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Caitriona Reed & Michelle Benzamin, social activists and buddhist teachers, on their practice of Buddhist mindfulness

Allan Armstrong, producer of a CD called The Taroist on Tarot, divination, and the dimensions beyond male and female that touch the spirit in all of us

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00:00 Introduction and commentary, including:
• Horsey love in Colorado
• Trans money in Trinidad
• Shenanigans in Las Vegas, New Mexico
• Stranded in the desert
• Trans murders in DC
• Computer virus issues
Where am I?
18:10 Question of the Week
" Why do homosexuals believe that pre-op transsexuals are gay? They say you have a penis and you like men so you are gay. But I have asked them would they sleep with me and they say oohh nnnoo if I wanted to sleep with a woman I would be straight. How should I explain to them that I am not gay? "
(from: Lynn, Shreveport, Louisiana)
25:15 Hal Fuller's Twisted Nasty News
36:44 Beyond - inside, really - the everyday quest for love, security, wealth and happiness, is a spiritual exercise in self-knowing and relationship with the natural world. Caitriona Reed & Michelle Benzamin, social activists and buddhist teachers, a trans woman and a martial artist, have founded the Manzanita Village retreat center in Southern California based on buddhist mindfulness practices, vipassana meditation, zen deep ecology and non-violence for the celebration and healing of the indivual and the earth.

Michelle, who is of mixed Japanese, Middle Eastern and Anglo origin, is a painter and martial artist teacher of aikido and iaido. She works with high risk youth and people on the fringe, teaching non-violence and peace education. Caitriona, of Celtic origin, is a poet, writer and transgender woman who, against her will, spent many years living as a male impersonator.

More information:
• Visit the webpage for Manzanita Village at
64:20 Special Message
65:10 Boston area (and national) announcements
69:37 Ancient in its origins but contemporary in its application, new generations continue to explore the potential of the Tarot for bringing focus to spiritual questioning and inward looking. Allan Armstrong has produced a CD called The Taroist which attempts to explain the purpose and potential of Tarot divination. In so doing, he explores dimensions beyond male and female and touches the spirit in all of us.

The CD is a genuine attempt to create a better understanding of what divination/tarot actually is and not just another teach yourself tarot cards gimmick. It is a universal overview of the origins of tarot from a contemporary Celtic perspective, but, like everything else in life, it is what you make it!

For More Information:
• Visit the Taroist website at
88:48 End
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