Wednesday, January 9, 2013

Via NPR: National Cathedral Hopes To Set Example By Performing Same-Sex Marriages

The Washington National Cathedral, the massive and iconic church in the nation's capital where inaugural prayers are hosted and presidents are laid to rest, will now hold same-sex marriages. Melissa Block speaks with Rev. Gary Hall, dean of the Cathedral, about the change in policy.

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Via Buddhism on Beliefnet:

Daily Buddhist Wisdom

If any recluses or followers do not understand objectively that the enjoyment of sense pleasures is enjoyment, that the unsatisfactoriness of their passing is unsatisfactoriness, and that liberation from their tyranny is liberation--then it's not possible that they will properly understand what the desire for sense pleasures is or that they will be able to bring anyone else to understand it. But if they do understand objectively the arising and ceasing of sense pleasures, their frequent unsatisfactoriness, and the way to freedom from attachment to them, they will be able to instruct other people to that end.
- Majjhima Nikaya

Via Tricycle Daily Dharma:

Tricycle Daily Dharma January 9, 2013

Accessing our Inner Strength

Anxiety, heartbreak, and tenderness mark the in-between state. It's the kind of place we usually want to avoid. The challenge is to stay in the middle rather than buy into struggle and complaint. The challenge is to let it soften us rather than make us more rigid and afraid. Becoming intimate with the queasy feeling of being in the middle of nowhere only makes our hearts more tender. When we are brave enough to stay in the middle, compassion arises spontaneously. By not knowing, not hoping to know, and not acting like we know what's happening, we begin to access our inner strength.
- Pema Chodron, "The In-between State"
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