Trudy Goodman

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My Tears Fall with Yours

Tuesday morning when I took out the recycling, I saw several people up and down the alley bending over the big bins searching through the trash. I’d never seen so many people—all looking like homeless grandparents—foraging in the alley. The bottle and can collectors and the homeless folks were quietly working to gather whatever they… Continue reading

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Our Extended Family

When I took my first ordination vows as a shy young Zen Buddhist with Soen Sa-Nim 43 years ago, I could never have imagined sitting side by side with my teacher/mentors empowering a succession of wonderful teachers at a beautiful meditation center I founded. I feel infinite gratitude for the ancestors who passed on the… Continue reading

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Devotion and Refuge

When I encountered Buddhist psychology and meditation teachings at age 26, I fell in love. It all felt so right and true. I definitely needed a “safe and reliable refuge.” At first, the awe that I felt for my teachers was about looking up to someone, to something outside of myself, hoping to enlighten myself… Continue reading

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The Shadow of Thought

It’s Spring, the season of renewal; delicate baby leaves, blossoming trees, new birdsongs. Here at our spring retreat in beautiful Lucerne Valley, we’re taking time to unplug, sit down, relax, and begin our life anew, breath by breath, step by step. To sit is to renew ourselves. We can open our hearts to something bigger… Continue reading

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Wise Love

On March 8, International Women’s Day 2017, I imagined women around the world joining hands and hearts to practice and share the warmhearted attention of loving-kindness. We have so much in common. Too often we neglect care for ourselves as we tend the world. Through millennia of powerful conditioning, we’ve been trained to place the… Continue reading

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Community is our Lifeline

Once, long ago, a father asked the Rinzai Zen master Sengai for a blessing for his family’s prosperity, to be treasured from generation to generation. Sengai took out his brush and ink and wrote, “Parents die, children die, grandchildren die”. The man was furious! Was this a cruel joke? Sengai explained: “If your family passes… Continue reading

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Remembering Your Body

The first foundation of mindfulness, the ground of our existence where we bring our attention, is the body. The Buddha wanted us to feel the body IN the body, to feel the breath IN the breath. What does this mean? It means getting to know the body from within the experience of being this body…. Continue reading

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Great Faith

One night at the dharma talk, a student asked Zen Master Seung Sahn, “What is great faith?” He held up his little finger: “Do you see this?” And she said, “Yes.” “That,” he said quietly, “is great faith.” In the simplest way, he was encouraging us to trust our perception. Faith is a kind of… Continue reading

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Fear and Faith

For years, people have gone to retreats in a protected space like a monastery, often in a natural setting, to hone their skills in loving awareness and learn the craft of meditation. Outside monastery and retreat center walls, governments rise and fall—while people drawn to contemplative practices of mindfulness and compassion quietly pursue their spiritual… Continue reading