The Wisdom Blog: Classic & Contemporary Buddhism


The Dalai Lama on old age and death

Wed, 07/16/2014 - 12:35 -- Kestrel Slocombe

“The more we reflect on old age and death, the more we see it as a natural process. It is nothing extraordinary. If we prepare ourselves in this way, then when such events actually happen, the work of accepting them as a very normal part of our life is already done. We can simply think, ‘Now is the period where my life’s end is coming.’ I think that is a better approach.”

In Other News...Struggling with Death and Dying

Fri, 04/04/2014 - 16:33 -- landerson
  • New Books in Spiritual Practice talks with Kathleen Dowling Singh, author of The Grace in Dying and the upcoming The Grace in Aging about how Buddhist practice can help us as we struggle with the notion of death.
  • Musician Kenny Warner opens up about the death of his daughter and how meditation helped him turn his grief into music. Via Shambhala SunSpace.

Monday Mindful Morsel: If You're Lucky, Your Heart Will Break

Mon, 02/24/2014 - 10:49 -- landerson

This week’s morsel comes from James Ishmael Ford’s If You're Lucky, Your Heart Will Break. Using vignettes and anecdotes from his own life—as well as quotations drawn from sources as varied as the Bible, Yiddish aphorisms, and stand-up comedy—Zen teacher and Unitarian Universalist minister James Ishmael Ford shares the gifts won over his lifetime of full-hearted engagement with the Zen path. In this selection, he looks at the tenant, found in nearly every religion, of “Not Killing.”