#OccupySamsara: The Power of Practice

January 31, 2012 § Leave a comment

The news about neural plasticity, the ability of the human brain to develop new neural pathways through repetition, is quite encouraging.  It affirms what the old yogis and meditation masters have been saying about the nature of the mind for thousands of years.  « Read the rest of this entry »


#OccupySamsara: My Fresh Little Self

January 17, 2012 § Leave a comment

How do you keep yourself fresh, not just on the outside but within? « Read the rest of this entry »

#OccupySamsara: Toothache and Ambition

January 10, 2012 § Leave a comment

Like an elastic band the pain in my mouth snaps me back to the dharma, the reality, of my fragile body in this singular moment in space time.  All my hopes and fears, all my activism and frivolity, all my sins and virtues are rendered meaningless by this dull ache.  The irony of wisdom, it pushes everything else and necessitates a new paradigm.  Like it or not physical reality is what it is, the pain, the pleasure, the dull neutral and bright neutral qualities are here and then gone. « Read the rest of this entry »

#OccupySamsara: Just the Two of Us

December 10, 2011 § Leave a comment

Success is as dangerous as failure.
Hope is as hollow as fear.

What does it mean that success is as dangerous as failure?
Whether you go up the ladder or down it, your position is shaky.
When you stand with your two feet on the ground, you will always keep your balance.

What does it mean that hope is as hollow as fear?
Hope and fear are both phantoms that arise from thinking of the self.
When we don’t see the self as self, what do we have to fear?

See the world as your self.
Have faith in the way things are.
Love the world as your self;
then you can care for all things.

-from the Tao Te Ching, Lao-tzu (author), Stephen Mitchell (translation) « Read the rest of this entry »

#OccupySamsara: What It Is Right Now

December 8, 2011 § Leave a comment

Lately it’s been difficult to write about Occupy Wall Street both for lack of time (what with all the marches, rallies, and meetings) and also because there’s so much to say.  It’s hard to know where to start.  There are a lot of emotions. « Read the rest of this entry »

#OccupySamsara: 99+1 Meditation at Liberty Plaza

November 22, 2011 § Leave a comment

Yesterday was my turn to lead the daily meditation so I got to Liberty Plaza around 3:15pm.  There were two lines of police barricades all around the park but I was already used to it.  I walked around till I found the sanctioned entrance guarded by seven private security guards in yellow jackets and walked in.  « Read the rest of this entry »

#OccupySamsara: What People See at OWS

November 10, 2011 § Leave a comment

Occupy Wall Street can look like many different things to different people.  It can look inspiring – wow, here are at all these people trying to do something positive for the world!  Or it can look frightening – ew, what a bunch of no-good dreamers vandalizing a nice park in New York’s Financial District. « Read the rest of this entry »

#OccupySamsara: Lessons from Preschool

November 1, 2011 § Leave a comment

Saturday afternoon at Occupy Wall Street

It’s snowing and raining, hard, three days before Halloween. Thanks, Global Warming (causing extreme weather patterns). « Read the rest of this entry »

#OccupySamsara: Solidarity in Adversity

October 18, 2011 § Leave a comment

Often when we look around at the world duality is what we see.  I can see how I am separate from you, from her, from him, from them.  But on a deeper level what we feel is that there is no separation.  There is only us.  There is only the 100% of us and we have way more in common than it appears.  « Read the rest of this entry »

#OccupySamsara: Cynicism or Action

October 11, 2011 § Leave a comment

#OccupySamsaraSamsara is a Sanskrit word used by Buddhists to describe the cyclical nature of our own and societal suffering and dissatisfaction.  Cynicism is the belief that there’s no getting out of the mess we’re in. « Read the rest of this entry »

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