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13th Century Zen Master Dogen on Being Time

  An ancient Buddha said: For the time being stand on top of the highest peak. For the time being proceed along the bottom of the deepest ocean. For the time being three heads and eight arms. For the time being an eight-or sixteen-foot body. For the time being a staff or whisk. For the […]

By Eihei Dogen Zenji

MagazinePersonal Reflections

Einstein’s Dreams

27 June 1905 Every Tuesday, a middle­ aged man brings stones from the quarry east of Berne to the masonry on Hodlerstrasse. He has a wife, two children grown and gone, a tubercular brother who lives in Berlin. He wears a gray wool coat in all seasons, works in the quarry until after dark, has […]

By Alan Lightman

MagazineMeditation & Practice

The Nuns’ Island

Here in the nunnery the afternoon is for sleep, study, contemplation. The night before, Ayya Khema suggested that we imagine we are going to die shortly and then see what we cling to. I find I am sad to lose my possibilities—for achievement, and, yes, for liberation. Why am I here, after all, if I […]

By Sandy Boucher

MagazineHistory & Philosophy

Lost Legacy

Tenzin Norbu Namseling, the sixth Khado Rinpoche, is the son of Namseling, as aristocrat and finance minister of the former Tibetan government. In 1958, the elder Namseling was sent to the south of Tibet to negotiate with the Khampas, or Tibetan resistance fighters, but joined them instead. After helping safeguard the Dalai Lama on his […]

By Elizabeth Bayard
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