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Walking the Bodhisattva Path: Teaching Compassion on a China Orphanage Trip

Introduction What’s really real? Having brought hundreds of students to two nearby orphanages in southern China since 1995 with a plethora of memories – good news of adoption and connection along with tragic stories of separation and loss – I … Continue reading

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Be Healthier Today: Recovering the Intelligence of the Body

“How do we begin to seek the wisdom of the body? You do it one step at a time – eating experience by eating experience. Every mealtime is another chance to feed yourself in a natural way, to take care of … Continue reading

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Homage to An Inner Voice: Remembering Pelle Andersson

Introduction It was one of the last Friday afternoons of the school year in June and I was relieved to put another one in the books, marking the countdown to summer holidays – and that’s when the email arrived. The … Continue reading

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The Global Gifts of Protestant Scotland and its Future Challenges

Two opposing forces remain forever memorialized on Edinburgh’s Royal Mile. The Giles Cathedral, where Protestant Reformation leader John Knox delivered impassioned sermons, represents the Christian heritage of Scotland, while the great rationalist skeptic David Hume holds down a strategic position … Continue reading

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Calligraphy as Sacred Art: Meeting Golnaz Fathi

Golnaz Fathi, Untitled, 2011 Dear Students, Last night I had the great pleasure to hear the accomplished Iranian artist Golnaz Fathi share her passion for painting at a presentation at Hong Kong’s Asia Society. As I listened to Golnaz, I realized … Continue reading

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Teaching Inspiration: Avaaz’s 100 Victories for Justice

Introduction The first semester of Humanities I in Action introduces students to suffering in the world. I often say it has a “shock and awe” impact on many students, as they struggle to make sense of a myriad of injustices: … Continue reading

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Non-Reactivity: The Supreme Practice of Everyday Life

High school gives students lots of opportunities for emotional reactivity – and for practicing its opposite, non-reactivity.*  Dear World Religion students, We’ve been talking about the common message contained within the cross-cultural Wisdom Tradition, which states that the goal of … Continue reading

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