Vox Populi

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Kathleen O’Toole: Mindful

Samsara’s in every in-breath, each shutter click of attention: first warning
signs of famine, children lining up
for the soldiers’ candy

November 11, 2019 · Leave a comment

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

Peter Schireson: Awakening

The monk sits
upright, unmoving
in the garden

June 1, 2019 · 1 Comment

Buddha Shakyamuni: Why we quarrel

Some do not understand that we must die, but those who do realize this settle their quarrels.   From Great Middle Way Included in Vox Populi with permission. Buddha Shakyamuni … Continue reading

August 25, 2018 · Leave a comment

Tashi Nyima: Life Is Sacred

Originally posted on Great Middle Way:
140 countries in the world have abolished the death penalty in law or practice. In 2013, the top five countries still engaged in this…

March 10, 2015 · 1 Comment

Video: Alan Watts — Can we change the world?

In this 1971 video, philosopher Alan Watts talks about the problem with trying to change the world. — Alan Wilson Watts (6 January 1915 – 16 November 1973) was a … Continue reading

March 2, 2015 · Leave a comment

Video: Alan Watts animated by South Park creators

Here is a compilation of a few of Alan Watts’ non-corporeal appearances animated by Trey Parker and Matt Stone, the creators of the television show South Park.

February 9, 2015 · Leave a comment

Kalu Rinpoche: Desires

Originally posted on Great Middle Way:
In the current general cultural milieu of the Western world, expression of desire allows emotions to be actively encouraged, actively stimulated, and over-blown, all…

January 8, 2015 · Leave a comment

Only One Resolution

Originally posted on Great Middle Way:
We make several New Year’s resolutions, only to abandon them before the end of February. Perhaps this is so because our resolutions do not…

January 1, 2015 · Leave a comment

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