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Let’s maintain our sanity

Without humor we lose our humanity. Take deep breaths (away from others), and drop into the present moment. Feel fresh, alert, and relaxed. Always remember the tremendous suffering of so many others, especially during this […]

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The Buddhist understanding of compassion

The word compassion is often misunderstood. In English it has Christian overtones that include pity, turning the other cheek, and weakness. It is often seen as powerless. But the Buddhist understanding of compassion is much […]

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Forgiving ourselves

Sometimes forgiving ourselves is not enough. Although it is hard to do, when we manage to forgive ourself the pain of hurt and violation often remains. Something else is need to completely heal. Repair means […]

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Practicing tonglen has been a lifesaver

Received my new emergency passport and new Indian visa. Still no computer. Going home to India tonight. Practicing tonglen has been a lifesaver. The situation in Greece is difficult. Many people out of work and […]

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A new beginning

Loss can easily be a black cloud yet with a silver lining. Losing your stuff opens up possibilities of freshness, of a new beginning. It allows us to leave aside presidence and inspires us to […]

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The practice of Tonglen

Tonglen – taking and giving — is powerful. With the in-breath, in the form of dark smoke, breathe in the suffering of all living beings. At the end of the in-breath immediately transform it into […]