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Greg Milner

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Listening to this while working. Pretty interesting so far. 
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Lance Smith

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They Just Washed Away
Katrina a Man-made Disaster: Before, During and After

On the 10th Anniversary of Hurricane Katrina, my Brother Lefty rambles on -- and sings about -- a tragedy fueled by institutional racism, crony capitalism and neo-liberal narcissism. 
http://leftysmithsings.blogspot.com/

Have a look and a listen?
One Love,
Lance
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Priya Anita

>>Environment & Economics  - 
 
"Revolution in You"... the SGI-USA's anthem for the abolition of nuclear weapons. 

"The world spends $105 billion on nuclear weapons every year which could provide food and education for every person throughout the world."

"The challenge of preventing any further proliferation of nuclear weapons is just such a trial in the quest for world peace, one that cannot be achieved if we are defeated by a sense of helplessness. The crucial element is to ensure that any struggle against evil is rooted firmly in a consciousness of the unity of the human family, something only gained through the mastery of our own inner contradictions." Daisaku Ikeda

This month marks the 70th anniversary of the atomic bombs in Hiroshima and Nagasaki. This video will be shown as the opening for the International Youth Summit held in Hiroshima at the end of the month.

#buddhism   #nichirenbuddhism   #socialjustice  #newclearfuture #songsforpeace   #songsforjustice  
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Join by webcast this remarkable 5-day “Great Prayer Festival” with the 17th Karmapa and other great Kagyu Buddhist teachers leading prayers for world peace. http://livestream.com/accounts/3780604/events/4295284?t=1440459974639
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May all humans stop perpetrating war and hatred upon each other and find the path to living together in peace and love.
For residents of Israel and Gaza, routine paths are full of reminders of last summer’s war, one year after a cease-fire.
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In meditation we discover our inherent restlessness." (Pema Chodron)

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Joan Halifax
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>>Nonviolence  - 
 
Join Father John Dear this evening at Upaya Zen Center, as he addresses non-violence on the eve of the 70 anniversar of the dropping of the atom bomb on Hiroshima. And tomorrow, we go to Los Alamos to bear witness......... 
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This Thursday in Los Alamos, NM...please join us.
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Great reminder!
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Audio of Dzongsar Khyentse Rinpoche’s teachings are now available for free download. The day of teachings on “Buddhism Without Rebirth”  were courageous and unparalleled in their unrelenting attentiveness to discerning the true meaning and intent of the Buddhist teachings and its relationship to the current wave of Western secular interpretations.
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Professor Lewis R. Lancaster at Centre of Buddhist Studies, The University of Hong Kong | MaMa Charitable Foundation
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Greg Milner

>>Being With Dying  - 
 
On Death. Part 5. 

Roshi Joan turns up about 4:45 in. 
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The biggest B2B platform in the world. Database · Bus Line Companies in Hungary · Download Tritty Databases.
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Lance Smith

>>Discussion  - 
 
"Engaged Buddhism is just Buddhism. When bombs begin to fall on people,you cannot stay in the meditation hall all of the time.
Meditation is about the awareness of what is going on --not only in your body and in your feelings, but all around you."
-- Thich Nhat Hanh

Dear folks,
Surprisingly, there is not yet a White Supremacy/Racism category on this site.  I visit here occasionally and also share links to my blog here --- and am interested in knowing if anyone else here believes that the emergence of Black Lives Matter and similar organizations signals a new era of activism and the opportunity to move us all ahead to address the historical and current realities of our shared plight.
One Love,
Lance

Here's the Blog post:
YOUR MMM COURTESY WAKE UP CALL:
STORMY WEATHER BLUES
http://www.mondaymorningmindfulness.net/
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Thanks! BPF Rocks Once Again! _ /\ _
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Greg Milner

>>Environment & Economics  - 
 
Mottainai combines elements of Buddhism and Shinto to create a nuanced approach to the environment and wasteful practices.
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Joan Halifax
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>>Tibet  - 
 
Special edition of "Beautiful Resilience" by Cira Crowell done as a gift for Gorkha after the earthquake. ALL the funds from the sale of this edition will be used for earthquake relief and restoration projects. We encourage you to purchase the book now. You can purchase directly through Upaya Zen Center and join Cira and I on August 26 at 5:30PM Upaya Zen Center for a special presentation of what beautiful resilience means in our lives.
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Upaya Zen Center
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>>Dharma  - 
 
“Dharma has always been at the edge, and if it’s not taking us to our edges, then it’s not Dharma.” —Fleet Maull Read more: https://www.upaya.org/…/dharma-at-the-edge-trace-tessier-o…/
A Santa Fe, New Mexico Zen center and community with retreats, daily meditation, weekly Dharma talks on Buddhist teachings, programs and workshops. Two-year Certificated Buddhist Chaplaincy and Professional Training in Contemplative End of Life Care.
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Erik Pema Kunsang

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Our world is beautiful and magical, mysterious, ugly and gruesome. Most people would agree that it’s an amazingly beautiful planet and we want it to stay that way. Nonetheless we as humans are living in a way that is fast destroying the foundation for our experience.

Part 1 of Adam Dreisler's serialized manual.
This manual is an offering. An offering to the world with the prayer that we may be better to live in it and thereby makes it better to live in. Our world is beautiful and…
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Erik Pema Kunsang

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AUTISM: SINGING LIFE IN A DIFFERENT TEMPO by Sara Nicoletti Altimari Suttle. #autism   #autism_awareness  
Since my son has been diagnosed with PDD, I’ve learned a lot. In this article, I share my experience and my thoughts to let you know you’re not alone and, hopefully, give you reason to…
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Maia Duerr

>>Dharma  - 
 
I've been in Thailand the past month helping to teach at the "Buddhist Education for Social Transformation" course for activists from around Asia and the U.S. This is the framework I've been offering them to explore. If anyone would like more info about it, I am happy to share!
I've referred to the "Mandala of Socially Engaged Buddhism" a couple of time in previous posts on this blog, and I've finally dug it up to share it with all of you. If you click on the graphic abov...
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Humans are not stronger, faster, or smarter than other species.  The advantage of humans is their ability to organize.   For example, the computer I'm typing on has bits (plastic, steal, gold, silicon, rubber, software, etc) that took the coordination of millions of people from all over the world to create.  

Therefore, can I suggest that while SEB is fantastic unless it links up with Socially  Engaged Catholicism, Socially Engaged Atheism  and so on it will never achieve big results.  

The results that Gandhi got were not because his ideas were better rather that he managed to unite the whole country and many outside behind him.  It is a case of Unite and rule, divide and be conquered.  

With this in mind the 'Healing' part of the mandala is quite foreign to any group outside Buddhism as is education from a 'dharma' perspective.  

Don't get me wrong, but could it not be rewritten to be inclusive of all faiths and no-faith?  I think it's got great potential.

Finally, would you object if I had a play around with it and try and make it more inclusive?
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