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Seeing Our Shadow

One of the definitions of Enlightenment that I appreciate is Carl Jung’s, “One does not become enlightened by imagining figures of light but by making the darkness conscious” We all have parts of ourselves that we don’t want to acknowledge, … Continue reading

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Unpoem — Impermanence

This is an unpoem about unpractice. Yesterday, in Starbucks, a woman with a toddler sat at my table. The child was adorable, the mother attentive and caring, a pleasure to watch. I thought of saying, “This is a cliche, you’ve … Continue reading

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Helplessness as Practice

I recently saw two movies that reminded me of the value of spiritual practice and the importance of practicing immediacy in the midst of real concrete, true-to-life dilemmas. One movie, “The Descandants,” portrays George Clooney as the husband of a terminally … Continue reading

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Occupy Wall Street

“Mindfulness must be engaged. Once there is seeing, there must be acting. Otherwise, what is the use of seeing? We must be aware of the real problems of the world. Then, with mindfulness, we will know what to do and … Continue reading

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Tribute to Charlotte Joko Beck 1917-2011

Charlotte Joko Beck, one of the great pioneers of American Zen died on June 15, 2011 at the age of 94. She passed peacefully with her family. Joko began Zen practice at the age of 40. She described herself as … Continue reading

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Emptiness and the world of quantum physics

“Form is no other than emptiness, Emptiness no other than form” Although I have often struggled with the cryptic meaning of certain parts of the Heart Sutra, I always felt a connection to these lines, which invariably conjure up images … Continue reading

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Not Grasping/Universal Energy

Yesterday, when Joan Sensei spoke about the definition of happiness being satisfied with what one has, I knew I had heard this previously in another context. So, this morning, when I remembered that it was a Jewish teaching as well, … Continue reading

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Thoughts of Murder

I was watching tv news the other day about Libya before the US got involved and the thought entered my mind, “Someone should assassinate Quaddafi.” I was a little surprised at the violence of the thought. Could that be my … Continue reading

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The following is a letter from Anne Thomas, currently living in Japan. Other essays she has written about being in Sendai, Japan post disaster are printed in Ode Magazine, an online publication which can be found at http://www.odemagazine.com. Sent: Tuesday, … Continue reading

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Earthquake and Tsunami devastates Japan

The photos and videos from Japan following the earthquake and tsunami are heart rending. Whole villages washed away. I look out my window at my own backyard and imagine, “A neighborhood like my own.” What is it to suddenly be … Continue reading

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