June 23, 2019

Conceptualizing people of conflicting political views or of different race, ethnicity, or gender as “other” leads us to more easily react with hostility to what they say, especially in the anonymous and reckless world of social media. Based on the age-old Buddhist warning about the harm arising from attachment to views and opinions, Zen practice, by revealing the illusory nature of self-and-other, creates the psychic spaciousness to let people be while still acting out of one’s own convictions.