Re-Blog: The Power of Cultivated Beneficence

Originally posted on Peace Paul's Blog:
In September of 1947 Gandhi undertook a fast to address the violence in Calcutta that had killed thousands. It was only a few months before his assassination. Ghastly communal violence verging on civil war was sweeping across India. On the heels of independence, India was being partitioned into…

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 —…

Re-Blog: Tribes, and How to Get Beyond Them

Originally posted on Truly Open Minds and Hearts:
By Mel Harkrader Pine I made a solo 1,500-mile driving round trip recently, which gave me the opportunity to catch up to some books I had been wanting to read, or in this case listen to. I was surprised, and enlightened, by two that incongruously fit together.…

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…

Is That a Shame?

Originally posted on Truly Open Minds and Hearts:
By Mel Harkrader Pine “A lot of people seem to think I started this business,” (Elvis) Presley told Jet magazine in 1957. “But rock ‘n’ roll was here a long time before I came along. Nobody can sing that music like colored people. Let’s face it: I…

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…

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,…

Re-blog from September 2015: I Know How Joe Biden Feels

Originally posted on Melting-Pot Dharma:
I know how Joe Biden feels. I don’t think I’ve ever used that phrase before, because of course we can never know. But this time I think I’m close enough for horseshoes and hand grenades. Joe lost his 46-year-old son Beau less than four months ago, on May 30. Two days…