TrUUmpism. Yes, that’s a controversial sermon title, but, no, this is not a political sermon. It’s a fresh way of looking at the divisions in the country and what those divisions may teach us as Americans and as Unitarian Universalists.
I voted today. I wish I could say I was proud of it. Much has been written about this election. There’s nothing I can add about that, but maybe there’s something to say about my vote. I realized this morning that I was voting out of fear rather than hope. My Buddhist practice leans heavily…
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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…
From my Soto Zen dharma friends at Mind Without Walls. — Mel
My spiritual practice is to live as much of my life as I can as the knower, the observer. That’s where my heart-mind is. That’s where my compassion is, for myself and for others. That’s where I can live in the moment. That’s where I know I am not distinct from others. That’s the seat of my wisdom.
“We do not exist alone and we cannot create alone. What this world needs is a humanistic awakening of the desire to raise one’s life condition to a place where our actions are rooted in altruism and compassion.”
To me, the Metta (Loving Kindness) Sutra is one of the most beautiful.
Amber Lotus Publishing Image from our Dalai Lama 2016 wall calendar. Photograph by Tenzin Choejor. Click image for more info. Compassion is a mind wishing that sentient beings be free from suffering, and loving-kindness is a mind wishing they meet with happiness. Loving-kindness induces compassion, and compassion induces the special attitude. The special attitude here…
Some early practitioners did in fact dismiss “good works” as not terribly important, but I think that was, and is, a misreading of the Buddha’s teachings.
Wisely, Buddhism teaches that in order to live with metta for others, we start with ourselves. How can we accept and love others if we don’t accept and love ourselves?
…every presidential debate needs to have a winner, a loser and momentous import. Every state’s primary process is definitive. Every noticeable dip or rise in the stock market indicates a possibly historic trend.
“Dear sir, there is nothing more I can do for you. I have nothing else to give you.”