Archive for February 19th, 2012

Pathologizing Grief


Crying.. (Photo credit: Anders Ljungberg)

For those of you keeping up the crazy debate about the new DSM (DSM V)…


My only hope is that because we live in an age where everything is digital, where things can be more transparent and more of us can voice our concerns, that we can stop the APA (American Psychiatric Association) from making our system of care worse.

If you’re a professional and you haven’t signed a petition, google Division 32 Humanistic Psychology DSM petition and sign.  At least Div 32 and several other divisions of the American Psych Assoc (APA)  are coming together to petition the other APA — the one’s with the prescription pads and deep ties to pharmaceutical manufacturers.

I tip my hat to the social justice and advocacy spirit of all those speaking out on a number of issues, and of course for me, the important issue is grieving and our right to feel the loss of those we care about and embody the path of re-creating our lives without someone telling us that what is going on within us and in our world is wrong, pathological, and abnormal.


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Thich Nhat Hanh

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The final Dharma talk of the Winter Retreat 2011-12 will start at 8:30 AM CET (2:30 AM EST) this morning. The talk will start right at that time, without sitting meditation. View the talk live, with Thay speaking in Vietnamese in the left earphone and English translation in the right earphone, at http://livestream.com/plumvillage

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Everything Matters

When you plant lettuce, if it does not grow well, you don’t blame the lettuce. You look into the reasons it is not doing well.  It may need fertilizer, or more water, or less sun. You never blame the lettuce. Yet if we have problems with our friends or our family, we blame the other person. But if we know how to take care of them, they will grow well, like lettuce.

Blaming has no positive effect at all, nor does trying to persuade using reason and arguments. That is my experience. No blame, no reasoning, no argument, just understanding. If you understand, and you show that you understand, you can love, and the situation will change. — Thich Nhat Hahn from Peace Is Every Step: The Path of Mindfulness in Everyday Life

More by Thich Nhat Hahn:

●  The Miracle of Mindfulness: An Introduction to the Practice of Meditation

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For anyone who might be in the area. . .

My home institution, University of the West, will be hosting the great Ven. Karma Lekshe Tsomo on campus for a lecture on the subject of “Buddhist Women and Social Justice.” The event, which is free, will be held on March 1st, from 5:30 – 7:00pm in the Exhibition Hall at University of the West, 1409 N. Walnut Grove Ave., Rosemead, CA, 91770. A PDF flyer is below.

For the uninitiated, the Ven. Karma Lekshe Tsomo is an American nun in the Tibetan Buddhist tradition; Associate Professor of Theology and Religious Studies at the University of San Diego; co-founder and current president of Sakyadhita International Association of Buddhist Women; and director of Jamyang Foundation, an initiative to provide educational opportunities for women in the Indian Himalayas and Bangladesh. In addition, she is the prolific author and editor of such books as Buddhism Through American Women’s EyesBuddhist Women Across Cultures:…

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