Each one of us, says David Viafora, can be a kalyana mitra, or “spiritual friend.” Here’s how.
Rashid Hughes explores the importance of listening to loneliness and leaning into social intimacy when engaging in contemplative practice.
Being our own best friend is a challenging feat. Kate Johnson explains how meditation can help us get to know our inner critics and prevent them from hindering our path to liberation.
On a birthday like no other, Canyon Sam reflects on celebrating beauty and practicing joy and compassion in the face of an increase in anti-Asian violence.
Sylvia Boorstein learns how daily messages of gratitude exchanged between friends can bring insight and the inspiration to practice.
Laura Munson finds an unlikely friend named Edgars.
When Eric Steuer discovered his childhood bully was now a Buddhist teacher, he asked him the question he’d always wanted to: Why did you treat me that way?
Buddhist monk Thanissaro Bhikkhu lists the good qualities you should take with you on the Buddhist path.
Lama Surya Das recalls the honest, kind, and thoughtful Phoebe.
Zen teacher Norman Fischer extols the beauty and benefit of spiritual friendship on the Buddhist path.