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“One of the primary conditions for suffering is denial. Shutting our mind to pain, whether in ourselves or others, only ensures that it will continue. We must have the strength to face it without turning away. By opening to the pain we see around us with wisdom and compassion, we start to experience the intimate connection of our relationship with all beings.”

Love Serve Remember Foundation

Ram Dass has served as a pioneer in so many ways, including in the world of service and caregiving. I can remember him inspiring so many of us to pay attention to homeless people, those who are dying, anyone who is hungry. In years in Western meditation movements when spiritual life seemed to be all about one's internal reality, Ram Dass reminded us there was a great big world out there, that service is genuine practice, that love and compassion flow outwards and inwards at exactly the same time.

Since his stroke, Ram Dass has also had to explore dimensions of receiving care... not always an easy practice! I invite you to check out his website for his current and archival teachings, and this new foundation dedicated to supporting his teachings:

Ram Das & Neem Karoli Baba

Engaged Spirituality

Sharon Salzberg has made a personal commitment to support social activism for positive change. She undertakes outreach to social change groups and teaches meditation practices for activists. At the Garrison Institute, her work includes meditation training for domestic violence social workers to alleviate vicarious trauma. “Collaborating with dedicated people who care for those in great suffering allows me to penetrate further into the reality of life rather than staying on the surface.”

Her goal is to integrate social activism and an understanding of interconnectedness. “Social justice work can create a sense of being the adversary. When this degenerates into a dualistic sense of self and other, bitterness and anger often arise. Activists experience burnout and despair. I aspire to offer practices for transcending this dualistic world view.”

Her efforts widen the definition of social activism. “We express dharma in a form suitable to our understanding and needs. Being a fully committed artist is no less significant to making a better world than someone counseling trauma victims or walking picket lines. Caring about others can manifest in many different ways.”

 

 

 

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