Valentine’s Week Retreat at the Morin Heights Dharma House on the the Four Immeasurables

"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

The Science of Loving-Kindness Meditation

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

Top US Scientist James Hansen in NY Times: Tar Sands = “Game Over for the Climate”

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”

Appreciating the myriad non-human communications necessary for a healthy living world

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

Q to HH the Dalai Lama: What was the happiest moment of your life?

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?

Another Favourite Christmas Story

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

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?!)

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?!)

Nov 14….Francisco “Pancho” Ramos-Stierle and friends, sitting in meditation in front of Oakland City Hall, prior to being arrested.

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.