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Motherer’s Day

Indigenous peoples revere Mother Earth. Ancestral knowledge teaches that all life is sacred, and women are the givers of life. All women who fill a mother’s role for others are recognized. Respect and appreciation for mothers and parents is deeply embedded in Asian and Pacific Islander cultures. Celebrating Dia de las Madres can take days of… Continue reading

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In Memoriam, Carol Moss

Our dear beloved friend, Carol Moss, passed away early Saturday morning. When I first moved to Los Angeles around 20 years ago now, Carol was one of the very first people to encourage me during those lonely days. I am forever grateful for her encouraging welcome, her understated humor, and generous wisdom. For years, Carol… Continue reading

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Finding Peace On This Earth

Earth Day arrived in an earth-shattering week in the United States – an historic verdict, more horrific killings of Black people. Today I listened to Ruth King and Zenju Earthlyn Manuel talk about accessing peace. In her new book, The Deepest Peace: Contemplations from a Season of Stillness, Zenju turns her heart towards the earth:… Continue reading

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Everything Becomes Beautiful

At a meeting with Gil Fronsdal, a friend and colleague who knows Pali, the language of the ancient Buddhist texts he said what the Buddha taught is often not conveyed in its full richness with the translations we currently have. For example, the word “kalyana”, good, can also be translated as beautiful. Teachers in the… Continue reading

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Elián’s Birth

My beloved cousin Myra, whom some of you know from our teaching together, wrote about her new grandson’s birth. Most women – even when there is access to good prenatal medical care and birthing – don’t have the opportunity to birth their babies surrounded by both spiritual wisdom and expert care. I wish this for… Continue reading

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A Murmuration of Starlings

This past week, I went north of San Rafael to Terra Linda at sunset to stand in an empty parking lot, looking for starlings. As the light fades, huge flocks of the glossy, black birds swirl high above the trees, streaming and swooping in unison above their communal roosting place in the oak and eucalyptus… Continue reading

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The Starry Sky

This is a time to remember vastness and mystery. The year is ending with a cosmic conjunction unseen on Earth for 800 years. InsightLA held an important community gathering and ritual for letting-go of our Olympic and Melrose centers and envisioning the future. We had a stellar and joyous Christmas Eve meditation and singing concert…. Continue reading