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Agent of Change

On Saturday, after lunch at a Thai restaurant in Chelsea with two friends and new Parabola comrades, I found a wallet on a train platform in Grand Central Station.   Lunch had been festive and the conversation deep, just right for Bright Week or Renewal Week, the week after Eastern Orthodox Easter, according to one friend, […]

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Flying Into the Fire

It’s hard to remember that awakening can take place in that moment when you are in pieces and overwhelmed.   The work of awakening takes place in that wild interval of not knowing. “Those times, when you absolutely cannot get it back together, are the most rich and powerful times in our lives,” teaches contemporary Buddhist […]

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Perfect At Every Moment

Last Sunday as the sunset over the Hudson River, a small group of us gathered at Yoga Shivaya Yoga Studio in Tarrytown, to meditate and explore the rich topic of suffering.  It was my evening to lead the meditation, and I thought it would be interesting to go back to the core insight of the […]

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Let Go Completely

During the first meditation of my silent retreat at the Insight Meditation Society, I realized I didn’t really want to be away.   For months–on the train, on the street in New York, on the iPhone, the iPad– caught up in “I”—I longed to be cloistered away in silence for a week, in the wilds of […]

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Happy Easter

Happy Easter.  It’s a gorgeous spring day in New York.   It is very bright and clear, a day for seeing.  I just spoke to my 92-year-old father, with whom I practice remembering every Sunday morning.  This Easter morning he asked me if I remembered jelly bean hunts when I was little.  “I had to ask […]

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Good Friday

In the depths of February, I spent a week at a Buddhist retreat center in the wilds of Massachusetts.  For a week, I practiced solitude in the company of others.  For a week, I was a nun.  I vowed to be silent and practice the gentle act of renunciation that is mindfulness.   Withdrawing from the […]