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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.
A big, tough samurai once went to see a little monk.



"Monk!”



He barked, in a voice accustomed to instant obedience.



"Teach me about heaven and hell!"



The monk looked up at the mighty warrior and replied with utter disdain,



"Teach you about heaven and hell? I couldn’t teach you about anything. You’re dumb. You’re dirty. You’re a disgrace, an embarrassment to the samurai class. Get out of my sight. I can’t stand you."



The samurai got furious. He shook, red in the face, speechless with rage. He pulled out his sword, and prepared to slay the monk.
Looking straight into the samurai’s eyes, the monk said softly,



"That’s hell."



The samurai froze, realizing the compassion of the monk who had risked his life to show him hell! He put down his sword and fell to his knees, filled with gratitude.
The monk said softly,



"And that’s heaven."



Excerpted from Conscious Business: How to Build Value Through Values.
~Trent Gilliss, senior editor
A big, tough samurai once went to see a little monk.



"Monk!”



He barked, in a voice accustomed to instant obedience.



"Teach me about heaven and hell!"



The monk looked up at the mighty warrior and replied with utter disdain,



"Teach you about heaven and hell? I couldn’t teach you about anything. You’re dumb. You’re dirty. You’re a disgrace, an embarrassment to the samurai class. Get out of my sight. I can’t stand you."



The samurai got furious. He shook, red in the face, speechless with rage. He pulled out his sword, and prepared to slay the monk.
Looking straight into the samurai’s eyes, the monk said softly,



"That’s hell."



The samurai froze, realizing the compassion of the monk who had risked his life to show him hell! He put down his sword and fell to his knees, filled with gratitude.
The monk said softly,



"And that’s heaven."



Excerpted from Conscious Business: How to Build Value Through Values.
~Trent Gilliss, senior editor

A big, tough samurai once went to see a little monk.

"Monk!

He barked, in a voice accustomed to instant obedience.

"Teach me about heaven and hell!"

The monk looked up at the mighty warrior and replied with utter disdain,

"Teach you about heaven and hell? I couldn’t teach you about anything. You’re dumb. You’re dirty. You’re a disgrace, an embarrassment to the samurai class. Get out of my sight. I can’t stand you."

The samurai got furious. He shook, red in the face, speechless with rage. He pulled out his sword, and prepared to slay the monk.

Looking straight into the samurai’s eyes, the monk said softly,

"That’s hell."

The samurai froze, realizing the compassion of the monk who had risked his life to show him hell! He put down his sword and fell to his knees, filled with gratitude.

The monk said softly,

"And that’s heaven."

Excerpted from Conscious Business: How to Build Value Through Values.

~Trent Gilliss, senior editor

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What a pleasing photo from Smithsonian magazine:

 
Photo of the Day: A monk and seagulls on Inle Lake, Myanmar. 
Photo by: SauKhiang Chau (Bukit Mertajam, Penang, Malaysia); Inle Lake, Shan State, Myanmar

~Trent Gilliss, senior editor
What a pleasing photo from Smithsonian magazine:

 
Photo of the Day: A monk and seagulls on Inle Lake, Myanmar. 
Photo by: SauKhiang Chau (Bukit Mertajam, Penang, Malaysia); Inle Lake, Shan State, Myanmar

~Trent Gilliss, senior editor

What a pleasing photo from Smithsonian magazine:

Photo of the Day: A monk and seagulls on Inle Lake, Myanmar.

Photo by: SauKhiang Chau (Bukit Mertajam, Penang, Malaysia); Inle Lake, Shan State, Myanmar

~Trent Gilliss, senior editor

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Buddhism for me is like food I ate for ten years, for a long time as a monk, and the food you eat goes to your bones and stays there, so in that sense it’s inside me, it’s not that I wouldn’t be identified by Buddhism but it’s there, a part of me … Buddhism has this emptiness and in opposition to it the ‘is-ness’, but the zero concept – there’s nature, there’s the whole existence of the universe but that itself for me is a part of the zero.
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Hkg69164Ko Un, from his interview in the Cordite Poetry Review

The South Korean poet, who studied as a Buddhist monk for a decade before rejoining secular life, is considered a favorite for the Nobel Prize — with authors like beat icon Allen Ginsberg and Zen master Thich Nhat Hanh having written forewords to his books of poetry.

Photo of Ko Un by AFP/Getty Images

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Matthieu Ricard and Krista Tippett Post-Interview
(photo: Trent Gilliss)

Live Video of Krista’s Interview with Matthieu Ricard
Time: 10 am CST
Location: Vancouver, British Columbia (Canada)

Hello all. The ethernet connection in this hotel isn’t fast, but we’re going to try and bring you Krista’s interview with Matthieu Ricard, a Tibetan Buddhist monk who is in Canada for the Vancouver Peace Summit, along with the Dalai Lama and many Nobel laureates and great thinkers.

I hope you enjoy and rest assured that we’ll have a high-quality recorded version for your viewing.

Update: The live video stream only aired during the period of the interview and is currently not available. I’ve substituted a photo until I can replace it with a full produced video taken with our HD cameras!

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