Life is Training

Life is Training

Gaylon Ferguson

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Our entire life has been training. The question is: training in what? This question means: training in which direction?... Are we training in numbing ourselves in the face of fear, or training in waking up? Training in opening the heart, or training in shutting down?

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Gaylon Ferguson
pub_date: 
09/12/2011
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The Gateway to Compassion

The Gateway to Compassion

Lama Palden

The gateway to compassion and lovingkindness is to be able to feel our own pain, and the pain of others. If we are able to open in this way, our hearts can melt, and the healing salve of compassion can anoint all our wounds.

author: 
Lama Palden
pub_date: 
09/11/2011
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Is Buddhism really a religion of tolerance?

Is Buddhism really a religion of tolerance?

Gil Fronsdal

Buddhism is often considered a religion of tolerance. In many ways it is. But a particular kind of intolerance develops as we practice: intolerance to suffering. I use the word “intolerance” to be deliberately provocative, to encourage you to reflect on suffering and the issues surrounding it. Taking suffering seriously is an important element of Buddhist practice. To ignore it is to miss a powerful opportunity. Intolerance to suffering motivated the Buddha to find liberation from it.

author: 
Gil Fronsdal
pub_date: 
09/10/2011
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Cultivating Compassion in Your Community with Karen Armstrong and the Compassionate Action Network

The Charter for Compassion
On February 28, 2008 Karen Armstrong won the $100,000 TED Prize and made a wish for help creating, launching and propagating a Charter for Compassion.

After the Charter was unveiled to the world on November 12, 2009, the Compassionate Action Network (“CAN”) launched an effort to create the first “Compassionate City” in Seattle. On April 24, 2010, the mayor and city council affirmed the Charter for Compassion and proclaimed the city’s support for a 10-year Compassionate City Campaign, making Seattle the first city in the world to become a Compassionate City.

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September 09, 2011

Myotai Sensei: Zen in a Dying World at Japan Society

Upstairs/Downstairs

Upstairs/Downstairs

Eugene T. Gendlin

The way most people I’ve spoken with practice mindfulness is that they sit upstairs and everything comes up the stairs and they say, Oh, he’s angry, Oh, he is this, and Oh, he is that. They just sit upstairs and look at it all. I say, No! Go downstairs! But of course, not back into the feelings, rather the body feel of the whole thing. Then you have a felt sense, and that is how you can truly detach.

author: 
Eugene T. Gendlin
pub_date: 
09/09/2011
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September 08, 2011

The School for Compassionate Action