Saturday, March 28, 2020

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Saiu a Modelagem Estatística do Imperial College London para os Cenários do COVID-19 no Brasil



Antes, uma introdução. No começo da pandemia o governo do Reino Unido havia decidido apostar em uma estratégia de “imunidade de massa”, que consistia em não tomar medidas restritivas; em vez de parar o país, deixariam que o vírus infectasse a população de modo que rapidamente as pessoas pudessem ficar imunizadas.

Porém, o governo do Reino Unido desistiu dessa ideia quando uma equipe de especialistas epidemiológicos do Imperial College of London apresentou uma previsão de como se desenrolaria a disseminação do COVID-19 em diferentes cenários de contenção para o Reino Unido e para os Estados Unidos. Para elaborar essa previsão, utilizaram dados de contágio, estatísticas de hospitalização e óbitos vistos em outros países, estudaram como o vírus se dissemina em diferentes ambientes etc..

Como um breve resumo: se circular livremente, o vírus tem a capacidade de infectar cerca de 80% da população geral em um período muito curto. Das pessoas infectadas, cerca de 20% precisam de hospitalização, 5% dos casos são críticos e precisam de UTI e suporte respiratório, e cerca de metade dos casos críticos vêm a óbito.

No entanto, o súbito aumento de casos ultrapassa a capacidade do sistema de saúde, gerando colapso, e disso resulta um número muito maior de mortes — de covid-19, assim como de outras causas — simplesmente porque não há hospital para tratar todas as pessoas que precisam.
Segundo a previsão, se não houver restrições nos contatos, no mundo inteiro seriam 7 bilhões de pessoas infectadas com covid-19 e 40 milhões de mortes neste ano.

Os números previstos por esses estudos fizeram com que governos desistissem das posturas mais relaxadas e tomassem as medidas mais restritivas para evitar o colapso do sistema de saúde e um número muito maior de mortes.

Ontem, no dia 26/03/2020, o Imperial College of London soltou números previstos para os desfechos da pandemia em todos os países, nos cenários sem intervenção, com mitigação, e com supressão.

Mitigação envolve proteger os idosos (reduzir 60% dos contatos) e restringir apenas 40% dos contatos do restante da população.

Supressão envolve testar e isolar os casos positivos, e estabelecer distanciamento social para toda a população.

Supressão precoce – implementada em uma fase em que há 0,2 mortes por 100.000 habitantes por semana e mantida

Supressão tardia – implementada quando há 1,6 mortes por 100.000 habitantes por semana e mantida.

No Brasil os cenários previstos são os seguintes:

Cenário 1- Sem medidas de mitigação:
- População total: 212.559.409
- População infectada: 187.799.806
- Mortes: 1.152.283
- Indivíduos necessitando hospitalização: 6.206.514
- Indivíduos necessitando UTI: 1.527.536

Cenário 2 - Com distanciamento social de toda a população:
- População infectada: 122.025.818
- Mortes: 627.047
- Indivíduos necessitando hospitalização: 3.496.359
- Indivíduos necessitando UTI: 831.381

Cenário 3 - Com distanciamento social E REFORÇO do distanciamento dos idosos:
- População infectada: 120.836.850
- Mortes: 529.779
- Indivíduos necessitando hospitalização: 3.222.096
- Indivíduos necessitando UTI: 702.497

Cenário 4 – Com supressão tardia
- População infectada: 49.599.016
- Mortes: 206.087
- Indivíduos necessitando hospitalização: 1.182.457
- Indivíduos necessitando UTI: 460.361
- Demanda por hospitalização no pico da pandemia: 460.361
- Demanda por leitos de UTI no pico da pandemia: 97.044

Cenário 5 – Com supressão precoce
- População infectada: 11.457.197
- Mortes: 44.212
- Indivíduos necessitando hospitalização: 250.182
- Indivíduos necessitando UTI: 57.423
- Demanda por hospitalização no pico da pandemia: 72.398
- Demanda por leitos de UTI no pico da pandemia: 15.432

Faço algumas observações:

Os próprios autores do estudo comentam que modelaram essas curvas com base nos padrões de dispersão dos países ricos e que nos países pobres os resultados da pandemia podem ser piores do que o previsto. Esses números previstos não levam em conta a existência de favelas, comunidades sem abastecimento de água e/ou saneamento, entre outros complicadores que temos no Brasil.

