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What is the Spiritual Life?
Tweet TweetIn the Spring, 2013 issue of Inquiring Mind, Pico Iyer was asked, "What is the spiritual life?" Part of Pico Iyer's answer was, "...my sense (or prejudice) has always been that a spiritual life is whatever brings the clarity and stillness, the sharpened awareness of the mountaintop into the rush and confusion and congestion of right now. Desmond Tutu, the Dalai Lama, Thich Nhat Hanh, Mother Teresa - they all move us because they're living it." Further along in the article, Pico explained that he was not a Buddhist because he never sat down to practice. I think it is remarkable that two of the four exemplars of living the spiritual life are Buddhist monks. All except Thay have been Nobel Peace Prize winners. I have personally had breakfast and visited Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh (known as Thay by his followers) at his home in Plum Village and attended retreats in the United States and Canada. One of the most incredible things about Thay, other than [...]