The Police Killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis

Wherever you are in the world, you may have seen the recent video from 26 May of police officers standing over an unarmed black man lying on the ground. One of those police officers kneels on the neck of the black man, George Floyd, for at least nine minutes, preventing him from breathing. He dies …

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June 2016 full moon – Inspiration and taking refuge in sangha/community

Graduates of the Insight Meditation Society and Spirit Rock four-year teacher training programme, 10 June 2016 - photo by Ben Marshall In my last international newsletter back in April, I wrote about inspiration, an aspect of spiritual practice that surprisingly, doesn't seem to be talked about very often.  As I discovered back then, "... the …

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April 2015 full moon – “awakening community” *

Last weekend I ran a one-day workshop in Auckland, New Zealand, on the theme of "spiritual friendship," and just a few days ago I facilitated a small group discussion in Australia at the Blue Mountains Insight Meditation Centre, on the theme of "awakening community." These two topics feel very alive for me at the moment, …

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