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Misgivings about thanksgiving

November 19, 2022
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Let gratitude equal respect.

After a lifetime of misgivings about thanksgiving, it has taken me some years to crystallize what I believe today.

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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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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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