Compassion for Non-Human Animals

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For thousands of years humans have become accustomed to de-valuing, exploiting and violating non-human animals. This unseen bias of speciesism continues to create horrific suffering for billions of sentient beings each year, and contributes directly to the degradation of our planet.

Text and video by Tara Brach.

Links to full talk:
Part 1
https://www.tarabrach.com/cultivating-compassion/
Part 2
https://www.tarabrach.com/part-2-cultivating-compassion/

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Protected, Respected and Free

Leah Garces

May all beings everywhere be happy and free, and may the thoughts, words, and actions of my own life contribute in some way to that happiness and to that freedom.

So grateful for Leah Garcés, and others that pave the way.

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Haikus by Koyashi Issa

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Even with insects—
some can sing
some can’t.

Goes out
comes back—
the love life of a cat.

writing sh*t about new snow
for the rich
is not art.

a huge frog and I
staring at each other
neither of us moves.

What a strange thing!
to be alive
beneath cherry blossoms.

little snail
inch by inch, climb
Mount Fuji!

Poetry by Koyashi Issa, haiku master and lay Buddhist priest, 1763 – 1828

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The Unencumbered Life

Leonard Koren

“Get rid of all that is unnecessary. Wabi-sabi means treading lightly on the planet and knowing how to appreciate whatever is encountered, no matter how trifling, whenever it is encountered. […] In other words, wabi-sabi tells us to stop our preoccupation with success–wealth, status, power, and luxury–and enjoy the unencumbered life. Obviously, leading the simple wabi-sabi life requires some effort and will and also some tough decisions. Wabi-sabi acknowledges that just as it is important to know when to make choices, it is also important to know when not to make choices: to let things be. Even at the most austere level of material existence, we still live in a world of things. Wabi-sabi is exactly about the delicate balance between the pleasure we get from things and the pleasure we get from freedom of things.”

“Things are either devolving toward, or evolving from, nothingness. As dusk approaches in the hinterlands, a traveler ponders shelter for the night. He notices tall rushes growing everywhere, so he bundles an armful together as they stand in the field, and knots them at the top. Presto, a living grass hut. The next morning, before embarking on another day’s journey, he unknots the rushes and presto, the hut de-constructs, disappears, and becomes a virtually indistinguishable part of the larger field of rushes once again. The original wilderness seems to be restored, but minute traces of the shelter remain. A slight twist or bend in a reed here and there. There is also the memory of the hut in the mind of the traveler — and in the mind of the reader reading this description. Wabi-sabi, in its purest, most idealized form, is precisely about these delicate traces, this faint evidence, at the borders of nothingness.”

“Things wabi-sabi have no need for the reassurance of status or the validation of market culture. They have no need for documentation of provenance. Wabi-sabi-ness in no way depends on knowledge of the creator’s background or personality. In fact, it is best if the creator is no distinction, invisible, or anonymous.”

All quotes by Leonard Koren

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UNHhhh is a Work of Art

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The Peace of Wild Things

The Peace of Wild Things

“When despair for the world grows in me
and I wake in the night at the least sound,
in fear of what my life and my children’s life may be,
I go and lie down where the wood drake
rests in his beauty on the water,
and the great heron feeds.
I come into the peace of wild things
who do not tax their lives
with forethought of grief.
I come into the presence of still water.
And I feel above me the day-blind stars
waiting with their light. For a time
I rest in the grace of the world, and am free.”

Poem by Wendell Berry

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Wendy from Peru!

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The Art of Molly Crabapple

Molly Crabapple

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