesn’t mean a 1.2 million hour MTBF drive will last 1.2 million hours, and a 1.5m MTBF drive will last 1.5 million hours (that’s 136 to 171 years by the way)

In the case of the Intel 335, the 1.2 million hour MTBF means that if the drive is used at an average of 8 hours a day, a population of 1000 SSDs would be expected to have one failure every 150 days, or about twice a year. The Samsung 830 is expected to have one failure every 187.5 days. However not all drives are tested to the same standards.

Still it will take many sessions of ‘writing’ before that happens. If you avoid unnecessary writing, your SSD will probably last until you want to replace it with something better. You can avoid unnecessary writing by turning off these Windows settings.

Defragger
An extremely fragmented hard drive can slow down a PC, but fragmentation is irrelevant on an SSD. Worse, it writes all over the place. It is best to turn automatic Defragmentation off.

Superfetch
Is a cache-like Windows feature that’s supposed to improve performance. It didn’t really help all that much with hard drives and it actually slows down SSDs as it wears them down.
To disable Superfetch, search and select services.msc. In the resulting Services window, scroll down to and double-click on Superfetch. Pull down the Startup type menu and select Disabled.

Hibernation
When you put a Windows PC into the energy-saving sleep mode, it still uses some electricity. When you hibernate it, you shut down the hardware entirely.
But hibernation also copies everything in RAM to the C: drive–wearing out the SSD just a little bit.
You can simply not hibernate. Or, to be safe, you can disable it. If you’re using Windows 7, follow Microsoft’s instructions. In Windows 8, don’t worry about it; hibernation is disabled by default.

Turn Off Virtual Memory
This can speed up your machine, but may reduce how many programs you can run at once. It may not be needed anymore as SSD’s have improved since they first came out.

Meditation

“When we meditate on Mahamudra or Dzogchen, this is not analytic meditation, but primarily it’s resting meditation. We practice resting without altering the mind in any way, as a way to allow the wisdom of the luminosity which is present within us to manifest.

 

When we meditate on ourselves as the deity, the essence is the innate luminous wisdom, but the aspect is the deity. It is the essence of our mind, the innate luminous wisdom, which takes the form of the deity.
The main point is that there is profound emptiness and then the vast way in which things appear.
Emptiness is not the same as nothingness, but neither should we see appearances as real, solid things. Rather it’s that while things appear they are empty, and while they are empty they appear.”
~His Holiness, 17th Karmapa, Spring Teaching, 2011
Karmapa Chenno!

Alice knew

That ole caterpillar had it right all along. When i fell down that hole, i should have listened.
 
The Caterpillar and Alice looked at each other for some time in silence: at last the Caterpillar 
took the hookah out of its mouth, and addressed her in a sleepy, languid voice.
 
‘Who are YOU?’ asked the Caterpillar. Not an encouraging opening for a conversation.
 
Alice replied rather shyly: ‘I – I hardly know, Sir. At least, I know who I was when I got up in the 
morning, but I think I must have been changed several times since then.’
 
‘What do you mean by that?’ asked the Caterpillar sternly. ‘Explain yourself!’
 
‘I can’t explain myself, I’m afraid, sir’, said Alice, ‘because I am not myself.’
 
~Lewis Carroll: “Alice in Wonderland”
~Dharma Grandmother, Daily Dharma

Insider Info

When a much larger number of people know the nature of their minds, they’ll know also the glorious nature of the world they are in, and will struggle urgently and bravely to preserve it. 
 
It’s interesting that the Tibetan word for “Buddhist” is nangpa . It means “insider”: someone who seeks the truth not outside but within the nature of his or her mind. All the teachings and training in Buddhism are aimed at that one single point: to look into the nature of mind, and so free us from the fear of death and help us realize the truth of life.” 
 
