Tag Archives: animals

A Buddhist Mantra based on the Prayer of St. Francis

Here is a mantra I often work with during the day. It’s an adaptation I made of the much-loved Prayer of St. Francis of Assisi. (St. Francis is my favorite Christian saint, among other things, because of his love of animals, and especially birds!  See: The Compassion of the Swans) In Buddhism, working with a […]

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Prayer and Metta for all beings affected by the BP Gulf oil disaster

Like millions of others in the United States, and around the world, I’ve been keeping a close watch on the tragic situation with the BP Deepwater Horizon oil disaster. I don’t live in the Gulf area, but I’ve tried to help by various forms of advocacy and by getting good, solid scientific and technical information […]

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Healing the Body with Mindfulness of Breathing

This excerpt from a talk by Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh explains how to use mindfulness of breathing to bring loving-kindness to our dear bodies. The physical effect of this can be truly remarkable. As Thây says, “You should really love your body. You should really take care of your body. Mindful breathing, with rest, […]

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Avatar-A Movie that Inspires Loving-kindness

As followers of this blog know, I also have a science blog, Goodheart’s Extreme Science, and a blog about the wonders of nature in the Berkeley Hills of the San Francisco Bay Area called Berkeley, Naturally! Since the practice of metta includes loving-kindness mediation for all creatures and beings everywhere, I have occasionally mentioned posts […]

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Ajahn Brahmavamso teaches Loving-kindness Meditation

Ajahn Brahmavamso is a wonderful Theravadan monk whose wit and humor help bring the dharma alive.  Because of his courageous stand on the ordination of women as Buddhist nuns, I thought it would be good to give people who are not familiar with him a feel for Ajahn Brahm’s skill as a teacher. I think […]

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Taking Care of Our Heart Donkey

Visitors to this blog know that I  am a great admirer of Sufi mystic and  poet Rumi, as these posts show: Rumi Poem-Quietness and No Longer Mourn for Me (music) Learn the Alchemy True Human Beings Know! This Being Human is a Guest House Recently, poking around the Internet, I found a very fine rendition of Rumi’s “The […]

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Krishnamurti Talks about Nature

Krishnamurti Talks about Nature If you want to get a feel for the kind of mindfulness and love Krishnamurti is pointing to with his radical teaching, see how he wrote about his own enjoyment of nature near his home in Ojai, California. Take a look at “Krishnamurti on a Nature Walk” at my Berkeley, Naturally […]

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The wisdom of a fox and the compassion of a woman

Today, I’m going to do something slightly unusual and refer to a post of mine at one of my other blogs, Berkeley, Naturally, entitled: Gray Fox in Strawberry Canyon and a Mother Fox’s Wisdom Although my posts there are nature oriented, all the posts there arise from my great love of our natural world, and […]

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The Moral Math of Climate Change « Goodheart’s Extreme Science

The Moral Math of Climate Change « Goodheart’s Extreme Science “…The future of the world depends on each one of us broadening and deepening our understanding of what is environmentally moral. The future depends on our moral imagination as a species.” This is a follow-up post to “Global Warming and the Loss of Earth’s Coral […]

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The Virtue of Friendliness

The Virtue of Friendliness “A monk is expected to be mindful of the feelings of friendliness towards all living things.  He is expected to cultivate assiduously this all embracing virtue of friendliness for the whole world, starting in the morning and continuing throughout the day. “Staying, walking or sitting, or lying down, till he falls […]

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Going Home by Coming Back to Oneself

Today, I’ve been reading again my heart teacher’s wonderful book Going Home-Jesus and Buddha as Brothers. At this time of the year, with so many people going home, or wishing they could go home, or dreading going home, these teachings from Thich Nhat Hanh can be a big help. May these words of wisdom comfort […]

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Metta-care: saving our coral reefs

Our oceans are in big trouble. Not only are they increasingly polluted with chemicals and dangerous trash, such as plastics, their very nature is being changed by increasing CO2 levels and warming of the water. Few places are more sensitive to this increase in water temperature and decrease in pH (popularly called ocean acidification) than […]

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Can the power of love stop an elephant?

Can the power of love stop an elephant? As I explain in my “About” page for Metta Refuge, it’s been my experience that metta practice can not only transform our minds, but also bless and heal our own and others’ bodies.  I’ve also seen metta have remarkable effects on sick pets and injured wild animals.  […]

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Metta-care: Animal Rescue Center in Bolivia

All around the world, wildlife populations are under tremendous pressure due to loss of ecosystems and human population increase.  The Comunidad Inti Wara Yassi animal rescue centre in Bolivia is an “ark” for animals needing help and shelter. These wonderful images from Earth Picture Galleries at UK’s Telegraph website remind us of what’s at stake. […]

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A Beautiful Short Translation of the Metta Sutta

This is an especially beautiful translation of the Metta Sutta and one I often work use in my  own practice. May All Be Filled With Joy and Peace May all be filled with joy and peace. May all beings everywhere, The strong and the weak, The great and the small, The meek and the powerful, […]

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