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Prison Terminal: The Last Days of Private Jack Hall.

  By Sherrin Fitzer I look at the women prisoners sitting next to me and see tears streaming down their faces as the credits role on Edgar A. Barens’ film Prison Terminal:  The Last Days of Private Jack Hall—a 2014 Oscar Nominee for Best Documentary Short Subject. Truthfully, the women’s faces are a bit blurry as I too have tears streaming down my face. He has just screened the film to a small group of female prisoners and staff who hope someday to have a hospice program in place at their prison. Barens, the Media Specialist at the Jane Addams...

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Buddhist Wisdom in Relation to Mankind, Animals and the Environment.

  By Shodo Jishin (Lee Tao Dana) The Eightfold Path is a cornerstone of Buddhist teachings. It is a path for living wisely, morally and compassionately. Coupled with modern technological advances and science, all of earth’s inhabitants, both human and nonhuman can live together peacefully and sustainably. The good news is, Buddhism does not go against much of what modern science has to say. Among other Buddhist teachings, the principles of the Eightfold Path serve as a guide for people of this world to live in harmony with all sentient beings within our environment. As it is now, in the 21st...

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Meditate To Awaken.

  By Daniel Scharpenburg Our true nature is within each of us. It is obscured because of layers of delusion, but it is there. Our true nature can be penetrated and understood intuitively. We just have to be willing to engage in some inner work. So, should we remain as we are: pushed about in our lives by our delusions and preconceptions? Or should we look for more? We can learn and grow. We can have a more advanced level of understanding and awareness. Practitioners of Buddhism are like explorers. We are opening ourselves to what is unknown within...

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Being Buddhish and Halfway to Hell.

By Brian Westbye I’ve always had a fiercely self-protective streak. Self-preservation has always been at the core of my character, even when I’ve put myself through the ringer with extremely self-destructive behavior. It’s easy for me to look back at dark chapters of my life and rewrite my past to line up with my current Buddhish perspective. But looking back, I can see that I don’t need to rewrite anything. I can actually see that Buddhish thought has always guided me, even when I had no understanding of Buddhism or, for that matter, much of anything else. I picture...

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Igniting the Human Spirit Through Yoga.

  By Penni Feiner, Executive Director of Kula for Karma All over the world, people are blessed to experience the transformative effects of yoga and meditation. But right in our own back yard, there are many communities that don’t have access to such powerful services. Seven years ago, Geri Topfer set out to change that. She founded Kula for Karma, a nonprofit organization that brings therapeutic yoga and meditation to communities in need. Soon after, I came on to join her; and together with a volunteer base of over 500 certified yoga instructors, we have created over 300 programs,...

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