It’s about us, not the police

Primary Border Fence with Mexico (BBC World)

If we are concerned about use of force by the police, then we need to shine the light on the depths of our own brutality, brutality that we have projected onto them over the past century or so.

As America has become urbanized, we have handed over more and more responsibility for maintaining civil society to the “rule of law” and the “arm of the law.” Increasingly, instead of doing the personal work of neighbors and community, we

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The personal, not the political

Prosperous couple & bag lady on a bench

There is nobody on the planet, neither those whom we see as the oppressed nor those whom we see as the oppressor, who doesn’t have what it takes to wake up.The Pocket Pema Chödrön (156)

Human change is always personal, not political.

Yes, all social concerns are in some way “political” concerns (Greek politikos, from politēs “citizen’,” from polis “city”). But our feelings about a concern are personal reactions to the concern, not pragmatic steps toward remedies. And

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Mood

When I
get up on the wrong side of the bed
and there’s a wall
+++there,
Can I
notice the impact of the wall,
+++observe the feelings,
+++sense aches,
without seeking a cause?

Without indulging my
+++self
by sinking and wallowing?

Warning sign: "Danger, bad mood area"

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Oxen

Some nights, some, mornings, I lay awake or come awake with my mind full of unfinished checklists of things I need to get done in the mundane world. So oppressive. the sense of impossibility—impossible even to prioritize, let alone to do.

How do we ever get through this life? It’s as if we feel we must have each breath, each heartbeat on a To Do list, else we will die. Why do our minds betray us in this way? Why

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“The Dharma Talk is Always with You”

The following is the Shambala Blog excerpt for today.  It comes from No Beginning, No End: The Intimate Heart of Zen by Jakusho Kwong, page 4.

If you come to listen to a talk as if you are going to hear something great from somebody else, this is a big mistake.

The word teisho means something you already intimately know, and it is during the teisho that the roshi makes the Dharma, or truth, come alive.

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Beyond agnosticism

I have for several years been practicing a rather threadbare, in some ways malnourished religion—more by necessity than choice, though the choices are obvious to me.

I wrote that first sentence on Wednesday, March 31st of this year, shortly after I received confirmation that I could move my mother from hospital, where she had come through the crisis of a major systemic infection, into a new skilled nursing facility (SNF), where staff were better equipped than in her old one

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