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Why I am Voting for Jill Stein

I saw a disturbing Tweet recently that said that although Congress has a 10% approval rating, 90% will be re-elected.  Even when our government officials are not re-elected, the person chosen as a replacement is often a Coke vs. Pepsi alternative (or as George Carlin aptly put it, “the illusion of a choice”). Our democracy…

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Words & Meaning

Noticing our relationship to words & meaning has been a recurrent theme for me over the past several months. It seems to me that words are often preventing us from realizing meaning. The reason that this occurs is multifaceted. A lot of it seems to stem from the associations we conjure when we hear a…

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Dathun- A Narrative

    This piece was recently featured on the Shambhala Times, here. I am awakened by the blinding light of the sun.  What good are see-through curtains?  The powerful rays fill the room with a life-force that implores one to get out of bed.  It’s 6:30am.  I roll out of bed with the calm clarity that…

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Split Moong Bean Fry (or Masoori Dal) Recipe

This blog is certainly a departure from the norm. After responding to a tweet from Rollin’ Oats (the best grocery stores in Tampa Bay) I was invited to post a recipe for a dish that I made the other night. I welcome the opportunity because, originally, I planned to blog about a lot of different…

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Being Brave: A Sangha’s Retreat & Moving Forward

Last week around 900 people gathered in Shambhala’s capital city of Halifax, Nova Scotia to participate in a historic sangha retreat led by Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche, Pema Chodron, and Acharya Adam Lobel. The sangha retreat is a week-long meditation program (weekthun) that was created to give people at all levels of practice, and even people…

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Vajrayana Seminary 2011: Individual & Social Transformation

Over 150 seminarians, staff, and local guests squeezed into the the main shrine hall at Karme Choling this month as the Kongma Sakyong, Jamgon Mipham Rinpoche, gave profound and practical teachings to the assembly gathered for the first ever Vajrayana Seminary at Karme Choling. This summer, Rinpoche has elucidated and emphasized several very specific themes:…