Vedanta: The Five Kleshas

Every spiritual tradition contains, at its core, profound human truths.  Indeed, I learned this as part of my religious education in Catholic schools, as the curriculum included exploration of many religions. Buddhism, in particular, reduces the complexity of human suffering to the Four Noble Truths, and its Eight-Fold Path offers an elegant prescription to escape [...]

Friday Poetry: Adesso, Respiro

Adesso, Respiro I breathe out; I live my days awake. I breathe in; I sleep through the night. Breathless before, I envied the art of others, Gasped in anger at the mirror, And desperately chased my wages— My lungs never full. Panting all those years, I scented not The fires in the hearths, The flowers [...]

Chakra Meditation

About 15 years ago, I read Healing and the Mind, by the journalist Bill Moyers.  The book documents interviews Moyers conducted with over a dozen practitioners and researchers.  One section included an interview with Jon Kabat-Zinn, a medical school professor at the University of Massachusetts Medical School.  Dr. Kabat-Zinn asserted some intriguing and compelling medical [...]

Saturday Cooking: Roast Chicken

My Aunt Margaret has been a vegetarian for decades, but during a discussion some years ago about cooking a whole chicken, she directed me to a technique detailed in Mastering the Art of French Cooking by Julia Child, Louisette Bertholle, and Simone Beck.  I had seen this very poulet rôti recipe before as I browsed [...]