Chants Against Hatred

Hatred is treason against all life. It is to turn toward a living target and shoot. Internalized hatred is treason against oneself. It is to hold the gun to your own head or to the heads of those who look

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Who is not Haitian?

Contemplating a journey and a calling………. Who is not Haitian? Everywhere is Haiti. Our past, present and future of catastrophe, silenced screams of the poor dying beneath the rubble of hurricanes and earthquakes that are both weather conditions and the

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We Got It Wrong: MLK Jr Was Not Asleep Dreaming

Sharing a post from Tricycle Magazine:

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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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Simple Instructions for A Meditation Practice


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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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Fluidity of Identity and Groundlessness

Pema Chödrön, Buddhist nun and teacher, says that our embodied identities are fluid and dynamic. Our incarnations in bodies are fixed but our identities are as fluid as water. Unfortunately, we do not acknowledge this fluidity in our society. We

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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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