Two questions invariably come up in dinner conversation when I mention that I am a Buddhist, normally precipitated by people asking why I am now a vegan. I always struggle to answer these questions eloquently. I have not practiced my answer to be both succinct, relatable, and understandable. Further, I have always had an easier … Continue reading What is Zen?
On Maha Karuna & Maha Maitri (Great Compassion & Great Loving-Kindness) Love must have these four elements, or it is simply not love: 1) Maitri (loving-kindness ; capacity to offer happiness) 2) Compassion (energy to remove and transform suffering) 3) Joy (reciprocity ; if they make your cry all the time, that is probably not … Continue reading Four Elements of Love
Languages can be an interesting way to discover differences in how people and cultures see the world. Changes in expression, comparison, and contrast are maps to vast inner worlds of intersecting subconscious landscapes unlike anything seen in even the best science fiction. Ancient Greeks had six words to describe ‘love’, in Polish, sometimes saying ‘no’ … Continue reading Two Desires: True Value