Aspirations by Zijians — International Women’s Day

In the spirit of International Women’s Day, we are collecting individual aspirations connected to feminism in the world and in our communities. How can we relate to the idea of feminist activism in a Buddhist Community?  ★ I aspire to bring gentleness as a primary value into activist settings where it typically is not one. ★ I aspire to work from a sense of worthiness, allowing that to be the binding principle of why I am engaging in issues of gender equality. Worthiness is something all beings have. ★ I aspire to affect issues of gender by cultivating awareness of…

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The Ziji Collective’s Statement regarding U.S. Travel Ban

Dear Friends, Through studying the Shambhala teachings, we learn that the nature of humanity and human society is basic goodness. Through the practice of meditation, we can experience that basic goodness, gain confidence in it, and give birth to the aspiration to create an enlightened society. Holding the aspiration to bring forth such a society, and to extend it beyond the Shambhala community into the wider world, we find ourselves confronted with events and forces that challenge our understanding of society’s basic goodness and push us to consider how to respond with bravery and compassion. Sometimes, we respond by drawing…

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Ziji News for the week of February 5, 2017

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Ziji News from Europe

Young people with Lion hearts, Although it may take a little time before this will reach you, I am writing this on the last day of the year, at Schloss Heinsheim in Germany. Here the Winter Youth Retreat is in full swing for the tenth time. 100 people are living, laughing, crying, singing and meditating together in a beautiful castle that is also a hotel. Tonight we will have a celebration to mark the end of the year and the beginning of the new one. It has been an amazing year for us as young meditators. Against the backdrop of…

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