Monthly Archives: July 2010

Today in Goodness: Celebration

I’m nearly two months into my search for goodness. If there is one thing I’ve already learned about this confusing topic, it’s that the act of celebration is good. Today I see that Good magazine agrees with me. They’re holding … Continue reading

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Roitman & Lombardo Pt 5: No One Ever Finishes

JUDY: It’s a total misunderstanding of how that really operates. DIANE: So, it was a matter of only looking for short-term benefits for themselves, and misunderstanding that we’re really all fingers on the same hand. JUDY: Yes, and also a … Continue reading

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Roitman & Lombardo Pt 4: Compassion and Wisdom

STAN: But ultimately you return to the group, you return to the world. JUDY: Don’t leave off walking meditation. STAN: And (we also do) walking meditation, which many people see as a form of relief between the periods of sitting … Continue reading

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Roitman & Lombardo Pt 3: The Cruelty of Moral Codes

JUDY: You have to be careful because it’s not that there’s an I and a you. DIANE: Explain that. JUDY: So, here’s my hand. DIANE: Five fingers up. JUDY: Right. So this finger is angry at that finger. Isn’t that … Continue reading

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Roitman & Lombardo Pt 2: Confronting Suffering

STAN: I’m not as reluctant as Judy to use abstractions such as good, but I share her wariness about these abstractions. What really matters is what we do in any given situation. The Buddha always said: I teach the truth … Continue reading

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Goodness and Choice

If goodness is about anything at all, it’s about the choices we make. Columbia Business School Professor Sheena Iyengar provided a startling perspective on choice in her talk at this year’s TED conference.

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Roitman & Lombardo Pt 1: Goodness Doesn’t Exist

I’m not interested in what goodness is because I don’t think there is such a thing. What I am interested in, for example in your situation, you want to write about your childhood. In writing about your childhood, you are … Continue reading

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