This world teems with life, with wonderment, with ancient knowledge and wisdom that seemed lost.
“I wanted to be involved in making people feel like there was lots to discover…”
“My impression is that foxes are a kind of existence that stands somewhere in between the human and non-human, binding reality and fantasy together.”
“Every single culture identifies with spirit animals at some level. And I think every indigenous culture that I’m aware of honours and respects the spirit animal world. But you can also work with them personally.”
“Do not be afraid. Everyone before you has died. You cannot stay, anymore than a baby can stay forever in the womb…”
Taiwan is an island of extremes: towering mountains, lush forests, and barren escarpment. Between shifting tectonic plates and a history rife with tension, the geographical and political landscape is forever evolving.
“Thanks to Sawaki, Antaiji is truly devoted to the ways of the ancients. And thanks to his main disciple Uchiyama, it is one of the few Zen temples in Japan that is quite open to foreigners practicing together with the Japanese monks.”
How did these Sanskrit hymns survive and why do we continue to call on them when we pray?
The Gujarati community has a long tradition of seafaring and a history of immigration to foreign lands. The mercantile culture resulted naturally from the Indian state’s proximity to the Arabian Sea. Although air travel had replaced sea travel by the time I was born, this innate restlessness I feel to explore new lands is something that is irrevocably embedded in me.
For the Aztec, Toltec and Nahua people, it was disrespectful to mourn for those who had passed on. To them, departed souls remained members of the community and were kept alive in memory and spirit.