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THE WAY OF FLOWERS • JOAN STAMM on how the Japanese art of flower arranging taught her to appreciate her mother—and the seeds she planted in Stamm’s heart.
DHARMA FOR A TRAUMATIZED WORLD • The cause of our global suffering is forgetting that we belong to one another and to the earth. TARA BRACH recommends four practices to nourish a sense of collective belonging.
COOKED WITH LOVE • Arepas have been eaten in South America since pre-Columbian times. For MARIANA RESTREPO, they’re a reminder of all the hands that have fed and shaped her.
THE HOW OF HAPPINESS • Mindfulness, courage, and compassion are key. BONNIE NADZAM presents a selection of new books on living well.
A Sacred Place • Photographer CHRIS RAINIER has spent decades seeking out spiritual landscapes and religious sites on all seven continents. He’s come to understand what sacred really means.
Psychedelic INSIGHT • Psychedelics and spirituality—including more than a few Buddhist concepts and practices—are reuniting with science after decades of estrangement. JENNIFER KEISHIN ARMSTRONG on this new frontier in the study of mind.
YES, NEVER, SOMETIMES? • Buddhism doesn’t have just one thing to say about consuming alcohol and other intoxicants. In time for party season, we look at the surprising diversity of Buddhist views.
JUST A LITTLE • A little beer or wine is okay, says SOZAN MIGLIOLI, as long as you remain mindful of yourself and others.
DRINK IN WISDOM • It’s challenging to relax our fixed views, says JUDY LIEF. Drinking within a sacred context can help.
WHAT IS YOUR PHONE DOING TO YOU? • Media consumption can be a form of intoxication. OFOSU JONES-QUARTEY suggests bringing mindfulness to bear.
BREAKING FREE from ADDICTION • The dharma can help people wake up to the truth of their substance abuse and find a way to get—and stay—sober. We present four true stories of recovery.
THE END OF SUFFERING • VALERIE MASON-JOHN struggled with addiction. The four noble truths taught her that she wasn’t alone.
SOMETHING CAME UNDONE • S. BRENT RODRÍGUEZ-PLATE’s mind and body were disconnected when he was drinking. Meditation helped him reconnect them.
THE UNDEFENDED HEART • MARY STANCAVAGE used intoxicants to avoid painful emotions. Meditation allowed her to touch her grief and heal.
ONE PATH • When KEVIN GRIFFIN combined his recovery journey and his Buddhist practice, both deepened.
The Dharma of Fiction • Novels, fables, and plays—they’re stories that are made up, yet they often express deep truths. Five writers and thinkers explore the spiritual teachings they’ve found in fiction.
THERE SHE WAS • EMILY FRANCE on Mrs. Dalloway.
NOT ME, NOT MINE • LAUREN SHUFRAN on King Lear.
SAFE HAVEN • SHYAM SELVADURAI on Paradise.
WHEN DID THE WAR BEGIN? • CINDY LITTLEFAIR on War and Peace.
YOU ARE ALREADY A BUDDHA • In this, the first of a four-part series on tantra, YONGEY MINGYUR RINPOCHE presents the three stages of meditation. Meditation, he says, is the process of recognizing your buddhanature, then nurturing that recognition.