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Dharma Connect: Goodbye Dalai?

The Dalai Lama, the world's best-known Tibetan Buddhist, stirred things up this week with an interview in which he seemed to suggest that he should be the last to hold that title. “The 14th Dalai Lama now is very popular. Let us then finish with a popular Dalai Lama,” he told a German newspaper, which interpreted it to mean he did not want a successor.

Dharma Connect: Bill Murray Gives a Lesson in Meditation

A reporter at the Toronto Film Festival, which designated a Bill Murray Day, asked Murray: What is it like to be you? His answer is a gem, and a really good four-minute meditation.

Putting Our Foot Down On Little Girls In Heels

When my three-year-old daughter walked into the room wearing her new gift, a pair of plastic, bedazzled play-heels, or princess shoes, as they're often called, I looked down at her feet and felt the urge to vomit.  I was instantly overcome with fury.  Surrounded by my in-laws and piles of birthday detritus, I struggled to get my bearings.

If Buddha And Warhol Went To A Water Zumba Class

I often feel that my kids are pint-sized Buddhas.  They force me to get all sorts of uncomfortable and face things I'd love to distract away.   They call me out on emotions I'm otherwise quick to dismiss or bury.  And when I most need a pause and least want one (which is alm

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. 

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