Spiritual “we”

“Commitment to any spiritual path requires ferocity of purpose and finding a shared spiritual practice.” (p. 190, The Buddha’s Wife) To welcome the New Year, many find it an auspicious time to renew vows, commitments, and promises. A New Year becomes an opportunity to...

The movement of connecting

“A movement in which each joins and feels joined, sees and feels seen, moves and is moved by the other.” (p. 124, The Buddha’s Wife) The movement of connecting is a moment of joining—of being with, co-arising with mutual presence of mind, heart, and spirit. Therefore,...

Ripples of change

“One of the great cultural challenges of our time is to widen our circles and spiritual communities to become welcoming and affirming to diverse groups.” (p. 230, The Buddha’s Wife) Fostering an open, compassionate awareness and engagement with diverse groups of...

Spiritual friendships

“In spiritual friendship, we commit to the awakening of oneself, the other, and the relationship.” (p. 180, The Buddha’s Wife) In The Buddha’s Wife, a beautiful and profound friendship develops between Princess Yasodhara and Channa, Siddhartha’s manservant. Their...

The path of devotion

“Never underestimate the joy, and never underestimate the suffering of the path of parenting.” (p. 174, The Buddha’s Wife) Parents, caregivers, and nurturers know that the devoted responsibility and love for another being is a relationship that can be...

Together we can make a difference

“If not now, when? If not here, where? If not together, how?” (p. 118, The Buddha’s Wife) Pope Francis’ visit to the U.S. was remarkable in many ways. His humility, open kindness, and authenticity has made him an inspiration to many individuals whether Catholic or...