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Always a Beginner

Beginnings are good. The hark the dawn of a new era, whether it’s the era of newfound knowledge when we start a book, or the era of a new look, when we get a haircut. Some beginnings are seemingly trivial, … Continue reading

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First Citizens

It seems this is prize-awarding season. The latest is the slew of awards given out by the Nobel Committee for the leading contributors in different disciplines. I recently wrote about Richard Thaler receiving the Nobel Prize for Economics for his … Continue reading

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Kyoto: a balm for the world

Why has no one ever told me about Kyoto? If I had to be reborn, I would ask for it to be here, a million times over. Kyoto is serenity. (Run, don’t walk, here if you’re craving some calm.) The … Continue reading

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An act of defiance

I show up. When the day goes wrong, and the urge sets in to burrow into the earth because I deem myself unworthy, I show up. When I stumble, over my own standards, against my better judgment, I still show … Continue reading

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The Mindful Buddhist

Be mindful. To live happily, this is the advice given by Buddhist masters. It sounds simple enough, but what exactly does it mean? For three days in early June, I saw it in action, right in front of me. Mindfulness … Continue reading

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A dog on a summer afternoon

The sweat trickled down the back of my knees. I wiped the warm beads off of my upper lip and looked up. The ceiling fan was whirring, but not offering any relief. Outside my window, leaves rustled, giving the illusion … Continue reading

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Hanging out with HH the Dalai Lama

One day last week, I hung out with His Holiness the Dalai Lama. That’s what it felt like. Low-key, informal, friendly. He is a greatly esteemed spiritual leader, and the respect and feeling for him was apparent from all around … Continue reading

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