When we overlook the strangers among us, we miss the chance to connect to people as they are, free of the usual ways we judge them.
Living with someone we love, with all the joys and challenges, is one of the best ways to grow spiritually. But real awakening only happens, says renowned psychologist John Welwood, in the charnel ground where we acknowledge and work with our wounds, fears, and illusions.
To commit to another person is to embark on an adventurous journey. You must be wise and patient to keep your love alive so it will last for a long time.
“Outside, through the open church doors, I could see our guests, peering in at us.”
“Our so-called life, from the Buddhist point of view, is simply experience, and experience is relationship.”
Even before he was president, Obama was a 21st global citizen, helping us to transcend parochialism, tribalism, and that most pernicious of fictions — race.
Here is Dede Crane’s short story “The Cult of Quick Repair”—a work of fiction about death, Buddhism, and almond canoes.
An interview with Louise Erdrich about her writing, authenticity and being a voice for Native American culture.
Review of books from November 2008.
Review of Perfect Hostage: A Life of Aung San Suu Kyi and Why the Dalai Lama Matters