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The B Zine, Volume 1, Issue 3, Table of Contents with Links

The B Zine

BE insired … BE creative … BE peace … BE

Volume 1, Issue 3

a publication of Bequine Again and The Bardo Group

Biographies of our Core Team and our Guest Writers are HERE.

The stunning watercolors used to illustrate this month’s cover page are the work of Gretchen Del Rio, all rights reserved

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Our theme this month:

The Divine Feminine

Bringing balance to the imagining of God or the essential energy of the universe, we celebrate the Divine Feminine in both her ethereal and more earthy manifestations.

Our lead feature by  Rev. Terri Stewart suggests a spiritual practice (The Divine Feminine) for doing this. She’s also shares a feature with us (Words Into Action) that includes links to worthy charities to help us give our compassion legs. On the most ethereal level, we move on to a chapter from Niamh Clune’s cult classic, The Coming of the Feminine Christ.

We present a collection of poems and features that celebrate the more earthy feminine spirit by honoring: mothering (Their Compassion Has Legs), nature/Mother Earth with an acrostic poem from Corina Ravenscraft: sisterhood with Priscilla Galasso (Celebration of Femininity) a grandmother (The Divining Trunk by Karen Fayeth); wife (one poem by James Cowles and two poems by John Anstie); and those men touched by the Sacred Feminine, The Blessed Mother (Gentleman of the Old School, a short poem).

Under General Interest we have deeply moving and spiritually profound account from a new contributor, Father Dan, a Spiritan priest (Roman Catholic), about the lessons he learned from his  brother, Christopher, who died prematurely.

Musician and poet/writer, Marilynn Mair (If You Would Still Believe, poem) and our resident shaman, Michael Watson (The Year Turns, essay) move us into this new year with hope and inspiration.

Under general interest we have poems from several poets including Imen Benyoub, James Cowles, Joseph Hesch and Victoria C. Slotto. We have two flash fiction features, one by Joseph Hesch.

For a tidbit of something on the light side, we present another new guest contributor, Sue Vincent.  Grab your sides for more than a few giggles and laughs with Twelve Things Your Grandparents Said …

On behalf of all of us here, many blessings in 2015.

Jamie Dedes

 TABLE OF CONTENTS

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” The Divine Feminine”

Lead Features

The Divine Feminine, Terri Stewart

Words Into Action, Terri Stewart

Book Excerpt

The Redemption of Eve (from The Coming of the Feminine Christ), Niamh Clune

Photo Essay

A Celebration of Femininity, Priscilla Galasso

Feature Articles

The Divining Trunk, Karen Fayeth

Their Compassion Has Legs, Jamie Dedes

Flash Fiction

Luminous, Liliana Negoi

Poetry

Tree Cathedral Acrostic, Corina Ravenscraft

Quan Yin, Victoria C. Slotto

Haiku for My Wife, James Cowles

And I Love Her Still, John Anstie

“The Lamb” (AKA “Devotion”), John Anstie

Gentlemen of the Old School, Jamie Dedes

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“General Interest”

Feature Articles

Chris Reminds Me, Father Daniel S. Sormani, C. S. Sp.

The Year Turns, Michael Watson,  M.A., Ph.D., LCMHC

Flash Fiction

How Skinny Girls Survive, Jamie Dedes

Tears for Icarus, Joseph Hesch

Poetry

While Listening to Mozart’s Requiem, Imen Benyoub

If You Would Still Believe, Marilynn Mair

Rose-Tending, James Cowles

Train Wreck, James Cowles

Warrior in a Place of Ghosts, Joseph Hesch

Blessed Are They Who Mourn, Victoria C. Slotto

Photo-stories

Turning Night Into Day, Naomi Baltuck

Special Delivery, Naomi Baltuck

Humor

Twleve Things Your Granparents Said …, Sue Vincent

Volume 1, Issue 1, November 2014

Volume 1, Issue2, December 2014

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Rest in Natural Great Peace This Exhausted Mind

As we honor the closure of 2014 with celebrations both spiritual and secular, may our spirits rest in “Natural Great Peace” and may that peace perfume the greater world around us.

We usher in this season with one of The Bardo Group’s most popular posts as both a gift and an inspiration.

Meanwhile, on behalf of newly birthed The Bardo Group/Beguine Again collaborative, best wishes for a rich life of mind and spirit in 2015.

Volume 1, Issue 3 of our arts and spirit eZine, The B Zine, will publish on January 6.

Many blessings,
Jamie Dedes

“Tibetan Buddhist prayer flags are a common sight in Sikkim. The concept is truly beautiful. Prayers are written on flags and put up. The wind plays its part in letting the flags flutter and the symbolic reciting of the prayers.

I made this painting of prayer flags across a frozen Tsomgo (Changu) Lake on 22 June 2005.” Painting and text belong to: Naresh Kumar Agarwal, a gentleman talented in both arts and technology and committed to using his skills and wisdom in the service of humanity. 

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MEDITATION

Rest in natural great peace this exhausted mind,
Beaten helpless by karma and neurotic thoughts
Like the relentless fury of the pounding waves
In the infinite ocean of samsara.
Rest in natural great peace.

Nyoshul Khen Rinpoche

You’ll have to link through to YouTube to view this beautiful and healing meditation.

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Photograph of Nyochul Khen Rinpoche courtesy of Rigpa Wiki.
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Nyoshul Khen Rinpoche or Nyoshul Khenpo Jamyang Dorje (Wyl. smyo shul mkhan po ‘jam dbyangs rdo rje) (1932-1999) was such a consummate master of Dzogpachenpo, and such an authority on the teachings of Longchenpa, that his disciples regarded him as Longchenpa in the flesh. He was the teacher of many of the younger generation of lamas, as well as a number of western Buddhist teachers. He became one of Sogyal Rinpoche‘s most beloved masters. MORE