I Can Breathe: A Meditation on Surviving Acts of Hatred

What stood out most after what was claimed the “wrongful death” of Eric Garner* were the words, “I can’t breathe.” It became a collective mantra. Soon many were wearing t-shirts that said, “I can’t breathe.” This collective voice rose to

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The Misuse of Apology for Black Genocide: A Clarification of Compassion

I have received three apologies from white-skinned strangers in the last three weeks in public places. They each said, “I am sorry for what is happening to black people in this country.” Their comments refer to the recent murders of

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Entering and Departing Silent Retreats

Many ask, “How do I enter into a silent meditation retreat and then re-engage the world upon departure?  You can just experience the retreat and then create your own guidelines for next time or perhaps these guidelines might be useful

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The Dance of Death

Daddy had chopped the tail off the Doberman pincher. The poor puppy was crying and shaking. “What have you done to Princess?” The garage was dark with cobwebs hanging in the corners. I stared at the blood where the crime

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What Does Buddhism Have to do with Black People?

  She walks through the gate, Heavy footed, Gazing out from the darkness of skin, Seeing no church pews, She sits chanting, Why have I come without knowing whose house I have entered? —zenju   I removed my sandals just

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The Way of Tenderness: A Video Meditation

Click Link Below: http://livestream.com/SFZC/events/3932540

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Ring The Bell of Mourning

There is peace. Yet, I cannot even calm my heart without reminding myself of it. I cannot face another murder without knowing it. I hear the reasons, see the protest, feel the rage. I live among the popping of guns,

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Embodiment as Nature and Notions of No Self

When we recognize that we are all a part of the collective injury of hatred, we begin to face our unexamined fears. We do not have to go far to find ourselves in the midst of human struggles based on

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Racialized Terror and the Liberation of the Black Mind/Heart

Racialized terror against black lives has been unleashed to defeat a black/liberated/conscious leadership and development in this country. For the twenty-first century the freedom of the black mind from a mental condition of slavery is a freedom from perceiving oneself

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Systemic Suffering and the First Noble Truth

When I entered the path of Dharma someone asked, “Did you come to Buddhism because of your suffering? I responded, “No.” He looked at me as if I were lying. Somewhere deep in my heart I felt he was saying

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