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.

Tribute to Marlene Jones

We met standing in front of a mammoth Buddha figure in Beijing, China during the Women’s World Conference in 1995. Two black women with dreadlocks and flowing tears. In that speechless moment, Marlene managed to ask: Do you meditate? I said: Kinda. Within short time, we discovered we both lives in the Bay Area. She …

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Minding your Thoughts during Electoral Madness

We’re in a time where polarities are heightened, habits more rigid, past thoughts and future fears distort the present, and what we can’t control looms large. Collective movement is occurring and everyone is affected. We can feel it and we all have reactions to it–knowingly or unknowingly. Basically, we’re afraid. Our desire for something other …

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Character – Toward One Heart

I’ve been thinking about character lately given our intense political climate of “character assignation.” It’s not that uncommon, really. As an organizational development consultant and leadership coach for many years, I’m intimate with how the emergence of any form of leadership is both covertly and openly attacked. Those of us courageous enough to take a …

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