Even Magpies

Even Magpies

by Lynn McDougal The year 2010 has now drawn to a close and, right on its heels is the drawing down of the first month of the White Tara retreat which I am participating in from afar. My experience doing this retreat has thus far been mixed – alternately enthusiastic,...
A Poem Trumpeting Ethical Conduct

A Poem Trumpeting Ethical Conduct

Oh virtue, oh virtue! This great tsunami of goodness Arising from the pure wish for reality to come into awareness for all beings thus unmasking confusion’s schemes and abolishing fear utterly demolishes the jungles of suffering. The blessed speech of the Buddha...
The Choices We Make

The Choices We Make

Transforming every situation we face into the path of practice is one of the key teachings of the Buddha. However, very few of us have the opportunity to do this work with a death row inmate in his last few weeks of life. In October, Venerable Thubten Jampel from...
Being Prepared

Being Prepared

John attended the “Death and Caring for the Dying” course at Sravasti Abbey in May, 2010. While we were discussing the importance of having a virtuous attitude at the time of death, he shared how angry he becomes when he sees people texting when driving. But, he said,...