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Stone Barns Sutra

There was a cartoon in the New Yorker a few weeks ago.  Two lawns sat separated by a fence.  One lawn was wild and full of weeds, while the other looked perfect:  “I’m greener, yes.  But am I happier?” mused the seemingly perfect lawn.  Yesterday, I had a very interesting little lesson in the way […]

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Be A Spark Unto Yourself

This past week, I’ve been noting how the desire to be this or that, the desire to have this or that.  I’ve been noting what the Buddha called ignorance.  The Buddha gave a teaching on how suffering arises and is perpetuated.  It is called “dependent origination,” and it describes the factors that condition and drive […]

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A Light To Guide Us

We’ve been having a lively exchange about what it can mean to be the hero of your own story.  This is another way of investigating the “self” we take ourselves to be. Lately, I’ve been reflecting on the four noble truths of the Buddha, about how suffering arises in this life, about how it ceases, […]

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On Being the Hero of Your Own Story

“Everybody has to be the hero of one story: his own,” wrote P.L. Travers, the creator of Mary Poppins, in the first issue of Parabola.  I just ran across a version of this quote in the little book The World is Made of Stories by the contemporary Buddhist teacher David Loy.   In Buddism, the underlying […]