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Good Society Part II: Feeling the Goodness

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The second part of a two-part series by Shastri Russell Rodgers. For part one, click here.

In Part I of this two-part essay, we looked at the genetics behind the universal human impulse to create good society. The logic was this: everywhere there are humans, we form society. Therefore, it must be in our genes. The first part of this essay was basically a book review of Blueprint: The Evolutionary Origins of a Good Society, by Nicholas Christakis, a Yale professor.

Dr. Christakis proposes that encoded in our genes is a “social suite” that is common to all societies that are able to survive the test of time and circumstance. This “suite” includes : good leadership (and respect for that leadership), cooperation, learning from each other, befriending others, and valuing each person’s individuality. The genes encode possibilities: we make conscious choices as to whether to take advantage of these possibilities.

Buddhist practices that focus on kindness help to bring it to conscious awareness. Often, kindness practices focus on the heart. Sometimes, in visualization practices, there is a radiating sun, moon or seed syllable placed there. Here, radiation is a metaphor for kindness, and the visualization gives the mind something to focus on. The “Sadhana of Kindness” which is being practiced in many Shambhala Centres, has this basic structure. The post-meditation experience of this sadhana inspired me to write this essay. Continue…

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Why I Meditate: “Because It Works!” – HIGHLIGHT

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Gesar in Story and Song, part 2

Gesar in Story and Song, part 2 – HIGHLIGHT

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Posted June 1, 2012 by
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Making the Most of Retreat… – HIGHLIGHT

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Shambhala Day Guided Meditation

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Ordinary Bravery – HIGHLIGHT

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Gesar in Story and Song

Gesar in Story and Song – HIGHLIGHT

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Posted December 15, 2011 by
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Empty of What? – HIGHLIGHT

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Posted November 30, 2011 by
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Posted November 20, 2011 by
Stop. Give

Stop. Give – HIGHLIGHT

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Posted November 5, 2011 by

Four more languages have Shambhala YouTube Channels

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Posted October 13, 2011 by Hamish_MacLaren
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The Summer of Basic Goodness, part two – HIGHLIGHT

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Posted October 10, 2011 by

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