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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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Posted November 5, 2017 by CGH
Exorcism Practice

Exorcism Practice – HIGHLIGHT

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Posted October 29, 2017 by CGH
Look Up and Extend Out

Look Up and Extend Out – HIGHLIGHT

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Posted October 1, 2017 by CGH
Great Clouds of Blessings 2

Great Clouds of Blessings 2 – HIGHLIGHT

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Posted September 22, 2017 by CGH
Great Clouds of Blessings 1

Great Clouds of Blessings 1 – HIGHLIGHT

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Posted September 20, 2017 by CGH
Waiting. Acting.

Waiting. Acting. – HIGHLIGHT

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Posted July 18, 2017 by CGH
Supplication to Padmasambhava 2

Supplication to Padmasambhava 2 – HIGHLIGHT

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Posted June 18, 2017 by CGH
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Supplication to Padmasambhava 1 – HIGHLIGHT

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Concluding Request to the Protectors

Concluding Request to the Protectors – HIGHLIGHT

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The Gift of Fear

The Gift of Fear – HIGHLIGHT

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Posted June 4, 2017 by CGH
Humanity, Chaos, and Wisdom

Humanity, Chaos, and Wisdom – HIGHLIGHT

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A Quality of Healing

A Quality of Healing – HIGHLIGHT

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Posted April 29, 2017 by CGH
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Aging in the Buddhadharma 2 – HIGHLIGHT

Part Two of an interview on aging and meditative practice, with Acharya Han de Wit by Adrienne Chang AC:  What role does your practice and the Buddhadharma have in aging—how do they help the adjustment process? HW:  Being aware. Practice helps in that sense. Practice helps you have a ... continue
Posted April 21, 2017 by CGH
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Aging in the Buddhadharma 1 – HIGHLIGHT

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Posted April 19, 2017 by CGH
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Comprender la estación de döns

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Posted February 2, 2017 by luz_rodriguez

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