A Greater Truth

The English word “morality” suggests rules and constraints. The Buddhist word sila, which is often translated as morality suggests something different. In fact, in the ancient commentaries it is explained by the word samadhana, which means “harmony” or “coordination.” To practice right speech or right action or right livelihood means to be in harmony withContinue reading “A Greater Truth”

Gorgeous Little Fires

“People are somewhat gorgeous collections of chemical fires, aren’t they?” wrote Harold Brodkey. “We are towers of kinds of fires, down to the tiniest constituencies of ourselves, whatever they are.” Those tiny constituencies include our mitochondria, the little engines in the center of our cells, and smaller still: the molecules and atoms whirling and pulsingContinue reading “Gorgeous Little Fires”

Halloween As A Practice

Life is difficult. Everyone suffers. This has been true in all times. Always. We tend not to allow for this because we compare our insides with other peoples’ outsides, and people can be very good at hiding their personal suffering–or fighting it or fleeing it or distracting themselves from it. Until they can’t.  But thereContinue reading “Halloween As A Practice”