The Road to Hell and Deluded Intention

The Road to Hell and Deluded Intention

The Road to Hell and Deluded Intention We’ve all heard the saying, “The road to hell is paved with good intentions.” What if our good intentions foolishly ruin a relationship or hurt someone? The explanation is quite simple. Good intentions can be mixed with delusion....
The Nature of Hate

The Nature of Hate

The Nature of Hate Hatred and aversion are all states of mind that strike against experience, pushing it away, rejecting what is presented in the moment. They do not come from without. This insight is a reversal of the ordinary way we perceive life. “Usually” says...
The Fruit of Letting Go

The Fruit of Letting Go

The Fruit of Letting Go As we let go and still see others suffer, the heart fills with compassion. So much suffering is human-caused. We awaken to a poignancy and tenderness beyond our own personal injuries. One Zen master calls this caring “the tears of the way.” Our...
Vulnerability and the Tender Heart

Vulnerability and the Tender Heart

Vulnerability and the Tender Heart Several years ago some friends arranged for the Gyuto Tantric Choir, the Tibetan monks famous for their deep multivocal chanting, to perform in San Quentin Prison; then the San Quentin Gospel Choir would sing in response. But as they...
Suffering & Grace

Suffering & Grace

Suffering & Grace “In a world of tension and breakdown it is necessary for there to be those who seek to integrate their inner lives not by avoiding sorrow and anguish and running from their problems, but by facing them in their naked reality and...
Confusing Charisma with Wisdom

Confusing Charisma with Wisdom

Confusing Charisma with Wisdom Another source of spiritual misunderstanding is our confusion of charisma with true wisdom. Certain spiritual leaders possess the ability to evoke extraordinary states. Amplified by our hopes, feelings of bliss and transcendence arise...

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