Try the Gutenberg Editor in Wordpress

Gutenberg is a take on a new editor for WordPress to make this easier, especially for those just starting with WordPress. 
It is named after Johannes Gutenberg, who invented a printing press more than 500 years ago.

The goal of this new editor is to make adding rich content to WordPress simple and enjoyable. This whole post is composed of pieces of content—somewhat similar to LEGO bricks—that you can move around and interact with. Move your cursor around and you’ll notice the different blocks light up with outlines and arrows. Press the arrows to reposition blocks quickly, without fearing about losing things in the process of copying and pasting.

What you are reading now is a text block the most basic block of all. The text block has its own controls to be moved freely around the post…

… like this one, which is right aligned.

Headings are separate blocks as well, which helps with the outline and organization of your content.

A Picture is Worth a Thousand Words

Handling images and media with the utmost care is a primary focus of the new editor. Hopefully, you’ll find aspects of adding captions or going full-width with your pictures much easier and robust than before.

Beautiful landscape
If your theme supports it, you’ll see the “wide” button on the image toolbar. Give it a try.

Try selecting and removing or editing the caption, now you don’t have to be careful about selecting the image or other text by mistake and ruining the presentation.

The Inserter Tool

Imagine everything that WordPress can do is available to you quickly and in the same place on the interface. No need to figure out HTML tags, classes, or remember complicated shortcode syntax. That’s the spirit behind the inserter—the (+) button you’ll see around the editor—which allows you to browse all available content blocks and add them into your post. Plugins and themes are able to register their own, opening up all sort of possibilities for rich editing and publishing.

Go give it a try, you may discover things WordPress can already add into your posts that you didn’t know about. Here’s a short list of what you can currently find there:

  • Text & Headings
  • Images & Videos
  • Galleries
  • Embeds, like YouTube, Tweets, or other WordPress posts.
  • Layout blocks, like Buttons, Hero Images, Separators, etc.
  • And Lists like this one of course 🙂

Visual Editing

A huge benefit of blocks is that you can edit them in place and manipulate your content directly. Instead of having fields for editing things like the source of a quote, or the text of a button, you can directly change the content. Try editing the following quote:

The editor will endeavor to create a new page and post building experience that makes writing rich posts effortless, and has “blocks” to make it easy what today might take shortcodes, custom HTML, or “mystery meat” embed discovery.

Matt Mullenweg, 2017

The information corresponding to the source of the quote is a separate text field, similar to captions under images, so the structure of the quote is protected even if you select, modify, or remove the source. It’s always easy to add it back.

Blocks can be anything you need. For instance, you may want to add a subdued quote as part of the composition of your text, or you may prefer to display a giant stylized one. All of these options are available in the inserter.

You can change the amount of columns in your galleries by dragging a slider in the block inspector in the sidebar.

Media Rich

If you combine the new wide and full-wide alignments with galleries, you can create a very media rich layout, very quickly:

Accessibility is important — don’t forget image alt attribute

Sure, the full-wide image can be pretty big. But sometimes the image is worth it.

The above is a gallery with just two images. It’s an easier way to create visually appealing layouts, without having to deal with floats. You can also easily convert the gallery back to individual images again, by using the block switcher.

Any block can opt into these alignments. The embed block has them also, and is responsive out of the box:

You can build any block you like, static or dynamic, decorative or plain. Here’s a pullquote block:

Code is Poetry

The WordPress community

If you want to learn more about how to build additional blocks, or if you are interested in helping with the project, head over to the GitHub repository.

Thanks for testing Gutenberg!


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The Gift that cannot be Depleted

The Gift that cannot be Depleted

Our wealth of boundless love and kindness is a wealth that can never be depleted, a gift that can be forever given generously. The more you give it the more it will feed the never-ending pot of love and kindness.

In Buddhism, loving kindness (Metta) is the first of the Four Immeasurables, which are Buddhist virtues practised in meditation to cultivate each of them. The three others are Compassion (Karuna), Sympathetic Joy (Mudita) and Equanimity (Upekkha). For more than 2500 years, Buddhists around the world have been practising the art of loving kindness, a spiritual quality praised by the Buddha.

Metta is about connecting with each other, and developing, already existing feelings of kindness and kindness to ourselves and others and finding ways to express it through our actions. The Tibetan texts describe the kind of love as the desire for others to be happy, and compassion as the desire for them to be free from suffering, the desire to relieve the suffering of others.

The theory of Buddhism shows that happiness comes from empathy with others and from seeing their well-being and suffering as important as ours. As Dalai Lama implied, the development of a sense of connection with others and overcoming selfishness is the essence of the spiritual path.

Here is the prayer of four immeasurables.

May all beings have happiness and the cause of happiness.
May they be free of suffering and the cause of suffering.
May they never be disassociated from the supreme happiness which is without suffering.
May they remain in the boundless equanimity, free from both attachment to close ones and rejection of others.

