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Tribal Borders

One September day, during my recent stay in Poland, I joined a walking tour of Jewish Warsaw. At its end, our smart and funny Polish guide informed us that fifteen hundred Jews now lived in Warsaw, a third of whom actively practiced Judaism. That afternoon I continued walking and found the Nozyk Synagogue, which our tour had not included, and…

Awakening the Heart, Blue Moon over Warsaw

On July 31st, the second full moon in July, I was invited to give a dharma talk at the Warsaw Shambhala Center. Since Namkhai Norbu, a famous Tibetan teacher, was also teaching in Warsaw that evening, we were surprised that more than twenty people showed up. They were apparently attracted by my topic “Awakening the Heart.” But the talk turned…

Travelling Symbols

My tenth journey to Poland began almost two weeks ago in Berlin, where I recovered from the long flight and visited some dear friends in nearby Hamburg. My host and caretaker in Berlin was a woman I’d met in August, 2014 at the 70th anniversary of the liquidation of the Lodz Ghetto. Also a writer, Sabine had carved six months…