My Life in 8 Words
Q. What is your motto or maxim?
A. Everyday mindfulness.
Q. With whom in history do you most identify?
A. Henry David Thoreau
Q. Who is your favorite fictional hero?
A. Tristram Shandy
Q. If you could acquire any talent, what would it be?
A. A photographic memory...is that a "talent?"
Q. How would you describe perfect happiness?
A. I have a Buddhist prayer tacked up on my wall:
May all sentient beings have happiness and the causes of happiness.
May all sentient beings be free from suffering and the causes of suffering.
May all sentient beings never be separated from the happiness that knows no suffering.
May all sentient beings abide in equanimity, free from attachment and anger that hold some close and others distant.
In truth, I have no idea what perfect happiness is or whether it's possible to attain. But if it is possible, I suspect that these four aspirations point the way to it.