É preciso comentar que os números reais da pandemia no Brasil, seus casos e óbitos, estarão amplamente subnotificados devido à falta de testes e demora nos resultados. As estatísticas oficiais publicadas pelo Ministério da Saúde mostrarão apenas a ponta do iceberg.

Mesmo nos melhores cenários, lentificando a transmissão e aumentando os recursos do sistema de saúde, deve faltar UTI e respirador para parte dos doentes.

Em resumo, a diferença entre ficarmos todos em casa (supressão) ou adotar uma estratégia mais branda de mitigação e proteção apenas dos grupos de risco pode ser da ordem de MEIO MILHÃO de vidas.


Link para o trabalho “The Global Impact of COVID-19 and Strategies for Mitigation and Suppression”: https://www.imperial.ac.uk/media/imperial-college/medicine/sph/ide/gida-fellowships/Imperial-College-COVID19-Global-Impact-26-03-2020.pdf



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Via Daily Dharma: Forgive Yourself for Failing

Falling down is what we humans do. If we can acknowledge that fact, judgment softens and we allow the world to be as it is, forgiving ourselves and others for our humanity.

—Lin Jensen, “An Ear to the Ground

Friday, March 27, 2020

Via Insight Meditation Sangha


Firm confidence in the Buddha;
Firm confidence in the Dharma;
Firm confidence in the Community;
Being accomplished in noble virtue.
~ Bhikku Anālayo ~

May you be healthy, happy, safe and protected, and may we all find peace and liberation in the Buddha, Dharma, Sangha, and in noble virtue.

Via Daily Dharma: Getting Along with People Who Bother You

A Buddhist practices nonattachment to views. If we human beings are going to stick around on this earth, we need to learn to get along not just with the people who share our views, but also, and more to the point, with the people who get our goat. And remember—we get their goat, too.

—Susan Moon, “Ten Practices to Change the World

Thursday, March 26, 2020

Via Ram Dass - Love Serve Remember Foundation / Words of Wisdom - March 26, 2020 💌


"The universe is made up of experiences that are designed to burn out our reactivity, which is our attachment, our clinging, to pain, to pleasure, to fear, to all of it. And as long as there are places where we’re vulnerable, the universe will find ways to confront us with them. That’s the way the dance is designed..."

- Ram Dass -

Via Daily Dharma: How to Respond to Anger

If you are angry and you meditate to get rid of your anger, you will only frustrate yourself. Meditate because you are angry, not to eliminate it.

—Mark Epstein, “I’ve Been Meditating for Ten Years, and I’m Still Angry. What’s the Matter with Me?

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Wednesday, March 25, 2020

Via the Gay Buddhist Fellowship in San Franciso

“The more closely we contemplate our bodies and minds and the world we live in, the more profoundly we become aware of the fragility and instability. When a crisis like this pandemic lays bare the unreliable and uncertain nature of the world, we are unsurprised. We know that what is happening right now is not a deviation from the norm. It is merely that the covers have been dragged away from truths that most people spend their lives trying to ignore. With a daily grounding in the way things are, we can remain free from panic, anxiety, and depression. We can turn our minds to compassion.

Faced with a suffering of this depth and range, we form the heartfelt wish that all people, young and old, in all countries of the world be free from infection. If they have contracted the virus, may they recover. If they do not recover may they be able to endure their pain with patience and acceptance; may they have a refuge in their heart to turn to; and in their final days may they be surrounded by love and kindness.”

