So-called objective reality, Pico Iyer finds, is as fickle as the weather. Maybe that’s because it’s as much mind as matter.
The practice of love, says bell hooks, is the most powerful antidote to the politics of domination.
For bell hooks, fighting oppression doesn’t require anger or conflict—just opening our hearts and speaking the truth fearlessly.
The four noble truths tell us that to be happy we must first discover the causes of our unhappiness. This is the approach of the renowned French Buddhist monk Matthieu Ricard, who says that genuine happiness is only possible after we understand the fundamental mistake that is the root of our suffering.
Natalie Goldberg goes to Japan in search of real Zen. Her days at the monastery are just as tough as advertised, but at the end she reaches Almond Joy.