our power, our choice…

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we have more power than we realize, immense power, to make our own choices. 

we can make a vow, even just to ourselves, to choose to be love in each moment to our best ability. this is compassion. to meet life’s moments, to meet others with an open heart, with kindness, tenderness, and wisdom.

and when we fall short, we can meet ourselves with that same love, that same kindness and tenderness, and we can simply begin again. we can choose again. each moment is new, each moment an opportunity to begin again, to be love once again.

~j

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#compassion #OpenHeart #love #kindness #tenderness #power #BeginAgain #path #practice #JinpaLhaga #LamaZopaRinpocheQuotes

social justice – the work of love…

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there are some in our politics who would proclaim Jesus out of one side of their mouth and curse social justice causes and whole groups of marginalized people out of the other – the very work Jesus did, the very people he loved and served!

Love works to bring healing, to bring equity, to bring justice for all – including and most necessarily for those who are marginalized and harmed, the outcast, the shunned, those experiencing inequity and injustice within our structures and systems.

who fits these descriptions today?

who is our neighbor we are called to love?

that is where our work is, that is where Love calls us to go and to be of benefit.

~j

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#SocialJustice #love #compassion #inclusion #OpenHeart #path #practice #EngagedBuddhist #JinpaLhaga #BerniceKingQuotes

no apologies for love…

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an open, tender heart is our strength. a heart aware of being love in the world, which in action is compassion, is a powerful force for beneficial change. perhaps the most powerful, when paired with wisdom, the ability to see clearly with equanimity. 

loving our neighbor (which is everyone) and vowing to put an end to suffering for the benefit of others, to be a presence of healing rather than destruction, is nothing to apologize for or feel sheepish about. so let your heart bleed, hug a tree, make love not war, and all that stuff, and do so with the confidence of love. it’s what the world needs.

~j

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#BleedingHeart #humanity #LoveYourNeighbor #love #compassion #wisdom #clarity #strength #OpenHeart #TruePower #helaer #bodhisattva #path #practice #EngagedBuddhist #JinpaLhaga #ToniMorrisonQuotes

true morality…

true morality.


it’s really this simple –

having empathy, speaking and acting with compassion, with kindness.

it’s a recognition of and appreciation for our interdependence. but in day to day interactions we often forget as we get caught up in the arising and falling of events, thoughts, and feelings in this life.


to be kind, to bring benefit and healing, rather than harm and destruction through our words and actions, is a reflection of our awareness of our interdependence and an expression of our gratitude for being alive.


so when we see the rhetoric in politics, attacking migrants, attacking the trans community, attacking people of color, attacking other LGBTQ+ and marginalized groups, and attacking young activists trying to create beneficial change out of horrific tragedy – we see the aggression, we see the anger and fear of course, but underneath that, we can also see ignorance and delusion. a basic misunderstanding that there is no “other”, we are each other, we are life.


it’s this foundational ignorance, this lack of understanding, this delusion that feeds division, brings harm, brings suffering.

may hearts open, may sanity arise.
~j

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#awareness #OpenHeart #sanity #interdependence #kindness #compassion #morality #path #practice #EngagedBuddhist #JinpaLhaga #PemaChödrönQuotes

the ultimate power is love…

no doubt the reach of technology and technical platforms has enormous influence and power. we should be aware of this and act with responsibility. 

however, may our awareness also open to the ultimate power and influencer, which is love. love is here, present and moving. the ground beneath the ground, within and beyond beginningless time. we are a manifestation of this love, and embodiment of this love.

this embodiment of love, recognized and embraced, bears fruit – reverence, respect, compassion. this, over time, changes the world. heart to heart, family to family, community to community, society to society. the whole world has the potential to be transformed by the power, influence, and movement of love, through those who embrace and choose to speak, act, and live as love.

our vote can be an extension of our love, a fruit of our willingness to live love.

may these midterm elections be a representation of such love in action for the benefit of ourselves, others, and all life.

~j

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#vote #midtermelections #democracy #compassion #reverence #respect #love #life #interdependence #benefit #OpenHeart #sanity #path #practice #EngagedBuddhism #JinpaLhaga #PaulHawkenQuotes

love goes to the root!

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love goes to the root! 

love treats the symptoms AND the underlying infection. 

if we want to be instruments of love, embodying #love through our #compassion, then we too are interested in getting to the root of #suffering and all of its various symptoms.

our #vote is one way we can address both in a civil society.

may we be #healers and exercise our love through compassionate #voting next Tuesday, Nov. 8th.

~j

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#midterms #elections #interdependence #path #practice #EngagedBuddhism #JinpaLhaga #WilliamSloaneCoffinQuotes

we get to carry each other…

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i was listening to U2’s song “One” yesterday and these lyrics struck me. they recognize each of us as a unique expression of life, yet somehow still part of the whole. we “get” to carry each other is a recognition of how life is – interdependent.

carrying each other is love. carrying each other is mutual compassion. carrying each other is something we can actively choose to do in big ways, even as we already do so in small ways unrecognized.

our #VOTE can be a big way to carry each other. are we #voting to help others as well as ourselves, especially those who may not have as loud a voice or a seat at the table? are we using this right, this privilege, this responsibility to further kindness and decency or add to cruelty and harm?

#midterms #elections are next Tuesday, Nov. 8th. 

let’s use our voice, our vote to carry each other.

~j

#one #OneLove #CarryEachOther #empathy #compassion #OpenHeart #path #practice #EngagedBuddhist #JinpaLhaga #U2 #U2quotes

a brand new day to love…

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i find myself often wondering what those who are near to me and passed on may think of where we find ourselves today.

i think of my late grandfather, who as my mom has shared with me, loved history. he was an army veteran, he fought against fascism in World War II. what would he think of the dark, desperate cloud of fascism asserting itself once again in our world globally, including here in the US?

i think of my late friend, Josiah, gone from this world and life far too soon, who lived with such love for life and saw the sacredness inherent in it, who valued gentleness, beauty, openness, and creativity. what would he think of the indifference, the aggression, and cruelty? how would he see the role of light bearers in the slow creep of darkness?

may we remember the past and learn, may we see the inherent sacredness of life calling our hearts to gentleness.

may hearts open, may our light shine, may sanity arise.

#VOTE

~j

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#midterms #elections #history #fascism #democracy #life #love #OpenHeart #gentleness #path #practice #EngagedBuddhism #JinpaLhaga #JosiahAkoyaElkins

breathe and vote…

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breathe. 

we can begin by just breathing and coming back to ourselves, to this moment, to our heart, to our mind.

from such space we can ask ourselves:

what do i value for this world?

what do i value for this moment? for the future?where can i offer my voice, my vote, to encourage it to be so?

please #VOTE from a space of #dignity, #decency, #compassion, and #courage on November 8th.

may #OpenHearts and #sanity arise, and prevail.

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#breathe #RegisterToVote #midterms #elections #democracy #SitDownRiseUp #EngagedBuddhism #path #practice #JinpaLhaga #JMWart