19
Feb
15

blessings for all in the year of the wood sheep!

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Mindfulness Peace Prayer

There is peace of mind.
May I realize peace of mind.
There are obstacles to peace of mind.
May all obstacles to realizing peace of mind be removed.
There are causes to experience peace of mind.
May all causes arise to facilitate my experiencing peace of mind.
There are pathways leading to stabilizing peace of mind.
May all pathways leading to stabilizing my peace of mind arise.

There is peace.
May there be peace.
There are obstacles to peace.
May all obstacles to peace be removed.
There are causes of peace.
May all causes of peace arise and stabilize.
There are pathways leading to peace.
May all pathways leading to peace be revealed and cultivated.

There is happiness.
May there be happiness.
There are obstacles to happiness.
May all obstacles to happiness be removed.
There are causes of happiness.
May all causes of happiness arise and stabilize.
There are pathways leading to happiness.
May all pathways leading to happiness be revealed and cultivated.

May all sentient beings desire to pursue peace and happiness!
May all sentient beings cultivate peace and happiness!
May all sentient beings experience peace and happiness!
May all sentient beings assist in stabilizing peace and happiness
in the world!

(composed by venerable ani drubgyudma)

09
Jan
15

National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month, 2015

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NATIONAL SLAVERY AND HUMAN TRAFFICKING PREVENTION MONTH, 2015

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BY THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

A PROCLAMATION

For more than two centuries, the United States has worked to advance the cause of freedom. Stained from a history of slavery and shaped by ancestors brought to this country in chains, today, America shines as a beacon of hope to people everywhere who cherish liberty and opportunity. Still, our society remains imperfect, and our Nation has more work to do to uphold these values. At home and around the globe, we must continue to fight for human dignity and the inalienable rights of every person.

Today, millions of men, women, and children are victims of human trafficking. This modern-day slavery occurs in countries throughout the world and in communities across our Nation. These victims face a cruelty that has no place in a civilized world: children are made to be soldiers, teenage girls are beaten and forced into prostitution, and migrants are exploited and compelled to work for little or no pay. It is a crime that can take many forms, and one that tears at our social fabric, debases our common humanity, and violates what we stand for as a country and a people.

Founded on the principles of justice and fairness, the United States continues to be a leader in the global movement to end modern-day slavery. We are working to combat human trafficking, prosecute the perpetrators, and help victims recover and rebuild their lives. We have launched national initiatives to help healthcare workers, airline flight crews, and other professionals better identify and provide assistance to victims of trafficking. We are strengthening protections and supporting the development of new tools to prevent and respond to this crime, and increasing access to services that help survivors become self-sufficient. We are also working with our international partners and faith-based organizations to bolster counter-trafficking efforts in countries across the globe.

As we fight to eliminate trafficking, we draw strength from the courage and resolve of generations past — and in the triumphs of the great abolitionists that came before us, we see the promise of our Nation: that even in the face of impossible odds, those who love their country can change it. Every citizen can take action by speaking up and insisting that the clothes they wear, the food they eat, and the products they buy are made free of forced labor. Business and non-profit leaders can ensure their supply chains do not exploit individuals in bondage. And the United States Government will continue to address the underlying forces that push so many into the conditions of modern-day slavery in the first place.

During National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month, we stand with the survivors, advocates, and organizations dedicated to building a world where our people and our children are not for sale. Together, let us recommit to a society where our sense of justice tells us that we are our brothers’ and sisters’ keepers, where every person can forge a life equal to their talents and worthy of their dreams.

NOW, THEREFORE, I, BARACK OBAMA, President of the United States of America, by virtue of the authority vested in me by the Constitution and the laws of the United States, do hereby proclaim January 2015 as National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month, culminating in the annual celebration of National Freedom Day on February 1. I call upon businesses, national and community organizations, families, and all Americans to recognize the vital role we can play in ending all forms of slavery and to observe this month with appropriate programs and activities.

IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand this thirty-first day of December, in the year of our Lord two thousand fourteen, and of the Independence of the United States of America the two hundred and thirty-ninth.

BARACK OBAMA

(SOURCE)

18
Nov
14

glimpse of winter begins

a glimpse of winter has begun at bear paw monastery. for a brief photo story of our summer and fall check out here.

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03
Sep
14

a forest sanctuary evening

all is well in the north country

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31
Jul
14

buddha’s first teaching honored today

Golden Buddhas Mother Day imagetoday we are celebrating and remembering the first turning of the dharma wheel – the first time Buddha gave teachings. it is said that all actions are magnified 10,000,000 times. practice is encouraged, as well as the sponsoring of dharma activities.

today I also honor and remember the solar anniversary of my ordination as a nun – 15 years now – remembering those who have graciously assisted me, and continue to assist me, along the path to Buddhahood.

15
Jul
14

anniversary of the enlightenment of kuan yin

today we celebrate and honor the enlightenment of kuan yin

“namo kuan shi yin pusa”

fifteen years ago today, on the lunar calendar, i was ordained as a buddhist nun – how grateful i am!

if interested, click here to view this special day of ceremony.

new views at my wilderness practice camp are here.

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15
Jun
14

happy father’s day!

all the best wishes and blessings to our fathers today!

parents, norma & harold, 1947

remembering with gratitude my father (1947)




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