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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

Elizabeth Jacobson: Dear Basho, 

Basho, what is the world if it is not this uneasy faith
puddling and drying as we thrust ourselves toward the sky?

March 4, 2019 · 1 Comment

Daniel R. Cobb: Time to Breathe

I don’t know about you, but it seems to me that life has been far more stressful over these last… oh… two years?  The continuous meltdown in DC sends shockwaves around … Continue reading

December 28, 2018 · 5 Comments

Susan Sonde: Random Motion

Lord, pledge all Your juices. I come alone tonight and solitude narrates what my voice sees in the klieg lights of December. The earth evolves . under its belt of … Continue reading

December 24, 2018 · Leave a comment

Shantideva: Rising Moon

. Just as a blind man might find a jewel amongst heaps of rubbish, so this Mind of Awakening has somehow arisen in me. It is the elixir of life produced … Continue reading

December 21, 2018 · Leave a 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

Robert C. Koehler: Let the Prayer Continue

Let sanity — please, oh Lord — prevail, and the re-empowered voices of war and dominance return to shame and silence. Rev. Patrick Conroy, the chaplain of the House of … Continue reading

May 14, 2018 · Leave a comment

Tashi Nyima: Humility

Humility is not thinking less of myself, but rather thinking of myself less. I am neither the best nor the worst —both extremes are manifestations of pride. The frog sings, … Continue reading

July 13, 2017 · Leave a comment

Tashi Nyima: Rage and Outrage

Some well-intentioned persons believe that rage and outrage are necessary for beneficial activism. However, all variations of anger, while making us feel “sharp”, actually dull the mind and make us … Continue reading

December 2, 2016 · Leave a comment

Tashi Nyima: The Five Liars

The aggregate of form, the material body, tells me where I am. The aggregate of feeling tells me how I am. The aggregate of perception tells me what I am. … Continue reading

November 26, 2016 · Leave a comment

Tashi Nyima: When Our Loved Ones Die

The true reason that we grieve for them is not that they have died, but rather that we miss their presence in our lives, and what they shared with us. … Continue reading

September 2, 2016 · Leave a comment

Tashi Nyima: Wholesome and Unwholesome

[ed. note: The first day of the year is traditionally a time to look at ourselves and consider changes we want to make in our habits and attitudes. Tasha Nyima, … Continue reading

January 1, 2016 · 1 Comment

Tashi Nyima: Rest in Peace

We pray for our Emanuel AME Church Sisters and Brothers The Rev. Clementa Pinckney, 41: A state senator and the senior pastor of Emanuel, he was married to Jennifer Benjamin … Continue reading

June 19, 2015 · 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

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