As Barbara Gates struggles to protect her adventurous dog Tony from danger, she contemplates the deep aspiration at the heart of loving-kindness practice.
Stephen Murphy-Shigematsu discovers you don’t get over the death of a beloved pet. You just learn to love more.
From paleontology to astrophysics, four scientists talk to Andrea Miller about their search for truth — scientific and spiritual.
Zen teacher Benjamin Mui Pumphrey on appreciating not just the rare birds, but also the sparrows and crows.
Remembering her beloved childhood pet, Andrea Miller ponders one of Zen’s most famous questions.
In our Weekend Reader newsletter, Lilly Greenblatt looks at the lessons our furry friends teach us, even in their goodbyes.
When Sarah Chauncey drops the label “cat,” she sees her pet clearly for the very first time.
In 1969, poet Gary Snyder wrote his “Smokey the Bear Sutra,” imagining Smokey as the Great Sun Buddha giving a discourse, in the style of a Buddhist sutra. Fifty years later, the message of the sutra continues to resonate.
When the Buddha taught us to abstain from taking life, he didn’t make an exception for animals we like to eat. While many Buddhists eat meat, Bob Isaacson of Dharma Voices for Animals argues they shouldn’t.
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.