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”

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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.

Occupy… WTDD? –What Would Tommy Douglas Do?

Last month, Oct. 15th, my friend Gelek and I joined the Occupy Toronto march; and we hung around St. James Park to watch the encampment get set up and we got to watch how some of the group process works.  It's inspiring. A week later, I read something activist Sujata Dey wrote (http://roverarts.com/2011/10/wwtdd-what-would-tommy-douglas-do/) in a … Continue reading Occupy… WTDD? –What Would Tommy Douglas Do?

“Calm and pacify your own mindstream…” (advice from Mingyur Rinpoche’s Goodbye letter)

Yongey Mingyur Rinpoche, teacher and author of  The Joy of Living, and  Joyful Wisdom, departed retreat in Bodhgaya (India) this past June (2011). In a 6 minute youtube video (link below), recorded at Garrison Institute NY in July, his brother Tsoknyi Rinpoche describes the circumstances, and the effect on their family. It is inspiring. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nIxOS0CafQw&sns=emContinue reading “Calm and pacify your own mindstream…” (advice from Mingyur Rinpoche’s Goodbye letter)