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June 2009 Archives

Last weekend I attended my very first funeral for the son of close family friends. His death, at ten years old, was a tragedy. While his passing wasn’t unexpected – he had been sick with several different types of cancer […]

Today at the gym, riding an indoor bike in a glass enclosed room inside the place. Since this weekend’s retreat, been trying to maintain the gap between habitual conditioned response and actual reality. Not easy.  This lady comes in to […]

I’m on vacation this week – here is one of my favorites previously published on our old blog site: “I’m breaking my attachment to physical power and possessions because only through destroying myself can I discover the greater power of […]

Zoketsu Norman Fischer, a senior dharma teacher at the San Francisco Zen Center, has an interesting article in the latest issue of Buddhadharma magazine (a portion of which is available online). In the article he states that as a teacher, he has […]

So the confirmation hearings for Sonia Sotomayor are set for July 13. Let the projections begin! There are lots of projections out there, but the most mystifying yet illuminating may well be this one, sent to me for this week’s […]

The word “miracle” is maybe too strong. Maybe. But I’m going to use it anyway. It was a freaking miracle. I could not believe what was on the piece of paper. There it was. Clear as day. The most beautiful […]

So last month The New York Times published a controversial article on Zen by Chip Brown about a long-time practitioner of Zen meditation who came to the conclusion that his meditation practice was insufficient for working with his depression, and […]

This past week I had the unfortunate experience of having my wallet stolen. All I know is that I had it and two blocks and one stop at a shoe store later, it was gone. As soon as I realized […]

“Excuse me, would any of you fine ladies care to dance?” Before Siddhartha Gautama attained enlightenment at age 35 he was a confused twenty and thirty-something looking to learn how to live a spiritual life. He had an overbearing dad, […]

If you haven’t read Stephen Dunn, and you like your poetry, pick up his Pulitzer Prize-winning book Different Hours and enjoy.  I find myself returning to this slim volume time and again. While the entire book is enchanting in its […]