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Three Tactics from the Buddha to Forgive without Defeat

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Ken McLeod’s piece in the Winter 2017 issue questioned the role of forgiveness in Mahayana Buddhist thought. A Theravadan monk responds.

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Confidence tricks

Former Lehman Brothers Chief Executive Richard Fuld. Photo by Kevin Lamarque/Reuters

The financial world is a theatrical production, abundantly lubricated by that magical elixir of illusionists: confidence…

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Primitive Minds...


“We will never know what they thought, what they were trying to achieve.”

But we still have sun sets and sun rises…

Participate in only a few of these and it becomes pretty clear that there is something missing from our world. 12 more words


Of Puffy eyes and Sunken cheeks

Mama had been sick for a while now, and the side effects were insomnia, and headaches. I honestly didn’t understand what kind of drug would cause more sicknesses, maybe it was the kind she always talked about, but I had been brought up not to ask questions… And I followed through as such. 457 more words


Downtime: Heartland

Landschlacht, Switzerland, 14 – 20 February 2018

Today will be my first attempt in ten days to return to work after being housebound with the flu. 3,218 more words

On This Day In History

No More Romance

As this is the month of February, and coincides with the release of my new book Love Letters: Him To Her available on Amazon I continue to think about matters related to romantic love. 960 more words


William James's Revolutionary 1884 Theory of How Our Bodies Affect Our Feelings - Maria Popova * What is an Emotion? - William James (1884).

Wat is an Emotion?

William James’s Revolutionary 1884 Theory of How Our Bodies Affect Our Feelings.

by Maria Popova

“Emotions are not just the fuel that powers the psychological mechanism of a reasoning creature,” philosopher Martha Nussbaum wrote in her masterfull treatise on the intelligence of emotions, ”they are parts, highly complex and messy parts, of this creature’s reasoning itself.” But the emotions and the intellect are just two parts of our creaturely trifecta of experience. 9,584 more words