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Walking Outdoors

The true contemplative is not the one who prepares his mind for a particular message that he wants or expects to hear, but is one who remains empty because he knows that he can never expect to anticipate the words that will transform his darkness into light. He does not even anticipate a special kind […]

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Stepping Off the Wheel

The thought manifests as the word; The word manifests as the deed; The deed develops into habit; And habit hardens into character. So watch the thought and its ways with care, And let it spring from love Born out of concern for all beings. As the shadow follows the body, As we think, so we […]

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Stage of Fools

“When we are born, we cry that we are come to this great stage of fools.” Lear spoke these words outdoors, and hearing them outdoors recently made me shiver. The actor playing Lear said these words in gathering darkness on the bank of the Hudson River.  It was so chilly some of the audience wrapped […]

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Stopping Time

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Inner Door

How do we make a way out of no way? How do we find peace in the midst of chaos, freedom in the midst of suffering so great that healing seems all but impossible? After World War II, General Douglas MacArthur’s occupation forces were faced with the task of rebuilding a devastated Japan. MacArthur employed […]

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Miracle

  “Security is mostly a superstition,” teaches that wonderful being Helen Keller. “It does not exist in nature, nor do the children of men as a whole experience it. Avoiding danger is no safer in the long run than outright exposure. Life is either a daring adventure, or nothing. “ At certain moments the veil […]