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Winter Solstice

The week before Christmas is here. Whether we celebrate Christmas or not, during the days and weeks ahead we will experience a suspension of the usual pace and routine of our days.  It is the Christian season of Advent, a time of waiting for what has not yet come. As I sit writing this by […]

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Like Scrooge on Christmas Morning

The dark time is here. This brings a feeling of drawing in. This can be a good time for reflection. In the ancient Buddhist dialect of Pali “reflection” has the same double meaning that it has in English—it means to be like a mirror or the surface of a calm lake, to receive an impression […]

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The Message of Marley’s Ghost

The truth cannot be thought, a great teacher once told me. The real truth is not a secret formula or any other kind of privileged knowledge that

“I wear the chain I forged in life,” replied the Ghost. “I made it link by link, and yard by yard.”