Wednesday, May 29, 2013

A talk on the practice of riding thermals

Riding Thermals

Elihu Genmyo Smith

Our life is this moment ongoing change, neither holding to self nor other than self. Being this is our practice.

When we are not so then there is stress, dissatisfaction, difficulties and suffering. The following discussion of gliders in The Economist, March 9, 2013, Technology Quarterly, p. 8, is a useful analogy to help us clarify life practice efforts in these circumstances:

"When TALEUS [hand-launched Tactical Long Endurance Unmanned Aerial System] encounters a thermal it senses the lift and spirals around to take advantage of it. Vultures and eagles use the same technique, and...[those] in charge of the project [have] often found TALEUAS sharing the air with these raptors. On some occasions, the birds found that the thermals they were attempting to join were too weak for their weight, as the drone is more efficient at gliding than they are..."

The rest of this article is at the following website:
Riding Thermals

An audio version of this article with questions and answers following is at the following link:
Riding Thermals  5/25/13

(c) 2013 Elihu Genmyo Smith