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Whose Silence Are You? Thomas Merton Poem and Music

Thomas Merton was a Trappist monk who was well-known as a social activist, writer, and poet.  An deep student of comparative religion, Merton was a keen proponent of interfaith dialog.  He became close friends with prominent Eastern spiritual teachers, such as the Dalai Lama, D.T. Suzuki, and my own heart teacher, Vietnamese Zen Master Thich […]

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For the Sake of Strangers-Poem and Music

For the Sake of Strangers by Dorianne Laux No matter what the grief, its weight, we are obliged to carry it. We rise and gather momentum, the dull strength that pushes us through crowds. And then the young boy gives me directions so avidly. A woman holds the glass door open, waits patiently for my […]

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Metta Music-Bare to the Bone (audio)

This is another in the series of “dharma songs” I’ve been posting from time to time. These are songs that have comforted, inspired, helped, and healed me over the years. I invite you to look up the song and have a listen (the lyrics tell only part the story; the beautiful music and voice complete […]

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Metta Music-Love Calls and Waits for an Answer-Be True!

This is another in the series of “dharma songs” I’ve been posting from time to time. These are songs that have comforted, inspired, helped, and healed me over the years. I invite you have a listen to the song, which is at the end of the lyrics.  The lyrics tell only part the story; the […]

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Metta music-Oceans of Light

This is another in the series of “dharma songs” I’ve been posting from time to time. These are songs that have comforted, inspired, helped, and healed me over the years. I invite you to look up the song and have a listen (the lyrics tell only part the story; the beautiful music and voice complete […]

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Metta Music-This Morning I Am Born Again

This is another in the series of “dharma songs” I’ve been posting from time to time. These are songs that have comforted, inspired, helped, and healed me over the years. I invite you to look up the song and have a listen (the lyrics tell only part the story; the beautiful music and voice complete […]

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Metta Music-When One Door Closes

This is another in the series of “dharma songs” I’ve been posting from time to time. These are songs that have comforted, inspired, helped, and healed me over the years. I invite you to look up the song and have a listen (the lyrics tell only part the story; the beautiful music and voice complete […]

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Metta Music-By Way of Sorrow-a song for Thanksgiving

I offer this song to all those alone this Thanksgiving, without family and friends—or maybe even without hope.  Don’t give up!  There is a way home.  There is a way to love’s table. The first step may be hope and trust  in our own innate capacity to change, to grow, to evolve, to heal, to […]

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Metta Music-This Too Shall Pass (audio)

This is the first in a series of “dharma songs” I will post from time to time. These are songs that have comforted, inspired, helped, and healed me over the years.  I invite you to look up the song and have a listen (the lyrics are only part the story; the music completes it). A […]

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