Three Zen masters—one from Korea, one from Vietnam, and one from the United States—have offered powerful teachings to keep us from rushing to judgment about others, teachings that can save a relationship.
When Susan Saint James was interviewed about the death of her son Teddy in an airline crash, she said that she and Teddy were like roommates and had become best friends. Then, emanating deep calm and acceptance, she said: "His was a life that lasted fourteen years."
“Turning Straw Into Gold” draws on many of the themes in my books. I explore how to live with compassion, joy, and purpose in the midst of life’s challenges, especially chronic pain and illness. Our struggles and difficulties can be the seeds of awakening to a peace and well-being that aren’t dependent on our circumstances. This is a path that all of us can follow, regardless of our backgrounds.