Tuesday, June 30, 2020

Via White Crane Institute // ALLEN YOUNG

This Day in Gay History

June 30

Journalist and Activist Allen Young
1941 -
ALLEN YOUNG is an American journalist, author, editor and publisher who is also a social, political and environmental activist. He was born on this date. He was a red diaper baby. He graduated from Fallsburg Central High School and received his undergraduate degree in 1962 from Columbia University. Following an M.A. in 1963 from Stanford in Hispanic American and Luso-Brazilian Studies, he earned an M.S. in 1964 from the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism. After receiving a Fulbright Award in 1964, Young spent three years in Brazil, Chile and other Latin American countries, contributing numerous articles to  The New York Times, The Christian Science Monitor and other periodicals and other periodicals.
Young returned to the United States in June 1967 and worked briefly for The Washington Post before resigning in the fall of that year to become a full-time anti-Vietnam War movement activist and staff member of the Liberation News Service. 
Young, Marshall Bloom, Ray Mungo and others worked in the office at 3 Thomas Circle producing the news packets that were sent to the hundreds of underground newspapers bi-weekly or tri-weekly. A member of the Students for a Democratic Society, Young was part of the Columbian University protests of 1968 and was among more than 700 arrested. 
When the Liberation News Service split in two in August 1968 Young became a recognized leader of the New York office. In February and March 1969 Young went to Cuba, where he was instrumental in the organization of the Venceremos Brigade. 
Young became disillusioned with the Castro regime after observing the lack of civil liberties and other freedoms, and especially the government's anti-gay policies. After th Mariel boatlift he wrote Gays Under the Cuban Revolution, breaking with those New Leftists who continued to defend the Cuban Revolution.
After the Stonewall Riots in New York City, Young became involved in the Gay Liberation Front. During the second half of 1970 he lived in the Seventeenth Street collective with Carl Miller, Jim Fouratt, and Giles Kotcher where he was involved in producing Gay flames
Young wrote frequently for the gay press, including The Advocate, Come Out, Fag Rag and Gay Community News among others. His 1972 interview with Allen Ginsberg, which first appeared in Gay Sunshine is often reprinted and translated.
Young has edited four books with Karla Jay including the ground breaking anthology Out of the Closets.  His autobiography "Left, Gay & Green: A Writer's Life" is published and available on Amazon.com.

Via Daily Dharma: Come Back to Just This

Zazen practice continually reminds us to unhook from our projects, which always reflect in some way a desire to be elsewhere. We are continually invited to come back to “just this,” to come back to who we really are. 

—Julie Nelson,“Sick and Useless Zen”


Monday, June 29, 2020

#FiqueEmCasa #WearAMask #ShutupandWearyourDamnMask

#FiqueEmCasa #WearAMask #ShutupandWearyourDamnMask


Did you guys know the FDA just approved a drug that reduces your chance of getting COVID-19 by 5X? It’s trade name is called Wearamaskasshole.

Side effects include:

mild inconvienience, possible victim complex, fear of people thinking you are a sheeple, being ostracized by your anti-vax plandemic bros, and the power to stop your own asymptomatic transmission as this country stubbornly dives right on into that second wave. 

Check with your doctor, or really anyone, to see if Wearamaskasshole is right for you.
Yes totally stole this.... Put a mask on. ✌đŸŒ

Via Queerty // Nice buns! This global burger chain just renamed itself for pride in Mexico

If there’s one thing that prompts heated debate among some LGBTQ people it’s the use of the word ‘queer’.

For some, it’s a defiant and unifying umbrella term to cover non-hetero sexualities. Others, remembering its use as a slur, prefer not to apply it to themselves. Perhaps for that reason, it’s a term that many corporates shy away from adopting, instead opting to just co-opt the rainbow flag instead.

¡Viva MĂ©xico!

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Via Daily Dharma: Transforming Emotions into Guidance

Only when emotions are truly attended to can they be endured and transformed into useful energies that express our needs and help guide us through life.

