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Dharma Connect: Live Your Life, Don't Live the Dream

Lately, I've been reading more and more Facebook updates and Huff Post-type articles urging people to "do what you love" and "live your dream".  Considering it's an incredibly difficult economic time and the U.S. has a 6.3% unemployment rate (for African Americans it's 11.5%), and the poverty rate is ~16 percent of the population, these seem like absurd suggestions.   Not to mention that actually living right here right now is reality, and reality is where wisdom and compassion exist, not in a future fantasy or dream. 

Song of the Rain

"Welcome to the Song of the Rain project." Thus speaks the voice (actually, mine) when you call a special phone number. It's your invitation, my dear readers, to speak—after you've made a choice that is.

Dharma Connect: #IgniteDelight.


From below to above
Abandon Fear when recognizing the projections of our mind.

Let light radiate beyond uncertainty to bring an understanding
Evolving complexity by nourishing consciousness through simplicity


Some of us seem impacted or indifferent with
understanding uncertainty by collecting confusion
that can neurotically numb us from leading a powerful life

​Dharma Connect: Steve Buscemi's Mind Gets Blown

Actor Steve Buscemi, a meditator who studies with Pema Chodron, discusses the dharma with a Tibetan nun in this delightful episode of his web series. 

Loving Ourselves into Reality

Remember the story of the Velveteen Rabbit, the stuffed animal who was loved so deeply by a young boy that he became alive? I've been playing with idea of that as metaphor for being -- only there's no boy. We have to love ourselves into Reality.

Forgive Everyone Everything Starting Today

Human Journey, an initiative of Desmond Tutu, is challenging us to use the month of May to ingrain our forgiveness practice.

Dharma Connect: Buddha Tattoos -- An Homage or a Sign of Disrespect?

A British woman is being held in a detention camp in Sri Lanka prior to being deported. Her offense? Having a tattoo of a buddha.

Dharma Connect: Four-Star Buddhism

Eric Ripert, the chef at the renowned four-star restaurant Le Bernardin, is a Buddhist who expects those who work in his kitchens to be silent as much as possible and to be mindful -- no cuts or burns on their arms. Not only are the workers happier, but the food tastes better, he says.

Thich Nhat Hanh, Google, and Right Mindfulness

In the world of corporate mindfulness, Google -- which is so ubiquitous that its name is synonymous with "search online" -- has an equally impressive teacher: Zen monk Thich Nhat Hanh. Thay, as he is known by followers, has sold more than 2 million books in the U.S. and is deeply admired and respected.

Empathy for the Unempathetic: Fred Phelps

Hatred has never stopped hatred.
Only love stops hate.
This is the eternal law.
- The Still Point Dhammapada

It's not easy to love those who hate -- especially those who preach hate and shove their hatred in the faces of other people when they are most vulnerable, those like Fred Phelps of Westboro Baptist Church, whose followers picketed funerals and other events (reportedly more than 53,000) holding up hate-filled signs.

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