Dharma Talk on Gender Inclusivity

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"Our society has hurt you enough. You seek to come to the Plum Village tradition to find peace, love and refuge."During last month's Wake...

Crumbling the Walls of Separation

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by Melanie Gin In Israel and Palestine, where I lived from December 2018 to March 2020, a vast concrete wall separates Jerusalem from the West...

In Celebration of Black History and Black Futures

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This interview originally appeared on parallax.org Kaira Jewel Lingo is a Dharma teacher who lived as a nun for fifteen years in the international Plum...

Ordination Gift to My Sister

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On September 9th, 2018, my sister was ordained at Deer Park Monastery along with nine other new monastics. It was an unusual experience to...
Extinction Rebellion in New York

Mindfulness and Extinction Rebellion

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In less than 15 minutes, we were surrounded by over 70 NYPD uniforms. A young, short, and gentle yet stoic faced male officer told...

Tahanan Is Home

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Reflections from a Social Worker in the Philippines For what is my heart yearning? In the winter of 2017, I remember holding a pen in one...

Crossing the Mexican-US Border

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By Jane from Wake Up San Francisco Walking through busy downtown San Diego’s Gaslamp Quarter carrying a backpacker’s pack, wearing toe shoes, and toting a...

Lessons Learned from Living with Monastics

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By Leo Widrich Have you ever felt like you needed a big reset of your life? Toward the middle of 2017, I found myself in...

Building a Unified Community

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Connecting Wake Up and All-Ages Sanghas By Bryan Hindert A fellow Wake Upper shared an insight during a recent retreat closing circle. He was surprised to...

Mindful Eating, Thanksgiving

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Thanksgiving, today Deep looking, this corn connects Painful histories Slow mindful eating Corn plants descended, growing from Kindness, exploited Giving thanks today On stolen land, borrowed time, Our inheritance. Tell the whole story So...

Being Myself in a Challenging Learning Environment

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By Jadzia Tedeschi Saturday, October 21, 2017 Today, we had an extraordinary half-day of classes. You know, to supplement our learning. 8:00 History: “Good morning! Let’s begin...

Working Meditation

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By Brandon Rennels The first time I stepped into a monastery was the fall of 2011 at Deer Park in California. I arrived on a...

Becoming a Better Health-Care Provider

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By Marilyn Tran I remember being a fourth-year intern as a naturopathic medical student and seeing my own patients for the first time. No doubt,...

Walking Home

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Walking gently My feet are cold But I keep my ancestors warm In the living room of my heart Come sit around the fireplace We will make room. Sorrow, please...

Mindful Meal

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By Logan Scott Mitchell It’s the day before Father’s Day as I write this story about a mindful meal. Tomorrow will be my third Father’s...