—Josh Korda,“A Safe Container for Fear”


Via White Crane Institute - HENRY GERBER

Henry Gerber
1892 -
HENRY GERBER was among the earliest Gay Rights activists in America and, sadly, remains one of it's unsung heroes (d: 1972). He founded the nation’s first Gay organization and Gay publication. Born Joseph Henry Dittmer in Bavaria, Germany, Gerber moved to Chicago in 1913. From 1920 to 1923, he served in the U.S. Army during the occupation of Germany. While in Germany, he was exposed to the homosexual emancipation movement. Gerber subscribed to Gay publications and was inspired by Magnus Hirschfeld, founder of a German homosexual and science advocacy organization.
After returning to Chicago, Gerber founded the Society for Human Rights, which advocated for Gays and Lesbians. He published the organization’s newsletter, “Friends and Freedom.” Gerber limited membership in the Society for Human Rights to Gay men. Unknown to him, the vice president, Al Weininger, was married with children. In 1925, Weininger’s wife reported the organization’s activities and it was shut down for moral turpitude.
The Chicago police arrested Gerber and tried him three times. Although Gerber was found not guilty, the legal fees cost him his life savings and his job. Gerber moved to New York City and reenlisted in the Army, where he served for eighteen years. He led a correspondence club called Connections, which became a national network for Gay men. Under a pen name, he wrote articles for various publications, arguing the case for Gay Rights. At 80, Gerber died in the U.S. Soldiers’ and Airmen’s Home in Washington, D.C. In 1992, he was inducted posthumously into the Chicago Gay and Lesbian Hall of Fame. In 2001, the Henry Gerber House was designated a Chicago landmark.

Sunday, June 28, 2020

Como entender a homossexualidade? | Monja Coen responde | Zen Budismo

Feliz Dia Internacional do Orgulho LGBTQIA+. Happy Pride!

“O espĂ­rito do Budismo sobre a homossexualidade Ă© a inclusividade!

Se duas pessoas realmente se sentem bem dessa maneira e ambos os lados concordam totalmente, entĂŁo tudo bem. NĂŁo se pode considerar isso uma doença ou que Ă© errado. VocĂȘ tem que ir alĂ©m disso. 

VocĂȘ precisa respeitar essa pessoa, de verdade.” #namaste #andrealmada #happypride #orgulho #monjacoen

President Obama Speaks to the People of Brazil - Mar 23, 2011

Via White Crane Institute // EDWARD CARPENTER

Edward Carpenter and George Merrill
1929 -

EDWARD CARPENTER, English poet and Gay pioneer, died (b: 1844); Edward Carpenter was a pioneering socialist and radical prophet of a new age of fellowship in which social relations would be transformed by a new spiritual consciousness. The way he lived his life, perhaps even more than his extensive writings, was the essence of his message.

It is perhaps not surprising that his reputation faded quickly after his death, as he lived much of his life modestly spreading his message by personal contact and example rather than by major literary works or through a national political career. He has been described as having that unusual combination of qualities: charisma with modesty.

His ideas became immensely influential during the early years of the Socialist movement in Britain: perhaps Carpenter's most widely remembered legacy to the Socialist and Co-operative movements was his anthem England Arise!

A leading figure in late 19th and early 20th century Britain, he was instrumental in the foundation of the Fabian Society and the Labor Party. A poet and writer, he was a close friend of Walt Whitman and Rabindranath Tagore, corresponding with many famous figures such as Isadora Duncan, Havelock Ellis, Mahatma Ganghi, Jack London.William Morris and John Ruskin among many others.

But it is his writings on the subject of homosexuality and his open espousal of this identity that makes him unique. If you are unfamiliar with Carpenter, find him…read him. He is unquestionably one of the formative, foundational Gay philosophers in the late 19th and early 20th century. His influence was widespread at the time, and is no less innovative and profound, today.

His important writings include:

    • Towards Democracy (1883)
    • England's Ideal (1887)
    • Civilisation: Its Cause and Cure (1889; reissued 1920)
    • Homogenic love and its place in a free society (1894)
    • Love's Coming of Age (1896)
    • Days with Walt Whitman (1906)
    • Iolaus — anthology of friendship (editor, 1908)
    • The Intermediate Sex: a Study of Some Transitional Types of Men and Women (1908)
    • The Intermediate Types Among Primitive Folk (1914)
    • My Days and Dreams (autobiography, 1916)
    • Pagan & Christian Creeds: their origin and meaning (1920)

A strong advocate of sexual freedom, living in a Gay community near Sheffield, he had a profound influence on both D.H. Lawrence and E.M. Forster. On his return from India in 1891, he met George Merrill, a working class man also from Sheffield, and the two men struck up a relationship, eventually moving in together in 1898. Merrill had been raised in the slums of Sheffield and had no formal education.

