The Supreme Thought

Fruition as Practice: Realizing Threefold Purity

What isn’t basic goodness? Or, an expression of basic goodness? In The Supreme Thought, Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche describes ultimate bodhichitta as the experience of threefold purity (seeing the basic goodness of self, other, and action) as being synonymous with Buddhahood. So, if one were embodying the quality of things as they are (basic goodness) they…

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Getting to the Source of Social Transformation

I jotted this down after coming home from viewing the excellent Occupy Love documentary with the excellent people at The Roosevelt 2.0 in Ybor. If you’d prefer to hear the message coming from The Dude view the video above.   What is the biggest problem facing this country today? To answer that, it seems, we…

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The Treatise on Enlightened Society

In writing the Treatise on Enlightened Society, Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche is demonstrating the breadth and depth of Shambhala vision. In its dissemination he is reaching out to an all-inclusive audience to spread the “radical” notion that a society built on the principle of basic goodness is the society that flourishes, and the society that Shambhala…

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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…