Dwight Eisenhower, a president not particularly remembered for his wit, once remarked that “all isms are wasms.” He was presumably referring, rather presciently, to the largely forgotten isms that were once perceived as a threat to truth, justice, and the American way: socialism and communism. But his remark points to the vaguely pejorative quality of […]By Donald S. Lopez Jr.
Science without religion is lame, religion without science is blind. Albert Einstein (1879 – 1955) With all your science can you tell how it is, and whence it is that light comes into the soul? Henry David Thoreau (1817 – 1862) The time comes when no reflection appears at all. One comes to notice nothing, […]By James Austin
We all know what happens when a fire goes out. The flames die down and the fire is gone for good. So when we first learn that the name for the goal of Buddhist practice, nibbana (nirvana), literally means the extinguishing of a fire, it’s hard to imagine a deadlier image for a spiritual goal: […]By Thanissaro Bhikkhu