Read by Thich Nath Hanh, chanted by brother Phap Niem.
The creators of this audio track were Gary Malkin, the composer/arranger, producer, and collaborator Michael Stillwater. The work came from a CD/book called Graceful Passages: A Companion for Living and Dying, and it could be purchased by going to wisdomoftheworld.com.
Visuals taken from:
HOME, Earth and Baraka
We think we are better than average at not being biased in thinking that we’re better than average.
This is true especially for people who have studied this subject at college. Thus, the behavioralists neatly infer from the literature that everyone else is biased. Now, surely these are smart, educated people, and they are less biased on simple scientific questions that your average housewife doesn’t know, but there are lots of big issues relating to politics and business strategy that don’t have a monotonic relation between learning and the ability to discern the good. Just look at politics or education, areas subject to a lot of study over the past 50 years, which are hardly more efficient than before all this knowledge arrived. (Source)
To desire only happiness in a World undoubtedly tragic is to become inauthentic, to settle for unrealistic abstractions that ignore concrete situations. I am finally fearful over our society’s efforts to expunge melancholia from the system. Without the agitations of the soul, would all of our magnificently yearning towers topple? Would our heart-torn symphonies cease? via
Deepak talks with authors Joel Primack and Nancy Abram, authors of The New Universe and the Human Future
Cal Ripken Jr.’s Baseball Hall of Fame induction speech was not only inspiring, but also relevant to the workplace. Cal’s speech discussed commitment, preparation, teamwork, personal development and pride. Of course, we all remember when Cal broke Lou Gehrig’s record of 2,130 consecutive games played (usually known as "The Streak") by playing three more years and reaching 2,632 consecutive games - virtually 15 straight years of starting every game. Cal stated, "Some fans have looked at ‘The Streak’ as a special accomplishment, but I always looked at it as just showing up for work every day. I see thousands of people who do the same. You all may not have received the accolades I have, but I’d like to take the time out to salute you for showing up, working hard and making the world a better place." (Source)