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Spring 2014

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Letters to the Editor Spring 2014

A Slice of Humble Pie Thank you for Amie Barrodale’s article “La Pala” (Winter 2013). It reminded me of a passage from a book by Iris Murdoch, A Word Child: “Nothing humbles human pride more than inability to understand a language. It’s a perfect image of spiritual limitation. The cleverest man looks a fool if […]

By The Editors

Brief Teachings

The Great Compassion

My eyes being hindered by blind passions, I cannot perceive the light that grasps me; Yet the great compassion, without tiring, Illumines me always. ♦ Jodo Shinshu Hongwanji-ha, The Collected Works of Shinran, Vol. 1.

By Shinran

Brief Teachings

The Eight Winds

Worthy persons deserve to be called so because they are not carried away by the eight winds: prosperity, decline, disgrace, honor, praise, censure, suffering, and pleasure. They are neither elated by prosperity nor grieved by decline. The heavenly gods will surely protect one who is unbending before the eight winds. But if you nurse an […]

By The Editors

Brief Teachings


Liberation does not come when you conquer your ego, silence it, or through repression and denial get it to behave “properly.” Liberation comes when we release our attachment to the habitual conditioned nature and structure of our temporary egos. We can nod and smile when our ego, like a slightly demented relative who means well, […]

By Jun Po Denis Kelly Roshi

Brief Teachings

Letting Go of Our Baggage

The process of cultivating mind can be compared to climbing up a mountain. On the way to the highest peak, imagine we come across all different kinds of luggage. Should we also carry these up the mountain? It is hard enough to get to the top carrying just our body. Should we also shoulder all […]

By Daehaeng Kun Sunim
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