A former boss of mine used to say "blame the system not the people" whenever I came to him with problems at work. The people, in this case the police officers, are caught up in a system and may not realize they have a choice or that there is a better less violent way. It's important to show them that there are human beings on the other end of their actions. The system they are part of dehumanizes the communities they have to work with most frequently making it easier for them to commit acts of violence and see it as necessary or justified. Bearing witness to them in order to remind them that they work with people not "populations" should be a key component of compassionate activism toward police violence. Show them that there is another way and they may very well choose to do things differently. That's my overly simplified thoughts on the issue.
Join us for an exciting dharma talk this evening, "Exploring the Bodhisattva Way: Free Adventures Every Day!" by Zen Peacemaker Roshi Grover Genro Gauntt who will lead the residents in a street retreat this weekend. Wednesday, September 23, 5:30 p.m. in the temple.
If you’ve ever dreamed about doing a long, silent retreat but don’t have the time, or are perhaps a bit daunted, this is a great way to have an experience that trains the body-mind in the rhythm of silent practice that characterizes sesshin.
Have you ever wondered if you should sign up to participate in a zazenkai? With a zazenkai coming up November 6-8 as part of Fall Zen Circle, we invite beginners to meditation and seasoned practitioners alike to come get a taste of this beautiful practice. Zazenkai means to “come together in meditation” and refers to …
"The day I was asked to be on this panel, I was given a vision or a dream of this life-sustaining action. I saw our Pueblo Governors offices being flooded with letters of acknowledgement and heartfelt prayers from all of you who stand in solidarity with us for the care of this land. I saw your prayers lifting the spirits of our People, helping us take the next step we have to take to abolish weapons of destruction. I saw the giving and receiving of prayers weaving connection between our worlds, allowing all to lay their burdens down and move into a time of great healing." Read Marian's beautiful presentation from the Campaign Nonviolence Conference, send your letters and prayers, and local New Mexico sangha, consider attending tomorrow's Gathering for Mother Earth.
Tora Akita narrates this moving documentary of his work with Pasang Lhamu Sherpa Akita and the Ayan group bringing aid to a number of villages in Nepal with the support of the Upaya Zen Center Nepal Earthquake Relief Fund.