“An assurance of safety and a temper of peace, and, in relation to others, a preponderance of loving affections.” — William James’s The Varieties of Religious Experience, Lecture XX. Followers of The Hubbell Pew know that I sometimes run across a phrase that I find fascinating and produces a flow of thought. Such was my feeling when I…

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Internal peace is an essential first step to achieving peace in the world. How do you cultivate it? It’s very simple. In the first place by realizing clearly that all mankind is one, that human beings in every country are members of one and the same family. — Dalai Lama If Hurricane Harvey taught America and…

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Anger or hatred is like a fisherman’s hook. It is very important for us to ensure that we are not caught by it. –– His Holiness the Dalai Lama Suzy is the fisher-person in our family. She has caught a marlin, lots of crappie and bass, and a tarpon, among others. I on the other…

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The Dalai Lama teaches, “the problem isn’t materialism as such, it is the underlying assumption that full satisfaction can arise from gratifying the senses alone.” Our cat Nellie’s quest for happiness is limited to food, a comfortable place to sleep, watching birds out the window, and avoiding the rocking chair. Most animals search for happiness…

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