~Sogyal Rinpoche

Way to attract hundreds of people

“Start talking about your
problems. Then you’ll
soon be surrounded
by hundreds of people
who want to share
their problems
with you.
You see, you
opened the door
for them.
when you start
talking about the ‘divine
within you, however, it is
possible that people
will shy away from
you and you can find
yourself standing alone
because most humans
are afraid of looking
at their own beauty.”

~Guthema Roba

Anger Habit

We all have different kinds of habits based upon the
choices we have made. Some of these are good and some of these are bad.
For example, if you have a habit of getting angry, and then if today you
allow yourself to be overpowered by the anger and you act it out, then
tomorrow there will be that much more tendency to get angry. Thus if it has
been going on for a long time, you are in a sense well along the path of
disaster. The beginning of the way out of this is to recognize that you
have a choice not to be that way. The anger is not your essential being.
It is something that has happened to you, but it is not your basic nature.
Instead, your basic nature is buddha nature — the enlightened quality we
all have. Since the anger is not intrinsic to your being, you have the
potential to reverse that pattern.

~Bardor Tulku Rinpoche, from the book, “Living in Compassion”

Tame Yourself

“Irrigators govern waters,
fletchers fashion shafts,
as joiners shape their timber
those who are wise tame themselves.”

~Dhammapada (verse 80)

A Short Narrative

While in the saddle, if you ‘stay in the middle with your legs on both sides’, you can usually make it safely through anything that happens. A good horseman uses balance and mindfulness, not muscle.

In some ways, handling a horse from the ground is more dangerous than being in the saddle. When you’re working with animals on the ground it’s like ‘dancing’ with a thousand-pound unpredictable animal – with very hard feet.

Even if you’ve been around horses all your life or perhaps especially if you’ve been around them all your life, you know how unpredictable they can be, given the right circumstances. And still, because you’ve been around them a long time, you become lax in your handling of them. It works out fine, most of the time.

Even the animals that seem mean to us humans, never start the day thinking, “I’m gonna get him today.” Many new horse owners are clueless about an animal’s nature or its natural ability to hurt you without trying to – and if someone is hurt, they blame the horse, ‘oh that’s a baaaaad horse!’.

So many animal owners seem to have been raised in a Disney movie, where all the animals sing and just love ‘people’ and will save ‘people’ from danger.

Animals start off pretty neutral. It’s how humans interact with them that makes them seem a certain way. One of the basic horsemanship rules is ‘don’t ever stand directly in front of a horse’ and newbie dudes often follow that rule better than the old hands.

Allowing a horse to man-handle a human even in a way that seems affectionate or harmless can lead to problems. Horses don’t rub on people because they like them. They do it because they itch and they’re just using their human for a scratching post. Horses should respect their humans more than that. Given the right circumstances, not respecting their humans space could result in the injury of the human or even the horse.

Allowing a horse to be too close or too ‘familiar’ can result in the animal thinking he can be too close at other times and even try to dominate their human as though they were another horse. If they are too close and they are spooked by something for example, they horse could just run over the human to get away. Horses bang and bump on each other all the time in a herd without injuries. If your horse bangs against you, you will likely be hurt. The horse must never think you are part of his or her herd.

In the story, Quirt and Brody, Brody lets his horse, Archer get away with breaking the rules sometimes, but the teenager is athletic and most of the time, can get out of the way. He and Archer also have an unusual understanding between them, and even the horse seems to know when it’s important to respect Brody’s space. Not everyone is as athletic or strong as Brody is, and not all horses are as well mannered as Archer is.

If rules are broken, sometimes . . . there is no place to go to get out of the way.

Sever the Ties of Hope and Fear

“To cut through the mind’s clinging, it is important to understand that all appearances are void, like the appearance of water in a mirage. Beautiful forms are of no benefit to the mind, nor can ugly forms harm it in any way. Sever the ties of hope and fear, attraction and repulsion, and remain in equanimity in the understanding that all phenomena are nothing more than projections of your own mind.”
~ Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche