Trungpa Rinpoche said the ideal human emotion is smiling & crying at the same time.

Via Waylon Lewis
on Nov 29, 2011
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Austin teenager Karinya Chen, well known after video of her bedside concert by musician Florence Welch — of the band Florence and the Machine — went viral, has died at age 15 after a six year battle with bone cancer.

Chen had a ticket to see the band when they played an Austin concert back in May, but she was too ill to attend. Hospice Austin organized the concert at Christopher House, where Chen was being treated.


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Waylon Lewis, founder of elephant magazine, now & host of Walk the Talk Show with Waylon Lewis, is a 1st generation American Buddhist “Dharma Brat." Voted #1 in U.S. on twitter for #green two years running, Changemaker & Eco Ambassador by Treehugger, Green Hero by Discovery’s Planet Green, Best (!) Shameless Self-Promoter at Westword's Web Awards, Prominent Buddhist by Shambhala Sun, & 100 Most Influential People in Health & Fitness 2011 by "Greatist", Waylon is a mediocre climber, lazy yogi, 365-day bicycle commuter & best friend to Redford (his rescue hound). His aim: to bring the good news re: "the mindful life" beyond the choir & to all those who didn't know they gave a care. | His first book, Things I would like to do with You, is now available.


10 Responses to “Trungpa Rinpoche said the ideal human emotion is smiling & crying at the same time.”

  1. Smiling and crying…and sharing it. Wonderful!

  2. And now I'm crying. And smiling.

  3. Ana Maria Milan says:

    Thus we see the Shambhala rainbows

  4. Lezlee says:

    Ditto Kate ! What a beautiful moment …

  5. alice_2112 says:

    crying and smiling – this is what happened when I watched that video of those beagles being freed from the hands of vivisectors

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    Doesn't every child just want their "daddy"? And for all those adults, their inner child still waiting…for daddy? My "daddy" left when I was seven. I saw him a handful of times…I am 54 today, sitting here with tears in my eyes, because I know I would hug my dad and sob in just the same way, could I lay my eyes and hands on him once more…

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