~Ajahn Jayasaro

Via Daily Dharma: Diluting Your Ego

Each deepening of refuge is a lessening of ego.

—Dharmavidya David Brazier, “It Needs Saying

Sunday, March 22, 2020

Via Daily Dharma: Reconnect with Interconnection

There is a truth to our lived experience, to our births, to our deaths, to our existence in separate bodies. But that doesn't deny that we are interconnected, that we all originated from the same point.

—Sebene Selassie, “Mindfulness of the Four Elements: Reconnecting with the World

Via Ram Dass - Love Serve Remember Foundation / Words of Wisdom - March 22, 2020 💌



"One of the big traps we have in the West is our intelligence because we want to know that we know. Freedom allows you to be wise, but you cannot know wisdom. You must be wisdom. When my guru wanted to put me down, he called me ‘clever.’ When he wanted to reward me, he would call me ‘simple.’ The intellect is a beautiful servant, but a terrible master. Intellect is the power tool of our separateness. The intuitive, compassionate heart is the doorway to our unity. "

- Ram Dass -

Saturday, March 21, 2020

Via White Crane Insitute: GAVIN ARTHUR

White Crane Institute Exploring Gay Wisdom & Culture since 1989
 

This Day in Gay History

March 21

Born
Gavin Arthur
1901 -
GAVIN ARTHUR, American writer, grandson of President Chester A. Arthur (d: 1972); Grandson and namesake of U.S. President Chester Alan Arthur, he was Alan Watts' father-in-law. An adventurous soul, he worked his way around the world as a merchant seaman. He has been described as "an Ivy League dropout, an Irish Republican Army activist, an experimental-film actor, a commune leader, a gold prospector, a teacher at San Quentin, and a bisexual sexologist/astrologer. An early Gay Rights activist and a practical prototype for the hippies."
In 1962, Arthur published The Circle of Sex, a book that analyzed human sexuality through the lens of astrology. Rather than the linear scale developed by Alfred Kinsey, Arthur envisioned sexuality as a wheel with twelve orientations. The twelve types corresponded to the zodiac and Arthur illustrated each with an historical archetype (e.g., Don Juan, Sappho, Lady C).  He appears in James Broughton's film The Bed as the man receiving last rites from Alan Watts
Arthur, bisexual himself, was said to have been intimate with Edward Carpenter and Neal Cassady. Arthur was also a friend to many of the beat generation, including Allen Ginsberg and Alan Watts, and was active in the early Gay Liberation movement movement.
Arthur married for the third time in 1965 to Ellen Jansen. He wrote an enlarged edition of The Circle of Sex the following year. He used astrology to determine the date to hold the Human Be-in in 1967. In 1968, he debated fellow astrologer Dane Rudhyar on the topic of the Age of Aquarius. In 1972, Arthur died in San Francisco. Having no children himself, he was the last living descendant of his grandfather, President Chester A. Arthur. His papers, including many family papers, were donated to the Library of Congress.

Via Daily Dharma: Why We Really Practice

We need to lessen our attachment to the cushion and remember meditation’s true purpose: to transform our minds. We can do that anywhere.

—Mindy Newman, “Ask a Teacher

Friday, March 20, 2020

Via Daily Dharma: Others Have Felt What You’re Feeling

Whatever it is that you’re feeling, recognize it. In that instant of separation and acknowledgment, … use your imagination to recognize that there are other people on the planet at this very moment feeling just like you feel. You are no longer alone.

