What’s Wrong with the American Dream

Originally posted on Truly Open Minds and Hearts:
By Mel Harkrader Pine At the age of 30, I got my first ride on a corporate jet. My companions were the Vice Chairman of the Mobil Corporation Board and our wives. Since we were four passengers on a short flight — New York to Washington —…

A New Year, a Fortune, and a Blue Tattoo

Originally posted on Melting-Pot Dharma:
Melting-Pot Dharma has been in a simmering phase as I took a long road trip over the Christmas holiday and now prepare for my seven-day retreat with Lama Surya Das. While on a break from daily blogging, I wanted to post something for the new year, always a time for…

Me, Too

Let’s recognize that no one has a monopoly on pain.

How Vietnam Scarred Us

My generation came head-to-head with the draft and the Vietnam war just as we reached the age of questioning and rebellion.

My Muse from Gerichsstaal 600

What we need most in the U.S. is truth and reconciliation. Maybe that’s what the Nuremberg trials represented for Jews, incomplete as they were.

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.

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…

Solar Energy — Day 365

…over a year and four weeks, we have prevented the release of 8,250 kilograms of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere.

Throwing Seeds

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