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Write Mindfulness

“I have tried to learn in my writing a monastic lesson I could probably not have learned otherwise: to let go of my idea of myself, to take myself  with more than one grain of salt,” writes Thomas Merton.  He wrote elsewhere:  ” seek no face, I treasure no experience, no memory.  Anything I write […]

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Go Down Moses

When Harriet Tubman was 13, her skull was fractured by a 2-pound lead weight in a dispute between an overseer and another slave.  After this, she began having visions and conversations with God.  She told people she was always talking to the Lord.  In 833, a year or two before her injury, she also witnessed […]

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Making the Sign of the Cross

Some of us have been questioning what it means to be mechanical or not mechanical.  Months ago, in the course of reporting a story for a Buddhist magazine, I took a trip up to Leverett, Massachusetts, to visit a glorious Peace Pagoda built by the monks and nuns of a little known sect of Japanese […]