Tag Archives: violence

The Avoidance and the Fury

As a parent, a citizen and a human being, I weep for the little ones of Newtown, Connecticut. I mourn for their families, their friends and I weep for us, as a people, who keep enduring these senseless incidents. The Newtown tragedy cuts deep for any of us that are parents since we can’t help but [...]

Dialogs With My Teacher #55

January 10, 2011 (#55) Student: What is the most enlightened way to communicate with someone who is very difficult? Michael: The same way I’ve suggested that you speak to someone who complains a lot; listen deeply and speak from a place of open generosity. Student: But what if they’re totally narcissistic and seemingly uninterested in [...]

A Full-throated Roar

The killings in Arizona reminds us that there is no spiritual teaching of any depth that encourages us to avoid what’s really going on. In fact, authentic spiritual practice is always grounded in facing what is, and then responding from profound openness. Perhaps being silent is the perfect initial reaction to tragedy, where we take [...]

What Brutality Offers Us

I was enjoying a college basketball game on the tube yesterday when a news-ticker appeared across the base of the screen. It said something like “Several Killed in Mass Shooting in Tuscon” only to be followed up with “Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords among those shot.”  In addition to an arising sadness, my political wonkiness immediately got [...]

When Peace is an Incomplete Response

I was asked recently after giving a talk on engaged politics, what I thought of peace as a political orientation. What came out of my mouth made me laugh. “I’m pro-peace,” I said. The young man just stared. I then went off a little bit on how an attachment to peace can be viewed in [...]

Fanning Fundamentalist Flames

The International Herald Tribune offers an interesting piece on the implications of this past week’s attacks. The major theme shouldn’t surprise any one. The terrorists’ barely concealed ties to Pakistan suggest that a key objective of the Mumbai assault was to fan the dying flames of Indian-Pakistani conflict. Because of this, neither the Pakistanis nor [...]

Dalai Lama defends Islam as peaceful religion – washingtonpost.com

The Tibetan spiritual leader, appearing at Lehigh University in Pennsylvania, offered a defense of Islam in response to a question about the rise of violent religious fundamentalism. He added that he has made a point of reaching out to Muslims since the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001. Tweet