20 Years Ago: Remembering When East Timor Wasn’t News

[An edited version of this post was published in the Globe and Mail, p. D6, Saturday, September 18, 1999, with the title: "The loneliness of the long-distance activist"] I REMEMBER trying to start an East Timor group in Ottawa.  Julia Milton and I were twenty-two year-old non-professional activists.  It was a lonely fight.  It was … Continue reading 20 Years Ago: Remembering When East Timor Wasn’t News

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Empowering Mindfulness

A Meditation Retreat at the Dharma Centre of Canada Meditations that strengthen us to address ecological and social justice issues and meet the difficult challenges ahead. Come immerse yourself in the serenity and vitality of the Dharma Centre and its 400 acres of wilderness. Please join us and share your insights into practices that strengthen. … Continue reading Empowering Mindfulness

Meditation & Yoga Retreat (Labour Day Weekend 2017)

Try a Little Tenderness: a Meditation Toolkit for Troubling Times Friday, Sept 1 - Wednesday, Sept 6 Dharma Centre of Canada 1886 Galway Rd., Kinmount, ON, Canada Often we get very critical with ourselves and others.  When someone like Trump comes to power we might find we become even more critical and angry.  This course will … Continue reading Meditation & Yoga Retreat (Labour Day Weekend 2017)

Amitabha, Community and Ecology: A Retreat with Tarchin Hearn in Morin Heights, Quebec (June 21-26, 2014)

Tarchin Hearn, a great Buddhist writer and teacher from New Zealand will be teaching across Canada this summer, and he is kicking off his tour with a one-week retreat in Morin Heights.  Tarchin’s approach to dharma is non-sectarian and universal in nature, linking personal healing with a deep ecological perspective in ways that have inspired … Continue reading Amitabha, Community and Ecology: A Retreat with Tarchin Hearn in Morin Heights, Quebec (June 21-26, 2014)

New Year’s Retreat on The Four Immeasurable Loves (Brahmaviharas)

The Buddha’s favourite word for meditation was ‘cultivation’ (bhavana, in Pali); wouldn’t it be great to start the New Year cultivating sympathetic joy, and the other boundless types of love? Please consider joining us in Morin Heights for a four day retreat on what in Buddhism are called the Four Immeasurables: friendliness, compassion, sympathetic joy, … Continue reading New Year’s Retreat on The Four Immeasurable Loves (Brahmaviharas)

Chomsky: higher tuitions are about controlling students by trapping them in debt

An excerpt from an excellent interview Michael S. Wilson did with Noam Chomsky for Modern Success magazine. (posted here at AlterNet)Chomsky: Well one of the main problems for students today — a huge problem — is sky-rocketing tuitions.  Why do we have tuitions that are completely out-of-line with other countries, even with our own history?  … Continue reading Chomsky: higher tuitions are about controlling students by trapping them in debt

Qallunology: First Cease to Do Evil; Then Learn to Do Good…

(A couple of recent posts I’ve written at Buddhist Peace Fellowship…) “Indigenous people are at the front lines of some of the largest environmental battles of the current era, from tar sands in Alberta to rainforests in the Amazon. Naturally, some non-Indigenous people want to help out. The well-intentioned and progressive point of view seems … Continue reading Qallunology: First Cease to Do Evil; Then Learn to Do Good…