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    Turning Difficulties into Healing

    In the Arthurian legends, the young knight Parsifal joins the Knights of the Round Table to seek the Holy Grail. His mentor, Gournamond, tells him that to remain honorable, he…

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    Spiritual Life Takes Courage

    Equanimity is not indifference, and compassion is not pity. True spirituality  requires us to be fully present for life. For us to begin to look directly at the world situation…

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    Awareness of the Dance

    The third principle in working with altered states can be called Awareness of the Dance. When such experiences arise, the practitioner’s primary responsibility is to open to…

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    The Fruits of Non-Identification

    Buddhist psychology calls non-identification the abode of awakening, the end of clinging, true peace, nirvana. Without identification, we can respectfully care for ourselves and…

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    Forgiving Ourselves

    Finding a way to extend forgiveness to ourselves is one of our most essential tasks. Just as others have been caught in suffering, so have we. If we look honestly at our life, we…

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    Healing The Mind

    Just as we heal the body and the heart through awareness, so can we heal the mind. Just as we learn about the nature and rhythm of sensations and feelings, so can we learn about…

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    Remembering Who You Are

    “How amazing. All living beings have the Buddha nature of awakening and freedom, yet they do not realize this. Unknowingly they wander on the ocean of suffering for…

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    The Gates of Awakening

    Every spiritual tradition has stories of those who have awakened from their usual dreamlike state to a sacred way of being. Through initiation, purification, or prayer, or by a…

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    Big Sky Bell Meditation

    Jack leads a Big Sky Bell Meditation. Taken from a talk originally recorded October 24, 2013.

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    A Shining Web of Good Hearts & Goodwill In Israel & Palestine

    In a recent visit to the peacemaking communities of Holy land, I found an astonishing (and hardly reported) web of hundreds of organizations fostering reconciliation and peace…

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    “Buddhists Betray the Teachings” – Jack Kornfield

     “A religion known for nonviolence is being used to fuel a genocidal campaign against the Muslims of Burma. Inside the coming, September 2014 Shambhala Sun, Buddhist…

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    Nelson Mandela – Freedom of Spirit

    A magnificent light of human spirit was carried by Nelson Mandela to us all. When he walked out of Robben Island prison after 27 years with such dignity, magnanimity and…

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    “Make this body dance”

    - African Proverb Greetings! I happily just celebrated a 68th birthday week and part of the celebration was watching some amazing dancers. It happened at the celebration of a…

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    Dedication and Grace

    Recently I received an invitation from good friends at Pillars of Peace to hear Aung San Suu Kyi speak in Honolulu. Daw Suu has been an inspiration to me and millions of others…

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    Karma & Habit

    In the ancient texts, karma is written as a compound word, karma-vipaka. Karma-vipaka means “action and result,” or what we call cause and effect. This is…

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    The Return Of Joy

    If we cannot be happy in spite of our difficulties, what good is our spiritual practice? There is an unquenchable human spirit born anew in each child.…