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Faith

October 8, 2020
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According to the teachings of the Buddha, at least in the Mahayana movement, form is emptiness and emptiness is form. Empty, in the sense of being filled with the non-existing of a permanent, independent, inherently existing, unchanging entity or identity. The same is true for sensations, thoughts, impulses and consciousness. Walking around Ithaca yesterday, I…

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Flowers for the Ancestors

October 2, 2020
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??❤️ This bouquet influenced my latest adoption of an anthirium houseplant for my home. My uncle, Tito Ding, brought these flowers to a family grave on Valentine’s Day while visiting our ancestors at Loyola Memorial Park and Manila Memorial Park in ?Metro Manila, Philippines. ??? Here is an homage to these ancestors. You’ll also see…

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Women and Yoga

September 30, 2020
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Right now two women are asking me questions about yoga– One is a woman I imagine is in her 50s or 60s. She wants to know whether there are any yoga scriptures or schools founded by women. She’s been reading the Yoga Sutras and finds Pat@ñjali is quite gendered to her. Another is a young…

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Lola: Women’s History Month

March 13, 2020
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My aunt unearthed this treasure of a photograph. I feel inclined to share it today, my final day here in the Philippines before taking off for the United States.  I might be late for International Women’s Day, but not for Women’s History Month. My grandmother, Lola Clavelina “Belen” Antiquera Grajo, was something special.  Born in…

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