Words of Wisdom for Aug. 11, 2019:
Mark Epstein on
Being and Relationships

"While the primary function of formal Buddhist meditation is to create the possibility of the experience of "being," my work as a therapist has shown me that the demands of intimate life can be just as useful as meditation in moving people toward this capacity. Just as in formal meditation, intimate relationships teach us that the more we relate to each other as objects, the greater our disappointment. The trick, as in meditation, is to use this disappointment to change the way we relate."

— Mark Epstein M.D.
Open to Desire:
The Truth About What the Buddha Taught

"A masterpiece."
— Robert A. F. Thurman