Being Phished. A Karmic Effect of Fishing?


It’s all a bit sneaky really

Phishers fraudulently acquire someone else’s property by electronic means; and fishermen pretend that the sharp hook’s a tasty meal for little fishies to eat.
Of course, humans who get caught out electronically tend to fare better than the fish, who have got a lot more to lose once they’ve taken the bait.

But the principle’s the same.


It makes me wonder if being the victim of phishing is a karmic result (like a cosmic payback) which is an ‘experience similar to the cause’.
… Just an idea.

o continued from ‘e-mail phishing alert!
o These ideas expanded in ‘Phishing Karma
o image by Jas

so is that a feasible idea? Or have I taken the analogy too far. You be the judge, let us know below  


e-mail phishing alert!

BT e-mail account hacked by phisher

That sounds like a newspaper heading, and not where I’d normally post this; but my ma phoned yesterday to say of the awful time she’d had after her BT e-mail account got hacked.
You hear about these things, but it really upset ma. Needing to to warn others I Facebooked it. It’s been a popular post, with people agreeing with the alert, so I’m giving the details here.

Phishers fraudulently acquired Ma’s e-mail contacts list

Phishers pretending to be BT fraudulently aquired my ma’s email details and password.
BT‘ (ie. the phisher) mailed her that:
Your e-mail has been suspended because of over loading“; and then another message reading “your account need to be closed, please re-register.” Which of course you need to provide all your details to do.

It’s quite emotive language, designed to target our fear of losing something perceived to be valuable. It gives a sense of urgency, prompting immediate action. My ma had already filled out some of ‘BT‘s’ forms before she smelt something phishy, but some details had already been sent. This gave the phisher access to ma’s contacts list. They then mailed all her contacts pretending to be her in urgent need of money. She wasn’t able to contact everybody to warn them, as the phisher finished the job by wiping her contacts list.
That in itself is a worrying thing.

Don’t answer e-mails that smell phishy!

Ma said it felt “awful, such an invasion of privacy.” [The real] “BT were very good in sorting things out, but it took hours and I had a crunching headache at the end of it.

These people really need to get proper jobs; they’re creating terrible karma for themselves in the future by deceiving and stealing from others.
We can protect ourselves and them by following our intuition, and not answering emails that smell a bit phishy.
~ Be warned people!

nb. Translations & disclaimers:
o If something ‘smells fishy‘, it means it’s suspect or suspicious; as in the fake e-mails smelt fishy, and could be a con.
o phishing‘ – fraudulently acquiring someone else’s property by electronic means. (pronounced ‘fishing‘.)
o It was BT in my ma’s case, but it could’ve been any company that does business on-line, and it certainly isn’t the first I’ve heard of, mail or otherwise.

Further Thoughts:
Being PhishedPhishing Karma 

Happy Summer Solstice!

We are blown to our next experience by the winds of our karma

“When the winds of karma blow…
we have no freedom to remain, and no choice about where to go…
We must go wherever our karma takes us,” and experience whatever awaits us.

Geshe Kelsang Gyatso

Tokyo, Japan on June 19th, 2012.
by Franck Robichon / EPA

Cosmic Loti World View

(The first bit’s taken from the ‘About page. So not altogether new, but all together it explains ‘Cosmic Loti’ a bit more.) 

The lotus is a Buddhist symbol for awakening to the spiritual reality of life

There’s some terrific symbology here :)
Like, we know the lotus grows in mud. Just as we start off buried in the mud of our worldly concerns. But we can use Buddha’s advice to grow through the mire of ordinary life, and emerge sparkly clean and pure in the sunlight. Even the lotus’s leaves are self-cleaning ~ the rain naturally washes the dirt away. And so Dharma revitalizes all area of our life. The stalk of the lotus is strong, just as we are strengthened by the Dharma.

“According to the Lalitavistara, ‘the spirit of the best of men is spotless, like the new lotus in the [muddy] water which does not adhere to it’, and, according to esoteric Buddhism, the heart of the beings is like an unopened lotus: when the virtues of the Buddha develop therein the lotus blossoms. This is why the Buddha sits on a lotus in bloom.” (Buddhist Studies)

Kadam Morton

So why are they ‘Cosmic’?¸.•*¨

☆*⋆It’s like we’re stood in the mud reaching for the stars on this blog – via the mind-set that it’s really just a little stretch – standing on tippy-toes. “If we identify with our limitations, our failures, we limit ourselves unnecessarily.” (Kadam Morten) Better to start from where we are; and allow our thinking to expand.

