St. Francis of Assisi

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Born in Italy circa 1181, St. Francis of Assisi was renown for drinking and partying in his youth. After fighting in a battle between Assisi and Perugia, Francis was captured and imprisoned at ransom. He spent nearly a year in prison—awaiting his father’s ransom—and, during this time, reportedly began receiving visions from God. After his… Read more »

Anne Lamott

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Anne Lamott

Anne Lamott “Your problem is how you are going to spend this one and precious life you have been issued. Whether you’re going to spend it trying to look good and creating the illusion that you have power over circumstances, or whether you are going to taste it, enjoy it and find out the truth… Read more »

Roshi Pat Enkyo O’Hara, PhD

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Roshi Pat Enkyo O’Hara, PhD, founder of Village Zendo in downtown Manhattan, is a certified Zen teacher in both the Rinzai and Soto Zen traditions, and an ordained Soto Zen priest. In addition to her own community, she teaches meditation to many groups with special needs, including people living with HIV/AIDS, young people in drug… Read more »

Sri Sarada Devi

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“I tell you one thing — if you want peace, do not find fault with others. Rather see your own faults. Learn to make the world your own. No one is a stranger, my child; the whole world is your own.” – Sri Sarada Devi Sri Sarada Devi, the wife of Sri Ramakrishna Paramhansa of… Read more »