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AN ECHO OF WANG WEI’S REPLY TO VICE MAGISTRATE CHANG
Growing old I love the quiet that used to disturb me. I have distance on my life. The boast and pity of self-regard have fallen somewhat behind. Heading home, the home I carry with me, I settle into the clouds. On the mountain I sit quietly in a sage meadow visited by the same bees that make lovers of flowering bushes. I become part of the golden comb hidden in the hive humming with delight.
by Stephen Levine, from Inquiring Mind, Fall 2010
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The Five Invitations
Frank Ostaseski co-founder of Zen Hospice Project the first Buddhist hospice in America has written an inspiring new book about his work. He dedicated it to Stephen.
Frank writes, "Stephen Levine, the poet and Buddhist teacher, was another influential figure in my life. My primary teacher and good friend for thirty years, he was a compassionate rebel as well as an intuitive and authentic guide who embraced multiple spiritual traditions while skillfully avoiding the dogma of any one approach. Stephen and his wife, Ondrea, were true pioneers, leading a gentle revolution in the way we care for those who are dying. Much of what we created at Zen Hospice Project was an expression of their teachings.
Stephen showed me that it was possible to gather up the suffering in my life, use it as grist for the mill, and alchemically change it into the fuel for selfless service—all without making a big deal about it. In the beginning, I modeled my work and sometimes my behavior on his example, as devout students tend to do. He was very kind and generously lent me his voice until I could find my own.”