Two men of different classes living together as a couple was almost unheard of in England in the 1890s, a fact made all the more extraordinary by the hysteria about alternative sexualities generated by the Oscar Wilde trial of 1895 and the Criminal Law Amendment Bill passed a decade earlier "outlawing all forms of male homosexual contact". But their relationship endured and they remained partners for the rest of their lives. Their relationship not only defied Victorian sexual mores but also the highly stratified British class system. Their partnership, in many ways, reflected Carpenter's cherished conviction that same-sex love had the power to subvert class boundaries.

It was his belief that at sometime in the future, Gay people would be the cause of radical social change in the social conditions of man. Carpenter remarks in his work "The Intermediate Sex":

"Eros is a great leveler. Perhaps the true Democracy rests, more firmly than anywhere else, on a sentiment which easily passes the bounds of class and caste, and unites in the closest affection the most estranged ranks of society. It is noticeable how often Uranians of good position and breeding are drawn to rougher types, as of manual workers, and frequently very permanent alliances grow up in this way, which although not publicly acknowledged have a decided influence on social institutions, customs and political tendencies". p.114-115

(Note: The term “uranian", referring to a passage from Plato's Symposium, was often used at the time to describe someone who would be termed "Gay" nowadays. Carpenter is counted among the Uranians himself.)

Via Ram Dass - Love Serve Remember Foundation // Words of Wisdom - June 28, 2020 💌

The final step in integrating meditation into your awareness is to use the stuff of daily life as part of your meditation. There are ways of perceiving the world and the way you live in it such that each experience brings you more deeply into the meditative space. At the same time, however, this kind of meditation requires firm grounding: you must continue to function effectively in the world as you meditate on it.
This is meditation in action. It finally becomes the core of a consciously lived life, a meditative space within you. This space stands between each thing you notice and each response you make, allowing a peaceful, quiet, and spacious view of the universe.

- Ram Dass -

Via Daily Dharma: Why Joy Is a Radical Act

Innate joy is a radical act, because once we learn to recognize it, we can begin to toss aside the everyday understanding of happiness at the heart of our culture.

—Scott Tusa, “Joy Is a Radical Act”


Saturday, June 27, 2020

Via LGBTq Nation // What happened inside the White House on the day the Supreme Court legalized same-sex marriage?


What happened inside the White House on the day that the Supreme Court ruled in favor of marriage equality and legalized same-sex marriages nationwide? Former President Barack Obama has released a video on the five year anniversary of that momentous day that is bringing the internet to tears.
From lighting the White House in rainbow colors to delivering the eulogy after the racist mass shooting at Mother Emanual church, the inside glimpse of the Obama presidency is both fascinating and touching.

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Let it be painful ~ Shunryu Suzuki

Let it be painful ~  Shunryu Suzuki

The only way you can endure your pain is to let it be painful.  – Shunryu Suzuki  from the book "Crooked Cucumber: The Life and Zen Teaching of Shunryu Suzuki" ISBN: 978-0767901055  -  https://amzn.to/18iG0QI  
Shunryu Suzuki on the web: http://www.shunryusuzuki.com
Shunryu Suzuki 50: http://suzukiroshi.sfzc.org 

Via White Crane // TROY PERRY

Reverend Troy Perry
1940 -

TROY PERRY, Metropolitan Community Church founder born; Happy Birthday Troy! The Reverend Elder Troy Deroy Perry is the founder of the Universal Fellowship of Metropolitan Community Churches, a Protestant denomination devoted to ministering to the spiritual needs of GLBTQ people.

A charismatic preacher and leader, Perry has built the religious organization into one of the fastest growing denominations in the world, with over 300 churches in some 18 countries. Perry obtained a GED and enrolled at a Bible college in Illinois, at the same time serving as pastor of a congregation of the Church of God.Perry was excommunicated from the Church of God after church officials learned that he had had a consensual sexual relationship with a man.

