I want to be with those who know secret things or else alone. ~Rainier Maria Rilke We know a lot, it's true, but we don't know everything. Even though we act like we do. We worship scientific materialism--the belief that the only thing that exists is physical reality and we look for reasons to . . .
Pray for Peace I must interrupt regularly scheduled programming because the world has gone mad once again and terrorists of all flavors are running rampant, many in the name of religion. Children are being beheaded. People are being buried alive. These barbarous acts are worse than we can . . .
The Buddha sits in our back garden, presiding over the hummingbirds, butterflies, lizards and yes, even little Riley. Buddha means awakened one or enlightened one. And although he lived some time between the sixth and fourth centuries BCE, the wisdom of the Buddha is still a guiding light for so . . .
First they came for the Socialists, and I did not speak out-- Because I was not a Socialist...Then they came for the Jews, and I did not speak out-- Because I was not a Jew. Then they came for me--and there was no one left to speak for me. Do you know this provocative statement attributed to . . .
Oh, God and I do mean God, because who else could have created such incredible beauty? Tectonic shifts and erosion and ferrous oxide, yes, I know, but all that had to start somewhere and I do believe that a Universal Force, the Divine or call it God, ignited this place and the world. We spent four . . .
All humans are one family. All people are my children. - Ashoka the Great, emperor during the Maurya Dynasty in India After a terrible battle during which horrific things were done, Ashoka (304-232 BCE) felt great regret and remorse. What have I done? he asked himself, as he viewed the death and . . .
Crazy and insidious, that's what they are, those lies we tell ourselves. The things that get in the way of living fully and joyously. 1. I'm not good enough. What's the root of this, I wonder? Because it's very common, this idea that we aren't good enough for...you name it. That promotion. A happy . . .
All created things must pass. Strive on, diligently. ~the Buddha's final words Once we get older than 50 or so, people we know (or know of) start dying in greater numbers. Or so it seems. And that makes us think of our own mortality. "I don't want to die," someone said to me . . .
Old friends pass away, new friends appear. It is just like the days. An old day passes, a new day arrives. The important thing is to make it meaningful: a meaningful friend -- or a meaningful day. ~Dalai Lama This is so very true. I hate to say goodbye to friends, but the very wise Dalai . . .
Karma is often described as destiny. But that's not what it is. It's a Sanskrit word for "act, action or word." Karma is a cosmic law that teaches that each of our actions, our deeds, our words set into effect a chain of cause and effect. That we will experience personally the effects of what we . . .