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Meredith Garmon
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UU minister, Zen student, erstwhile philosophy prof
UU minister, Zen student, erstwhile philosophy prof

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J.D. Vance hopes the “broad community of hillbillies” will “wake the hell up” – but he believes that any awakening must be done from within. Those of us who aren’t from the poor white culture Vance describes should just shut up.

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At the end of an evening meeting, Raven announced, "The Assembly Oak will preside tomorrow night."

Woodpecker said, "This I'll have to see."

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At the end of an evening meeting, Raven announced, "The Assembly Oak will preside tomorrow night."

Woodpecker said, "This I'll have to see."

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Raven 39
The trees are in charge. Aren't they always in charge? What we forget, they are remembering. THE NEW DISCUSSION LEADER At the end of an evening meeting, Raven announced, "The Assembly Oak will preside tomorrow night." Woodpecker said, "This I'll have to see...

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Your capacity for sadness is equal to your capacity for joy, because they are the same capacity.

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We practice sadness so we’ll know how to do it when we need to. And because empathizing makes us more compassionate, and compassion connects us to others. Because sharing tears, like sharing laughter, is an entrance-way into human community and the human family. It’s because it is how we face reality and discover in that reality an underlying joy.

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Mar 15-22, BCR #52
Winter, week 13 "We dissolve the concepts of separateness that have ruled our lives by practicing metta for all beings without exception. Lovingkindness for all beings is the foundation of moral and spiritual awakening.” -Sharon Salzberg Chants for Wed Feb ...

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On the value of dialog that isn't about anything, and in which misunderstanding is a necessary component.

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The evidence suggests that humans evolved with sadness because our ancestors who got sad when faced with a difficult situation, could withdraw from the distractions of excitement and wonder, and were thus better able to work through the problem.

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Raven 38
If practice does you good, then wouldn't practice make you more good -- i.e., better -- than people who don't practice? Unless maybe those others just naturally have the virtues that we who practice are trying to acquire? That must be it. We're the remedial...
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