Reflections on Rwanda (2): Bearing Witness by Russell Delman April 2014

It is the last day of the retreat; I am walking with Claudia (name changed for confidentiality), a new Rwandan friend. Earlier in the retreat, she asked for guidance in meditation to help with painful thoughts that won’t stop. I am grateful for the opportunity to offer some guidance. On this day she tells me about the killing of her parents and four of five siblings when...

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Reflections on Rwanda (3): Living with a Broken-Open Heart by Russell Delman

Recently I heard this story: A woman’s son is killed. The killer is convicted and sent to prison for a 10-25 year sentence. The distraught mother visits the man in prison trying to make sense of how he could do such a thing. After numerous visits, the woman’s heart softens to the man. She eventually adopts him. Upon release from prison, he lives with his new mother. As I...

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Creating a Compassionate World: The Power of One Conference

Sept. 12-14, 2014, at the Garrison Institute, New York Venerable Dr. Pannavati Bhikkhuni has long been known as an active advocate of “getting off the pillow”.  This has become known as engaged Buddhism and it is taking many forms and directions. On the weekend of September 12 through 14, 2014, Ven. Pannavati is gathering a few special colleagues to share...

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Bearing Witness Day of Reflection at the Flight 93 Memorial

Please join Zen Peacemaker minister, Anthony Stultz, for a Bearing Witness Day of Reflection at the Flight 93 Memorial and Memorial Chapel, August 16, 2014. Tony was a chaplain to the victim families of Flight 93 and along with three other clergy, performed the burial at the national memorial in 2011 ( see ‘the One Heart of Flight 93′ – Buddhadharma...

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Photo Essay of Bernie Glassman by Peter Cunningham

“The Thousand Armed Bodisahatvha”, or “Kannon” is a traditional Buddhist symbol. He/She symbolizes an enlightened being who chooses, rather than departing for Nirvana, to remain on Earth until all “sentient beings” are also enlightened. In statuary she is often depicted as a sensuous female with a thousand arms indicating the myriad ways in which she is attempting to...

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Optimism, Pessimism, Hope and Expectations

I’d like to share with you some thoughts of mine—I should say “opinions”—about optimism, pessimism, hope, and expectations. And maybe we can throw in vow—no, I think that’s a whole other subject. So, I’m not very optimistic. And I’m not very pessimistic. I have a lot of hope, and hardly any expectations. Expectations pop up all the time. And I have to admit that even...

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