Love-Based Activism: The 12 Steps of Dependent Origination As A Model for Skillful Action

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NOTE: THE DHARMA TALK BEGINS AT TIME STAMP 01:03:25.

THE DHARMA TALK IS PRECEDED BY: GUIDED GROUP MEDITATION, A QIGONG MOVEMENT PRACTICE (LEAD BY JIM) AT TIME STAMP 00:39:25, AND ANNOUNCEMENTS.

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(Below are poems and quotes and interesting highlights from the Dharma talk.)

 

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A Ritual to Read to Each Other

By William E. Stafford

If you don't know the kind of person I am
and I don't know the kind of person you are
a pattern that others made may prevail in the
           world
and following the wrong god home we may miss
           our star.
 
For there is many a small betrayal in the mind,
a shrug that lets the fragile sequence break
sending with shouts the horrible errors of
          childhood
storming out to play through the broken dike.
 
And as elephants parade holding each
          elephant's tail,
but if one wanders the circus won't find the
          park,
I call it cruel and maybe the root of all cruelty
to know what occurs but not recognize the fact.
 
And so I appeal to a voice, to something
         shadowy,
a remote important region in all who talk:
though we could fool each other, we should
         consider—
lest the parade of our mutual life get lost in the
dark.
 
For it is important that awake people be awake,
or a breaking line may discourage them back to
          sleep;
the signals we give — yes or no, or maybe —

should be clear: the darkness around us is deep.

 

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The unexamined life leads to a fate. The examined life leads to a destiny.

(Based on the quote by Carl Jung: "Until you make the unconscious conscious, it will direct your life and you will call it fate.")

 

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"The I that I know does not know enough to know that it does not know enough."

From the book, Why Good People Do Bad Things: Understanding Our Darker Selves, By James Hollis

 

 

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Sunday, July 1, 2018