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FUNDAMENTALISM IS NOT PEOPLE, IT’S AN ATTITUDE

In ACTIVISM by Erik Pema Kunsang10 Comments

There is no copyright on the tendency to be close-minded, shutting off reason and empathy. It can unfold within the mind of anyone.
The resulting arrogance, and the aggressive and abusive behavior that the fundamentalist attitude breeds, can be changed by opening our hearts with kindness and freeing our minds through insight.

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CHANGING FROM THE TOP DOWN OR THE BOTTOM UP

In ACTIVISM by Pema Dragpa3 Comments

Meditation develops one’s open-mindness, sensitivity and appreciation, while enhancing one’s ability to stay focused and engaged with more challenging experiences. Wouldn’t meditators of all traditions therefore have a key role in contributing to solutions for the difficulties the world is now facing?
The debate is open.

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UNIVERSALISM

In ACTIVISM by Christopher JudgesLeave a Comment

Human beings believe separateness is the true reality, not interconnectedness. They believe in the autonomy of me from you, the separateness of body from mind, climate from man’s activities. Think of the many trillions of different subjects in trillions of endless lists of separated items and disciplines to be fixed, improved, voted on or changed.

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CULTURAL FACTORS SHAPING BUDDHA’S MESSAGE

In ACTIVISM by Ira Rechtshaffer2 Comments

In contrast with the Buddhist message, which affirms the preciousness of our human birth and our original enlightened nature, there are psychological and socioeconomic forces in our western culture working in exact opposition. Several developments in our cultural history have dramatically shaped our view of ourselves, displacing us from cosmic significance and eventually led to a mood of nihilistic doubt about our awakened heart of compassion

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FROM RECOVERY TO TAKING REFUGE: A TESTIMONY

In ACTIVISM by Alejandro Serrano8 Comments

I was struggling with anger and resistance to accept I was being an asshole to my loved ones, my sponsor asked: “have you kneeled to God lately?”. I was utterly surprised by that question. “What in the world is he talking about?”, I thought. I felt offended. I couldn’t believe he had the nerves to ask me to kneel.

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A RADICAL SHIFT

In ACTIVISM by Scott Tusa18 Comments

Our states of mind and actions are what drive systems. If we wish to have economic, political and social systems that reflect love, compassion, care for our environment and overall well-being, we must embody and train in those qualities ourselves. We must begin to shift the focus within our individual lives.

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SUPERMAN

In ACTIVISM by Christopher JudgesLeave a Comment

The basic virtue of Superman is his altruism. He uses his powers to save people from their own follies. His actions are shocking because he is willing to take risks the rest of us can no longer contemplate. Superman has empathy for the suffering of others. His compassion, care and willingness to put his life on the line for another person make him a worthy hero to admire.

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THE FOOD WE EAT

In ACTIVISM by Sascha Alexandra Aurora2 Comments

Today I went to a small secret place on the Island where I live. In the deep dark shiny woods, you can find it, along with all the elves, gnomes, trolls and pixies. It is a hippie community born out of the sixties and still very much alive.