These "Presidential" Times

Devastated, heavy hearted, weary, bruised. A taste of what our Native and African ancestors must have felt. How did they endure? How do we? Standing Rock ~ today, standing for all of us. The trauma many of us feel may be difficult to metabolize, but it is possible. What is happening requires that we look, feel, …

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Being Mindful of Race

This article was published in BuddhaDharma Magazine, Summer 2016, under the title: Healing the Broken Body of Sangha by Ruth King As Buddhist and mindfulness practitioners, we have an opportunity to understand the dynamics of racial suffering and the flesh we put on its bones. Honoring our relatedness, our belonging, and our impact is a …

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Belonging: Polishing the Third Jewel – Sangha

[This article was originally published in Spirit Rock Meditation Center’s May 2016 Newsletter.] Prior to devoting myself to the Dharma and to teaching the Dharma, I had a corporate job as a training and organizational development consultant working in the Silicon Valley and San Francisco. I specialized in executive coaching and supported leaders in understanding …

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Buddhists for Racial Justice

An Open Letter to Buddhist Teachers, Monastics, Priests, Leaders, Ministers, Practitioners, and Clergy As Buddhist teachers and leaders we are deeply shaken and saddened by the intentional and premeditated murder of nine worshippers at Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, South Carolina on June 17, 2015. We send our heart-filled condolences to the families, …

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White House US Buddhist Leaders Conference

Thursday, May 14, 2015 South Court Auditorium, Eisenhower Executive Office Building Just back from an historical event – the first White House US Buddhist Leaders Conference where over 100 monastics, leaders, teachers, activists and scholars from throughout the US Buddhist Community engaged with each other in the morning and with Obama Administration Officials in the …

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Honoring my teacher Aba Cecile McHardy, Friendly Dragon

Aba Cecile McHardy, aka the Friendly Dragon, and my beloved Dzogchen teacher since 2002, is currently in hospice care at Brairwood Healthcare Center in Needham, MA. Aba has been ill for some time and would say to me often: “Care, not Cure.” According to her care provider and dear friend, Aba likely had a stroke …

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Black Lives Matter – A Reflection

 Unarmed People of Color Killed by Police, 1999-2014 This Wednesday, I offered a dharma talk at Insight Meditation Community of Charlotte. After a 30-minute sit, we have a ritual where everyone says there name with a spacious breath. This ritual gives us a sense of connecting and belonging. As everyone finished, I offered a few names …

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Tricycle Article, Soothing Rage

Read my article “Soothing the Hot Coals of Rage” featured in Tricycle’s Fall 2014 issue.

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