From the November magazine: Trudy Goodman explains “La Bienveillance”

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Returning to her parents’ house in France after their deaths, Trudy Goodman reflects on loving-kindness and impermanence in this teaching from our November magazine.

Bienveillance is the French word for metta, often translated as loving-kindness. In the foothills of the Alps, in the tiny village of Fontaine-Vive where my parents lived for thirty-five years, the word exudes the warm fragrance of feathery purple clouds of summer lavender, growing in abundance in every French garden.

Bienveillance: watching over, with kindness; like surveillance with friendly, benevolent intention.

You can read the rest of “La Bienveillance” here. Goodman is the founding and guiding teacher of InsightLA, and along with Roshi Pat Enkyo O’Hara and Lama Palden Drolma, she’s profiled in our November magazine.

Though the principle figure in Buddhism is the teacher, a role traditionally dominated by men, Andrea Miller writes in “Feminine Principal,” these three women are changing the face of Buddhism and making the teachings whole. You can read an excerpt of “Feminine Principal” here, and you’ll find the whole thing inside our November magazine — click here to see what else is inside, and here to subscribe.

For more about the role of women in Buddhism, see our Women and Gender Politics Spotlight Page.