Serving The Ill And Dying

I began working as a healthcare chaplain in 2005, the same year I was ordained in the Order of Interbeing.  For those unfamiliar with the role, healthcare chaplains help patients cope with their changing lives using the patient’s own language of meaning, whether that language is religious, scientific, philosophical or based upon their life experiences. … Continue reading Serving The Ill And Dying

Bumper Sticker Practice

Earlier this year I came up with a new mindfulness practice: bumper stickers! OK, let me explain. I like finding new and inventive ways to cultivate daily mindfulness. Being mindful means being mindful of something. And that something can be anything! Anything that allows us the opportunity to practice getting in touch and connecting with… Continue reading Bumper Sticker Practice

A Road Back

A Road Back for Lapsed Order of Interbeing Core Community Lay Members Who Wish to Renew An offering from the North American Dharma Teachers Sangha From time to time, Order of Interbeing (OI) Core Community members may fall away from their practice as brothers and sisters in the OI family. Some of these friends retain… Continue reading A Road Back

Forty Tenets of Plum Village

Introduction The Forty Tenets were formulated and taught by Thầy in Plum Village during the Spring Retreat 2006, the Autumn Retreat 2006 and the Winter Retreats 2006, 2007. They serve as the foundation for the Plum Village teachings and practices and for our Mindfulness Trainings, whether they are the Five of the laity, the Ten… Continue reading Forty Tenets of Plum Village

North American Ordination (2015 Only)

Dear Dharma Teachers, Dear Order Members, Dear Aspirants, In 2015 there will be three opportunities for aspirants from North America to be ordained into the Order of Interbeing. In order to facilitate the process, the Care-taking Council of the Dharma Teachers Sangha of North America (including both monastics and lay) have clarified the requirements, criteria,… Continue reading North American Ordination (2015 Only)

Order Members Call to Ban Fracking in California

Feb 7, 2015 Dear Governor Brown, We write to you today to support you to support a ban on fracking–hydraulic fracturing –in California, and to support you in your commitment to address climate change, as you stated in your inaugural: we need to take “significant amounts of carbon out of our economy.” As a Fourfold… Continue reading Order Members Call to Ban Fracking in California

Sexual Harassment Policy

This is the most recent tool provided to us by the North American Dharma Teachers Harmony Committee. Here is an excerpt: “Dharma Teachers have an ethical duty to prevent harm, including harm from intentional or unintentional sexual harassment. The Care-Taking Council offers this policy to increase Dharma Teacher awareness of and sensitivity to possible sexual… Continue reading Sexual Harassment Policy

Philip Seymour Hoffman and Me

Happiness, the End of Suffering, and Recovery Forty-six. That’s not so old — young in fact. He and I are both 46, with young children, and in a long term relationship. We both got sober very young and then maintained that sobriety for many years. Mr. Hoffman made it 23-years, and I’m about to reach my 25th… Continue reading Philip Seymour Hoffman and Me

A New OI Aspirant

As I walked with the Sangha through the Oak Grove at Deer Park last summer I heard myself say, “I am a good wife.”  I was startled and happy to hear that spontaneous belief.  For years, when I became irritated, impatient, or outright angry with my husband, I would say to myself, “What a lousy… Continue reading A New OI Aspirant