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Say What You Mean is a step-by-step guide for meaningful conversations that bring people together. In it, Oren Jay Sofer offers a unique and pragmatic approach to improving relationships by transforming our patterns of speaking and listening. Learn a step-by-step approach for lasting changes in your communication to:

• Feel confident during conversation
• Speak so others will hear you
• Stay focused on what really matters in an interaction
• Listen for the authentic concerns behind what others say


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Statement from Spirit Rock Teachers Council
on Separating Migrant Families

As Buddhist meditation leaders, teachers and practitioners, we are concerned with the welfare and safety of everyone in our society. These commitments are based upon an understanding of our shared vulnerability in this life. Separating migrant children from their families unambiguously harms children and their families – this harm is immediate and severe and endures across generations through the lingering effects of trauma. Under no circumstances can we as contemplative practitioners, spiritual leaders, or moral human beings imagine circumstances in which it is acceptable to engage in acts that harm children. We cannot forget that we belong to each other. We feel deeply the heartbreak of families being torn apart....

...These acts represent a dramatic deviation from the standards of morality and basic human decency that form the fabric of civilized society. Unraveling that fabric has a corrosive effect on our capacity to live and thrive together. This is a time to deepen our refuge in the practice and the cultivation of sangha in order to strengthen resilience and community....

Support Rohingya Refugees, Speak out Against Violence

We live in a world of both beauty and tragedy. In our own country here in the US, there is real violence daily: the damaging effects of racism, police brutality, and the unseen violence of poverty and income inequality.


I strive to live by principles of nonviolence and compassionate action, and stand in solidarity with all those who suffer from oppression of any kind. As a Theravada Buddhist teacher, I am disturbed to know of the discrimination, hate speech, and ethic cleansing in Myanmar (formerly Burma). I feel particularly troubled and heartbroken to know that there are members of the monastic Buddhist sangha who actively support such actions, or who are complicit through their silence. As such, I invite you to join me and other Buddhist practitioners in speaking out against such violence. I invite you to:

  1. Sign this letter to the Myanmar State Sangha and government officials, urging them to condemn the violence and support the refugees.

  2. Donate to respected nonprofit organizations working on the ground in the Rohingya refugee camps. A list of reliable orgs can be found online here.

  3. Spread the word. Share this information with friends and sangha; share on social media and email.