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Ghost ecology, living map
“Have you ever stood somewhere, looked around, and wondered what the place must have looked like hundreds of years ago? In particular, what the nature of the place might have looked like, sounded like, smelled like? Wonder what has been … Read more » Read more »

Protecting the Sacred
by Tracy White Almost four years ago today, I found myself in a prayer circle where an Elder was leading a blessing. There were about a hundred people gathered together and it was completely silent as he spoke, so that … Read more » Read more »

Meditation On Breathing
In response to what is happening in Ukraine right now, Swami Lalitananda shares these words while our Elastic Band came together to record ‘Meditation on Breathing’. (Lyrics are slightly changed to fit the times: When I breathe in, I breathe … Read more » Read more »

Humans of the Ashram
2020 provided both the time and the reason for me to focus on healing to ensure my self-preservation. Experiencing a double pandemic––both the virus and the prolific televised oppression against Black, Indigenous and People of Color (BIPOC)––has required a different … Read more » Read more »

Sounding Hope by Alanda Greene
This January, the much-loved Buddhist monk, Thich Nhat Hanh, died. His rich teaching legacy includes abundant encouragements to reconnect and care for our world. In one of many prayers to the earth, he wrote, “You are not outside of me … Read more » Read more »

Human Weighted Blanket – A Virtual Hug by Red Jay
I am particularly inspired by the ‘happenings’ movement, conceived by Allan Kaprow that grew out of the 1950’s and often described as performance, event or situation art. ‘Happenings’ always have a social message, cause or call to action and in … Read more » Read more »

Accepting Maya By Katie Khatereh Taher
we, this people, on a small and lonely planet * with not much to do but wake each morning and feed our earth based bodies with telling lies that someday we won’t live with suffering, that our loneliness will one … Read more » Read more »

Finding a Forgotten Past Through Kuan Yin
Tulan Ma, from Toronto, recently took the Yoga Journey to gain clarity about a career decision. She also found Kuan Yin as a symbol of a forgotten cultural lineage and a source of strength. In Life Seals, I drew a … Read more » Read more »

Restorative Retreat—A Space to Re-connect
Angela Bennett, an emergency trauma nurse working in the US, has been at the Ashram this fall for an extended Restorative Retreat. Before coming to the Ashram, she was asked to start a clinic for homeless people suffering from mental … Read more » Read more »

Our Interview with Suzanne Simard
Swami Lalitananda interviews Dr. Suzanne Simard, professor of Forest Ecology in the UBC Faculty of Forestry. An enlightening discussion about climate change, forestry and mother trees. She has recently published her bestselling book: Finding the Mother Tree: Discovering the Wisdom … Read more » Read more »

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