Beauty and the Beast

Often, people delight in what is considered Beautiful yet abhor the Ugly things in life. However, there are teachings available from both the Beauty and the Beast within us. Whenever we can observe the shadow and the light with some equanimity, we receive many gifts. Even the most ugly circumstance contains a beautiful story that…

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To the Pain

(“To the Pain” is a phrase from the film “The Princess Bride”.) In the course of our lives, we will face varying degrees of pain: be it physical or emotional, be it heartburn or heartbreak. Particularly for humankind, pain is a subjective and often multidimensional experience that is rendered through our individual perspectives and histories. Pain…

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Path of the Peacemaker

It is always a powerful discussion when we dialogue about Peace, War, Truth and Responsibility. But what really revs up my engine is the daily and often mundane work of this grand spiritual transformation. It’s not on the battlefield or the world stage that many of us will do the good work. The majority of…

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In the Beginning

In the Beginning In the beginning was the Sound The one tone which rang unfound Without end, without change, unbound A deafening roar but hearing nothing Enveloping all yet holding nothing No ocean or lake to contain its flow No flowers, no leaves, no trunk to grow No body, no bone, no skin to show…

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Follow Your Fetish: The Zen of Unicorns

(drawing from 1990) When I was 8 years old, I fell in love with Unicorns. It was after I saw the film “The Last Unicorn” (by author/screenwriter Peter S. Beagle) and I could not stop thinking about the story and the mythology. Though I was already a lover of fairytales, the Unicorn in Beagle’s story…

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The Healing Garden

Sunday June 20, 2010 The Healing Garden at the Commercial Drive Car-Free Festival 12pm-6pm 1700 Block of Grant Street (eastside of Commercial) Come visit our oasis of healing, spirituality and relaxation! Featuring many wonderful healing arts practitioners and wellness organizations from East Vancouver and the nearby areas. There will also be free live music and…

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One of a KIND Stories features Little Woo

Monday June 28, 2010 One of a KIND Stories:  Featuring Little Woo Once upon a time, there was a little woo who believed in Beauty and Magic.  However, as the violence of the world soon engulfed her, she found it increasingly difficult to hold onto Innocence.  As she crawled through the dark abyss of Rage…

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PlayLaughBe Festival

Sunday June 13, 2010 PlayLaughBe Festival:  building community through creative expression PlayLaughBe is a multi-faceted fun-machine oiled by all-ages enthusiasm at multiple communal houses in legendary East Van. Fun-seekers walk from house to house, participating in playshops of their choosing at each venue. PlayLaughBe is the creation of a small group of dedicated people in…

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