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On Being with Krista Tippett is a public radio project delving into the human side of news stories + issues. Curated + edited by senior editor Trent Gilliss.

We publish guest contributions. We edit long; we scrapbook. We do big ideas + deep meaning. We answer questions.

We've even won a couple of Webbys + a Peabody Award.

"All true artists, whether they know it or not, create from a place of no-mind, from inner stillness. The mind then gives form to the creative impulse or insight. Even the great scientists have reported that their creative breakthroughs came at a time of mental quietude."
~Eckhart Tolle from The Power of Now
Hear more in our interview, The Power of Eckhart Tolle’s Now
Photo by Peter E. Lee

"All true artists, whether they know it or not, create from a place of no-mind, from inner stillness. The mind then gives form to the creative impulse or insight. Even the great scientists have reported that their creative breakthroughs came at a time of mental quietude."

~Eckhart Tolle from The Power of Now

Hear more in our interview, The Power of Eckhart Tolle’s Now

Photo by Peter E. Lee

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"I turned silences and nights into words. What was unutterable I wrote down. I made the whirling world stand still."
~Arthur Rimbaud from A Season in Hell
photo by Jan Faborsky

"I turned silences and nights into words. What was unutterable I wrote down. I made the whirling world stand still."

~Arthur Rimbaud from A Season in Hell

photo by Jan Faborsky

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"Every great American author creates a cartography, even in his or her style; in contrast to what is done in Europe, each makes a map that is directly connected to the real social movements crossing America."
~Gilles Deleuze from EPZ Thousand Plateaus
photo by rosefirerising

"Every great American author creates a cartography, even in his or her style; in contrast to what is done in Europe, each makes a map that is directly connected to the real social movements crossing America."

~Gilles Deleuze from EPZ Thousand Plateaus

photo by rosefirerising

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"Today, like every other day, we wake up empty and frightened. Don’t open the door to the study and begin reading. Take down a musical instrument.
Let the beauty we love be what we do. There are hundreds of ways to kneel and kiss the ground.
Out beyond ideas of wrongdoing and rightdoing, there is a field. I’ll meet you there.
When the soul lies down in that grass, the world is too full to talk about. Ideas, language, even the phrase each other doesn’t make any sense.”
~Rumi from A Great Wagon and cited in our show The Ecstatic Faith of Rumi

"Today, like every other day, we wake up empty and frightened. Don’t open the door to the study and begin reading. Take down a musical instrument.

Let the beauty we love be what we do. There are hundreds of ways to kneel and kiss the ground.

Out beyond ideas of wrongdoing and rightdoing, there is a field. I’ll meet you there.

When the soul lies down in that grass, the world is too full to talk about. Ideas, language, even the phrase each other doesn’t make any sense.”

~Rumi from A Great Wagon and cited in our show The Ecstatic Faith of Rumi

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"The paradox that unselfish love cannot rest perfectly except in a love that is perfectly reciprocated: because it knows that the only true peace is found in selfless love. Selfless love consents to be loved selflessly for the sake of the beloved. In so doing, it perfects itself.
The gift of love is the gift of the power and the capacity to love, and, therefore, to give love with full effect is also to receive it. So, love can only be kept by being given away, and it can only be given perfectly when it is also received.”
~Thomas Merton in No Man Is An Island
from listener Ed Brenegar’s response to our show Compassion’s Edge States
photo by Joan Halifax

"The paradox that unselfish love cannot rest perfectly except in a love that is perfectly reciprocated: because it knows that the only true peace is found in selfless love. Selfless love consents to be loved selflessly for the sake of the beloved. In so doing, it perfects itself.

The gift of love is the gift of the power and the capacity to love, and, therefore, to give love with full effect is also to receive it. So, love can only be kept by being given away, and it can only be given perfectly when it is also received.”

~Thomas Merton in No Man Is An Island

from listener Ed Brenegar’s response to our show Compassion’s Edge States

photo by Joan Halifax

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“‘The beautiful is as useful as the useful.’ He added, after a moment’s silence, ‘perhaps more so.’”
~Victor Hugo from Les Misérables
 photo by Andreas Schreyer

“‘The beautiful is as useful as the useful.’ He added, after a moment’s silence, ‘perhaps more so.’”

