Tag Archives: injustice

Buddhist morality-it’s all about karma and skillful means

For those of us who grew up in fundamentalist or authoritarian religions, the word “morality” can be like a red flag in front of a bull.  Words like “morals” and “morality” can sometimes evoke powerful childhood images and feelings of a wrathful god making arbitrary rules and punishing the wrongdoer—forever!  The words may also evoke painful […]

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The Difference Between Forgiveness and Reconcilation

Inspired by the opportunity to tell the truth about what Buddhism teaches about forgiveness: What Brit Hume Forgot to Tell Tiger Woods I have posted a whole series of articles on the importance and practice of forgiveness in Buddhism: Yes-Buddhism Teaches Forgiveness! More Buddhist Forgiveness-Using Tonglen Buddhist Forgiveness-When We Have Hurt Another-Part 1 Buddhist Forgiveness-When […]

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Metta Care-Four officers slain in Seattle

Metta Care: Four officers slain in Seattle Today, my heart and metta goes out to the families, friends, and co-workers of four police officers in Seattle that were murdered this Sunday, November 29th. Authorities identified the victims as Sgt. Mark Renninger, 39; Officer Ronald Owens, 37; Officer Tina Griswold, 40; and Officer Greg Richards, 42. […]

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Brave Heart—Michael J Contos, Vietnam Veteran

“I lied to my platoon to prevent a mutiny from bursting to a head some 40 years ago. Today, I granted myself forgiveness. I cleansed a wound that never seemed to heal until now…” http://contoveros.wordpress.com/2009/11/18/finally-light-shines-on-my-mutiny-quash/ Don’t miss this moving account of a young lieutenant in Vietnam who courageously put the good others above his own […]

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Metta-Care: Human trafficking and slavery

Human Trafficking and Slavery Governments and organizations need all the help we can give them to combat this horrific problem.  Whatever we are led to do in our own lives to help, our metta practice can be a huge support. First, it helps us take care of our hearts so that we aren’t overwhelmed or […]

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Brave Hearts-Rubin “Hurricane” Carter

From time to time, I’m going to highlight some individual or group that shows remarkable courage in the face of adversity or in standing up against injustice.  I call them brave hearts, and this is my first “Brave Hearts” post.  Steve Brave Hearts—Rubin “Hurricane” Carter “I flew above the prison on the wings of my […]

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Metta-Care: Samar Saed Abdullah

Sitting on Iraq’s death row is a 25-year-old woman convicted in the slayings of three relatives. She says her husband carried out the killings and fled. She confessed to being an accomplice, she says, only after being tortured in police custody. Despite lingering questions about the case, the fate of Samar Saed Abdullah remains the […]

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