The Chinese Buddhist monastic community is referred to as a ‘Sangha’ (Sanskrit for ‘spiritual community’), whereby men and women form a voluntary association premised upon following a strict set of rules known as the ‘Vinaya Discipline’. Within this community, there is ‘equality’ between all members, with the leaders being those who have followed these rules for the longest times. This is because such people are thought to have more experience at adhering to the Vinaya Discipline (which includes celibacy and vegetarianism), and are therefore able to effectively advise all others through the difficult times they my face in their practice. As those with little experience have less to share, they are not considered leaders whilst more experienced practitioners live in the vicinity.
After feeding the squirrels and the pigeons in the Old Cemetery of St Nicholas Church – Sutton – we practiced some stance work from our
I am sure that I have absolutely NOTHING in common with Brandon Tsay. I suspect his family are ardent supporters of US capitalism and have no sympathy or loyalty to modern China. However, the example he set by single-handedly taking on a heavily armed assailant when he was ‘unarmed’ – facing certain death without flinching – and actually ‘winning’ the encounter, surely transcends virtually ALL boundaries and is a truly inspiring event! For non-White people the example that Brandon Tsay displayed is IMPORTANT! Although unfortunately it was against another Asian person, nevertheless, the danger was very real and Chinese people can be as ‘brave’ as any other ethnic group! Although Black people now do the bidding of the White over-lords – and attack Asians in their name – there was a time when we fought White racism together. Perhaps, if we all stand-up to tyranny together – a NEW unity can be formed!
Huu Can Tran’s killing spree was just one of two mass shootings that occurred in California within three-days that involved the Asian community of the US! (In the US the term ‘Asian’ refers to Chinese, Koreans, Japanese, Vietnamese and Filipino, etc, whereas in the UK the term ‘Asian’ refers to what Americans call ‘East Indians’). On the afternoon of January 23rd (2023), a shooting occurred in the Half Moon Bay area of San Francisco Bay, California, USA. This incident killed at least seven people and seriously injuring one.
According to the San Mateo County Sheriff’s Office, at around 2:22 p.m. that day – four victims were found dead in the 12700 block of Cabrillo Highway – with another victim taken to hospital with life-threatening injuries. Later, three more victims were found dead at another location in the area. The report revealed that the suspect in the shooting was one – Zhao Chun Li – a 67-year-old Half Moon Bay resident. He was arrested at around 16:40 on the same day after the police found weapons in his car. Half Moon Bay District Councilman Debbie Rudock said – according to NBC – the victims of the mass shooting were Asian labourers working on the nearby farm. At present, there is no known motive for these killings, but this is the second mass killing in three days in California involving Asian perpetuators and Asian victims!
A Chinese-American man (who has never handled a gun in his life) – single-handedly took-on the determined mass murderer (Vietnamese migrant Huu Can Tran) – in the foyer of the Lai Lai Ballroom and Studio situated in the Alhambra area of California! Just minutes earlier, Huu Can Tran had used his Cobray Mac11 Sub-Machine Pistol (discharging at least twenty bullets from the 30-round magazine) against numerous innocent Asian men and women (aged between 50-60 years old) – who had gathered to celebrate Chinese New Year at the Star Ballroom and Dance Studio situated in nearby Monterey Park. Indeed, Alhambra is situated just 2.28 miles (3.22 km) North of Monterey Park.
‘YouTubing’ is the habitation of a fantasy world made real in images upon a screen. This is exactly the ‘inverted’ world of religion writ large as described by Feuerbach, Marx, Engels and Lenin, etc! In theory, any image, regardless of its positive, negative or neutral construction value, can be made to seem ‘as if it exists’ upon the screen and stimulate the imaginations of all and sundry that happen to allow these images to pass in front of the eye and ear – thus ‘traversing’ the surface of the mind! Whereas the film industry is a tangible profession involving ‘real’ training, qualifications and jobs that guarantee genuine ‘labour’ in the material world – ‘YouTubing’ places this ‘dream-making’ process firmly into the hands of the uneducated and immature masses – telling them that this is ‘reality’ and that no other interpretation exists! The way the entertainment world used to exist (pre-internet) – ensured that ordinary human-beings all inhabited the drab and mundane ‘material’ world and tried our best to traverse its realities and injustices – BEFORE they were able (or allowed) to subject themselves to the ‘inverted’ world of ‘escapism’ and the 90 minutes £5 allotted to get away (just for a moment) from the reality of capitalist existence! All a child has to do now is wake-up and switch-on which ever device happens to be within reach and the ‘inverted’ world of YouTube beckons!
Blogger’s Note: The death toll is rising because many of the people who survived were shot at close-range – multiple times – with high velocity