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Eight lessons from a monastery

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This lifetime of ours is transient as autumn clouds.
To watch the birth and death of beings
Is like look at the movements of a dance.
A lifetime is like a flash of lightning in the sky.
Rushing by, like a torrent down a steep mountain.
-- Buddha

Over the last two decades I have occasionally taken a week of silence to renew my spirit. A few years ago, I found out that there was a tradition in Thailand where some CEOs of major businesses and politicians would take a week or two of silent retreat as ordained Buddhist monks.....

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