*I gave this talk on July 29, 2023, at an Interfaith Prayer Ceremony standing beneath Luma the Cedar, in Seattle, on traditional, unceded Coast Salish land of the Duwamish, Suquamish, Muckleshot, Snoqualmie, Puyallup, and Tulalip people. Good evening. My name is Jordan Van Voast, I’ve been a practicing Buddhist for around 30 years. I don’t […]
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I heard about LUMA less than a week ago – an old growth cedar tree in North Seattle destined to be cut to the ground at the orders of a Bellevue based real estate development company, and approved by City of Seattle. What? In the hottest year on the planet in the last million years?
Now that we are in the Christmas season – question the cultural message which tells us that we need to buy more stuff in order to be happy. Instead, consider spending more quiet inner time celebrating the simple things in life, like breathing, friendship, communion with nature. Once we start to unplug a little bit from our cultural conditioning, the truth naturally reveals itself, and this is the greatest gift of all.