Death: The End of Self-Improvement

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When the future disappears, we are brought home to the vibrant aliveness Here and Now, the only reality there ever actually is. Whether it is the personal death that awaits each of us, the looming threat of climate extinction, the inevitable planetary death in which the earth itself will be no more, or even the end of the entire known universe, death is the single reality that most clearly informs us that the future is a fantasy and that all the things we have been so concerned about are like fleeting bubbles in a stream. When we believe that a single, fragile, impermanent bubble is all we are, we live in fear of death. And yet, paradoxically, we long to pop the bubble of apparent encapsulation and dissolve into the vast, unlimited wholeness that we intuitively know we are.

Instead of denying aging, avoiding death, or fantasizing about some after-life for “me” (the bubble), Joan points to fully embracing the total disintegration and loss of control that growing old and dying—and living and loving and being awake—actually entails.

#90 Dancing in the Fire

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A panel from Where Olive Trees Weep exploring Muslim Spirituality Illuminating the Path to Freedom

#89 Arab Jewish Mysticism

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Deep connections in Arab Judaism, mysticismm science and activism

One Human Family: Interfaith Solidarity with Palestine

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In this powerful interfaith gathering, renowned spiritual leaders from Jewish, Christian, Muslim, and Buddhist traditions come together to express their solidarity with the Palestinian people's struggle for freedom, equality, and human dignity.

Indra’s Net

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Far away in the heavenly abode of the great god Indra, there is a wonderful net which has been hung

Reflections on Gaza and the Bodhisattva Path

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What is Love Asking from Us?

Buddhism & Social Action

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Buddhism has implications of some significance for Christians, humanists and other non-Buddhists

Jewish Identity After Oct 7

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Recorded live at a SAND Community Gathering on May 11, 2024

Existence is God

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Selected verses and teachings taken from The Complete Mystical Works of Meister Eckhart — translated by Maurice Walshe.

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