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The Costa Rica News (TCRN) - Nobody transitions into college life easily. Have you ever tried to ponder upon the reason? Costa Rica college life, in all probability is the hardest and toughest in every person’s life. You have to make an array of preparations and adjustments to mold...

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I have a newfound respect for the carabiner.  Wikipedia gives the definition as:  "A carabiner or karabiner is a metal loop with a spring-loaded gate used to quickly and reversibly connect components, most notably in safety-critical systems." Early one Saturday morning in October, I was being strapped into a harness...

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(Ghent, Belgium) World’s renowned actor Udo Kier had joined the cast of Johnny Walker, the new film adaptation of Dostoevsky's novel Notes From the Underground. Currently in post-production, the film is produced and directed by Kris De Meester (Four Roses) and executive produced by Christine K. Walker (Howl, Life During Wartime, American Splendor). Udo...

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Have you ever wished that you could know exactly what you needed to do to become healthy, happy and perfectly balanced in mind, body and spirit?  What if you had the awareness to look within yourself at any moment and find that your innermost Presence (Divine Self) communicated to...

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Hello Costa Rica! I take great pleasure in introducing myself to your country and to the readers of the Costa Rica News. First of all, please allow me to tell you a little about my life’s work and then introduce you to somebody who is a very extraordinary human being...

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Researchers at the world-renowned Institute for Apocryphal Studies have discovered that those who brave the harsh elements of outdoors, risk the unknown and uncontrollable temperatures associated with not having a roof over their heads. "Outdoors has no roof. It's shear hell having to deal with things like snow and rain...

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Costa Rica’s exceptionalism goes much further than its natural wonders. Known as the Switzerland of Central America, it has achieved global recognition as one of the most unique countries in world because it did not follow the norm, it made very smart decisions in many areas of government and...

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On a recent trip with a friend traveling along the Pacific coast of Costa Rica, we decided to stop in , Guanacaste, a place neither of us had previously visited.  As we rode over the last of the mountains before the highway leveled itself out into this small beach...

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Over the past few years, the birthrate in the Costa Rica has fallen considerably. The number of children being born today is significantly lower than it was until a few years ago. There are many reasons cited for the fall in birthrate, particularly the greater awareness about safe sex...

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The 2012 Mayan Prophecy has been horribly distorted and misunderstood. The End of the Mayan Calendar on December 21, 2012 has nothing to do with the “End of the World”, but in fact December 21st, 2012 marks the beginning of a new “Long Cycle” in the Mayan calendar system....

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The fascination with the Mayan Long Count calendar is peaking as December 21st, 2012 approaches. As more attention is paid to the complex calendar system used by Mayans for daily, religious, and ceremonial life, the rediscovery of Mayan astrology also is capturing the attention of people the world over....

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The end of the Long Count in the Mayan calendar that occurs on December 21,2012 and what it means has become the subject of countless books, websites, television shows, articles and blogs in the last few years. Now, as the date approaches, speculation as to what will (or won't)...

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We have all heard of the impending Galactic event that will take place December 21 of this year. That’s the date where we will either experience an apocalyptic event or some physical and/or metaphysical event. Whether you believe or not there are some interesting elements to the 2012 phenomenon. The...

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On October 31st the holiday of Halloween will make its annual appearance in many of the ex-pat enclaves throughout Costa Rica. Some of the origins of the traditions of this holiday are as much a mystery to the “gringos” that celebrate it as they are to the...

RyoanJi-Dry Zen Rock Garden

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Over the past few decades Catholic Churches in Central America has seen an exodus of their congregants leaving to explore and join other Christian denominations and other religions. Experts point to growing competition from other denominations, primarily evangelical Christianity and a general dissatisfaction with the Catholic churches intolerance and...

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There’s an old saying in the West that resonates painfully during this period of Greek and transatlantic challenge and testing: “We’re All Greeks.” It means that the basic foundation and framework of our way of thinking in the West was poured and erected over 2500 years ago in Ancient...

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Perhaps the most difficult thing for people to do, no matter what their cultural background, is to question together. It’s strange that such a natural action, which forms and forges the deepest and truest connection between human beings, is so rare. Given the parlous state of our world, that shouldn’t...

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Questioner one: Is the darkness and deadness in human consciousness, which can fairly be said to be human consciousness now, increasing, or being dispelled? Questioner two: Can we see human consciousness as a whole, or do we have to look at the relative aliveness and cohesiveness of each...

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Meditation cannot begin until the brain lets go of its attachment to the observer. No trick or technique can cause it to do so. Only undivided observation loosens the bonds and ends the grooves of separation. Why is it so difficult to let go? What is it about the human...

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It was the last sitting of the season along the smaller of the two creeks, before the rains return to California in the late fall. Sittings under a great sycamore there afford views of the fields, canyon and foothills. Three-digit Fahrenheit (40 Celsius) temperatures this week have reduced...

Syria For the Love of Humanity

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The increasing fecklessness of the so-called international community is on hideous display with another massacre by the Assad regime in Syria. Inter-national institutions are falling between the cracks and chasms of nation-states. A global society requires a global body to save the UN from irrelevancy and oblivion. The...

Temptation scene, Sistine Chapel Ceiling - Michelangelo, 1508

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On the same day that six American soldiers were killed in Afghanistan, the national media showed a woman being executed by Taliban-supporting villagers while a large, male-only gathering cheered. The deaths of the six soldiers received one line on the news; and it was the first time I’ve...

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