After reading Donald Webster Cory's The Homosexual in America (1951), Perry decided that he could no longer live as a "pseudo-heterosexual." He revealed his sexual orientation to a church official. Shortly thereafter he was dismissed by his bishop. Perry's wife left him, taking their sons with her. She eventually divorced Perry and remarried. She kept the boys from having any contact with Perry until 1985, when the younger son, James Michael Perry, sought out his father and was happily reunited with that side of his family. Perry soon began to discover the Gay community in Los Angeles and to become acquainted with other Gay men, whom he viewed "as part of [his] extended family."

When Perry was drafted into the United States Army in 1965, he acknowledged that he was Gay, but the Army inducted him anyway. He was stationed in Germany, where he worked as a cryptographer, a job requiring a high-level security clearance. Eventually, Perry felt called to start a new church. He spoke to members of the Gay community and took out an advertisement in a newspaper announcing a worship service.

Twelve people attended the first meeting of the Metropolitan Community Church, which was held in Perry's living room. Perry preached a sermon entitled "Be True to You," enunciating three important tenets of his faith: 1) salvation--which comes through Jesus Christ and is unconditional; 2) community--which the church should provide, especially to those without caring family and friends; and 3) Christian social action--a commitment to fight oppression at all levels. These principles have guided the Church as it has matured from an evangelical, Pentecostal organization into a more liturgical and ecumenical denomination that welcomes heterosexuals as well as homosexuals and that empowers women and minority groups.

Via Daily Dharma: Let Solutions Arise from Emptiness

To help focus one’s attention... it is necessary to find, in your mind, a blankness or emptiness and let the solution arise from that emptiness. 

—Interview with Christopher Alexander by Katy Butler, “Nature Unfolding”


Friday, June 26, 2020

The Chicks - March March

Via Tricycle / Say a Little Prayer Reaching beyond our limits, we make practice real. By Ken McLeod - Summer 2020

Give me energy for my heart to turn to the spiritual. Give me energy for the spiritual to become a way. Give me energy for this way to dispel confusion. Give me energy for confusion to arise as wisdom.

- Gampopa 

Via Daily Dharma: Build Your Practice Into Your Life

Living a more awakened life depends on when and where we choose to practice. Are we going to squeeze practice into part of the day, or build the practice so it becomes our lives? 

—Rev. Sangjin Song, “Zen All Day”


Thursday, June 25, 2020

Helpful Rebuttals for Racist Points

Via Robert Hartwell / FB

3 weeks ago I found this house online. I said “this is my house”. I called the seller and was told it was a cash only offer and that “I’m sure that takes you off the table”. Don’t you ever underestimate a hard working black man. I saw the house last week and when I walked in I knew I was home. The house was built in 1820 for the Russell family who owned the cotton mill in town. Slavery was still legal. When the agent asked me why I wanted such a large house I said it was “a generational move”. I know this house is bigger than me. I wish I could’ve told my ancestors when they were breaking their back in 1820 to build this house that 200 years later a free gay black man was going to own it and fill it with love and find a way to say their name even when 200 years later they still thought I would be “off the table”. We are building our own tables. I’ve never been prouder to be a black man. Come to my White House any time. I can’t wait to have you! Glory to God in the highest. I’m a homeowner.

Via White Crane Institute // RUDOLF BRAZDA

Rudolf Brazda
1913 -

RUDOLF BRAZDA, believed to be the last surviving man to wear the pink triangle — the emblem sewn onto the striped uniforms of the thousands of homosexuals sent to Nazi concentration camps, most of them to their deaths — was born on this date. Mr. Brazda, who was born in Germany, had lived in France since the Buchenwald camp, near Weimar, Germany, was liberated by American forces in April 1945. He had been imprisoned there for three years.

It was only after May 27, 2008, when the German National Monument to the Victims of the Nazi Regime was unveiled in Berlin’s Tiergarten park — opposite the Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe — that Mr. Brazda became known as probably the last gay survivor of the camps. Until he notified German officials after the unveiling, the Lesbian and Gay Federation believed there were no other pink-triangle survivors. MĂ©morial de la DĂ©portation Homosexuelle, a French organization that commemorates the Nazi persecution of gay people, said that Mr. Brazda “was very likely the last victim and the last witness” to the persecution.

“It will now be the task of historians to keep this memory alive,” the statement said, “a task that they are just beginning to undertake.” One of those historians is Gerard Koskovich, curator of the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender History Museum in San Francisco and an author with Roberto Malini and Steed Gamero of “A Different Holocaust” (2006). Pointing out that only men were interned, Mr. Koskovich said, “The Nazi persecution represented the apogee of anti-Gay persecution, the most extreme instance of state-sponsored homophobia in the 20th century.

