Western Buddhists often see rituals as superficial distractions from the “real” work of practice, overlooking how ritual itself is a practice as much as meditation. Rituals of passage can strengthen our connection to Dharmic intention, deepening our sense of meaning, of community and of the sacred dimensions of the Dharma.
Interview with Lama Tsultrim Allione: Elephant Bones
Tibetan nun-turned-wife-mother-Buddhist teacher, Lama Tsultrim Allione brings ritual and symbols into all aspects of life—from sending her daughter on a mountain trek to practicing with traditional clay tsatsas made from the ground bones of her recently deceased husband.
Interview with Midwife Nancy Bardacke: Not Busy Being Born is Busy Dying
Midwife and longtime mindfulness practitioner Nancy Bardacke helps parents-to-be and health practitioners find expanding awareness through the birthing process.
Vinny Ferraro recalls his days as a teen drug user and dealer, getting clean, finally facing his pain over his mother’s death—and now working with today’s teens to get real with their pain too.
Interview with Nancee Sobonya: Passing Through—A Conversation on Grief
Filmmaker Nancee Sobonya finds ways to transform the suffering of loss into the “gifts of grief.”
Wes Nisker joins fellow “spiritual tourists” Ram Dass, Jack Kornfield and Catherine Ingram to reflect on their lives and work over the past four decades.