The goddess Kuan Yin

The goddess Kuan Yin

Goddesses have always represented the feminine aspect of God. The Buddhist goddess Kuan Yin is the goddess of compassion. Compassion is the ability to relate to  others emotions.  It is having the empathy to care about what is happening in the lives for other people. In the twenty first century, we have a very noticeable lack of compassion. Compassion is part of the path to peace. So while we are talking and advocating for peace, we must also all practice compassion.

” You sit down on a hill top, or anywhere high-enough for you

to see nothing, but the sky, in front of your eyes.

With your  mind you make everything empty.

There’s nothing there, you say.

And you see it like that—-nothing


Then you say, AH,

But there is something.

Look, there’s the sea,

and the MOON has risen—

full, round, white.

And you see it like that—

Sea, silver in the moon light,

With little white, topped waves. And in the

Blue Black sky above

Hangs a great moon Bright,

But not dazzling,

A soft brightness you might say.

You stare at the moon a long,

Long time, feeling calm, happy.

Then the moon gets smaller,

But brighter and brighter and brighter till you see it as a

Pearl, or a seed, but so bright

You can only just bear to look at it. The Pearl

starts to grow. And before you know what’s happened it’s

Kuan Yin herself, standing up against the sky

All dressed in gleaming white

And with her feet resting on a lotus

That floats in the waves.

You see her

Once you know how to do it

As clearly as I see you,

Her Robes

Are shining

And there’s a halo

Round her head

She smiles at you

Such a lovely smile. She’s so glad

To see you that tears of happiness sparkle

In her eyes.

If you keep your mind calm,

By just whispering her name

and not trying too hard

She will stay a long

Long time

When she does go

It’s by getting smaller.

She doesn’t go back to being a pearl

But just gets so small

That at last you can’t see her. Then you notice

That the sky and sea

Have vanished too

Just Space is left.

Lovely, Lovely, Space. going on forever.

That Space stays long

If you can do without you. Not you and space, you see

Just Space.

No you.

—-by a Cantonese Woman

Kuan Yin in her white robes.

Kuan Yin in her white robes.


The moon over the ocean. Kuan Yin is there too. Photograph taken by and copyrighted by Barbara Mattio 2013

The moon over the ocean. Kuan Yin is there too. Photograph taken by and copyrighted by Barbara Mattio 2013


Moonshadows & Nights in White Satin~

This is wonderful . I love all the lyrics. That was our “day”. These need to be shared.


(Please click to enlarge so you can view the mountains of the Moon).

Oh, I’m being followed by a moonshadow…leaping and hopping in a moonshadow~ Cat Stevens


Nights in white satin,
Never reaching the end,
Beauty I’d always missed
With these eyes before,
Just what the truth is
I can’t say anymore ~ Moody Blues


Three things cannot be hidden, the sun, the moon and the truth~ Buddha


The sun, the moon, and the stars would have disappeared long ago…if they’d happened to be within the reach of predatory human hands~ Havelock Ellis


The moon does not fight. It attacks no one. It does not worry. It does not try to crush others. It keeps to its course, but by its very nature, it gently influences. What other body could pull an entire ocean from shore to shore? The moon is faithful to its nature and its power is undiminished~…

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Africa: Looking Ahead: Opportunities & Challenges for Women’s Political Participation in 2014

This is another piece of good news for South Africa. For their religious freedom and for the women we will have to watch to see what happens.

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Africa: Looking Ahead: Opportunities & Challenges for Women’s Political Participation in 2014


WASHINGTON, December 13, 2013/African Press Organization (APO)/ Remarks

Catherine M. Russell

Ambassador-at-Large for Global Women’s Issues

National Democratic Institute (NDI) Offices

Washington, DC

December 12, 2013



Thank you Ken for opening up NDI to us today, and thank you Lorne for your kind introduction.

I’d like to thank IRI and NDI for the work that you do every day — promoting democracy, supporting democratic institutions and practices, safeguarding elections, and promoting citizen participation. Your work is critical. It also showcases our bipartisan, mutual commitment to democracy, to peaceful democratic transitions and to the engagement of women and men in shaping the futures of their countries.

I’d like to congratulate IRI and NDI for doing this hard and important work every day for 30 years. I know that you each had events earlier this…

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This is wonderful news. A positive step.

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NEW YORK, December 13, 2013/African Press Organization (APO)/ Following are UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s remarks to the Security Council briefing on peace and security in Africa, in New York today:


Je vous remercie très profondément, Président Araud, d’avoir organisé cette séance. Nous sommes réunis ici pour honorer notre engagement à l’égard des populations du Sahel à un moment où les besoins sont immenses.


Cette séance du Conseil de sécurité fait suite à la visite que j’ai effectuée au Mali, au Niger, au Burkina Faso et au Tchad le mois dernier avec la Présidente de la Commission de l’Union africaine, les Présidents de la Banque mondiale et de la Banque africaine de développement, et le Commissaire européen au développement.


Nous nous sommes rendus dans ces pays…

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Long Live Caesar! Not!

I loved this and though to share it with all of you.


All hail the fellow most fortunate!

May he lord over us with a smile,

Counting his millions and patting our heads,

Eyes glinting with greed all the while


We man the machines and fire the furnaces

Keeping the cogs oiled and turning.

He plots and connives with those of his ilk,

Such avarice sets my soul churning,


Sick to the stomach and bled from the heart,

Observing the world as it passes

Into confusion and just revolution

Freedom from all of these asses


Who think with their pockets, count up the dockets,

Tally the amount they are due

While ordinary folk are broke and feel choked

Doing all they can do.


Working for life we endeavour and strive

Doing our best to go on.

Corporate greed, mismanaged politics

Whistle a more carefree song


Where notes that are played are all out of tune,

Discordant and…

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