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Archive for December 19th, 2011

Dan with Nhat Hanh (1974)

Image by jimforest via Flickr

I was surpised on my first retreat when everyone started singing.  I soon realized that Plum Village in France had its own songbook and that Thich Nhat Hanh and his monastics often chanted using little songs in English.  This was one of my favorite.

I post it here for you to meditate on.  A lovely woman in the UK posted her version of No Coming, No Going.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WuJ-PJZhrac&feature=related

Allow yourself to think about the impermance of all.

May you be peace as you journey.

(Photo of Thay circa 1974)

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One of my favorite books on grief.  Sameet Kumar has written an awesome book on grief and learning to live grief mindfully.  His book and his work has carried on in the tradition of incredible teachers like Ram Dass, Roshi Joan Halifax, Stephen & Ondrea Levine, etc.

A must read for anyone — anyone dissatisfied with current grief theory, anyone who is grieving, or anyone who loves someone who is grieving.

http://www.amazon.com/Grieving-Mindfully-Compassionate-Spiritual-Coping/dp/1572244011/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1324275171&sr=8-1

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Awakening

Here is another clip of the wonderful teacher Jon Kabat-Zinn.

http://www.43folders.com/2008/03/17/falling-awake

Here is a great blog post that I fell into. . . Thanks Merlin Mann!  I really appreciate being able to watch this tonight.  May the merit of your project benefit all who read it.

Namaste

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‎”On the journey of the warrior-bodhisattva, the path goes down, not up, as if the mountain pointed toward the earth instead of the sky. Instead of transcending the suffering of all creatures, we move toward turbulence and doubt however we can. We explore the reality and unpredictability of insecurity and pain, and we try not to push it away. If it takes years, if it takes lifetimes, we let it be as it is. At our own pace, without speed or aggression, we move down and down and down. With us move millions of others, companions in awakening from fear.”

~~ Pema Chodron

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