There’s no mud or stars outside the perception of the perceiver

Your world is a reflection of your mind. How we experience the world depends upon how we see the world. So if we change our mind we change our world.” (KM) In every moment, the world we experience is our choice. This is true on many levels. And as we practice manipulating how we view, and so create our world, the more we’ll actually be able to manipulate our reality.

That’s why Ghandi’s “Be the change you want to see in the world.” Really does work!
We change our world for ourselves and each other all the time; why not do it consciously, the way we want it.
And while we’re creating a better world; can’t we do it for the greater good?

Kadam Morten (KM) quote from Think Big video clip

Local News: Powa for Kelsang Trinlay

Powa for Kelsang Trinlay at Amitabha Centre,
Mon 18th, 5pm.

Trinlay died in hospital 13th Jun.  He was a long-time Kadampa who lived at Amitabha for a while. I knew him from our centre at Leigh Woods.
He was dedicated to the study and practice of Dharma, which shone from him like a light. OK yeah, he could be annoying at times – but who can’t?! He was a sincere and very kind practitioner.

If you can’t make the powa
(prayers to send the deceased to the pure land)

Just sit peacefully and offer up some prayers for him from where you are. It’s the mind of compassion that counts here ~ location is merely imputed.

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nb. best to call the centre on 0117 9745160 or mail to check details of the powa first.

BRB! (hopefully)

I can’t access my dashboard, and there’s posts a’waiting in there I wanna share…
like this one ~ small Amitabha statue in our café’s garden.

BRB! (hopefully :~)

All phenomena depend upon the mind.

I’m still  frazzled from Saturday morning’s study class and then the fayre. My Mac has reflected this by being unreasonably slow and not working properly. It’s still not happy despite a de-frag etc.

But it’s OK…

Local News ~ ABC’s timetable for this W/END

The itinerary for the weekend coming.

And it’s forecast sunny on Saturday!
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Local News ~ Summer Fayre and Afternoon Course with Gen Chonden

This Weekend!

Saturday 9th, 2-6pm Summer fayre
Sunday 10th, 2-5pm Four Seals Afternoon Course with Gen Chönden

All Welcome 🙂 

ABC e-newsletter
and centre publicity by Sengé

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The 4 Seals

There are 4 great seals of Mahamudra
– the main principles of Buddhism.

They’re called ‘seals’ because they are non-negotiable truths. If we hold these truths in our heart, then we are holding a Buddhist point view; and we’re creating freedom for ourselves and others.

So nothing to do with these cuties,  but everything to do with why Buddha’s advice works so very well.
(Considering you can’t google ‘seal images’ without getting photos of some incredibly stupid humans on a clubbing spree, it seems that a lot of people really do miss the point. Maybe they just like the thrill of the chase.)

“Selfish desires are a bottomless pit” (Shantideva)

So there’s no joy to be found in desiring more all the time. It’s dissatisfaction and discontent all the way. Grasping at worldly happiness is like trying to get a handful of water. We’re trying to hold onto something so insubstantial and changeable it’s bound to be frustrating. And isn’t it?
It makes much more sense just to let go, be content, and watch the stream go by.
And because this is a nice idea, but we are a bit busy today;

Buddha taught the four great seals to remind us how things really are.

Like a cosmic reality check.
‘Hello?.. This is our reality…’

The Four real Seals:

all products are impermanent

all contaminated things are the nature of suffering

all phenomena are selfless

only nirvana is peace

 more to come on this…
(List source – ABC Website) 

Happy 81st Birthday Geshe La ❤

Kadampa Life

Wrote this a few years ago, but it is still relevant! Please do share your own comments too.

Turning the Wheel of Dharma

Today, June 4, is the birthday of my kind teacher, Geshe Kelsang Gyatso, and I want to mark the occasion by writing something about him. His birthday falls auspiciously on the day of Buddha Shakyamuni’s first teaching, called Turning the Wheel of Dharma Day; and for me and many thousands of other students, Geshe Kelsang, or Geshe-la as we like to call him, has been the one who has turned the Wheel of Buddha Shakyamuni’s teachings for us.

There is not a snowflake’s chance in hell that I could even begin to do him justice in one article, of course, even though I apologize in advance for its length. But I’ll try and highlight a few of his qualities as I see it, in case you are interested in…

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