Did you ever reflect about the people who reside on the land? What about the elderly, stooped, weathered man in Meijer’s or Walmart grocery stores whose dress and manner says “farmer?” Was the developer’s offer at his age and in the current development around him just too much to reject? Or, there is the Amish man standing and gazing over his fields alongside 71N with the For Sale sign a few yards away. Must he sell if his children are to continue in farming elsewhere? What about the Blackfeet children out on their Montana reservation whose mountains, river valleys, wetlands and sacred sites may be lost to the Solonex energy company in its plan to develop the oil and gas under their land? Do the children have no rights to unpolluted water and land? To their cultural/religious/history?
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“They will beat their swords into plowshares and their spears into pruning hooks. Nation will not take up sword against nation, nor will they train for war anymore.” – Micah 4:3-4
One of the most enjoyable events of Derby Week is the Pegasus Parade, and again this year I joined thousands who watched the colorful costumes, balloons and marching bands. Mid way into the parade, “Breaking News” flashed on the screen the announcement that two 15 year-olds had shot two other teenagers near the parade route. This event seems to be the “new normal” in Louisville and around the country. Incidents of gun violence and deaths are increasing rapidly this year.
This January I had the great privilege of being a guest at Tashi Kyil Monastic Institute outside of Dehradun, India. I have been interested in Buddhist teaching and practice for a couple of decades. However, outside of books by Chogyam Trungpa and the Dalai Lama, I had had little contact with the Tibetans. My experience at Tashi Kyil was a deeply moving lesson in sincerity and hospitality. This was not a place where strange and exotic yogic practices were undertaken. Their teachings and practices were simple and profound. They were centered in the heart. They were based on two principles: loving-kindness and non-attachment. It was interesting how these work together. From one perspective they may seem mutually exclusive. However, as I would experience firsthand, the presence of guests provides a precious opportunity to bring these two values into a kind of seamless expression. Continue reading →
“Folks have called Carol Raivert Trainer, member of Veterans for Peace, unpatriotic for her anti-war stance. Some parents move their children away from her organization table at community events, worried that her progressive stance can be caught like some airborne virus without a cure. ‘Get a job!, a handful of dissenters say to the retiree who has always had one. ‘Dirty hippie,’ others mutter in attempts to justify their disdain.” COURIER –JOURNAL April 24, 2016
This past weekend I attended the Black Male Summit at the University of Akron. I sat with 1700 participants who were predominately young African American men and boys accompanied by teachers, pastors, family and guests, like me. This was the ninth annual “summit” and the third one that I had attended. Continue reading →