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The silent treatment

A few days ago I read a Facebook post about two types of silence, when there is conflict. One increases trust and connection; the other decreases it. In the first kind, you let the other person know what’s alive in you, and tell them that you need some space to reflect and self-connect. In the second kind, you withdraw from the conflict without speaking, and leave the other person wondering what h...
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The gift of gratitude

Open grave strewn with flowers
On Saturday I accompanied Shantigarbha to the funeral of his Buddhist teacher, Sangharakshita — founder of the Triratna Buddhist Order and Community. It was the first time I had participated in a Buddhist funeral ceremony. Sangharakshita was 93 years old, and had started the community 50 years ago. The community has grown over the years and is now spread over six continents, so people came to t...
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