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Rick Campbell: Heart of Dependent Arising

She’s rolled into surgery
and as the drugs wash over her
she tries to remember her
Medicine Buddha meditation.

May 4, 2019 · 1 Comment

Robinson Jeffers: Wonder and Joy

The things that one grows tired of—O, be sure They are only foolish artificial things! Can a bird ever tire of having wings? And I, so long as life and … Continue reading

April 12, 2019 · Leave a comment

Elizabeth Jacobson: Dear Basho, 

Basho, what is the world if it is not this uneasy faith
puddling and drying as we thrust ourselves toward the sky?

March 4, 2019 · 1 Comment

Anne Lamott: Notes on Hope

I thought such awful thoughts that I cannot even say them out loud because they would make Jesus want to drink gin straight out of the cat dish.

March 3, 2019 · 1 Comment

Joel Harrington: Why a 14th-century mystic appeals to today’s ‘spiritual but not religious’ Americans

The percentage of Americans who do not identify with any religious tradition continues to rise annually. Not all of them, however, are atheists or agnostics. Many of these people believe in … Continue reading

December 23, 2018 · 3 Comments

Shantideva: Rising Moon

. Just as a blind man might find a jewel amongst heaps of rubbish, so this Mind of Awakening has somehow arisen in me. It is the elixir of life produced … Continue reading

December 21, 2018 · Leave a comment

Tales of the Holy Man

Word spread across the countryside about the wise Holy Man who lived in a small house atop the mountain. A man from the village decided to make the long and … Continue reading

December 16, 2018 · 2 Comments

Rennyo Shonin: Yesterday is Spent

Summer and fall slip away; the months and years go by; yesterday is spent, and today draws to a close. Little did I know that I would grow old before I … Continue reading

December 12, 2018 · 2 Comments

Buddha Shakyamuni: Leadership

When animals are crossing a ford, if the one in front goes crookedly, all the others go crookedly. So too, among human beings, when the leader behaves unrighteously, other people … Continue reading

November 15, 2018 · 5 Comments

Buddha Shakyamuni: Why we quarrel

Some do not understand that we must die, but those who do realize this settle their quarrels.   From Great Middle Way Included in Vox Populi with permission. Buddha Shakyamuni … Continue reading

August 25, 2018 · Leave a comment

Buddha Shakyamuni: A Real Leader

A leader should not crave wealth and property, and should dedicate personal resources to the welfare of all. A leader should cultivate morality: never killing, cheating, stealing, exploiting others, committing … Continue reading

September 26, 2017 · 2 Comments

Life of the Buddha

Why do what you will regret? Why bring tears upon yourself? Do only what you do not regret, and fill yourself with joy. — Life of the Buddha According to … Continue reading

November 28, 2015 · 1 Comment

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