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Scripturient: Blog & Commentary: A Compassionate Buddha?

There’s a story in Valerie Roebuck’s translation of the Dhammapada (Penguin Classics, 2010, commentary on verse 6, p 115-116) that caught my eye recently, and it made me wonder what the moral or ethical precept was buried in it. And it makes me question what it says about the supposed compassion of the Buddha and […]

Melissa Fong: “I’m speaking with you as a human being and you’re talking at me as a politician.”

"I'm speaking with you as a human being and you're talking at me as a politician."— Melissa Fong (@internationalmf) April 21, 2014   When you ask me to open up […]

350 or bust: Take Time To Renew Your Spirit

THE CAREGIVERS' LIVING ROOM A Blog by Donna Thomson: The Wisdom of Caregivers – Part 1

What exactly is the wisdom of caregivers?  The Oxford Dictionary defines wisdom as the quality of having knowledge, experience and good judgement.  Let’s start with knowledge.  What do caregivers know?  Well, we know our loved ones and they have taught us the skills required for achieving intimacy in loving relationships.  That knowledge is rare and valuable. We need to stop the clock in order to listen to our loved ones.  That different pace of observing each other closely and patiently is a skill we have honed and one that people in the Slow Movement aspire (Read more…) . . . → Read More: THE CAREGIVERS’ LIVING ROOM A Blog by Donna Thomson: The Wisdom of Caregivers – Part 1

350 or bust: Take Time To Renew Your Spirit

350 or bust: Saturday At The Movies

A Norwegian children’s charity left a thinly-dressed 11-year-old boy shivering at a bus stop in the winter cold to test how many people would spontaneously help him. * The advert is part of a new fund-raising campaign SOS Barnebyer is launching to provide blankets and shelter to displaced children in Syria. The organization said the […]

Politics, Re-Spun: Merry Christmas!

I’d like to wish you all a Merry Christmas and/or the joy and warmth of the holiday season. Make 2014 a year of more love, more compassion, more sharing and more service.

Three things to mark this day:

Some pictures. Here are 75 amazing pictures from 2013. Some more pictures. Here are 100 of the best street are photos from 2013. A political picture. Some thing about Israel.

Another brick.

October 7, 2011 Occupy the Church, Occupy Together (1) July 29, 2013 The Red Wings Fiddle While Detroit Burns (1) April 18, 2012 Boycott the National Headshot League (#NHL) (3) (Read more…) . . . → Read More: Politics, Re-Spun: Merry Christmas!

mark a rayner | scribblings, squibs & sundry monkey joys: Kurt Vonnegut’s one rule

Love this quote. (via MonkeyJoys) Alltop is a humor baby.

Writings of J. Todd Ring: Love, sympathy and mutual aid are natural – we have to be taught to be greedy little narcissists

During a California wildfire rescue workers ran out of crates to place rescued animals, forcing them to put a fawn and a bobcat kitten in an office together. When they got back they found that fawn and the bobcat cuddling and the pair became inseparable. Yes, compassion, love and solidarity are natural. […]

350 or bust: Take Time To Renew Your Spirit

350 or bust: Take Time To Renew Your Spirit

350 or bust: Saturday At The Movies

350 or bust: Take Time To Renew Your Spirit

350 or bust: This Is Water: Thoughts On Living A Compassionate Life

It’s TED Talk Tuesday on 350orbust, but I’m breaking with tradition and posting a non-TED talk. It’s an excerpt of a longer commencement address given at Kenyon College in 2005 by the late American novelist David Foster Wallace. When I came across the video, nine days after it was posted on YouTube, it already had […]

350 or bust: The Golden Rule: A Way To Ensure A Viable Future?

Karen Armstrong, former nun and prolific author on religious issues, gives a talk in 2008 on fostering compassion for today’s TED Talk Tuesday. “If we don’t manage to implement the Golden Rule globally, so that we treat all peoples, wherever and whoever they may be, as though they were as important as ourselves, I doubt [...]

350 or bust: From Boston To Iraq To Syria: Nobody Deserves To Get Blown Up, At Anytime

* Via @AnonymousOpsIRC on Twitter: From Boston to Afghanistan, nobody deserves to get blown up at anytime. #peace not #war American comedian Patton Oswalt posted a thoughtful response to the Boston bombings on his Facebook wall, reflecting on the goodness that remains in the world: …I don’t know what’s going to be revealed behind all [...]

350 or bust: From Boston To Iraq To Syria: Nobody Deserves To Get Blown Up, At Anytime

* Via @AnonymousOpsIRC on Twitter: From Boston to Afghanistan, nobody deserves to get blown up at anytime. #peace not #war American comedian Patton Oswalt posted a thoughtful response to the Boston bombings on his Facebook wall, reflecting on the goodness that remains in the world: …I don’t know what’s going to be revealed behind all [...]

THE CAREGIVERS' LIVING ROOM - A Blog by Donna Thomson: Searching for Roots of Compassion in a Violent World

The world is reeling from the news of a terrible explosion at the Boston marathon.

In my morning newspaper today, I read this by Craig and Marc Kielburger, brothers who founded the charity Free The Children and the Me To We Social Enterprise:

“A Halifax girl is allegedly raped by four of her classmates, and her peers use social media to spread a photo of the incident throughout her high school. Haunted by the pain and humiliation, she ends her life. Last September, a British Columbia teen posts a heartrending video detailing the constant cyber-bullying she endured for more than . . . → Read More: THE CAREGIVERS’ LIVING ROOM – A Blog by Donna Thomson: Searching for Roots of Compassion in a Violent World

The Canadian Progressive: Elizabeth May shares her 2002 hunger strike experience, begs Harper to meet Chief Spence

During my 85-day hunger strike against Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s New Jim Crow-style crime Bill C-10, the deceptively christened “Safe Streets and Communities Act”, a prominent opposition MP told me hunger protests weren’t part of the process of democratic engagement in Canada. I was shocked and disappointed. First, during our conversation on the steps leading to the READ MORE

350 or bust: Saturday At The Movies

This is a video about what this holiday season is meant to be about – love and compassion, even in the face of intolerance and hate: * EveryoneMatters.2012.com

350 or bust: Take Time To Renew Your Spirit

His Holiness the Dalai Lama speaking on compassion and it’s connection to finding purpose in life.

Canadian ProgressiveCanadian Progressive: Why the U.S. Won’t Allow Dying Iranian Sociologist to Join His Family

by Cora Currier | ProPublica Dr. Rahmatollah Sedigh Sarvestani is dying. The Iranian sociologist, recently retired from a long teaching career at the University of Tehran, suffers from prostate cancer and a pelvic tumor. With his kidneys failin… . . . → Read More: Canadian ProgressiveCanadian Progressive: Why the U.S. Won’t Allow Dying Iranian Sociologist to Join His Family

350 or bust: Saturday At The Movies

If everyone did just one good deed a day, our world would be a better place….

350 or bust: Take Time To Renew Your Spirit

Nothing is more difficult than to practice goodness within a system whose rules, goals, and information streams are geared to individualism, competitiveness, and cynicism. But it can be done. We can be patient with ourselves and others as we all confront a changing world. We can empathize with resistance to change; there is some clinging [...]

Canadian Progressive: Canadian Boy, 10, Crowns Dethroned Men’s 4×100 Olympics Relay Team

Elijah Porter of Newfoundland saw Canadian heroism even after the team lost its silver medal, and so he gave the athletes his own Timbits soccer medal.