Would the Buddha Watch the News?
October 25, 2016
These are testy times for the spiritually minded. Domestically, we have the presidential campaign. Internationally, we have masses of refugees drowning in rickety boats while the world looks on – in 2016!
It all starts to look like a spiritual train wreck; a daily assault on human kindness; fertilizer for our savage impulses. Violence begets violence, rage begets rage, and ugliness in your face, 24/7, is sure to bring out the worst in a person. I’ve heard more venom spewed from the mouths of “spiritual” folks I know this year than ever before. It’s hard to point this out, of course: “Are you aware that you sound like Mussolini if he were voting for Jill Stein?” you’d like to ask, but you don’t.
The Virtue of Vice
August 2, 2016
Years ago in India, an 80-year-old man in Coke-bottle eyeglasses took my hand and said something to me that I’ve never forgotten. We were talking about human virtue, the ongoing struggle—which I’d just described to him with some pain—of trying to perfect oneself on a spiritual path, to eradicate one’s vices only to fail again and again.
Your Secret Life: Why Every Life Needs Secrets for Awakening
June 16, 2016
Every life is a patchwork of secrets, half-truths, evasions, shams and disguises. The most authentic among us have hidden compartments, shadowy corners, and taboo behaviors we keep under wraps for fear of destroying our public image.
Mark Nepo: More Together Than Alone
November 13, 2018
The prolific poet-philosopher takes on the subject of conscious community.
October 23, 2018
Just being alive can break your heart.
Micro-Dose Anyone? The Journeying Craze Takes Off
June 4, 2018
Ayahuasca, DMT, LSD, ketamine ….and sassafras? Why is everybody “journeying”?
My Invisible Lover
August 3, 2014
Laura had been my college professor, literary mentor, partner in crime and best friend with major benefits, and I couldn’t wait to surprise my old friend.
When Long Lost Friends Should Stay Lost
May 25, 2014
Sometimes Facebook unlocks too many doors and lets in the past where it doesn’t belong.
The Married Crush
March 23, 2014
Marriage doesn’t stop desire for people we’re not married to; it simply draws a line between the impulse and the act itself.
This Is Why I Hate Politics
April 21, 2016
I was listening to Hillary’s acceptance speech this morning on my iPhone, minding my own business and drinking my coffee, when my partner heard her voice and said, “God, I can’t stand her.”
January 20, 2015
We live in the Age of Authority where the highest value is placed on expertise, being know-it-alls, and masters of the universe. In this era of achievement obsession, great emphasis is placed on knowledge over wisdom and on information over truth.
How Do You Live?
November 20, 2014
Two weeks before she killed herself, my older sister Marcia showed up at my house, wanting to ask an important question. She stared at me for a long time, looking haggard and sad after months of depression, till finally Marcia came out with it. “How do you live?” my sister asked, looking deep into my eyes. “How do you do it?”