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LOVE This Quote from Karmapa on Relationships

 

While prepping the syllabus for my  fall online course via Interdependence Project, The Journey of Relationships, I came across this quote from the Karmapa (head of a major Tibetan Buddhist lineage) on his Facebook page about taking responsibility for our part in relationships:

Practicing Forgiveness - Part 2 of 2

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Is forgiveness a practice?  If so, how do we do it?   IDP's Senior Teacher, Ethan Nichtern, recorded live at Nalandawest in Seattle, leads a talk on how to use our practice to open our hearts and minds and practice forgiveness for ourselves and each other.

 

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Practicing Forgiveness - Part 1 of 2

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Is forgiveness a practice?  If so, how do we do it?   IDP's Senior Teacher, Ethan Nichtern, recorded live at Nalandawest in Seattle, leads a talk on how to use our practice to open our hearts and minds and practice forgiveness for ourselves and each other.

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Set Your Intention for 2013

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‎"Whatever we're doing could be done with one intention. That intention is that we want to wake up, we want to ripen our compassion, and we want to ripen our ability to let go. We want to realize our connection with all beings."  Pema Chodron

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Podcast: Setting an Intention for the New Year

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Mindful Approach To Kids Using Knives

According to knives.com, the cutting-edge parenting resource, the recommended age in years when children can be introduced to knives, while supervised,  is two to three.  And, although it feels obvious that their research might be strongly influenced, it’s just as difficult to find an opinion that isn’t. I know, because after feeling many times like I was flailing when my children ran for the cutlery, I directed my focus away, and onto the computer.  This online quest for knife-safety-tips quickly resembled my fruitless (ha ha, good one again!) search for guidelines for offering dessert to my children, and reminded me that the answer lies not in an external value set, but within.

What makes mindfulness credible?

For anyone who wishes to take their meditation and mindfulness practice to the next level, it is now possible to obtain a Master of Arts in Mindfulness Studies at Lesley University in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

Mindfulness at Work

My most important insights about applying mindfulness to work are grounded in an experience I had as head of the kitchen during a sesshin at Tassajara Zen Mountain Center in 1971.

Since it was a week long  sesshin -- all day sitting, every day – you might imagine there was a serene atmosphere about the place.

Well, there was serenity, except in the kitchen. The kitchen is a crucible of action in the monastery -- it gets ‘hot’ both physically and psychologically.

Cooling the Fires of Anger with RAIN

Although humans like to believe that we’re rational cognitive creatures, we're actually fundamentally very emotional creatures. You might expect that we would be good with something that we have had experience with our whole lives. Yet one of the great ironies is that we are really pretty bad at relating to our own emotions, despite all this experience.

No One Is More Dear To Me

The Buddha, as a man who left his wife and young child to seek enlightenment, doesn't give a lot of advice on marriage. As one of my teachers says, if you're having difficulty in your romantic relationship, is a celibate monk the best person to ask for advice?

The Raja Sutta offers this story:

The Infinite Ways Pet Ownership Has Benefited Our Family

I frequently say that I have four children; two furry and two not.  The six of us, my husband, two dogs, and two children, have been a family for close to six years.  The human-animal bond we have has strengthened each of us as individuals and improved our lives as a whole in ways we could never have dreamed; for which we are eternally grateful.

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