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Ann Eastover

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Sohail Ebady

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Hi,
I am Sohail, a #yoga teacher & hypnotherapist for more then 20 years. If you want to know why yoga and hypnotherapy are a useful combination, follow me!

I am quite new to Google+ and also to this buddhist community, thanks for adding me.

Namaste
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Cel Mare

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A lot of people … many of them run after the redemption of the soul. Correct! Some of them already have the Redemption grace and some others consider it as something received free … Perhaps essential time is being lost on both cases because none knows the personal energetic vibration value that shows the unique segmental step of a being.
Energetic measures give some value and direction to the Self, the wish for evolution being a personal choice to follow the Path.
 
A simple line can light among all this present ‘giddiness’ of the world; personal karmic causes and those up to the 7th kindred that people face ‘blindly’ represent the first and the worst cause of helplessness.
 
Not beginning the call / mission, its disregard or  its ignorance lead to loosing the personal angels – small obstacles or diseases manifested in the physical plan of the being.
 
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Erica Hamilton

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I joined this community a few weeks ago, and I have enjoyed the discussions. I have been meaning to introduce myself. I am an American, but I live in Sweden with my partner and son. I work a little bit but I am mostly at home with my son (he is almost 2). I have been practicing in Thich Nhat Hanh's Zen Buddhist tradition for almost 20 years, and am a member of the Order of Interbeing. I went through catastrophic illness in my twenties, and am fortunately in long-term remission now. As a result of my experiences with chronic illness and chronic pain, I created a non-profit website, Patient Corps, http://patientcorps.org/ , which helps to connect patients with opportunities to do service projects as a means to help reduce suffering in the world. I also have a personal blog in which I have written about some of my experiences with chronic illness and chronic pain, http://determinedtoheal.org/ . I am really glad to be part of this group. It feels like a Sangha!
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Welcome to the group, +Erica Hamilton! The nonprofit you created sounds truly wonderful. I look forward to hearing more about it.
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Renaissance Vlad

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Hello dear spiritual friends, please do check the video trailer for Youth & Buddhism Documentary and let me know your feedback :)
Trailer Youth & Buddhism Documentary. Coming soon!

This documentary was recently filmed by my friend Vincent Salice in Tashi Rabten Monastery and it is part of larger project dedicated to young people and their different ways in life. You can watch, in exclusivity, interviews, see the monastic life and how do young people and monks study together.

As said before, waiting for your kind feedback :) 

Trailer Youth & Buddhism Documentary. Coming soon!
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Sharma Nickelsen

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engraving I did 2011 (cc print) inspired by best friend
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„If you light a lamp for someone else it will also brighten your path.” - Buddha

Warm greetings, dear companions on this journey, hope you are well!  Happy New Year :)

Sometimes, in order to be happy, it's necessary to learn how to do it. The way to happiness is in the service of the happiness of others. This is my motivation, that’s why I am here! I did not run from a different way of life, I ran towards a way of life that can be meaningful and helpful both for me and for many others

Your happiness is my happiness, so I will do whatever I can to make it real!

http://igg.me/at/way-to-happiness/x/803523
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Paul Kowalewski

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Thich Nhat HanhL "Walk as if you are kissing the earth with your feet."

Such a wise and powerful teaching.

As we celebrate Thanksgiving time in America, I will be looking at my feet as I walk- kissing the earth with every step I take.

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Ocean Sunset Now that Thanksgiving is just around the corner, I see more and more online postings about the things for which people are thankful in life.  I must say that my own list of thanksgivings is actually quite l...
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to love the earth, each blade, each insect, wind or sun, plant or stone-to be mindful of our ecology.  I will try in some way.
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Sara Gottfried MD

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It's wonderful to be a part of this great community. I look forward to contributing from a holistic MD perspective. 
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Thanks Mel.. 
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Roberto Arias

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Hello my name is Roberto and i really interested in learning about zen, i just start reading about some of the post and i am fond it really instructed. thanks keep posting please.
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Thanks!!
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karma wangjel

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Letters to a Nichiren Buddhist

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Greetings friends.

I have been fascinated in the essence of Buddhism since I was a small child, but not until 6 years ago did I stumble in to a Japanese sect of the Buddhist Dharma wheel.

I am very keen to study and explore, ALL aspects of Buddhism, across all the continents, and taste the many wonders of its vast variations, perhaps one life will not be enough. 

I am on the verge of finding the time/opportunity to explore the world and begin my work to find deep meaning and purpose in my life as a Buddhist.

Nichiren Buddhism is an interesting incarnation of the Buddhist faith and it isn't without its controversy, however; so far I have enjoyed the empowering message of its central teaching; The Lotus Sutra.

