Trudy Goodman

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Wise Love

On March 8, International Women’s Day 2017, I imagined women around the world joining hands and hearts to practice and share the warmhearted attention of loving-kindness. We have so much in common. Too often we neglect care for ourselves as we tend the world. Through millennia of powerful conditioning, we’ve been trained to place the… Continue reading

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Community is our Lifeline

Once, long ago, a father asked the Rinzai Zen master Sengai for a blessing for his family’s prosperity, to be treasured from generation to generation. Sengai took out his brush and ink and wrote, “Parents die, children die, grandchildren die”. The man was furious! Was this a cruel joke? Sengai explained: “If your family passes… Continue reading

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Remembering Your Body

The first foundation of mindfulness, the ground of our existence where we bring our attention, is the body. The Buddha wanted us to feel the body IN the body, to feel the breath IN the breath. What does this mean? It means getting to know the body from within the experience of being this body…. Continue reading

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Great Faith

One night at the dharma talk, a student asked Zen Master Seung Sahn, “What is great faith?” He held up his little finger: “Do you see this?” And she said, “Yes.” “That,” he said quietly, “is great faith.” In the simplest way, he was encouraging us to trust our perception. Faith is a kind of… Continue reading

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Fear and Faith

For years, people have gone to retreats in a protected space like a monastery, often in a natural setting, to hone their skills in loving awareness and learn the craft of meditation. Outside monastery and retreat center walls, governments rise and fall—while people drawn to contemplative practices of mindfulness and compassion quietly pursue their spiritual… Continue reading

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Happy New Year!

Have you ever been to the Four Corners Monument, marking the place where four states meet? The quadripoint where a corner of New Mexico, Utah, Arizona and Colorado meet also marks the boundary between two Native American governments, Navaho Nation and the Ute Mountain Ute Tribe Reservation. As you drive across the country, through hundreds… Continue reading

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Playing In The Wind

I can’t stop staring at the birds. The ocean is wild early this morning. Whipped up by gusts of cold wind, the water is silver-grey. Bright white waves break way out beyond the shore. What captivates my attention is the birds, obviously playing in the wind. Seagulls soaring, gliding, are strewn across the sky like… Continue reading

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Love, Serve, Remember

Our annual retreat with Ram Dass ends at the beach under a soft grey sky; two Hawaiian healers lead a beautiful blessing ceremony in a sprinkle of raindrops. For the finale, Ram Dass is rolled across the sand into the ocean in his special wheelchair with big rubber wheels. He swims gently out in a… Continue reading

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The Lions and The Intelligent People

They sit on thin straw mats covering the cement floor, two circles of young Darfuri refugee women wrapped in long colorful headscarves, huddled together conspiratorially. One group, calling themselves “The Lions,” are careful to lower their voices so the group across the mat, the self-styled “Intelligent People,” won’t overhear their strategizing. They are two teams of… Continue reading

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Camping for 13 Years

Each day of our teaching in the refugee camp, we play a variation of Susan Kaiser Greenland’s mindfulness game for children called “Mind, Body — Go.”* Our Little Ripples preschool teachers are young and they love to play! We sit and take turns rolling a ball across the circle. Each time the ball rolls to… Continue reading