Tag Archives: William Stafford

Standing Under Stones of Suffering and Wonder

Sentence The body of a starving horse cannot forget the size it was born to. —Jane Hirshfield A few weeks ago, I listened to the rain come down all night and thought about the grief people live with, the suffering … Continue reading

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A Visit from the Dalai Lama and 10,000 Shades of Blue

More important than what was recorded, these evenings deepened my life: they framed every event or thought and placed it with care by the others. As time went on, that scribbled wall—even if it stayed blank—became where everything recognized itself … Continue reading

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To Bodhgaya and Beyond

The great story weaves closer and closer, millions of touches, wide spaces lying out in the open, huddles of brush and grass, all the little lives. –William Stafford, from “Over in Montana” Bodhgaya, India, is the place where the Buddha … Continue reading

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Out of Smoke and Silence

Last night the smoke in Delhi was thick. The acrid smell climbed in to all the crevices and cracks in doors and window frames and asserted itself with caustic breath. The air quality index nearby at RK Puram rated the … Continue reading

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