The story of the Buddha’s life, like all of Buddhism, is a
story about confronting suffering. He was born between the
sixth and fourth century B.C., the son of a wealthy king in
the Himalayan foothills of Nepal. It was prophesied that the
It seems, at first, weird that we might learn from him.
Thomas Aquinas was a medieval saint, said in moments of high
excitement to levitate and have visions of the Virgin Mary.
He was much concerned with explaining how angels speak and
We’re particularly down on people we call ‘defensive’.
They blame others for what’s probably their own fault.
They hear reasonable criticism as a cruel attack. They deny
they have a problem when they clearly do.
But, of course, we must be doing this ourselves...
Little is truly known about the Chinese philosopher Lao Tzu
(sometimes also known as Laozi or Lao Tze), who is a guiding
figure in Daoism (also translated as Taoism), a still
popular spiritual practice. He is said to have been a record
In the West, we have a vague sense that poetry is good for
our ‘souls’, making us sensitive and wiser. Yet we
don’t always know how this should work. Poetry has a hard
time finding its way into our lives in any practical...
In the West, philosophers write long non-fiction books,
often using incomprehensible words and limit their
involvement with the world to lectures and committee
meetings. In the East, and especially in the Zen tradition,
philosophers write poems, rake gravel, go on pilgrimages,
practice archery, write aphorisms...
Melancholy is not exactly a word on everybody’s lips.
People don’t go around gossiping about how melancholic the
new regional IT director is or drawing up lists of the more
melancholy-inducing bits of natural scenery (Brighton Beach
on an overcast morning; Rannoch Moor in...
Frustration with one’s appearance is an embarrassing –
but, in truth, highly serious and valid – pain. Mature,
reasonable people are not supposed to go around regretting
their nose or hair. Yet you gaze in the bathroom mirror and
think: why – in my...
The sun rose over central Africa as my plane touched down on
a dusty runway. I jolted awake with a start, but then smiled
as I looked out the window: I’d made it! I was in Rwanda
… or was it Burundi? And...
Traditionally, philosophy has been nervous around the idea
of communication. Reaching out has not been high on the
agenda. Academic philosophers have frequently erected
barriers to wider participation: abstruse vocabulary and
hypercomplex arguments have seemed to guarantee intelligence
– all of which is a great...
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