My Life in 8 Words
Q. What is your motto or maxim?
A. Everyday mindfulness.
Q. What do you regret most?
A. Not having continued to study music formally after high school
Q. Who is your favorite fictional villain?
A. Satan in Paradise Lost
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.
Q. Which living person do you most admire?
A. Nelson Mandela