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Overshot, Shot-over…

“To effectively prevent all tipping risks, the global mean temperature increase would need to be limited to no more than one degree – we are currently already at about 1.2 degrees,“ Jonathan Donges, Co-Lead of the FutureLab on Earth Resilience in the Anthropocene at PIK adds. “The latest IPCC report is showing that we’re most likely on a path to temporarily overshoot the 1.5 degrees Celsius temperature threshold.”

Emergence of at least one tipping event increases with rising peak temperatures

“We found that the risk for the emergence of at least one tipping event increases with rising peak temperatures – already at a peak temperature of three degrees Celsius, more than one third of all simulations showed a tipping event even when overshoot durations were limited strongly. At four degrees Celsius peak temperature, this risk extends to more than half of all simulations,” explains Nico Wunderling.

Full article here: https://doi.org/10.1038/s41558-022-01545-9

Scenes from Seoul: ”The Formless Track”


While visiting with elder teachers (and younger colleagues) in Korea, ”The Formless Track” was released by Arman Ray.

This graphic is by Oma, actually, designed after she saw how much I’d reacted to that track among all of them — “Dust Thinking”— driving in their SUV across the Han River with the recording blasting the car in full resolution.

The album is free for hearing (“kwan um”): https://www.theformlesstrack.armanraymusic.co.uk/

Some very hot interpretations in the ”Remixes” section on the website.

Download hi-def versions there: any share accruing to ”me” in the project go directly untiuched (and untouchable) to the Zen Center Regensburg e.V. general operating fund. No personal enrichment for the monk on this project, only the Community.

… and in a warmer mood of cool…

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Happy Holidays with Family and Friends


Love these days fully, with gratitude intensified with the knowledge that things likely decline markedly from here on out. What is onerous or problematic in this winter (prices and extreme cold) will seem like honeymoons in a few years’ time. Enjoy this time fully like the last good time it might be in your remaining lifetime, which shall not be pleasant.

And yet, see it for the game that it is. In all the onrush of phenomenal-overload (especially through mouth and ears, through eating and drinking, but also juggling attention to social noise, and the hurrying to events), there should be pauses built into your Flow to counteract this. Find at least 5-10 minutes per day to have some silence and rest, even engaged alone in a chair for a few breaths. With Sam Harris’s app or without (going alone is always more empowering), return to breathingggggggggggggg… Return to the freedom of choiceness Now-perceiving. Then function happens naturally, by itself. Sangha is where we train in better habits of mind; family and festive holiday is where our training is tested. Training with form together to develop awareness for when we need to flow safely in the formless.

The Formless Track.

Our Fake-News

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The infant assumes an image creating the mental permanence of “I”. This form situates the agency of the ego in a fictional direction, creating the illusion of autonomy.

Jacques Marie Émile Lacan (1901-1981)

Afraid of Letting Go

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People are afraid to forget their minds. They fear they will fall through the void with nothing to stop their fall. They do not know that the void is not really a void. It’s the realm of the real dharma.

— Master Huang-Po

(And by way of perfect clarity: the word “forget” here is not in the sense of erasing, but “let go of their minds”. So, “People are afraid of letting go of their thinking” would be how to express this teaching.)