During the 12-year Nazi regime, he said, up to 100,000 men were identified in police records as homosexuals, with about 50,000 convicted of violating Paragraph 175, a section of the German criminal code that outlawed male homosexual acts. There was no law outlawing female homosexual acts, he said. Citing research by RĂŒdiger Lautmann, a German sociologist, Mr. Koskovich said that 5,000 to 15,000 gay men were interned in the camps and that about 60 percent of them died there, most within a year.

“The experience of homosexual men under the Nazi regime was one of extreme persecution, but not genocide,” Mr. Koskovich said, when compared with the “relentless effort to identify all Jewish people and ultimately exterminate them.” Still, the conditions in the camps were murderous, said Edward J. Phillips, the director of exhibitions at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum.

“Men sent to the camps under Section 175 were usually put to forced labor under the cruelest conditions — underfed, long hours, exposure to the elements and brutal treatment by labor brigade leaders,” Mr. Phillips said. “We know of instances where gay prisoners and their pink triangles were used for guards’ target practices.” Two books have been written about Mr. Brazda. In one, “Itinerary of a Pink Triangle” (2010), by Jean-Luc Schwab, Mr. Brazda recalled how dehumanizing the incarceration was. “Seeing people die became such an everyday thing, it left you feeling practically indifferent,” he is quoted as saying. “Now, every time I think back on those terrible times, I cry. But back then, just like everyone in the camps, I had hardened myself so I could survive.”

Rudolf Brazda was born on June 26, 1913, in the eastern German town of Meuselwitz to a family of Czech origin. His parents, Emil and Anna Erneker Brazda, both worked in the coal-mining industry. Rudolf became a roofer. Before he was sent to the camp, he was arrested twice for violations of Paragraph 175. After the war, Mr. Brazda moved to Alsace. There he met Edouard Mayer, his partner until Mr. Mayer’s death in 2003.

He had no immediate survivors. “Having emerged from anonymity,” the book “Itinerary of a Pink Triangle” says of Mr. Brazda, “he looks at the social evolution for homosexuals over his nearly 100 years of life: ‘I have known it all, from the basest repression to the grand emancipation of today.’ ” He died on August 3, 2011 in Bantzenheim, in Alsace, France. He was 98.

Via Daily Dharma: What It Means to Forget the Self

To forget the self [is] not to eliminate personal qualities or self experience, and it is certainly not to eliminate a sense of self, which has wonderful capacities that allow us to hang in there, let go, tolerate pain, and encounter suffering.

—Joseph Bobrow, Roshi,“The True Person of No Rank: A Zen Story for Our Troubled World”


Wednesday, June 24, 2020

Via El Pais // “É preciso apagar a ideia de que reduzir a desigualdade Ă© coisa de comunista”

Uma hora de conversa com Martin Ravallion (Sidney, 1952) Ă© o mais parecido a um livro de macroeconomia aberto em duas pĂĄginas: a da desigualdade e a das falhas do capitalismo do sĂ©culo XXI. Pai da tabela de um dĂłlar (4 reais) diĂĄrio como linha global de pobreza quando era economista do Banco Mundial — onde anos depois dirigiu seu prestigioso grupo de pesquisa para o desenvolvimento —, Ă© desde 2013 professor da Universidade Georgetown (EUA). Ravallion, instalado hĂĄ anos entre os 100 economistas mais reconhecidos do mundo de acordo com a classificação do Ideas-Repec, sabe bem o significado da desigualdade: nasceu em uma famĂ­lia pobre, sofreu na prĂłpria carne o que significa viver com dificuldades e decidiu que “nĂŁo queria ser pobre” nunca mais, como disse quando recebeu o prĂȘmio Fronteiras do Conhecimento BBVA, em 2016. “Todos os meus papers sĂŁo muito chatos”, diz rindo ao EL PAÍS pouco depois de dar uma conferĂȘncia organizada pela Oxfam no ColĂ©gio do MĂ©xico. NĂŁo Ă© verdade: o australiano Ă© um dos especialistas que melhor explicam, com palavras ao alcance de todos, por que a iniquidade Ă© um dos grandes problemas globais de nosso tempo.
Pergunta. A pobreza extrema caiu bastante nas Ășltimas dĂ©cadas, mas a desigualdade ofuscou essa boa notĂ­cia.

