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On Silence & Laughter

In silence, there is a depth of communion that trumps what we can achieve with words. In laughter, there is a depth of communion that trumps what we can achieve with solemnity.
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On Shutting Out

If you practice Zen meditation for long periods of time, you may be criticized by friends and relatives who feel you are shutting them out. Ignore these people.
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On Baltimore

We speak little, sit in silence and grief, and we reach out in compassion. What a beautiful response. How I wish it were not restricted to natural catastrophes.
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On Sustained Witnessing

If the moral arc of the universe is long, as Martin Luther King so famously said, than our witnessing has to be sustained.
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On Ritual

A ritual contributes spiritual elevation to an ordinary deed as a poem ennobles casual language
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On Ritual

Ritual is poetry in action.
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On Delusion

Mindfulness is a direct antidote to delusion. The more we practice paying attention, with balance, the more the clouds clear, the more we see and know.

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