July 5 2010 Buddhism Newsletter
Two new articles so far this summer, both on topics near and dear to my heart:
Chakras in Tibetan Buddhism
Chakras or 'channel-wheels' are energy centers associated with points in the body, and meditated on within both Hindu yogic and Tibetan Buddhist traditions. This article describes some aspects of Tibetan Buddhist systems that employ chakras.
Buddhism for Mothers of Schoolchildren
The book Buddhism for Mothers of Schoolchildren is a gently guiding look at how we can incorporate Buddhist themes of mindfulness, compassion, open-mindedness and balance into our everyday parenting.
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In closing, the author of Buddhism for Mothers of Schoolchildren quotes the following excerpt from a poem by Thich Nhat Hanh, in her section on dealing with crime and violence in our world:
Excerpt from Call Me By My True Names, by Thich Nhat Hanh-
I am the frog swimming happily in the clear pond,
and I am also the grass-snake who, approaching in silence,
feeds itself on the frog.
I am the child in Uganda, all skin and bones,
my legs as thin as bamboo sticks,
and I am the arms merchant, selling deadly weapons to
I am the twelve-year-old girl, refugee on a small boat,
who throws herself into the ocean after being raped by a sea pirate,
and I am the pirate, my heart not yet capable of seeing and loving.
Lisa Erickson, Buddhism Editor
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