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Via Daily Dharma: Rediscovering an Unscathed Mind

At the heart of the teachings is our discovery that inside all of us there is a Pristine Mind unscathed by life experiences, awaiting our rediscovery.

—Orgyen Chowang Rinpoche,“Living the Yogi-way”


Via Ram Dass - Love Serve Remember Foundation // Words of Wisdom - June 24, 2020 💌

The devotional path isn’t necessarily a straight line to enlightenment. There’s a lot of back and forth, negotiations if you will, between the ego and the soul. You look around at all the aspects of suffering, and you watch your heart close in judgment. Then you practice opening it again and loving this too, as a manifestation of the Beloved, another way the Beloved is taking form. Again your love grows vast.

In Bhakti, as you contemplate, emulate, and take on the qualities of the Beloved, your heart keeps expanding until you see the whole universe as the Beloved, even the suffering.
- Ram Dass -

Tuesday, June 23, 2020

Via Medium-Politics // Exploring the ‘Liberal Bias’ of Reality


Right now, conservatives have a reality problem. This is incredibly well-documented. The willingness of the right to eat up obviously fake news from Russia or 4Chan is an area of intensive academic study. The problem is one of the greatest facing a country that wants to continue to improve. How did we get to this point? There are multiple contributing factors—and four major ones.

Via Daily Dharma: Internalizing Unity

To understand that others are much like oneself creates a different perspective, a startlingly changed worldview. When this is internalized, you are not confronting another over a divide, but meeting someone with whom you have so much in common.

—Jeffrey Hopkins, “Equality”


Monday, June 22, 2020

Via Daily Dharma: Revealing and Clarifying Our Minds

We have two faces: our intrinsic nature and our reactive patterns—the bad habits of the psyche. Effective practice mirrors both, gradually revealing our nature, while at the same time, clarifying what obstructs it. 

—Interview with Anne C. Klein by Donna Lynn Brown,“Across the Expanse”


Redwood Meditation with CC

Sunday, June 21, 2020

Via Budismo e Sociedade // Um Guia Budista para “sobreviver” ao Apocalipse

O mundo passa por um momento delicado. Deterioração do meio ambiente, pandemia, tensĂ”es sociais e raciais. Como budistas, nos perguntamos como “sobreviver” ao Fim do Mundo? Bhante Akaliko nos recorda que o Buda jĂĄ fez essa pergunta sĂ©culos atrĂĄs ao Rei Pasenadi e o diĂĄlogo entre os dois serve como ensinamento para os dias de hoje.

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Via Ram Dass - Love Serve Remember Foundation // Words of Wisdom - June 21, 2020 💌

You and I are not only here in terms of the work we’re doing on ourselves. We are here in terms of the role we’re playing within the systems of which we are a part, if you look at the way change affects people that are unconscious.

Change generates fear, fear generates contractions, contraction generates prejudice, bigotry, and ultimately violence. You can watch the whole thing happen, and you can see it happen in society after society after society.

The antidote for that is a consciousness that does not respond to change with fear. That’s as close to the beginning of that sequence as I can get.

 - Ram Dass -

Via Daily Dharma: You Are Deserving of Love

Not only are we buddhas (or at least in the process of becoming buddhas), we are somehow, remarkably, deserving of being loved.

—Taylor Plimpton, “Who My Dog Thinks I Am”




Friday, June 19, 2020

Via The Atlantic // The Coronavirus Prayer

Via Daily Dharma: The Benefits of Gratitude

It’s very difficult to be caught up in lots of distracting thoughts when there is a strong sense of appreciation in your life.

—Andy Puddicombe, “10 Tips for Living More Mindfully”


Via NPR // Juneteenth

The Emancipation Proclamation at the National Archives in Washington, January 16, 2006.
Brooks Kraft/Corbis via Getty Images 
Juneteenth is getting unusually widespread attention this year, as Americans protest police brutality and racism.
But some Americans have, for years, celebrated it as the day that marks our ancestors' emancipation.

