Further Learning

Students often ask for resources for further learning. See below for books, courses, and other material, organized by theme. If you choose to use any of these, please do let me know what you thought!

Power of Enough

Eulogy Versus Resume Virtues, by David Brooks

About once a month I run across a person who radiates an inner light. These people can be in any walk of life. They seem deeply good. They listen well. They make you feel funny and valued. You often catch them looking after other people and as they do so their laugh is musical and their manner is infused with gratitude. They are not thinking about what wonderful work they are doing. They are not thinking about themselves at all.

When I meet such a person it brightens my whole day. But I confess I often have a sadder thought: It occurs to me that I’ve achieved a decent level of career success, but I have not achieved that. I have not achieved that generosity of spirit, or that depth of character. Continue reading “Eulogy Versus Resume Virtues, by David Brooks”

Creating Welcoming Space, by Sister Marilyn Lacey

One way of measuring whether our love is genuine, however, is to examine how far we’ve extended the boundaries that determine whom we are willing to be [open to]. When these borders reach out as far as they can go, there will be no one left outside, there will be no one cursed. There will be no more strangers. Everyone will be welcome.

Reflect for a minute on what it feels like to be welcomed. The word means, simply, ‘come and be well’ in my presence. It’s a fundamental human experience, and a very crucial one. Continue reading “Creating Welcoming Space, by Sister Marilyn Lacey”

Call Me By My True Names, by Thich Nhat Hanh

In Plum Village, where I live in France, we receive many letters from the refugee camps in Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia, Thailand, and the Philippines, hundreds each week. It is very painful to read them, but we have to do it, we have to be in contact. We try our best to help, but the suffering is enormous, and sometimes we are discouraged. It is said that half the boat people die in the ocean. Only half arrive at the shores in Southeast Asia, and even then they may not be safe. Continue reading “Call Me By My True Names, by Thich Nhat Hanh”

I Double Dare You, by Pavi Mehta

the edges of things are always deceptive.
because we are taught to believe
in endings and beginnings.

but the truth is:
There Are No Borders.

and all boundaries are lines
drawn in the imagination
(like the equator)

people like to put things
in their places.

(we believe in belonging
somewhere)

this is the problem with
poetry-

(it does not understand
belonging) Continue reading “I Double Dare You, by Pavi Mehta”

Just One Thing: Be Amazed, by Rick Hanson

“The world is full of magic things, patiently waiting for our senses to grow sharper.” – W.B. Yeats

Last night, stressing about undone tasks, I glanced in a mirror and saw my T-shirt, with its picture of a galaxy and a little sign sticking up out of its outer swirls, saying “You are here.”

A joke gift from my wife, I’ve worn this shirt many times—yet for once it stopped me in my tracks. In William Blake’s phrase, the doors of perception popped open and it really hit me: Yes we are actually here, off to the edge of a vast floating whirlpool of stars, alive and conscious, walking and talking on a big rock circling a bigger burning ball of gas. Here, now, nearly fourteen billion years after the cosmos emerged out of nothing. Continue reading “Just One Thing: Be Amazed, by Rick Hanson”