The Science of Meditation

While I listened to Rick Hanson‘s talk on The Science of Attention and Mind Training in the Science of Meditation Summit offered last month by Shambhala Mountain Center, I was happy to hear him speak about gamma waves and synchronized firing of neurons. As he answered a question about how does meditation practice or mindfulness […]

The Pale Blue Dot

Last night, I saw a remarkable image of the pale blue dot (planet Earth) as viewed from the Cassini spacecraft during an eclipse of the sun by Saturn. The image was shown on the California Academy of Sciences Planetarium at the Dean Lecture on astronomy by Dr. Carolyn Porco, Cassini Imaging Team Leader from Boulder, […]

The Declaration Of Interdependence

We, the sentient beings of the third planet (earth) from the star commonly known as the “sun”, declare that all existence is in a state of interdependence. The state of interdependence is a state of interbeing, of interconnectedness. We recognize that people, animals, plants and minerals inter-are and share a single dwelling  place on planet earth. […]

The Top Environmental Problems

This quote about the top environmental problems was shared to me by my daughter. I’ve been thinking about this a lot lately in conjunction with my work with the Buddhist Climate Action Network and the Earth Holder Sangha. I’ve written about the retreat called The Bells of Mindfulness from Mother Earth led by dharma teachers […]

What the World Needs Now

What the world needs now is generosity instead of greed, kindness, gratitude and compassion instead of aggression, wisdom instead of delusion, and most of all, unconditional love instead of hatred. These were the conclusions we came to last night at our dharma discussion in the Mindfulness in Healing sangha. The discussion was sparked by the […]

A Message to Our Planet from 1971

In a message to our planet from 1971, the then United Nations Secretary-General U Thant told us, “I believe that mankind is at last aware of the fact that there is a delicate equilibrium of physical and biological phenomena on and around the earth which cannot be thoughtlessly disturbed as we race along the road […]

The Connected Universe

The Connected Universe is a new movie by Malcom Carter. In this movie, we discover the science behind interbeing – the interconnectedness of all things in the Universe. In the trailer to the movie presented here, Malcom Carter says, “The connected universe is a fascinating journey of exploration into the interconnection of all things in […]

Compassion For Others

Do humans really occupy a special place in the cosmos? Watch this video and you will find out. You will also learn why it is important for us to develop compassion for others and love our children. The views of the universe are stunning! This video, from the Symphony of Science, was created using snippets […]

Is Thought Limited

In these words of wisdom from Jiddu Krishnamurti, he asks David Bohm, “Is thought limited.” Krishnamurti doesn’t think so, but apparently from the conversation, David Bohm does. Krishnamurti says, “Show it to me!” Jiddu Krishnamurti was one of the great philosophers and teachers of the last century. His talks and lecture were attended by people […]

Teachings on Interbeing with Carl Sagan

These teachings on interbeing with Carl Sagan may help us all recognize the interconnectedness of all life on earth. This beautiful video explores “the pale blue dot” that we live on and asks us to be kind to one another. He says, The earth is a very small stage in a vast cosmic arena…Our planet […]