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Buddha’s Descent from the Heaven – Lhabab Duechen

Buddha’s Descent from the Heaven
Lhabab Duechen

The story goes that Shakyamuni Buddha at the age of 41 realised that his mother Maya Devi who had died seven days after giving birth to him was stuck in a place called Lhayul Sumcho Tsasum (heaven of thirty-three gods). So he went there to teach his mother to liberate her from samsara as a way of repaying her kindness and also to benefit the other gods in this realm. He was believed to have been there for about ninety days when one of his closest disciples pleaded him that he returns to the human realm. After a long debate where it was argued that human cannot get to the heaven of thirty-three to see Buddha whilst the gods from there can get to earth due to their celestial power, he finally agreed on the night of the full moon, to return to earth after seven days. Upon hearing this news, it is believed, Lord Indira the ruler of heaven of 33 gods, instructed Vishwakarma, the god of the machine to build a triple ladder made of beryl, gold, and silver for Buddha to descent from the heaven of thirty-three gods to earth.

Buddha Shakyamuni returned to earth a week later on the 22nd day of the lunar month according to Tibetan and Bhutanese calendar. When he descended down the central ladder he was accompanied on both sides by gods carrying a beautifully decorated umbrella to protect him from elements and to honour him with full respect and devotion. He is believed to have descended to earth by the summit of Mount Meru before starting his way down to the Udumbara tree outside the city of Sankasya in modern-day place Uttar Pradesh which is considered as one of the sacred Buddhist places on earth. This event is considered to be one of the eight great deeds of the Buddha Shakyamuni.

Hope you all have a great day and able to perform acts of virtues nature in body, speech, and mind. May your good merits multiplies in millions and benefit all sentient beings from untold sufferings and may all sentient beings attain liberation in this lifetime.

Tayata Om Muni Muni Maha Munaye Soha!

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The Path of Enlightenment

The great Jigme Lingpa said that when a yogi pursues the path of enlightenment, he could spend years and years accumulating merit through all kinds of methods, but meditation that lasts the duration of a cup of tea is more penetrating to this solid hard wrapping of ours. Spending years and years in meditation is excellent, but it is nothing compared to a single moment of remembering the guru. Even just remembering the guru’s name will dispel confusion and accumulate countless oceans of merit.

– Dzongsar Khyentse Rinpoche

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May My Heart be Open

I love this poem from E. E. Cummings and wanted to share with you. It reminds me of a prayer.

May My Heart be Open

May my heart always be open to little
birds who are the secrets of living
whatever they sing is better than to know
and if men should not hear them men are old

May my mind stroll about hungry
and fearless and thirsty and supple
and even if it’s Sunday may I be wrong
for whenever men are right they are not young

And may myself do nothing usefully
and love yourself so more than truly
there’s never been quite such a fool who could fail
pulling all the sky over him with one smile

E E Cummings

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We are all in Line to Depart

Saw this post on Facebook shared by a family member and wanted to share it here.

Every minute someone leaves this world behind.
Age has nothing to do with it.
We are all in this line without realizing it.
We never know how many people are before us.
We can not move to the back of the line.
We can not step out of the line.
We can not avoid the line.
So while we wait in line –

Make moments count.
Make a difference.
Make the call.
Make priorities.
Make the time.
Make your gifts known.
Make a nobody feel like a somebody.
Make your voice heard.
Make the small things big.
Make someone smile.
Make the change.
Make yourself a priority.
Make love.
Make up.
Make peace.
Make sure to tell your people they are loved.
Make waves.
Make sure to have no regrets.
Make sure you are ready.

This world will often leave you wishing you had just 5 more minutes. Feel free to share this powerful reminder on perspective & wake up each day realizing it is a gift & to make the most of it!

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When we suffer, we should regard our discomfort as a sign reminding us that the way to avoid even minor pains is to abandon all negative actions. In the purification of negativities, there are four powers to be considered.
The first is the power of revulsion, a strong regret for all evil actions committed in the past, similar to the regret we might feel after swallowing poison. It is futile to confess faults without regret, and the power of revulsion is simply to be sick of one’s negative actions. The second power is the decision to improve. In the past, we have failed to recognise the evil of negative actions; but from now on, even at the cost of our lives, we resolve to refrain from negativity.
The third power is that of the support. Since it is impossible to make confession without having someone to confess to, we take as our object the Three Jewels, whose Body, Speech and Mind are ever free from evil actions, and who are utterly without partiality. When we have taken refuge in them, the best way to purify ourselves is to generate Bodhichitta in their presence. Just as it is said that all forests will be consumed in an instant by the fires at the end of the kalpa, likewise all negative actions are completely purified by the generation of Bodhichitta.
The fourth power is the power of the antidote. One such antidote is the meditation on emptiness, for even negative actions are by nature empty and have no substantial existence as independent entities. As another antidote, it is said that the mere recollection of the mantra of Chenrezig can bring about enlightenment.
The six syllables of the Mani correspond to Chenrezig’s accomplishment of the six transcendent perfections and are manifestations of them. By hearing the mantra, beings are liberated from samsara; by thinking of the mantra, they accomplish these perfections. The benefit of the Mani is so vast that if the earth could be used as paper, the trees as pens and the oceans as ink, and if the Buddhas themselves were to discourse upon it, there would be no end to the description of its qualities.
Practices such as meditation on emptiness or the recitation of the Mani constitute the power of applying the antidote of wholesome conduct. The Buddha said in the White Lotus of Compassion Sutra that if someone were to practise properly the recitation of the six syllables, even the parasites living in his body would be reborn in Chenrezig’s Buddhafield.
Confession is practised correctly when these four powers are all present. As it is said by the Kadampa Masters, negative actions have but one good quality: they may be purified through confession.
– Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche – Enlightened Courage – Shambhala Publication
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