My work by day takes me in to areas such as social change, social change advocacy, financial ethics and much more.

I am a web designer, blogger and social media obsessive, though the later is something I would rather do without, as I long to connect with other people face to face on a daily basis.

I am keen to take my "obsessive connecting online" off line and work with people in a variety of ways specifically in the areas of trauma recovery, emotional development of children and generally working with people to help them unravel the mysteries of what it means to be alive and understanding the human condition.

Absorbing the lectures and talks of people like Joan, has given me the courage to see that my voice and my passion really can have a positive effect on other peoples lives.

I look forward to connecting with you all and learning more on this wonderful journey we are all on together.

Join me some time over on my blog for musing on life, social change, eco-responsibility and much more: http://www.nichirenletters.com

Thank you.
Robbie 
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mindreader phx

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Hi. New to the community, but looking forward to the challenge of learning, practicing and participating in 'Compassion in Action'!
I am a 55 year old psychian (psychiatry-emphasis on mind/body/spirit), unmarried and an empty nester after 32 years of motherhood (and 5 beautiful children). Have been preparing myself to engage in opening my conciousness further, and now feel ready to absorb/learn more, reflect and enact community enrichments as I continue my spiritual journey...excited to be a part of this group.
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PS A bit about my screen name:  chose it because the general populace is skeptical of psychiatry, and an underlying fear that is often voiced to me about psychiatry is that I can somehow see others' secrets and suffering, just by looking at them..while observaton (and mindfulness)  is  something that I think I may be good at, obviously, I cannot read people's minds. Its kind of a subtle (and somewhat convoluted) way of letting people know how silly the idea is, and that, indeed,  I have NO powers in that realm. No intentions of offending.
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Deborah Dash

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Good Morning and thank you for everyone's thoughtful postings.  I am a humbled and curious person who recently asked to be added to Upaya's news feed and enjoy reading about the work and focus of Zen Buddhists.  Challenging myself to be a better human and to be mindful of my behavior in relation to others and to the earth is a daily endeavor.  I find peace in nature and making art with gourds that my husband and I grow.
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welcome to the group, +Deborah Dash! It sounds like you are quite a good human already : )
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Henry Gray

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Stone Carving Practice
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Who is carving what?
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Thank you MJ
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Margaret Kohut

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Namaste, all. I have a question: I'm a disabled veteran with 17 years of service as a USAF officer. I was a non-combatant mental health provider. A while back I belonged to a Buddhist forum but was "run out of town" when I revealed this because it was not right livelihood. I am honored to have served my country and would do it again. Comments are welcome.
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Margaret, thank you for sharing your experience. I am quite surprised to hear of the lack of compassion from a Buddhist forum, however; at the same time not surprised at all.

Buddhism is life, and within that is the wide gamut of human positives and negatives.

In my Buddhist practice I focus on challenging or transforming these situations, as it allows us to focus on what is important.

Serving your country is already a huge commitment and sacrifice for your own life, you should be applauded for your efforts.

Buddhism is not right or wrong, good or bad. And judgment that comes from others in this form, is likely to only be masking some underlying and hidden prejudice or emotion.

In my version of Buddhism (Nichiren Buddhism) we pray/chant for the happiness of those who choose to reject us, for what we believe is that even though we do not have the power to change others, what we can do, is change how we see them, through changing our own mind, this helps us see the situation in a new light. 

In doing this, it frees us from the suffering we experience when rejection occurs.

I hope that makes sense.

Fond wishes
Robbie 
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Paul Kowalewski

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I have often read a famous Buddha quote: " If we could see the miracle of a single flower clearly, our whole life would change."

I actually never quite understood this wisdom until yesterday when I saw a baby with a flower in her hair change the world. 

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My Garden At various times I have come across an often-quoted wisdom saying of the Buddha: If we could see the miracle of a single flower clearly, our whole life would change. The truth is that, as often as I had se...
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Jamie McConochie

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Hi all!  My name's Jamie.  I'm a Spiritual Life Coach and I help others discover and explore their own unique spiritual connection.  I spent many years as a monk in a multi-faith monastery and learned many strategies and practices for living a more spiritual life.  I'm fascinated by this group and look forward to interacting with you all here.  May your day be filled with blessings! ;)
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Derek Scott

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I'll just briefly say "Hi". My path and work is about understanding service and compassion in action and that draws me to this community - it would seem to be a common theme.
I'd like to share the following with you all:

Metta Prayer

May I be at peace, 
May my heart remain open,
May I awaken to the light of my own true nature,
May I be healed, 
May I be a source of healing for all beings.


May you be at peace, 
May your heart remain open, 
May you awaken to the light of your own true nature,
May you be healed, 
May you be a source of healing for all beings.
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Namaste
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