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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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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.

The Wisdom of Anger and the Illusion of Freedom

Anger is a funny emotion, because although it often causes us and those around us suffering, we deep down kind of like it.  We like the feeling of power it gives, the sense of righteousness that sometimes accompanies it, and the feeling of control we can get through it. So although we know we suffer because of it, we often don't really want to change our relationship with it.

Depression, Addiction, and Aikido: Contemplating the Death of Robin Williams

Like so many others, I was shocked and saddened, and also drawn into deep contemplation, on hearing that the beloved actor, comedian and social activist, Robin Williams, had taken his own life. As a hypnotherapist who has worked with many people suffering from depression, it reminded me of a shocking, and critical, teaching that I received many years ago, that has stayed close to my heart ever since.

This Tree is For You

One of my first encounters with Tibetan Buddhism was a weekend program with a lovely lama from Ohio. She was wise and funny and relatable. It was spring, and she brought in a chocolate Easter bunny to put on the shrine. I liked the idea of the chocolate bunny up there -- the gold foil made it fit in -- but I wasn't so sure about some of the other items. Relics? Really? The Buddha's fingernails or some such thing? C'mon.

When I Leave For Work My Daughter Cries

When I finally closed my eyes for bed, after working an eleven-hour day, putting my children to sleep, and caring for my dogs, my mind filled with an image of my daughter from earlier that morning.   Sitting on the dining room floor with her back against the wall, she looked up at me as I was leaving for work.  Her face was covered in tears, and her words called me to stay.  I kissed her goodbye and told her I loved her and headed to the car.  As the car pulled away from the house, I felt my own eyes fill with tears, and I watched my mind rapid-fire thoughts in an effort to carry me far away from the sadness I felt leaving.

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