“You know, for always trying to banish our pain we don't learn anything from it, and it can't help us to serve others, so we have to turn towards it. Allow ourselves to touch the pain of our life with some mercy and tenderness. When we realize just how precarious this life is - and it is absolutely precarious - then we don't want to waste a minute. Then we want to use our lives in a responsible way. We want to jump into our life fully. We want to tell the people we love that we love them.” - Frank Ostaseski
"I don't think we can help someone if we are trying to change them. Should I say that again? I don't think we can help someone if we are trying to change them. When compassion is present it's felt as this kind of attunement. It's as if our heart resonates as the other person. Ram Dass might call it a soul to soul meeting."
---- Frank Ostaseki
Zen scholar D.T. Suzuki was a panelist at a symposium held outdoors. As he sat behind the table with the other panelists, Suzuki was perfectly still, his eyes fixed on a spot somewhere in front of him, seemingly zoned out in some world of his own. But when a sudden gust of wind blew some papers across the table, Suzuki alone among the panelists made a lightening grab for them. He wasn't zoned out - he was paying keen attention in the Zen fashion.
~~~~~~~~~~from Altered Traits: Science Reveals How Meditation Changes Your Mind, Brain, and Body by Daniel Goleman and Richard J. Davidson.page 132
Ecodharma: Buddhist Practice for Challenging TimesWith David Loy, PhDSeptember 21 - 23, 2018
The ecological crisis is the greatest challenge that humanity as ever faced. What do Buddhist teachings offer that can help us understand and respond appropriately? And what does the eco-crisis imply about how we understand and practice Buddhism? How do we honor our grief at what is happening? How do we combine personal transformation with social transformation? What does the ecosattva path involve?
The weekend will include dharma talks, group discussion, and meditation practice — some of it outdoors, weather permitting. Recommended reading: David’s most recent book, A New Buddhist Path: Enlightenment, Evolution and Ethics in the Modern World. He will also present from his forthcoming book Ecodharma: Buddhist Teachings for the Precipice.
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"It is much better when there is not too much seriousness" the Dalai Lama responded. "Laughter, joking, is much better. I met some scientists in Japan, and they explained that wholehearted laughter - not artificial laughter - is very good for your heart and your health in general" When he said "artificial laughter' he pretended to smile and forced a chuckle. He was maing a connections between wholehearted laughter and a warm heart which he had said was the key to happiness." ~~~~ From The Book of Joy by H.H. The Dalai Lama and Archbisop Desmond Tutu.
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