In Search of Oil and Military testing, Sonic Booms have caused those sea mammals that use sonar to communicate to flee their habitat, bleed from their orifices, and the inability to communicate with each other (to hear or to be heard). Since these beautiful animals communicate across seas, and are fleeing their habitats reproduction is being hindered. There are several articles written about this. Here’s one .
I was watching Nova the other night, program entitled Lethal Seas. Bottomline, our seas are becoming increasingly acidic due to carbon emissions. By the end of the century, if nothing is done to reduce our dependency on fossil fuels, there will be relatively no coral reefs: a habitat that supports 25% of the fish in our oceans. When oceans beome more acidic, the brain functions of fish is compromised. The shells of Shell fish, such as clams and lobsters, cannot form in the embryonic stage.
Scientists are rigorously searching for answers and solutions throughout the world. As of yet, they are discouraged about the future of our oceans. The great die off during the Permian age killed 96% of all that lived in the oceans. Naturally, terrestrial vegetation and animals died off in great numbers too, approximately 90%. This die off event was due to carbon emissions from volcanoes: same cause, same effect we are experiencing today only this time humans have cause this trend.
The Industrial Age Experiment must be replace with The Alternative Energy Age or the Environmental Age. Make a statement, get educated and political, seek solutions, wear t-shirts stating your views. It’s our future.
The following is a video of some small paintings done over a three year period. Scratchboard, Ink, Resin Relief
Small Paintings Video
I’m a Nichiren Buddhist. Nichiren Buddhism follows precisely what Shakyamuni Buddha said was the correct Buddhist teaching, as written in his final work, The Lotus Sutra. Contained in this writing were two important sections, the Theoretical Teaching which explains The Mystic Law of Cause and Effect, and the Essential Teaching.
In the later, two important revolutionary inclusions appeared. He wrote that all people can be enlighten in their lifetime, and all means all: men, women, poor, rich, all races and ethnicities–not a problem, and even evil doers. All can be enlightened and enlightened in ones lifetime. Never before was their an all inclusive philosophy such as this. This was 2500 years ago.
Shakyamuni Buddha knew that this teaching was premature at the time of its creation; it wouldn’t be understood. He said that not “Latter Day of the Law” could The Lotus Sutra be taught and understood.
Nichiren Daishonmin proved to be the Buddha of the Latter day, and introduced the world to the Teachings of the Lotus Sutra. He created the practice that we still do today. It is accessible for all — in short — chanting Nam Myoho Renge Kyo. Nichiren’s name means Sun Lotus, and this illustration is my homage to him.
Below depicts our mission: to help people become authentically happy, ending their suffering, to be compassionate, to treat all with dignity and respect. We are all the same, and we are all equal–everyone has Buddha Nature.
A word regarding the Lotus Flower (Renge). This beautiful flower symbolizes cause and effect because it seeds and blossoms at the same time. It also speaks to our journey. The Lotus Flower can only grow in muddy ponds, and yet when reaching for the sun, it breaks through the surface of the pond and blooms – a pristine magnificent flower appears. No matter how messy our lives are, a beautiful pristine flower lies within is all