June 19, 1865 was the day U.S. Army troops landed in Galveston, Texas. It was the aftermath of the Civil War. The troops informed some of the last enslaved Americans that they were forever free. They enforced President Abraham Lincoln's Emancipation Proclamation, which took effect on January 1, 1863.
The proclamation declared freedom for the slaves of rebels in the South. It came after almost two years of war, and it took more years of war to enforce it. The order did not free every slave, and the document specified places it did not apply.

Frederick Douglass, the activist who'd been enslaved himself, said Lincoln was slow, even "slothful" in making this "obvious" move. But Douglass celebrated that "the dictation of humanity and justice have at last prevailed."

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Via FB // Samsara

Thursday, June 18, 2020

Infinite Potential Trailer: The Life and Ideas of David Bohm

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Via Tricycle // Infinite Potential: The Life & Ideas of David Bohm

A message from the Fetzer Memorial Trust: 
In Honor of His Holiness’s 85th Birthday,
Join Us For a Special Event:

An exclusive screening of the film Infinite Potential: The Life & Ideas of David Bohm
His Holiness the Dalai Lama referred to him as his "science guru." Albert Einstein called him his "spiritual son." So why is it that so few of us are familiar with the groundbreaking work of maverick physicist David Bohm?

Bohm's fascinating journey and profound discoveries about the fundamental interconnectedness of the universe are explored in the new film Infinite Potential: The Life and Ideas of David Bohm.

In honor of His Holiness the Dalai Lama's 85th birthday, The Fetzer Memorial Trust will present a special screening of the film.

Online Screening: Infinite Potential: The Life and Ideas of David Bohm

Date: July 5, 2020

Time: 5:30 PT (6AM July 6 in India)

Free Ticket: Please click here

The event will include a panel discussion with Tibet House founder Robert Thurman, longtime English translator of His Holiness's writings, Thupten Jinpa, and Nicky Vreeland, the first Westerner to be ordained by the Dalai Lama as an Abbott. The Q&A will be moderated by Sandra de Castro Buffington, Founder of StoryAction and UCLA’s Global Media Center for Social Impact.

See the trailer and register for your free ticket here.

Bohm's lifelong friendship with Indian philosopher Jiddu Krishnamurti inspired him to introduce the idea of Consciousness into quantum theory, which was controversial, to say the least, and caused the scientific orthodoxy to dismiss his radical thinking. But Bohm's idea of the Quantum Potential, a field underlying reality, is now being reexamined in studies at University College London and the University of Toronto.

If Bohm’s theory of Quantum Potential is proven to be true, it could have radical implications of how we live life on this planet and coexist with one another.
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Via Querty // Gay dads triumph over Trump administration in groundbreaking case

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Via Nondual Cafe

It’s enough to have faith in one aspect of God. You have faith in God without form. That is very good. But never get into your head that your faith alone is true and every other is false. Know for certain that God without form is real and that God with form is also real. Then hold fast to whichever faith appeals to you.


Wednesday, June 17, 2020

Thich Nhat Han

In my calligraphy, there is ink, tea, breathing, mindfulness, and concentration. This is meditation. This is not working. Suppose I write ‘breathe’; I am breathing at the same time. To be alive is a miracle and when you breathe in mindfully, you touch the miracle of being alive.
- Thich Nhat Han -

Via Common Dreams //

Via Daily Dharma: How to Experience Emptiness

The experience of emptiness is not found outside of the world of ordinary appearance, as many people mistakenly assume. In truth, we experience emptiness when the mind is free of grasping at appearance.

—Dzigar Kongtrul Rinpoche,“The Theater of Reflection”


Via Ram Dass - Love Serve Remember Foundation // Words of Wisdom - June 17, 2020 💌

I would like to play the part of someone who has worked on my consciousness sufficiently so that if things get tough, in terms of the environment, issues with social structures, oppression, protecting minority groups, whatever the thing is – I would like to be able to be in the scene without getting caught in my own reactivity to it, without getting so caught in my own fear that I become part of the problem instead of part of the solution.

- Ram Dass -

Tuesday, June 16, 2020

Via Daily Dharma: Be Open to Just This Moment

“Just this moment” is the only moment, and being open to it is the only true choice we ever really have.

—Diane Eshin Rizzetto,“In Brief”


Via Daily Dharma: The Purpose of Our Human Life

The purpose of our human life is huge—to grow larger hearts and open minds—and we celebrate that we can do this in this moment. 

—Judith Simmer-Brown,“Five Practices to Change Your Mind”