Thank you for sending me a copy of your magazine. Although I am a prisoner and my funds are limited, I would at least like to offer a submission of some writings and such that I do in my spare time at my prison job at PRIDE North Florida Graphics.
I love your magazine, and I especially enjoy the writings of Venerable Thich Nhat Hanh.
Thank you again and please let me know if there is anything else I can do in my limited capacity as an innate.
Respectfully in the Dharma,
Robert “Bobby” Bonia
The ABC’s of Buddhism
Awakening to reality and the end of suffering is the “goal” Breathe in – Breathe out, notice both mindfully Consequences for actions are inevitable; good or bad = karma Don’t take anyone’s word, come try it for yourself Experience life NOW; yesterday’s gone, and tomorrow doesn’t exist Four Noble Truths are the foundation Generosity – give more than you plan to Hold on to your mind, let go of your desires Ignorance is lack of understanding Just sit and meditate – don’t think, don’t grasp Keep yourself from pleasurable excesses Love yourself first; compassion for others will follow Moderation is the key – control yourself Never kill, lie, or steal; always strike a fair deal Open your eyes and see things as they truly are Practice diligently – follow the “Middle Path” Quit unskillful thought, speech, and actions; live skillfully Reform sincerely; correct your mistakes Sever all selfishness; practice generosity Take refuge in the Buddha, the Dharma, and the Sangha Understand the impermanence of all phenomena Vicissitudes (changes) are inevitable Wisdom is following the Noble Eightfold Path to awakening X out hatred with love You alone are your only savior Zero attachments – zero disappointments
In the spirit of peace and honesty in combating racism in our American culture, I had to write and express my frustration and disappointment at the use of the term “redneck” in John Bell’s article “Seven Ways to Help End Racism” in the Summer 2018 issue. Because it is an article targeted at compassion for different types of people who live in America, I was surprised to find such derogatory term in an article. I look to the Mindfulness Bell as a standard for compassionate and inclusive language, and I don't think I need to elaborate on how the phrase “redneck Trump supporters in the Louisiana Bayous” comes off as neither of those things. Please consider printing a clarification or note from the author in a follow-up issue as I cannot imagine I am the only one who found such language divisive and troubling.
True Happiness of the Heart
Thank you for your caring concern for Right Speech and compassion. I regret that my unskillful writing caused you and no doubt other readers frustration and disappointment. I intended to convey compassion but now I see that I have to be more careful.
I can now see how the use of a stereotyping term served to reinforce misunderstanding rather than create empathy. Although I didn't intend to repeat insults or perpetuate division, my words obviously did. I shall practice the Fourth Mindfulness Training on right speech more diligently. Thank you for taking the time to write and for caring about skillful communication. Your action helps me be more mindful. You are practicing for the whole Sangha.
A deep bow of gratitude,
True Wonderful Wisdom
Dear Readers of the Mindfulness Bell,
Please allow us as editors of the Mindfulness Bell to express our sincere apologies to our readers. We are aware that as editors, we should remove any offensive or unmindful speech from articles, and we did not do this in the case of John Bell’s article “Seven Ways to Help End Racism” in the Summer 2018 issue.
Please be sure of our commitment not to allow this to happen again.
With gratitude and respect,
Sister True Virtue (Sister Annabel)
Adviser and Editor