Teaching February 21 at IMSB

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So many of us have difficulty in distressful interpersonal relationships at work and at home. Many of us find ourselves struggling with how to relate wisely to the mass dysfunctionality of American politics and public discourse. My talk will offer dharmic wisdom for navigating distressful interpersonal interactions and cultivate wise view, loving intention, empowerment, inner strength, connectedness, honesty and awakening. Hope to see many of you who live in the local area. And those afar, the talk will be made available on my site and iTunes. Location information can be found at: Everyday Dhamma Speaker Series

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.