—Lama Kathy Wesley, “Your Mistakes Are Progress

Thursday, March 19, 2020

Via White Crane Institute / RICHARD FRANCIS BURTON

White Crane Institute Exploring Gay Wisdom & Culture since 1989
 

This Day in Gay History

March 19

Born
Richard Francis Burton
1821 -
RICHARD FRANCIS BURTON, legendary British explorer, diplomat and author was born (d. 1890); an English explorer, translator, writer, soldier, orientalist, ethnologist, linguist, poet, hypnotist, fencer and diplomat. If we left anything out it’s hard to imagine what it might be.
Burton was "the most interesting man alive" before there was such a thing. He was known for his far-flung and exotic travels and explorations within Asia and Africa as well as his extraordinary knowledge of languages and cultures. According to one count, he spoke 29 European, Asian, and African languages.
His best-known achievements include traveling in disguise to Mecca, making an unexpurgated translation of The Book of One Thousand and One Nights (the collection is more commonly called The Arabian Nights in English because of Andrew Lang's abridgment) and the Kama Sutra and journeying with John Henning Speke as the first white men guided by the redoubtable Sidi Mubarek Bombay to discover the Great Lakes of Africa in search of the source of the Nile.
Allegations of homosexuality followed Burton throughout most of his life, at a time when it was a criminal offense in the United Kingdom. Biographers disagree on whether or not Burton ever experienced Gay sex (he never directly acknowledges it in his writing).
These allegations began in his army days when General Sir Charles James Napier requested that Burton go undercover to investigate a male brothel reputed to be frequented by British soldiers. It has been suggested that Burton's detailed report on the workings of the brothel may have led some to believe he had been a customer.
Burton was a party boy and a heavy drinker at various times in his life and also admitted to taking both hemp and opium. Friends of the poet Algernon Swinburne blamed Burton for leading him astray, holding Burton responsible for Swinburne's alcoholism and interest in the works of the Marquis de Sade.

Via Daily Dharma: How to Work with People Who Cause Harm

Instead of giving up on those who cause harm, we need to realize that they are seeking happiness but don’t know how to find it.

—Chagdud Tulku Rinpoche, “Putting Down the Arrow

Wednesday, March 18, 2020

Buda da Medicina - O buda da cura




“E as pessoas ficaram em casa.
E leram livros, ouviram, descansaram, se exercitaram, fizeram arte, jogaram jogos, aprenderam novas maneiras de existirem e ficaram paradas.
E então ouviram mais profundamente.
Alguns meditavam, outros rezavam, já outros dançavam.

Alguns encontraram as suas próprias sombras.
E o povo começou a pensar de maneira diferente.

O povo foi curado.
E, na ausência de pessoas vivendo na ignorância, perigosas, com a mente e o coração fechados, a Terra começou a se curar.

E, quando o perigo passou, as pessoas se uniram novamente, sofreram com as suas perdas, fizeram novas escolhas, sonharam novas imagens e criaram novas maneiras de se viver e curar a terra completamente, como haviam sido curadas”.


~ Kitty O Meara

*Foto do Buda da Medicina - O buda da cura

Via Ram Dass - Love Serve Remember Foundation / Words of Wisdom - March 18, 2020 💌





"What does the voice of fear whisper to you? Fear speaks to you in logic and reason. It assumes the language of love itself. Fear says 'I want to make you safe.' Love says, 'You are safe.' Fear says, 'Give me symbols. Give me frozen images. Give me something I can rely on.'

Loving truth says, 'Only give me this moment.' Fear would walk with you on a narrow path promising to take you where you want to go. Love says, 'Open your arms and fly with me.' Every moment of your life you are offered the opportunity to choose - love or fear, to tread the earth or to soar the heavens."


- Emmanuel -

Via Daily Dharma: From Momentary Glimpse to Lasting Illumination

Although initially the clinging to self disappears only when we’re very mindful, those moments free of delusion give deeper insight a chance to arise, and eventually wisdom becomes strong enough to trigger a permanent change of outlook.

