Ms. Halifax: Well, just imagine a ritual process for the whole culture that goes on over seven years. You know, we’re such, as you said, a time-driven, time-bullied culture. But also what ritual does is it invokes in us a sense of timelessness. It drops us into the past, it brings up the present, also projects into the future, but it is also deeper than chronological time. And that’s, you know, the experience, the direct experience, I had in being with the Dogon, that time disappeared when the sacred was unfolding in that culture.

— Joan Halifax Roshi, interviewed by Krista Tippett at On Being


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