Tree

Tree

  How can a tree be seen as a metaphor for an internal process? What lessons and truths can it offer us? The Thai Buddhist monk Ajahn Chah says, “we can learn dhamma [law of nature, truth, Buddha’s teachings] from a tree.” The tree can awaken us to aspects of our...
Sujata and the Good Samaritan (Compassion, part 4)

Sujata and the Good Samaritan (Compassion, part 4)

A powerful parallel teaching in compassion in both the Buddhist and Christian traditions is found when examining the stories of Sujata and the Good Samaritan. Years of rigorous ascetic practice led Siddhartha [the future Buddha] to the point of eating a single grain...
What is Compassion (Part 3)

What is Compassion (Part 3)

“Compassion indicates an open and responsive mind responding to the exigencies of an ever-changing field of vibration to sustain the optimal awareness that serves self-and other’s ultimate desire for liberation and well-being.” (Keith Dowman, Flight of the Garuda) I...
What is Compassion? (part 2)

What is Compassion? (part 2)

com·pas·sion [kuhm-pash-uhn] noun: “A feeling of deep sympathy and sorrow for another who is stricken by misfortune, accompanied by a strong desire to alleviate the suffering.” The English word compassion is derived from the Latin com–pasio, which literally...
What is Compassion? (part 1)

What is Compassion? (part 1)

— One point about the spiritual path that’s been confusing to me for a long time is compassion. Buddha, Jesus, and just about every other teacher emphasizes that we should strive to practice this highest of virtues. 113 of the 114 chapters of the Koran begin...