Silence is the language of God;
It is also the language of the heart.
Words stand between silence and silence: between the silence of things and the silence of our own being, between the silence of the world and the silence of God. When we have really met and known the world in silence, words do not separate us from the world nor from other men, nor from God, nor from ourselves because we no longer trust entirely in language to contain reality.
Presenting Parabola’s newest issue:
Suffering is as much a part of human life as tragedy is a part of drama. It involves pain and compassion, loss and discovery, guilt and redemption, conquest and surrender, hatred and love. The depths, heights and meanings of Suffering are the theme of the Spring 2011 issue of Parabola, ‘Where Spiritual Traditions Meet.’
The cover is graced by a photo of Robert Chodo Campbell, co-founder of the New York Zen Center for Contemplative Care. In “Five Full Minutes,” he gives a compassionate account of his visit to Africa’s first hospice program, Island Hospice, in Zimbabwe, where he shared the Center’s model and experience. In his search for “ways to teach students how to take their Buddhist practice off the cushion and out into the world to be of service to others,” he found extraordinary courage and dedication to sufferers in that impoverished country.
Readers will find excerpts from Jeanne de Salzmann’s new book as well as messages from her son, Michel de Salzmann.
We learn the metaphysics of suffering from Charles Upton, go deeply into Thomas Merton’s view from Vanessa Hurst and receive insights from the Jewish tradition in a conversation with Jonathan Omer-Man and an article by Joshua Boettiger.
On an entirely different front, excerpts from the notebooks of Jack Kerouac inform us of his sense of mission in “this suffering world.” And we hear how the earth itself suffers in the disappearance of the rain forests from Jerry Toth, who writes from the bamboo research station of the Third Millennium Alliance deep in a jungle on the Pacific coast of Ecuador.
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Calvin: Look, a dead bird!
Hobbes: It must’ve hit a window.
Calvin: Isn’t it beautiful? It’s so delicate. Sighhh… once it’s too late, you appreciate what a miracle life is. You realize that nature is ruthless and our existence is very fragile, temporary, and precious. But to go on with your daily affairs, you can’t really think about that…which is probably why everyone takes the world for granted and why we act so thoughtlessly. It’s very confusing. I suppose it will all make sense when we grow up.
Hobbes: No doubt.