On December 9, Chaplain J. Siafa Johnson came and introduced us to Justice for Juniors. Chaplain Johnson founded the interfaith program because 50% of teen inmates return to prison in large part due to inadequate community support once they return home. Chaplain Johnson was accompanied by Ms. Mary Marston, a recent American University graduate. The two […]
This year, Saka dawa falls between May 26 and June 24. During this time, Buddhists honor the Buddha’s life. One of the best spiritual practices to adopt during this time is to refrain from killing. We can easily do this by refraining from eating meat as much as possible. The benefits to animals are obvious […]
Here’s a series of two articles from the New York Times about the physical and emotional benefits associated with cultivating a positive outlook on life. The author, Jane Brody, includes advice on how to transform negative thoughts through compassion meditation and other activities. A Positive Outlook May Be Good for Your Health – Actively cultivating positive emotions […]
While I was in hospital in Australia, I saw on TV that Australia was selling huge numbers of sheep and cows to Indonesia. They showed sheep all lined up, so tiny, going to the slaughterhouse. There was the shot of a cow with a rope tied around its horns being pulled down from the platform […]
There is no sentient being we have not eaten. In the past, you have eaten me numberless times; I have eaten you numberless times. This might come as a big shock but that’s what has happened. Lama Zopa Rinpoche, Sun of Devotion Stream of Blessings. Lama Yeshe Wisdom Archive. 2016, p. 194.
By rescuing beings who are about to be slaughtered, By benefiting others by giving life in such ways, By turning away from harming any living creature, You will attain a long life. By caring for the seriously ill, By giving them medicine as a healer, By refraining from harming creatures with stones or sticks, You […]
Finding substitutes for eggs is a little tricky but here are some tips to get you started. + Egg Alternatives from Livevegan.org Eggs are used primarily for two reasons in cooking and baking: As a binder to help hold other ingredients together. Used in foods meant to be dense and chewy like in a “meat” loaf or […]