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Waking Up Together

“I had been my whole life a bell, and never knew it until at that moment I was lifted and struck,” wrote Annie Dillard in Pilgrim at Tinker Creek.  The Eightfold Path always struck me as a bewildering exercise in circular logic—beginning where it ended, if on a different level, with a certain understanding and […]

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The Dharma of Harry Potter

Harry Potter mania is in full swing.  In this house, too.  I recently saw the movie with my 21-year-old daughter, who happens to be the same age as Harry, Ron, and Hermione.  Harry Potter was her childhood.  It was very poignant to see these now beloved and familiar characters and the one in the seat […]

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The Path Through Pathlessness

“Neurotics are people who refuse to suffer,” said Carl Jung, referring to people who will engage in all manner of mental analysis, obsession, and delusion rather than actually experience painful feelings like grief, disappointment, and loss.  Most of us are trained to think more than we are trained to feel or sense, and life serves […]

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Beloved on the Earth

I was at a summer picnic on a beautiful day at a home on a hilltop in the Hudson Valley recently, when out onto the veranda walked a group of people dressed in black, fresh from the funeral of young woman who died suddenly a few days before.  You couldn’t help but be struck by […]