Belonging

Do you belong?  Do you ever question if you belong where you are?  Do you question if you belong with certain groups – family, community, friends, work – of people that you are with?  Do you question if you belong in certain physical locations?  Do you question if you belong in certain asanas or meditationContinue reading “Belonging”

A Buddhist’s Response to Pope Francis’ Encyclical: Emotional involvement a necessary first step to finding solutions to climate change

Pope Francis’ encyclical on climate change is profound and inspiring to people of all faiths, and while I deeply respect his well informed and comprehensive vision and his inclusion of those who think and believe outside of the Catholic tradition, he nonetheless speaks as a Catholic.  I’d like to present brief thoughts on the importanceContinue reading “A Buddhist’s Response to Pope Francis’ Encyclical: Emotional involvement a necessary first step to finding solutions to climate change”

A Dharma Doorway

Dharma gates are boundless, I vow to enter them. Children have been by far my best teachers.  Jesus said that if we can learn to have the mind of a child, then we will enter the kingdom of heaven.  The child’s mind is open, receptive, and sincerely curious about life.  When sitting zazen, Dai-En Roshi wouldContinue reading “A Dharma Doorway”

Picking Violets with Ryokan

Takuhatsu, or ritual begging, is an ancient and noble practice among Buddhist monks in Asia.  In exchange for material goods, the monks offer spiritual teachings.  From a Buddhist perspective, the material and spiritual worlds interpenetrate and enhance one another.  We can’t live in either the material OR the spiritual world.  We must constantly strive forContinue reading “Picking Violets with Ryokan”