Practicing Peace in Times of War (review) “We can talk about ending war and we can march for ending war, we can do everything in our power, but war is never going to end as long as our hearts are hardened against each other.”
It is common for us to harden our hearts whenever we experience unpleasant feelings. Overtime, our minds solidify in their views and interpretations of events. We judge others, not only for who they are but for who they represent. Our fear and anger an
Zen Buddhists take refuge in the Buddha, in the Dharma, and in the Sangha. These terms can be more easily understood as “realization, truth, and harmony.” Dharma may be seen as a cosmic law of cause and effect, of one thing depending on another thing depending on another thing, within “the infinite, dynamic web of endless dimensions.” When expressed, this law is karma. Nothing is independent, but rather, intimate in relations. Everything exists in the context of something els
Out of all the books I’ve read, this is the only one to give me nightmares. Out of nightmares, I heard: You lived for thousands of years, alive with flowing rivers and the annual hunt, eating from plants grown on rich soil and plucking fruits from trees. Respect for the spirit of the land lingers in your breath, in your ancestral bones. Your blood from the Great Spirit flows in you as it does in Eagle, Buffalo, and Elk. Blood as old as mountains and yellow plains, as timeless
Bernie Mac was a comedian with a big heart. Raised in the South Side of Chicago, he learned old-school principles from his mother and grandparents, tough-lessons of integrity that were instilled in him since he was a child. Those lessons carried him throughout his life. Sometimes he didn’t understand the point of what his family was teaching, not until later, when dealing with struggles that tested his character.
“You know, funny thing about life. Most people, they got a pro