on the dharma shelf | september 2017

3 Jewels Yoga™

IMG_20170907_141332_556.jpgwhen you value interfaith learning and being spiritually multilingual:

  • Stand Your Ground: Black Bodies + the Justice of God by Kelly Brown Douglas
  • Bearing Witness: A Zen Master’s Lessons in Making Peace by Bernie Glassman
  • The 9 Arts of Spiritual Conversations by Mary Schaller + John Crilly
  • “Confession of a Buddhist Atheist” by Stephen Batchelor

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bearing witness | on the delusion of colorblindness

3 Jewels Yoga™

Open ya eyes wide and see the truth of the skin I’m in. #TakeItAllIn

As a Dharma practitioner, I have cultivated Sangha on the sacred grounds of the Satipatthana Sutta (theFour Establishments of Mindfulness) and, in our gatherings, turn us again and again and again back to this foundational practice that teaches us to listen deeply,

see clearly,

and “remain established in the observation of the body in the body, diligent, with clear understanding, mindful, having abandoned every craving and every distaste for this life” [Majjhima Nikaya 10, as translated in Thich Nhat Hanh’s Transformation + Healing]. So too with the observation of feelings, thoughts/mental states and perceptions of whatever is in our field of awareness as we engage the world around us.

It is a spiritual discipline to help us acknowledge, take care of, and free ourselves from our attachments…

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