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I was listening to Krista Tippet, the host of  the radio show On Being, and she had Sylvia Boorstein as her guest . Sylvia is a celebrated Jewish-Buddhist teacher and psychotherapist, mother, and grandmother. She is  delightful as well as insightful and if you would like to read or listen to the entire interview please click here.

 I have been talking a lot about kindness in the last few years. It’s such in a sense a humble word when we think about spiritual practices or if I think about 30 or more years ago when I began to be interested in a meditative path. We talked about things like enlightenment and revelation and kindness is much more humble. But I actually think kindness is what I’d really like to establish in myself. The Dalai Lama, when people ask him what’s your religion, says my religion is kindness. I think that’s a word that subsumes tolerance and forgiveness and graciousness and patience.

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