—Cynthia Thatcher, “Disconnect the Dots

Tuesday, March 17, 2020

Via White Crane Institute / This Day in Gay History: BAYARD RUSTIN



March 17

Born
Bayard Rustin
1912 -
BAYARD RUSTIN American civil rights activist, born (d: 1987) Largely behind the scenes in the civil rights movement of the 1960s and earlier, and one of the organizers of the 1963 March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom, it was Bayard Rustin who counseled Martin Luther King Jr. on the techniques of nonviolent resistance.
For much of his career, Rustin lived in New York City's Chelsea neighborhood, in the union-funded Penn South complex, from 1978 with his partner Walter Naegle. He became an advocate on behalf of gay and lesbian causes in the latter part of his career; however, his sexuality was the reason for attacks from within the civil rights movement as well as from many governmental and other interest groups.
A year before his death in 1987, Rustin said: "Twenty-five, thirty years ago, the barometer of human rights in the United States were black people. That is no longer true. The barometer for judging the character of people in regard to human rights is now those who consider themselves Gay, homosexual, or Lesbian."

Monday, March 16, 2020

Via Daily Dharma: Where Fear Should Be Felt

We should not be afraid of suffering. We should be afraid of only one thing, and that is not knowing how to deal with our suffering.

—Thich Nhat Hanh, “Why We Shouldn’t Be Afraid of Suffering

Sunday, March 15, 2020

Via Ram Dass - Love Serve Remember Foundation / Words of Wisdom - March 15, 2020 💌


For many of us, the thought of death, thinking of when we or someone we love is going to die, keeps us from being here now. When will we die? How will we die? What will happen after we die? What will happen to our loved ones? What about all the things we hoped to accomplish? These deep fears and anxieties about our survival keep us from living fully in the present moment.
Most of us are convinced that we are our egos, which is who we think we are. The ego is part of our incarnation. It dies with the body, which is why we are so afraid of death. Death scares the hell out of who you think you are, especially if you think you are this body. Being around death forces you to open to a deeper part of yourself. The shadow, especially the shadow of death, is the greatest teacher for how to come to the light.

When you are fully present in the moment, there is no anticipatory fear, no anxiety, because you are living here and now, not in the future.

- Ram Dass -

Via Daily Dharma: Seeing Worth in All Things

The sensitive, mindful heart perceives value and worth in all things. It does not rely upon drama or intensity to feel awake and alive, but draws upon receptivity, stillness, and a present moment wholeheartedness.

—Christina Feldman, “Brief Teachings

Via Daily Dharma: Be Aware of Becoming Unaware

Every time you recognize that you have lost awareness, be happy. The fact that you have recognized that you lost awareness means that you are now aware.

—Sayadaw U Tejaniya, “The Art of Investigation

Friday, March 13, 2020

Via Daily Dharma: Your Practice Is Always Present

We are not separate from our practice, and so no matter what, our practice is present.

—Roshi Pat Enkyo O’Hara, “Like a Dragon in Water

Thursday, March 12, 2020

Geopolitical and Personal Nonkilling Choices in Times of Collapse by Manuel Casal Lodeiro


Presentation by Manuel Casal Lodeiro (Instituto Resiliencia and Centro de Saberes para a Sustentabilidade) at Åbo Akademi University in Vasa during the Fifth international “Explorations in Peace & Conflict Research” conference on March 13, 2020 focusing on the topic “Nonkilling Responses to Climate Crisis”. Co-organized by the Center for Global Nonkilling and the Programme in Peace, Mediation and Conflict Research at Åbo Akademi University.






Via Daily Dharma: How Mindfulness Leads to Autonomy

Mindfulness is not only about paying attention and being aware but also about deciding where we want to put our attention.

—Interview with Gina Biegel by Wendy Joan Biddlecombe Agsar, “How to Support Your Teen’s Meditation Practice

Wednesday, March 11, 2020

Via Daily Dharma: How to Cultivate Relationships with Obstacles

When challenges or obstacles arise for us, we don’t have to get so intimidated; we can say, “Yes, it’s an obstacle, but it is not intrinsically bad; it’s not going to destroy me.” To create a relationship with the obstacle, learn about it, and finally overcome it … gives us a chance to cultivate wisdom and skillful means.

