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Helen Ming Tseng

May 24, 2022
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The transition marked by death reminds me that honoring death and life as inseparable, coming to embrace both and fear neither, is to honor the relative and absolute.

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In loving memory – Thích Nhất Hạnh

January 23, 2022
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I really really can’t thank TNH enough for all he has given through his life, to all sentient beings. As the smallest gesture, if it weren’t for some preoccupation with Buddhahood, I wouldn’t be practicing my “right livelihood” through a business with a Zen name that followed countless breaths in Zen sitting and countless footsteps retraced through beginningless time.

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Land and Culture

January 18, 2021
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Our Body, the earth, is a sacred land. The biggest lesson that dawned on me in 2020 is the importance of connecting intimately with the land and culture of where one’s “from” (one’s “roots”), as well as connecting intimately with the land and culture of where one “is” (one’s inhabitance).

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End White Silence

January 7, 2021
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I want to say that the deep-double-standard of the USA is being white, vs. being-anything-but-white.  I’m going to try to write this diplomatically; in some ways I feel privileged to understand this because I know what it means in many ways to be white.  Therefore I am a responsibility bearer to ending white silence.  And I know what it means to be not-white as well.

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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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