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The Hungry Ghosts of Washington

There are six realms of being in traditional Buddhist cosmology. Two of these, the human and the animal realms, are visible to our senses. The other four are not. Because all these regions are part of samsara, the world of “original … Continue reading

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Changes

Almost four years ago, I posted Change is the Only Constant, a discussion of the December, 2012 report of the National Intelligence Council, a consortium of the 16 major U.S. intelligence agencies. Since 1997, they have issued comprehensive reports on … Continue reading

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The Devil’s Sooty Brothers

“People think stories are shaped by people. In fact, it’s the other way round.” – Terry Pratchett “The Devil’s Sooty Brother” is the catchiest name among a group of tales from the Brothers Grimm about career soldiers who are discharged … Continue reading

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The Big Lie

“The great masses will more easily fall victim to a big lie than to a small one” – Adolf Hitler “I crossed the green mountain / I slept by the stream Heaven blazing in my head / I dreamt a monstrous dream … Continue reading

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Socially Responsible Purchasing Power

Originally posted on Guhyasamaja Center Blog:
It’s human nature to want to buy stuff…more and more stuff. That being said, why not try to buy from socially responsible companies? Many companies donate a percentage of their sales to charity (for…

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Robots ‘R Us, installment 2

An obscure author, Edward S. Ellis, who published a dime novel called The Steam Man of the Prairies 145 years ago, may prove to have been a visionary according to two recent news articles. The first, in the New York … Continue reading

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Pope Francis on Economic Justice

“How can it be that it is not a news item when an elderly homeless person dies of exposure, but it is news when the stock market loses 2 points?” – Pope Francis (1) On Tuesday, Pope Francis delivered a sharp … Continue reading

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Informed Citizen Disorder

Words can sometimes illuminate.  Bill Moyers’ recent interview with Marty Kaplan, Professor of Entertainment, Media, and Society at USC, gave me a phrase that crystalizes the sense of despair that increasingly follows attending to current events.  “Our spirits have been sickened … Continue reading

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