—Dzigar Kongtrul Rinpoche, “Old Relationships, New Possibilities

Via Ram Dass - Love Serve Remember Foundation / Words of Wisdom - March 11, 2020 💌


Until you can allow your own beauty, your own dignity, your own being, you cannot free another; so if I were giving one instruction, I would say: Work on yourself, have compassion for yourself, allow yourself to be beautiful and all the rest will follow.

- Ram Dass -

Tuesday, March 10, 2020

Via Daily Dharma: Becoming Free from Thoughts

If you know a view as a view, you can be free of that view. If you know a thought as a thought, you can be free of that thought.

—Norman Fischer, “Beyond Language

Monday, March 9, 2020

Via Daily Dharma: Meaning Is Relative

Meaning is relative and always in flux, part of a chain of reference that never comes to an end.

—David Loy, “The Dharma of Deconstruction

Sunday, March 8, 2020

Via Daily Dharma: Working with Anger

We can try, in a spirit of simple curiosity, to get so close to our anger that we no longer know or feel it as anger. Cause and object, the self being angry, and the anger itself all drop away, and all that remains is the precious energy, freed at last.

—Roshi Nancy Mujo Baker, “Precious Energy

Via Ram Dass - Love Serve Remember Foundation / Words of Wisdom - March 8, 2020 💌




First rule: listen to your inner voice.
Second rule: be honest with yourself.

The predicament is that you listen to your inner voice, and it leads you to a path, and then you outgrow it. And you don't want to admit that you've outgrown it because you've made a big investment in it. But you must be willing to let go, to stand as naked as a newborn child, again and again, and again.

- Ram Dass -



Via Daily Dharma: Take Destiny into Your Own Hands

The events and circumstances of our lives do not happen by accident; rather they are the result of certain causes and conditions. When we understand the conditions necessary for something to happen, we can begin to take destiny into our own hands.

—Joseph Goldstein, “The Evolution of Happiness

Friday, March 6, 2020

Via White Crane Institute / Gay Wisdom: GLENN GREENWALD

Glenn Greenwald
1967 -
GLENN GREENWALD is an American lawyer, journalist and author born on this date. He was a columnist for Guardian US from August 2012 to October 2013. He was a columnist for Salon.com from 2007 to 2012, and an occasional contributor to The Guardian. Greenwald worked as a constitutional and civil rights litigator.
At Salon he contributed as a columnist and blogger, focusing on political and legal topics. He has also contributed to other newspapers and political news magazines, including The New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, The American Conservative, The National Interest and In These Times. In 2014 he became, along with Laura Poitrasand and Jeremy Scahill, one of the founding editors of The Intercept.
Greenwald was named by Foreign  Policy Magazine as one of the "Top 100 Global Thinkers of 2013" and The Advocate named him as one of the "50 Most Influential LGBT Persons in 2014".
Four of the five books he has written have been on The New York Times Best Sellers list. Greenwald is a frequent speaker on college campuses, including Harvard Law, Yale Law, the University of Pennsylvania, Brown University, UCLA School of Law and the University of Wisconsin. He frequently appears on various radio and television programs.
In June 2013 Greenwald became widely known after The Guardian published the first of a series of reports detailing United States and British global surveillance programs, based on classified documents disclosed by Edward Snowden. The series on which Greenwald worked, along with others, won the 2014 Pulitzer Prize for Public Service.
His reporting on the National Security Agency (NSA) won numerous other awards around the world, including top investigative journalism prizes from the George Polk Award for National Security Reporting, the 2013 Online Journalism Awards, the Esso Award for Excellence in Reporting in Brazil for his articles in O Globo on NSA mass surveillance of Brazilians (becoming the first foreigner to win the award), the 2013 Libertad de Expresion Internacional award from Argentinian magazine  Perfil, and the 2013 Pioneer Award from the Electronic Frontier Foundation.
Greenwald lives in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, the hometown of his partner, David Michael Miranda. Greenwald has said his residence in Brazil was the result of an American law, the Defense of Marriage Act, barring federal recognition of same-sex marriages, which prevented his partner from receiving a visa to reside in the United States with him.

