Yesterday four of us went to see a 3D science fiction film called Avatar. A visit to the cinema is quite a rare event in my life but I don't think I have seen a 3D film since I was a child so this invitation seemed something not to miss.
Although set on a distant planet called Pandora "after the destruction of planet Earth" the film effectively conveyed the beauty and fragility of our world and the horrific destructiveness of humankind bent on exploitation. I'll not reveal the plot in case you plan to see it yourself, but the film raises many questions, not just about socio-economic issues such as the displacement of aboriginal peoples by invasive sophisticated societies equipped with ferocious weapons, but also about what it is to be a human being - or to become a person.
What helps more than anything, says Susan Piver, is to be gentle toward yourself.
few months after my longtime boyfriend and I had broken up, I was
charged with conducting a business meeting at a restaurant over lunch.
I was pretty sure I was on the road to recovery from the breakup and
had been genuinely looking forward to this opportunity to discuss an
exciting new project with the other attendees, colleagues I respected
and admired. I made a reservation at a favorite restaurant, which we
had been to many times before and was always delicious. Yes, I thought,
I’m going to be okay. I have a good job. I work with wonderful folks.
Our meeting is going to be fun. I am moving on, damn it.
I'm a Minister with Amida Shu, a Pureland Buddhist Order. Now semi-retired, I teach on-line and hold Pureland Buddhist sangha gatherings in Perth, Scotland. This site is mainly Buddhist in content. I share the teachings of the Head of our Order, Dharmavidya David Brazier