Vox Populi

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Video: Path of Freedom

In the harsh environment of a Rhode Island men’s prison, a group of fifty inmates are transforming their lives through the practice of meditation.

March 10, 2019 · 1 Comment

Anne Lamott: Notes on Hope

I thought such awful thoughts that I cannot even say them out loud because they would make Jesus want to drink gin straight out of the cat dish.

March 3, 2019 · 1 Comment

Tales of the Holy Man

Word spread across the countryside about the wise Holy Man who lived in a small house atop the mountain. A man from the village decided to make the long and … Continue reading

December 16, 2018 · 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

Buddha Shakyamuni: A Real Leader

A leader should not crave wealth and property, and should dedicate personal resources to the welfare of all. A leader should cultivate morality: never killing, cheating, stealing, exploiting others, committing … Continue reading

September 26, 2017 · 2 Comments

Children Know

Originally posted on Great Middle Way:
Bai Juyi (772-846 CE) was an important poet and government officer during the Tang Dynasty in China. After his eightieth birthday, he became interested in…

January 12, 2016 · 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

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