Her masterpiece The Year of Magical Thinking is a meditation on the human mind both pointed and profound. David Swick profiles Joan Didion, a great American journalist observing her own mind and experience.
It’s not the clothes you wear, the ceremonies you perform, or the meditation you do. It’s not what you eat, how much you drink, or who you have sex with.
Teaching young people about compassion is one of the most important things we can do for them, says the Dalai Lama, and for the future of humanity.
Teaching young people about compassion is one of the most important things we can do for them, says the Dalai Lama, and for the future of humanity. Melvin McLeod reports from Vancouver, where His Holiness talked with students and education experts about schooling for the heart as well as for the mind.
A Cascading Waterfall of Nectar, by Thinley Norbu. Reviewed by Steven Goodman.
Are we just too dumb to be happy? Psychologist Daniel Gilbert reveals some of the common mental mistakes that defeat our search for happiness.
Book reviews from January 2007.
2007 January Movies That Matter, by Angela Pressburger
Pico Iyer considers Leonard Cohen—the ladies’ man, the balladeer, the Zen poet, and the essence of cool with a new love giving voice to his songs of parting and old age.
The Visionary State: A Journey Through California’s Spiritual Landscape by Erik Davis and Michael Rauner Chronicle Books, 2006; 272 pp.; $40 (cloth) As a 55-year-old priest visiting from Japan, Shunryu Suzuki Roshi was inspired to stay and teach in the United States by an eagerness in his California students that he called shoshin, or “beginner’s […]