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Brothers: One Buddhist Monk, One Christian faux monk.

Today I was blessed to sit in meditation with my new friend and brother, Thich Thien Tri, a Vietnamese Buddhist monk who leads the Zen and Mind Family and teaches in New Orleans East and at local universities. First we … Continue reading

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How Advent Actually Happens in Cold, Dark, Desperate Places: Compassion Cultivation at Angola

“Desperate” is defined as “involving a hopeless sense that a situation is so bad as to be impossible to deal with.” Synonyms for “Advent” include “arrival, appearance, emergence, materialization, occurrence, dawn, birth, rise, development.” Compassion warriors show up in desperate … Continue reading

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When visions come…

We had come from around the world, from every continent, as a global community seeking to cultivate compassion and learning to teach the same. We were beginners all, no matter our fields of service, which is how things work for … Continue reading

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“Okay, I guess I will let you lick me on the neck.”

That’s what Rocky the dog said to Fury the cat. And he continued: “It feels like compassion, and I could use some compassion about now.” In this way two pets became my teachers. Letting others have compassion for us, which helps … Continue reading

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A Meditation to Save the World

In the middle of our group meditation it hit me: “What we are doing right now could save the world!” We were a group of eleven adults entering into a silent day retreat I call “The Heart of Mindfulness.” We … Continue reading

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We fell into stillness…

as Lara Naughton led us through self-compassion meditations last Saturday at our cypress swamp property I refer to as Ecoutez! (meaning Listen! in French). Lara drew us into silence for guided meditations, then had us write our responses to a series of questions … Continue reading

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Presence

Seven of us were blessed to visit with Father Ephrem Arcement after the mass at St. Joseph Abbey near Covington, Louisiana, yesterday. He has been a friend of our School for Contemplative Living for years and has presented from books … Continue reading

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