Tag: Dalai Lama

What is Most Private is Most Communal

  Tom   A cool breeze puffs its way across my face.   The widow in our bedroom, an all but glorified piece of plastic wrap, makes me one with creation, whether I wish to be in this way or not. Like the two night owls on the mountainside at the end of our block, I’m…
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Are you #Woke?

To be aware.   That’s what it means to be “woke”.   Increasingly, we’ve been hearing this word used as a byword for social awareness, primarily about racism and injustice. But it can be used for so much more.   There’s a lot of injustice in this world. And yes, a lot of racism. Accompanying…
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We Are ALL In This Together

“Whatever happens to me in life, I must believe that somewhere, in the mess or madness of it all, there is a sacred potential–a possibility for wondrous redemption in the embracing of all that is.” ~Edwina Gateley “Compassion is the wish for another being to be free from suffering.” ~The Dalai Lama St. Paul’s (Episcopal)…
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Taking Care

In dealing with those who are undergoing great suffering, if you feel “burnout” setting in, if you feel demoralized and exhausted, it is best, for the sake of everyone, to withdraw and restore yourself. The point is to have a long-term perspective.     Dalai Lama In a few of weeks we are planning to take a small…
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Success … Redefined

The planet does not need more successful people. The planet desperately needs more peacemakers, healers, restorers, storytellers and lovers of all kinds.     Dalai Lama Success is valued very highly in our culture. We ask ourselves the question often, “what exactly is success and what does it mean?” Often success is defined by worldly achievement (i.e.…
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Duct Tape and Practicing the Art of Contentment

When you are discontent, you always want more, more, more. Your desire can never be satisfied. But when you practice contentment, you can say to yourself, ‘Oh yes – I already have everything that I really need.’ Dalai Lama Following the birth of our (Tom’s) two girls we have had many more guests than normal…
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Being a Warm-Hearted People

Honest concern for others is the key factor in improving our day to day lives. When you are warm-hearted, there is no room for anger, jealousy or insecurity. A calm mind and self-confidence are the basis for happy and peaceful relations with each other. Healthy, happy families and a healthy peaceful nation are dependent on…
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