“When I recognize the pain I feel because of loss,” says Sylvia Boorstein, “I am respectful of its presence and kind to myself.”
Zen teacher Karen Maezen Miller on enjoying the holiday you’re having, not the one you were hoping for.
Perhaps these days of less sunlight are opportunities for more contemplative time, more looking deeply to see what can only be seen in the dark.
If I have no belief that my vision can become real, asks Margaret Wheatley, where will I find the strength to persevere?
Laura Johnson’s eight-month-old cat died as the California wildfires destroyed nearby homes. She reflects on how her deeply personal loss opened her heart to society’s shared humanity.
Everything changes; nothing lasts. In matters of the heart, this can be hard. Karen Maezen Miller on what to do after the love story ends.
James Ishmael Ford on the toughest call a pet lover will have to make.
As Rosa Sabido continues to seek sanctuary in a church to avoid deportation, she remains grateful to her supporters, including a Zen chaplain who became a good friend.
It’s the ultimate reality we all share. Why not get together and talk about it over a cup of coffee? John DeMont on death cafés.
In this commentary from the Fall 2018 issue of Buddhadharma: The Practitioner’s Quarterly, Roshi Joan Halifax reflects on the idea of “wise hope” and why we should open ourselves to it.