Isolation, Oppression, & Despair

Running with the Sakyong
by Sky Dylan-Robbins
The New Yorker

Who are you? In this short video Sakyong Mipham Ripoche, the leader of
the Shambhala Buddhist community, shares his reflections on the
critical questions that connect all humans. He notes, “We live in a
very isolated and individualistic world. At the same time, society is
based on human connectivity; happiness is based on human connectivity;
meaning is based on human connectivity…” Watch the full video for more
of his insights on our shared humanness:


The Politics of Jewish Healing
by Wendy Elisheva Somerson

How do you recognize internalized oppression within yourself and your community? How can you heal the wounds of deep generational currents of oppression? This article reviews the book Hope into Practice by Penny Rosenwasser, which explores the issues of internalized oppression, healing, and justice in Jewish communities. After reflecting on the nuances of oppression and privilege, Somerson concludes: “Indeed, the beauty of this book lies in its insistence that our healing is never separate from our politics. How we treat others is inherently linked to how we treat ourselves, and when we harm others, we cause harm to ourselves.”

This Laughing, Hurting, Busy World
by Andrea Miller
Shambhala Sun

"’What is the hardest thing that you practice?’ As he always does before speaking, the Zen master [Thich Nhat Hanh] paused. ‘That is,’ he finally said, ‘not being overwhelmed by despair.’" In this articleMiller shares her reflections on listening to Thich Nhat Hanh talk about the importance of the sangha—or community—as a complement to mindfulness practice in the effort to transform suffering in the world. And following the retreat, for a fleeting moment, Miller saw “[t]his whole laughing, hurting, busy world” as her sangha.

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