In this issue of Inquiring Mind we had been planning to offer our readers relief from the suffering of seriousness. But the harsh realities of the world kept demanding a voice, and we ended up splitting the issue between gravitas and levitas, ending up—surprise, surprise—on the middle path.
This was post-tsunami Thailand. On an idyllic tropical morning in this tiny area of the country, more than 5,300 lives had been swallowed and then spit out by three massive waves. My focus was to help survivors face what the Buddha described as the inevitable realities of life: sorrow, grief, pain, lamentation and despair.