Stephen Levine passed away yesterday at age 78. He pioneered a an expansive approach to grief, founded in Buddhist teaching, and expressed most fully in his book, Who Dies? (co-authored with his wife, Ondrea).
Earlier today, as I walked down Mass Ave in Cambridge, a nicely-dressed, elderly woman stopped directly in front of me, leaned forward, and said, "It's so beautiful and quiet, and then you turn on the television and it's nothing but horror."
I said, "Don't turn on the television."
"Exactly!" she said. And then she continued down the street.
A dear Seattle friend, Michael Schutzler, recently organized a business event. Although he was pleased with the outcome of the event, he noted that we have agency only over our efforts. Michael has practiced Zen steadily for more than two decades and his wisdom shines through every effort he makes.