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Erica Etelson: In order to transcend Trumpism, we must tend to suffering — not celebrate it

Our survival as a species depends on our ability to turn away from the delusion of sweet revenge, and show compassion for those we may dislike or detest.

May 19, 2022 · 2 Comments

Megan Merchant / Luke Johnson: Origin Story (An Epistolary Dialogue)

From our window, grosbeaks
and buntings tangle into flight. The hours count
earlier now, because of the way they are lit.

April 15, 2022 · Leave a comment

Rita D. Sherma: The Links Between Spirituality and Climate Change

Dr. Sherma explains the core ideas behind “green spirituality,” how religion and environmental protection are closely intertwined, and the role faith can play in restoring hope amid the drumbeat of discouraging environmental news.

March 17, 2022 · 1 Comment

Ruth King: A Journey From Rage to Mindfulness

An approach to examining systems, navigating emotional distress, and increasing social harmony.

March 15, 2022 · 4 Comments

Kim Stafford: Four poems about the current war

How much rain to fill the Volga?
Not soon, the end of weeping.

March 13, 2022 · 10 Comments

The Vegan Kitchen: Derek Sarno | Wicked Stroganoff and other great recipes

Vegan chef Derek Sarno is on a mission to unleash the mighty power of plants, creating nutritious food from mushrooms and vegetables that’s full of texture and flavor — and good for the planet. (recipes included in this post)

January 8, 2022 · Leave a comment

Peter Schireson: Last Night in the Freshness that Followed a Summer Rain

How we looked into each other, how we danced through vampire nightclubs,
our intentions green and full of desire…

June 16, 2020 · 2 Comments

Ippen Shōnin: Among All

There is nothing that is not the Name.

May 8, 2020 · Leave a comment

Peter Schireson: Good Morning

Across the street, Ginkgo
sway in the breeze
like a gospel choir.

February 4, 2020 · Leave a comment

Buddha Shakyamuni: Well-Spoken

A statement endowed with five factors is well-spoken, not ill-spoken; it is blameless and not faulted by knowledgeable people. Which five?

February 4, 2020 · Leave a comment

Sandra McPherson: Garden Monk

— Lucien Stryk, Davis, California, 1988

August 19, 2019 · 2 Comments

Philip Terman: Such Abundance

When he called for help,
they put him on hold
longer than he could stand
and he broke
the phone in half.

August 8, 2019 · 1 Comment

Molly Fisk: Peace

One of those days when the grain of a wooden table
seems more certain, as if ordained, when gravity feels
like praise

May 8, 2019 · 2 Comments

Buddha Shakyamuni: Leadership

When animals are crossing a ford, if the one in front goes crookedly, all the others go crookedly. So too, among human beings, when the leader behaves unrighteously, other people … Continue reading

November 15, 2018 · 5 Comments

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