Saturday, August 16, 2008

Shirley Chisholm, 1924-2005

Shirley Chisholm, 1924-2005
Thanks to Christopher Neill of SanFranciscoforObama for reminding us that Hillary Clinton is not the first woman to make a run for the Oval Office.

“Shirley Chisholm, the first black woman to serve in Congress and the first woman to seek the Democratic presidential nomination, died on Saturday night at her home in Ormond Beach, Fla. She was 80. She had suffered several strokes recently, according to a former staff member, William Howard.

Mrs. Chisholm was an outspoken, steely educator-turned-politician who shattered racial and gender barriers as she became a national symbol of liberal politics in the 1960’s and 1970’s. Over the years, she also had a way of making statements that angered the establishment, as in 1974, when she asserted that ‘there is an undercurrent of resistance’ to integration ‘among many blacks in areas of concentrated poverty and discrimination’ — including in her own district in Brooklyn….taken from “La Shawn Barber’s Corner

Thursday, August 14, 2008

Indian Independence Day

Thursday, August 14, 2008

In honor of Mahatma Gandhi — 8.15.08

I wrote this essay for Meanderings as part of an exploration of Hindu meditation in conversations between Dilip Trasi, Nitin Trasi and Morgan Zo-Callahan. I focus primarily on the unique contribution to Mohandas Gandhi, or Mahatma Gandhi. Tomorrow, August 15th is Indian Independence Day, and I publish this essay here in “Buddha S.J." as a tribute to a man who contributed so much to the spiritual practice of all humans everywhere on our planet.
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Thursday, August 07, 2008

Website of the Buddhist Master C.M.Chen

Master CM Chen was my first real Buddhist Teacher. With my deepest gratitude, I present the link to the site devoted to his work, maintained by his disciple, Dr. Yutang Lin.
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Yogi C. M. Chen
Yogi C. M. Chen

This independent website is dedicated to the teachings of Yogi C. M. Chen (1906-1987), and his disciple Dr. Yutang Lin in Hinayana, Mahayana and Vajrayana Buddhism.
I also include a link to the online version of Lighthouse in the Ocean of Chan, Chen's original work with a great many koans. I used this book in its first translation when I took up koan practice, and spent nearly 5 years working on making the translations more readable. Making the koans my own was a real tipping point in my practice.