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Mindful Monday: Live by vow

Mindful Monday: Live by vow

anger, Buddhism, mindfulness, Spirituality
The rhetoric ran hot this past week in the wake of the terror attacks and the arguments about whether to take in Syrian refugees. Roshi Joan Halifax of Upaya Zen Center shared these wise words: "...[R]eading about the terrible situation refugees are facing as they flee from violence, I am contemplating reactions and responses from many parts of the world. There is so much anger being expressed by so many. One of the things I have learned about anger is that it is directly related to feelings of helplessness. This tendency can be based on deep issues related to survival and agency, for example. And this does not justify anger. Anger is a corrosive emotion that has negative effects on one's health and the well-being of others. In Buddhism, it is considered a serious obstacle to awakening, an...
Mindful Monday: The night chant

Mindful Monday: The night chant

Buddhism, mindfulness, Spirituality
I just read a post on a blog called 50 percent Dakini describing the author's recent retreat at Upaya Zen Center in Santa Fe, NM, with Roshi Joan Halifax. The sangha* recites a chant each evening consisting of the four bodhisattva** vows and the evening gatha***.Creations are numberless, I vow to free them. Delusions are inexhaustible, I vow to transform them. Reality is boundless, I vow to perceive it. The awakened way is unsurpassable, I vow to embody it.Life and death are of supreme importance. Time passes swiftly, and opportunity is lost. Let us awaken, awaken.DO NOT SQUANDER YOUR LIFE. What are you noticing about the passage of time in your life?... for Mindful Monday© August 25, 2014, post: Donna Pierce Photo credit: Jim Barton [CC-BY-SA-2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/lice...