Via Daily Dharma: Paying Attention Changes the World

Attention changes what kind of a thing comes into being for us: in that way it changes the world.

—Iain McGilchrist, “Examining Attention

Via Daily Dharma: Paying Attention Changes the World

Attention changes what kind of a thing comes into being for us: in that way it changes the world.

—Iain McGilchrist, “Examining Attention

Thursday, March 5, 2020

Via Daily Dharma: What Makes an Enlightened Life?

If I had to summarize the entirety of an enlightened
person’s life in a few words,
it would be complete acceptance of what is.
As we accept what is, our minds are relaxed
and composed
while the world changes rapidly around us.


—Haemin Sunim, “The Things You Can See Only When You Slow Down

Wednesday, March 4, 2020

Via Daily Dharma: Interconnection All Around Us

When we just say, “I am,” and open our eyes around us, we intuitively see that others are also included in “I am.”

—Ruben L. F. Habito, “Be Still & Know

Via Ram Dass - Love Serve Remember Foundation / Words of Wisdom - March 4, 2020 💌


There is a being on another plane that guides, protects, and helps you. That loves you so incredibly. Does your sense of unworthiness prevent you from being loved as much as this being loves you? Unworthiness has to go. You have to be able to say, "Christ, God, Baba, let me feel your love. Let me fill up with your love, let me be absorbed into your love."

Breathe in and out of your heart; with each in-breath, you take in that love a little more. With each out-breath, you get rid of that which keeps you from acknowledging that you are love.

- Ram Dass -

Tuesday, March 3, 2020

ANY DEM WILL DO! - A Randy Rainbow Song Parody


Via LionsRoar / Steadfast in the Midst of Samsara

Self-Immolation,” 2012 by Tashi Norbu. www.tashinorbu.com

Shinshu Roberts examines the suffering inherent in the bodhisattva path, what Dogen referred to as being “the blue lotus in the flame.” From the Spring 2020 issue of Buddhadharma: The Practitioner’s Quarterly.

In 1243, Eihei Dogen, the thirteenth-century founder of Soto Zen in Japan, wrote in his evocative Kuge (“Flowers of Emptiness”) that “the time and place that the blue lotus flowers open and spread are in the midst of fire and in the time of fire” (Gudo Nishijima and Chodo Cross, Master Dogen’s Shobogenzo). Dogen lived in a time of political uncertainty, violent weather, and cultural change. Perhaps these difficulties inspired Dogen to take up the poetic image of a blue lotus—associated with practice–realization—blooming within the fire of samsara.

 


Via Daily Dharma: Making Space to Respond with Intention

If we cultivate awareness enough to step back a bit from simply reacting, we can insert a gap or a pause before being carried away. In that little gap there is the freedom to respond in a fresh way, less predetermined.

—Judy Lief, “Train Your Mind: Don’t Be So Predictable

Monday, March 2, 2020

Via Daily Dharma: Focus on Kindness

When our minds become convinced that we’ve been the recipients of a a tremendous amount of kindness in our lives, the wish to speak ill of others vanishes.

—Ven. Thubten Chodron, “The Truth About Gossip

Sunday, March 1, 2020

BR 9+ 0:02 / 4:22 Sergio Mendes feat. Black Eyed Peas - Mas Que Nada


Via Daily Dharma: How to Gain Wisdom

We attain wisdom not by creating ideals but by learning to see things clearly, as they are.

—Jack Kornfield, “Theravada Vipassana Practice

Via Ram Dass - Love Serve Remember Foundation / Words of Wisdom - March 1, 2020 💌





The Living Spirit, the Beloved, is always right here. It is merely your mind that prevents you from acknowledging its existence. The minute you quiet your mind or open your heart so that it draws your mind along with it, only then do you rend the veil and see that the Beloved is right there.

- Ram Dass -