Regina Valdez


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Plastic Kills! Try going a day without it.  I bet you’ll say you can’t, but I’m going to challenge you anyway.  Because, what if I told you that just by changing one thing in your life, you could save hundreds, maybe thousands of lives?  Would you do it?  I hope […]

The First Precept in the age of Plastic


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“The Next Buddha Will be a Sangha” “I had to leave home when I was sixteen,” a friend of mine told me this past Thanksgiving. She, like me, was spending the holiday with an adopted family. That is, we were not spending the holiday with our family of origin, but […]

Family Rejection Meets Spiritual Friends


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The Daily Grind Every city has its own version of commuter hell.  Let’s face it, getting to and from work is frustrating the world over.  London, Paris and Milan are listed among the top ten worst traffic cities in the world.  New York City doesn’t even make the cut.  How […]

NYC MTA = Dukkha? Commuting through Samsara



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To Whom Does Buddhism Offer Refuge? As Buddhists, we take refuge in the Buddha, the Dharma, and the Sangha.  These three refuges, referred to as the ‘Triple Gem,’ protect us and provide succor from the difficulties in life.  However, do we, as practitioners, have an obligation to offer this same […]

Immigration, Race and Dharma


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Buddhists Put Compassion in Action in NYC We’ve all heard about the refugee crisis.  We’ve seen their images on the news or read about them in the newspaper. But how much do we really know about the daily struggles faced by the Syrian refugees?  We watch or read news, but […]

Compassion NYC Sends a Lifeline to Syrian Refugees