Some information and support for Ukraine

Lovingkindness In Troubled Times

Metta Meditation & Community Gathering organised by IMS

At times it seems like goodness may be getting harder and harder to find. In this moment, all around the globe—from Ukraine to Ethiopia, Afghanistan to Myanmar, as well as in the fractured United States—the prevalent expressions of grasping, hatred, and delusion can feel overwhelming. Yet the cultivation of our essential goodness is something we can all prioritize and elevate. As the Buddha taught, it is an eternal law that hatred can never cease by hatred—hatred can only cease by love. 

This month, join us as we practice lovingkindness together as a way to explore compassion, the power of love, joy in the happiness of others, and balance of mind experienced as equanimity. This practice is not a replacement for other actions we undertake as we try to make this a better world; it’s an affirmation of the forces that strengthen and empower us to keep doing whatever we can in the face of challenge and adversity.

Guided metta meditations will be led by: Sharon Salzberg, Winnie Nazarko, Guy Armstrong, Trudy Goodman, Tara Mulay, Alexis Santos, and Jack Kornfield.

Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday

March 7, 9, 11, 13 March 14, 16, 18, 20 12:00 – 12:15 pm ET = 6:00 am next day, NZT

Bearing Witness to Ukraine’s Suffering

By Joan Halifax Roshi 28 February 2022

Dialogue between Rupert Spira and a young woman in Kiev, who asks him, “How do I stay courageous while facing death?”

The Shambhala Warrior Prophecy with Joanna Macy

There comes a time when all life on earth is in danger. In this time great powers have arisen barbarian powers … Now the Shambhala warriors go into training … they train in the use of two weapons … one is compassion and the other is insight …

They are ‘civilised’ and ‘look like us’: the racist coverage of Ukraine

Moustafa Bayoumi

Are Ukrainians more deserving of sympathy than Afghans and Iraqis? Many seem to think so

While on air, CBS News senior foreign correspondent Charlie D’Agata stated last week that Ukraine “isn’t a place, with all due respect, like Iraq or Afghanistan, that has seen conflict raging for decades. This is a relatively civilized, relatively European – I have to choose those words carefully, too – city, one where you wouldn’t expect that, or hope that it’s going to happen”.

Russell Brand interviews Yanis Varoufakis, who talks about “fashionable” and “unfashionable” victims of war

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