Michael Forbus
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When it comes to peace, how would you describe yourself?
I am a born activist
What do you believe are the 'burning issues' today?
War, Hunger, Poverty, Education, Human Rights
So what is it?
The lack of compassion from human to human. thoughtfulness
What must we overcome to achieve peace?
When one thinks the other is different instead of the same, we mark our territory to keep the ones we feel are not the same away due to fear of keeping our belief system intact. The truth is we are all the same and have different thoughts. These thoughts should dwell more on the sameness and the compassion we should have for all human kind. Miguel
Can we change the world?
More about me
I am a paintographer, photographer, writer, poet, past cross cultural chef, published food stylist, author, Buddhist, Taoist, practicer of QiGong, and all around research fanatic with a huge interest in Autism and Asperger's syndrome and treatment through art therapy and the plasticity of the brain. My thanks for allowing me to join the site, Namaste, Miguel
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todays Dharma

“I came from Elsewhere, and though I do not know where that is, I am certain to return there in the end.”



Pick Up Your Coat

A contemporary Zen master has said that "Zen is picking up your coat from the floor and hanging it up." Nothing could be simpler. Yet how difficult! There is no fun in "picking up your coat." Tasks like this do not seem at all self-fulfilling and enriching. Even worse, "picking up your coat" doesn't seem to be a very "spiritual" kind of practice—unlike, we imagine, prayer, meditation, fasting, or developing a meaningful relationship. There is nothing more ordinary or unspecial than "picking up your coat." Yet, it is really the essence of practice, for "picking up your coat" is exactly what Dogen means by meditation.

- Francis Dojun Cook, How to Raise an Ox, Wisdom Publications


“Your task is not to seek for love, but merely to seek and find all the barriers within yourself that you have built against it.”



To meditate does not mean to fight with a problem.
To meditate means to observe.
Your smile proves it.
It proves that you are being gentle with yourself,
that the sun of awareness is shining in you,
that you have control of your situation.
You are yourself,
and you have acquired some peace.

~ Thich Nhat Hanh

With Metta

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Golden Metta

Posted on February 2, 2010 at 9:22pm 0 Comments

The Heart of Metta

Metta, or lovingkindness, is one of the most important Buddhist practices. Simply stated, metta is the heartfelt wish for the well-being of oneself and others. When describing metta, the Buddha used the analogy of the care a mother gives her only child. Lovingkindness is also understood as the innate friendliness of an open heart. Its close connection to friendship is reflected in its similarity to the Pali… Continue


Posted on January 30, 2010 at 2:28am 0 Comments

A touching commentary on the Bat Nha petition:


11:58 pm PST, Jan 27, Linh Vuong, Texas

My first encounter with Bat Nha community happened in Northern Vietnam. My trip coincided with Thay Thich Nhat Hanh. I heard he was at a gathering not too far from Hanoi, helping to heal wounds from the war. Yes the war happen more than 20 years ago. Before taking part in this occasion, I knew about… Continue

Finding Peace

Posted on January 29, 2010 at 3:13pm 0 Comments

"I have found that the greatest degree of inner tranquility comes from the development of love and compassion. The more we care for the happiness of others, the greater is our own sense of well-being. Cultivating a close, warm-hearted feeling for others automatically puts the mind at ease. It is the ultimate source of success in life."

- His Holiness the Dalai Lama


Just… Continue


Posted on January 23, 2010 at 2:03pm 1 Comment

Precious Silence

Those who are fond of retreats—writers, ecstatics, parents with young children—often comment on the silence such time away allows. Silence becomes something present, almost palpable. The task shifts from keeping the world at a safe decible distance to letting more of the world in. Thomas Aquinas said that beauty arrests motion. He meant, I think, that in the presence of something gorgeous or sublime, we stop our nervous natterings, our foot twitchings and restless… Continue

Today I pray for the samll island of great people Haiti and beg for you to do the same. With Metta

Posted on January 15, 2010 at 3:16pm 0 Comments

“May the sun bring you new energy by day, may the moon softly restore you by night, may the rain wash away your worries, may the breeze blow new strength into your being. May you walk through the world and know its beauty all the days of your life.”



Love rests on no foundation. It is an endless ocean, with no beginning or… Continue

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At 11:02pm on January 19, 2015, Quanah Pace said…

Are you still on I Peace ? If so, please let me know. I am back but I do not know for how long. Q-

At 7:08am on December 30, 2010, melody said…


Dear Michael:

Love, light and caring for you and your family.

I hope 2011 delivers all your dreams.

thru Divine Spirit,

sending prayers for peace.

thank you for being you.

At 11:42pm on August 17, 2010, Riccardo Gramegna said…
Hi man, happy birthday!!!

At 3:19am on July 1, 2010, Shells said…

Hope to see you somewhere out there in a peaceful place and time.. Shells of San Francisco
At 2:01am on June 15, 2010, gunilla caisson said…

It all starts with the children.
I should be pleased if you joined our new network ; Children are the Future
on SocialGo
Welcome *smile*/Gunilla
At 7:43pm on June 12, 2010, Eva said…

iPeace is deleted from David Califa the end of June. Here you can find a new home.


You are cordially invited.

Warm regards, Eva
At 12:55pm on June 5, 2010, Dave, aka Rhumour said…
Michael, please consider adding your voice to a new Peace Petition at:-


This is linked to the activities of Voice for Peace, which is migrating from ning to Spruz at: -


Thank you - and please circulate this to your friends!
At 10:06pm on April 8, 2010, Tina said…

At 9:46am on March 5, 2010, melody said…

I hope all is well with you dear brother. Jah Blessings and prayers for everyone in love and Light. ~m
At 5:55pm on February 14, 2010, Clicia Pavan said…


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