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.
"We cultivate compassion to soften our hearts and also to become more honest and forgiving about when and how we shut down. Without justifying or condemning ourselves, we do the courageous work of opening to suffering. This can be the pain that comes when we put up barriers or the pain of opening our heart to our own sorrow or that of another being. We learn as much about doing this from our failures as we do from our successes. In cultivating compassion we draw from the wholeness of our experience - our suffering, our empathy, as well as our cruelty and terror. It has to be this way. Compassion is not a relationship between the healer and the wounded. It's a relationship between equals. Only when we know our own darkness well can we be present with the darkness of others. Compassion becomes real when we recognize our shared humanity."
~~~ Pema Chodron
Comfortable with Uncertainty:108 Teachings on Cultivating Fearlessness and Compassion