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Jan 02
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Feeling and Touching Kindness

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Reflections on the Social Engagement Think Tank at Sky Lake, New York, October 2017

by Lourdes de León

Since our Social Engagement Think Tank, I have been processing my experiences,  connecting to emotions that continue to arise. I have been trying to put my experience into words, first in Spanish and then in English, so that I can share them with the group. I read Shastri Leung’s article for the Shambhala Times and felt again the same very powerful energy that ran through me during our gatherings with the People of Color.

For me, as a Latin American, the experience was very deep in both familiar and mysterious ways.  I know what it is to be discriminated against as a person of color in the United States, as I have experienced discrimination in a number of ways: as a Mexican, as a Spanish speaker, and as a Latina woman; and in different circumstances: as a patient in a hospital bringing my daughter to the emergency room, trying to cross the border and enter the United States by car and being unjustly accused of carrying drugs just because I am Mexican, being treated as a liar by an immigration officer, or being considered a threat to the United States for not choosing to become an American citizen.  I also feel it in my bones when I see my people treated as delinquents, abused by police, disrespected, and treated as second-class citizens in the United States. Continue…

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1 response - Posted 12.31.17
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Wisdom of Staying in the Moment – HIGHLIGHT
1 response - Posted 12.29.17
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The Eleventh Hour – HIGHLIGHT
2 responses - Posted 12.27.17
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PoCS: Creating Enlightened Society – HIGHLIGHT
1 response - Posted 12.25.17
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Bringing Shambhala to Diversity Work – HIGHLIGHT
2 responses - Posted 12.23.17
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Children’s Day Song – HIGHLIGHT
no responses - Posted 12.21.17
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Children’s Day is Every day – HIGHLIGHT
1 response - Posted 12.19.17
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2 responses - Posted 12.17.17
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Meet the Nuns of Surmang – HIGHLIGHT
2 responses - Posted 12.15.17
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no responses - Posted 12.13.17
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Inviting the Magic of Play – HIGHLIGHT
1 response - Posted 12.10.17
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One Really Good Idea – HIGHLIGHT
no responses - Posted 12.07.17
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Applying the Teachings
Applying the Teachings – HIGHLIGHT
no responses - Posted 12.05.17
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