Here’s how the script went. Loving doggie mama sees her boy through his final years with compassion and patience and lovingkindness. (She is a Buddhist, after all). She soothes his fears (she knows him so well), gently cares for him as he … [Read more...] about Present Moment, Wonderful Moment
NUMBER 10: It’s so time-consuming. For a lot of people this is an obstacle to establishing a practice. We have so many conflicting commitments: partner, family, career, interests. I too used to have lots of people and ideas and projects … [Read more...] about The Top 10 Reasons I Appreciate the Zen Buddhist Training Program
He was maybe in his 70’s—out of shape, but not so out of shape that he couldn’t cradle a large, limp dog in his arms. I was coming off the dog beach near my house and he was just stepping onto it. The dog’s head hung over the man’s arm. … [Read more...] about A Bodhisattva Never Hesitates
When I first arrived at the Hazy Moon early last July, the summer training period had already been going on for 60 days; the samadhi hung thick in the air. From that moment through the end of ango, the word “luxury” kept coming to mind. … [Read more...] about Ango Reflections
I want to thank Roshi for assigning this talk – it definitely grounded me to focus on this talk. And while love knows no comparison, I have noticed that each time I have been assigned a talk my preparation has been different – most notably … [Read more...] about Learning to Ride the Ox—Or the Horse!
The moment I put my shoes by the front door, I knew I had come home. When I stepped into the Hazy Moon for the first time, I took a leap of faith I had never before thought possible. Instead of the strong person who I assumed people … [Read more...] about My Home Away from Home
I had always felt like there was something missing in my life. Roshi once said that a sense of "unfulfillment" brings us to the practice. That is true for me. Unfulfillment, the feeling that something is not quite right, is … [Read more...] about Far Away and Yet So Close