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Best wishes and deep blessings to the His Holiness the Dalai Lama​ on his 80th birthday. May you have a long life. A gift to us all from Wisdom Publications.
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Gregg Krech

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The Distress and Grace of Impermanence

Whether we like it or not, we have to work with impermanence. And the way we work with it is to respond to change according to what needs to be done. It’s not about how we feel (i.e. frustrated) or what we’re thinking (doom and gloom thoughts). It’s about taking action according to the needs of the situation. We accept the circumstances that we cannot change. We accept the internal reaction we’re having – our feelings and thoughts – that we also cannot change. And we try to simply step back and look clearly: What are the needs of the situation? That’s how we know what to do and when to do it.

It’s not easy: responding to the impermanence of our lives when we’re faced with disappointment, distress, or disaster. And it’s not easy taking action when, inside, we’re fired up with anxiety, fear and anger. But there’s a saving grace in the situation. You know what it is?

Impermanence.

The situation you’re faced with will change, evolve, unfold. It always does. The feelings you’re feeling will dissolve, disappear and be replaced by other feelings. They always have. You don’t have to deal with this forever. You don’t have to feel this way forever.

If you don’t like what’s happening, rest assured, it will change.

If you are pleased with the situation, rest assured, it will change.

Those are the rules. Enjoy the game. Build something. Tear it down. Have fun. It will be over all too soon.

From, The Art of Taking Action: Lessons in Japanese Psychology by Gregg Krech. http://www.amazon.com/The-Art-Taking-Action-Psychology-ebook/dp/B00PR814K0
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Each presentation was wonderful and informative
On June 14 authors David McMahan, Gary Gach, Jack Petranker and Lisa Dale Miller presented at the Bay Area Book Festival on the topic, "Beyond Mindfulness"and the growing concern that a focus on “n...
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Lisa Dale Miller, LMFT, LPCC, SEP

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And more ignorance and such disregard for the health and safety of future generations
The ruling stops in its tracks one of the administration’s most ambitious initiatives for controlling toxic emissions.
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Good news for all Buddhists
"After being asleep for more than 1000 years," Indonesia's lineage of fully ordained female Theravada monastics has "bounced back."
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Joan Halifax
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LIVESTREAM: 5:30PM: TODAY: Marking the Deaths of the Emanuel AME Church Members: M. Duerr, R. Joan Halifax.@UPAYA: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TonsvfbA1GY …
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ممكن مسعدعه منك ليه
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Joan Halifax
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Read Upaya's powerful newsltr this week!

https://www.upaya.org/newsletter/view/2015/06/23
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They say to each of us, black and white alike, that we must substitute courage for caution. They say to us that we must be concerned not merely about who murdered them, but about the system, the way of life, the philosophy which produced the murderers. Their death says to us that we must work passionately and unrelentingly for the realization of the American dream.
—Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.


We know that only love can conquer hate, that only love can bring all together in our name… Irregardless of our faiths, our ethnicities, where we are from, together we come in love. Together we come to bury racism, to bury bigotry, and to resurrect and revive love, compassion, and tenderness. —Rev. Clementa Pinckney
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Joan Halifax
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From my new book: "It seems you cannot really boil a frog, no matter how slow or fast the frog is boiled. But the story is a metaphor for a kind of overwhelm that escapes our noticing, until it is too late. This overwhelm can be based on how we respond to suffering, or it can show up in terms of the effects that our institutions have on our well-being, a kind of creep of uncaring, bias, discrimination, or violence that seeps into society or the institution that we serve in. This kind of suffering is often not recognized or acknowledged; it is a kind of sneaking normalization of the intolerable, which causes immeasurable harm."
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Maia Duerr

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I would love to see more conversation here about how to respond to the massacre in Charleston last week... what is on people's minds and hearts? How are you bringing your practice to this?
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Bigotry , egoism and guns, allow violence to be perpetuated on those a person fears..

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A gift for us all...
A guided meditation led by Robert AF Thurman at the opening evening of Menla Mountain Retreat's Annual Buddha & The Yogis. To watch entire opening night program 'An Introduction to Buddha & The Yogis' (1:25:53) become a monthly Menla Patreon!
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Kate Thomas, a Teaching Assistant for Khenpo Sherab Sangpo from Bodhicitta Sangha | Heart of Enlightenment Institute (bodhicittasangha.org), offers a step-by-step guided meditation on how to practice White Tara, a meditation on the Mother of all Buddhas that is a practice to increase health, longevity, and inner and outer peace and joy. Many great masters have relied on Tara to realize enlightenment as her visualization and mantra are the energy of wisdom inseparable from compassion that benefits all beings equally. Join us to practice this healing meditation on great equanimity and love.

 "I pray that [by practicing White Tara] the whole world may enjoy longevity, prosperity, and all noble qualities; and that happiness may prevail everywhere; that diseases, famines, and wars may be pacified." - Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche
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Bhikkhu Bodhi the encounter of classical Buddhism and secular Buddhism
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Good vagal tone is critical for physical and mental well-being. A informative article about vagal the use of vagal stimulators for RA
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"But it’s very clear that the human is one entity: mind and body are one. It sounds logical but it’s not how we looked at it before. We didn’t have the science to agree with what may seem intuitive. Now we have new data and new insights."
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A ruling that reflects startling ignorance and cruelty.
The ruling came in the case of three death row inmates in Oklahoma who had sought to bar the use of the sedative midazolam, which they said risked causing excruciating pain.
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It is a historic day for love, equality and justice. Now everyone in every American state can legally marry if they wish. I love America. Justice Anthony Kennedy wrote in the U.S. Supreme Court dec...
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Upaya Zen Center
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Upaya Zen Center is doing a fund raising campaign so that we may send small solar lamps to Nepal with our annual Nomad’s Clinic. We are asking that you donate, and even more importantly, that you please post this link on your Facebook page, or send it out in emails to your friends. The campaign has been up and running for a week. There were many donations in the first few days, but now it has stalled. We need your help to get the word out: https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/bringing-light-to-nepal-little-sun-solar-lights#/story
Little Sun solar lights will bring much needed safe and healthy light to earthquake stricken Nepal, | Crowdfunding is a democratic way to support the fundraising needs of your community. Make a contribution today!
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Alvan Lam

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Keanu Reeves being a class act on the NYC subway!
Kindness beget kindness, love eliminates hatred

#valentinesday2015   #kindness   #lovingkindness   #nyc  
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Joan Halifax
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Feeling the World: by Roshi Joan Halifaxhttps://www.upaya.org/2015/06/feeling-the-world/
An excerpt transcribed from Roshi Joan's dharma talk, Feb. 15, 2015.
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I'll be at the Red Carpet screening in Santa Cruz Friday night. Hope to see many of you there. And check out the screening schedule for your area.
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I have posted the videos of all three panels from these inspiring, informative conversations.
On June 7, 2015, a select group of presenters from the Mindfulness and Compassion Conference at SFSU convened at the Mangalam Research Center in Berkeley to discuss Buddhism and Modernity. I chose ...
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Thanks. I am looking forward to watching all the symposium videos.
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