Don’t be Angry at the Imperfections of Others

The Bodhisattva learns that to be angry at the imperfections of others is, in the words of Shantideva, like resenting fire for its heat or resenting the sky for having clouds. S/he understands that the actions of other people are like forces of nature that arise from causes and conditions that are enormously complex. Rebecca … Read more »

The Staying Power of Minor Annoyances

Why in the world does something so small have such a large impact on us? Wondering where I’m going with this? Well, allow me to fill in the details. Lately I’ve found myself becoming increasingly annoyed by traffic issues. I’ll give you a few examples. There’s the time I’m turning onto a road, in a … Read more »

Call Me by My True Names

This poem by Thich Nhat Hanh embodies the essence of what he calls “interbeing,” the innerconnectedness of all things. From: Peace is Every Step: The Path of Mindfulness in Everyday Life by Thich Nhat Hanh In Plum Village, where I live in France, we receive many letters from the refugee camps in Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia, … Read more »