According to Pema Chödrön, love and compassion are like the weak spots in the walls of ego.
Leaving the Fairmount Hotel in San Francisco, having just met with the Dalai Lama, the words, “according to Buddhist tradition” reverberated in my head.
When asked to describe himself, Thich Nhat Hanh usually says, “I am a lazy monk.”
Steve Peskind discusses the Dalai Lama’s various statements on the topic of homosexuality in relation to Buddhist tradition.
Peter Sweasey discusses sexual identity as help and hindrance on the path towards spiritual discovery.
Kobai Scott Whitney remembers the drag-queen-turned-Zen-abbot of the Hartford Street Zen Center Issan Dorsey and his influence on promoting compassion and the Dharma.
“Let’s go out and play” is not an expression we associate with adults, yet adults are eager, even desperate, to play.
“I walked further and further away from father and son,” says bell hooks. But my steps always drew me closer to holy spirit.”
“However the crime rate may fall, the prisons will always be filled. We are constructing ugly, brutal environments to house our children and grandchildren.”