"The Most Contagious Activism is Linked to Celebration and Joy"--Alice Walker "My activism - cultural, political, spiritual - is rooted in my love of nature and my delight in human beings. It is when people are at peace, content, full, that they are most likely to [...] be a generous, joyous, even entertaining experience for … Continue reading Valentine’s Week Retreat at the Morin Heights Dharma House on the the Four Immeasurables
Let’s talk about meditate on love… It was a rare opportunity: one of the world’s top brain researchers and one of the most esteemed Buddhist monks in the room at the same time, talking about the effects of loving-kindness and compassion meditation on the brain. Here’s my report from this first-of-its kind course offered by … Continue reading The Science of Loving-Kindness Meditation
James Hansen, who heads the NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies in New York City, wrote an amazingly straightforward op-ed piece in the New York Times yesterday....surprisingly, when you google for it only 5 hits come up. It's hard to find the complete text, so in case you haven't seen it, here it is (below), … Continue reading Top US Scientist James Hansen in NY Times: Tar Sands = “Game Over for the Climate”
Well, this was too good; I had to cross-post it here. It's from New Zealand meditation teacher Tarchin's blog. He says: "Will there be silence? I sincerely hope not,"--that made me smile. Happy Chinese New Year! Silence and Retreat by Tarchin Hearn on September 20, 2011 These words have arisen in response to the many … Continue reading Appreciating the myriad non-human communications necessary for a healthy living world
From the Dec. 22, 2011 posting by the Ven. Matthieu Ricard at his blog: http://www.matthieuricard.org/en/index.php/blog/ et en francais: http://www.matthieuricard.org/index.php/blog/ Japanese researcher, specialist of laughter, took part in a meeting between the Dalai Lama and a group of scientists and philosophers, organized by the Mind and Life Institute to which I belong. This distinguished researcher was scheduled … Continue reading Q to HH the Dalai Lama: What was the happiest moment of your life?
Here is another one of my favourite Christmas stories; also true. [my previous fav is here https://dereksdharma.wordpress.com/2010/12/15/my-favorite-christmas-story/%5D Back when I used to do travel planning for Namgyal Rinpoche, the travel agency I worked out of was in downtown Toronto. One December, just before Christmas, I went to the convenience store across from the office that … Continue reading Another Favourite Christmas Story
Dharma evenings with Derek in Toronto: Dec. 14 and 15, 7:30 pm. How do we bring Dharma into our activism? How do we bring activism into our Dharma? How do we look after one another? Let's get together for a couple of nights and explore these questions. The evenings are free - all are welcome. … Continue reading How Do We Look After One Another?
Australian artist Dave Sag has come up with this fantastic T-Shirt: "Global Priorities Checklist" He says: "When it comes to responding to a crisis we're told that it’s too complicated to all act together on global warming.... Addressing poverty is, similarly, too big an issue to be able to address; and bringing about a lasting … Continue reading Climate Damage* is “too complicated” to fix? (but when the banks blow all our money, the worlds’ leaders can pull off the largest financial bailout in history in only a few days?!)
Photo from Oakland Tribune Photo above re-posted from Maia Duerr's excellent blog 'The Jizo Chronicles': http://jizochronicles.com/2011/11/20/bodhisattvas-of-great-strength/ Al Jazeera recently ran this excellent essay by Vandana Shiva (toward the end of her essay, the 2nd and 3rd last paragraphs, are so succinct and powerful): The lies of free market democracy By fighting against the doomed system, … Continue reading Nov 14….Francisco “Pancho” Ramos-Stierle and friends, sitting in meditation in front of Oakland City Hall, prior to being arrested.
Mass Non Violent Direct Action called for NYC on Thursday November 17, 2011. Occupy Wall Street and other locations were dismantled by police last night..... Occupy Toronto may be evicted in the next couple of days. Here is a photo essay from the Occupy Toronto site in St. James Park this afternoon, courtesy of Gelek. … Continue reading Something Inside So Strong…