~Victor Hugo from Les Misérables

 photo by Andreas Schreyer

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"For there is nothing heavier than compassion. Not even one’s own pain weighs so heavy as the pain one feels with someone, for someone, a pain intensified by the imagination."
~Milan Kundera from The Unbearable Lightness of Being
Listen to: Compassion’s Edge States: Roshi Joan Halifax on Caring Better
Photo Hartwig HKD

"For there is nothing heavier than compassion. Not even one’s own pain weighs so heavy as the pain one feels with someone, for someone, a pain intensified by the imagination."

~Milan Kundera from The Unbearable Lightness of Being

Listen to: Compassion’s Edge States: Roshi Joan Halifax on Caring Better

Photo Hartwig HKD

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"We would like to be remembered after we die. I think all of us do have some kind of yearning for immortality."
~Mayfair Yang from China’s Hidden Spiritual Landscape
photo by Sam Ilić

"We would like to be remembered after we die. I think all of us do have some kind of yearning for immortality."

~Mayfair Yang from China’s Hidden Spiritual Landscape

photo by Sam Ilić

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"By telling a story, things don’t control me anymore. It’s in my vernacular; it’s the way I see the world. And I think that’s why our stories ask our questions, our big questions."
~Kevin Kling from The Losses and the Laughter We Grow Into
photo by TheeErin

"By telling a story, things don’t control me anymore. It’s in my vernacular; it’s the way I see the world. And I think that’s why our stories ask our questions, our big questions."

~Kevin Kling from The Losses and the Laughter We Grow Into

photo by TheeErin

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"Here is the world. Beautiful and terrible things will happen. Don’t be afraid."
—Frederick Buechner, from Listening to Your Life
Photo by Eric (_marmota)

"Here is the world. Beautiful and terrible things will happen. Don’t be afraid."

—Frederick Buechner, from Listening to Your Life

Photo by Eric (_marmota)

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"We all come from a single source. Everything that lives has its genetic code written in the same alphabet."
~Rabbi Jonathan Sacks from The Dignity of Difference
photo by Aaron G.

"We all come from a single source. Everything that lives has its genetic code written in the same alphabet."

~Rabbi Jonathan Sacks from The Dignity of Difference

photo by Aaron G.

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"You think you are alone. Then you raise your eyes, and you are surrounded."
~Jack Miles from God: A Biography
photo by Sam Javanrouh

"You think you are alone. Then you raise your eyes, and you are surrounded."

~Jack Miles from God: A Biography

photo by Sam Javanrouh

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"Begin, be bold, and venture to be wise."
—Horace
photo by Paul Williams

"Begin, be bold, and venture to be wise."

Horace

photo by Paul Williams

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The man of our time is losing the power of celebration. Instead of celebrating, he seeks to be amused or entertained. Celebration is an active state, an act of expressing reverence or appreciation. Celebration is a confrontation, giving attention to the transcendent meaning of one’s actions.
~Abraham Joshua Heschel from “Who Is Man?”
Read + Hear more about Rabbi Heschel in The Spiritual Audacity of Abraham Joshua Heschel
photo by Steve Schroeder

The man of our time is losing the power of celebration. Instead of celebrating, he seeks to be amused or entertained. Celebration is an active state, an act of expressing reverence or appreciation. Celebration is a confrontation, giving attention to the transcendent meaning of one’s actions.

~Abraham Joshua Heschel from “Who Is Man?”

Read + Hear more about Rabbi Heschel in The Spiritual Audacity of Abraham Joshua Heschel

photo by Steve Schroeder

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"The nitrogen in our DNA, the calcium in our teeth, the iron in our blood, the carbon in our apple pies were made in the interiors of collapsing stars. We are made of starstuff."
~Carl Sagan from Cosmos
Hear more about the cosmos in Cosmic Origami and What We Don’t Know
photo by C. Edward Brice

"The nitrogen in our DNA, the calcium in our teeth, the iron in our blood, the carbon in our apple pies were made in the interiors of collapsing stars. We are made of starstuff."

~Carl Sagan from Cosmos

Hear more about the cosmos in Cosmic Origami and What We Don’t Know

photo by C. Edward Brice

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