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you are on the wrong planet.” 
– Pema Chödrön

 

Vowing to Become Whole – Dale Borglum

Dec 4, 2022

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What happens when we vow not to run away from difficulty, but instead develop a relationship with what we're trying to escape? What do we turn to when we are avoiding things? Can we vow not to run to that distraction over and over? 

Dale talks about the nature of vows across the three main Buddhist traditions: Theravada, Mahayana and Vajrayana. He describes the foundational vow as giving up the desire for things to be different. He posits that surrendering to hopelessness must precede fearlessness, and describes the 3 characteristics of compassion as spaciousness, connectedness and warmth.  
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Dale Borglum founded and directed the Hanuman Foundation Dying Center in Santa Fe, New Mexico, the first residential facility in the United States to support conscious dying. Working with Ram Dass and Stephen Levine, Dale helped found the conscious dying movement in the West. He has been the Executive Director of the Living/Dying Project in Santa Fe and since 1986 in the San Francisco Bay Area. He is the co-author with Ram Dass, Daniel Goleman and Dwarka Bonner of "Journey of Awakening: A Meditator’s Guidebook," Bantam Books and has taught meditation since 1974. Dale lectures and gives workshops on the topics of meditation, healing, spiritual support for those with life-threatening illness, and on caregiving as spiritual practice. He has taught with Ram Dass, Stephen Levine, Joan Halifax, Robert Thurman, Joanna Macy, Jack Kornfield, Annie Lamott, Jai Uttal and many others. He has a doctorate degree from Stanford University.

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