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)
One of my closest friends from Buddhist seminary school was telling me about being on retreat recently. In the group discussion that followed the end of the retreat she mentioned that she had been depressed. But she almost didn’t mention it because as a long-term meditator she was so embarrassed to admit to being susceptible … Continue reading Depression, meditation, friendship
"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
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”
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?!)
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…
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?
What gets me is the time frames involved with the radioactivity and toxicity of nuclear power. The time frames that we are monkeying around with. Plutonium remains dangerous to any life form for 500,000 years. It's "half-life" is 24,400 years. "And even 24,000 years is 15 times as long as something called civilization has existed." … Continue reading Nuclear Hubris