Tag Archives: School for Contemplative Living

Back inside prison

The men keep teaching me, whether those inside Angola State Prison, or those in the reentry program. This week some amazing men on the inside, who I first met in the summer of 2017, and some new men I had … Continue reading

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Why does the global community make me so happy?

My Buddhist monk friend, Minh C. Nguyen, and his monk and nun friends dropped by Saturday morning. Welcoming them into our home, smiling into each other’s hearts, and walking the pier together through our cypress swamp retreat brought me great … Continue reading

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Heaven Now!

My contemplative friends know a way to visit heaven now. You could say we are impatient. We are not interested in waiting for heaven by and by. We do not care to imagine a world of staying in hell here … Continue reading

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“Sneaky Grace,’ as Anne Lamott calls it.

The following lines really speak to me from Anne Lamott’s Hallelujah Anyway: “Everything slows down when we listen and stop trying to fix the unfixable. We end up looking into other people’s eyes, and see the desperation, or let them … Continue reading

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Listening to Anne Lamott

Listening to Anne Lamott’s unique voice is like attending a good AA meeting: terrible and wonderful truth is all mixed together in there, and you leave feeling a little saddened at the stark reality of our human condition, and really joyful … Continue reading

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On Knowing and Not Knowing

Almost Everything is the title of Anne Lamott’s upcoming book. I think the title is short for “Almost everything I know for sure.” Our School for Contemplative Living will bring her to New Orleans to speak from the book on … Continue reading

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I want more…

I want more than the experience of mindfulness these days. I want heartfulness: loving-kindness and compassion as the focus of my life and contemplative service. I have been in several mindfulness retreats in 2018, and many over the years. So … Continue reading

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