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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Are you listening?

You can also hear this schmoozing on listening by linking here. Hi. Are you listening? So, I’ve been thinking about listening. I just did a workshop in Seattle, Washington, at a synagogue called Bet Alef. It’s a meditative synagogue. And the workshop was on Saturday. But the evening before—Friday evening—I attended the services, and they asked me to lead them in...

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Transcriptions of Schmoozing Podcasts

The Schmoozing Podcasts I have posted via Sound Cloud can be heard by linking here. I have had a request to have these podcasts transcribed so those in the deafhood can read them. Scott Harris has volunteered to do the transcriptions and they will be posted here as he completes the...

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Most Intimate: A Zen Approach to Life’s Challenges by Roshi Pat Enkyo O’Hara Just Released

For Roshi Pat Enkyo O’Hara, intimacy is what Zen practice is all about: the realization of the essential lack of distinction between self and other that inevitably leads to wisdom and compassionate action. She approaches the practice of intimacy beginning at its most basic level–the intimacy with ourselves that is the essential first step. She then shows how...

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A quick look back over 2013 by Steven Brown, Greyston President & CEO

Greyston served more than 2,800 Yonkers residents through an array of results-driven programming designed to help individuals achieve self-sufficiency. A detailed study conducted last year revealed that our programs truly create a measurable, long term impact within the community: for example, Greyston Bakery – a world recognized social enterprise, paid nearly $1.2...

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Just My Opinion on The Use of the Word Tradition, Man

Merriam Webster Definition: a way of thinking, behaving, or doing something that has been used by the people in a particular group, family, society, etc., for a long time. When I hear the word tradition used by Buddhist practioners, I believe they mean a practice that has been around for a long time as in the dictionary usage of the word. When I probe further, in my...

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