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Daniel Berrigan & Thich Nhat Hahn discuss Communities of Resistance

The Power of Nonviolence: Writings by Advocates of PeaceDaniel Berrigan and Thich Nhat Hahn‘s 1975 dialogue Communities of Resistance: A Conversation is the eighteenth chapter of The Power of Nonviolence: Writings by Advocates of Peace .  This dialogue leads off the Post-Vietnam to the Present (1975-  ) section of the book.  Hahn and Berrigan’s hopes for communities of resistance springs from their own experience with religious communities in the Buddhist and Catholic faiths, respectively, and with the experiences of their late mutual friend Thomas Merton.

We have already discussed Merton’s essay The Root of War is Fear from a previous chapter in the same book.   In it, Merton defines the calling of a Christian to “work for the total abolition of war.”  Merton reminds us that the place to end war is within ourselves.  My comments in the post about Merton’s essay could easily be applied to Berrigan and Hahn: Continue reading Daniel Berrigan & Thich Nhat Hahn discuss Communities of Resistance

Who wins the Superbowl?

Though I currently reside in the Northeast, I don’t feel very invested in either of this year’s competing teams.  Last year, I was much more interested in the Green Bay Packers because of their relationship to their community. The Packers are the only community-owned franchise in a major sports league. And for that reason, the Packers will never  leave Green Bay.  The Packers success proves how well community ownership can work.

Looking at my emotional reaction to the Superbowl, for some reason this year, every time I hear someone say “Superbowl”, I think of Tibetan Singing Bowls.  Maybe it because, in the face of competition and commercialism, I am seeking meditation and calm.

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Thich Nhat Hanh often speaks about using everyday things as keys to a momentary meditation.  The sound of a ringing telephone, a doorbell or a red light can be an opportunity to breathe in, breathe out.  Continue reading Who wins the Superbowl?

Book shopping for a compassionate Valentines Day!

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Thich Nhat Hanh Royal Comic Book of the Week: Monday 9/5/11

This weeks Royal (Comic) Book of the Week for Monday September 5, 2011 is Walking With Alfred Hassler, Thich Nhat Hanh and Sister Chan Khong by Peace is the Way. This comic book does not exist yet.   The plan is for a “feature documentary film and 3D animated comic book about normal people who became Nonviolent Super Heroes.” Peace is the Way is currently raising funds for this project through IndieGoGo.

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Peace is the Way describes the overall project:  Continue reading Thich Nhat Hanh Royal Comic Book of the Week: Monday 9/5/11

Royal Book of the Week: Monday 8/8/11

Practicing Peace in Times of War by Pema Chödrön is the Royal Book of the Week.  For Duke Augustus, this book is a necessity to anyone trying to lead a more nonviolent life.  It is the perfect follow-up to the Monday 7/25/11 Royal Book of the Week  Nonviolent Communication by Marshall Rosenberg. Rosenberg’s book explores our emotional reactions to other people’s behavior, and tries to give us back control of interactions with other people by separating the emotions we are feeling from what our response to the person is in order to resolve conflict instead of increasing it.  Chödrön’s book takes us inside those emotions second-by-second so that our thought and action can be separated from our emotions rather than controlled by them. Continue reading Royal Book of the Week: Monday 8/8/11