Stephanie--creating sustainable communities via dialogue
The surprising connection of Buddhism and America's philosophy of Pragmatism
You remember the story, don't you? A new take.
Stephanie Tansey currently lives and works in Beijing, China as an editor with New World Press. She also teaches at Beijing Normal University. There she aids graduate students in developing dialogue skills for creating sustainable communities. She is also a co-founder of the Earth Charter Communities Network (ECCN), which, as its website says, "is a [...]
Buddhism is a 2,500 plus year old religion that began in India. Pragmatism is a philosophical system that began in America in the late 19th century. Surprisingly enough, they have some core elements in common. The bottom line, Buddhism is consistent with the traditional aspirations of Americans (and among members of other cultures as well)
She just stood there shivering, holding the empty pail. Her drenched hair and clothes were making a large puddle. She didn’t seem to care. Then her lips trembled and her throat quivered like she was going to say something, but she made no sound. Still, I heard her mournful voice, demanding answers: Who is she, [...]
Renowned musician Herbie Hancock is the 2014 Charles Eliot Norton Professor of Poetry at Harvard University. In that capacity, he delivered six lectures on The Ethics of Jazz. In 2013, he was among those honored at the annual Kennedy Center Honors program. Over his decades-long musical career he has won 14 Grammys, an Academy Award [...]
Art and Music
We live in the Southwest, so at any time of the year you might see a jackrabbit in the countryside. During its limited blooming time, you can see the beautiful agave or century plant. There are many jackrabbits at City of Rocks State Park. Sometimes some are in our neighborhood. The agave bloom over half [...]
Poetry and Prose--excerpts and more
It's a poem, about the obsession of many with that phone in their hand. Something that takes their mind, their attention elsewhere--even when they might be engaged with a friend or loved one. Something that causes them to lose the value of observing their surroundings. You don't need an excerpt, it's short. Just read it.