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Finding the Path

Among the tasks or “yogi jobs” a participant can volunteer for during silent retreats at the Insight Meditation Society, a Buddhist meditation center in rural Massachusetts, the most resonant in every sense is that of bell ringer. Before dawn and before every meditation session during the day, the bell ringers walk around the grounds and […]

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Getting Unstuck

In Dante’s Inferno, Satan, denizen of the deepest hell, is found frozen in a block of ice, utterly unable to move. The baddest being ever ends up being the most stuck. It seems like such a paradox. The beautiful angel Lucifer, son of the Morning Star, who led a revolt against God and fell from […]

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A Way Out of Hell

The impermanence of life causes suffering, but permanence is hell. When I was young, I had a recurring nightmare in which I was trapped in a grid or maze.  I was not alone in the maze. Other people, including friends, were visible and in shouting distance, but we couldn’t move to really face one another.  […]