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    Spacious, Nothing Special Paid Member

    What was most remarkable about Charlotte Joko Beck was her spaciousness. Being with her was sharing this spaciousness, which is ours - though we often miss it. Joko translated this into practice to allow others to taste it and see what attachments and self-centeredness were hindering and obscuring this. Though some got caught up in particular methods of working with clinging and emotional reactions, Joko encouraged observing, noticing reactions and bodily experiencing to “pop” into the present. More »
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    Asking Earth Paid Member

    Humbly asked Earth to remove our shortcomings.In order to “humbly ask Earth to remove our shortcomings,” we first had to admit that we actually had shortcomings. For those of us involved in ecological activism of one kind or another, this required a resolute step backwards—into our own lives and our own bodies. We’d grown used to thinking that the problem was all “out there.” If only the corporations weren’t so predatory, if only the government would enact and enforce environmental regulation, if only the average American were less materialistic and less wasteful—then things would get better. What a shock it was to discover that we could find no moral foothold in Ecological Recovery unless we started with ourselves.  More »
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    The Great Leap Paid Member

    Were entirely ready to have Earth remove all these defects of character.In Step Four we made a searching and fearless ecological inventory of ourselves. In Five we admitted to Earth, to ourselves, and to another human being the exact nature of our wrongs. In Step Six we asked whether we were ready to have Earth remove these defects of character. If the answer was yes, we were ready for Step Seven. If no, then we needed to determine where the resistance lay.It was important to understand that Step Six was asking us to be ready, nothing more. Nothing was set into motion by this step. Rather, it indicated a period of honest self-inquiry. Were we ready to be healed by Earth? Were we entirely ready? If not, what part of us wasn’t ready to get well? More »
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    Green Koans Case 61: The Naked Dharma Paid Member

    CASE #61: The Naked DharmaShardza Tashi Gyaltsen taught: More »
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    Conversations with Earth Paid Member

    In Step Five of the 12 Steps of Ecological Recovery, “We admitted to Earth, to ourselves, and to another human being the exact nature of our wrongs.” Once we had made our ecological inventory, it was time to share it with another human being. We were under no obligation to change anything about our lives so long as nobody else knew the exact nature of our problems. No matter how thorough or fearless we had been with our inventory, its words were not real, or binding, until they had been shared with another. More »
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    Green Koans Case 60: Dōgen’s To-Do List Paid Member

    CASE #60: Dōgen’s To-Do ListDōgen Zenji wrote himself a reminder: More »