Vox Populi

A Public Sphere for Poetry, Politics, and Nature

What did you bring to the world?

You don’t have many days to stay, traveler.

March 21, 2020 · Leave a comment

Buddha Shakyamuni: Well-Spoken

A statement endowed with five factors is well-spoken, not ill-spoken; it is blameless and not faulted by knowledgeable people. Which five?

February 4, 2020 · Leave a comment

Peter Schireson: Good Morning

Across the street, Ginkgo
sway in the breeze
like a gospel choir.

February 4, 2020 · Leave a comment

Video: Joanna Macy — Embracing Pain

. Joanna Macy, Ph.D., is a scholar of Buddhism, general systems theory, and deep ecology. In her workshops she counsels the embracing of pain as a way of deepening our … Continue reading

June 7, 2018 · 1 Comment

Pema Chödrön: The Wisdom of No Escape

There is a story of a woman running away from tigers. She runs and runs and the tigers are getting closer and closer. When she comes to the edge of … Continue reading

May 12, 2018 · 2 Comments

Sam Hamill: Poetry, Politics, and Zen

If only we could touch the things of this world at their center, if we could only hear tiny leaves of birch struggling toward April, then we would know. — … Continue reading

September 3, 2017 · 10 Comments

Tashi Nyima: Wasted Lives

There is a very instructive story of a great philosopher who boarded a small boat to cross a river. The philosopher asked the boatman: “Do you know the doctrine of … Continue reading

July 28, 2016 · 1 Comment

Sam Hamill: True Peace

Half broken on that smoky night, hunched over sake in a serviceman’s dive somewhere in Naha, Okinawa, nearly fifty years ago, I read of the Saigon Buddhist monks who stopped … Continue reading

July 16, 2016 · 2 Comments

Children Know

Originally posted on Great Middle Way:
Bai Juyi (772-846 CE) was an important poet and government officer during the Tang Dynasty in China. After his eightieth birthday, he became interested in…

January 12, 2016 · Leave a comment

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