Update from Borneo: New challenges from the palm oil companies

guardians of the forestRuwi sent this update and photos for friends of the Dayak Benuaq in Muara Tae, Borneo. They are still resisting the illegal bulldozing of their rainforest by palm oil plantations. While the spiritual help and publicity from their big ceremony in 2014 has protected the forest thus far, our friends are facing some fresh challenges including more violence and intimidation. Here’s Ruwi’s update: read more

How to use desire to trick you into joyful presence

desireEVERYONE HAS DESIRE, whether it’s for enlightenment, espresso or Facebook likes. Given this, it seems natural that we go toward what we want and avoid what we don’t want. Yet this automatic orientation causes tremendous dissatisfaction and loss of freedom. We become predators going after the next hit, wanting to possess and then rid ourselves of people, experiences and objects in an endless cycle — with only little bursts of satisfaction.
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Asuy accepts UN award for heroic efforts to save rainforest

guardians of the forestSOMETHING TO CELEBRATE with our Dayak Benuaq friends in Borneo! Asuy attended the Paris climate talks to accept the UN’s Equator Prize on behalf of the Muara Tae community for their heroic efforts to save their rainforest from destruction at the hands of palm oil companies. The Equator Prize rewards collective action and includes $10,000, which will help them in their reforestation efforts. It also brought their story to the negotiations, where a historic agreement to reduce carbon emissions was made. read more

Meeting the Primordial Tara: A pilgrimage to West Bengal

taraI DON’T REMEMBER how I first heard about Tarapith. Perhaps it was in a book I read, but as soon as it entered my awareness, I knew I would go there. A temple in rural West Bengal, the Tara worshipped there does what seems at first impossible: she is both destroyer and loving mother, hungry for blood and eager to help. How could this be? I needed to find out.
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