Integrity: Our Most Important Possession

A beautiful and prosperous day to you, friends, I’m remembering a conversation I had with someone a while back who was wrestling with the temptation to do something that would cast doubt upon her character, should anyone learn of what … Read More

On Concentration and Emptiness

I have something interesting and helpful for you this morning from Suzuki-Roshi, who was the founder of the San Francisco Zen Center back in the ’60s: “Concentration is not to try hard to watch something. In zazen if you try … Read More

Does Hope Always Come From Conditioned Mind?

Howdy, friends! The other day somebody asked me this interesting question: “Does hope always come from conditioned mind?” For many years I would have responded, “Yes.” I don’t see it that way anymore, however. I’ve realized a couple things along … Read More

About Seeking Other People’s Attention

Happy day to you, friends. Today I have a poem from you from our buddy Chuang Tzu, the ancient Taoist master. The poem is somewhat about the conditioned tendency we have (in my language) to seek acknowledgement and validation from … Read More

The Way of Transformation

Blessings to you on this beautiful day, friends, I feel moved this morning to offer to the sangha the topic we explored in group last night. As you will see from the explanation below, this is something that is near … Read More

The Reverie Alone Will Do/ If Bees are Few

Howdy, folks! Today I have two short verses for you, both of which I have enjoyed very much over recent days. They have nothing in common, other than the fact that they are both in my awareness right now, and … Read More

Your Thinking Chair

  Happy day to you, friends! The other day I had a fun idea for someone that I really enjoyed (I love having ideas for other people) and that I’d like to share with you. First I’ll describe the content … Read More