He was more than just the “civil rights leader” he is remembered as today. Martin Luther King, Jr., was one of America’s greatest moral philosophers.
Novels, fables, and plays — they’re stories that are made up, yet they often express deep truths.
Five writers and thinkers explore the spiritual teachings they’ve found in fiction.
Looking for a late-night snack, the young Martin Luther King, Jr., discovers instead the truth of interdependence. A short story by Charles Johnson.
A good society is built one citizen at a time. Here are some Buddhist-inspired ways to be a good citizen in these troubled political times.
Charles Johnson explores our endless capacity to compare ourselves to others, and the Buddha’s antidote to trying to measure up.
Even before he was president, Obama was a 21st global citizen, helping us to transcend parochialism, tribalism, and that most pernicious of fictions — race.
A reclusive Zen priest. A beautiful American academic. Illusion falls away and original mind is revealed. A short story by Charles Johnson.
Charles Johnson’s new neighbors had hardly settled in when all hell broke loose — or so it seemed.
Review of The Geography of Thought: How Asians and Westerners Think Differently . . . and Why, by Richard E. Nisbett.
Charles Johnson imagines in this short story the very moment Siddhartha became the Buddha.