O.L.V. ~ Our Lady of Victory Bascilica National Shrine in Lackawanna, New York just south of Buffalo, NY. This large white marble & bronzed roof bascilica was built during the Great Depression in the 1930s as a symbol of hope & faith by Father Baker. Father Baker was later canonized on his path to Sainthood by Pope John Paul II.
Standing Gaurd for No Reason by Timothy Wakeman Via Flickr: Heading south with the same Buffalo & Pittsburgh train, if one is not paying attention while zipping down US 209 these B&O position signals pointing in the wrong position could easily be missed. Limestone, NY
This lost toy at Vidler’s 5 & 10 in East Aurora is taking to the Internet in an effort to find the friend who misplaced them. While larger stores might have seen the small cat and thrown him into the trash after a few days of remaining unclaimed, Vidler’s wasn’t about to say “die.” After fixing the small tear in the toy’s leg, the store made sure to post this whimiscal tale of the cat trying to find his owner in an effort to reunite the two parties. Reposts and Reblogs of this picture are welcome as they continue to search for the cat’s owner.
Eight Great Charnel Grounds: according to Tantric literature and the
descriptions of wrathful deities and their environments, the eight
charnel grounds surround the central palace and deity. There are several
different sets of eight names and descriptions for the eight great
charnel grounds depending on the Buddhist and Hindu Tantric literature
consulted. These charnel grounds also have physical locations in India
such as the Laughing charnel ground at Bodhgaya and the Cool Grove
charnel ground close by, along with the Frightening charnel ground in
the Black Hills of Bihar.
From the Hevajra Tantra literature: “In
the east is the Gruesome charnel ground (chandograkatasi); south
Frightful with Skulls (bhairavakapalika); west Adorned with a Blazing
Garland (jvalamalalankara); north Dense Jungle (girigahvaronnati);
north-east Fiercely Resounding (ugropanyasa); south-east Forest of the
Lord (ishvaravana); south-west Dark and Terrible (bhairavandhakara);
north-west Resounding with the Cries Kili Kili (Kilikilaghoshanadita).
Furthermore, there are headless corpses, hanging corpses, lying corpses,
stake-impaled corpses, heads, skeletons, jackals, crows, owls,
vultures, and zombies making the sound, "phaim”. There are also siddha
with clear understanding, yaksha, raksha, preta, flesh eaters, lunatics,
bhairava, daka, dakini, ponds, fires, stupa, and sadhaka. All of these
fill the charnel grounds.“
In the Chakrasamvara cycle of Tantra
the Eight Great Charnel grounds are: east Gruesome, north Dense Wild
Thicket, west Blazing with [the Sound] Ur Ur, south Terrifying,
south-east Marvelous Forest, south-west Interminably Gloomy, north-west
Resounding with the Sound Kili Kili, north-east Wildly Laughing. These
names are extracted from a Chakrasamvara ritual text composed by Chogyal
A common Nyingma list: east Cool Grove, south Perfected
in Body, west Lotus Heap, north Lanka Heap, southeast Spontaneously
Accomplished Heap, southwest Play of the Great Secret, northwest
Pervasive Great Happiness, northeast World Heap.
Grounds: In the Kalachakra Tantra system sixteen charnel grounds are
described. The 634 Deity Kalachakra Mandala, being only slightly
wrathful, generally does not appear with any surrounding charnel
grounds. However, the Mahasamvara Kalachakra always appears in paintings
surrounded by the sixteen charnel grounds. These eight or sixteen can
appear either immediately surrounding the Celestial Palace of the deity
and retinue or they can appear as the outer ring of the mandala. The
root Tantras are vague on this subject of charnel grounds and it is the
Indian Sanskrit commentaries that explain the different ways that the
cemeteries can be imagined and subsequently depicted in visual
In the Tantric Buddhist classification of
Anuttarayoga, according to one system, the Eight Direction Gods of the
Cemeteries are: 1. east Shakra on an elephant, 2. south Yama on a
buffalo, 3. west Varuna on a makara, 4. north Yaksha on a horse, 5.
north-east Ishana on a bull, 6. south-east Agni on a goat, 7. south-west
Rakshasa on a zombie, 8. north-west Vayu on a deer.
This morning I went out to dig my car out a little. It’s still nowhere near drivable — which is fine, since my area of Buffalo is still under a driving ban — but at least now it’s recognizable as a car and not just a mound of snow to any plowdriver going down the street.