Sunday, September 29, 2013

The following article was published in the Washington Post 25 September, 2013:

For Iran’s Rouhani, the human rights of Baha’is are the ultimate test of reform

By Reza Aslan, Michael Brooks, The Washington Post  Published: September 25 at 7:27 am
Iranian President-elect Hasan Rouhani at a June 17 news conference in Tehran. (Ebrahim Noroozi/AP )
Iranian President-elect Hasan Rouhani at a June 17 news conference in Tehran. (Ebrahim Noroozi/AP )

Hassan Rouhani’s speech at the United Nations on Tuesday signaled the possibility of a thaw in relations between Iran and the United States. Indeed, President Rouhani has been diligently trying to improve Iran’s image abroad by, for instance, reaching out to the   Jewish community over social media and to Americans through an NBC interview and a  Washington Post op-ed. At the same time, he has fostered hope for reform at home by freeing political prisoners and promising greater freedoms for Iran’s young and restive population. 
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Tricycle Daily Dharma September 29, 2013

When is the Performance?

Practice, practice, practice, Buddhists are always talking about practice. What I want to know is: When is the performance?
- Robert Thurman, "Straight Outta Kapilavastu"
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Via Sri Prem Baba:

“In essence, we are working to awaken love in each one of us. We are doing this through various different instruments. One tool is to sing the names of God and call for this power that abides in everything everywhere, inside and outside of us. Another tool is meditation and learning how to stabilize the mind and to establish mental equanimity, which comes to a mind that remains undisturbed by anything that happens outside. This equanimity manifests itself as you are able to anchor presence. In order to remain present, breathing techniques and the repetition of mantras are also used. Knowledge is yet another instrument that is used by means of self-investigation in order to be able to recognize the layers that cover up the Being. These layers are removed through comprehension.”
Sri Prem Baba