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A New Gas Tank and Central Resonator

I settled into my seat at the mechanic’s waiting room, excited to be productive during a long repair. I brought my laptop and books, including Ursula Le Guin’s The Dispossessed – a sci-fi story about an anarchist, egalitarian planet and … Continue reading

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Solidarity as a Spiritual Practice

My sermon is about solidarity as a spiritual practice.  Solidarity, a word that connotes unions and public activism is becoming my primary spiritual and intimate vow, and I’d like to share some of my journey to and through this vow. … Continue reading

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Meditation-Occupation

Since mid October, I’ve been participating in and helping to organize a weekly Meditation-Occupation on the Greenfield Common. The idea was planted at an October day-long meditation retreat organized by my sangha, Green River Zen Center. We held the afternoon … Continue reading

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Greenfield Gardens

Greenfield Gardens is a co-operatively run housing complex about a mile away from downtown Greenfield, Massachusetts.  The Pray Street complex of 202 units is set off from a main thoroughfare and has a road winding through it, grassy areas, and … Continue reading

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The Bank Bought It

The Montague Farm auction was scheduled for 11am, and I arrived at 10am to bear witness to all of it and to harvest nettles. At 10am, it’s just me, the auctioneer, and one of the original commune inhabitants, Sam. I … Continue reading

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We Should Know How it Comes to Us

Jiko McIntosh, my sangha sister, reminded us in a lovely precept talk on Chaste Conduct about these words in our food prayer: “72 Labors Brought us this food.  We should know how it comes to us.” She was speaking of … Continue reading

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Green Economic Solidarity: Boston’s Vida Verde Co-op!

“I was exploited when I was a cleaning company employee. Most employers do not seem to be aware that we are human beings. Today, I am no longer exploited neither [do I] have any health problems because I just use our natural cleaning products. The cooperative also taught me that you can make a better world and it stirred my desire to work more in my community. I understand that the cooperative is the solution to end the exploitation at work. Because of this, I love what I do.” Continue reading

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