by James Baraz, The Huffington Post, Sept 18, 2014
New York, USA -- Despite a world run amok with rampant greed, hatred and violence, as a Buddhist meditation teacher, I agree with the Buddha's assessment of who we really are. He taught that when our basic nature is unobscured our mind and heart are inherently loving and compassionate. Only the veil of ignorance covers these beautiful qualities. Once we clear away the obscurations and see things clearly, goodness and wisdom shine through.