Author - Tina Foster

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Interview with Lolly Galvin of Dignity Project
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Interview with Catherine Just
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Lovingkindness Guided Meditation Playlist
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“This Kind of Love” documentary, Burma and Aung Myo Min
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Heart Stories: Interview with Rose Taylor Goldfield, Part 3
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You’re Invited! Be Our Guest
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Reality and “Naturalness” in Training the Wisdom Body with Rose Taylor-Goldfield, Part 2
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“Training the Wisdom Body,” Meditative Movement with Rose Taylor Goldfield
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Interview with Lolly Galvin of Dignity Project

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Lolly Galvin of Dignity Project

I became acquainted with Lolly Galvin of Dignity Project when she signed up for a free heart centered meditation course I was doing online.
Lolly is basically living out the principles of that course in her life. She went on to create The Dignity Project, basically on a lark. The Dignity Project has literally been an overnight success since Lolly had the first idea for it just a couple of months ago. She tells the story below.
She’s been taking homeless people to dinner, passing out Dignity Bags (bags of essentials like deodorant and nail clippers, tampons for women).
What is especially amazing is that every bit of the money from Dignity Project’s crowd funding goes to the homeless.
13116784_1739074099696869_117688819_nThe lesson Lolly and Dignity Project live out every day is that we get these great ideas about how we can change the world, and then we think that our idea is too naïve to idealistic and say it will never work. Lolly is proving that sometimes idealism is real and even practical. Go Lolly!!!
Head over to her Instagram and follow her. And donate to Dignity Project! Five dollars buys a homeless person at dignity bag .
It’s exciting to watch her project grow so rapidly. She records the giving, so you know where the money is going. Who knows how far she could go? Again, here’s her page with all the info about her project.

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Interview with Catherine Just

“Don’t Leave Before the
Miracle Happens” 
Photography and Meditative Seeing

an Interview with Photographer Catherine Just

 

Catherine Just biophoto

I’m delighted to share with you an interview I did with Catherine Just over a few days of email conversation.

I first became aware of Catherine’s photography a few years ago. The first photos I saw were portraits– as well as other photos, some of which can be viewed in this photo gallery.

No descriptions or captions were attached to those first photos I saw. I was drawn in. 

Something deep called out from each one, asking to be witnessed. Viewing these photos took me to a more distant and mysterious place in myself. Echoes and whispers of questions, and a silent knowing beyond words.

My eventual asking of Catherine for an interview was one of the first times I’d ever reached out to someone I’d never had even a brief online conversation with. So reaching out was humbling and took some nerve.

Later, I joined her 4 week photo challenge called “The Daily Miracle” (#thedailymiracle) on Instagram and got to know her a little bit then. In the Daily Miracle, Catherine created such a positive, creative, non-threatening atmosphere encouraged hundreds of participants to be intentional in their approach and to see below the surface of their subject.

I’m so grateful to Catherine for taking the time to share her thoughts and feelings about art, photography, her life story, photography as presence and her beautiful son Max. Her responses were so thoughtful, complete and have basically no resistance in their energy. Just openness and sharing.

I hope you enjoy her words and her photography as much as I do.

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Lovingkindness Guided Meditation Playlist

A Lovingkindness Guided Meditation playlist of 3 parts.

Practice deepens with each part. High quality, live recording made in San Francisco, 2013
Lovingkindness is a heart-centered practice that is originates from the Buddhist tradition. In this practice, the focus is on emotions and the feelings that coincide with them.

 

We imagine different people and wish them well, beginning with ourselves.

 

  • At first the practice might feel contrived, naive, or saccharin-sweet. However, the deeper experience of practice is quite different than the surface and the words we say to ourselves as we practice.
  • You might feel your heart swell with emotion or you may feel nothing at all. Both are normal.

Keep in mind that you aren’t doing anything supernatural and that you’re ultimately not trying to affect others. The only person we can change is ourselves. Therefore, this practice is really about learning more about our deeper feelings, gaining insight into our emotional patterns and self-healing.

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“This Kind of Love” documentary, Burma and Aung Myo Min

This Kind of Love is a documentary film currently being made in Burma

Screen Shot 2014-05-29 at 5.26.10 PMThe story revolves around Aung Myo Min, pictured below. Myo is a human rights defender, expert on child rights issues, effective civil society leader and openly gay man in the traditional culture of Burma where the term LGBT remains largely unknown. Read more about Myo and the film below, and stay tuned. We’ll be updating this post and adding others, including scenes from the film and an interview with filmmaker Jeanne Hallacy.

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Heart Stories: Interview with Rose Taylor Goldfield, Part 3

This interview with Rose Taylor Goldfield is the last of a 3 part series.

