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1-20-17 After the Election - a Buddhist perspective by Jack Kornfield

January 20, 2017

Dharma for a Difficult Time

JACK KORNFIELD

Whatever your point of view,
take time to quiet the mind and tend to the heart.
Then go out and look at the sky.

Remember vastness, there are seasons to all things—
gain and loss, praise and blame, expansion and contraction.
Learn from the trees.
Practice equanimity and steadiness.

Remember the timeless dharma amidst it all.
Think of the best of human goodness.
Let yourself become a beacon of integrity, with your thoughts, words and deeds.
Integrity in speech and action, virtue, and non-harming bring blessings.

Remember the Noble Truths, no matter the politics or the season:
Greed, hatred and ignorance cause suffering.
Let them go.
Love, generosity, and wisdom bring the end of suffering.
Foster them.

Remember the Buddha’s counsel,
“Hatred never ends by hatred but by love alone is healed.  This is the ancient and eternal law.”

The human heart has freedom to choose love, dignity, and respect.
In every circumstance, embody respect and cultivate compassion for all.

Let yourself become a beacon of dharma.
Amidst the changes, shine with courage and trust.

This is your world.  Plant seeds of goodness and water them everywhere.

Then blessings will grow for yourself and for all. 

 

From:  After the Election:  Buddhist Wisdom for Hope & Healing 


12-1-16 Annual Holiday Peace Campaign - Healing a Divided Nation

December 1, 2016

 

Please join us for our 2016 HOLIDAY PEACE PROJECT…
♥♥♥

Each year we create a holiday intention to support a focus on peace during the busy activities
of the holiday season and into the New Year.  
This year's intention focuses on healing a divided nation:

"During each day of this holiday season and into 2017,
I will make the effort to build bridges in my relationships. 
I will strive to recognize all that unites us, and
to embrace all that divides us with compassion, patience, and forgiveness.”

“We must recognize that we do have within us the capacity to love,
 to understand,
 to be compassionate,
 always.”

Thich Nhat Hanh


9-21-16 Join us for year 4 of Peace Link!

September 21, 2016

Today begins our 4th year of Peace Link,
on the International Day of Peace!
 
Join us every day at NOON and/or 3:00 PM,
whenever you can,
and pause for peace...
 


Use this brief pause to center yourself in your heart,
link with others,
and re-affirm your intention to 
contribute to peace each day through your actions and choices.
 
May peace live in your heart, today and always... 


7-4-16 A prayer for peace on the 4th of July weekend...

July 4, 2016

 

A prayer for the U.S. on the 4th of July weekend...

"We the People,
the ancestors of our great, great grandchildren,
call forth the deepest wisdom 
and the highest compassion
from the heart and soul of America
for the benefit
of the entire Earth community
and the next seven generations.

May Wisdom Prevail in the USA.
May Peace Prevail on Earth."
(from the Gaiafield Project)


Photo: Michael Flaherty

 


4-22-16 Celebrate the 46th Anniversary of Earth Day

April 22, 2016

Any genuine vision of peace must also include peace with the earth.  April 22 marks the 46th anniversary of Earth Day.  On this day, we join with others from every country to affirm the importance of living in harmony with the natural world.


Earth Day offers us an opportunity to renew and strengthen our commitment to finding a healthy balance between the needs of human beings and the needs of our living planet, for ourselves and for future generations. 

 
I'll make it my habit to go outdoors each day and pause...

to notice the light and the colors and the sounds of the season,

to feel my feet on the earth,

to breathe deeply of the life that springs forth all around me,

to be grateful,
and to listen...


Share your Earth Day thoughts on Facebook


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