Gratitude Teachings by The Buddha

In the Netflix series on Buddha, there was an interesting conversation with a householder couple that presented the gratitude teachings of the Buddha. I have reproduced the English translations here, along with a snap shot of the couple. Buddha: It is important to have harmony in a married life. If the husband and wife share […]

What do the Vaquita Porpoise, Jaguar and Elephant Have in Common?

What do the Vaquita porpoise, jaguar and elephant have in common? All of these animals are in immediate danger of extinction due human causes of over fishing, loss of habitat from deforestation and farming, interaction with human fishermen and farmers, and worst of all, pouching and climate change. Last Sunday, I witnessed three presentations and […]

Teachings on Interbeing

The teachings on interbeing (the interconnectedness of all things) have been seen on these pages for more than four years now, and a couple of recent documentaries made these teachings very to me. One of these documentaries is The Journey of Man: A Genetic Odyssey, which traces the flow of genes and the migration of […]

The Birth of Yehoshua

Today, we celebrate the birth of Yehoshua, also know as baby Jesus. Yehoshua is the Hebrew rendering of his name and it is rendered in Hebrew as יחשוה as explained in the video, below (which is wrong, of course). The Hebrew letter shin (ש) is the symbol for fire (from the same video – I […]

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 […]

Remembering Dr Martin Luther King Jr

Today in the United States is a day of remembering Dr Martin Luther King Jr. As portrayed in the movie, Selma, Dr. King was a man who believed in non-violence. He took on the whole country to try to rid us of our  discrimination against people of color. To a large extent, he was very […]

The World is in Conflict

The World is in Conflict as demonstrated in the book, The Universe Story: From the Primordial Flaring Forth to the Ecozoic Era, A Celebration of the Unfolding of the Cosmos by Brian Swimme and Thomas Berry. It was published in 1992 and it is more relevant today than ever before.The back cover adequately describes the […]

Bodh Gaya

In 1975, I visited Bodh Gaya. My daughter was there in 2011 and did a ten day vipassana retreat in the tradition of S. N. Goenka. Bodh Gaya is the center of Buddhist activity for the whole world. It was the place where the Buddha had his great enlightenment under the Bodhi tree. Check out […]

The Story of Ashoka

This video tells the story of Ashoka. Ashoka was an Indian emperor of the Maurya Dynasty. He ruled over most of the Indian subcontinent from 269 BC to 232 BC. His massive empire stretched from present-day Pakistan, Afghanistan in the west, to the present-day Bangladesh and the Indian state of Assam in the east. His […]

Bells of Mindfulness

Today is Earth Day, and there is no one I know who is more committed to save Mother Earth than Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh. He uses the bells of mindfulness to try to wake us up and look deeply at the condition of Mother Earth. In recent years, we have had many mindfulness bells, […]