(I interviewed Rose in her home, looking out a large window at the San Francisco cityscape on a sunny early-Springtime day. We talked about her Buddhist background, her teachers, this special type of Tibetan Buddhist exercise, the ideas grounding it and the “Wisdom Sun” community she co-directs with her husband Ari….)

Training the Wisdom Body Cover--originalThe first interview focused on the body. We shined light on Meditative Movement as taught by Rose Taylor-Goldfield in her brilliant book “Training the Wisdom Body: Buddhist Yogic Exercise.” (That’s Rose above in the cover photo. ) We looked at the practical side of the exercises and with the last 3 questions, got to know Rose a little better as a person.

In Part 2, we tapped into the energy in Buddhist Yoga as practiced by Rose. The meditative experience of the physical practices and the theory behind the “how to” instruction. What feelings and realities do we uncover while practicing the forms and how do we join with them authentically and in the moment?

In Part 3, below we enjoy the heart of practice as Rose tells us stories from her life, work and study with her teacher Khenpo Rinpoche and her husband Ari Goldfield.

 

The Interview, Part 3:

TINA: You say in the book that you were with your mother at the time you met your “Heart Teacher” as well as your “Heart Companion”….Can you tell us more about this?

ROSE: Yes. My mother is also a Buddhist practitioner and people ask me, “Who was Buddhist first, your mom or you?” She started meditating and studying Buddhism before I was born. We’ve been to many Buddhist programs and retreats together over the years and once we even lived in a tent together for 3 months on retreat in the Rocky Mountains.

In 2002, I was studying at Naropa University in Colorado and during the summer break I went to stay at my mother’s in Cornwall, England. The Shambhala center in London was hosting Khenpo Tsultrim Gyamtso Rinpoche and I was asked to be “head of the household,” to help host him.

I asked my mother, “Why don’t you come, too?” So, we both went and helped host Khenpo Rinpoche and Ari Goldfield (his translator and secretary who traveled everywhere with him) in this big beautiful house with a garden in London. It turned out to be a very special weekend for both of us. She’s my mother but also my spiritual friend and we’ve shared a lot together in the Buddhadharma. We’ve experienced a lot of depth and profundity in our relationship.

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Reality and “Naturalness” in Training the Wisdom Body with Rose Taylor-Goldfield, Part 2

This interview with Rose Taylor Goldfield is the second of a 3 part series on “Training the Wisdom Body”.

(I interviewed Rose in her home, looking out a large window at the San Francisco cityscape on a sunny early-Springtime day. We talked about her Buddhist background, her teachers, this special type of Tibetan Buddhist exercise, the ideas grounding it and the “Wisdom Sun” community she co-directs with her husband Ari….)

Training the Wisdom Body Cover--originalThe first interview shined light on Meditative Movement as taught by Rose Taylor-Goldfield in her brilliant book “Training the Wisdom Body: Buddhist Yogic Exercise.” (That’s Rose above in the cover photo. ) We looked at the practical side of the exercises and with the last 3 questions, got to know Rose a little better as a person.

In Part 2 below, we sink into the meaning behind the physical practices and the theory behind the “how to” instruction. The feelings and realities we uncover while practicing the forms and what it means to join with them authentically and in the moment.

 

The Interview, Part 2:

Tina: I want to try to avoid getting too academic here, because what we’re about to discuss really is the beauty of the practice…the meditative life that keeps the movement from being just empty form. So here goes….Can you help us laypeople out with understanding the link between “Buddhism” and “Yoga” in language and history?

Picture-120Rose: In Tibetan, the word for Buddhist is nangpa sangjehpa. Nangpa means “insider” in the sense of one who turns inward to examine her own mind as a practice. You can see how the term Buddhist from this definition could be applied to many things. In this context, “yoga” isn’t referring to a separate tradition. It’s actually a translation of the Tibetan word naljor, which is used to translate the Sanskrit word yoga. It means to “join with reality,” seeing what’s actually there, being in accord with reality instead of covering it over with our own ideas and beliefs.

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“Training the Wisdom Body,” Meditative Movement with Rose Taylor Goldfield

Training the Wisdom Body Cover--original

This interview is the first of a 3 part series.

This first part shines light on Meditative Movement as taught by Rose Taylor-Goldfield in her brilliant book Training the Wisdom Body: Buddhist Yogic Exercise. That’s Rose above in the cover photo. The “Dancing Warrior” stance she’s demonstrating is explored in greater detail below.

This book will help enlighten even the earliest explorations of physical yoga and meditation. It’s also great for teachers, or anyone who takes on the challenge of talking about the practical and psychological as one. The integration of breath, movement and mind is so natural and clear in Rose’s explanation.

I interviewed Rose in her home, looking out upon the San Francisco cityscape on a sunny early-Springtime day. We talked about her Buddhist background, her teachers, this special type of Tibetan Buddhist exercise, the ideas grounding it and the Wisdom Sun community she co-directs with her husband Ari.

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