Re-Blog: Profile of a Trump Supporter

Blogging has brought me many friends, some from different cultures, and some with different belief systems. We share our deeply held convictions via a mutual respect that grows out of our sincerity. I share this column today by one of those dear friends whom I value for her honesty. I ask you to read it with respect and a desire to understand.

The Buddha Was Engaged with the World

Originally posted on Peace Paul's Blog:
Recently I read “In Search of Buddha’s Daughters” by Christine Toomey. It is a collection of interviews with, and accounts of, Buddhist nuns – many of them on the leading edge of reform. These are stories of strong women taking courageous stands against oppressive, often abusive, patriarchal institutions.…

The Law of Long Weekends

Originally posted on Finding my Miracle:
I’m going to tell you a story about my wild Friday night. It’s a long story and brevity is not a strength of mine but I’m going to do my best to keep it to the point. This might be a challenge, though, because to be honest, at this…

Loving The World We Touch

Originally posted on Peace Paul's Blog:
In today’s media-saturated world, it can feel like we are in perpetual crisis. A full panoply of suffering assaults us on every side – news of murders, wars, disease, famine, environmental destruction, social injustices, etc. Every issue is important and horrifying and overwhelming. Unfortunately, there is little we…

Compassion

From my Soto Zen dharma friends at Mind Without Walls. — Mel

No Ordinary Sermon

Originally posted on SONYA KASSAM:
It was no ordinary sermon… Once his words were heard whose heart would fail to soften which life remains untouched? He advised that words until uttered they remain in your control. and surely silence can be the most eloquent of replies. look at what is being said rather than who…

Rise in Revolution

Originally posted on SONYA KASSAM:
I do not ask that you rise in revolution I only ask that you shed leathery skin Scaled to trap layers of numbness Snug, until temperatures rise I only ask that you incinerate blinkers Serving to suffocate your vision Though you move onward Awake but in a constant stupor When awareness…

A Glimpse of Pureland Buddhism

Pureland Buddhism is fundamentally a form of lay Buddhism. It is practiced by people with families and jobs and the many difficulties of life in the world.