One of the unwanted side effects of a long-term spiritual practice is the tendency to become, at times, a bit smug. Mea culpa, mea culpa. At least, after 25 years of hard Buddhist practice, I can usually spot smugness when it arises within me. It always makes me cringe; to root it out, I usually head back to my library for a rereading of long-familiar spiritual teachings, to remind myself that...
It takes as much effort to be spiritually healthy as it does to keep your body in shape.
The founder of Buddhist Global Relief, Brooklyn-born monk Bhikku Bodhi reflects on his path from inner peace to changing the world.