The Veteran’s Paradox

Originally posted on Chartwell West:
Dick Winters became a production supervisor at a plastics adhesive factory after the war. He eventually bought a farm and started a business selling animal feed in Pennsylvania. The books and movies about his life didn’t make him rich and famous. They didn’t start until 50 years after the war…

Injustice Anywhere…

Oppression and injustice are not competitive sports with winners and losers and a need to take sides.

My Life

My spiritual life takes two interconnected (aren’t they all?) paths. I’ll discuss the Buddhist one, the Unitarian Universalist one, and how they connect.

The Great Perfection

In each moment, we can use our free will to take a non-dual, compassionate view or submit to the karma that tends to pull us toward self-and-other.

Good Grief

Memoirs by Kate Braestrup and Bryan Stevenson come as close as possible, for us earthlings, to putting religious truths, love and grief into words.

Re-Blog: The News Media’s Biggest Bias

Originally posted on Melting-Pot Dharma:
There’s a story about Korean Zen Master Seung Sahn (1927-2004): One morning his students saw him reading the newspaper as he ate breakfast. They chided him: “You tell us, ‘When you eat, eat. When you read, read.’ But now you’re eating and reading.” Seung Sahn looked up from his newspaper…

The Illusion of Group

As liberal religions seek more honest dialogue about race, they bury themselves deeper into racial and ethnic groupings.

Re-Blog: Walking Buddhas

Originally posted on Peace Paul's Blog:
When we speak of Enlightenment, we often think of the Buddha sitting peacefully under the Bodhi Tree. This Buddha is ubiquitous; found in temples, religious murals, on home altars, and even in pop art. We forget, however, that the Buddha lived most of his life in public teaching,…

Throwing Seeds

I’m determined to spread as many more seeds as I can, in part because Thomas cannot.

Walls — Disassembly Required

Modern research and writing on racism focuses on its systemic nature, which can’t be denied. But I don’t know how to re-engineer a culture or redistribute its power. I do know how to break down walls and feel my oneness with all beings.