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Tempting Eve

Unplugged and Critical We spent the weekend unplugged at a mindfulness workshop. That meant no cell phones and no computers at the Zen Monastery that’s tucked in the Oregon woods. No movies, no TV, no Netflix, no New York Times, … Continue reading

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When Honor Meets Disrespect

Cultural Mores & Travel I gasped when I spotted a bloke on the river boat in Thailand. His baggy sleeveless top–sometimes called a muscle shirt–revealed a black-inked Buddha covering the whole expanse of the left side of his front torso, … Continue reading

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When Hate Multiplies Hate

With Hate, We Destroy Ourselves I heard a talk today that lessened my misery that comes from looking at the headlines. My days begin the same way: Each morning brings a mix of interest and dread as I review the … Continue reading

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Let’s Turn this Argument Upside-Down

Separate, but not Separate Just when you’re about to lose hope, those clever Buddhists help you see the light. I listened to a talk about differences and separation, and it dawned on me what Buddhists have been suggesting all along: … Continue reading

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Drinking a cup of tea, I stop a war

Memorial Day We learned that freedom of speech is sacrosanct: that you should always allow someone the courtesy of saying something idiotic and extreme for fear that anything that quashes freedom could sanction yours. That sort of freedom was always … Continue reading

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When is a person not a person?

  There’s a Buddhist story where the sage tells her pupils about a master craftsman who creates artisan carriages. She describes the carriages in detail, from the quality of the polished wood to the smoothness of the wheels. But what … Continue reading

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