You may fail to change the system, says Courtney E. Martin, but it’s a good failure if you’ve made life a little kinder or more beautiful.
Pema Chodron tells the story of when, having hit rock bottom, she asked her teacher what to do.
In her commencement speech at Naropa University, Pema Chödrön explains that if there’s one thing we all need to practice, it’s how to fail well.
Speaking to a group of new university graduates, Pema Chödrön asked, “How many here have seen the new Beyoncé music video?”
Great poets honor it, and all of us have smacked headlong into it. Sit with failure long enough, says Ellen Graf, and it always transforms.
Who are the foolish beings? According to the Shin tradition of Pure Land Buddhism, we all are. Mark Unno explains that only by becoming aware of our limited self and acknowledging our fundamental foolishness can we realize the oneness of all beings and the limitless flow of compassion.
Winning and losing is a mug’s game, says Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche. All gain ends in loss anyway, and trying to achieve victory over others is unpleasant and delusional.