Dharma talk on Fearlessness

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Fearlessness and intrepidity (the strength to carry on in spite of danger) feature quite prominently in Buddhist philosophy and Buddhist psychology. In fact, fearlessness is an oft-mentioned result of mental clarity, emotional equanimity and wakeful, embodied awareness. This talk fleshes out a few prominent teachings on intrepidity and how to apply them in daily life. Free download links to hear this talk are below.

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Women and self-disempowerment

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In my view, the insistence on wearing a pink hat with cat ears (a silly, diminutive girl-like image) and making it the symbol of this march was deeply problematic, yet expected. Women seem to have to make standing up and speaking out “safe”. I believe this need arises from a strong unconscious, acculturated habit of diminishment that women engage in when they seek power in a male-dominated society that objectifies women and their contributions. I knew the pink hat would be used by the media as a symbol of the march instead of the actual photos of millions of marchers. We give them the ammo they need to diminish us.

I had a dream

Beautifully inspiring commentary from Jeremy Lent.

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I had a dream. I fell asleep to a nightmare, and woke up with a dream.

The nightmare is one we all share. It’s called the Presidential inauguration of a man fueled by hatred and anger, an unbalanced narcissist invested with the power to destroy all life on earth on a whim.

But it’s the dream I want to tell you about. It was Inauguration Day, January 2021. The new President of the United States was taking the oath of office, declaring her commitment to the dignity and flourishing of all people, regardless of race, gender, or creed. She had come to power on a tidal wave of opposition to the destruction wrought by four years of billionaires plotting to steal from the rest of us what they hadn’t already plundered. Her new Humane Party had risen from nowhere, emerging from the surge of untold millions, sickened by the assault…

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And so it begins…. badly

The Whitehouse.gov  website has deleted all references to “climate change” as well as the information pages devoted to the topic which existed during the Obama years. Now we know for sure the insane level of denial and ignorance we will be dealing with for the next four years.

To all who marched today and will do so tomorrow, thank you for your service to our democracy!!!!!!