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Too Busy Is A Lie

Today I was interviewed by Vince Horn*. Vince is starting an oral history project called, “My Beloved Teachers,” a loving way to capture teachings and memories of his older teachers about their own  teachers who are long gone. Vince starts his interviews with me; I begin with my first Zen teacher, the Korean Reverend Seung… Continue reading

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Freedom on a Windowsill

“Even in detention I could find joyful moments.” – Ai Weiwei Ahhhh…holidays! Just hearing that word has such nostalgic power. I dream of freedom from routines, time to meditate more, relax, hang out with family, friends and community who remind me of being loved and important to others besides myself. Common traditions and remembrances bring a… Continue reading

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Let Your Love Light Shine

When I sat down to write to you this week, I asked myself, “What do Juneteenth, Father’s Day the summer solstice and Pride month have to do with one another, besides their proximity in one weekend?” Each is a call to shine some love and light on a part of life too often taken for… Continue reading

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One Life Ends, Another Life Continues

One Life Ends, Another Life Continues Beverly Berg Wry 1956 – 2021 On Sunday, during the closing talk of the retreat I was teaching with Anam Thubten and Norman Fischer, my dear friend Beverly Berg Wry passed away. A gifted therapist, meditator, clay artist, cross-fit athlete, pianist, mom and wife, Beverly was a hilariously funny… Continue reading

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Vesak, Full Moon in May

The upcoming full moon in May is Vesak, a special Buddhist holiday observed around the world, inspired by the Buddha’s teachings of compassion, peace and goodwill. Vesak honors his birth, enlightenment and death, all together. Vesak is joyful, celebrating the happiness the Buddha found even in the midst of birth and death. People flock to… Continue reading

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Motherer’s Day

Indigenous peoples revere Mother Earth. Ancestral knowledge teaches that all life is sacred, and women are the givers of life. All women who fill a mother’s role for others are recognized. Respect and appreciation for mothers and parents is deeply embedded in Asian and Pacific Islander cultures. Celebrating Dia de las Madres can take days of… Continue reading

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In Memoriam, Carol Moss

Our dear beloved friend, Carol Moss, passed away early Saturday morning. When I first moved to Los Angeles around 20 years ago now, Carol was one of the very first people to encourage me during those lonely days. I am forever grateful for her encouraging welcome, her understated humor, and generous wisdom. For years, Carol… Continue reading

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Finding Peace On This Earth

Earth Day arrived in an earth-shattering week in the United States – an historic verdict, more horrific killings of Black people. Today I listened to Ruth King and Zenju Earthlyn Manuel talk about accessing peace. In her new book, The Deepest Peace: Contemplations from a Season of Stillness, Zenju turns her heart towards the earth:… Continue reading

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Everything Becomes Beautiful

At a meeting with Gil Fronsdal, a friend and colleague who knows Pali, the language of the ancient Buddhist texts he said what the Buddha taught is often not conveyed in its full richness with the translations we currently have. For example, the word “kalyana”, good, can also be translated as beautiful. Teachers in the… Continue reading

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Elián’s Birth

My beloved cousin Myra, whom some of you know from our teaching together, wrote about her new grandson’s birth. Most women – even when there is access to good prenatal medical care and birthing – don’t have the opportunity to birth their babies surrounded by both spiritual wisdom and expert care. I wish this for… Continue reading