This series is inspired by Tonglen meditation, the Tibetan Buddhist practice of taking in the suffering of others and sending love and compassion in return.

(The book project is on hold due to flower crop failure. In spring 2018 the narcissus failed to bloom in my garden, probably due to a dry and overly warm winter. I will plant new bulbs. And wait.)

Tonglen reverses the usual logic of avoiding suffering and seeking pleasure, and in the process we become liberated from a very ancient prison of selfishness. We begin to feel love both for ourselves and for others, and we begin to take care of ourselves and others. It awakens our compassion and it also introduces us to a far larger view of reality.
~Pema Chodron