Hope and the Spiral of Resentment and Violence

So we continue in the spiral of resentment and violence. It’s shocking to wake up to five dead police officers and, instead of an anonymous street scene from Some City, it’s an intersection I know well.  Then, a week later, three more dead, not so far away. And with so many horrors crowding around, it’s … Continue 

Everybody gets to do what they want

Years ago, prior to embarking on a spectacularly unwise course of action, I ran the plan by my sponsor as a ‘hypothetical’ situation. Truth be told, I didn’t really want nor need his opinion and he wasn’t going to sway me from the overwhelming, maddeningly compulsive need to act… I ran it by him because … Continue 

Letting go of the story and moving into Open Sky

Escape, by D.H. Lawrence When we get out of the glass bottles of our own ego, and when we escape like squirrels from turning in the cages of our personality, and get into the forest again, we shall shiver with cold and fright but things will happen to us so that we don’t know ourselves. Cool, … Continue 

Wakefulness Amidst the Nightmare of Our Times

This talk explores the recent shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary, as well as other recent mass shootings in relation to Buddhist and Shambhala teachings on connecting with and opening the heart. Dallas Shambhala Center Director, Megan Bauer, offers practical advice on how to work with the suffering in our world in a such a way … Continue 

Love, Connection, Spark: Change from Barbara Bash’s POV

What does change for good really take? What three words say it best for you? Barbara Bash has worked for many years as a calligrapher and teacher of book arts and nature journaling, and teaches Big Brush calligraphy workshops throughout the U.S. She was co-director of the book arts program at Naropa University and has … Continue